MONTOURSVILLE — Montoursville coach J.C. Keefer told anyone who would listen that his team owed Central Columbia one from last season. Keefer’s Warriors turned it over five times as Central rallied for the 27-17 week two win and eventually went on to the Heartland Athletic Conference Division II championship — one game better than Montoursville.
Keefer’s team got its measure of revenge — and how. More mature Montoursville dominated the inexperienced Blue Jays in every facet of the game during a 41-0 home opening rout. The Warriors (2-0, 1-0 HAC-II) outgained Central (1-1, 1-1 HAC-II) 347 to 160 in the surprisingly easy conference victory.
"I’m pleased with the win and you’re right, it kind of felt like we owed them one from last year," Keefer said. "And we came out and did a nice job with the intensity in our home opener. The seniors wanted to make a statement, and I think we did that."
For the second straight week, the Warriors overpowered their opponent in the first half — this time rolling up a 27-0 lead. And just like last time at Warrior Run, they made a statement in their opening drive, going 72 yards in 11 plays — all but one on the ground — with wingback Curtis Miller taking it the final six for the score at 4:15 of the first.
The Warrior defense then got into the scoring act in a play that may have turned the whole complexion of the game. Facing a third-and-4 play from his own 35, Central quarterback Austin Farver’s screen pass was tipped into the hands of Montoursville defensive end Wyatt Entz, who rumbled 39 yards into the end zone for a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
"Our (defensive) line’s starting to show up a little bit," Keefer said. "There are still some things there — some discipline issues that we need to take care of — but I was pleased with how physical they were. They were getting off the blocks and not allowing the blockers to get to the second level."