Nothing seemed to go Mifflin’s way on Friday night as they fell to the hands of their biggest rival.
On the first play from scrimmage, junior QB Jan Johnson fumbled the ball, giving Wilson possession deep in Mifflin territory.
Following an 8 yard first down completion from Wilson senior QB Matt Timochenko, the Bulldogs rode John Raifsnyder the rest of the way. Raifsnyder, a senior carried the ball 4 times for 13 yards and a touchdown on Wilson’s first drive.
Leading 7-0 already, Wilson forced a three-and-out on Mifflin’s next possession. While attempting to punt, Jan Johnson received an errant snap, which Wilson’s defense recovered.
For the second consecutive drive, Wilson began on the Mustangs 21 yard line. This drive ended no differently for either team, except that Hunter Hatlee was the one doing the scoring for Wilson, who led 14-0.
Once again, following a three-and-out, Mifflin was forced to punt, or at least attempt to. Once again, an errant snap lead to a Wilson recovery.
Following a defensive stand by the Mustangs, Wilson’s senior kicker Hunter Rubright hit a 43 yard field goal putting the Bulldogs up 17-0 before the end of the first quarter.
After finally picking up a first down early in the 2nd quarter, Jan Johnson and the Mustangs would not fair much better on the following drive. Johnson, on 4th down executed a beautiful coffin corner punt, pinning Wilson at their 6 yard line.
Shortly after taking over on their own 6, Wilson RB Shane Dantzler coughed up the ball at the hands of Mifflin’s Connor Morehart, finally giving the Mustangs a chance offensively.
After an illegal procedure penalty, Jan Johnson found his favorite target, Aric Dupell, in the end zone for a 13 yard score, making it 17-7. This was the only bright spot for Mifflin all night.
The Bulldogs added two more touchdowns before the end of the half on a pair of Matt Timochenko passes to Kyle Watkins and Dominic Nigrelli to lead 31-7 at the midway point.
Outside of one defensive stand by Mifflin forcing a turnover on downs, everything once again went the Bulldogs way. The Mustangs put together a solid drive late in the 3rd quarter before once again coughing the ball up.
The Bulldogs seemed content to let their younger players into the game following an impressive 44 yard run by Shane Dantzler, which led to a touchdown, putting Wilson up 38-7, which became the final score.
Wilson was led offensively by QB Matt Timochenko who finished 5-13 for 88 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. The Bulldogs had great contributions from John Raifsnyder who carried the ball 15 times for 62 yards and a score. Also, Shane Dantzler carried 11 times for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Jan Johnson led the way for the Mustangs completing 4 of 10 for 30 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 19 times for 95 yards.
Mifflin will look ahead to their next matchup September 6th at Lancaster Catholic, while Wilson travels to Harrisburg Saturday the 7th.