Wildcats win a wild one over Blazers

November 06, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Apparently both Clear Spring and Williamsport wanted to go out with a bang.

Both winless entering the final game of the season, the two football teams combined for 880 yards of total offense and 82 points as the Wildcats stopped a 16-game losing streak with a 51-31 win over the Blazers Friday night in the MVAL Antietam.

The loss leaves Clear Spring winless in its first season of varsity football.

Williamsport's running attack rolled up 423 yards and seven TDs, with Justin Bussard rushing for 150 yards and two scores.

"We put the pressure on the (offensive) line, and they really came through," said Wildcats coach Adrian Custer.

"We had a really good week of practice, and a lot of these kids only had one game left in their career."

While Williamsport was running with abandon, the Blazers were having a field day through the air. Despite constant pressure, quarterback Tyler Braithwaite completed 22 of 54 passes for 384 yards and five touchdowns.


"We tried to revamp our defense," said Clear Spring coach John Wilson. "We have some guys playing out of position, but give (Williamsport) credit, they did a good job going to their strength, and we couldn't stop them."

The difference was Williamsport got an earlier start, taking a 28-0 lead in the first 13 minutes on touchdowns by Tim Lowery from 7 yards out, Kyle Cunningham from 8, Bussard from 1 and Tony Johnson from 7.

Clear Spring, meanwhile, had just 39 yards of total offense in the first period, until Justin Hays returned a Williamsport kickoff 42 yards to the Wildcats 36-yard line, setting up a 30-yard scoring pass from Braithwaite to Derek Dyer, who finished with four touchdowns.

After Williamsport's Scott Mumma made it 31-7 with a 30-yard field goal, the Blazers needed just four passes - capped by an 11-yard strike from Braithwaite to Dyer - to pull within 31-13 at the half.

Less than three minutes into the third period, Clear Spring closed the gap to 31-19 when a Braithwaite pass bounced off a defender's arms into the hands of Donnie Lapole for a 44-yard score.

But a 1-yard run from Cunningham and a 42-yard Pete Encinu romp secured the win for the Wildcats.

Two more Braithwaite-to-Dyer strikes, from 75 and 2 yards, made it 44-31 with just over three minutes left in the game.

Bussard rounded out the scoring with a 50-yard run off tackle.

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