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Wildcats flush Huskies for first win

September 12, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Tyler Wise runs into Northern Garrett territory before Chris Murdock (1) makes the tackle during Monday's game.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Waiting until the chips were on the table, Williamsport came up with a straight flush midway through the final quarter.

A sputtering ground game suddenly came alive and the Wildcats put together a 13-play, 85-yard drive to clinch a 21-14 victory over Northern Garrett on Monday night.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Jackson had five carries in the sequence that began with 7:42 remaining. His fifth carry went for a 3-yard touchdown with 2:01 left.

“He’s a sophomore and getting settled in at the position,” said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. “He is a coachable kid and making progress.”

The Wildcats (1-1) also used the stalwart effort of Alex Fridley — kindly referred to on the team as ‘Freight Train.’

Fridley’s second and third efforts picked up 20 yards and got the Wildcats into Northern Garrett territory at the 34. Later in the drive, Fridley bulled his way for 15 yards to the 5 to help set up Jackson’s winning score on a rollout to the right.

“He’s our freight train and helped get us rolling,” said Longnecker.

Northern Garrett aided the Williamsport drive with a key pass interference call.

The Wildcats defense, which allowed only 203 yards of total offense, kept the Huskies (0-2) at bay on the ensuing set of downs, including a loss of 6 as Fridley sacked quarterback Chris Murdock.

Williamsport trailed early as the Huskies took the opening drive and marched 69 yards, with Alex Baker scoring from the 2.

The Wildcats answered with 6:13 left in the first quarter when Jackson hooked up with Tyler Wise for a 45-yard score. Jackson deftly moved up in the pocket and spotted Wise along the left sideline.

“We just came out flat defensively,” said Longnecker. “We just didn’t play defensively coming out of the gate.”

Northern Garrett took a 14-7 lead just before the half when Jackson threw a pass into the hands of Murdock, who raced 75 yards with the interception with 33 seconds left.

Williamsport drew a break early in the third quarter when Northern Garrett’s snap on a punt was bad and the ’Cats took possession at the 10, with Buddy Threewitts going in for the score on the first play. Kyle Marshall’s kick knotted the score at 14.

“I think we might have worn them down later in the game,” said Longnecker. “I think we’re conditioned pretty well.”

Williamsport picked up 242 yards, 145 through the air. Fridley ended with 68 yards rushing and Wise caught four passes for 131 yards.

With the contest being pushed back to Monday following the weather-related issues last weekend, the Wildcats are now faced with a quick turnaround and a home game Friday against Poolesville.

“The win helps out coming back Friday,” said Longnecker. “It’s always good to get the first win.”

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Williamsport 21, Northern Garrett 14
Northern    6    8    0    0    —    14
Williamsport    7    0    7    7    —    21
First Quarter
NG—Alex Baker 2 run (kick failed)
W—Tyler Wise 45 pass from Brandon Jackson (Kyle Marshall kick)
Second Quarter
NG—Chris Murdock 75 interception (Cody Rodeheaver pass from Murdock)
Third Quarter
W—Buddy Threewitts 10 run (Marshall kick)
Fourth Quarter
W—Jackson 3 run (Marshall kick)
        NG    Will
First downs    12    12
Rushes-yards    39-97    36-97
Passing yards    106    145
Com-Att-Int    6-13-2    6-18-3
Total offense    52-203    54-242
Punts-avg.    3-31.3    4-38.5
Fumbles-Lost    2-2    1-0
Penalties-yards6-45    6-45
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Northern, Baker 16-85, Mason 10-21, Sines 2-16, Murdock 10-(minus 13), Durst 1-(minus 20); Williamsport, Fridley 9-68, Threewitts 9-33, Wise 1-2, Palmer 4-0; Jackson 13-(minus 6).
PASSING—Northern, Murdock 4-10-2-39; Sines 2-2-0-68; Baker 0-1-0-0; Williamsport, Jackson 6-17-2-145; Wise 0-1-0-1.
RECEIVING—Northern, Rodeheaver 2-52, Rosenberger 1-36, Bender 1-45, Mason 1-(minus 5), Baker 1-(minus 2); Williamsport, Wise 4-131, Threewitts 1-24, K. Zeger 1-0.
Records: Northern 0-2, Williamsport 1-1.

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