Week 2 football: Warrior Run at Hughesville
Warrior Run PPG–7, PPA–32; YPG–247, YPA–409
Warrior Run facts: A young Defenders team is replacing most of the starters from a District 4 Class AAA semifinalist, but showed some promise in its loss against Muncy. The defense made an impressive fourth-quarter goal-line stand and the offense moved the ball well at times. The biggest problem the offense faced was sustaining drives. Three times the Defenders came away with no points after reaching Muncy territory. Converted wide receiver Nathan Michael played well at quarterback, throwing a touchdown pass and running for a team-high 68 yards. Coltin Pentycofe caught a touchdown as well as a 36-yard pass. Justin Blair was unable to break free, but has the potential to be a valuable workhorse in what might be a run-heavy offense after carrying 18 times against Muncy. Linebacker Logan Smedley is one of Warrior Run’s few returning starters and played well, making 10 tackles. Blair added nine tackles and Michael eight. Warrior Run turned its season around last season with a 42-0 Week 6 win against Hughesville.
Warrior Run player to watch–Derek Thomas: The junior cornerback is starting for the first time and helped slow Muncy’s passing game following the first quarter. He also hustled after ball-carriers and made seven tackles.
Hughesville PPG–6, PPA–34; YPG–74, YPA–261
Hughesville facts: Like Warrior Run, Hughesville showed some potential in a season-opening loss. After a rough start, the defense was outstanding in the middle quarters, holding Bloomsburg scoreless while forcing three turnovers. The defensive line was especially strong and collected six sacks. Sophomore defensive end Gabriel Wagner shined in his first start, making a district-high 3 1/2 sacks. Chase Snyder and Caleb Burkhart added sacks and Joey Swink intercepted a pass. The defense provides a promising foundation, but the offense is hoping for significant improvement this week after not scoring against Bloomsburg’s starters. Hughesville suffered a blow when it lost its leading returning receiver Dylon Pequignot to a preseason injury, but still has some quality playmakers in running backs Colton Yocum and Mikey Dylina who combined for 88 yards and a touchdown against Bloomsburg. The offensive line is experienced so Hughesville has some pieces to build around and improve following last year’s 1-9 season.
Hughesville player to watch–Hayden Robbins: One of the team’s most experienced and valuable players, Robbins played an outstanding game against Bloomsburg. The senior defensive tackle was in on a sack, made four tackles and played the run well, freeing up others to make plays. Robbins also forced and recovered a fumble late in the first half and was at the heart of the defense’s success.
Outlook: This could be one of the area’s more competitive games tonight. Both teams seem evenly matched and the winner will have a nice springboard moving forward.