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Bearcats fall behind early, use big plays to pull ahead and take down Juniata

Written by: on Saturday, September 30th, 2017

 

Juniata and Huntingdon captains shake hands after the coin toss


The Juniata Indians did something no other team has done this year: they kept Ian Border under 100 yards rushing AND jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter. For the most part, they actually contained Border very well, holding the workhorse back to just 54 yards and one td on 14 carries. Unfortunately for the Indians, Border isn’t the only talented player Huntingdon has to rely on. Alex Mykut intercepted a Jeremiah Parson pass with 8:45 remaining in the first half and it was all Bearcats from that point on as Jonathan Price, Andrew Hudy and Border all scored TDs in the next 5 minutes and Huntingdon was well on their way to a 38-20 win at War Vets Stadium on Homecoming night. “I’m not gonna lie, I never lost faith and thought we couldn’t come back” said Bearcat Head Coach Mike Hudy.

Juniata came out firing on all cylinders as any typical Gary Klingensmith coached team does. The Indians took the opening kick off and marched 70 yards to the endzone. Tight end Ben Lauver hauled in an 11 yard pass from Parson to put Juniata up 7-0 while eating up nearly half of the first quarter on the 12 play drive.  Lauver then got a sack on the ensuing Bearcat drive forcing a punt. Once again the Indian offense marched down field for a score, this one aided by a penalty that overturned an interception by the Bearcats. Bryson Clark hauled in a 28 yard pass, Parson ran for 11 yards and the capper was a nice 20 yard scoring run from Ethan Grove to make it 14-0 with just 1:30 left in the quarter.

 

“I was proud of our kids ya know” said Klingensmith. “they didn’t have the discipline and wherewithall to keep from making those young mistakes and penalties to keep up with a team like that. We just didn’t put it all together.”

When Mykut got his interception and gave his team the ball at the 44, you could sense a change on the Bearcat sideline. A pass interference gave them the ball at the 14 and Hudy got Huntingdon on the board with a 14 yard run. Then Bearcats forced a Juniata punt with a tenacious defensive effort, and one play later it was a one point game as Hudy found the speedy Price for a 68 yard td. On the very next series, Alex Mykut burst through the line to block the Indians punt attempt and the Cats were in business again at the 10.

 

Border got his only score on a 6 yard run after another penalty from the Indians. Then he scored to 2 point conversion to put the Bearcats up 21-14 with just 3:31 left in the half. “We put in a bunch of plays this week, worked on it. We thought we could block one.  That sparked the comeback” said Coach Hudy.

The second half started off with Juniata’s Bryce Leonard interception a Hudy pass to stop the Bearcats at the Indian 20. Neither team was able to score in the third until Giovann Scaccia hit a 27 yard field goal making it 24-14.

 

Huntingdon did have a slight scare when Border was hauled to the locker room on a cart in the third quarter, but he would later return to the line up. Hudy and Price found the scoreboard again on the first drive of the fourth quarter with a 28 yard strike making it 31-14. Jacob Wagner finished off the Bearcat scoring with a 63 yard td run after a short pass from Hudy. Hudly finished the night with 224 yards passing, 3 tds and one rushing td. Price had 4 of those grabs for 107 and 2 scores while Wagner also had 4 catches but for 124 yard and 1 td. “Price is amazing, he’s a tough player for his size man. He’s like one of those guys from the (New England) Patriots, like a Wes Welker type. Wagner, he’s becoming one of those types too” said Hudy.

Juniata got a late score on a one yard pass from Parson to Steve Ranck near the end of the game:

 

With Central losing to Chestnut Ridge and Clearfield losing to Bellefonte, the Bearcats have a nearly insurmountable lead in the Mountain League and also lead the District Six 3A standings. They’ll travel to Bald Eagle next Friday while Juniata goes to Newport.

We’ll end this article with a new weekly tradition, a marching band clip. This one is the Marching Band of Juniata playing Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls, DEFINITELY a memory spark for me and so far one of my favorite performances!

 

 


J — Ben Lauver 6 pass from Jeremiah Parson (Chris Esh kick), 6:28

J — Ethan Grove 20 run (Esh kick), 1:24

Second quarter

H — Andrew Hudy 6 run (Giovan Scaccia kick), 6:48

H — Jonathan Price 2 pass from Hudy (PAT missed), 4:48

H — Ian Border 6 run (Border run), 3:31

Third quarter

H — Scaccia 27 field goal, 2:36

Fourth quarter

H — Price 28 pass from Hudy (Scaccia kick), 9:39

H — Jacob Wagner 63 pass from Hudy (Scaccia kick), 8:23

J — Steven Ranck 1 pass from Parson (failed 2 pt.), 1:16

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