West Perry romps at Juniata
MIFFLINTOWN — Seeking his 300th career victory at Juniata, Gary Klingensmith wanted a win over visiting West Perry to open his 50th season as coach of the Indians.
However, the Mustangs proved to be too much to handle as the visitors took charge in a 41-0 victory over Juniata, forcing Klingensmith to wait for his iconic victory.
From the beginning it was obvious that the Mustangs’ junior quarterback, Kenyon Johnson, would be tough to stop. On their opening drive, he was able to take the team 95 yards in 12 plays to put the visitors on the board first.
The touchdown drive started on the Mustangs’ own 5-yard line, but just two plays later the team found itself in Juniata territory. West Perry’s Terrance Quaker took charge on those two plays, catching a 19-yard pass and then rushing for a gain of 31 yards on the ensuing play.
The drive ended with Johnson pounding the ball in from just a yard out.
Johnson went on to score the next two touchdowns for the Mustangs as well, both on the ground.
“Their quarterback was just too fast for our kids.” Klingensmith said. “The bottom line is we didn’t tackle well. There were many many times we should have put them on the ground and didn’t do it.”
Johnson toted the ball in from eight and 46 yards respectively for his next two rushing scores.
“He’s a game changer,” West Perry coach Deven Whitfield said. “You put him together with some of the other guys we have. We have a lot of talent here.”
With a 21-0 lead at the half, West Perry received the second half kickoff but gave Juniata life after losing a fumble on the second play of the half.
Juniata recovered, but ended up going three-and-out and punting the ball away.
The Indians put themselves in one good position to score in the game, but two straight incompletions on third and fourth downs ended the threat.
“I was really hoping to get a score there and get some momentum back,” Klingensmith said.
As much as the Indians would like to put this one behind them and move on, things got a little tricky on the injury side, as the Indians lost some key pieces in the game. Senior captain Bryson Clark left the game early on and never returned after sustaining a hamstring injury.
“Losing (Clark) didn’t help us,” Klingensmith said. “He’s the backbone of our defense. We already had our nose tackle out and then to lose the backbone of the defense made us weak in the middle. Had we had everybody healthy I think you’re looking at a different ball game.”
Backup quarterback Jacob Condo ended up leading the Indians in rushing yards, toting the ball three times for 20 yards. Starting quarterback Eli Puchalsky collected 50 passing yards connecting with four different receivers.
Jim McLaughlin led all Indian receivers with 23 yards.
“I know we’re a better team than that,” Klingensmith said. “This is a hard loss, but sometimes that happens. Even the best team in football can have a bad week sometimes.”
Juniata (0-1) moves on to face a tough Tri-Valley League opponent in Tri-Valley (1-0) next week. The Bulldogs come off a 26-7 victory over Mahanoy Area.
Midd-West 43, Marian Catholic 20
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Midd-West 7 20 16 0–43
Marian Cathloic 0 7 0 13–20
MW–Piccioni 2 run (Sauer kick)
MC– McCall 11 pass from Miller (Stroia kick)
MW– Kline 39 run (Kick failed)
MW– Kline 24 pass from Piccioni (Sauer kick)
MW– Piccioni 14 run (Sauer kick)
MW– Lauver 7 run (Pass failed)
MW– Sauer 21 FG
MW– Levan 18 INT return (Sauer kick)
MC– Boyer 5 run (Stroia kick)
MC– Hasara 2 run (Kick failed)
First downs 15 11
Total yards 290 167
Rushes-yards 42-256 32-111
Yards passing 34 57
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 2-7-0 8-15-2
Punts-avg. 2-32 3-34
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 5-55 3-35
RUSHING: MW– Lauver 20-124. Kline 8-62, Piccioni 10-72, Hunsberger 3-6, Bishp 1-(-8); MC– Doherty 15-105, Boyer 4-9, Hasara 4-15, N.Falls 2-5, Miller 6-(-16), Streisel 1-(-7).
PASSING: MW– Piccioni 2-7-0-34; MC– Miller 8-15-2-57.
RECEIVING: MW– Kline 1-24, Levan 1-10; MC– McCall 3-30, Goff 1-22, Doherty 4-5.