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The Barons took to the ground and the air to down the Indians on September 9, 2016. Video by John Buffone

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MOUNT JOY — While the buzz and excitement prior to the start of Donegal’s home opener provided a perfect atmosphere to christen the brand new Donegal Athletic Complex, the buzz didn’t last all that long.

Backed by a one hundred-yard rushing performance in the first half from Jay Barreto and five monstrous first-half sacks from the defense, the Manheim Central Barons steamrolled the Indians 55-0 Friday night as the neighboring school districts look to renew their football rivalry for the first time in thirty-plus years.

Barons’ quarterback Kody Kegarise (5 rushes, 78 yards, 2 TDs; 8-for-12 passing, 151 yards, TD, INT) got the visitors’ party started with a 43-yard scamper on Central’s opening drive.

He then found primary target Jake Novak (6 catches, 86 yards) for a 58-yard completion to set-up Barreto’s 13-yard touchdown run.

Incidentally, Barreto (18 rushes, 129 yards) happened to fumble on the Barons’ subsequent drive inside the red-zone, but the Indians fumbled right back on the second play of the second quarter, allowing Barreto to redeem himself quickly with a five-yard touchdown.

“Kody brings experience; he’s playing like a seasoned veteran, he’s calm, he’s cool,” offered Barons’ coach Dave Hahn. “Jay, he’s doing a good job. He’s elusive, he’s got some speed. Jay’s got to hold on to the ball, and he’s going to be a pretty dynamic back here.”

On the other side, Donegal’s Wing-T offense had trouble gaining yards on the ground against the Barons defense, but showcased an effective short-passing attack with Kobe Bistline (8-for-10, 35 yards) at quarterback.

Bistline hit all four of his passes on the Indians’ third drive of the game, moving the ball to the Barons’ 30-yard line, but a false start and a big-time sack by Garret Fittery ended the drive.

“We were practicing how they run the ball all week and they came out throwing,” said Barons’ linebacker Gunnar Royer, who picked up sacks four and five for the Manheim defense. “We worked all week on their Wing-T offense, we had to keep our keys going. Everyone had to stay with their keys and we just had to play the game.”

Donegal’s offense finished the first half with negative rushing yardage thanks to Royer and his sack-mates Tyler Lutz, Isaiah Mejias, and Fittery. And with things going so very well for the Barons, even a fumbled snap by Kegarise inside the red-zone resulted in a two-yard touchdown when Kegarise fell on top of the loose ball to make the score 28-0 at the half.

After the break, Kegarise found Colin Erb for an eight-yard score. From there, Evan Simon took over for the Barons at quarterback and threw two touchdown passes, a 16-yarder to Novak and a 57-yarder to Austin Geib, to extend the lead.

Tyler Flick’s two rushes for 45 yards finalized the scoring, but not before the Indians and Barons set the ground work for a good old-fashioned, neighbor-versus-neighbor rivalry.

“I know the schools like to talk to each other, especially in other sports,” Hahn said. “My daughters came up playing field hockey and softball, so there’re always rivalries there. So I think that’s what they want to try to get … They (the Indians) are going to do a good job, they just need more experience. That Wing-T is going to pose some teams some problems going down the road.”

Unfortunately for Donegal, however, the mighty Barons reside just up the road, which is why for one night, at least, this budding football rivalry was a one-sided affair.

MC __ 14 __ 14 __ 13 __ 14 __ — 55

DON __ 00 __ 00 __ 00 __ 00 __ — 00

FIRST QUARTER

MC — K. Kegarise 43-yd rush (B. Kready kick), 7-0, 9:03

MC — J. Barreto 13-yd rush (B. Kready kick), 14-0, 5:58

SECOND QUARTER

MC — J. Barreto 5-yd rush (B. Kready kick), 21-0, 11:14

MC — K. Kegarise 2-yd rush (B. Kready kick), 28-0, 5:11

THIRD QUARTER

MC — C. Erb 8-yd pass from K. Kegarise (pass failed), 34-0, 9:13

MC — J. Novak 16-yd pass from E. Simon (B. Kready kick), 41-0, 2:05

FOURTH QUARTER

MC — A. Geib 57-yd pass from E. Simon (B. Kready kick), 48-0, 9:53

MC — T. Flick 10-yd rush (B. Kready kick), 55-0, 5:43

    MC                        DON

FIRST DOWNS                  17                          8

RUSHES / YARDS            32-269                 33-68

COMP / ATT / INT            10-15-1                8-12-0

PASSING YARDS             224                       35

TOTAL YARDS                 493                       59

SACKED / YDS LOST      0-0                        6-44

PUNTS / AVG                    0-0                        7-36

FUMBLES / LOST             2-1                        2-1

PENALTIES / YARDS      8-65                      4-20

RUSHING — MC, J. Barreto 18-129, K. Kegarise 5-78, D. Himelright 5-11, E. Simon 1-2, T. Flick 2-45, T. Simon 1-4. DON, E. Seiler 11-30, G. Chrysler 4-0, K. Bistline 1-(-2), R. Buckius 2-(-5), T. Snyder 4-8, N. Ketner 5-13, T. Rupp 2-5, Z. Gibbs 2-17, D. Mulhausen 1-11, K. Stevens 1-(-9).

PASSING — MC, K. Kegarise 8-12-1-151, E. Simon 2-2-0-73, J. Novak 0-1-0-0. DON, K. Bistline 8-10-0-35, R. Buckius 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING — MC, J. Novak 6-86, A. Geib 3-130, C. Erb 1-8. DON, E. Seiler 2-5, K. Stevens 1-10, C. Weaver 2-17, B. Bear 1-9, G. Chrysler 1-1, T. Rupp 1-(-7).

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