Tigers Outlast Over-matched Central in 30-20 Win
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Opening night of Friday night lights in District 6 saw a large crowd of fans gather to see backyard rivals Central and Hollidaysburg open the 2017 season at Golden Tiger stadium. Both teams featured large offensive lines, jr starting quarterbacks, and 2 shifty running backs.
Hollidaysburg struck first with a big special teams play resulting in a touchdown as Mason McCready blocked a Central punt and returned the block 4 yards for a touchdown. Hollidaysburg led 7-0 at the 10:22 mark of the first period. Patrick Young scored from one yard out thanks to a fake punt by Jack Sauserman to make it 13-0 One of Hollidaysburg’s main weapons is kicker Vlad Hilling who consistently lofted the kickoffs into the endzone and nailed a 31 yard fg midway through the 2nd qtr.
Hollidaysburg junior QB Brady Walters also connected with Senior wideout Jack Sauserman for a 53 yd td in the first half as well. A key play in the first half was a fake punt by Hollidaysburg on 4th and long which kept a drive alive.
Central came out sluggish in the first half but found some momentum on the 2nd quarter. Senior running back Trystan Detwiler was impressive on a 39 yard TD run in the second qtr. DB Zach Parks added a big INT for the Dragons as the first half ended; stopping a Golden Tiger scoring threat. The score at the half was 23-13.
Head coach Dave Baker of Central stated, “Hollidaysburg was very physical with us. Their size and quickness off the ball disturbed our offense and they were able to control the time of possession at times. However, we saw some good things by our back and our defense and we will build upon this game and look to improve next week.”
The 3rd quarter brought a pivotal call on a fourth down touchdown pass from junior QB Noah Muthler to Sr. TE Luke Williams. The 34 yard TD reception was called back by a late illegal procedure penalty against the Dragons. That score would have made the tally 23 to 20 and the game may have unraveled a bit different if that call had not occurred. Hollidaysburg held on downs and generally controlled the 3rd and 4th quarters.
Hollidaysburg QB Brady Walters hit a wide open Jack Sauserman for a nifty 75 yard TD pass late in the 3rd quarter. Central QB Noah Muthler also added an 11 yard TD scamper late in the 4th quarter.
Notes to consider
- Hollidaysburg is improved with line play from last year.
- Central is looking to fill in for a large numbers of graduated seniors.
- Central PK Tarold Masdol added 2 XPs in his debut.
- Central had 7 or 8 players go down with leg cramps in the 2nd half.
- Central was able to drive the ball against Hollidaysburg with strong runs by Detwiler, Sr RB Jared Smith and QB Muthler.
All in all, Friday night in Hollidaysburg for the opener was entertaining for both schools. The stands were full and the weather was great.
Central travels to another rival up I99 in Tyrone next week while Hollidaysburg will make the long trip to play Silver Oak Academy (MD)
Until next week.
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