A week after facing Central scoring machine Alex Hoenstine, Philipsburg-Osceola ran into another touchdown-maker in Huntingdon’s Jon Wagner on Friday night.
The result wasn’t pretty.
Wagner, the school’s all-time scoring and touchdown leader, scored three touchdowns on runs of 6, 51 and 15 yards and ran for 217 yards on 14 carries to lead the Bearcats to a 56-6 romp over the Mounties on homecoming night at War-Vets Field.
“He’s probably the best running back we’ve faced all year,” P-O coach Mike Soyster said. “He runs really hard and is tough to bring down. When they give him the ball, he can do some damage.”
“He’s a great athlete,” Huntingdon coach Mike Hudy said, “and he’s our workhorse. We get him into situations and everything falls into place.”
With the win, the Bearcats, looking to make the District 6 playoffs, improved to 5-3. The Mounties slipped to 0-8 and have lost 25 games in a row.
After P-O’s Aaron Boumerhi missed a 51-yard field goal on the first series of a very sloppy first half, the Bearcats marched 80 yards on nine plays and finished it off with Wagner 6-yarder into the the end zone.
P-O was only down 7-0 entering the second quarter, but Huntingdon sophomore Jonathan Price stepped in front of a Jake Anderson pass for an interception and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing possession, though, Anderson hit Derek Moore down the middle of the field, and Moore did the rest, racing 75 yards for a touchdown with 8:04 left in the half.
“We saw some things they were doing defensively,” Soyster said. “Derek Moore did a great job. I felt really good about us there. Then Huntingdon started coming back.”
The 5-3 Bearcats blew the game open from there as Wagner scored on a 51-yard run with 4:12 left in the half, and fullback Ian Border rambled 44 yards for a score with 1:52 left in the half.
“I was worried about a letdown coming into the game,” Hudy said. “I told our guys (P-O) would come out fighting. I don’t underestimate anybody. I was worried about it.”
Up 28-6 entering the second half, Wagner reeled off runs of 5, 35 and 15 yards 45 seconds into the half to give the Bearcats a 35-6 lead.
Anderson, who completed 6-of-9 for 131 yards, didn’t play in the second half, spending it on the sideline with his left knee wrapped and a helmet off. With him out of the game, Huntingdon held P-O to just 42 yards in the second half. The Bearcats had a 463-191 edge in total offense.
“I don’t know,” Soyster said. “He’s a tough kid, but you can see he’s hobbling around right now. We’ll have to see what happens.”
Huntingdon later got TD runs from Border (3 yards), backup quarterback Andrew Hudy (37 yards) and fullback Zeb Fowler (57 yards).
It doesn’t get any easier for the Mounties next week as they travel to Clearfield.