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High School Football

Mustangs Trample Tigers, 46-6

Posted 9/3/19

WAVERLY (August 30) — The Huntingdon Mustangs traveled across the river Friday for a non-region football contest against the Waverly Tigers. The Mustangs dominated on both sides of the ball for …

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High School Football

Mustangs Trample Tigers, 46-6

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WAVERLY (August 30) — The Huntingdon Mustangs traveled across the river Friday for a non-region football contest against the Waverly Tigers. The Mustangs dominated on both sides of the ball for a 46-6 victory.

Waverly won the coin toss and elected to receive. Mustang Cole Edwards kicked deep, and Malek Cannon made the tackle at the 25 to give the Tigers a long field. The Mustang defense set the tone by forcing a three-and-out on tackles by Konnor Pearson, Sebastian Kee and Bo McLemore. Waverly’s punt was fair-caught near midfield by Mustang Hunter Ensley.

Huntingdon couldn’t capitalize on the good field position and also went three-and-out. Blake Bradley’s punt gave the Tigers the ball at their own 25.

Waverly again failed to move the chains and punted. Ensley fielded the kick and made a short return to near midfield.

The Mustangs looked like they would stall out again as Ensley was stopped for no gain on first down. Brandon Lawton gained eight to bring up third down, then broke through for eight more to move the chains. On first down from the Waverly 37, Ensley kept the snap and ran for the first touchdown of the game. Edwards kicked the PAT, and Huntingdon led 7-0 with four minutes left in the opening frame.

Another good kickoff by Edwards and a tackle by Kee set the Tigers deep at their own 16 to start the ensuing drive. Mustang Dylan Armour got the tackle for a short loss on first down, then back-to-back tackles by Cade Wood forced another Waverly punt.

Starting in Tiger territory, Ensley threw to Noah Belew on first down for a touchdown, but the play was called back on a penalty. Backed up to near midfield, Pearson ran for ten, then Lawton for eleven to move the chains. Ensley threw incomplete, then kept for five yards. Lawton gained five more for a first down at the 14, the Ensley kept again for four as the first quarter ended. Ensley kept the first snap of the second for a touchdown. Edward’s PAT made it 14-0 ten seconds into the second frame.

Edwards’ third kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback, and the Huntingdon defense forced its fourth consecutive three-and-out. A Mustang penalty on the punt return backed them up from near midfield to the 38.

Pearson carried on first down for 22 yards, then Ensley kept for a 40-yard touchdown. Edwards kicked, and the Mustangs led 21-0 with nine minutes to play in the first half.

Edwards’ kickoff was fielded just short of the goal line and returned to the 15 with McLemore on the stop. Waverly quarterback Graham Stanfield kept and was stopped for a loss by Wood. Octavian Stewart gained seven, then Stanfield kept again for the Tigers’ first first down. Stewart fell on his own fumble for a loss of five, then was stopped for no gain by McLemore. Stanfield was dropped for a loss by Ethan Reliford, and Waverly punted again.

Huntingdon started at the far 25 and went three-and-out, hindered by a third-down penalty.

The Tigers enjoyed their best starting field position of the night at their own 43. Stanfield kept for two, then threw to Terrance Christman for 40 yards and a first down at the Mustang 15. Stewart was stopped for no gain by Bradley, then Stanfield lost two yards to McLemore. The QB dropped back to pass and got rid of the ball just as McLemore knocked him down. He was flagged for intentional grounding to make it fourth-and-27, and McLemore blitzed him again for a nine-yard sack to give Huntingdon possession at the 41.

Ensley threw incomplete on first down, then scrambled for 13 yards across midfield. He kept again for 26 and another first down at the 20. With seven seconds until intermission, Edwards attempted a field goal but missed wide.

Waverly took over and Stanfield completed a pass as time expired.

The Mustangs received the second-half kickoff. Lawton took it at the 15 and made a solid return to the 36. He got the carry on first down for five, then Ensley lost a pair. On third down, Ensley threw to Lawton for a 61-yard touchdown. Edwards had a rare PAT miss, and Huntingdon led 27-0 early in the third.

The Tigers started the ensuing drive at their own 33. Wood tackled Stanfield for a two-yard loss, then Pearson pressured the quarterback to force an incomplete pass. On a third-down pass, Armour had the pressure, and Reliford had good coverage on the intended receiver to spoil the play. Waverly punted, and Ensley took the fair catch at the Mustang 37.

The penalty bug bit Huntingdon on the next drive, but the Mustangs battled through it. Ensley threw to Belew for 26, then Lawton had a seven-yard run negated by a chop block penalty. Ensley threw incomplete, then Pearson had a run called back for another chop block. Ensley threw to Lawton for 27 and a first down at the 15. The two connected again, but Huntingdon had an illegal man downfield. Ensley recovered his own fumble on the next snap but still came close to moving the chains. Pearson rushed to paydirt, but yet another chop block was called to negate the score. Waverly was flagged after the play to make it second-and-five at the 10, and Ensley tossed to Lawton for the score. Ensley kept for two points to make it 35-0 and a running clock with 6:39 to play in the third.

Edwards kicked for another touchback. McLemore ran down Stanfield for a 12-yard loss, then James Ingram made a short gain. A personal foul against Huntingdon added 15 yards for a first down at the 30. Two plays later, on third-and-four, a high snap was nearly recovered by the Mustangs but was secured by Waverly at the 13. Ensley received the punt at near the Tiger 43 and returned it to the 32.

Bradley took over at quarterback and kept for six as the quarter ended. Cannon gained a yard to start the final frame, then Bradley kept and was stopped just short of the first down. He kept again on fourth for a nine-yard gain.

He lost a yard, then Corieon Nance lost a pair. Bradley threw incomplete on third down, then Edwards nailed a field goal from the 17. With eight minutes of running clock to go, the Mustang lead was 38-0.

Stanfield made a long return on the ensuing kickoff, and a pair of Huntingdon penalties (personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct) gave Waverly a first down at the Mustang 27. Stewart ran for eight yards, then Stanfield scrambled for a yard. Ingram carried for ten and a first-and-goal, then Stanfield threw to Emrik Houston to get the Tigers on the board. The PAT was no good, but the 38-6 score stopped the running clock with 4:50 to play.

Nance dove on Waverly’s onside kick attempt near midfield. Lawton was stopped for no gain, then Ensley kept for five. Lawton ran for seven to move the chains, then Pearson gained three. He repeated for just enough for a first down, then Enlsey kept for a 29-yard touchdown. Lawton ran for two points, and Huntingdon led 46-6 with under two minutes to go.

The Tigers started at their own 31 and managed two plays before time expired.

The Mustangs rushed 38 times for 311 yards while holding Waverly to a total of nine yards on the ground.

Ensley had six total touchdowns, two passing and four rushing, with a total of 13 carries for 171 yards.

Lawton ran eleven times for 56 yards, and Pearson had eight rushes for 57 yards.

Huntingdon (2-0) will host the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers Friday as they celebrate Homecoming. Festivities will be prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.

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