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South stops Muncy at home.

By: Jon Gerardi | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | October 22, 2011


Early into the second quarter, Muncy went for it on a fourth-and-5 from South Williamsport's 34-yard line. The Indians trailed by a touchdown, but knew a score could potentially shift the momentum.

Quarterback Anthony Barberio took the snap and tried to hit Chris Secules, only to have it intercepted by Brandon Gantz. It was just eight plays later that quarterback Tyler House faked a handoff to Matt Bartholomew, rolled out and hit Bartholomew on a little screen. Bartholomew then hurdled Muncy's Tim Colburn, and cut back to the outside as his blockers set themselves up downfield to allow Bartholomew to find the end zone, and put the Mounties ahead by two scores.

The costly interception was just one of four turnovers that all but did in Muncy, as South Williamsport picked up a 21-0 victory at home.

"You hope you can do some stuff and of course whenever you have turnovers, whether they're fumbles or interceptions, a turnover's a turnover," Muncy (3-4) coach Jay Drumheller said. "(It) gives them the ball. That's four more opportunities they had the ball. They ran the ball well. They pounded us, they made some good plays. The House kid played well at quarterback. You can't give teams, especially if you're not playing well, you can't give teams more and more opportunities with the ball."

Those turnovers did precisely that. The South Williamsport (3-5) defense, which has been hit or miss in recent games, stepped up and played solid all around. Seniors Gantz and Tyler Weaver and sophomore Jonny Pulizzi each had an interception while Weaver also recovered a fumble.

The Mounties held Muncy to 76 rushing yards and all but shut down Muncy's aerial attack, allowing just 42 passing yards, 34 of which came on the final Muncy drive.

"Defensively, they set the tone. When you can count on the defense, it just makes everything so much easier," South Williamsport coach Chris Eiswerth said. "Then offensively, that offensive line is coming together. We're real pleased."

The Mounties offensive line cleared the way for both Matt Bartholomew (22 carries, 84 yards) and Brandon Stonge (15-37, TD), while also allowing House to make plays with his arm. House ended the game going 5 for 8 for 75 yards and two scores.

"The line was amazing. Backs were amazing. Receivers were amazing," House said. "We just were really hitting it hard tonight and did a great job altogether."

Before the game, South Williamsport's cheerleaders held a banner saying 'March on Muncy!' which is exactly what its offense was able to do. The Mounties had two 13 play drives in the first half and an 8 play drive. The Mounties three scoring drives went for 76, 46 and 53 yards.

Stonge capped South Williamsport's opening 13 play, nearly 7-minute drive with a 3-yard run.

South Williamsport's final score came with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter when House threw an 11 yard pass to Michael Hall.

While South Williamsport and Muncy may not have stellar records, Drumheller and the Indians knew coming in that it would be a tough game.

"We knew this is a tough place to play, year in and year out," Drumheller said. "All the credit goes to them. They prepped for us. They played hard, they came out with intensity. Very similiar to the way we played up at Canton. They came out with intensity and we never could get it back."

Muncy's offense sputtered throughout the game. By halftime, South Williamsport had a time of possession of nearly 18 minutes, and had held the Indians to just 17 total yards of offense, 11 of which came on one Secules run. Muncy did have two drives of over 10 plays in the second half, but one ended with a punt and the final 13 play drive came to an end with an interception.

The Indians had four total possessions come to an end in a turnover, including two of its first three.

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