THREE SPRINGS — Claysburg-Kimmel played the Ravager against Southern Huntingdon in the first half of the Inter-County Conference game.
The Rockets – who kicked once, turned the ball over on downs and had quarterback Nate Myers throw an interception – couldn’t quite get away from the Bulldogs for two quarters of play as they led by just 14 points at the break.
The second half turned out to be an entirely different story, as Southern put points on the board on all four possessions his starters had in the field to earn a 48-13 win over Claysburg on Friday night.
Gameplay: After Claysburg had three assists in the second-half opener, Southern Huntingdon needed just three plays before Myers broke a few tackles and then found plenty of running space on his way to a 53-yard touchdown. which put the Rockets up 27-6 and really got the ball rolling.
Matt Bilchak, Claysburg-Kimmel coach: “Coming in we knew they (Southern Huntingdon) were a one man band and, man, he could play. We knew going in we had to stop him because he’s just a phenomenal athlete. Thank goodness he has no more years of eligibility.
Player of the Game: Myers completed 14 of 24 passes for 304 yards through the air and rushed for 139 yards on 20 attempts. He was instrumental in all seven of the South’s scores throwing for four and running for the other three on carries for 3, 17 and 53 yards.
Unsung hero: Owen Winter. Myers’ prime target, caught 11 passes for 274 with three scores, rushed four times for 13 yards and had two interceptions. Winter had TD receptions of 17 yards (on the Rockets’ game-opening drive), 47 yards (scored 33-6 in third) and 37 yards (scored 41-6 in fourth and kicked the rule of Mercy running effect) and 33 yards which was Southern’s final points with 4:27 remaining in the contest.
Aaron Batzel, Southern Huntingdon coach: “We had them (first team) because we were trying to set up our JV offense. Nate and Owen just have this connection. He (Winter) was one-on-one, I gave them freedom and they called their own plays, and it worked. … We know who our injury problems are and we took them out of the game. But we knew Nate, he’s a tank and he’s fine. And Owen on the outside, he knows how to avoid a tackle and take care of his body.
Most vital stat: Southern Huntingdon had 479 total yards to Claysburg-Kimmel’s 147.
Batzel: “It’s no secret that we meet with our two top executives Nate Myers and Owen Winter. They have a special connection in the receiving game, and Nate is a bulldozer to stop when we knock him down in the middle. … It’s hard for any team to win them.
Myer: “We knew we had to keep the gas on all the time. We made sure to stop them (Claysburg) and keep the offense strong. … He (Winter) is very physical and he will go for every ball you throw at him.
Notable: Claysburg’s touchdowns came courtesy of Cole Claycomb as the senior carried a 34-yard pass from Caleb Oakes to pull the Bulldogs to 20-6 with just six seconds remaining before halftime. Claycomb then put the final points on the scoreboard with a 17-yard run with 3:22 to go. … The Bulldogs rushed for just 28 yards on 26 tries. … Gabe Weyandt and Zach Campagna offered interceptions for CK, while Lance Carbaugh, in addition to the two from Winter, also offered a pick for SH.
Bilchak: “It was a little frustrating because we saw something that we thought we could take advantage of. Last week we were able to make the plans, and this week we just didn’t make the plays when we needed to. … They (Southern Huntingdon) definitely outdid us today.
Honors: Claysburg-Kimmel (1-1); South of Huntingdon (1-1).
Next week: Claysburg-Kimmel will host Conemaugh Township next Friday; South Huntingdon hosts Juniata Valley on the same evening.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Claysburg-Kimmel 0 6 0 7 — 13
South of Huntingdon 14 6 13 15 — 48
Myers SH-Winter 17 pass (Carbaugh kick), 9:57.
SH – Myers 3 run (Carbaugh kick), 0:36.
SH – Myers 17 run (missed kick), 3:49.
CK – Claycomb 34 pass from Oakes (missed kick), 0:06.
SH – Myers 53 run (Carbaugh kick), 9:11.
Myers SH–Winter 47 pass (missed kick), 3:26.
Pass SH-Winter 37 from Myers (Hart run), 11:10.
SH–Winter 33 pass from Myers (Carbaugh kick), 4:27.
CK – Claycomb 17 run (Ritchey kick), 3:22.
CK SH TEAM STATS
First attempts 8 19
Total yards 147,479
Runs-yards 26-28 29-175
Passing yards 119,479
Assists (comp-attack-int) 8-22-3 14-25-1
Punts-avg. 5-32.4 1-43.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-0
Penalties-yards 5-30 6-70
PREVIOUS–Claysburg-Kimmel, Weyandt 1-(-7), Claycomb 4-10, Ehredt 10-(-8), McGeary 2-4, Oakes 6-10, Knisley 1-3, Mowry 1-(-1), Lattieri 1-17. South of Huntingdon, Myers 20-139, Winter 4-13, Hart 2-8, Harper 2-4, Whitsel 1-11.
PASS–Claysburg-Kimmel, Oakes 8-20-3-119, Mr. Campagna 0-2-0-0. South of Huntingdon, Myers 14-24-1-304, Gibbons 0-1-1-0.
RECEPTION–Claysburg-Kimmel, Weyandt 2-25, Claycomb 3-59, Ehredt 2-26, Mauk 1-9. Southern Huntingdon, Winter 11-274, Hart 2-18, Gibbons 1-12.