Penalties factor in Huskies’ defeat
WILLIAMSPORT — Flags were flying and snaps were snapping. Mifflin County and Williamsport had a messy contest on the gridiron, and the latter came out on top, 24-2 at STA stadium on Friday night.
Mifflin County’s offense was catching fire on its last drive of the first half. The chains were moving before the offensive unit started moving backward instead. Three flags and 15 penalty yards hindered the Huskies, preventing them from making any progress as they were held to a 10-0 deficit at the half.
“We switched to our hurry up offense a little bit, which is a different personel set than what they’ve seen before,” Mifflin County coach Scot Sechler said. “We were just trying to up-tempo it a little bit and catch them off guard. I think we tired them out a little bit, they were gasping there.”
The only points that came the Huskies’ way was on defense, and not even from their own players. A high snap sailed straight out of the back of the end zone, having never touched a Mifflin County player. The Huskies tried to create momentum after getting on the board, but ended a seven-play drive — with another three flags accumulated — with a punt.
“We always try to build off of everything. We fight, we scratch, we claw at everything we can get. We made enough mistakes tonight. We dropped a punt back here where we should’ve kicked it to the back of the end zone and taken the safety ourselves instead of giving them the ball at the 10 or whatever,” Sechler said.
“We made some mental errors tonight and there were some, what I would term ‘phantom penalties’ tonight which I thought were bogus but I had my discussion with the officials and we talked it out. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much I yell. The call is what the call is, (but) I have to voice my opinion. (Williamsport) Coach (Chuck) Crews has a nice team here, he’s going to win a lot of games this year so I wish them the best.”
Williamsport sophomore quarterback Frankie Marrone threw a 40-yard dagger to Jamaire Harden (five receptions, 104 yards) on the Millionaires’ fifth drive of the game to set up first-and-goal from the 10-yard line. Senior running back Keith Freeman (six carries, 22 yards) took it up the middle and to the house from there to give Williamsport a 7-0 lead with 8:41 left in the second quarter.
After a 35-yard field goal from Connor Poole six minutes later, Freeman added a second touchdown early in the third quarter on a two-yard flick from Morrone.
Harden hauled in a 23-yard strike from Marrone for the last touchdown of the night with seven and a half minutes remaining. Despite pulling away on the scoreboard, Williamsport had its own share of penalties and muffed snaps.
The Millionaires have struggled to gel as a cohesive unit early in the season.
“Our main problem, not just this game but our flaws as a team this year, we’re not really playing as one. We’re each looking at each other as individuals,” Marrone said. “We’re all good players and we all do good things, but we really just have to come together as one. We can’t keep talking about what we’re going to do, we just have to execute it.”
Marrone completed 14 of his 25 passes for 156 yards with one interception. Mifflin County senior quarterback Jared Lyons threw 5 for 21 for 74 yards. Lyons rushed 12 times for nine yards, while Maronne had three rushes for negative six yards.
Williamsport 0 10 7 7-24
Mifflin County 0 0 2 0-2
W-Freeman 10-yard run (kick good) 8:41.
W-Poole 35-yard field goal 2:09.
W-Freeman 2-yard pass from Morrone (kick good) 10:27.
W-Harden 23-yard pass from Morrone (kick good) 7:31.
TEAM STATISTICS W MC
Rushes-yards 33-114 34-25
Passing yards 25-156 22-74
Total yards 270 99
Comp-Att-Int 14-25-1 5-22-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 9-40 12-103
RUSHING: Williamsport, Hennigan 21-97, Freeman 6-22, Sams-glover 3-1, Morrone 3(-6). Mifflin County, Hunter 4-8, Lyons 12-9, Ettinger 2-7, Schaeffer 9-12, Wilson 2-(-2), Sechler 1(-17), Brought 1-1, Cruz 3-7.
PASSING: Williamsport, Morrone 14-25, 156 yards, 2 TD, INT. Mifflin County, Lyons 5-21, 74 yards, Wilson 0-1, 0 yards.
RECEIVING: Williamsport, Harden 5-104, Freeman 4-21, Sams-glover 1(-6), Robinson 1-9, Campbell 1-9, Slaughter 1-3. Mifflin County, Scheaffer 2-29, Everly 1-6, Kearns 1-16, Wilson 1-23.
INTERCEPTIONS: Mifflin County, Schaeffer.
RECORDS: Williamsport 2-1, Mifflin County 0-3.