Central Mountain Shuts Down Huntingdon (Walker Breaks Record)
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Steve Fisher WesternPAFootball.net Writer
HUNTINGDON – On a record setting night for Senior sensation Von Walker, the Central Mountain Wildcats shut down and shut out the Huntingdon Bearcats Friday night by a score of 40-0 to even their season record at 3-3.
Despite having touchdown runs of 80 (Von Walker) and 50 (Drew Alexander) yards negated because of penalties, the Wildcats ran wild all night on the Bearcats seemingly at will. Walker led the attack rushing for 193 yards on 11 carries including touchdown runs of 53 and 14 yards. He was also six for nine passing for 75 more yards, one of those a 15 scoring toss to fellow senior Drew Alexander.
Walker would have plenty of help on this night. Senior Blaze Buckwalter ran for 59 yards and a six yard scoring run. Alexander gained 28 yards on the ground and scored his second touchdown of the evening on a five yard plunge. Senior wideout Cole Renninger also got in on the act by carrying the ball one time on an end around which went for a 48 yard touchdown.
On this night, Walker became Southern Clinton County’s all-time leading rusher eclipsing the mark of 3418 yards set by Bald Eagle Nittany High School’s Brad Gilmore back in 1992. Walker needing 124 yards coming into the game to exceed Gilmore’s mark, accumulated 123 of those yards by half-time. On the first Wildcat play of the second half, Walker on a quarterback keeper scampered 27 yards and into the record books. When all was said and done the new record would stand at 3495 with four more games for Walker to add to the record.
It was also a strong night for the Central Mountain defense holding Huntingdon to just 123 yards of total offense. Junior linebacker Kyle Maggs led the Wildcats in tackles, with fellow linebackers Tyler Zettle and Tyler Cryder not far behind. Up front it was Loc Long and Mark Karichner taking on double teams which allowed the Wildcat linebackers to roam free and make tackles.
The Wildcats also intercepted three of the 14 passes Huntingdon quarterback Devon Claar threw on the night. Tyler Pavalko had two picks, his fourth and fifth of the season, Cody Barner the third.
In an effort to shake up a slumbering offense, Huntingdon started Junior Devon Claar at quarterback instead of senior Josh Foster who had started all five previous games. Claar did lead the Bearcats in rushing with 102 yards, but other than a couple of Rhett Stetchock kick off returns giving Huntingdon decent field position, the offense could muster nothing against the strong Wildcat defense.
Huntingdon’s longest drive of the night came in the second quarter and lasted a little over six minutes. The drive was supported and kept alive by two fourth down conversions and two big Wildcat penalties. The possession ended with a Pavalko interception in the end zone.
Next week the Wildcats return home to Malinak Stadium to host Central Columbia.
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