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Cougars' Wildcat version rips 'Cats

October 16, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

THURMONT, Md. -- The Catoctin football team proved itself to be a different breed.

It wears Cougars on its jerseys, but it is all Wildcat.

Using a muddled maze of motion and cuts, Catoctin out-Wildcated the Williamsport Wildcats on Friday. Quarterback Dylan May threw for two scores and ran for two others in the first half to lead the Cougars to a dominating 54-0 victory.

Catoctin's diverse combination of misdirection and counter plays kept Williamsport off balance the entire game, using an offense which is the closest thing to the Wildcat set that the Miami Dolphins employ.

"It is a version of the Wildcat, but it's not the Wildcat," Catoctin coach Doug Williams said.

Still, the action would probably make the Dolphins -- who use the attack in chosen situations -- proud. And it probably made Williamsport (4-3) feel like the New York Jets.

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"They are a good football team," said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. "They are physical and they block all the way to the whistle. Everyone on the team participates. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

That was on the offensive end, but Catoctin's defense was just as impressive. The Cougars held the Wildcats to 73 yards of total offense, which included minus-24 rushing on 18 carries.

"Our defense is our flagship," Williams said. "When they play well, we play well. They get the ball for us in good positions. They have been doing that all year."

The Cougars (7-0) moved out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 9-yard TD run by Eric Barbour and May's 33-yard scoring pass to Sean Reaver.

The Wildcats attempted to come back, mostly on the arm of quarterback Casey McKenrick. He hit on 5 of 7 passes to drive Williamsport down to the 2.

But after getting to the doorstep, Catoctin slammed the door on Williamsport.

The Cougars called time and adjusted their goal-line defense. Catoctin recorded three negative stops, including a hurry on McKenrick, which produced a fumble to end the threat.

"That right there was the turning point and we never got it back," Longnecker said. "We might have made it interesting if we had scored and got within 14-7. No one has done that to them yet."

Catoctin turned the tables on Williamsport and drove 82 yards on five plays, capped by May's 49-yard strike to Braden Myers, to jump the lead to 21-0. It started a 26-point second quarter for the Cougars.

Barbour scored from the 5 and May got his two touchdowns on runs of 3 and 2 yards to stake Catoctin to a 40-0 halftime lead.

The Cougars ran up 346 yards of offense in the first half, including 179 yards rushing. May, who completed all nine of his passes for the game, was 8 for 8 in the first half for 167 yards.

Meanwhile, McKenrick threw for 96 yards in the first half, but it was offset by minus-32 yards on the ground for the Wildcats.

Catoctin added two scores in the second half, which was accelerated by the running clock. Kellam Maxey scored on a 5-yard run and Travis Bewley bulled in from 10 yards to give the Cougars the 54-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

Catoctin finished with 443 yards of offense in 44 plays, including 262 on the ground. Williamsport finished with 73 yards.

"They run a lot of tight splits and it's tough for the linebackers to find the ball," Longnecker said. "There were things we could have done with our passing game, but we didn't execute well all the time."

Catoctin 54, Williamsport 0

C -- Eric Barbour 9 run (Paul Barbour run)
C -- Sean Reaver 33 pass from Dylan May (run failed)
C -- Braden Myers 49 pass from May (May kick)

C -- E. Barbour 3 run (May kick)
C -- May 2 run (kick failed)
C -- May 3 run (kick failed)
C -- Kellam Maxey 5 run (May kick)
C -- Travis Bewley 10 run (May kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Williamsport -- Russ 5-12, Sutch 4-3, Allen 1-3, Culbreath 2-(-12), Team 1-(-13), McKenrick 5-(-17); Catoctin -- Carter 8-120, May 7-35, E. Barborur 5-32, B. Maxey 4-29, Bewley 3-27, P. Barbrour 3-22, Nesbitt 1-11, Routzahn 1-7, Tressler 1-(-1), N. Maxey 2-(-20).

PASSING: Williamsport -- McKenrick 11-22-3 97; Catoctin -- May 9-9-0 141

RECEIVING: Williamsport -- Russ 7-42, Willis 1-26, Baker 1-17, Smith 2-13; Catoctin -- Nowaczyk 2-65, Myers 2-52, Reaver 1-33, Routzahn 2-14, Krietz 2-14.

Williamsport0000--0Catoctin1426140--54WillCatFirst downs620Rushes-yards18(-24)35-262Passing yards97181Comp-Att-Int11-22-39-9-0Total offense40-7344-443Punts-avg.3-29.70-0Penalties-yards2-205-50Fumbles-lost2-05-1
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