|DISTRICT 4 FOOTBALL: MONTOURSVILLE ROLLS OVER ATHENS, 50-8, IN CLASS AAA QUARTERFINALS (2018-11-04)
Valley Sports Report
MONTOURSVILLE — Second-seed Montoursville scored early and often, and rolled to a 50-8 win over seventh-seed Athens here Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the District 4, Class AAA football playoffs.
The Warriors scored on their first five possessions of the game, and piled up more than 400 yards in total offense, compared to 173 yards for the Wildcats.
“We came in beat up and it got ugly real fast, but I was proud of them, they came in and battled and played physical,” said Athens coach Jack Young. “Coach Keefer (Montoursville coach) has a good thing rolling here and has a bunch of good young kids and they were just too deep for us to complete.”
Jacob Reeder scored on a 39-yard TD run on the third play of the game to give Montoursville a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game.
Athens failed to get a first down on its first two possessions, and the Warriors countered with TDs to make it 21-0.
The Wildcats put together their best drive of the night late in the first quarter.
Junior Damian Hudson broke loose on an 18-yard run, and senior QB Kaden Rude connected with his brother, junior Keegan Rude, on a 20-yard completion to move the ball deep into the Montoursville territory.
The Wildcats found paydirt on a 24-yard TD completion from Rude to Rude with 2:22 remaining to cut the deficit to 21-8.
Just 64 seconds later, however, the Warriors were in the end zone again on Hunter Shearer’s third TD pass of the first quarter, a 36-yard strike to Jaxon Delena to make it 28-8.
Montoursville added a pair of scores in the third quarter to extend its lead to 43-8, and tacked on the final score in the fourth quarter.
Hudson led Athens’ ground game 87 yards on 19 carries, while Kaden Rude added 26 yards on six carries.
Kaden Rude completed 5 of 11 passes for 64 yards, one TD and one interception.
Athens wraps up its season at 4-7.
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