Governor Mifflin Captures Berks Section One Title Presented By PJ Whelihans Reading PA
Governor Mifflin had quite a few questions following a week one lopsided loss to arch rival Wilson WL. How would an unproven team react to such a devastating loss? How could a coaching staff reinvent itself under an interim Head Coach? Could the Mustangs recapture the Berks Section one title?
How did Governor Mifflin respond? A 49-7 victory Friday night over Conrad Weiser extended the Mustangs win streak to nine straight games. Governor Mifflin defeated its league opponents by over 35 points per game en route to it’s ninth Berks One Title in eleven years. The Mustangs have obviously answered all the questions. Governor Mifflin now enters the post season as the likely number one seed in the 5A District Three playoffs and a favorite to move deep into the playoffs.
AJ Sczepkowski had four TD’s to lead the Governor Mifflin attack. Three of the TD’s came on just three receptions for a total of 153 yards. Eric Ruoss scored a TD, rushed for 155 yards and blocked a punt that resulted in a Mustang TD. QB Austin Baker played a solid game running the offense and passed for two scores.
Governor Mifflin Head Coach Jeff Lang said, “A lot of hard work got us here. The kids sucked it up. We rallied together. With wins over Cocalico and Township we began to believe in ourselves.” In reaction to Exeter Twp.’s focus for a playoff re-match, Coach Lang said, ” We will be ready for it. We feel like we are invincible at home.” QB Austin Baker said the running game is the key to the Mifflin offense, “We are still a running team first and we always will be. Once our running game starts, the passing game opens up. We have so many weapons on the ground and in the air.”
The Mustangs got started early. The tough Mifflin defense stopped the Conrad Weiser opening possession. Eric Ruoss’s blocked punt and Phillip Henry’s end zone recovery got Mifflin in front 7-0. Mifflin’s next offensive series ended with a TD run by AJ Sczepkowski. With 6:51 into the first quarter it was 14-0 Mifflin. Another Mustang defensive stop was followed by another Mifflin scoring drive. Tyshaun Weaver made a great end zone grab to get Mifflin out to a 21-0 advantage at the 3:06 mark of quarter one. Quarter one ended 21-0 Mifflin over Conrad Weiser
The Mustangs first second quarter drive ended with a 38-yard TD toss from QB Austin Baker to AJ Sczepkowski. 28-0 Mifflin with 9:02 till half The Mifflin D gave up nothing again. Mifflin’s next drive had Sczepkowski scoring on a 53-yard TD reception 35-0 Mifflin. Conrad Weiser got on the board with 1:26 left until halftime. Kwis Montinard’s TD reception was the first points scored on the Governor Mifflin defense by a league opponent in the first half year all season. The score was 35-7 as we went to halftime.
Mifflin’s first second half possession ended with an Isaac Ruoss TD, making it 42-7 Mustangs. We moved into the fourth quarter, with a stellar 62-yard TD catch and run by AJ Sczepkowski, that made the score to 49-7 Governor Mifflin. Some back and forth by the reserves closed out the game. The final was Governor Mifflin 49 Conrad Weiser 7.
Governor Mifflin moves on to be the likely number one seed in the District Three A tourney. The loss knocked Conrad Weiser out of the PIAA tourney but into an Eastern Conference post season berth.
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