Function of Beauty

Muncy dumps Warrior Run.

By: Nick Seitzer | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | September 21, 2013


TURBOTVILLE - Electric. Poised. Persistent. Those are just a few of the adjectives one could use in describing the Muncy pass game on Friday night.

Muncy threw the ball all over the field as it topped Warrior Run 26-7 in Turbotville, spoiling the Defender's homecoming.

The Indians' staunch pass game was the key to their success, as four receivers combined for eleven receptions, 194 yards and a touchdown.

Maintaining a good balance between lofty bombs and short dump-offs, the Indians kept the Warrior Run defense on their heels all night.

Maurice Brown led the Indians with 87 of his team's receiving yards. He averaged 21 yards per catch, and also caught a third-quarter touchdown pass that put the nail in the coffin for Warrior Run.

Delivering those passes was Anthony Barberio, who went 11 for 17 on the night with all 194 of his team's passing yards.

Barberio's elusiveness in the pocket helped his team extend drives throughout the game, and also allowed his receivers to get open down field. His biggest pass on the night was a 45-yard strike to Ken Koch in the third quarter.

"We talk about letting the game come to you. Some of these guys try to push the game, but it has to come to you," Drumheller said. "I think this week it came to him. I thought he did a really nice job extending the plays."

Barberio was helped by a great performance from his front five, which was vastly improved from last week's game with Montgomery. Leading the way for that unit was Jeff White, who held his ground and provided sound protection for the quarterback all night despite playing injured.

"He did a great job tonight," said Drumheller. "He couldn't pull or move as quick as you wanted him to. But to hunker down and block the inside gaps body to body it was a great performance from him."

But it wasn't all about the pass game on Friday night for Muncy. They also enjoyed a good bit of success in the run game.

Dakota Nixon played an inspired game in the backfield. After losing a yard on his first carry from scrimmage, Nixon turned things up a notch, and on his second carry he took-off for a 27-yard touchdown, earning Muncy's first points of the game.

Nixon would score again in the second quarter, when he exploded up the middle again for a 12-yard scamper. He ended the night with 61 yards on just 12 carries, putting his average above 5 yards on the night. Not too shabby for a kid who is still learning Muncy's offensive system, after moving to the school this summer from Hughesville.

"He is a good, hard worker. He fit in right away," Drumheller said about his newest back. "It's weird, it's like he was never anywhere else. His biggest thing was re-gearing, going from Hughesville stuff to Muncy stuff, but he has done that very well."

With Nixon battling an ankle injury, Drumheller was unsure how many touches he would be able to get, but knew that he would make a contribution.

"Our goal was to have him healthy for this game, and we wanted to get him around 15 carries," he said.

Even with a loss, Warrior Run's coach Mark Burrows saw positives on Friday his team can build off of.

"I told them that I thought they played well, we didn't quit," Burrows said. "The second half we came out and played well, and the first half we didn't really play that bad.

"I'm proud of the way our kids played. This is a good football team, and the one thing we ask them to do is not quit, and they didn't quit," said Burrows.

With the win, Muncy's record improves to 4-0 for the second time in as many years. They are now faced with tough stretch of games at home, starting with Southern Columbia next Friday.

"The big boys are coming to town now," Drumheller said.