LEWISTOWN - Since the inception of the Central Keystone Football and Cheer League, the Midd-West Mustangs and the Pee Wee Super Championship has gone hand-in-hand.
This season was no exception as the Mustangs were guaranteed yet another title even before the game was decided. The only question on the night would be who would take home the prize, the undefeated Midd-West Blue Mustangs or the Black Mustangs as they went head-to-head for not only the championship but also bragging rights for the Snyder County area.
In the end, the Blue Mustangs ended their season with a perfect record, defeating their fellow Mustangs 21-12 in the CKFL Pee Wee title tilt Sunday at Mitchell Field.
Sentinel photo by MATT?STRICKER
Midd-West Blue’s Hunter Wolfley, right, with help of a block by Andrew Spotts, left, races around Midd-West Black pursuer Isaac Shawver, center, during action in the CKFL Pee Wee championship held Sunday at Mitchell Field in Lewistown.
As the Blue Mustangs earned a bye and rested last week, the Midd-West Black team earned its way into the final contest with a victory in the semifinal game.
"I am very proud of how are kids played tonight," Midd-West Blue coach Scott Friel said. "I am very happy with how they came out tonight and played. We've been playing that way all season. This was the kind of game you want to see in a championship game. I thought the kids played well on both sides of the ball."
The Blue Mustangs got on the board first, thanks to a strong defensive play.
After punting the ball away on its first possession, the Blue gave the ball to the Black Mustangs on their 15.
Tragedy struck the Black Mustangs as Blue defender Andrew Oldt picked it off, giving the Blue a first down on the Black's 24.
It took just three plays for the Blue to cash it in as Oakley Bennett muscled his way in from a yard out. With the successful PAT, the Blue Mustangs held onto a 7-0 lead with 3:23 left in the opening quarter.
On its next offensive possession, the Blue upped its lead to two touchdowns after holding the Black on four downs.
Starting at their own 40, running back Andrew Spotts blazed his way in from three yards out, upping the lead to 14-0. The drive was highlighted by a 42-yard scamper by Spotts. Spotts also finished with over 60 yards rushing on the night.
However, the Black Mustangs weren't going to go away without a fight, coming out in the second quarter and making an early statement on the heart their team possessed.
With 7:53 left, the Black Mustangs got on the board via a 7-yard run by Avery Bassett. However, the PAT was unsuccessful, making it 14-6 as the two teams went into the intermission.
"I am probably more proud of this team than my last two Super Bowl teams," Midd-West Black coach Gregg said. "This team cam from one that nobody thought that would even win a game, really. They came a long way. They came further than any other teams I had. They were small, inexperienced but one thing they weren't small on was heart."
Midd-West Blue gave itself an insurance touchdown early in the third quarter, going up 21-6 on a 43-yard touchdown reception from Bennett to Hunter Wolfley. Wolfley also finished over the 50-yard rushing mark as well. With the PAT, the Blue Mustangs led by 15.
Midd-West Black rallied to cut into the lead when Bennett scored on a 4th-and-goal from the two, rounding out the game score at 21-12.