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Indians edged by Halifax

By Staff | Nov 23, 2018

RUTH FRY/The Luminary Senior members of the Muncy District 4 Class A championship football team are from left to right (front row): Mateo Meza; Donovan Diehl; Coleman Good; Gavyn Eisenhower; back row: Coty Steele; Kolby Moyer; Michael Kustanbauter; Dylan Wilt; and James Yordy.

Halifax 19, Muncy 18

Muncy erased a seven-point, third-quarter deficit, but Halifax mounted a game-winning 46-yard drive and scored on a late 4-yard touchdown run edging the Indians, 19-18, as one of the best Muncy seasons in program history came to an end against the state’s No. 6-ranked team.

Trailing at half by one point Muncy Mike Kustanbauter stopped a fourth-and-short from the Indian 12-yard line, and Coleman Good forced a fumble, Muncy put together consecutive scoring drives which turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an 18-13 lead with 8 minutes, 5 seconds remaining. Linemen Donovan Diehl, James Yordy, Dakota Hauesien, Josiah Meza, Coty Steele and Mason Hillman dominated those two drives as Muncy ran the ball. Kustanbauter’s 1-yard touchdown made it 13-12 late in the third quarter, and Good’s 4-yard score on a third-and-goal gave Muncy its first lead. Halifax fielded a high-hopping kick at the 25 and went 29 yards to the Muncy 46. Seven plays later, Halifax went ahead, 19-18.

The Indians never gave up as they returned the kickoff and moved 18 yards to midfield on its next series. Quarterback Kolby Moyer then avoided a sack while throwing toward Christian Good at the first-down marker but the back judge ruled it incomplete and Muncy punted.

After Muncy forced a three-and-out, it had one last chance, taking over at its 35 with 16 seconds remaining. Moyer found Coleman Good for 17 yards on the last play, but Halifax swarmed him before he could lateral as time expired.

In the loss Mike Kustanbauter finished the night with double-digit tackles while Kolby Moyer threw for 107 yards and a touchdown. Coleman Good had 85 yards, nine tackles and forced a fumble.

Muncy 0 6 6 6 – 18

Halifax 7 6 0 6 – 19

First Quarter

H-Evan Billow 4 run (Tai Lehman kick), 3:17

Second Quarter

M-Dylan Wilt 20 pass from Kolby Moyer (kick failed), 11:54

H-Broc Grosser 39 pass from London Johnson (run failed), :9.6

Third Quarter

M-Mike Kustanbauter 1 run (run failed), 2:26

Fourth Quarter

M-Coleman Good 4 run (pass failed), 8:05

H-Billow 4 run (pass failed), 4:31


First Downs 10 14

Rushes-yards 44-169 39-171

Comp-Att-Int 6-13-0 11-15-0

Passing yards 107 98

Total yards 276 269

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 4-25 3-17


RUSHING: Muncy, Coleman Good 19-85, TD; Mike Kustanbauter 11-53, TD; Ty Nixon 10-23; Kolby Moyer 3-5; Ethan Gush 1-3. Halifax, Tyler Berzowski 16-89; London Johnson 6-30; Donovan Marshall 8-25; Broc Grosser 2-17; Evan Billow 6-13, 2 TD; Jay Zerby 1-(-3).

PASSING: Muncy, Moyer 6-13-0, TD, 107 yards. Halifax, Johnson 11-14-0, 98 yards; Grosser 0-1-0.

RECEIVING: Muncy, Dylan Wilt 2-50, TD; Christian Good 2-33; Co. Good 1-18, Nate Palamtier 1-6. Halifax, Grosser 3-46, TD; Billow 3-31; Marshall 3-16; Zerby 1-3, Berzowski 1-2.

RECORDS: Halifax 11-1. Muncy 9-4.