Meyersdale Red Raiders

Tussey Mountain beats Meyersdale


SAXTON — Tussey Mountain hit Meyersdale for 21 points in the first quarter on Senior Night Friday in Saxton.
Darrin Sipes had 140 yards at intermission and the Titans wrapped up the regular season with a 35-12 win over the Red Raiders.
The Titans (5-5) head into the District Five Class A playoffs on the strength of back to back victories.
Windber knocked off Berlin 28-20, which bumps Northern Bedford up to the top seed. North Star held on to edge Conemaugh Township 14-12, but the Titans will play the Ramblers in the quarterfinals.
Tussey Mountain came out of the locker room ready to play and make the final home game for the 12 seniors one to remember. The Titans didn’t score at all in the second half but the Raiders never threatened to make a comeback.
“We got off to a great start,” Tussey head coach Josh Smith said. “That was not our best finish though, but the kids know that. We did what we needed to do to win the game and secured it pretty early.”
On the third play of the game, Sipes tipped a deep pass by Lance Leydig and Lance Barnett intercepted for the Titans. Three plays after that Tussey scored. Sipes went 46 yards on a sweep and Tyler Husick carried for a 1-yard touchdown. Stephen Carroll connected on the first of five extra points for a 7-0 lead.
Meyersdale quickly punted again and the Titans went 69 yards in six plays.
Eric Husick completed passes of 13 and 18 yards to T. Husick and Mitchell Corbin respectively. Sipes (13 carries, 142 yards) took the ball into the end zone on a 26-yard run with 5:08 left in the opening quarter.
The Raiders were forced to punt again, but this time the low-snap caused Chris Schrock’s knee to touch the ground, and the Titans took over at the Meyersdale 21. Corbin (14 carries, 99 yards) did the honors with a 14-yard burst to paydirt and a 21-0 lead.
Meyersdale was held deep in its own territory and kicked the ball away once more. This time though the Titans did not add more points to the scoreboard. Carroll lined up for a 23-yard field goal but E. Husick kept the ball and threw incomplete into the end zone.
The Raiders managed a pair of first downs on its next possession.
Gavin Berkley (22 carries, 89 yards) had a 16-yard run and Leydig (4 of 17, 94 passing yards) threw 56 yards to Cole Clark, who had all four of his team’s receptions. That set up Nick Ceretta for a 10-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-6 with 2:44 left in the first half.
Tussey Mountain made good use of that time. Corbin picked up 22 yards and E. Husick threw a 35-yard touchdown to Tyler Runk with 1:01 on the clock to take a 35-6 lead.
It was a totally different looking second half. The Raiders did move the ball a little more while the Titans struggled on offense.
Neither team could put up points in the third quarter. Justin Dunmeyer recovered a fumble for the Raiders at the Meyersdale 42. The teams traded punts and play moved into the fourth quarter with the score still 35-6.
Play continued to be centered around midfield in the fourth quarter. Late in the frame the Titans lost another fumble. The Raiders were able to take the ball 32 yards in eight plays for another touchdown. Zach Perry pushed the pile the last yard for the score. The rush for two points failed and the Titans still led 35-12 with 57 seconds left to play.
“We keep getting better, especially on the offensive side,” Smith remarked. “We still have to make adjustments on defense and that will be key for us this week. Both North Star and Windber have solid offenses and can be explosive at times.”