Trojans pick up first victory
ALLPORT — The Mount Union football team matched up against West Branch on Friday night in Allport in an Inter County Conference contest to see who would log their first win of the season.
Ethan Carbaugh, quarterback for the Trojans, put the team on his back in the first half rushing for 270 yards scoring four touchdowns. Carbaugh left the game in the second half and the Trojans defense held off the Warriors air attack to bring the 33-21 victory back to Mount Union.
The Trojans are now 4-1 and 3-1 in the ICC.
The Warriors put up the first points in the game on the first drive of the first quarter. The Trojans had three critical penalties on third downs allowing the Warriors to maintain possession. At 9:13 on the clock Will Herring ran it in from 5-yards out with Sarah Betts kicking the extra point. On the first play after the kickoff Carbaugh scored his first touchdown on the first play of the possession going 67-yards for the score. Trevor Skopic kicked the point after at 8:57 showing.
On the next series Brock Woodward picked off an Ayden Gutierrez pass to get the Trojans the ball back. Carbaugh ran it in from 12-yards out after he had a 49-yard run in the drive. Skopic added the point after.
In the second quarter the Trojans defense protected against the Warriors strong passing game well. The Warriors drove down the field and the Trojans stopped the drive taking over on downs at the 10-yard line. On the first play Carbaugh again found daylight going 90-yards for the score. Skopic missed the extra point at 6:55 showing.
The two teams traded punts and on the Warrior series of downs Grayson McClain picked off a Gutierrez pass to get the Trojans the ball back. The Trojans drive ran the clock down inside a minute and with 49 seconds left and on the seven-yard line Carbaugh went outside for a seven- yard touchdown with Skopic adding the point after to take a 27-7 lead into intermission. The Trojans had 305 yards rushing in the first half and the Warriors had 38 yards rushing and 151 passing.
Carbaugh let the game on the first drive of the first quarter. The Warriors got possession after a Trojan fumble on the 26-yardline. The Warriors did not capitalize and punted the ball away. The Trojans could not get anything going and again they had to punt. The warriors mounted a drive and at 2:57 left in the quarter Gutierrez found Noah Hoffner open going 70-yards for the score with Betts adding the point after.
The Trojans took over on downs in the first Warrior drive of the fourth quarter running the inside to get down to the five-yard line. Klayton Willoughby was not going to be turned away after pounding the ball down field and he ran it in from five yards out at 6:50 showing. Skopic missed the point after. The Warriors continued to go to the air having success getting down field with Gutierrez finding Trenton Bellomy open for a 17-yard pass scoring with 22 seconds left in the game. The Trojans took a knee for their first win of the season.
“Carbaugh had a great game tonight and is the center of our offense,” Mount Union coach Rob Turner said. “The guys that came into the game off the bench played well holding the lead. I am proud of the guys on the bench tonight. The team kept their composure all night and it feels good to get the win. Back to work on Monday and get ready for next Friday.”
The Trojans are back on the road Sept. 27 at Claysburg-Kimmel.
Mount Union 33, West Branch 21
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Mount Union 14 13 0 6–33
West Branch 7 0 7 7–21
WB–Herring 5 run (Betts kick), 9:13
MU– Carbaugh 67 run (Skopic kick), 8:57
MU — Carbaugh 12 run (Skopic kick), 3:32
MU– Carbaugh 90 run (kick failed), 6:55
MU– Carbaugh 7 ruin (Skopic kick), 0:49
WB– Hoffner 70 pass from Gutierrez (Betts kick), 2:57
MU– Willooughby 5 run (kick failed), 6:50
WB– Bellomy 17 pass from Gutierrez (Betts kick), 0:22
First downs 13 20
Total yards 416 443
Rushes-yards 396 117
Yards passing 20 326
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 2-3-0 17-48-4
Punts-avg. 4-30.5 2-33.5
Fumbles-lost 3-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 10-55 6-65
RUSHING: MU– Carbaugh 14-299 4 TD, Willoughby 19-66 TD, Fortson 6-32, McClain 1-20, Brumbaugh 6-(-13), Team 3-(-8); WB– Herring 16-79, Gutierrez 8-24, Kephart 3-14.
PASSING: MU– Carbaugh 1-2-0-20, Brumbaugh 1-1-0-0; WB– Gutierrez 17-48-4-326 4 TD.
RECEIVING: MU– Wilson 1-20, Willoughby 1-0; WB– Hoffner 7-187 TD, Bellomy5-67 TD, Rothrock 2-13, Dale 1-34, Kopchick 2-25.