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One play enough to lift Cougars over Wildcats

September 24, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

THURMONT, Md. — Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker summed up Saturday’s game against Catoctin in one sentence.

“They just made one more play than we did.”

Catoctin’s superiority over Williamsport reached the decade mark as the Cougars escaped with an 8-0 win.

The game’s only score came in the first quarter when Garrett Sprankle scampered 68 yards for a touchdown on his first touch of the game. Running back Taylor Davis followed by sprinting to the right corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion.

Catoctin’s running game punished Williamsport’s defense as the Cougars (2-2) gained 273 yards.

“We’re trying to shorten the field on defense. We were too high and they were getting too much push on us,” said Longnecker. “That’s the Catch-22. When you play physical, trying to strip the ball, sometimes you give up big plays.”

The Wildcats (2-2) had two possessions on Catoctin’s 15 in the fourth quarter, looking for a way to punch the ball into the end zone. Both times, the potential tying drive ended in interceptions — the first by linebacker Evan Lambert and the other by Sprankle.

Even though the Wildcats haven’t beaten the Cougars since 2001 and the last meeting was a 54-0 shutout loss, Longnecker doesn’t buy that Catoctin has an edge over the Wildcats.

“There’s no mystique with Catoctin. It’s just another game on our schedule,” said Longnecker. “I thought we handled Catoctin. We didn’t back down. They just got some lucky bounces. I thought it was an excellent high school football game between two excellent teams.”

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