Governor Mifflin passes through Harrisburg, 49-13
September 18 — With Nick Singleton by his side in the backfield, Gov. Mifflin’s quarterback Eden Johnson doesn’t have many chances to throw the ball.
But he showed he was more than capable of doing it. Johnson completed three passes, all for touchdowns, Friday night to help Governor Mifflin defeat Harrisburg 49-13 at Mifflin Stadium in a battle of unbeaten top-15-ranked teams in Pennsylvania.
“They had so many men in the box that we felt like we had to throw,” Johnson said. “We can do anything.”
Singleton had his usual big night, but he lost three times in a row at the end of the first half when the Mustangs (4-0) failed to shake the Cougars (3-1). Singleton even fumbled late in the first half to establish Harrisburg’s first touchdown, which reduced Governor Mifflin’s lead to 14-7 at halftime.
But Johnson responded in the second half, throwing 51 and 18 yard touchdowns to Ayden Martin and 21 yards to Aidan Young in his only three attempted passes.
“He was on the money all night,” Gov. Mifflin coach Jeff Lang said. “They were playing us very close to the line of scrimmage, clearing the receivers, without even respecting them. We have to take advantage of that.”
The Cougars played that sort of defense in an effort to slow down Singleton, who played in the first half with future Penn State coach James Franklin watching from the sideline.
But that only slowed down the all-time race and touchdown leader of Berks County for a short time.
“It’s a physical team,” Lang said. “They have sporty kids. The first half I think they did a hell of a job, but the second half wore them out a bit and we were able to capitalize on some things.”
Singleton finished with 155 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns on 53, 7 and 46 yard carries.
Governor Mifflin’s defense did the rest, forcing four turnovers and stopping Harrisburg’s offense after a long touchdown pass early in the third quarter reduced the Mustangs’ lead to 21-13.
Aiden Gallen also scored a touchdown on his return from injury to give Governor Mifflin a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.