By: Williamsport Sun-Gazette | November 14, 2009
MANDATA - Line Mountain took care of business early Friday, thanks in large part to Joey Hukill, and set up another District 4 Class A championship date with Southern Columbia with a 46-0 romp over Montgomery at Eagle Stadium, but the win may have come with a big price.
Starting quarterback Marty Beninsky, who ran for 72 yards and scored on a 42 yard touchdown run, left the game late in the first half after landing hard on his shoulder while trying to run for a two-point conversion to put the game under the mercy rule.
Freshman Cole Rickert played the rest of the game for the Eagles, who threw just one pass and racked up 412 yards rushing, averaging about 11.4 yards per run against the Red Raiders, who had some solid players, but just not enough.
Line Mountain (8-3) will host Southern (7-4), a 28-6 winner over Bloomsburg in the other semifinal, next Friday at Line Mountain. It will be the fourth straight season in which the teams have met in the playoffs, and the third time they've met for the title.
Hukill gave Line Mountain a 6-0 lead before all of the fans were in from the parking lot with a 20 yard interception return touchdown with 10:23 left on the clock in the first quarter. Hukill's second return came sandwiched around a 36 yard touchdown by Chris Moore (13 carries, 100 yards) on the Eagles' first offensive possession.
Montgomery (5-6) reached the Eagles' 29-yard line after a 43 yard run by Frank Harry Shuey, but Hukill reacted well on a screen pass on third-and-11 for the interception, taking it back 67 yards for a touchdown.
Montgomery got down into Line Mountain's red zone again after a 55 yard kickoff return to the 25-yard line by up man Trevor Houseknecht. A 21 yard pass from Cody Kulago to Cameron Kriner set up first-and-goal at the four-yard line, but Mike Marciniak came up with an interception to stem the threat.
The Red Raiders did indeed cause some problems with big plays, but the defensive front scheme was never a problem. The Eagles' offensive line opened holes, and the backs repeatedly ran through them.