Burgettstown rallies past Mohawk @BtownFB @MHSAthletics667
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Seth Phillis returned an interception 40 yards for what turned to be the game-winning touchdown Saturday afternoon as Burgettstown defeated Mohawk 14-3.
The victory puts the Blue Devils one week away from winning their first outright conference title since 1977 when they face Brentwood.
“It would be a remarkable achievement for these young men,” said Burgettstown head coach Mark Druga. “It’s been the first time in our history of making the playoffs four consecutive years. To be able to bring home a conference title for the first time in 41 years would be remarkable.”
Burgettstown rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit with Phillis’s pick-6 and Dylan Poirier 19-yard touchdown from Jake Lounder.
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“Things didn’t go well because we came out on the losing end,” said Mohawk head coach Tim McCutcheon. “That’s a really good team we just played, and my hat goes off to them.”
The Blue Devils defense did their thing again as they limited the Warriors to just three points and 282 yards of total offense. They also forced four turnovers and two turnovers on downs. Burgettstown has given up only 37 points in their seven games.
“My brother coach Druga Sr. is our defensive coordinator, he came over from West Allegheny when I took over this program,” said Druga. “The enthusiasm and energy he has just transfers over our defense. They play lights out every single play.”
It was Mohawk that started the scoring. Holding the Blue Devils on downs to begin the game, the Warriors marched downfield to set up the game’s first score.
Braydon Cameron hauled in a screen pass from Nick Wheeler and took it 37 yards to the Blue Devils 3-yard line before a personal foul penalty on Mohawk after the play moved them back 15 yards.
Cameron led the Warriors with 143 total yards of offense, 85 rushing, and 58 receiving.
Mohawk was forced to kick a 25-yard field goal that was made by Dylan Llyod.
Both offenses remained dormant for the remainder of the first half.
Mohawk had a chance before halftime to increase their lead. But Cameron’s halfback option pass was intercepted by Cole Shergi ending the half at the Blue Devils 7-yard line.
Needing a second-half spark to get themselves back into the game, Phillis did for the Blue Devils as intercepted an overthrown ball by Warriors quarterback Wheeler and took it back 40 yards to give Burgettstown the lead for good at 7-3.
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“Seth Phillis is a phenomenal athlete,” said Druga. “He’s also our fastest guy. At the corner position, it’s difficult to get behind him, and he can pick a pocket or two. This interception at this moment gave us life hands down. It changed the whole dynamic of this game.”
The Blue Devils added to their lead as Lounder connected with Poirier for a 19-yard touchdown pass following a 4th-down sack that gave Burgettstown a short 35-yard field.
“Jake Lounder is the leader of our ground game, he’s our quarterback,” said Druga. “We are not going to come out and throw it 100 times. We’ll throw when we need to and hopefully complete it like on that play.”
Both teams are in action again next Friday as Burgettstown travels to Brentwood while Mohawk plays host to Ellwood City.
“It shows that if we get behind we’re not giving up, and that’s our signature this year,” said Druga.
“To bounce back it won’t be hard because we’re in a must-win situation to control our own destiny and win our conference,” said McCutcheon. “We can’t worry about this one.”
Burgettstown 14 Mohawk 3
Score by Quarters
Mohawk – 3 0 0 0 – 3
Burgettstown – 0 0 7 7 – 14
M – Dylan Lloyd 25 yard field goal, 1:08
B – Seth Phillis 40 yd interception return (Phillis pat), 4:22
B – Dylan Poirier 19 yd pass from Jake Lounder (Phillis pat), 2:21
Rushing: Mohawk – Braydon Cameron 25-85, Jake Stapleton 10-78, Nick Wheeler 1-(-5). Totals: 36-158. Burgettstown – Shane Kemper 7-19, Lounder 14-48, Gage Monette 2-4, Cyle Conley 16-73, Phillis 1-7, Team 1-0. Totals: 41-151.
Passing: Mohawk – Wheeler 7-for-11, 112 yards, 2 interceptions, Cameron 1-for3, 12 yards, 1 interception. Burgettstown – Lounder 4-for-9, 77 yards, 1 touchdown.
Receiving: Mohawk – Cameron 2-58, Nate McCutcheon 2-36, Stapleton 1-0, Dmitry Pendro 2-28. Burgettstown – Phillis 2-32, Poirier 2-45.
Interceptions: Burgettstown – Lounder, Cole Shergi, Phillis.
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