By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
BEAVER SPRINGS — Mason Arbogast snagged an East Juniata pass out of the air and gained a large chunk of yardage early in the third quarter.
Unfortunately for East Juniata, Arbogast wears Newport colors and as was the case throughout the night, Newport had large plays when they needed them.
The Buffaloes went into Beaver Springs and sent East Juniata to its fourth straight loss, with a 42-14 win.
Arbogast returned the ball to the Tigers’ 42 and his team wasted little time putting his catch to good use.
Dalton Klinger gained 18 yards on a pair of nine-yard scampers before Klinger found a hole off of a sweep. Klinger received the ball on a pitch from Justin Temple and ran 24 yards for a touchdown around the right edge to extend Newport’s lead to 35-14.
“We were in the game into the third (quarter),” East Juniata head coach Simon Cameron said. “We had our opportunities. We lost focus. Unfortunately, we reverted back to last year. We’ve worked too hard to do that.”
The Tigers were potentially a few inches away from a completely different game as multiple throws from Temple could have been intercepted but fell harmlessly to the grass.
The Arbogast interception and touchdown followed a sequence of plays to end the third quarter which helped to shift the momentum firmly in Newport’s favor.
After an illegal procedure penalty on the Tigers seemed to end the third quarter but both teams trotted out to continue the quarter as the Tigers were called for a delay of game.
After a Newport sack put the Tigers into a difficult second-and-31, the quarter officially came to a close.
The Tigers completed two passes to cut the damage to a fourth-and-13 before the interception. Before the pick, the Tigers had started to string together a successful drive, taking the ball from their own 17 into Newport territory largely on a long pass from Reed Bruner to Kevin Allen which gained 48 yards.
“That end of the third quarter really screwed us up,” Cameron said.
The Buffaloes have multiple runners that can hurt a defense and it was a quarterback, Temple, who hurt the Tigers early with his legs and his arm.
Temple led his team down the field on the opening drive, milking the clock and passing when necessary, throwing accurate darts over the middle of the field. Temple finished the drive on the ground, calling his own number from two yards out to give the Buffaloes an early lead.
Temple led Newport to the victory, throwing for 213 yards and two scores while running for 29 yards.
Four different Buffaloes reached the end zone on the ground with Buffaloes coach Todd Rothermel switching his backfield throughout the game.
Not to be outdone, David Brantley tied the game at seven with a touchdown two minutes later. Showing his speed, Brantley lined up in the shutgon, found a hole in the middle of the field and raced to the end zone.
Brantley made his impact felt all over the field, intercepting a pass near the end zone in the second quarter to stop a Buffaloes drive and tossing a touchdown pass to Allen to start the second half and pull his team within a score.
However, a mishandled snap midway through the third led to a Newport recovery with prime field position at the Tigers’ 31.
The Buffaloes rode Arbogast across the plain to pull ahead by two scores with 3:49 left in the third quarter.