Glendale gets past Tussey Mountain, 20-14, in overtime|
Saturday, October 6, 2012
By Nate Ritchey For The Progress
SAXTON - Faced with a fourth-and-2 in the first overtime of his team's Inter-County Conference Silver Division battle with Tussey Mountain, Glendale's Doug Twigg entered the timeout huddle and looked right at his coach and demanded the ball.
Viking coach Matt Irvine obliged and the offensive line responded with resounding confidence before Twigg went out and plowed his way into the end zone behind his line for the 2-yard game-winner to give his squad the come-from-behind 20-14 win over the Titans on Friday night at the Tussey Mountain Sports Complex.
"I called the timeout, and he (Twigg) looked at me and said, ‘I want the ball' ", Irvine said. "The offensive line said, ‘let's do it'. Doug wanted the ball, he told me he'd score and he did. I give credit to him for stepping up and doing that."
Tussey received the ball to start the overtime session but was only able to advance to the 6 on two runs and two incomplete passes.
"We played a heck of a team. We played them to the wire. We have nothing to be ashamed of," Tussey Mountain coach Josh Smith said. "We played a great game. We were this close, we just didn't push it over and finish it. That's something we need to work on still."
Glendale (4-2 overall and 3-0 ICC Silver) took its chance, and Damon Braniff took the first opportunity nine yards to the 1. Quarterback Gary Witherow's keeper attempt was snuffed out by a determined Titan defense. With the ball at roughly the 6-inch mark, Braniff got the call on third down and Tussey knocked him back to the 2.
That's when Irvine used his one timeout to set up the game-winning play as Twigg put the capper on a back-and-forth battle that neither team seemed ready to take command of throughout.
"I'll take the win ... I'm happy with the way the kids fought towards the end of the game," Irvine said. "We weren't on our game tonight, so this week coming up, we have to get back emotionally in the football game. I can't be more pleased with the way the kids fought, especially at the end of the game."
With time winding down in regulation, Tussey Mountain was in prime position to cash in on a Viking turnover on downs as the Titans had the ball at the Glendale 4 with first-and-goal to go and just over 10 ticks left on the clock.
Rather than go for the game-winning 21-yard field goal, Smith elected to try a sweep to the right side but Mitchell Corbin fumbled the pitch from quarterback Eric Husick, and by the time he picked it up, the Vikings had converged and took him down at the 11, which caused the last seconds to tick off as TM was out of timeouts.
"To say I'm second-guessing myself (on the last play of regulation), that's certainly true," Smith said. "I don't have as much confidence in our kicking game ... we figured we'd tried to get him (Corbin) to the edge and, well, things happen."
The Titans (3-3, 1-2) struck first and second in the contest as they opened up the match with a 13-play, nearly-five-minute drive that Corbin finished on a 2-yard scoring run.
Tussey then got things rolling in the second quarter with a nine-play drive that ended when Eric Husick found Wyatt Brumbaugh on a 3-yard strike at the 9:21 mark. Darrin Sipes made good on the 2-point conversion run to make it 14-0 in favor of the home team.
The Viking defense pitched a shutout from that point on, while the offense, held in check much of the first half, finally got on the board when Braniff scored on a 21-yard scamper to paydirt at 3:32.
After a third quarter in which neither team was able to capitalize on turnovers, Glendale finally completed the comeback and knotted the score on the second play of the fourth when Witherow hit a sliding Shea O'Donnell in the corner of the end zone from 6 yards out.
Witherow then ran the same play to Twigg for the conversion with 11:48 left to play.
"We just had to keep talking to each other - keep each other calm," Witherow said. "Let each other know that we got each others backs. We felt we were going to score and win the game."
Braniff led all rushers with 114 yards on 23 carries, while Sipes also passed the century mark with 111 on 19 chances.
The Titans, who will travel to Juniata Valley on Friday, racked up 321 yards of total offense, while the Vikings, who host Moshannon Valley, had 218.
Tussey Mountain 14 (OT)
Score By Quarters
Glendale 0 6 0 8 6-20
Tussey Mtn. 6 8 0 0 0-14
TM-Corbin 2 run, (kick failed), 7:07.
TM-Brumbaugh 3 pass from E. Husick, (Sipes run), 9:21.
G-Braniff 21 run, (kick failed), 3:32.
G-O'Donnell 6 pass from Witherow, (Twigg pass from Witherow), 11:48.
G-Twigg 2 run (no attempt).
Total First Downs 10 18
Rushes-Yards 38-167 52-230
Comp-Att-Int 8-12-1 10-17-2
Passing Yards 51 91
Total Plays-Yards 50-218 69-321
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Punts-Avg 5-33.8 3-33.0
Penalties-Yards 6-50 4-24
Glendale-Braniff 23-114, Witherow 9-28, Twigg 6-25.
Tussey Mountain-Sipes 19-111, T. Husick 17-63, Corbin 16-56.
Glendale-Witherow 8-of-12, 51 yds., 1 TD, 1 Int.
Tussey Mountain-E. Husick 10-of-17, 91 yds., I TD, 2 Int.
Glendale-Twigg 4-31, O'Donnell 3-16, Braniff 1-4.
Tussey Mountain-Barnett 2-44, T. Husick 2-23, Sipes 2-15, Corbin 2-4, Brumbaugh 1-3, Taylor 1-2.