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HUNTINGDON (October 11) — The Huntingdon Mustangs remain undefeated on the season after a home win Friday against region foe Wayne County. The Mustangs dominated every part of the game from …
HUNTINGDON (October 11) — The Huntingdon Mustangs remain undefeated on the season after a home win Friday against region foe Wayne County. The Mustangs dominated every part of the game from start to finish, scoring 28 points in each of the first two quarters en route to a 70-8 blowout of the Wildcats.
Wayne County received the opening kickoff, but Huntingdon set the tone immediately by forcing a three-and-out. After the punt, the Mustangs took over at the Wildcat 35.
Brandon Lawton made two consecutive three-yard carries to start the first Huntingdon drive, then gained 12 to move the chains. Quarterback Hunter Ensley then kept for a 17-yard touchdown. Cole Edwards kicked the PAT, and the Mustangs took a 7-0 lead with 8:33 to play in the first frame.
The Wildcats fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Mustang Konnor Pearson recovered it at the Wayne County 24. Ensley kept the first snap for a touchdown, and Edwards kicked to double Huntingdon’s lead to 14-0 in just 18 seconds.
Wayne County started deep and moved the chains on the first play, but the drive stalled and the Wildcats punted again.
Taking over at their own 42, the Mustangs quickly moved deep into Wayne County territory as Lawton ran for 15, then 13 yards. Ensley then threw to Pearson for a 30-yard touchdown. Edwards kicked the extra point, and Huntingdon led 21-0 with just under six minutes to play in the first.
Edwards drove the kickoff into the end zone for a touchback to start the Wildcats at their own 20. They quickly faced third-and-long and fumbled the ball away to Mustang Devin McClerkin, who returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Another Edwards PAT made it 28-0 with just over four minutes left in the first.
Wayne County started at the 30 and got a first down from a Huntingdon penalty, but were again driven back and forced to punt.
The Mustangs took over at their own 35. Runs by Pearson and Lawton moved the chains to the Wildcat 41, and Pearson made a short gain as the quarter ended. Ensley threw incomplete, then Pearson ran 38 yards to paydirt. Edwards kicked, and the score was 35-0 early in the second frame.
The Wildcats started at their own 7 and immediately fumbled. Mustang Blake Bradley jumped on the ball at the 10. Lawton ran it in on first down, and Edwards’ kick put the lead at 42-0 just 20 seconds after the previous score.
Edward’s kickoff went out of bounds inside the 1 yard line, and Wayne County started at the 35. The Huntingdon defense forced another three-and-out, and the punt was reeled in by Ensley and returned to the Mustang 37.
Ensley kept for a run down to the 2, then punched it in on a sneak. Edwards kicked to make it 49-0 with nine minutes to play in the first half.
A great return on the kickoff spotted the Wildcats at midfield. Four short carries moved the chains, but Wayne County stalled and turned the ball over on downs at the Huntingdon 33.
Bradley took over at quarterback, and runs by Malek Cannon earned back-to-back first downs. A 43-yard touchdown run by Ethan Reliford was negated by a penalty, and another penalty against the Mustangs followed. Reliford ran for six, then Cannon for eleven. On third-and-one, Bradley kept for a 12-yard touchdown. The PAT by Edwards pushed Huntingdon’s lead to 56-0 with under a minute to play before intermission.
The Wildcats ran three plays to earn a first down as time expired.
The second half was reduced to two ten-minute quarters with a running clock. Mustangs received a short kick to start at the far 44. Aden Hutcherson ran three straight times for 18, 16 and 22 yards. Elijah Flowers ran for nine, then Hutcherson took it twice for a first-and-goal at the 2. Grant Bartholomew punched it in, and Edwards kicked for a 63-0 Huntingdon lead with five to play in the third.
Wayne County’s next drive resulted in a quick third down and an interception by Mustang Blane Fields at the Wildcat 32.
Bartholomew ran for eight as the third quarter ended, and Hutcherson started the final frame with a 23-yard touchdown run. Edwards finished a perfect ten-for-ten night on extra points, and Huntingdon led 70-0.
With time quickly running out, the Wildcats mounted a ten-play, 78-yard effort to get on the board. Austin Whitson capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Eli McClain ran for two points, and the Mustang lead was cut to 70-8 with under three minutes remaining.
Huntingdon ran three plays before time expired.
The Mustangs (8-0, 4-0) travel to Perry County Friday for another Region 6-1A contest. Kickoff is 7 p.m.