After being delayed 18 hours, Muhlenberg finally got to play host to Exeter Saturday afternoon. Both teams came into the game with only one loss on the season, with each loss coming from Section 1 power Gov. Mifflin.
Muhlenberg was able to get things going early, as they scored on a 5 yard touchdown run by QB Antonieo Dominguez on the first drive of the game. After Brendan Dudek added an extra point, the Muhls held a 7-0 lead about midway through the first quarter.
Exeter fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Tyler Sassaman was able to recover at the Exeter 20 yardline. After 3 plays and a penalty, the Muhls faced a 4th and 18 from the Exeter 28 yardline. Rather than opting for a 45 yard field goal, Muhlenberg kept their offense on the field. This proved to be the right decision when Dominguez was able to find Nelson Hine on a 28 yard touchdown pass, giving the Muhls a 14-0 lead before the close of the first quarter.
Muhlenberg was able to once again add a touchdown before the half on yet another 28 yard TD pass from Dominguez to Hine. The Muhls headed into halftime with a 20-0 lead.
Both defenses proved strong, as neither allowed points in the second half. The Muhls proved victorious 20-0.
After the game, head coach Rich Kolka spoke very highly of his team’s effort, especially the defensive players. He said that the goal heading into the week was to “shut down Chase Yocum and a strong Eagles offense”. After a shutout victory, it seems they lived up to their head coach’s goal.
Linebacker Daryll Ellison also spoke highly of the Muhls defense saying “we hadn’t had a shutout in how long, and now we have 3 this season. We’re still looking to get the league championship, but I think our defense ha s done its job.”
Quarterback Antonieo Dominguez echoed Ellison’s praises for the defense and also added that his job is easy with players Ben Ortiz and Eli Quinter around him offensively.
Dominguez finished 9 of 15 passing for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ben Ortiz ran for 108 yards.
Manny Soto led the Exeter offense with 17 carries for 90 yards.
The Muhls (3-1, 6-1) will travel to Robesonia to take on Conrad Weiser (3-1, 6-1) in the BIC Sports Game of the Week next Friday. The Eagles (2-2, 5-2) will host Twin Valley (0-4, 0-7).