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COLLINWOOD (October 4) — The Huntingdon Mustangs remain unbeaten after a convincing 35-0 road region win over the Collinwood Trojans Friday. The Mustangs scored on all five of their first-half …
COLLINWOOD (October 4) — The Huntingdon Mustangs remain unbeaten after a convincing 35-0 road region win over the Collinwood Trojans Friday. The Mustangs scored on all five of their first-half possessions, then coasted through a quick second half for the shutout.
Huntingdon won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
A short kick was fair-caught by Mustang Colton Bush at the Huntingdon 47. Brandon Lawton ran twice for a first down, then quarterback Hunter Ensley kept twice. On third down, Lawton moved the chains. Ensley threw on the next play, but a holding penalty negated the gain. Ensley and Lawton alternated carries until Ensley punched it into the end zone from five yards out. Cole Edwards kicked the PAT, and the Mustangs led 7-0 with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter.
Edwards’ kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback, and the Huntingdon defense forced a quick three-and-out. Collinwood’s punt was downed at the Mustang 48.
On the first play of the drive, Ensley threw to Konnor Pearson for a 52-yard touchdown. Another good PAT made it 14-0 with just over three minutes to play in the opening frame.
The Trojans began their second possession at the 20 after another touchback. They earned a first down just before the end of the quarter, but quickly faced fourth-and-long early in the second. Mustang Bo McLemore blocked Collinwood’s punt, and Devin McClerkin caught it in the air to give Huntingdon the ball at the Trojan 19.
Ensley kept twice for seven total yards, then McClerkin ran for a 12-yard touchdown. Edwards kicked to give the Mustangs a 21-0 lead.
Collinwood went three-and-out again, and the punt was fair-caught at the Trojan 44.
After a false start cost Huntingdon five yards, Pearson ran twice to net 12 yards. McClerkin gained 16 to move the chains, then Ensley connected with Noah Belew in the end zone. A penalty negated the touchdown, Malek Cannon then got his first touch, resulting in a 27-yard score. Edwards nailed the PAT, and the Mustang lead was 28-0 with 7:21 to go in the first half.
The Huntingdon defense continued to stifle the Trojans for another three-and-out. After the punt, the Mustangs took over at the Collinwood 45.
Lawton started the drive with a short gain, then Ensley kept for five. Lawton moved the chains on consecutive runs, then Ensley kept for a diving, nine-yard touchdown. Edwards finished a perfect night on PATs, and Huntingdon led 35-0 with just under four minutes until intermission.
The Trojans earned a first down, but ran out of time to mount a drive before halftime.
Edwards started the second half with another touchback. Collinwood went three-and-out, but the punt touched a Huntingdon player and was recovered by the Trojans. They were unable to capitalize on the second chance despite good field position and turned the ball over on four incomplete passes.
A third-down penalty doomed the next Mustang drive, and Edwards punted for a touchback.
The Trojans ended the third quarter with an 18-yard pass to convert a third down. Three plays into the final frame, they earned another first, but two plays later, Mustang Ethan Reliford picked off a Collinwood pass at the 1 yard line.
Huntingdon’s reserves burned the running clock with a long drive. Aden Hutcherson had several good runs, and Jacob Robertson had a 14-yard carry to set up first-and-ten at the 20. Unfortunately, quarterback Grant Bartholomew’s pass was picked off at the goal line.
Starting deep in their own territory, the Trojans managed three snaps and advanced to midfield before time expired on a 35-0 Mustang win.
Hunter Ensley had three touchdowns, two rushing and one in the air to Konnor Pearson. Devin McClerkin and Malek Cannon each had a rushing touchdown.
Huntingdon (7-0, 3-0) will host Wayne County Friday for another Region 6-1A contest. Kickoff is 7 p.m.