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Wildcats let a win get away

September 04, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

WILLIAMSPORT -- This time, the 'Cats ran out of lives.

After the Williamsport Wildcats spent their allotted nine in regulation, North Carroll's Austin Maloney booted a 25-yard field goal on fourth down in overtime on Friday to give the Panthers a come-from-behind 9-6 victory in the season opener for both teams.

"This is a huge disappointment," said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. "We let a 2A game get away along with all the points that go for the playoffs. We aren't that talented of a team and we have to fight the whole game. We only did it for about 90 percent of it today."

Williamsport (0-1) started strong but leveled off quickly. Its defense made the plays needed to keep North Carroll off the scoreboard for the first 46 minutes. Meanwhile, the offense failed to hatch a consistent running attack after the first eight minutes.

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The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and used two running plays by Reggie Russ -- for 25 and 17 yards, with a personal foul penalty on the Panthers in the middle -- to take a 6-0 lead.

The defense shut down North Carroll on three plays, allowing the Wildcats to take the ball on its own 38. Williamport moved to a first-and-goal sequence on the Panthers' 9-yard line, but killed the drive with two penalties and left the ball a foot short of the goal line.

"I told our team that we grew up a lot tonight," North Carroll coach Jeff Oeming said. "We were down 6-0 and we stopped them at the 1. I told them it was like a 0-0 game."

In a sense, it was the beginning of the end for the Wildcats.

"We had it our way in the first quarter and then we get it down to the 1-foot line and didn't get it in," Longnecker said. "We had too many mental mistakes. If we punch it in there on the second possession, we would have had everything our way and probably would have won easily."

North Carroll used a quick-hitting inside game to tighten Williamsport's tiring, cramping defense. The Panthers got the ball with 3:14 remaining in the game and used the inside game to set up a pair of swing passes on the five-play drive.

One pass went to Tyler Janowitz for a 25-yard gain and a first down.

Then quaterback Charlie Clark hit fullback Cory Beam in the left flat for a 15-yard scoring play with 1:56 left.

Maloney missed the extra point to eventually force the overtime.

"I told the team that Austin was going to win the game for us," Cleming said. "He was going to kick the extra point or the field goal to win the game."

North Carroll won the overtime coin toss but deferred to Williamsport, which started at the 10. Quarterback Tyler Wise ran a sweep from the 6 on the second play, got hit at the 1 and fumbled through the end zone.

North Carroll assumed possession with its turn from the 10. Williamsport stuffed the Panthers on three running plays, but couldn't prevent Maloney from hitting his winning kick.

Beam finished with 16 carries for 79 yards and Clark passed for 106 yards to lead North Carroll, which outgained Williamsport 262-196. Russ led Williamsport with 74 yards on 11 carries.

"I'm proud of our defense," Longnecker said. "They worked really hard and played with a lot of heart. There were just too many errors on offense and defense. We can't let games get away like that."

North Carroll 9, Williamsport 6

North Carroll 0 0 0 6 3 -- 9

Williamsport 6 0 0 0 0 -- 6

W -- Reggie Russ 17 run (kick failed)

NC -- Cory Beam 15 pass from Charlie Clark (kick failed)

NC -- Austin Maloney 25 field goal.

NC W

First downs 14 7

Rushes-yards 46-156 32-184

Passing yards 106 22

Comp-Att.-Int. 7-15-0 2-7-2

Total offense 64-262 39-196

Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1

Punts-avg. 4-19.3 4-30.5

Penalties-yards 10-86 8-60

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- North Carroll: Beam 16-79, Farley 8-28, Clark 14-27, Gebhart 8-20, Smith 2-6, Roper 1-(minus 4). Williamsport: Russ 11-74, Friedley 1-36, Davis 7-35, Wise 7--23, Baker 3-11, Ezidemina 1-5, Team 2-(minus 10).

PASSING -- North Carroll: Clark 7-15-0-106. Williamsport: Wise 2-7-2 22.

RECEIVING -- North Carroll: Farley 3-47, Janowitz 1-25, Lathe 1-19, Beam 1-15, Frances 1-10; Williamsport: Willis 1-19, Davis 1-3.

Records: North Carroll 0-1; Williamsport 1-0.

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