Bill Engelhardt's MUSTANGS GRIDIRON Corner

This site is currently dedicated to covering the fortunes of the South Western High School MUSTANGS football team in York County, Pennsylvania. SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON columns will be posted for a preseason review and following each game during the season. And we will follow my Alma Mater, the CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High School in Bergen County, New Jersey, with THE GRIDIRON columns by my twin brother Dick, the stadium announcer "Voice of the CUTTERS."

Location: Glenville, Pennsylvania, United States

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


By Bill Engelhardt

Last Monday evening, October 14, the Mustangs of South Western hosted the Panthers of Central York at the Mustang Corral and were shut out 42-0.  The Panthers aerial assault was too much for the Mustangs to stop.

The Mustangs opened the game by going three and out and punting.  The Panthers opened with a three play sixty two-yard drive, including 52-yard pass from Dylan Hose to Zane Knaub, a run for no gain by Hose, and a 10-yard touchdown run by Hose.  Kyle Smith’s extra point kick put the Panthers up 7-0 at the 9:26 mark in the first quarter.

The Mustangs immediately fumbled the ball back to the Panthers as Dominick Merryman recovered it. The Panthers then drove 24-yards in five plays, ending with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Hose to Knaub.  Smith’s extra point kick upped the score to 14-0 at the 7:20 mark of the first quarter.

The snake bit Mustangs fumbled again and the Panthers recovered at the Mustangs 45-yard line.  The Panthers turned the ball over on downs at the Mustangs 26-yard line.  Five plays later the Mustangs fumbled again and Myles Thomas recovered for the Panthers at the Mustangs 48-yard line.  Breaun Randle had a 57-yard touchdown run negated by a penalty against the Panthers.  Six plays later Randle scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run.  Smith’s extra point kick upped the score to 21-0 at the 10:37 mark of the second quarter.

After two plays Marquette Williams intercepted a Mustangs pass for the Panthers.  The Panthers then ended up punting.  The Mustangs then drove 38-yards in twelve plays, only to turn the ball over on downs at the Panthers 20-yard line.

The Panthers drove 32-yards in five plays and then Hose threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Knaub as time expired in the first half.  Smith’s extra point kick upped the score to 28-0 at the half.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a four play 52-yard drive ending with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Hose to Max Haldeman.  Smith’s extra point kick made the score 35-0 at the 8:45 mark of the third quarter, invoking the running clock.

The Mustangs and the Panthers exchanged punts. The Mustangs then drove 31-yards in eight plays, only to turn the ball over on downs at the Panthers 27-yard line.  Ryan Lane recovered a Panthers fumble and the Mustangs had the ball back for one play before David Sims returned the favor by recovering a Mustangs fumble for the Panthers at the Mustangs 21-yard line.

Backup quarterback Nic Strine then threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Knaub for the Panthers.  Smith’s extra point kick closed out the scoring at 42-0 in favor of the Panthers with 8:45 left in the game.

Brock Geiman kicked off 1 time for 44-yards and punted 3 times for 93-yards, with the longest going for 38-yards, for the Mustangs.  Miles Francis returned 2 kickoffs for 42-yards, with the longest going for 26-yards, Kyle Davis returned 2 kickoffs 33-yards, with the longest going for 17-yards, and Jordan Markle returned 2 kickoffs 31-yards, with the longest going for 22-yards, for the Mustangs.

Tyler Jachelski, with 5 tackles, led the Mustangs defense, followed by Logan Bowman with 4 tackles and 1 pass defense, Ryan Lane with 3 tackles and 1 recovered fumble, Gunner Holtz, Ryan Krebs, Hunter Palmer, Wyatt Trostle, and Aaron Uttley with 3 tackles each, Brandon McMinn, and Josh Walker with 2 tackles each, Jordan Markle with 1 tackle and 1 pass defense, and Corbin Byers, Matt Helwig, Domnick Holcombe, Elder Sterner, Payton Taylor, and Jonas Walker with 1 tackle each.

Rich Bosse, Skylar Bowman, Camden Brown, Scotty Dickmyer, Matt Helwig, Domnick Holcombe, Gunner Holtz, Tyler Jachelski, Ryan Krebs, Gus Landis, Ryan Lane, Brandon McMinn, Elder Sterner, Aaron Uttley, and Josh Walker, manned the offensive and defensive line and linebacker positions.

Logan Bowman, Brenden Fahs, Jordan Markle, Hunter Palmer, Payton Taylor, and Brady Thayer patrolled the secondary for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs gained 84-yards rushing and 31-yards passing for a total of 115-yards of offense. Quarterback Tyler Sterner completed 3 of 11 passes for 16-yards, 2 for 9-yards to Dillon Thomas and 1 for 7-yards to Hunter Palmer, and sophomore quarterback Brock Geiman completed 1 of 6 passes for 15-yards to Miles Francis, for the Mustangs.

Thomas led the Mustangs rushing attack with 10 carries for 35-yards), followed by Bret Hertzog with 2 carries for 18-yards, Jordan Markle with 3 carries for 12-yards, Wyatt Trostle with 2 carries for 10-yards, Camden Brown with 6 carries for 6-yards, Robby Harbison with 3 carries for 5-yards, Sterner with 1 carry for 1-yard, Geiman with 1 carry for no yards, and Miles Francis with 1 carry for minus 3-yards.  Ryan Lane recovered a fumble and Logan Bowman and Markle each defended a pass, for the Mustangs

The Panthers gained 127-yards rushing and 284 yards passing for a total of 411 yards gained.  Quarterback Dylan Hose completed 8 of 15 passes for 205-yards and 3 touchdowns, 4 for 125-yards to Zane Knaub (including touchdowns of 12 and 48-yards, 2 for 53-yards to Max Haldeman (including a 39-yard touchdown), 1 for 25-yards to Zach Emswiler, and 1 for 1-yard to Tyler Wagner, and quarterback Nic Strine completed 1 of 2 passes for 79-yards and a touchdown to Knaub, for the Panthers.

Breaun Randle led the Panthers rushing attack with 15 carries for 61-yards (including a 10-yard touchdown), followed by Hose with 10 carries for 51-yards (including a 10-yard touchdown), Strine with 3 carries for 13-yards, Pearson Hinkle with 2 carries for 6-yards, Zach Steffee with 2 carries for 1-yard, and Knaub with 2 carries for minus 5-yards.

Kyle Smith kicked 6 extra points, Marquette Williams intercepted a pass, and Dominic Merryman, David Sims and Myles Thomas each recovered a fumble, for the Panthers.

The 66 member strong 10-time Cavalcade of Bands Champions, Tournament of Bands Group IV Champion and US Scholastic Band Champion South Western Mustangs Marching Band put on a stirring pregame time performance, presenting their 2013 field show “Joyful Beethoven.”  The Ode to Joy theme from the 9th Symphony is among the most recognizable melodies of all time.  Throughout the show this melody was combined, altered, and woven into many of Beethoven’s other compositions.  The show opened with a bold statement of the Ode to Joy theme that transitioned into the main theme from the fifth Symphony, featuring a horn trio of Amanda Smith, Nicia Werner, and Briannah Rohrbaugh.  Following a brief interlude of the Ode to Joy, the passion of the Egmont Overture was heard.  The music evolved from passion to triumph as the band segued into the Overture from Fidelio.  The Ballad began with the haunting sounds of the Moonlight Sonata and continued with the theme from the 2nd Movement of the Pathetique Sonata before being combined with the Ode to Joy Theme.  The closer began with the light-hearted sounds of the Scherzo theme from the Eroica Symphony before finishing with the triumphant reprise of the Ode to Joy Melody.

The 33 member strong Mustangs Cheer Leading squad and the Panther’s squad were very impressive as they roused the faithful.

The Mustangs of South Western are 2-5-0 overall and 0-2-0 in York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division I league play.

The Mustangs have a career record of 340-207-8.  The results of the 555 games played in the history of the South Western Mustangs are a career .622 winning percentage and a .627 non-losing percentage.

Next week the Mustangs visit the den of the Lions of Red Lion (3-4 overall, 1-1 league).  Red Lion is coming off of a 34-20 loss to the Rockets of Spring Grove.  The Mustangs are still looking to get back on the winning track.  GO MUSTANGS GO.


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