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Mustangs Dominate Waverly in Saturday Game

By Brad Sam brad@mckenziebanner.com © 2020 Tri-County Pub., Inc.
Posted 9/1/20

By Brad Sambrad@mckenziebanner.com© 2020 Tri-County Pub., Inc.HUNTINGDON (August 29) — The Huntingdon Mustangs picked up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon against Waverly in …

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Mustangs Dominate Waverly in Saturday Game

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HUNTINGDON (August 29) — The Huntingdon Mustangs picked up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon against Waverly in a game moved from Friday to avoid the remnants of Hurricane Laura.

The host Mustangs scored two early touchdowns in the first frame, then went cold during the second as the Tigers mustered a score just before the half. Huntingdon pulled away with 20 unanswered points in the third, and slowed down a Waverly rally in the final frame for a 36-20 victory.

The visiting Tigers won the coin toss, but deferred possession until the second half.

The Mustangs began their opening drive at their own 30. Cade Wood ran twice for eleven combined yards to move the chains. Aiden Hutcherson and Grant Bartholomew each gained a pair before Bartholomew found a gap and jetted 55 yards to paydirt. Hutcherson ran to the outside for the two-point conversion, and Huntingdon led 8-0 with 9:36 to play in the opening frame.

The Mustang defense forced a three-and-out on the first Tiger possession, punctuated by a third-down sack by Luke Furr. Waverly’s punt was low but long and downed at the Huntingdon 36.

Wood gained six on two runs, then Bartholomew earned seven for a first down. Hutcherson gained a dozen to move the chains again, then repeated for five. Bartholomew earned another first down, then Tayshawn Rivers made a short gain on his first touch. Hutcherson made two short gains, but it was fourth-and-two at the Tiger 20. A false start set the Mustangs back, but quarterback Blake Bradley found Rivers on his first pass attempt for 17 yards. On first-and-goal from the 8, Wood gained three, the Hutcherson dove across the goal line for six points. Bartholomew added a pair, and Huntingdon led 16-0 with two minutes to play in the first quarter.

Tiger Landon Dooley made a great return to give Waverly good position near midfield, but Mustang Elijah Flowers sacked quarterback Jacob Dooley six yards deep on first down. J. Dooley ran for two consecutive first downs, but then threw four straight incomplete passes to turn the ball over as the quarter ended.

The Mustangs started the second frame at their own 25. Bartholomew had a huge gain negated by a holding penalty but gained six on the redo. Hutcherson and Bradley combined to earn the first down, but three plays later, the quarterback was forced to punt.

The Tigers again went three-and-out, and L. Dooley’s punt sailed out of bounds.

Bartholomew again had a long run called back on a hold to begin the drive, but this time the flag took six points off the board. Two plays later, a Mustang fumble was picked up by the Tigers at the Huntingdon 44.

Furr sacked J. Dooley for a big loss, leading to a fourth-and-three. Emrik Houston stretched as he was brought down to move the chains. The quarterback scrambled for another first, and Houston earned yet another. Two plays later, Houston got Waverly on the board with a touchdown from inside the 1. He was stopped on the two-point attempt, and the Mustang lead was cut to 16-6 with two minutes remaining in the half.

Huntingdon failed to advance the ball past midfield, but kept possession until time expired.

The Tigers received the second-half kickoff and started at their own 43. It was quickly fourth down, and a J. Dooley pass to Kade Anderson was complete, but short of the line to gain.

The Mustangs took over at midfield, and Bartholomew ran for two first downs. Hutcherson was stopped for a short loss, then Bartholomew made two short gains. On fourth-and-eight, Bradley found Blake Reeves in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Bartholomew added two points, and Huntingdon led 24-6 midway through the third quarter.

Another solid kickoff return by L. Dooley was negated by a holding penalty, and Waverly started deep. Quickly facing fourth down, L. Dooley faked a punt and was stopped short of a first down.

The Mustangs capitalized on the short field with a quick score. Bartholomew ran for 19, then Bradley kept for the four-yard touchdown. Bartholomew was stopped on the two-point attempt, but the lead was 30-6 with 5:19 to play in the third.

The Huntingdon defense forced another three-and-out, and the punt gave the Mustangs the ball at their own 40.

Hutcherson ran for nine yards, then Bradley kept for a pair to move the chains. Hutcherson then ran 49 yards to paydirt. Bradley was stopped on the two-point conversion, and the Huntingdon lead was 36-6 with two and a half minutes remaining in the third.

The Tigers managed one first down on the ensuing drive, but soon punted.

Bradley scrambled and was dropped for a loss on the final play of the third, and two plays into the fourth, the Mustangs punted.

Waverly earned a first down, but Reeves forced a fumble and recovered it at the Mustang 31.

Huntingdon went three-and-out again, and the Tigers took over at their own 23.

J. Dooley kept for a three-yard loss, then completed a desperation throw (pressured by Wood) to Brady Stanfield, who ran up the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown. Ian Holland kicked the PAT, and Waverly cut the deficit to 36-13 with 6:50 to play in the contest.

The Mustangs kept it on the ground again to run down the clock, but again went three-and-out.

Starting at the far 37, Waverly mounted an eleven-play drive for one final score on a 21-yard pass from J. Dooley to Ayden Brooks. Holland’s PAT was good, and the score was 36-20 with under a minute to play.

Huntingdon received the kickoff and ran one play before time expired.

The Mustangs (1-1) begin region play Friday at Hollow Rock-Bruceton. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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