By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | September 13, 2014
The Muncy Indians welcomed the Indians of Cowanesque Valley in their home opener of the 2014 football season.
Both teams slugged it out in an intense, defensive battle that only showed 18 total points as Muncy used two late scores to sneak by Cowanesque Valley, 13-8.
Muncy used a balanced offense to take home the victory in front of their home fans Friday evening.
Jeffrey Fry led the way for Muncy as the sophomore quarterback threw for 132 yards and the game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He went 9-15 on the night throwing the football.
The player on the receiving end of the majority of Fry's passing yards was senior receiver Maurice Brown. Brown caught six passes but accumulated 115 yards and scored the game winning touchdown.
Ethan Mead had a stellar game for the Indians of Cowanesque Valley in their losing efforts. He carried the load on offense, rushing the football 23 times for a total of 114 yards and a touchdown.
Dakota Nixon of Muncy also rushed for over 100 yards as he took the ball 17 times for 109 yards.
It did not take long for Cowanesque Valley to get some points on the board as their second play from scrimmage would result in their only points of the ball game.
Mead took the ball from quarterback Mike Snyder and headed to his right. He hit the corner and the rest was history. Fifty-eight yards later, he crossed the goal line and it appeared that their offense might be in for a solid performance. That would not be the case however as those six points would be the only ones posted by Cowanesque Valley.
For the remainder of the first half, each team tried to get their offenses going but they could not find any answers. Each defense kept exchanging blows as the score remained 6-0 heading into halftime in favor of Cowanesque Valley.
After each team exchanged four-and-outs, Muncy would force another punt out of Cowanesque valley and head to work on offense.
Nixon would get things rolling for Muncy as he busted off his longest run of the evening with a 43-yard gain. He would follow that up with an 18 yard burst and put his team in great field position with an opportunity to tie the game.
Muncy would do just that as Manuel Ramos took a delayed handoff up the middle 15 yards for a touchdown. Muncy would attempt the two-point conversion to go up by two points but failed to convert.
As the fourth quarter got underway, the Cowanesque Valley squad got bit by the turnover bug. They would commit three crucial turnovers in the later part of the game.
The first would be a thrown interception by Snyder as Preston Bitler stepped in front of Snyder's intended target. Muncy would not capitalize on this however.
A few drives later, Cowanesque lined up to attempt to drive the ball down the field and score a potential game winner. The drive was short lived as a host of Muncy defenders forced a fumble by running back Connor Calaman of Cowanesque.
Starting on their own 23 yard line, Muncy was in line to take charge of the game. After three rushing attempts, Muncy would look to go through the air to win the game.
Fry would step back, fire a pass over the middle into the hands of Brown who would go untouched into the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown reception.
Nixon's point after was good as Muncy took a 13-6 lead.
Cowanesque would try it one last time, hoping to pull together a drive to tie the football game.
Snyder tossed a pass over the middle that was tipped by his receiver. Cameron Good of Muncy would then make a diving interception to seal the victory.
Muncy will look to keep things rolling next week as they welcome Canton on Friday evening.
Cowanesque Valley will hope this game gives them the spark they need to take on Bucktail next Friday at home.