SHILLINGTON — When Jeremy Jones looked across the sidelines, he saw a Governor Mifflin team that was loaded with senior talent and coming off a strong 2016 season.
When he compared it to his own West York team, which is made up primarily of raw underclassmen and coming off a 2-8 season, there really wasn't much comparison at all. And it showed, with the Mustangs rolling to a "Week 0" win over the Bulldogs, 48-13, to kick off the season on Friday night, Aug. 25.
"That's a team over there with 20 seniors," Jones said. "We have 20 juniors. We're trying to rotate in about 16 kids (both ways), while most of their guys aren't playing both ways. I was happy with how our team didn't give up. There are some things to be proud of and also some things we need to clean up."
Fast start for Mustangs: It didn't take long for Governor Mifflin to set the tone in the game, scoring on its first three possessions of the game. The first touchdown of the game came from Bryce Stubler on a 28-yard run to cap an opening drive that took just more than two minutes to complete. After forcing a three-and-out on West York's opening drive, the Mustangs took four more minutes off the clock, ultimately leading to a 39-yard touchdown grab from Brandon Allen.
Trying to find any semblance of offense and rhythm, the Bulldogs came out throwing to start their second drive. However, quarterback Corey Wise was intercepted at midfield, handing the ball right back to Governor Mifflin. The Mustangs' quick-strike offense continued, needing just one play to go up 21-0, thanks to a 50-yard touchdown catch by Tyshaun Weaver.
By the end of the opening quarter, West York already trailed 21-0 and Governor Mifflin was on the move to get more. However, the Bulldogs earned their first stop of the night after recovering a fumble in side their own 10.
Little came of it, as the offense continued to struggle to move the ball. The Mustangs scored two more times in the second quarter to go up 35-0 into the break, leading to a running clock for all of the second half.
"It took us some time to get our confidence and, it's like before we blinked, it was 28-0," Jones said. "We had only given up seven points in that second quarter before their quarterback broke off that big run to set them up to score right before the half."
Heading into the break, Governor Mifflin held a 16-1 advantage in first downs and 349-40 advantage in yards.
Improved second half: If there's any positive to take away from the game, it's that West York didn't lie down and finally found a groove on offense.
The Bulldogs picked up six first downs in the third and fourth quarters and also gained 134 yards of offense. Unlike in the first half, when West York kept finding itself in long-yardage situations, the second half saw it pick up big plays on a number of occasions.
The team finally got on the board late in the third quarter when Nick Spadafora scampered in from 15 yards to end the shutout and make it 42-7.
Then, midway through the fourth quarter, Wise and junior wide receiver Andrew Lamanna showcased the potential the two could have as a passing threat with a big 28-yard touchdown to make it a 42-14 contest.
The Mustangs would tack on the game's final score in the final minute to put a stamp on a convincing opening victory.
Wise finished the night with 134 passing yards on 10 of 17 throwing with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldn't slow down the Governor Mifflin rushing attack, which totaled 310 yards in the game.
West York now has a game under its belt as it prepares for its home opener next Friday, Sept. 1, against Central York.
"It's different," Jones said. "We're used to them being our first live game and they're used to us being their first live game. But, now we have a game under our belts and I hope it's a positive for us. They're a really good team, so we're not going to just roll over them."
GOVERNOR MIFFLIN 48, WEST YORK 13
GM - Stubler 28-yard run (kick failed), 9:49
GM - Allen 39-yard catch (2-point conversion good), 4:47
GM - Weaver 50-yard catch (Myers kick), 3:57
GM - Tanis 29-yard run (Myers kick), 8:44
GM - Allen 9-yard catch (Myers kick), :12
GM - Ruoss 24-yard run (Myers kick), 5:06
WY - Spadafora 15-yard run (Lamanna kick), 2:00
WY - Lamanna 28-yard catch (Kick failed), 7:12
GM - Naugle 8-yard run (Kick failed), :40
First Downs: GM, 22. WY, 7
Rushes-Yards: GM, 32-310. WY, 11-44
Passing Yards: GM, 141. WY, 134
Comp-Attempts-INTs: GM, 10-17-2. WY, 11-14-0
Penalties-Yards: GM, 5-34. WY, 5-40
Punts-Average: GM, 1-29.0 WY, 4-31.0
Fumbles-Lost: GM, 3-1. WY, 0-0
Individual Passing: GM, Wolfe 10-13-143, 3 TDs. Reeser 1-1-(-)2. WY, Wise 10-17-134, 1 TD.
Individual Rushing: GM, Ruoss 14-87. Wolfe 3-66. Stubler 3-62. Naugle 3-39. Tanis 3-35. Adams 2-17. Frey 1-4. Copeland 2-(-)1. Thompson 1-(-)2. WY, Spadafora 3-24. Marshall 5-21. Anderson 1-1. Wise 2-(-)2.
Individual Receiving: GM, Weaver 3-62. Allen 2-48. Tanis 1-12. Stubler 1-12. Klahr 1-6. Ruoss 1-(-)7. WY, Kauffman 2-47. Bentzel 2-42. Lamanna 3-39. Anderson 2-6.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com