Wildcats get first win for Longnecker

September 12, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport Wildcats gave coach Randy Longnecker his first win with his new team with a come-from-behind 22-16 victory over the Northern Garrett Huskies on Friday night.

"It was really exciting," Longnecker said. "It is always difficult to get the first win. Our kids are still learning how to finish it off. There were a lot of tears of happiness in the locker room. Our players did not quit when they got down. I am proud of them. The offense, the defense and the special teams all played well tonight."

Northern Garrett (0-2) got on the scoreboard first with 5:53 remaining in the first quarter on Alex Baker's 5-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run. Baker finished with 170 rushing yards.

The Huskies stretched their lead to 16-0 with 3:40 left in the second quarter when Baker found the end zone on a 2-yard run and Dylan Day scored the conversion run.


Williamsport (1-1) came right back on the next play, when Joey Sutch returned the kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and Casey McKenrick added the conversion run to chop the lead in half.

The Williamsport offense got going in the second half, with the help of a fake punt midway through the third quarter as McKenrick threw a 33-yard pass to Kenny Frey for a first down.

McKenrick capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Smoot to cut the deficit to 16-14 with 3:17 left in the quarter.

"One of the key plays was the fake punt," Longnecker said. "That gave us the momentum and we carried it out the rest of the game."

Williamsport took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when McKenrick fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to Darius Smith. Sutch caught a shovel pass from Kemper Baker for the conversion to give Williamsport a 22-16 advantage.

McKenrick completed 7 of 13 passes for 110 yards.

"We executed our offense, especially at the end," McKenrick said. "I think our linemen picked up the intensity in the second half. When the running backs saw that, they knew that they would open up holes for them. If the blocking is not there, then the running backs are not going anywhere. After this win, we can realize that we can calm down and just play our game."

The Wildcats did not commit a turnover.

Williamsport 22, Northern Garrett 16

NG -- Alex Baker 5 run (Baker run)

NG -- Baker 2 run (Dylan Day run)

W -- Joey Sutch 75 kickoff return (Casey McKenrick run)

W -- Jeremy Smoot 7 pass from Casey McKenrick (pass failed)

W -- Darius Smith 25 pass from McKenrick (Sutch shuttle pass from Kemper Baker)

N. Garrett8800--16Williamsport0868--22NGWilFirst downs199Rushes-yards60-29434-55Passing yards11110Comp-Att-Int1-4-07-13-0Total offense64-30547-165Punts-avg.3-336-34.5Penalties-yards2-254-30Fumbles-lost5-33-0
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