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High School Football

Mustangs Surge in Second Half to Crush Lions, 32-6

By Brad Sam brad@mckenziebanner.com © 2020 Tri-County Pub., Inc.
Posted 9/15/20

CAMDEN (September 11) — The Huntingdon High School Mustangs made the short trip down Highway 70 Friday to face the Lions in a non-region football contest. The Mustangs got off to a slow start …

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High School Football

Mustangs Surge in Second Half to Crush Lions, 32-6


CAMDEN (September 11) — The Huntingdon High School Mustangs made the short trip down Highway 70 Friday to face the Lions in a non-region football contest. The Mustangs got off to a slow start offensively but led 8-0 at the half. Camden showed some life with a quick score after intermission, but Huntingdon ended the game with 24 unanswered points to claim a 32-6 victory.

During pre-game ceremonies, Camden High School paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks 19 years ago. Students carried a huge flag onto the field for a moment of silence and the National Anthem.

The Lions received the opening kickoff and started at their own 36. The Mustang defense forced a quick three-and-out, and Grant Bartholomew received the punt at the Huntingdon 32.

Bartholomew started the drive with a three-yard carry, and Cade Wood followed for three more. Bartholomew took it again for the first down, and Wood took his turn to move the chains again. He repeated for a short gain, then quarterback Blake Bradley kept for six yards. A Mustang false start made it third-and-eight, and an incomplete pass by Bradley forced a Huntingdon punt.

The Lions started at their own 8 and again went three-and-out. The punt was downed at the Camden 44.

The Mustangs stalled as well, and Bradley’s punt was recovered by Camden at the 16.

After a first-down incomplete pass by Lion quarterback Will Dobson, a second-down penalty set Camden back to the 9. Dobson completed a short pass to Ayden Mansfield, but Mustang Landon Gordon was there for the immediate tackle. Two plays later, Mansfield punted but was hit by a Mustang defender for a penalty and an automatic first down. The Lions failed to capitalize on the fresh set of downs and punted again three plays later.

Starting at the far 24, Bartholomew was stopped for a short loss on the final play of the first frame. Bradley started the second quarter with a pass to Bartholomew for 15 yards and a first down. Aiden Hutcherson gained a yard, then a false start cost Huntingdon five. Hutcherson then took it 67 yards for the Mustangs’ first touchdown. Bradley kept for the two-point conversion, and Huntingdon led 8-0 with 10:26 left in the second frame.

The ensuing Mustang kickoff bounced out of bounds to give Camden the ball at the 35. Kade Lopez took the first snap 25 yards, with Hutcherson making the touchdown-saving tackle in the open field. Three consecutive keeps by Dobson added up to a one-yard loss, and Mansfield punted out of bounds at the 21.

Hutcherson gained a pair on first down, but a fumble on the next play was recovered by the Lions at the 24.

Camden failed to take advantage of the short field, again going three-and-out. A second-down fumble and a third-down sack by Mustangs Wood and Nate Ricketts forced the punt from back at the 41. Mansfield’s kick again went out of bounds, and Huntingdon took over at the 25.

The Mustangs stormed downfield but would come up empty. Tayshawn Rivers took his first touch six yards, then Hutcherson went 27. Rivers gained a pair, then Bartholomew went for three. Bradley kept on third down, hurdling a pair of defenders near the line of scrimmage and jetting 52 yards to the 2. A sneak on first-and-goal was just inches short, and a false start pushed the ball back to the 5. A fumble on the next play was recovered by Camden.

The Lions had prevented a Mustang score but were pinned back at their own 2 and went three-and-out. Bartholomew received the punt at midfield.

Huntingdon managed one play, resulting in a short loss, before the half ended with the score still 8-0.

A gamble by the Lions paid off as they recovered an onside kick to start the second half. Starting at the Mustang 42, Dobson threw to Mansfield for 27 yards. Lopez gained five, then Dobson kept for a pair. Lopez gained five again for a first-and-goal at the 3, then repeated for two. Dobson kept for the one-yard score. Camden’s point-after kick failed, and Huntingdon held an 8-6 lead with nine minutes remaining in the third.

Camden tried for another onside kick, but this time it bounced out of bounds to give Huntingdon possession near midfield. Rivers, Bartholomew and Hutcherson combined for a first down, then Hutcherson made a short gain to the Lion 40. Bradley threw incomplete, then Bartholomew took it all the way. Hutcherson converted for two points, and the Mustangs led 16-6 with 6:32 left in the third.

The Huntingdon defense continued to be stingy, and Camden went three-and-out. Bartholomew made a short return on the punt to the Mustang 37.

Bradley started the drive with a keeper for 12, then Hutcherson gained eight. Wood made a short gain, then Bartholomew dove for the first down. Wood went 15 to move the chains again, then repeated for four. Bartholomew was stopped for a loss, but Hutcherson followed with a four-yard carry. On fourth-and-four, Wood gained nine for a first-and-goal at the 10. The final play of the third resulted in a Huntingdon fumble for a short loss. On the first play of the final frame, Bradley threw to Blake Reeves for a 12-yard touchdown. Bartholomew ran it in for two, and the Mustangs lead was up to 24-6 seven seconds into the fourth.

Huntingdon continued to dominate on the defensive side. Dobson completed to Lopez behind the line on first down, but Wood made the stop for a loss of six. Two plays later, Dobson dropped back to pass again, but Mustang Elijah Flowers broke through the line for a 14-yard sack. Mansfield punted, and Huntingdon took over near midfield.

The Mustangs tried to eat up the clock with a ground attack, but a third-down penalty doomed the drive and forced a punt.

Camden went three-and-out again as Dobson threw incomplete twice and was then sacked by Flowers again for a loss of 19. The Lion punt was downed at the Mustang 43.

Bradley started the drive with a pass to Rivers for a 57-yard touchdown. Bartholomew tacked on two, and Huntingdon led 32-6 with under seven minutes to play.

The Lions started at their 35 but fumbled the ball to the Mustangs on the second snap.

Huntingdon pounded the ball on the ground but came up just short on a fourth-down try.

Camden took over at the 27 and quickly faced fourth-and-three. Dobson completed to Trenton Moore for a first down at the Mustang 49, but lost yards on the next two plays and time expired for a 32-6 Huntingdon win.

The Mustangs had 346 yards of total offense (280 rushing and 66 passing) while holding the Lions to just 87 (51 rushing and 36 passing).

Huntingdon (3-1, 1-0) hosts McEwen Friday for a region contest. Kickoff is 7 p.m.


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