UNION — In a game where a team piles on 446 yards of total offense and puts up 52 points on the board, there's usually nothing else to expect from your team.
Not if you're Manheim Central's head coach Mike Williams.
Despite herculean efforts from running backs Marc Royer and Ian Hanselman and a defense that made Daniel Boone quarterback Nick Hughes run for his life throughout most of the game, Williams thinks that a little more can be done, even after a 52-0 victory over Daniel Boone on Friday night.
"Overall we are pleased with the way we played,' Williams said. "To be honest we expect a little more.'
Williams could be alluding to the three turnovers that the team sustained — one in the latter minutes of the convincing shutout. But for a team that saw two 100-yard runners, it's hard to see what areas needed to be worked on.
For Daniel Boone, the loss was a bitter pill to swallow after an impressive 35-7 dismantling of Owen J. Roberts where Kyle Myers scampered for a game-high 127 yards rushing.
"I thought they played really well against Owen J. Roberts,' Williams said. "They have some really good players.'
Hughes, a sophomore quarterback making his third start for the Blazers, validated Williams' statement in the early going. Despite only throwing for 113 yards on 10 of 19 passing, he showed extreme poise in front of an all-out attack from the Barons' defensive line.
"The defense played well,' Williams said. "We are trying to show a little more defense than what we did last year, which hurt us a little bit.'
That defense allowed 92 points in Central's three losses last season — 17 more than it let up in nine of the team's wins (75).
This year's defense, coming off a 52-19 victory over Hempfield a week before, wasted no time in making its presence felt. The first two drives for the Blazers netted a total of six yards as they tried to utilize the speed of Myers to reach the outside. Myers was held to only 24 yards rushing in the contest, a stark contrast to the 127 he scurried for in last week's win.
The Blazers were forced to punt while deep in their own territory on both of those drives, giving Central prime field position — an opportunity it didn't let pass.
The Barons, led by a 19-yard run by Royer and then a 15-yard run by Hanselman capitalized on both drives, scoring on a 4-play, 45-yard drive for the first score, followed by a 4-play, 35-yard drive on the following drive to give them a 13-0 lead.
"Coaches made great calls, our lineman and whole team did their jobs,' Royer said.
The Blazers didn't let the 13-point deficit douse their hopes as their fiery head coach, Bill Parks, had a valiant effort in getting his team regrouped.
Daniel Boone answered the Barons' second score with their own 15-play, 62-yard drive. Hughes shined throughout the drive, connecting with Paul Galanti for a nine-yard strike before connecting with receiver Tommy Pufnock for a 23-yard gain that brought the Blazers to the Barons' 21-yard line. After a few setbacks saw the Blazers facing a fourth-and-11, Hughes took a quarterback-keeper and broke free for a 13-yard gain for a first down.
Central's defense then buckled down.
After a false start penalty, the Blazers kept to the ground game. Myers' nine-yard, off-tackle run brought Daniel Boone to the seven, but a sack by the Barons' Wade Beamesderfer and a tackle-for-loss by Noah Dieffenbach ended the Blazers' nearly-eight-minute drive and robbed the team of any momentum it had gained.
The Barons' run game exploded from there.
"Us running backs, we had to run through the holes, get yards and score some touchdowns,' Royer said.
Touchdowns were limited after the team's fourth-down stop, but after settling for a 24-yard field goal by Damon Crouse to make it 16-0, the Barons scored on five of its next six possessions. Hanselman scampered for 5 yards and then again for 32 yards while backup quarterback Anthony Staffieri raced to the end zone with two touchdowns of his own — one at 50 yards, the other at 25.
Royer added the exclamation point with a 66-yard run to give the Barons a 50-0 lead with 8:31 in the game — a safety ended the scoring for the Barons.
Staffieri finished the game with 97 yards rushing on three attempts. Hanselman finished with 112 yards on nine carries while Royer finished with 176 yards on 10 carries. All three had two touchdowns on the ground while Hanselman grabbed one through the air on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Colin Fry.
Despite the loss, Hughes and Pufnock looked sharp for the Blazers. Hughes had 14 yards rushing on top of his 113 yards through the air while Pufnock had six receptions for 68 yards. The Blazers will look to rebound when it hosts Governor Mifflin, who is coming off a 59-7 loss to Cocalico, next Friday night.
For the Barons, they return home as Elizabethtown comes to town.
For Williams and Royer, their preparation will remain the same.
"We're going to keep doing what we're doing,' Williams said. "We play Elizabethtown next week and they're a great rival; our games are usually close.'
"That's what we do, practice hard,' Royer said. "We've got to practice hard and keep doing what we're doing.'
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Manheim Central 52
Daniel Boone 0
Manheim Central 13 10 20 9 — 52
Daniel Boone 0 0 0 0 — 0
MC- Royer 16 run (kick no good)
MC- Hanselman 15 run (Crouse kick)
MC- Crouse 24 field goal good
MC- Fry 5 pass to Hanselman (Crouse kick)
MC- Hanselman 32 run (Crouse kick)
MC- Staffieri 50 run (Crouse kick)
MC- Staffieri 25 run (kick no good)
MC- Royers 66 run (Adams kick)
First Downs 18 7
Rushing yards 405 -5
Passing yards 41 113
Total yards 446 108
Passes C-A-I 4-8-1 10-20-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0
Penalties-Yards 2-20 6-50
Punts-Avg. 0-0 8-22.4
MC: Royer 176, 2TDS; Hanselman 112, 2TDS; Staffieri 97, 2 TDS; Fry 14, Camacho 6.
DB: Myers 24; Passifione 4; Galanti 2; Ramsey -8; Hughes -21.
Manheim Central: Fry 4-8-41 TD, INT.
Daniel Boone: Hughes 9-18-113; Clother 1-2-0.
Manheim Central: Wiedderrecht 3-36; Hanselman 1-5 TD.
Daniel Boone: Pufnock 6-68; Ramsey 2-19; Myers 1-17; Galanti 1-9.
Interceptions: Manheim Central- Kolk; Daniel Boone- Galanti.
Sacks: Manheim Central- Beamesderfer-3; Royer; Brandt; Moreno; Logan.