Hollidaysburg takes out Central Mountain, 52-18

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A fiery crash on Route 80 Friday afternoon delayed the arrival of the Central Mountain High School football team by more than an hour, but the waiting game didn’t tax the Golden Tigers’ patience.

“Sometimes things don’t go as planned in life,” Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre said after the Tigers steadily pulled away for an easy 52-18 victory. “You can’t always control the situation, but you can do something about it.”

Hollidaysburg (6-3) got a pair of touchdown runs from junior quarterback Brady Walters, who also connected with speedy wideout Jack Sauserman for a pair of TD throws as the Tigers built a 21-7 halftime lead.

“They were in man coverage that we didn’t see at all coming into the game,” DeLattre said. “When we saw them with a loaded box and one-on-one matchups, we think he (Sauserman) is good against anyone in one-and-one matchups.”

After throwing for 163 yards in the first half, the Tigers shifted to the ground as several of their backs racked up some decent runs.

Patrick Young led the way with 101 yards on 13 carries — 67 in the second half before he went out with a bothersome ankle injury.

Danny Molliver added 60 yards, and reserves Dylan Allison (2-58) and sophomore Hunter Barr (3-28) got opportunities.

“All those guys practice hard and deserve their carries,” DeLattre said.

“They came out in a double tight end set (in the second half) and ran right at us,” Central Mountain coach Jim Renninger said. “Hollidaysburg is a big strong team that can wear you down.”

Tiger senior center Josh Dunkle was called upon to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and his 1-yard plunge made it 45-10 to cue the mercy rule with seven minutes left.

“We have a jumbo package that every week we rotate different seniors into that spot,” DeLattre said. “That was fun. A lot of guys made plays. It was a good team effort.”

Both coaches were disappointed in their imprecision as 20 penalties were accepted, including 11 against the Tigers.

“I wasn’t pleased with some of the lineup mistakes, things that have been plaguing us,” DeLattre said. “Those things we work on and we’re still making them.”

Behind Austyn Carson’s running and passing, Central Mountain had a fourth-and-goal at the Hollidaysburg 1, down just 14-7 in the first quarter, but the Bobcats were flagged for illegal motion, then missed a short field goal.

“That’s young kids not being focused,” Renninger said. “We’ve had a problem with that all year. We haven’t done a great job in pressure situations.”

Though the Bobcats sat on Route 80 for from 4:20 until 5:45 and didn’t arrive until 7:35, Renninger made no excuses. In fact, he felt his team played better early in the game.

“The delay had nothing to do with it,” he said. “I thought we handled the adversity well.”

Game notes: Tiger senior Vlad Hilling kicked a 35-yard field goal and just missed a 57-yarder, which would have been a school record (currently 49, held by Garrett Clawson) … Hollidaysburg visits DuBois in the regular season finale on Friday … Renninger said Central Mountain (1-8) will not be entering the upcoming 5-A playoffs, meaning the Tigers will have a bye in the first round and could meet Brashear in the second round. If Brashear elects not to participate, Hollidaysburg will have another two-week layoff in the playoffs like it did last year.