Huskies snap streak for homecoming
Schaeffer, Todaro break 100-yard mark
LEWISTOWN — Success is always sweeter for those who struggle to get there. No one knows this more than the Mifflin County football team.
After a tumultuous week that saw their coach resign the Huskies found solace on the football field. Bound together by adversity, Mifflin County staged a grand performance by claiming its first win of the season — a 61-21 thrashing of West Perry in a Mid-Penn Colonial clash on Homecoming at Mitchell Field Friday night.
For Mifflin County interim coach Scot Sechler, it was all about heart and teamwork.
“I’m so proud of these kids. They put a lot of heart and soul into this week,” he said. “My hat’s off to West Perry. They are a great team, well-coached, and the quarterback (Dom Salinetro) is phenomenal. They have a running back (Kenyon Johnson) who is incredible. They are a decent team.”
The Huskies, averaging only 76 yards a game on the ground, broke loose with 312 yards and seven touchdowns. Kross Todaro and Gage Schaeffer both topped the 100-yard barrier (119 and 104 yards, respectively). The running game was so dominant, Mifflin County passed only twice.
“We wanted to get Schaeffer 100 yards. We knew he was near the 100-yard mark near the end. We knew he was close. I’m glad he got his 100-yard game. All the kids got involved tonight in the run game,” Sechler said. “Our line did a fantastic job tonight.”
Mifflin County (1-7, 1-3) set the tone for the game when Kyler Snook took the opening kickoff 76 yards to daylight for a 7-0 lead. The Huskies made it 14-0 with 2:12 to go in the first quarter, marching on a 13-play, 80-yard drive capped by Schaeffer’s four-yard score.
“Kyler Snook … came out with a big bang like that and fired the whole team up,” Sechler said. “It gave us the momentum we needed.”
The Mustangs (3-4, 3-2) bounced back with two scores in the second quarter to make it 14-14. The first came on a Johnson two-yard TD run and the second on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Salinetro to Jake Quaker.
With 2:10 to go until halftime, Mifflin County broke the will of West Perry by scoring on a 3-play, 69-yard drive that took just 1:05 to complete. Schaeffer had two carries for 26 yards on the drive before Todaro ran for a 43-yard touchdown to make it 21-14 at the half.
The Huskies forced a three-and-out of West Perry to start the second half and quickly made it 28-14 when Jacob Krepps connected with Noah Wright on the Go route for a 47-yard touchdown.
Mifflin County seized the momentum and never let go, outscoring the Mustangs 40-7 in the second half.
“That was a big momentum swing to start the second half,” Sechler said.
Salinetro scorched the Huskies last year with a school record 367 yards and four touchdowns. Friday, the Mifflin County defense had a better game plan. Instead of giving the West Perry receivers a big cushion like they did last year, the Huskies crowded the line of scrimmage, bumping the receivers off their routes. The plan worked. Salinetro looked out of sorts, passing for just 174 yards with one score.
Mifflin County put the game away with a 20-0 third quarter. After the Wright TD catch, Krepps and Lincoln Miller scored on one- and 17-yard runs, giving the Huskies a commanding 41-14 advantage.
Gabe Winkles (seven yards), Schaeffer (six yards) and Shane Dearment (five yards) added TD runs in the fourth quarter.
Mifflin County finished with 359 yards of total offense, its best output of the season. The 61-point total matched a school record (against James Buchanan last year), although with a smaller margin of victory.
The Huskies travel to Big Spring Oct. 27.
Mifflin County 61, West Perry 21
West Perry 0 14 0 7–21
Mifflin County 14 7 20 20–61
Order of scoring
MC– Snook 76 kick return(Wagner kick), 11:49
MC– Schaeffer 4 run (Wagner kick), 2:12
WP– Johnson 2 run (kick failed), 8:58
WP– J.Quaker 8 pass from Salinetro (J.Quaker pass from Salinetro), 2:18
MC– Todaro 43 run (Wagner kick), 1:05
MC– Wright 47 pass from Krepps (Wagner kick), 7:57
MC– Krepps 1 run (Wagner kick), 5:24
MC– Miller 17 run (kick blocked), 3:12
WP– J.Quaker 12 pass from Salinetro (Z.Quaker kick), 10:36
MC– Winkles 7 run (Wagner kick), 5:27
MC– Schaeffer 6 run (Wagner kick), 4:09
MC– DeArment 5 run (Pass failed), 3:36
First downs 18 22
Rushes-yards 25-108 48-312
Passing 174 47
Comp-Att-Int 18-36-0 1-2-1
Total yards 282 359
Punts-Avg. 4-35.2 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties-Yards 6-45 7-45
RUSHING: WP– Johnson 19-102 TD, T.Quaker 2-8, Fadness 3-9; MC– Todaro 6-119 TD, Schaeffer 17-104 2TD, Baker 9-43, Krepps 2-3 TD, DeArment 2-7 TD, MIller 1-17 TD, Winkles 5-24 TD, Phillips 3-9, Hopkins 2-(-10), Boyer 1-(-4), Team 1-(-3).
PASSING: WP– Salinetro 18-35-174-0, Johnson 0-1-0-0; MC– Krepps 1-2-47-1, Boyer 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING: WP– T.Quaker 9-96, J.Quaker 4-27 2 TD, Sutch 3-21, Johnson 2-30; MC– Wright 1-47 TD.
INTERCEPTIONS: WP– Johnson.