Mifflin County over Central Mountain
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, September 16th, 2012
By STEVE FISHER
MILL HALL — Writer In a sloppy, sometimes ugly and often frustrating game, the Mifflin County Huskies invaded Malinak Stadium Friday night defeating the Central Mountain Wildcats by the score of 19-6.
With the score tied at 6 for most of the contest, these Quad A, evenly ranked rivals battled for three and half quarters in a hard hitting physical contest. In the end, it was two late scores by the visitors that sealed the victory for Mifflin County, a consolidation of the former Lewistown and Indian Valley high schools.
The Wildcat offense this night could be summed up in two words, Von…Walker. The Wildcat defense could also be summed up in two words, Von…Walker.
Facing a Huskie offensive line that average nearly 290 pounds, the Central Mountain defensive line and Walker back at middle linebacker for this game, disrupted and confused the potent Mifflin County running attack time and time again until midway through the 4th quarter.
Benefiting from great field position and a stable of five effective running backs, the Huskies scored on a five yard run by Tim Beck at the 8:29 mark of the fourth quarter and four minutes later a one yard plunge by Kyle Kahley, his second TD of the game.
Husky quarterback Shane Whalen, who had completed only four passes in his first two games was a respectable seven for 15 for 166 yards. Heath Hidlay lead the Husky running attack with 51 yards on 15 carries and also caught two Whalen passes for another 51 yards. John Michael Maclay had the other two Huskie receptions for 57 yards.
Whatever it cost to attend this game was certainly worth the investment just to watch Von Walker nearly single-handed tilt this contest to the home side.
On the first play from scrimmage to start the second half, Walker from the quarterback position broke off a 79 yard touchdown run around the right side, seemingly giving the Wildcats the lead. However, the run and score were negated by a block in the back penalty which occurred more than 35 yards away from the action at the Mifflin County 40.
With Walker carrying the load, the Wildcats eventually were in position to attempt a 37 yard field goal by Nick Nole. Just prior to the ball being snapped and Nole’s kick sailing through the uprights, the Huskies jumped offside and made contact with a Wildcat lineman. As a result of the contact the play was blown dead and the go ahead field goal waved off.
After the officials marched off the five yard penalty, Nole’s next attempt, this time from the 32, was partially blocked and subsequently no good. As for Central Mountain, this night belonged to Von Walker causing head coach Vinnie Kishbaugh to comment, “Walker almost won us that game by himself.”
Mifflin County head coach George Miskinis noted, “Von is an exceptional talent and he had an amazing game for them tonight.”
Running primarily from the quarterback position Walker totaled154 yards on the ground on 17 carries, most of the time it taking two tacklers or more to bring him down, and scored the only Wildcat TD on a 32 yard scamper in the first quarter. He also threw 9 passes completing four, all to Tyler Pavalko, good for 34 yards.
As for the rest of the Wildcats it was a night some soon would like to forget. Travis Turchetta was two of eight passing for minus one yard and threw an interception, and while at quarterback fumbled several times and or was sacked causing losses totaling well over 30 yards. Turchetta was credited for seven carries totaling minus seven yards.
Cole Renninger, a talented offensive player in his own right, caught only two passes for minus one yard. Not given the opportunity to run with the ball, Renninger did throw several devastating key blocks to spring Walker numerous times.
Next week Mifflin County (2-1) will host Carlisle High School, while Central Mountain (1-2) travels to Bellefonte to take on the Red Raiders.
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