Weston Baylor threw two scoring passes and Sam Dressler rushed for a season-high 124 yards and a score as Danville jumped out early and held off Milton for a 23-13 win on Friday at Ironmen Stadium.
The Ironmen struggled with penalties and elevated shotgun snaps on that first possession and gave back the ball on downs in the red zone. Another pair of penalties threatened to kill their second series as third-and-28 calls tend to do. However, Baylor rolled to his left and threw down the right seam to Berg, who went high to catch the ball with his fingertips for 26 yards to the Mifflinburg 33.
Dressler gained four on fourth-and-2, and two plays later the fullback made a quick cut in the open field on a blast play for a 23-yard TD. The Ironmen gave the ball away on Baylor's first incomplete pass, an underthrown post that Kyle Failor picked off at Mifflinburg's 3. Shortly after, Isaiah Croll got his hand on a Hendrix toss and Zack Kozick alertly picked it off for Danville, setting up a score in the last minute of the half.
The Ironmen hurried to the line for a fourth-and-1 and probable quarterback sneak but Baylor instead flipped a pass to Cale Rice in the right flat for a 9-yard TD and a 16-0 halftime lead.
Berg made it 23-0 four minutes into the third quarter, capping a 10-play drive with a 9-yard catch of a Baylor play-action pass.
The Wildcats had just 83 yards at the half, but scored twice in a span of 3 1/2 minutes of the third. Daniel Danowsky, who showed his jets when he returned the game's opening kick 38 yards, went 18 yards with a toss to the side to get Mifflinburg within 23-6.
Then, despite a 42-yard Berg punt that pinned the 'Cats at their 5, Failor ripped off 93-yard touchdown run, making one cut in front of his bench to get clear, and make it a 10-point game. Failor's run helped Mifflinburg nearly match the Ironmen on the ground (206-196) despite 24 fewer rushes.