Con­rad Weiser clips Gov. Mif­flin for Berks I ti­tle

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Jeff De­wees

SHILLING­TON >> Win­ning 53 of 54 league games al­lows for a cer­tain amount of well-earned cache.

So if it felt like Gov­er­nor Mif­flin was about to se­cure a third straight Berks League Sec­tion 1 ti­tle and a ninth in 10 sea­sons, well, you can be for­given for that.

Con­rad Weiser, thank you very much, had other ideas.

The Scouts won their first league crown since 2009 Fri­day night by saun­ter­ing into Shilling­ton and com­ing away with a 17-7 vic­tory over the Mus­tangs, the byprod­uct of a much im­proved de­fense and a hard-nosed, slash­ing, op­por­tunis­tic quar­ter­back nearly two inches taller and 30 pounds heav­ier than he was at this time a year ago.

The ver­dict wrapped a per­fect 6-0 Berks 1 cam­paign for the Scouts (8-2 over­all), who head off to the District 3 4A play­offs next week, while giv­ing Mif­flin (6-4, 5-1) its first league loss since the Ex­eter game in 2015 and only its sec­ond in nine sea­sons. The Mus­tangs’ slot in the up­com­ing D-3 5A bracket has yet to be so­lid­i­fied; they en­tered the game in the No. 7 po­si­tion.

Vet­eran Weiser head coach Alan Moyer, in­volved with the foot­ball pro­gram in one as­pect or an­other for nearly his en­tire life, was beam­ing. He shook the hand of ev­ery player de­part­ing the turf at Mif­flin Sta­dium, tro­phy se­cured.

“I am so happy for these kids,” Moyer said. “They’ve worked so hard. Our staff did one heck of a job pre­par­ing these kids. I told them last week that we were go­ing to be pre­pared for this game, it was just a mat­ter of go­ing out and ex­e­cut­ing and they did that.”

Se­nior quar­ter­back Alex MacKen­zie, now check­ing in at a sturdy 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds — and only re­ally handed the keys to the car at the start of this sea­son — rushed for 144 yards on 17 car­ries and scored one touch­down in spear­head­ing Con­rad Weiser to a his­toric vic­tory.

MacKen­zie, as he has done to many teams this sea­son, beat the Mus­tangs Fri­day night with his legs. His right arm wasn’t much of a fac­tor; a 2 of 6 by­line for 15 yards and a pick, all in the first half, were neg­li­gi­ble num­bers from all an­gles.

The rush­ing from un­der cen­ter, how­ever, was an en­tirely dif­fer­ent mat­ter.

Af­ter the host Mus­tangs pro­duced a 17-play, 76-yard meat­grinder late in the first quar­ter to grab a 7-0 lead on quar­ter­back Kol­bie Reeser’s 2-yard plunge, MacKen­zie replied on the next series with a de­signed keeper that he took to house from 56 yards out, un­touched off left end, to even the score and send a mes­sage that his Scouts weren’t go­ing any­where. It was the big­gest of­fen­sive snap of the night for ei­ther side.

“We were here for a rea­son,” MacKen­zie said. “We worked our butts off to get to 8-2. It’s awe­some. It’s very spe­cial. Me, as a player, I had to step up and be leader for the team. Keep our heads up, no mat­ter what.”

On the other side of the ball, Weiser cut its points al­lowed this sea­son in half, from 30 to 14 points per game en­ter­ing the con­test, and held the Mus­tangs to that lone score in their home arena. Not an easy feat.

The Scouts in­ter­cepted Reeser three times, in­clud­ing one from MacKen­zie, his op­po­site num­ber. The de­fense held Mif­flin’s rush­ing at­tack to 100 net yards on 37 totes, a pal­try 2.7 yards per carry av­er­age. In­cluded in that to­tal were three sacks of Reeser for mi­nus-26 yards.

It made for a frus­trat­ing night for Mif­flin head coach Jeff Lang and his charges, who saw both start­ing run­ning back Nick Sin­gle­ton, the league’s lead­ing rusher as a fresh­man, and later Ja­cob Gelvin — who was in the midst of a solid night on both sides of the line of scrim­mage — knocked out of the game with in­juries. Gelvin had thwarted a Weiser foray with a pick of MacKen­zie at the Mif­flin 11 dur­ing the first half and rushed for 62 yards on 16 car­ries in Sin­gle­ton’s stead be­fore he went down with a right leg in­jury.

“(Weiser) has a great foot­ball team,” Lang said. “Their line­men are much stronger than they’ve been in the past so we had our hands full up front, and MacKen­zie just ran all over us. He’s a fan­tas­tic quar­ter­back and he’s tough to stop.”

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