MOUNT UNION - One play was all the Trojans needed.
After a West Branch three-and-out, Klayton Heffner returned the ensuing punt 64 yards for a quick 6-0 lead and for the third straight week, Mount Union scored at least 50 points, this time rolling up a 59-13 win over West Branch.
"It's not what I expected," Mount Union coach Dayton Shugarts said. "I expected to win, but I didn't think it would be anything like this.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mount Union’s Dylan Smith (21) runs behind a block from teammate Phil Kyle (50) against West Branch Friday night in Mount Union. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"I just talked to the coach at West Branch. I give that guy a lot of respect. When you only have 17, 18, 19 kids, it's really tough."
B.J. Loner scored twice for the Trojans, once on a 10-yard touchdown run as well as on a 60-yard interception return.
The Trojans improved to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Inter-County Conference, with the only blemish coming to the top Class A team in the district, Bellwood-Antis.
Mount Union's high-powered offense combined with West Branch's permeable defense that gave up 40 or more for the sixth time in eight chances was a recipe for disaster for the Warriors.
Heffner return put them up 6-0 with 10:06 left in the opening quarter.
Mount Union added a defensive touchdown when Loner stripped a West Branch ball carrier, picked it up and returned it for a 21-yard touchdown, giving the Trojans a 13-0 lead.
West Branch got on the board when Walker Williams hit Jacob Brown for a 30 yard touchdown, making it 13-7 Mount Union.
That's when the Mount Union offense took over.
Four different Trojans scored offensively on the following four possessions, capped by Dylan Smith's 20-yard touchdown run.
Trevor Walker scored on a seven-yard touchdown run, Loner added a 10 run, Kole House caught an eight yard pass from Walker and Smith finished it with his 20 yard jaunt around the edge.
Loner added his 60 yard interception return to make it 46-7 Trojans.
"West Branch gave us a pick-6 and a couple of fumble recoveries," Shugarts said. "Those things you want. You want those takeaways, but you don't really expect those. They gave that to us."
Devon Kylor's 63 yard touchdown run on a reverse made it 52-7, ending Mount Union's 52-point first half and 39-point second quarter.
The Trojans scored five times on offense, twice on defense and once on special teams.
The Trojans also scored three times from over 60 yards out in the first half.
The Warriors scored with 9:52 left in the game when Kris Smeal scored from two yards out.
Zach Snyder finished the scoring out for the Trojans when he ran in from five yards out, giving Mount Union a 59-13 victory.
"It's a funny game," Shugarts said. "However it goes. To me, it's the greatest game in the world. There isn't a game like football."
Mount Union wore pink socks and wristbands for breast cancer awareness.
The Trojans will be back in action Oct. 25 when they host Tussey Mountain.
"Next week is probably going to be the epitome of this season," Shugarts said. "This year, they have the goods up there. We're going to have to be on our 'A game' next Friday night."