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Waynesboro (October 9) — The Huntingdon Mustangs traveled to Waynesboro a day earlier than originally scheduled to do battle against Region 6A the Wayne County Wildcats. In a game of attrition, …
Waynesboro (October 9) — The Huntingdon Mustangs traveled to Waynesboro a day earlier than originally scheduled to do battle against Region 6A the Wayne County Wildcats. In a game of attrition, the Mustangs finished the evening with a 22-0 victory.
Aiden Hutcherson accounted for all but two points scored by Huntingdon. Three Mustangs rushed for over 100 yards each; Hutcherson 148, Grant Bartholomew 107 and Blake Bradley 100. In total Huntingdon rushed the ball 50 times accumulating 357 total yards with 18 first downs. Wayne County’s offense was held to 151 yards; 70 passing yards and 81 rushing yards.
The Mustangs dressed in their road white uniforms and gold helmets won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. Huntingdon’s first series was a quick three-and-out with Wayne County near mid-field. What started as a promising drive ended with a punt putting the Mustangs on their own 20-yard line.
The remainder of the first quarter was a back-and-forth tug-of-war match between the two teams. As the clock ticked away, the Mustangs and Wildcats were attempting to keep the defense on the field as long as possible.
Wayne County was forced into their third punting situation. The Mustangs were pinned to start the second quarter from their own 35-yard line. Key runs by Bradley and Bartholomew gave Huntingdon a fresh set of downs. Hutcherson only needed one play to put the Mustangs on the board with the early lead of 6-0 with 9:13 left in the half. Keeping to their season long tradition, Huntingdon went for the two-point conversion but failed to capitalize.
With a new vigor, the Mustang defense kept the Wildcats from gaining only one first down in the second quarter.
Huntingdon’s second possession of the second quarter came to a screeching halt as Hutcherson fumbled on a counter in Wildcat territory. With a retribution on his mind, Hutcherson scored his second touchdown of the night from 44 yards out. With 18.6 seconds remaining and a failed two-point conversion, the half closed with Huntingdon leading 12-0.
The Mustang defense continued to hold Wayne County to minimal yardage in the third quarter. Huntingdon looked like they would score a third down as they matriculated the ball down the field. Inside the red zone, Huntingdon found themselves on first-and-goal, but were unable to score, turning the ball over on downs.
The Wildcats took over on down from their 2-yard line. A bobble snap forced Wayne County Quarterback Cade Crews to dive on the ball allowing Huntingdon to pick up the two-point safety increasing the lead 14-0.
The Mustangs scored the final points of the game with 3:46 to play in the game. Precision runs by Bradley and Bartholomew put the goal line in sight. On first-and-ten from the Wildcat 23-yard line, Hutcherson was in the end zone. On a counter, Hutcherson’s two-point conversion put Huntingdon up 22-0.
In their seventh match-up, the Mustangs lead the series against Wayne County 4-3. Huntingdon has a 5-2 regular season record with losses against McKenzie and Milan but remains undefeated in Region 6A. Next Friday night, the Mustangs continue region play returning home to face the Perry County Vikings. Kickoff is 7 p.m.