'Cats can't stop Frankfort

September 17, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport football team hung with the Frankfort Falcons for as long as it could Thursday night.

But it wasn't quite long enough as Frankfort finally got its explosive offense going to beat Williamsport, 35-0.

It was a scoreless tie after the first quarter.

Frankfort held a slim 3-0 halftime lead and was only on top 10-0 at the end of the third quarter.

"We played good for three quarters," Williamsport coach Adrian Custer said. "I am proud of those guys. We started to get tired towards the end of the third quarter and then Frankfort took over. Frankfort has been a West Virginia state football qualifier. I would like to get Williamsport to that level."

Senior quarterback Corey Dolly completed 12 of 19 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns for Frankfort (3-1). Phillip Mason caught two of those touchdowns, on receptions of 67 and 51 yards, and finished with 144 yards on four receptions. Seth Mongold caught the other touchdown pass for 60 yards and ended with 125 receiving yards on just two catches.


Jason Yoder rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run, while Marcus Haines also had a 4-yard touchdown run for Frankfort.

Sophomore Cody Popluhar kicked a 25-yard field goal at the beginning of the second quarter to give the Falcons their 3-0 halftime lead.

Frankfort coach Mick Lantz had a few good reasons for his team's slow start at the beginning of the game.

"I think that the biggest thing is that we only had four days of practice and we had that long bus ride," Lantz said. "We ended up being a little bit late. We didn't have much time to get loosened up. Our kids just weren't totally prepared at the beginning of the first half."

But it didn't take too long for the Falcons to solve the problem.

"We made some adjustments at halftime and got our blocking assignments straight," Lantz said. "We just took advantage of some good blocking by the line in the second half. Our kids probably underestimated Williamsport a little bit. Then, we came out ready to play in the second half."

Junior defensive lineman Rob Shawley made nine of his 12 tackles during the first half for Williamsport (0-3).

"You can't keep giving a good team like that many chances," Custer said. "They made us pass the ball, because we didn't have any running game. When your defense is playing that well, you have got to put some points on the board. We have got to work on our offense."

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