Muncy, North Penn fall in Eastern Conference

MUNCY?- The season came to an end Friday night for the Muncy Indians as the team fell to Marian Catholic in the first round of the Eastern Conference Division I playoffs.

Muncy kept the game competitive into the third quarter, but Ethan Kuczynski’s four touchdown passes and a stout Marian Catholic defensive front propelled the Colts to a 34-13 victory.

“Every time we’d make a play they’d go back up,” coach Jay Drumheller said. “We’d make it a one-score game, they’d make it two.”

The Colts jumped on Muncy right from the opening kickoff with a fake end-around that resulted in a Nico Agosti 56-yard return to the Indians’ 25-yard line. Seven plays later and the Colts found themselves leading 6-0.

Aided, by a fourth-down defensive pass interference penalty the Indians evened the score when Anthony Barberio ran it into the end zone from 10 yards out to cap off Muncy’s first drive.

From there, it went downhill for the Indians.

The Colts needed just two plays to regain the lead. Kuczynski connected with Agosti for a 40-yard touchdown to give Marian Catholic a lead that the team did not relinquish.

Kuczynski hit Hunter Nause on the Marian’s next possession to extend the lead to 14 less than halfway through the second quarter.

“Offensively they did a nice job,” Drumheller said. “They kept us unbalanced and we didn’t adjust at times.”

As the second half started it appeared the Indians had, in fact, made the right adjustments. After rushing for just one yard as a team in the first half, back-to-back first down runs from Dakota Nixon and Teddy Clark on the first two plays of the half pushed Muncy into the Colts’ red zone. Nixon scored five plays later to cut the deficit to 20-14.

That was as close as Muncy would get in the second half as Marian drove the ensuing possession 57 yards in seven plays for another Kuczynski touchdown, this time a 26-yard screen pass to Nick Sully. It was the perfect call at the perfect time as Sully went in untouched without a defender anywhere near his vicinity.

“One thing about being aggressive with things When it works it looks good and when it doesn’t work it looks real bad, Drumheller said. “And that one was real bad.”

The play was not only “real bad,” because it extended the Colts’ lead to 14, but also real bad because it effectively ended the Indian’s season.

The Muncy offense could only muster two yards in the final quarter and Marian tacked on another touchdown to seal the deal.

“It’s tough. I’ve been coaching these guys since eighth grade and of course you want to go out on a winning note,” Drumheller said. “But these kids are resilient. It’s all a part of growing up and moving on.”

In Eastern Conference Division II, North Schuylkill scored 21 second-half points to pull away from North Penn at North Schuylkill.

Bryce Zaparzynski had 74 yards on 16 carries for North Penn, and Bo Burleigh hit Luke Kelly for a 7-yard touchdown pass.