No one is sure what Alex Hoenstine’s time in the 100-yard dash is, but it’s documented that he can run 96 yards in 13 seconds in football gear.
The Central running back took the opening kickoff from Philipsburg-Osceola’s Aaron Boumerhi at his own 4-yard line and 13 seconds later he was standing in the end zone with the first of his four touchdowns in Central’s 58-0 rout of the Mounties on Friday night.
He fielded the kick and went untouched down the left sideline for the score. Jacob Muthler, grandson of former P-O teacher and coach Paul Bradley, kicked the first of his seven PATs as the Dragons ruined P-O’s homecoming. Lara Sharpless and Cam Hynd were crowned king and queen. Hoenstine finished the night with 141 yards on four carries.
“They jumped on us early. You can’t score quicker than the opening kickoff,” said P-O coach Mike Soyster. “It started avalanching right from the get-go. He (Hoenstine) is a terrific player but they have a lot of great players. They are big and they are fast. They’re one of the best teams around.”
The Dragons (6-1) took advantage of one of several P-O mistakes to get their second TD as they recovered Jake Anderson’s fumble at the P-O 15 and after an incompletion Hoenstine went the distance for the score at the 10:45 mark. Muthler made it 14-0.
After forcing a P-O punt, Central drove 47 yards, the final 25 coming when Noah Benton connected with Hoenstine with 6:04 still to play in the first quarter.
Damon Langer got the Dragons’ fourth score, going in from the 8 with 44 seconds left on the clock.
In the second quarter, the Mountie defense stopped the Dragons at the 18, forcing Muthler to kick a 31-yard field goal at the 7:56 mark.
On Mounties’ next possession, the Dragons backed them up from the 20 to the 15, forcing a punt. Starting at the P-O 47, Central gave ground thanks to a 17-yard penalty. Hoenstine made up the lost yaradage as he bolted 62 yards for the score. Muthler made it 38-0 with his PAT at the 3:05 mark.
The Mounties fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, giving Central the ball at the P-O 20. Langer got all of that on the first snap. Muthler’s PAT attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 44-0 with only 44 seconds gone from a running clock.
A 51-yard drive ended with Blaise Mock scoring from the 4 and Muthler booting the PAT with 1:56 still to go in the third quarter. Central got its last TD from the reserves as Eric Calhoun scored from three yards out and Muthler kicked his final PAT with 2:41 to go in the game.
The Mounties lost three of four fumbles in the game and were held to minus-4 yards in total offense.
“We have to refocus on the fundamentals,” Soyster said. “And that starts with me and goes all the way down to the last person in the organization. We have to concentrate on the little things like taking snaps, catching the ball and things like that. We have to get back to the fundamentals. We have to try to keep getting better.”