Test of Strength: The Wildcats pound down on Stingers @homerwildcats @MCStingersFB
Written by: Garrett Mock on Saturday, September 14th, 2019
It’s another Friday night, and with the chilled winds blowing past your ears, we got to witness two strong teams clash helmets in Memorial Park, located in Homer City. The Wildcats (2-1), is led by junior quarterback Benjamin Schmidt, kept their bigger plays in the air, while the Marion Center Stingers (3-0), under the helm of a freshman quarterback, mixed the gameplay. Both teams bolstered a strong interior defense, which beat down both offensive linemen with hard hits and quick movements. Both teams suffered several sacks, and equal amounts of lose of yards. While Homer-Center moved better in the air, Marion Center moved the ball better on the ground, with the help of starting tailback Garett Wells.
“Marion Center is a great team, and Garett Wells is a great, hard-running back,” said junior Ben Schmidt, “so we had to make sure we tackled good, and we had to learn how to work around their strong defense.”
Schmidt began the scoring by running loss on a 3-yard run, but his field goal was blocked by the Stingers. After throwing two interceptions, Schmidt punched the ball into the endzone on a sneak, but not after MC’s Garett Wells ran the ball in to tie the game. Schmidt connected with receiver Travis Mock on the 2-point conversion, which pushed the lead to 14-7.
At this point, many of the bigger plays come in the air. Right before halftime, Schmidt connected to junior receiver Drew Kochman, making the total 21-7. In the halfway point of the third quarter, after several fruitless drives for both teams, junior receiver Travis Mock caught a 25-yard pass from Schmidt, pushing the Wildcat lead to 27-7, and Mock quickly intercepted MC’s freshman quarterback Gavin Pelcko, and nearly returned it. After attempting a field goal, which was blocked by the Stingers, Schmidt made a 12-yard pass to senior receiver Cobe Daugherty at the end of the third quarter, which bumped the score up to 35-7. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Marion Center’s Garett Wells, the starting running back, forced the ball into the endzone, finalizing the score at 35-13. For the remainder of the game, both teams tried to score again, but were firmly held by their tough defenses.
“Homer-Center has a really potent offense,” said Marion Center’s Adam Rising, “which is led by a junior quarterback, who’s been starting since he was a freshman, along with great receivers like Daugherty. This offense has a lot of aspects about it, and it’s a high potent offense. We had some opportunities, but we couldn’t keep up the momentum.”
Next week, the Wildcats (3-1), travel to United to battle against the Lions. The Lions, (0-3), are suffering from injuries and a small roster, but are gaining back a valuable weapon in Hunter Cameron, their athletic, fast running back. As for the Stingers, (3-1), they will face against the Northern Cambria Colts, (2-2). The Colts focal point is their physicality, so it’ll be another test of strength for the Stingers. The Colts are coming off a loss to the Purchase Line Red Dragons, and the Lions recently lost to the Penn’s Manor Comets.
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