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Mifflin County Doubles Up On Central Mountain

Written by: on Saturday, October 29th, 2011


WesternPAFootball Writer

LEWISTOWN — Two weeks ago, the Central Mountain football team made a trip over the Seven Mountains to Mifflintown and came home on the short end of a 48-21 loss to the Juniata Indians.

Friday night, the Wildcats again made the trip over the mountains, but this time they stopped off in Lewistown to battle the Mifflin County Huskies. Although they stopped some 12 miles short of their first destination, the result wasn’t any better for CM as the Huskies won the first-ever battle between the two schools by the final of 40-20 at Mitchell Field.

The game was much like Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities. The Wildcats won the first half 14-12 before the Huskies came back to outscore their guests by a 28-6 margin in the final 24 minutes to set the final. “We battled back all year,” said Mifflin County interim coach George Miskinis.

“The only time we weren’t able to come back was against Cardinal Mooney so I think that is a tribute to our kids with their intestinal fortitude. We made a little bit of an adjustment because their quarterback (Von Walker) is really good He did a nice job and they stung us with those two scores. He made a lot of nice moves and we were arm tackling so we just had to adjust our focal point. Unfortunately he got hurt and after that things settled down.”

After piling up 131 yards rushing in addition to throwing for another 66 yards, Central Mountain’s do-everything back Von Walker was injured on the next-to-last play of the first half and never returned. Unofficially, Walker’s injury is an ankle problem.

“He brings a lot to the team, he is a leader and you can see what happens when he is not on the field,” said CM head coach Vinnie Kishbaugh. “But that is not an excuse because we executed our game plan for 24 minutes, but you need to do it for 48 minutes. That was the difference in the ball game.”

Although the Wildcats came out on the short end of the final score, Kishbaugh likes the experience his younger players are getting as the season rolls along.

“These kids are going to be all right,” he said. “They are going to be a good football team, but when you are dealing with a bunch of 14 and 15-year-old boys, it is going to take them another year of growing before they are able to compete with the 17 and 18-year-olds. I really think the age difference is what it comes down to. We knew coming into the season that we were going to take some bumps and bruises and we are certainly not writing off next week’s game with Jersey Shore, but we are looking toward next year.”

The Huskies only threw the ball four times, but they didn’t have to because no less than three of their backs reached the century plateau as they totaled 455 yards overland. Harry Lowber and Kyle Kahley paced the punishing ground attack with 114 yards apiece, while David Yale chipped in with his 108. Lowber and Yale each tallied a pair of touchdowns, while Kahley found the end zone once.

“I think we just let it evolve,” said Miskinis about the punishing ground assault. “We weren’t exactly sure what they were going to do defensively because we had seen them in two or three different fronts. The defense they used tonight was the same one they used last week against Bellefonte. Seeing that, it was like OK, we know what they are doing so it was just a matter of us settling in. We tried to prep for three things and fortunately we had enough reps to control their defense.” Although Husky quarterback Shane Whalen only completed one pass while rushing for 78 yards, Miskinis felt it was his reads that set things up for the MC. “Our basic offense is the option and when the option is there we really didn’t stray away from it,” he said. “Our quarterback (Whalen) made some really great reads and spread it around a little bit and we were fortunate enough to break a couple of big runs.”

Now 2-7, the Wildcats have their annual backyard hassle with the Bulldogs remaining on the schedule and although they are going to pay a lot of attention to that game, the young ‘Cats are also taking a peep out of the corner of their eye at next season.

“They are already asking when the off-season training starts,” Kishbaugh said. “They are excited for it and although it hasn’t been the most successful season in terms of wins and losses, when you look at the mentality of this team, they have come leaps and bounds from where they were in August. As coaches, all you can ask of them is to progress each week and they have done that.”

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