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'Cats put it all together vs. Saints

September 21, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport football team discovered that having success on both sides of the line of scrimmage can win a game.

The Wildcats pounded out 300 yards on the ground and their defense suffocated Baltimore Lutheran's offense, resulting in a 41-0 victory Thursday afternoon.

"Our defense has played well. It's that we've been waiting for the offense to put some points on the board," said Williamsport coach Adrian Custer.

Williamsport marched with authority in two of its first three possessions to take a 13-0 lead - seven more points than its output in its first two games.

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With the opening kickoff, Williamsport marched 57 yards in 13 plays with Kyle Cunningham doing much of the setup work before Kyle McDannell ran the last four plays, including a 3-yarder for the first of his three TDs at the 5:59 mark.

Williamsport (1-2) even showed some wrinkles in its offense, calling two swing pass plays and two reverse plays among its selections.

"We've had these plays in the offense, but it's taken until now to perfect them," said Custer.

On its third possession, the first of the second period, the Wildcats went on a 14-play drive that covered 76 yards with McDannell again scoring from 3 yards out.

An end-around gain of 14 yards by Brandon Morales and a 24-yard pass play from quarterback Adam Cook to Cortez Boyce were the momentum builders for the Wildcats.

Baltimore Lutheran (1-2), taking possession on its own 25 with 15.8 seconds left in the first half after a Wildcats punt, gave every ounce of momentum back when the Saints called for a pass play.

Boyce, playing center field, shagged a floater by Lutheran quarterback Billy Seymour and ran 47 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 halftime lead.

The Williamsport defense, led by Cunningham, Morales, Mike Cook and others, spent most of the third period stuffing the Saints' ground game, including a highlight-reel four straight defensive stops when Lutheran was first-and-goal at the Wildcats' 1-yard line.

McDannell broke away for a 65-yard run in the period, but Williamsport failed to punch in a score, before doing it three times in the final quarter.

Desperate to move the ball, Lutheran tried a fourth-down play at its own 37 and was stopped.

After a 21-yard completion from Cook to Morales, McDannell ran in from 4 yards.

On Lutheran's ensuing possession, Boyce picked off another pass, and Colton Linton promptly ran 40 yards for a score. The Wildcats finished the scoring with its second-team offense as Matt Gift ran in from 1 yard out.

"It's good to finally get out and run," said McDannell, who finished with 117 yards on 15 carries. "The credit goes to the offensive line. It had nothing to do with me."

"We challenged Kyle (McDannell) to run over them," said Custer.

Cunningham added 61 yards and Morales added 43 as Williamsport totaled 359 total yards.

Lutheran, which gained only one first down rushing on the final play of the game, generated 125 total yards, 110 through the air. On 24 rushing attempts, the Saints had 15 net yards.

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