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Cats hang in until the 4th quarter

September 08, 2007|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Wildcats stayed within striking distance of the South Carroll Cavaliers for three quarters in their season opener Friday night.

It got away from the Wildcats in the fourth, as South Carroll pulled away for a 26-6 win.

"Overall, we played extremely well," Williamsport coach Adrian Custer said. "I am very proud of our team. Our defense played tough. We missed a lot of tackles in the first half, but we had a lot of flow to the ball. We were still able to get tackles, even though we missed initial tackles. That was huge in the first half."

Cavaliers senior running back Gregory Tellish gained 187 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored on three touchdown runs.

"Gregory was able to break tackles and wear them out," South Carroll coach Greg Mihalko said. "He is all muscle and he showed it in the second half. It was a roller coaster. There were a lot of momentum swings. We had a lot of chances in the first half that we didn't execute on. But we didn't get down, we kept plugging away. Our defense played a great game. They bailed us out."

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South Carroll junior quarterback Ryan Weaver completed 11 of 23 passes for 107 yards. Senior linebacker Trevor Terpening made nine tackles for the Cavaliers.

South Carroll got the only score of the first half with 13 seconds left in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run to the left by Tellish.

Williamsport tied the score with 5:28 to go in the third quarter when senior quarterback Adam Cook fired a 70-yard touchdown pass to Mike Russ down the left side. Cook finished with 109 passing yards.

The Cavaliers took the lead for good at 12-6 with 2:37 left in the third quarter when Tellish charged through the middle for a 77-yard TD run.

Jesse Meetre recovered a fumble for South Carroll and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown with 3:42 remaining in the game. Joshua Buswell kicked the extra point to boost the lead to 19-6.

The Cavaliers got their last score with 1:28 left when Tellish ran 36 yards down the left side and Buswell added the extra point for the final margin.

"We have had great leadership from our seniors, especially during the game today," Custer said. "We had a great attitude out there."

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