By: Jon Gerardi | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | September 9, 2017
MUNCY — As Muncy was running plays and practicing prior to Friday's game at Stanley T. Schuyler Memorial Stadium, the coaches could be heard repeatedly telling their players to play at an up-tempo pace and be fast.
It's something Muncy coach Sean Tetreault has been stressing and focusing his team on all week.
And it's safe to say it easily paid off.
Muncy took its first drive down field for a score and never let up offensively. The Indians kept it up throughout the first half, scoring six touchdowns by halftime in a 52-13 rout of Cowanesque Valley.
"All year our mindset has been up-tempo, play fast, play aggressive and they showed it tonight," Tetreault said. "They came out strong, pounded ball right down the field. It was great thing to see first half."
Muncy gained 222 yards of total offense in that first half and converted six of seven red zone trips into points, taking a 45-6 lead into the half.
Cowanesque Valley, on the other hand, struggled to get things going offensively. At halftime, Cowanesque Valley had just one yard of total offense and lost four fumbles. Muncy scored touchdowns on three of them.
"Our biggest mantra when we're on defense is we make turnovers, then we score off turnovers," Tetreault said. "We don't want to let something like that slip through our fingers. When we get a turnover, we want to capitalize off it."
"Can't win a football game like that. I told them in the locker room we're shooting ourselves in the foot. If we can get things going on offense, we can be really explosive," Cowanesque Valley coach Dylan Smith. "We put a couple things together against their JV squad, but I think we can do a lot of damage against an actual varsity team. I think as long as we get going, I think we can advance and get better and improve."
Colby Alpaugh proved to be a tough player for Cowanesque Valley to slow down, as he rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries and had two rushing touchdowns. He also returned a punt for 44 yards late in the second quarter to make it 42-6.
Coleman Good had 52 rushing yards as well for Muncy and 27 passing yards for two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to go along with it.
"I really think we have a three-headed monster back there with Coleman Good at quarterback, Colby Alpaugh at running back and Mike Kustanbauter at fullback position," Tetreault said. "The way the O-line is blocking, those guys are huge for us."
Cowanesque Valley stayed with Muncy in the first quarter when Seth Huyler connected with Matt Barber for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 2:06 to play in the quarter to make it a 14-6 deficit.
But it was a 31-point second quarter from Muncy that sealed the game.
Good threw the first two touchdowns for Muncy to take the 14-0 lead. After CV's score, Muncy scored four consecutive touchdowns before a Nate Paisley 30-yard field goal with 1:45 left sent Muncy into the half up by 39 points.
"Like I said to my boys, pretty much 28 points their way came from a wet ball basically," Smith said. "Bad snaps, bad execution. It adds up. You don't win a football game like that."
Brandon Paul turned a slant across the middle into a 92-yard touchdown reception with 4:49 to play to give Cowanesque Valley another touchdown and cut the deficit to 52-13.
Huyler went 5 for 12 for Cowanesque Valley for 116 yards and two touchdown passes.