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High school football: Speedy Central too much for Philipsburg-Osceola

There was just was no stopping Central on Friday against Philipsburg-Osceola.

The Dragons, who went into this week in fourth place in the District 6 Class AA rankings, rolled up 538 yards of total offense in a balanced attack as they defeated the Mounties, 40-7.

“They’re pretty fast,” said Mountie head coach Michael Soyster. “They’re probably the quickest team we’ve played. They fly around. They’re a great football program and they play hard.”

Central’s Mike Mock picked up 294 all-purpose yards as he split time as a receiver, quarterback and running back with Noah Benton. Benton did most of his damage through the air as he passed for 233 yards.

“They’re both really good players,” said Central head coach Dave Baker. “They play well together.

“People always ask me, ‘Is there a plan to use one quarterback?’ No, there is no plan. There is a plan to use both of those guys that way. It works out different in each game, but the plan is to use two quarterbacks.”

P-O’s offensive struggles from the first six weeks of the season continued as the Mounties had just 33 total yards in the first half. Business picked up in the second half as they rushed for 56 yards and passed for 52 yards, including a nine-yard slant to Tanner Lamb for a touchdown from quarterback Jake Anderson with 33 seconds left in the game.

“That was a good throw,” said Soyster. “We are also running the ball a little better, but we have to keep working to get better.”

“They seemed to do better in the second half,” said Baker. “(Anderson) can throw pretty well. They do okay, but then they make a bad play. We’ve seen on film that they know what they’re doing. They just seem to make mistakes at the wrong time. When you have younger kids, that will happen.”

The Dragon offense went to work after their defense helped them out with an interception from Justin Helsel. Noah Benton threw his first touchdown five plays later to Alex Hoenstine from 15 yards out.

Mock earned his first big play of the day on an 81-yard bomb from Benton with 6:38 in the period, while Kaleb Weyant rushed in a score from 19 yards. Central led 20-0 after one quarter.

Mock accounted for the last three Central touchdowns. The senior hauled in two passes from Benton in the second quarter — one for 77 yards and one for 25 yards.

Mock ended his night with a 35-yard touchdown run, which got the running clock started with a 40-0.

“We’ve been trying to make our running game better,” Baker said. “We need guys to hit the holes faster. We haven’t ran as well as we would like. We did a little better against these guys.

“Our team isn’t where we want to be yet. We need work. We need to improve ourselves.”

Mock ran for 78 yards, threw for 25 yards, and caught four passes for 191 yards in the contest.

Anderson was 6-of-17 passing for 56 yards for the Mounties, and also ran for 29 yards.

P-O (0-7) hosts Huntingdon on Friday, while Central (5-2) visits Bellefonte.

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