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Sutch clutch for 'Cats

September 25, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. -- The stars were clearly aligned for Williamsport senior Joey Sutch on Friday night.

In a span of eight seconds, Sutch went from hero to goat and back to hero again.

Sutch rushed for 136 yards and caught three passes for 63 yards to pace the Wildcats to a 14-7 victory over Brunswick.

The pass that got away nearly proved fatal.

With eight seconds left and the ball on Williamsport's 40-yard line, Railroaders quarterback Ian Fisher heaved a towering pass toward the end zone.

Sutch leaped and tipped the ball past the goal line into the waiting arms of Brunswick freshman Joey Conrad.

But Conrad was unable to control the ball, and when it fell harmlessly to the turf, the Williamsport win was preserved.

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"It was a really high ball," said Sutch. "I went up for it, and it popped out of my hands. I didn't see the rest of the play, I was just glad to hear them call it incomplete."

Sutch was instrumental in what proved to be the game-winning 42-yard drive late in the third period.

He rushed for 13 yards and hauled in a 14-yard pass on a third-and-9 play before Reggie Russ carried the ball the final 7 yards with 4:20 left.

"We missed so many tackles and had so many missed assignments," said Brunswick coach Patt Foster. "But give (Williamsport) credit. They took it to us at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball."

The Wildcats (3-1) took advantage of a roughing-the-kicker penalty to score first on a 12-play, 61-yard drive, with Darius Smith out-wrestling Brunswick's Tyrus Lawson for a 13-yard touchdown pass from Casey McKenrick late in the first quarter.

The Railroaders (2-2) tied the score on their second possession of the second half, with Conrad's 37 rushing yards -- including a 7-yard TD run -- sparking the 50-yard march.

The Wildcats rolled up 190 yards rushing, added another 89 through the air and controlled the clock, which was exactly what Randy Longnecker wanted.

"We wanted to eat up the clock against a very good (Brunswick) offense," said the first-year Williamsport coach. "We wanted to keep them off the field. This was a hard-fought victory, and a critical one."

Williamsport 14, Brunswick 7

W--Darius Smith 13 pass from Casey Mc-Kendrick (Brendan Harris kick)

B--Joey Conrad 7 run (Brady Nusbaum kick)

W--Reggie Russ 7 run (Harris kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Williamsport, Sutch 19-136, Russ 14-33, McKenrick 4-5, Smith 3-25, Frey 1-(minus-10), Baker 1-1. Brunswick, Conrad 17-173, Lawson 3-(minus-10), Fisher 6-35, McCallum 1-0, Romanek 1-4.

PASSING -- Williamsport, McKenrick 10-7-0-89. Brunswick, Fisher 19-8-0-59, Lawson 1-1-0-(minus-2).

RECEIVING -- Williamsport, Smith 2-16, Sutch 3-63, Russ 2-10. Brunswick, Conrad 1-(minus-2), Omdahl 3-22, Romanek 2-15, Lawson 3-14.

Williamsport7070--14Brunswick0070--7WillBrunFirst downs1313Rushes-yards42-19031-199Passing yards8957Comp-Att-Int7-10-09-21-0Total offense52-27952-256Punts-avg.5-316-27.2Penalties-yards4-402-20
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