Ru­oss, Gov. Mif­flin run over Daniel Boone, 47-7

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Jeff Stover js­tover@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­curyXS­tover on Twit­ter

UNION » It’s no over­state­ment to say Isaac Ru­oss is the cen­ter of Gov­er­nor Mif­flin’s foot­ball uni­verse.

Ru­oss is the linch­pin of the Mus­tangs’ run-ori­ented of­fense. As the se­nior run­ning back goes, so goes Mif­flin.

“Ev­ery­thing we do is based on him,” GM head coach Mick Vec­chio said Fri­day, fol­low­ing his team’s Berks League game with Daniel Boone. “If he’s go­ing well, we go with him. If they (the op­po­nent) take him away, we go to oth­ers.”

The Blazers cer­tainly weren’t tak­ing Ru­oss out of the equa­tion. He amassed a work­man­like 165 yards rush­ing and scored three touch­downs to un­der­write Mif­flin’s 47-7 romp over Boone at Brazin­sky Field.

Ru­oss got the ma­jor­ity of his pro­duc­tion in a 40-point first half. Five of his totes dur­ing that span cov­ered dou­ble-digit yardage, and his touch­down runs fell just short of the 100 mark.

“He’s real good,” Vec­chio said. “In Berks, I think he’s third in rush­ing.”

Ru­oss headed an of­fense that got all but 20 of its 315 yards on the ground. A to­tal of nine Mus­tangs ran the ball, most of them com­ing away with pos­i­tive yardage.

“In the triple-op­tion of­fense they run, there’s a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Boone head coach Ryan Con­tento said. “But they can run any of­fense. Their line is big and strong, and they like to run more than they can throw.”

Con­tento’s hope for the Blazers, com­ing off last week­end’s 14-7 win over Muh­len­berg that was their first of the sea­son, was to build on the mo­men­tum of that vic­tory. But that hope was dashed less than a minute from the open­ing kick­off, Mif­flin (2-0 league, 5-1 over­all) cap­ping a four-play, 61yard march with Ru­oss’ 33-yard sprint up the mid­dle.

That got the Mus­tangs off to the races in a hurry. They got an­other Ru­oss scor­ing run less than two min­utes later — a 62yard burst up the gut with 9:24 left — and a one-yard run by him 1:30 be­fore the end of the quar­ter.

“The game plan ev­ery week is to give him the ball,” Vec­chio said. “If we don’t get him, we’ll pitch the ball and see what hap­pens.”

Mif­flin’s de­fense got in the scor-

ing act, Michael Franks re­turn­ing an in­ter­cepted pass 28 yards for a touch­down 32 se­conds be­fore the end of the first quar­ter. In the sec­ond, quar­ter­back Kam­ron Wolfe went up the mid­dle five yards with 9:51 left, and Dar­ius Copeland (three car­ries, 28 yards) fol­lowed with a 30-yard run off left tackle at 4:02 to boost GM’s lead to a mercy-rule qual­i­fy­ing 40 points.

“Our kids are good up front,” Vec­chio said, a ref­er­ence to an of­fen­sive line with the likes of Sa­muel Mueller, Michael McClatchie and Jor­dan Espinosa. “It seems we’re get­ting bet­ter ev­ery week.”

Boone (1-1, 1-4) was able to avert a shutout with a heads-up play by Matt Oku­niewski early in the fourth quar­ter. The Boone de­fense forced Wolfe to fum­ble at the 41, and Oku­niewski scooped up the loose ball and ran un­op­posed to the end zone with 8:01 on the clock.

The mo­men­tum stem proved brief, how­ever, as Mif­flin came back on its next se­ries to score one last time. Jaden Quilles made his lone carry a big one, run­ning 37 yards around his left end for a touch­down with 3:45 re­main­ing.

“The kids have been through a lot, with the change in head coaches and los­ing sev­eral starters,” Con­tento said. “We were hop­ing to have the mo­men­tum from last week carry over.”

Boone’s de­fen­sive play was also high­lighted by Chase Lacey re­cov­er­ing a Wolfe fum­ble at Boone’s seven, halt­ing the Mus­tangs’ third pos­ses­sion of the game. On the other side, GM got two other in­ter­cep­tions from Espinosa as it held the Blazers to 145 yards’ to­tal of­fense.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done that,” Vec­chio said of his team’s in­ter­cep­tion to­tal.

Of­fen­sively, Boone was led on the ground by Lacey’s 37 yards on 10 car­ries. In the air, Josh Ehst went 7-for-17 with 80 yards, Oku­niewski (four catches, 30 yards) and Lacey (3-50) his prin­ci­pal tar­gets.

“We still have five games left, four of them league games,” Con­tento said. “We’re go­ing to learn from this and get bet­ter.”

NOTES » The Boone school district hon­ored ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary, vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders as part of the game’s ac­tiv­i­ties. Boone’s band merged with Mif­flin’s for a half­time show of pa­tri­otic mu­sic.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DFM

Gov­er­nor Mif­flin’s Kam­ron Wolfe (2) suc­cess­fully tack­les Daniel Boone’s Chase Lacey (4) dur­ing their game on Septem­ber 29.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone’s Josh Ehst (9) throws the ball dur­ing their game against Gov­er­nor Mif­flin on Septem­ber 29.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Gov­er­nor Mif­flin’s Bryce Stubler (13) runs the ball down the field against Daniel Boone on Septem­ber 29.

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