Muncy wins a thriller at home

MUNCY — With his team still down by one after scoring a touchdown as the final horn rang though Muncy neighborhoods, quarterback Coleman Good rolled out to his right looking for his fellow four-year starter. Good wasn’t worried about the passes he missed earlier in the game, he was solely focused on finding two-way starting linebacker and fullback Michael Kustanbauter out in the flat for the game-winning points.

Just a few minutes after using his hands to tackle ball carriers and shed blocks, Kustanbauter used his hands this time for a more delicate and crucial situation as he came down with the game-winning two-point conversion to lift Muncy to an unbelievable 15-14 win over Class AA Towanda on Friday night at Stanley T. Schuyler Memorial Stadium.

Muncy marched 57 yards in the final 45 seconds and overcame a seven-point deficit as Good capped the unlikely comeback with a 1-yard touchdown run as time expired and moments later he clinched the win to Kustanbauter.

“I saw we had short time and I trust No. 8 (Good) with everything,” coach Sean Tetreault said. “He’s been our leader for four years now and been our starting quarterback for four years. I said, ‘This is all you buddy. This is all yours.’ I knew he was going to get that yard.”

The game appeared to be over when Muncy turned the ball over on downs in the red zone for the third time with under three minutes remaining. Towanda picked up a first down and Muncy’s undefeated season appeared to be over. Not until the defense made another late stand and got the offense the ball back with 44 seconds remaining at its own 43. After an incomplete pass, Good, whose accuracy on deep passes was off all night said, “we probably missed five of them.”

He saved his best for last when he found an open Dylan Wilt for a 44-yard gain.

Wilt was tackled at the Towanda 13 with 29 seconds left and Good spiked the ball to stop the clock. Another incompletion and a short gain made it 4th and 7 with seven seconds left, Good’s completion down to the Towanda 1 gave Muncy a first down and stopped the clock momentarily. Instead of spiking it, Good took the ball in for the touchdown.

“I was stopped short like three yards. Somehow we got a little bit of a push there at the end and I got in,” Good said.

Moments later, Good won it and a loud roar from one side and a mumbled groan from the other side engulfed the stadium.

“The play was designed for him. He did great. He made a great grab on it,” Good said of Kustanbauter (24 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards, two tackles for loss). “Good for him. I’m thankful for him. He gave it his all.”

Muncy probably missed out on four or five more touchdown’s with passes that were just inches off. Going 2 for 5 in the red zone didn’t help either, neither did not picking up a second-half first down until the final five minutes. But Muncy stayed the course, relied on its leaders and came away with a big win over a bigger school.

Good (173 passing yards, 67 rushing yards) made big plays late after struggling to hit receivers early, Wilt made big plays on offense (102 receiving yards, touchdown), defense (interception) and special teams (27 yard punt return). Kustanbauter was all over the field on both sides of the ball and the defense kept the Indians in it with the offenses scoring woes.

“We’ve lost games probably worse than this in the last minute in the last two years I can think of a few,” Good said. “You always know there’s that chance of coming back so you just hang on to that little bit of confidence that somebody will pull through and make a play and that’s what happened tonight.”