SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2013-11
Last Friday evening, November 1, the Mustangs of South Western visited the Rockets of Spring Grove and were
defeated 31-15. The Rockets virtually
shut down the Mustangs running game and Tyler Sterner’s 217-yard passing game
with 2 touchdowns was not enough to defuse the Rockets.
win vaulted the Rockets from the 17th seed position to the number 13 seed and
they will visit the number 4
seed Scouts of Conrad Weiser (7-3 overall, 4-3 Berks Inter-County I) at 7PM on
Friday, November 8 in the first round of the District 3 class AAA Playoffs.
Mustangs came out like a house afire and drove 37-yards in nine plays featuring
a 7-yard pass from Sterner to Wyatt Trostle and a 15-yard pass from Sterner to
Hunter Palmer, only to have the drive end with a quarterback sack by the
Rockets. The Mustangs punted and the
Rockets started at their 1-yard line.
Brandon McMinn intercepted a Rockets pass and the Mustangs were in
business at the Rockets 5-yard line.
Three plays later Brock Geiman kicked a 21-yard field goal, putting the
Mustangs up 3-0 at the 6:18 mark of the first quarter.
Rockets then drove 53-yards in eleven plays, only to misfire on a 39-yard field
Mustangs started at their 20-yard line and after three plays attempted a punt,
but an errant snap gave the Rockets the ball on the Mustangs 1-yard line. After a penalty moved the ball back to the 6,
Jeff Delaughter scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run. Andrew Luckenbaugh’s extra point kick put the
Rockets up 7-3 with 5 seconds left in the first quarter.
Mustangs and the Rockets then exchanged punts and then the Mustangs drove
76-yards in three plays, featuring a 10-yard pass from Sterner to Logan Bowman,
and ending with Sterner’s 65-yard touchdown pass to Palmer. The extra point was missed and the Mustangs
were up 9-7 at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter.
Rockets opened the second half with a ten play 63-yard drive, featuring a
9-yard pass from Seth Hildebrand to Logan Hall and 9-yard run by Hildebrand. Zack Stauffer scored a touchdown on a 12-yard
run and Luckenbaugh’s extra point kick put the Rockets up 14-9 at the 9:18 mark
of the third quarter.
Mustangs went three and out and punted and the Rockets drove 59-yards in twelve
plays, featuring two 14-yard passes from Hildebrand to Hall, and ending with
Hildebrand’s 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Luckenbaugh’s extra point kick put the Rockets up 21-9 with 2:40 left in
the third quarter.
Mustangs punted again and the Rockets drove 57-yards to the Mustangs 17-yard
line. Then a sack for a 13-yard loss by
Gunner Holtz of the Mustangs ended the drive with a missed 40-yard field goal
attempt by Luckenbaugh.
Mustangs punted again and the Rockets drove 53-yards in seven plays, ending
with Hildebrand’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Hall. Luckenbaugh’s extra point kick put the
Rockets up 28-9 with 6 minutes left in the game.
Mustangs then drove 77-yards in five plays, featuring a 15-yard pass from Sterner
to Trostle and a 10-yard pass from Sterner to Palmer, and ending with Sterner’s
54-yard touchdown pass to Brady Thayer.
That made the score 28-15 in favor of the Rockets with 4 minutes left in
an unsuccessful onside kick by the Mustangs the Rockets drove 34-yards in eight
plays and Luckenbaugh closed out the scoring with a 40-yard field goal with 58
seconds left in the game. The final
score was 31-15 in favor of the Rockets.
never say die Mustangs had a 10-yard pass from Sterner to Logan Bowman and a
31-yard run by Sterner but time ran out with the Mustangs on the Rockets
Geiman kicked off 3 times
for 118-yards, with the longest going for 42-yards, and punted 6 times for
233-yards for an average of 38.83-yards, with the longest going for 53-yards,
for the Mustangs. Matt Shanks returned 2
kickoffs for 28-yards, with the longest going for 18-yards, and Jeff green
returned 2 punts for 8-yards, with the longest going for 5-yards, for the
with 14 tackles, led the Mustangs defense, followed by Ryan Lane with 10
tackles, Domnick Holcombe with 9 tackles, Brandon McMinn with 7 tackles and 1
interception returned for 10-yards, Josh Walker with 7 tackles and 1 pass
hurry, Payton Taylor with 7 tackles, Gunner Holtz with 4 tackles and 2 sacks
for 26-yards in losses, Aaron Uttley with 4 tackles, Jordan Markle with 3
tackles and 1 pass defense, Logan Bowman with 3 tackles, Skylar Bowman, Brock
Geiman, and Hunter Palmer, with 2 tackles each, Zach Hughes with 1 tackle, and
Brenden Fahs with 1 pass defense.
Rich Bosse, Skylar
Bowman, Camden Brown, 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
Logan Bowman, Brenden
Fahs, Jordan Markle, Hunter Palmer, Payton Taylor, and Brady Thayer patrolled
the secondary for the Mustangs.
Mustangs gained 20-yards rushing and 217-yards passing for a total of 237-yards
of offense. Quarterback
Tyler Sterner completed 12 of 22 passes for 217-yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 for 95-yards
to Hunter Palmer (including a 65-yard touchdown), 1 for 54-yards and a
touchdown to Brady Thayer, 4 for 34-yards to Logan Bowman, 2 for 22-yards to
Wyatt Trostle, 1 for 11-yards to Noah Staub, and 1 for 1-yard to Jordan Markle,
for the Mustangs.
led the Mustangs rushing attack with 5 carries for 15-yards, followed by Robby
Harbison with 6 carries for 11-yards, Jonas Walter with 6 carries for 10-yards,
Trostle with 6 carries for 8-yards, Miles Francis with 2 carries for 0-yards, Camden
Brown with 2 carries for minus 1-yard, and a team loss of 23-yards on a bad
snap on an attempted punt. Geiman kicked
a 21-yard field goal, Brandon McMinn intercepted a pass, and Gunner Holtz
recorded 2 sacks for 26-yards in losses, for the Mustangs.
Rockets gained 240-yards rushing and 123- yards passing for a total of 363
Seth Hildebrand completed 8 of 15 passes for 123-yards and 1 touchdown for
42-yards, all to Logan Hall who has 55 receptions for 930-yards and 10
touchdowns for the season.
Delaughter led the Rockets rushing attack with 31 carries for 159-yards
(including a 1-yard touchdown), followed by Zack Stauffer with 9 carries for
48-yards, Seth Hildebrand with 17 carries for 30-yards, Trey Baker with 3
carries for 10-yards, and Shay Feulmer with 1 carry for minus 7-yards. Andrew Luckenbaugh kicked a 40-yard field
goal and 4 extra points for the Rockets.
Delaughter, who had already broken the school career rushing record, has
184 carries for 1,455-yards for the season so far.
66 member strong 10-time Cavalcade of Bands Champions, Tournament of Bands
Group IV Champion, US Scholastic Band Champion, and just this week Tournament
of Bands Chapter 6 Group 3A Champion, South Western Mustangs Marching Band put
on a stirring half 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
33 member strong Rockets “Blue Crew” Marching Band presented their show “Dust
to Dawn,” featuring the selections “Danse Macabre,” “New World,” and “Night On
Bald Mountain,” after the game.
26 member strong Mustangs Cheer Leading squad and the Rockets squad were very
impressive as they roused the faithful.
Mustangs of South Western ended their season at 3-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in York
Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division I league play.
Mustangs have a career record of 341-209-8.
The results of the 558 games played in the history of the South Western
Mustangs are a career .620 winning percentage and a .625 non-losing percentage.
bid a fond and tearful farewell and offer our best wishes for the future to the
20 departing seniors. We owe them all
our gratitude for their efforts in providing us with exciting football over the
course of their high school careers.
They are: Richard Bosse, Logan
Bowman, Camden Brown, Brenden Fahs, Steven Foster, Tyler Hoke, Domnick
Holcombe, Gunner Holtz, Tyler Kohler, Ryan Lane, Jordan Markle, Brandon McMinn,
Zach Osborne, Elder Sterner, Tyler Sterner, Payton Taylor, Dillon Thomas, Wyatt
Trostle, Aaron Uttley, and Joshua Walker.
And we want to also say thank you and goodbye to the three senior team
managers, Joshua Coggins, Cody Dunlap, and Dakota Goldbeck.
I want to say a very special thank you to Richard Lupro for
faithfully compiling the official Offensive, Special Teams and Scoring
statistics for the Mustangs, and for inputting them at the Max Preps web site
very quickly each week so that they were always available for my use. He was instrumental in coming up with many of
the records that will be mentioned below.
And a very special thank you also goes to Mustangs Assistant Coach Chris
Heilman for inputting all of the defensive stats at Max Preps after reviewing
game films on very short notice. They
were always available for my use on a very timely basis.
2013 edition of the Mustangs of South Western gave their fans lots of
excitement and thrills.
being injured for a good part of the season, Dillon Thomas led the team in
rushing this season with 65 carries for 485-yards and 5 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,058-yards and 15 touchdowns in his sophomore year and
1,541-yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
He ended his career with a school record 3,084-yards rushing, breaking
the old record of 2,871-yards set by Allen Bittinger. His 37 rushing touchdowns put him in second
place behind Mike Felton’s 47 touchdowns in school history.
Geiman kicked 25 extra points and 2 field goals for the season. He also punted 39 times for 1,323-yards, for
an average of 33.92-yards. His 25 extra
points will put him in the “Keystone Club” at the Pennsylvania Football News.
completed 74 of 173 passes for 1,289-yards (putting him in the Keystone Club)
and 15 touchdowns. Brock Geiman chipped
in with 7 completions and 1 touchdown on 13 attempts. The team totaled 81
completions on 187 attempts for 1,445-yards and 16 touchdowns. The team season passing yardage is the second
highest in school history, behind only 2009s 1,583-yards.
1,289 passing yards is the second best in school history, behind only Ian
Smith’s 1,483-yards in 2009.
15 touchdown passes is the third best in school history, behind J. C.
Laughlin’s 20 in 2006 and Ian Smith’s 16 in 2009.
19 career touchdown passes is the fifth best in school history. J. C. Laughlin still leads the pack with 29.
season pass reception leaders were Logan Bowman with 16 for 294-yards and 4
touchdowns, followed by Noah Staub with 14 for 251-yards and 4 touchdowns, Brady
Thayer with 10 for 228-yards and 2 touchdowns, Hunter Palmer with 7 for 148-yards
and 2 touchdowns, Camden Brown with 7 for 98-yards, Brandon McMinn with 3 for
95-yards and 3 touchdowns, Jordan Markle with 6 for 85-yards, Payton Taylor
with 2 for 74-yards, Miles Francis with 3 for 61-yards, Wyatt Trostle with 4
for 51-yards, Dillon Thomas with 7 for 32-yards, and Bret Hertzog with 2 for
28-yards and 1 touchdown.
Thomas’ team leading rushing record was followed by Camden Brown with 95
carries for 391-yards and 3 touchdowns, Miles Francis with 35 carries for 219-yards
and 1 touchdown, Jordan Markle with 23 carries for 178-yards and 1 touchdown, Wyatt
Trostle with 42 carries for 169-yards and 1 touchdown, Jonas Walter with 45 carries
for 167-yards, Robby Harbison with 49 carries for 150-yards and 1 touchdown, Tyler
Sterner with 44 carries for 44-yards and 1 touchdown, Brock Geiman with 5
carries for 36-yards, Bret Hertzog with 7 carries for 32-yards and 1 touchdown,
Payton Taylor with 6 carries for 30-yards, Jeff Green with 1 carry for minus
2-yards, Zach Hughes with 1 carry for minus 2-yards, and Ryan Krebs with 1
carry for minus 3-yards. There was a
team loss of 26-yards on 4 carries.
There was a net of 423 carries for 1,868-yards and 14 rushing touchdowns
for the season.
Geiman led the team in scoring with 31 points, from 25 extra points and 2 field
goals, followed by Dillon Thomas with 30 points on 5 touchdowns, Logan Bowman
and Noah Staub each with 24 points on 4 touchdowns, Camden Brown and Brandon
McMinn each with 18 points on 3 touchdowns, Bret Hertzog, Jordan Markle, Hunter
Palmer, and Brady Thayer each with 12 points on 2 touchdowns, and Miles
Francis, Robby Harbison, Tyler Sterner, and Wyatt Trostle each with 6 points on
1 touchdown. The team scored 217 points
for the season.
were 2 players with at least 50 tackles for the season, Tyler Jachelski with 74,
and Ryan Lane with 54. Logan Bowman with
49 and Payton Taylor with 44 tackles weren’t far behind.
Holtz led the team with 7 sacks on the season, followed by Skylar Bowman with
3, Domnick Holcombe with 2, and Tyler Jachelski, Ryan Krebs, Brandon McMinn,
Wyatt Trostle, and Josh Walker, each with 1 sack. There was a team total of 17 sacks for the season.
The 2013 Mustangs represented their school and
league honorably, played hard, and never gave up. They have a great nucleus of returning
players from the junior varsity and solid players coming up within the
ranks. And the distant future looks bright
as well, as the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade teams have some really promising
players. I can’t wait for next season to
begin. Until then, GO MUSTANGS GO.