When the Muhls took the field against Shippensburg on Friday night, it marked the first time in 8 years that a District 3 playoff game was played under the lights in Laureldale. The Muhls, who came into the game off a win against rival Reading, welcomed Greyhounds squad who had won 8 straight games.
The Greyhounds, who received the opening kick, gained 45 yards on the first play from scrimmage when William Burt darted up the right sideline. However, they would not be able to move the ball any further after a pair of sacks by Blake Devine and Ben Ortiz forced a turnover on downs.
The Muhls were able to get on the board first after a heavy dose of Ben Ortiz set up a 9 yard touchdown pass from Antonieo Dominguez to Dakota Thompson. After a Brendan Dudek extra point, his first of seven on the night, the Muhls led 7-0.
The Muhls would add to their lead early in the second quarter when Dominguez found Eli Quinter for a 15 yard touchdown, putting the Muhls up 14-0.
The Greyhounds would score on a long drive, when Seth Frey found Tommy LaRue for a 13 yard score, cutting the lead to 14-7.
After a long kick return by Quindon Stinson, the Muhls took over at midfield. That midfield position would not last very long, as Ben Ortiz took the first down handoff 50 yards for a touchdown, giving the Muhls a 21-7 advantage.
After forcing a short punt, the Muhls got another big run from Ortiz to set up the second touchdown pass from Dominguez to Thompson, this time from 8 yards out, giving the Muhls a 28-7 lead.
The Greyhounds and Muhls would each add another touchdown before halftime. At the half Muhlenberg led 35-13 and the rout was on.
The Muhls would win by a final count of 49-19.
Leading the Muhls were Ben Ortiz, who carried 25 times for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns, and quarterback Antonieo Dominguez, who completed all 10 of his pass attempts for 109 yards and 4 touchdowns. Dominguez also ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Eli Quinter and Dakota Thompson each had 2 receiving touchdowns.
The Muhls who are now 8-3, will likely face Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg) next week. The Crusaders were leading 21-0 before a power outage forced the game to be postponed until Saturday at noon.