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Instant Classic: A Game of Inches, Muncy holds on for victory over Homer-Center! @homer_wildcats

Written by: on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

 

Instant Classic: A Game of Inches, Muncy holds on for Victory over Homer-Center!

The Homer-Center Wildcats played host to the Muncy Indians Friday night in a non-conference game. Both teams loss their opening games and were on seven game winning streaks. In one of the best high school games , you could hope to watch the Indians held on for a 17-16 win.

The game was played in a constant drizzle, but both teams played extremely well and the outcome could have went either way. The Indians got the ball first and went three and out. The Wildcats starting on their own 29, would drive to the Muncy eight yard line before turning it over on downs. The thirteen play drive took over five minutes off the clock.  A procedure call against Homer-Center made it fourth and twelve instead of fourth and seven. Junior quarterback Cole McAnulty’s pass fell incomplete and Muncy took over on downs. The Indians started their next drive at their own thirteen. They converted a fourth and one from their own 32 on a defensive offsides penalty but were forced to punt the ball back to the Wildcats. Homer-Center would finish this drive with the games first points. Landon Hill would cap a 58 yard, five minute drive with a two yard run. He would then run in the two point conversion and it was 8-0.

The Muncy offense finally got going as they scored on their next possession. The Indians would cover 57 yards in just over four minutes. Junior quarterback Branson Eyers made two big plays to keep the drive alive. He hit Bailey Hadzinikolov for 20 yards with a beautiful touch pass and scrambled for a first down on fourth and three. Branson Eyers then hit his cousin Ross Eyers on a bubble screen that went for a touchdown. Muncy head coach Sean Tetreault decided not to chase the points and kicked the extra point. Loudon Boring’s kick made it 8 to 7.

The Wildcats now had a three and out. Muncy would score again right before the half ended. The drive covered 74 yards in just over three and a half minutes with the Indians using all three of their timeouts. Muncy star halfback Austin Johnson, a freshmen was injured at the Homer one yard line trying to score in the final seconds of the half. With no timeouts and just seconds to go in the half, Coach Tetreault called a running play. Ty Nixon plowed in from a yard out and Muncy led 14-8.

The Wildcats had enough time for one play and threw deep but the ball was underthrown as a Wildcat had gotten behind the defense. A very entertaining first half had ended with Muncy up six points.

The Wildcats first drive of the second half ended with back to back penalties forcing a fourth and 17. The snap to the punter Michael Krejocic went over his head and he was able to corral the ball at the Wildcat two before being smashed down by a group of Indians. Another Homer-Center penalty gave the ball to Muncy at the Wildcat one yard line. It was looking like game over for Homer. But the Wildcats pushed the Indians back six yards on three plays and Muncy elected to try a field goal attempt. Boring’s kick from 24 yards out was good and Muncy now led 17-8.

Ty Nixon would stop Homer’s next drive at midfield with an interception. He would then catch a 29 yard pass from Branson Eyer. But Muncy was stopped on fourth down after a holding call pushed them out of field goal range. The Wildcats starting on their own 25 would go on a seven and a half minute drive in which they picked up two short fourth down conversions. But a Mcanulty pass was picked off in the end zone by Ross Eyer.

Muncy had the ball at their own 20 with just under six minutes to go. Again it looked like game over. Three plays later Krejocic stepped in front of a Branson Eyer out pattern and raced down the sideline to the Indians two yard line. On the next play Collin Troup crashed in from two yards out and would also pick up the two pointer to make it 17-16 Indians. Troup would go over 1000 yards rushing for the season earlier in the quarter.

Muncy would go three and out, giving the Wildcats one last chance. Homer started at their own 38 with 2:35 to go. They would drive to the Muncy 32 with just over a minute to go. Mcanulty threw deep for Krejocic who came back for the ball. It looked like it would be the winning touchdown. But the ball bounced up in the air and was intercepted by Branson Eyer.

The Indians would manage one first down and ran out the clock. The final score was Muncy 17 and Homer-Center 16.  Both teams deserved to win this game. If Muncy chases the points they could have loss. If the bad snap goes another yard or two further, it’s a safety instead of a field goal. If the Wildcats can make that last play, they win the game. But take nothing away from Muncy who looked real good, games like this are why high school football is the best game in town.

M.  0-14- 3- 0=17

HC 0- 8- 0- 8=16

HC-Landon Hill 2 run 2pt Hill run (0-8) 9:00

M -Ross Eyer 13 pass from Branson Eyer xp Loudon Boring (7-8) 4:53

M -Ty Nixon 1 run xp Boring (14-8) 0:09

M -Boring FG 24 (17-8) 7:08

HC -Collin Troup 2 run 2pt Troup run (17-16) 4:23

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