LEBANON - When it rains, it pours.
The rain stopped by kickoff, but the improved weather conditions did little to stop the Manheim Central Barons, who scored on all but their opening possession in the first half en route to a 41-7 victory over Cedar Crest on Friday night.
Greg Munnion, who started the game at quarterback for the Falcons in place of Logan Horn, took a big hit after standing in the pocket to complete a pass and did not return to the game. As they have done all year, the Falcons sent in the next guy and never quit.
“I always tell the kids that if they don’t want to play football not to come out for football, because at practice everybody plays, everybody practices and they all learn it, so they’re ready,” said Cedar Crest coach Rob Wildasin. “It’s not like we suddenly have to prep somebody new, and that’s a tribute to my coaching staff.”
With Horn and Munnion out, Tanner Miller, who intercepted a Kody Kegarise pass on the fourth play of the game, entered at the quarterback spot for the Falcons (4-4, 2-3 L-L Section 2).
Against another team, perhaps the changes in the backfield wouldn’t have mattered as much, but the Manheim Central defense, which has allowed a total of only 76 points this season, was relentless, and the Barons’ offense was just as dominant.
Kegarise amassed 142 yards on 23 carries and accounted for four of Central’s five touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter. On the final one, a 7-yard run with 5:00 left in the game, the Barons (7-1, 4-1 L-L) elected to go for two making it 41-7.
Wildasin said, “I think when Manheim Central went for two to put them up 41-7, that’s when we knew that it was over. It was a good move.”
But his Falcons never quit and have several positive takeaways from the loss, including Devin Shay’s 20-yard touchdown reception from Miller in the third quarter that cut the lead to 20-7, and a huge 63-yard pass from Miller to Greyson Williams on 3rd-and-20 from their own 7-yard line that led to Shay’s touchdown.
“I’ve said since the beginning of the year that we fight and play hard,” Wildasin said. “It’s just exciting to see them go in and go 100 percent and keep fighting. Player number 0 to player number 63, they fight.”
The Falcons, who also saw Tate Seyfert leave the game due to injury, travel to Elizabethtown next week.
Manheim Central 41, Cedar Crest 7
Manheim Central _ 7 _ 13 _ 0 _ 21 _ — _ 41
Cedar Crest _ 0 _ 0 _ 7 _ 0 _ — _ 7
MC — Kody Kegarise 2 run (Bryce Kready kick), 3:41
MC — Tyler Flick 31 run (Kready kick), 7:28
MC — Kready 22 field goal, 1:33
MC — Kready 28 field goal, 0:00
CC — Devin Shay 20 pass from Tanner Miller (Chad Ryland kick), 0:57
MC — Kegarise 7 run (Kready kick), 9:57
MC — Kegarise 4 run (kick blocked), 8:23
MC — Kegarise 7 run (Flick run), 5:00
First downs _ 13 _ 6
Rushes-yards _ 51-290 _ 26-38
Passing _ 4-8-1 _ 9-20-3
Passing yards _ 51 _ 160
Total yards _ 341 _ 198
Punts _ 1-33 _ 5-32
Fumbles-lost _ 2-0 _ 1-0
Penalties-yards _ 4-20 _ 8-58
Rushing — MC: Novak 2-20, Barreto 3-17, Kegarise 23-142, Ruth 1-18, Erb 7-27, Flick 13-69, Simon 2-(-3); CC: Munnion 4-15, Apple 3-3, Belleman 8-28, Seyfert 2-(-5), Miller 6-(-10), Dorvil 1-5.
Passing — MC: Kegarise 3-6-1-44, Simon 1-2-0-7; CC: Munnion 1-1-0-7, Dunlop 0-1-0-0, Miller 8-18-3-153.
Receiving — MC: Royer 1-11, Novak 2-33, Carter 1-7; CC: Dunlop 3-21, Seyfert 1-40, Shay 1-63, French 1-12. Loehr 1-4.