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High School Football: Cougars' offense stymies Wildcats

September 22, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Josh Miller (67) and Nick Berchock break up a pass intended for Catoctin's Mark Speak in the second quarter of Saturday's MVAL Antietam football game in Williamsport.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport High School is a smoke-free facility, so the Wildcats were only allowed to have blindfolds.

The Williamsport football team suffered through a bit of an execution on Saturday. It was death by Catoctin’s muddling offense.

The Cougars used a maze of counters, traps and sweeps to keep Williamsport defending blindly as Catoctin ran up 456 yards of offense to hang a 40-7 loss on the Wildcats to tarnish the glow of Homecoming in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

“They make it hard to find the ball,” said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. “That offense is tough to prepare for in a week and they run well. It’s hard to get the scout team to work with it because they can’t get the speed down and they can’t disguise it.”

Catoctin (2-2, 1-0) came out firing, but in a little different way than in years past. The Cougars have always used their tight, muddle-huddle style of play to find ways to squirt runners to the outside to break big plays.

On Saturday, there was a lot of running up the gut.

“That surprised me,” Longnecker said. “A lot of teams have been going to the outside against us. They gouged us on the inside. Our linemen were up a little high and it was tough to come down and make the plays.”

Catoctin moved Williamsport’s defense around the field, had 15 of its 61 plays go for at least 10 yards and grounded out drives by racking up 23 first downs.

Meanwhile, the Cougars’ defense kept Williamsport quarterback J.T. Boyer — who has been putting up 200-yard passing games — in check. Boyer finished 8 for 21 for 71 yards and two interceptions.

“They were reading where he looked,” Longnecker said. “We told him to try and look them off, but Catoctin followed his eyes. They were aggressive. The bottom line was they were more aggressive than we were.”

Catoctin rushed for 318 yards by bulling past Williamsport (0-4, 0-1), and added another 138 and two touchdowns through the air by bringing the Wildcats up to the line.

Colin Schildt rushed for two scores and Christopher Hurd caught two scoring passes to provide the bulk of Catoctin’s scoring.

Catoctin took a 8-0 lead on its first possession when quarterback Peyton Latimore hit Hurd on a 59-yard fly route on a third-and-9 play from the Cougars 41. Devin Watkins ran in for the two-point conversion for the early lead at the 6:48 mark.

Schildt scored from the 1 in the first quarter and then from the 5 with 8:47 left before the half to make it 22-0.

Williamsport was held without a first down through its first three possessions, but got on track midway through the second quarter. The Wildcats finally scored 23 seconds before halftime, as Boyer ran in from the 2. Ryan Shoemaker added the point after to make it 22-7 at the half.

The second half was all Catoctin, as Williamsport managed just 24 yards of offense in the last two quarters.

Laramore fumbled at the Williamsport 1 to end Catoctin’s first possession of the second half, but Boyer was intercepted by Hurd on the very next play to give the Cougars the ball back on the 9. Three plays later, Laramore found Hurd in the back of the end zone for a 16-yard scoring play to expand the lead to 28-7.

Ethan Shriner scored from the 5 and Gabriel Weigelt squirted over the left side of the line from the 1 in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

Dawkins led Catoctin with 78 yards rushing on 11 carries — mostly on counters and sweeps — whild Schlidt did the heavy lifting up the middle for 77 yards on 17 carries and two scores. Laramore connected on 8 of 16 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Williamsport managed just 125 yards of offense, including 54 on the ground. Sean Stoneberger was the most effective with 35 yards on 10 carries.

The Wildcats couldn’t hit what they couldn’t see. And in the process, they lost sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.

“We are still trying to find our identity,” said Longnecker. “Last week at Poolesville, we looked like we were getting it. Today, we sputtered all day long. We made mistakes on almost every play.”

Catoctin 40, Williamsport 7
Catoctin    15    7    6    12    —    40
Williamsport    0    7    0    0    —    7
First Quarter
C — Christopher Hurd 59 pass from Peyton Laramore (Devin Watkins run)
C — Colin Schildt 1 run (Laramore kick)
Second Quarter
C — Schildt 5 run (Laramore kick)
W — T.J. Boyer 2 run (Ryan Shoemaker kick)
Third Quarter
C — Hurd 16 pass from Laramore (kick failed)
Fourth Quarter
C — Ethan Shriner 5 run (pass failed)
C — Gabriel Weigelt 1 run (kick failed)
    Cat    Will
First Downs    23    9
Rushes-yards    45-318    25-54
Passing yards    138    71
Comp-Att-Int    8-16-0    8-22-3
Total offense    61-456    47-125
Fumbles-lost    2-1    1-1
Punts-avg.    1-18.0    6-36.3
Penalties-yards    6-49    7-61
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Catoctin: Watkins 11-78, Schildt 17-77, Shriner 5-52, Davis 4-40, Jenkins 7-22, Laramore 5-18, Ohlwiler 1-16, Weigelt 3-15, Georgoff 1-0; Williamsport: Stonebarger 10-35, Boyer 7-9, Kelley 5-9, Team 1-3, Berchock 1-(minus 1), Hopkins 1-(minus 1).
PASSING — Catoctin: Laramore 8-16-0-138; Williamsport: Boyer 8-21-2-71, Berchock 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING — Catoctin: Hurd 3-79, Jenkins 1-31, Speak 2-16, Davis 1-5, Ortiz 1-5; Williamsport: Hopkins 2-30, K. Zeger 2-17, Berchock 2-16, Stoneberger 1-9.
Records: Catoctin 2-2; Williamsport 0-4.

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