Gov. Mif­flin routs Fleet­wood to clinch Sec­tion 1 ti­tle

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Jeff De­wees

Gover­nor Mif­flin claimed the BCIAA Sec­tion 1 crown for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive cam­paign by brute force Fri­day night in front of a Se­nior Night crowd at Mus­tang Sta­dium with a 49-10 maul­ing of the Fleet­wood Tigers.

The Mus­tangs (8-1, 5-0 Berks 1) hung 42 first-quar­ter points on the over­whelmed Tigers (0-9, 0-6) and reached mercy clock pa­ram­e­ters with just 7:49 of to­tal game time elapsed.

Gover­nor Mif­flin wraps the reg­u­lar sea­son at Con­rad Weiser next Fri­day. The best sec­ond-place Ex­eter can do is tie the Mus­tangs with a win and a Mif­flin loss; how­ever, Mif­flin won the head-to-head meet­ing 28-14 in Septem­ber.

It was the Bryce Stubler Show Fri­day night dur­ing that elec­tri­fy­ing open­ing quar­ter against the Tigers. Stubler caught a touch­down pass, re­cov­ered two fum­bles on de­fense that led to two more scores and re­turned a punt for a 44-yard touch­down -- all dur­ing the open­ing 7:49 of play.

Mif­flin’s of­fense had the foot­ball for a grand to­tal nine snaps dur­ing the first quar­ter and scored touch­downs on five of them. Stubler’s 44-yard punt re­turn for score, which made it 14-0

3:05 in, was the sixth.

Run­ning back Isaac Ru­oss touched the foot­ball three times and scored a touch­down on all three with runs of 48, 1 and 13 yards, re­spec­tively. Quar­ter­back Kam Wolfe was 4 of 5 pass­ing for 84 yards and those two scores to Stubler be­fore giv­ing way to back-up Kol­bie Reeser for the bal­ance of the evening.

“It was a great team win, ev­ery­one was ex­e­cut­ing their blocks and Kam was find­ing me,” Stubler said. “The (sec­ond) fum­ble (re­cov­ery), the ball just fell right in my hands and I tried to make the most of that.”

A third Fleet­wood fum­ble, early in the sec­ond quar­ter, gave the Mus­tangs the foot­ball deep in Tigers’ ter­ri­tory. Reeser took a knee at the Fleet­wood 7 with eight min­utes and change yet to play in the first half and the Mus­tangs turned it over on downs.

Mif­flin head coach Mick Vec­chio, more than a quar­ter-cen­tury on the job, al­ways re­calls his ear­lier days when mak­ing un­ortho­dox calls like that in the name of sports­man­ship. It’s a tough call to make, he ac­knowl­edged, be­cause you want your back­ups to play foot­ball, too.

“You know, I’ve been the head foot­ball coach here for a long time,” Vec­chio said, “and we’ve been on the re­ceiv­ing end of th­ese things. I’m very happy tonight, but I’ve never for­got­ten how that felt.

“They’re (Fleet­wood) strug­gling. … It’s just one of those things when you get to be an old man, you get very sen­ti­men­tal about kids.”

Reeser later added a 4-yard keeper for a score with 2:13 left in the third quar­ter for the game’s fi­nal mar­gin.

Fleet­wood’s Seth Wag­ner ac­counted for all 10 of his club’s points. Wag­ner hit a 25-yard field goal to close the first half, cap­ping a 10-play, 78-yard drive -- by far the Tigers’ best se­ries of the night. He ripped off a 47-yard run for a score, with Mif­flin’s de­fen­sive starters de­parted, in the third quar­ter. And he kicked the ex­tra point. Wag­ner fin­ished with 59 rush­ing yards on nine totes.

Tigers diminu­tive sopho­more quar­ter­back David Scha­ef­fer (listed at 5-foot-4, 125 pounds) at­tempted just two passes be­fore de­part­ing late but hit on both of them, good for 38 and eight yards, to fin­ish his night 2 of 2 for 46 yards.


Bran­don Un­terkoe­fler threw for two touch­down passes and ran for two scores as the Ea­gles con­tin­ued their push for a place in the District 3 Class 5A play­offs.

Un­terkoe­fler rushed for 178 yards and was 5-for-10 for 81 yards. Jack Fi­ucci had two TD re­cep­tions.

Gage Mo­ran rushed for 157 yards and scored two TDs as Ex­eter ran out to a 35-6 half­time lead.

Ex­eter (4-1, 6-3) closes out the reg­u­lar sea­son on Nov. 3 against Daniel Boone.

The Ea­gles are ranked No. 8 for the eight-team Class 5A bracket en­ter­ing the fi­nal week. Cedar Cliff (6-3) and Dover (6-3) are in close pur­suit at Nos. 9 and 10, re­spec­tively.


A tight game turned in a 34-sec­ond span in the third quar­ter as the Scouts used two TDs to take the Sec­tion 2 matchup.

Tied 14-14 at the half, Cameron Cas­ner re­cov­ered a blocked punt in the end zone be­fore Ai­dan Kre­itz re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 37 yards for a TD on the en­su­ing posses­sion, swing­ing the game into a 28-14 lead the Blaz­ers couldn’t rally from.

Boone quar­ter­back Josh Ehst was 15-for-26 for 229 yards with three TDs and an in­ter­cep­tion. He con­nected with Matt Oku­niewski (5 catches, 44 yards), Tommy Buchert (4-83) and Dy­lan Walker (2-71) on TDs.

Buchert and Ethan Dar­renkamp had in­ter­cep­tions on de­fense for Boone, which out­gained CW 369-243.

Daniel Boone (2-3, 2-7) closes out its sea­son at Ex­eter on Nov. 3.


The Kutz­town foot­ball team was forced to for­feit its Oct. 27 game against Berks Catholic due an in­jury-dec­i­mated ros­ter that left the Cougars with just 13 healthy play­ers.

The Cougars (0-8) be­gan the sea­son with just 22 play­ers and saw three more in­jured, in­clud­ing start­ing quar­ter­back Char­lie Mad­docks, in last week’s 49-6 loss to Wy­omiss­ing.

Berks Catholic is 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 4A, win­ning by an av­er­age mar­gin of 43 points. The Saints made pre­lim­i­nary at­tempts to fill the va­cant date on their sched­ule but opted to avoid the short prepa­ra­tion in an­tic­i­pa­tion of their un­beaten show­down with Wy­omiss­ing the fol­low­ing week.

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