Function of Beauty

Montoursville 6-0 after beating Shik.

By: Jake Felix | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | October 11, 2009


Montoursville needed just one more first down on Friday night against Shikellamy. The Warriors faced a fourth-and-one from their own 22-yard line and there was little doubt where coach Jim Bergen and quarterback Travis Singer were going to place the ball, in the hands of Cody Haupt.

The senior running back gained the yard and two additional ones as he sealed the Warriors' come-from-behind 28-20 victory over the Braves.

"We were concerned coming in that Shikellamy was going to physically beat us up and as I was watching their kids walk off the field and they were having cramps and stuff. Our kids beat them up and took it to them," said Bergen. "We challenged them in the second half to be real physical and they took that to heart."

The three yard run, though not spectacular, showcased what Haupt was about last night. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound bruiser broke tackles consistently and gained many of his 171 yards after contact. He was contacted in the backfield on the fourth-and-one play, but he shoved forward to allow the Warriors to take a couple of knees to end the game.

"He's a tank," said senior offensive lineman Nick Dawson.

Montoursville trailed 20-14 at the half, but scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 6-0, 4-0 HAC-I. Shikellamy (4-2, 1-1) was limited to three second-half possessions and picked up one first down - on a faked punt.

"We just played hard-nosed defense in the second half and beat them up," said Haupt, who extended the Warriors' lead in the fourth quarter with a nine yard touchdown run.

Travis Singer set up Montoursville's final score when he intercepted a Garrett Pope pass and returned 38 yards to the Shikellamy 37-yard line. It was the junior's fourth interception of the season.

"He's a good athlete, he's smart and he understands what's going on," said Bergen. "They just threw the ball up and he made a good play."

Singer didn't commit any similar mistakes running the Montoursville offense. Continuing to improve from an injury, Singer completed 6 of 11 passes for 121 yards, including a pair of passes to tight end Blake Berresford for 65 yards.

The teams traded the lead six times before a 43 yard pass from Singer to D.J. Yeagle gave the Warriors a 21-20 lead with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter. Yeagle's defender fell down on the play and needed helped off the field, so once Yeagle collected the ball in front of the Montoursville sideline, after a slight bobble, it was an easy touchdown.

Shikellamy led on three occasions as it began the game with an offensive scheme the Warriors did not see on film. Pope scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Sam Thomas added a one yard run with just 51 seconds left in the first half, which gave the Braves a 20-14 lead.

"They came out with some stuff that we weren't expecting and that threw us off, but then we made adjustments and everyone did their job," said Dawson, who provided a big sack on the Braves' final drive.