UNION — At times on Friday night, it seemed that Daniel Boone would never get the football back as Governor Mifflin inexorably moved the ball down the field three, four, and five yards at a time. And when the Blazers did manage to wrest control away from the visitors, their drives were most often short-lived.
That was the story of the night as Boone dropped its Berks Football League Section 1 opener, 28-0, at Brazinsky Field.
The Mustangs did much of their damage on third-down plays as they went 7-for-12 in such situations and were also successful on one of two fourth-down tries. Quarterback Jan Johnson ran for 71 yards and passed for 56 for Mifflin, which possessed the ball nearly 30 of the contest's 48 minutes.
Kyle Myers ran for 60 yards for the Blazers (0-1, 1-3) and Nick Hughes passed for 58.
"We obviously have to tackle better,' said Daniel Boone coach Bill Parks, whose team allowed 316 total yards on 55 plays. "Governor Mifflin is a good program. When you play a good program, you've got to match their intensity.'
Boone's first four possessions ended in punts, with no first downs on any of them. In fact, the Blazers did not pick up their initial first down until the final play of the half on a 12-yard screen pass from Hughes to Myers that advanced the ball to the Mustang 45 yard line as time ran out.
Meanwhile, the Blazer defense held the visitors scoreless until the second quarter when a penalty that moved the ball back to the Boone one, a short punt, and a 30-yard drive opened the scoring.
Mifflin put together a 74-yard drive late in the half with Johnson hitting Aric Dupell from 18 yards out on a screen pass for a score with eight seconds left until the intermission.
Then Boone threatened for the first and only time of the night on the opening drive of the second half when Hughes ran around the left end 29 yards on a 4th-and-1 play to the Mifflin 27 and Myers burst five yards and then 11 more to a first down at the 11.
But Hughes fumbled on the next play — the only turnover all night by either team — and Mifflin linebacker Matthew Klusewitz, who had the game's only sack, scooped up the loose ball and rumbled all the way to the Boone 40. Mifflin drove into the end zone from there on eight plays for a 21-0 advantage with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter. The Mustangs wrapped up the win with a 14-play, 76-yard drive that used up more than six minutes, with Dupell running in from the one with 8:48 to go in the game.
"We were able to keep the ball moving,' said Johnson, whose team had scored just one touchdown in two of its first three outings. "We really worked hard at practice firing off the ball and keeping blocks and not stopping after you hit one guy.'
And that allowed the visitors to rack up better than five yards per rushing attempt as they gained 260 yards on 50 tries.
"We've got to match their intensity and we've got to tackle,' said Parks.
Mifflin now leads the series 6-2. ... The defending Section 1 champions have won 19 staight league games, the most by any Section 1 team. ... Jon Passifine led Boone with nine solo tackles while Xavier Smith had six solo tackles and five assists, Shayne Bookwalter six solos and four assists, and Darius Hinton five solos and two assists, including a team-high three for losses.
Berks Football League Section 1
Governor Mifflin 28
Daniel Boone 0
Governor Mifflin 0 14 7 7 28
Daniel Boone 0 0 0 0 0
GM-Chambers 8 run (Johnson kick)
GM-Dupell 18 pass from Johnson (Johnson)
GM-Fontanez 3 run (Johnson kick)
GM-Dupell 1 run (Johnson kick)
First Downs 21 8
Yards Rushing 260 99
Yards Passing 56 58
Total Yards 316 157
Passes C-A-I 5-10-0 8-13-0
Fumbles 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yds 8-40 8-52
Punts-Avg 3-36.7 6-30.5
Governor Mifflin: Johnson, 10-71; Fontanez, 15-65, 1 TD; Dupell, 10-62, 1 TD; Fiant, 10-48; Chambers, 4-13, 1 TD; Ortiz, 1-1.
Daniel Boone: Myers, 12-60; Hughes, 8-31; Ramsey, 4-7; Galanti, 1-1.
Governor Mifflin: Johnson, 5-10-56, 1 TD.
Daniel Boone: Hughes, 8-13-58.
Governor Mifflin: Dupell, 2-31, 1 TD; Chambers, 2-14; Pollock, 1-11.
Daniel Boone: Myers, 3-21; Galanti, 2-17; Smith, 2-16, Carr, 1-4.
Sacks: Governor Mifflin-Klusewitz.