Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer
Mason traveled to Withrow High School and secured their first road win of the season after a 48-6 blowout.
Mason started with a 30-yard kickoff return from junior defensive back Jalen Johnson, which gave the Comets a starting field position at their own 40-yard line. After an offside penalty on Withrow, senior quarterback, Preston Hutchinson, connected with junior tight end Christian Hutchinson for a 13-yard reception to put the Comets into the red zone. Junior running back Michael Kopaygorodsky finished off the drive by flipping over two Tigers players for the 6-yard touchdown rush. The Comets had a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Withrow brought the pressure and Hutchinson again connected to Christian Hutchinson on a route to the outside for a 63-yard touchdown pass. This gave the Comets a 14-0 lead. Head Coach Brian Castner said he wanted to call more plays to the outside throughout the game.
“We saw that they stacked the box a lot,” Castner said. “We tried to dish it to the outside whenever we could.”
Withrow found some light and responded with a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown. After a missed extra point, the score was 14-6.
The Comets quickly rebounded and scored on a 7-yard touchdown run by Kopaygorodsky, making the score 21-6. With 1:23 left in the first half, Hutchinson connected to junior Austin Croy for a 67-yard touchdown pass, Croy’s first touchdown on the season. The score heading into halftime was 28-6.
Withrow received the opening second half kickoff but was unable to convert on a fourth down conversion. With 6:34 left in the third quarter, the Comets scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Kopaygorodsky, his third on the day and fifth on the year. This extended the lead to 35-6.
On Withrow’s next possession, junior defensive back Will Adams intercepted a pass to give the Comets great starting field position.
After the interception by Adams, junior quarterback Jake Harris and other backups entered the game in relief for the starters. Castner was glad to see many of his players get playing time.
“They all work their tails off during practice and often don’t get (in) a quarter or even a series,” Castner said. “It’s awesome seeing those young men get out there.”
The second unit made the most of their opportunity as junior running back Connor Gary took an outside handoff for 21 yards to the house and scored one of the five rushing touchdowns for the Comets. The score at the end of the third quarter was 41-6 Comets.
The scoring stalled in the fourth quarter. After a turnover on downs by Withrow, the Comets received the ball near the 50-yard line. After a 20-yard rush by junior running back Terrell Mizell and a 7-yard rush from junior Trey Knapp, the Comets pushed Jake Harris into the end zone for a one-yard quarterback sneak, widening their lead to the final score of 48-6.
The Comets offense accumulated a total of 412 total yards on the day and scored a total of seven touchdowns. Junior running back Matt Sora gained 122 yards on the ground with 17 yards receiving. Hutchinson passed for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense also played lights out against the Tigers offense by allowing only 127 total yards and did not allow any offensive points to the Tigers. Junior Jalen Johnson had two interceptions on the day and did some damage returning kicks. Senior defensive end Alex King had a sack and a deflected pass. Castner said he was very satisfied with both sides off the ball.
“I thought the offense did well both on the ground and in the air, Castner said. “The defense also stuck it to them and did a great job keeping them in check.”
The Comets now look on to next week as they play the Moeller Crusaders September 9 at Dwire field. Castner is looking forward to the matchup.
“We’re going to enjoy this win first,” Castner said. “We as a staff will come in Monday and figure out what the game plan is. It’ll be a good atmosphere and a good game next Friday night.”
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