By: Charlie Roth | Towanda Daily Review | November 13, 2010
MANDATA - They wanted it. They got it.
Hoping for a rematch with Southern Columbia since an opening week drubbing by the Tigers, Line Mountain took care of business Friday night, ensuring that rematch will take place in next week's District 4 Class A championship game with a 57-20 romp over Muncy in a semifinal at Eagle Stadium.
Southern Columbia, the top seed and host of the title game, advanced with a 58-42 victory over Canton in the other semifinal.
The Eagles reached the district final the same way they cruised to the Twin Valley League championship, with a big play offense and enough weapons to make life miserable for an opposing defense.
Against Muncy, the fast-paced attack churned out 284 yards, and that was just on the eight scoring plays.
For the game, the Eagles piled up 531 yards and 18 first downs. Of their eight touchdowns, all but one came on plays of 20 yards or longer, with three of those being from 50 or more yards out.
Junior quarterback Marty Beninsky had his finest game of the season, hitting on 13-of-21 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns, including two on shovel passes - a new wrinkle in the ever-expanding Line Mountain offensive array - to halfback Joey Hukill.
"We did what we had to do to get another opportunity," Line Mountain coach Mike Carson said. "They've (Southern Columbia) got a great team and a great program, and we're glad to have another chance to play them and maybe give a little better account of ourselves.
"We left the field 10 weeks ago with our chins on our chests. We did what we had to do to get another chance."
The Eagles spread the wealth in the victory over Muncy.
Hukill scored three times, including the two passes covering 24 and 70 yards, respectively, and a 35 yard run. Kyle Troutman, who finished as the game's leading rusher with 98 yards, scored twice on runs of 21 and 54 yards.
Tim Clouser, Trae Wren and Cole Rickert scored a touchdown each, Clouser on a one yard blast, Wren on a 28 yard pass from Beninsky and Rickert on a 54 yard run.
The Indians, despite the disparity in the final score, also put up some good numbers on the offensive side, piling up 314 total yards, including 158 passing by quarterback Matt Ring even though he struggled with a five-for-20 performance.
"I have a lot of respect for what Muncy has accomplished," Carson said. "The four losses they had in the regular season were all against outstanding teams, and their quarterback (Ring) is the best we've seen since Week 1."