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Wildcats soothe wounds with win

September 17, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Williamsport quarterback Tyler Wise (17) scrambles away from a Poolesville defender before getting a pass away during the second quarter of Thursday night's game at Williamsport.
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    WILLIAMSPORT -- It was an irritating two weeks to open the football season for Williamsport, with two close losses.

    Week 3 provided some ointment to smooth things over, as the Wildcats delivered an 18-6 victory at the expense of Poolesville on a rainy Thursday evening.

    "This win is huge," said Wildcats coach Randy Longnecker. "During the week we didn't want to stress over two losses, so we didn't talk about it. Tonight, we came out and hit hard and were aggressive."

    Much of the work was done by the Williamsport defense, which spent most of the game on the field.

    Poolesville ran 66 plays to 37 for the Wildcats, and held a 255-169 advantage in total yardage. But Williamsport took advantage of a blocked punt, four Falcons fumbles and a somewhat-fresh offense in the second half.

    "Legs get heavy playing on a wet field, but I thought ours were fresher in the second half," said Longnecker.

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Williamsport took a 6-0 lead when sophomore Josh Miller blocked a punt and Reggie Russ scooped up at the Poolesville 5 and ran in for a touchdown in the first quarter.

The Wildcats took a 12-0 lead in the second quarter when Russ capped a drive set up by a Poolesville fumble with a 32-yard touchdown run, starting up the middle before making a nifty cut to the left.

A third-and-9 completion of 16 yards from Tyler Wise to Nate Willis proved critical earlier in the drive and was Williamsport's only completion of the game.

"The blocked punt turned out to be huge in the beginning," said Longnecker. "They did some things early to stop (Reggie)."

Poolesville controlled the clock in the third quarter and moved within field goal range, but missed a 31-yard effort.

The Falcons started the fourth quarter with the ball and marched 60 yards on 16 plays, with R.J. King scoring from the 3 with 5:10 remaining to cut the gap to 12-6.

But Williamsport answered, with Russ' fresh legs taking control in an eight-play march covering 63 yards, including the last 28 by Russ on a quick bolt up the middle.

Russ finished with 115 yards on 14 carries.

"(Tonight) was the first we've been able to get Reggie untracked," said Longnecker.

Despite the conditions, the Wildcats had only three fumbles and lost just one.

"I thought we were a team that didn't make many mistakes," said Longnecker. "And the defense hung in there. They could have broke."

King finished with 100 yards on 29 carries for Poolesville.

Williamsport 18, Poolesville 6

Poolesville 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Williamsport 6 6 0 6 -- 18

W--Reggie Russ 5 blocked punt return (kick failed)

W--Russ 32 run (pass failed)

P--R.J. King 3 run (kick blocked)

W--Russ 28 run (kick failed)

Pool Will

First downs 15 8

Rushes-yards 45-113 32-153

Passing yards 142 16

Comp-Att-Int 12-21-0 1-5-1

Total offense 66-255 37-169

Punts-avg. 3-30.3 4-31.3

Penalties-yards 10-96 9-68

Fumbles-Lost 4-4 3-1

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Poolesville, King 29-100, Henze 11-30, Holston 3-(minus 6), Lang 2-(minus 11); Williamsport, Russ 14-115, Davis 4-23, Wise 9-8, Friedley 2-8, Baker 3-(minus 1).

PASSING--Poolesville, Holston 12-20-0-142, Lang 0-1-0-0; Williamsport, Wise 1-5-1-16.

RECEIVING--Poolesville, Hessles 7-100, Henze 2-25, King 2-9, Wenning 1-8; Williamsport, Willis 1-16.

Records: Poolesville 0-3, Williamsport 1-2.

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