By: Chris Manning | Towanda Daily Review | November 12, 2016
SAYRE — Coming in Sayre knew they had to be consistent on offense if they were going to win the game.
But Muncy knew that too and had their defense ready.
The Indians held the Redskins to just 174 total yards and six first downs to win the District IV, Class A football title 13-0 Friday. It's their first title in 30 years on the dot, their last one in 1986.
"It's awesome," Muncy coach Sean Tetreault remarked. "We talked all year we wanted to be in the district title game and our kids showed up tonight. The coaching staff did a great job getting the kids ready and these kids put the work in. All the credit goes to them for sure."
Coleman Good lived up to his last name as he rushed and threw for over 100 yards. The sophomore quarterback ran the ball 22 times for 106 yards and was 10-for-17 for 142 yards, hitting five different receivers on the night.
"Coleman we were saving all year," said Tetreault. "We knew he was a heck of a runner and he's done a heck of a job for us."
"It feels awesome, it's a great opportunity to just have the chance to play here for a district title," said Good.
Colby Albaugh had the game's lone touchdown while rushing for 53 yards on 15 touches. He also had two catches for 51 yards.
For Sayre it was a tale of two halves offensively. In the first half they had one first down and 76 total yards, most of that on a Matt Ingrassia 47-yard run.
The Indians held Sayre's star back Tylor Belles to eight yards in the first half on five carries.
"They had a really good game plan," Sayre coach Steve Satterly said. "They did a good job against the run and some of our other stuff lately. We just weren't consistent, a couple times we hurt ourselves with penalties. Penalties at key times and mental mistakes that definitely cost us."
The Redskins found more offense in the second half, especially Belles, who had eight carries for 71 yards but Muncy's defense was able to get stops when they needed to and kept the Redskins out of the end zone.
Belles finished with 13 carries for 79 yards while Ingrassia had 10 touches for 84.
Quarterback John Esposito started the game well, going 3-for-4 for 18 yards, but was 0-for-9 in the second half to finish 3-for-13 for 18 yards on the game.
The first quarter was a battle of field position as neither team's offense could get much going in the cold November air.
The first six possessions ended in punts but it was the Indians slowly pushing Sayre further and further back. On the Redskins' third punt Muncy got the ball at midfield and went to work.
On second-and-four Good hit Albaugh on a 19-yard strike to get inside the Sayre 25. A holding call two plays later backed them up but Good struck, rushing for 20 yards on second-and-16 for a first down.
He hit Kustanbauter for a 9-yard gain to the Redskin 2-yard line followed by Albaugh punching it in for the score with 10:37 left in the half. Chris Titman added the point after to make it 7-0.
"We started finding things and we started working," Good said about that first scoring possession. "We played tough. I'm proud of our line, our line blocked well. We started a little slow but we got going."
"Our offense is clicking at the right time," said Tetreault. "It took them a little bit but those front five, six on the offensive line, they won us this game for sure."
Sayre looked to strike back as Ingrassia unleashed a 47-yard run down the right side of the field to the Muncy 17-yard line.
But from there the Redskins went backwards as Belles was dropped for a 3-yard loss followed by an illegal procedure penalty which made it third-and-21. An incompletion, a penalty and lost fumble ended the promising Sayre possession.
After trading punts Muncy started on their own 28-yard line as Good orchestrated a 10-play drive down to the Sayre 11-yard line where Titman hit a 28-yard field goal with 12 left in the half to put the Indians up 10-0 at the break.
Esposito nearly ended the drive with an interception two plays before the field goal but the ball slipped through his arms.
The second half started much like the first, a field position battle.
On Sayre's second possession of the half they started to get it going as they picked up two straight first downs to get to the Muncy 30-yard line.
But once again the drive stalled as the Indians stuffed up the running attack, holding Sayre to rushes of two and one yards on first and second down. The Redskins then went to the air the next two plays but ultimately turned it over on downs.
The ensuing drive the Indians went 69 yards on 11 plays down to the Redskin 2-and-half yard line. On fourth and goal Titman hit a 20-yard field goal with 9:42 left in the fourth quarter to make it 13-0.
The key play was Good hitting Albaugh on a 32-yard reception on third down to continue the drive. A 15-yard scamper by Good on second-and-3 got them inside the Sayre 10-yard line where the Redskin defense firmed up.
Sayre's defense was up to the challenge all night, bending but not breaking.
"Our defense has played well all season," Satterly said. "They definitely did a nice job keeping us in the game."
But their offense just couldn't find a rhythm.
On their final drive of the night Belles started it off with a 38-yard run down to the Muncy 27-yard line. They inched forward from there but on fourth-and-3 the Indians stuffed Ingrassia and Sayre turned it over on downs.
Sayre would get the ball back late in the game twice but never registered another first down.
Their defense did have one bright spot late, forcing Titman to miss a 26-yard field goal late in the game.
But having a player like Titman was big as he gave Muncy a two-score lead instead of a one-score advantage to put added pressure on Sayre.
"We're going to miss him next year," Good added. "He's done a great job for us."
The Indians will face the winner of Steel-High and Halifax next week and don't plan on slowing down.
"We're going to have fun and keep doing what we're doing," said Good.
As for Sayre, this was a record making year despite the loss. They won their first league title since the early 80s and made a district final.
"It's definitely a turn around from the past," said Satterly. "It stinks now because they lost but the program's going in the right direction and it's because of that group of guys and girl that you saw in front of you. They are the main reason that program is turning and hopefully it continues down the road once they leave."