FLINTON — Tussey Mountain grabbed an 18-0 lead in the first half, and the Titans held off a furious comeback attempt by Glendale in the second-half for a 26-23 win to remain undefeated, Friday night.
The victory sets up a battle for the lead in the ICC against Bellwood next Friday. Both teams are unbeaten.
The Titans scored three times in the first half. The only score of the first quarter was on a blocked punt with Nick Brumbaugh getting the score on the return.
Jarred Sipes scored on a 31-yard run in the second quarter, and he added a 20-yard touchdown reception from Matt Leonard with just 40 seconds left in the first half. The Titans failed on all three attempts at the PAT to lead 18-0 at the half.
Glendale scored on two long runs and 37-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 18-16.
However, the Titans responded with 4:15 left in the game with quarterback Matt Leonard getting an insurance score on a five-yard run. Colton Bishop ran in the two-point conversion to go on top, 26-16.
That score was needed as the Vikings scored less than a minute later to make the score, 26-23, but the Titans held on for the victory.
Tussey ran for 289 yards with Sipes running for 137, while Kaden Lucko added 108. Tyler Rhodes hauled in three catches for 74 yards.
The Titans had to overcome three lost fumbles in the game, while Glendale did not turn the ball over at all.
TUSSEY MOUNTAIN 26, GLENDALE 23
Tussey Mountain 6 12 0 8 — 26
Glendale 0 0 7 16 — 23
TM — Nick Brumbaugh 18-yard blocked punt return (kick failed), 3:57 of the 1st. TM — Jarred Sipes 31-yard run (pass failed), 8:37 of the 2nd. TM — Sipes 20-yard pass from Leonard (run failed),0:40 of the 2nd. G — Dudurich 19-yard run (Cavalet kick), 9:48 of the 3rd. G — Cavalet 37-yard field goal, 9:32 of the 4th G — Johnston 25-yard run (pass failed), 5:21 of the 4th. TM — Matt Leonard 5-yard run (Colton Bishop run), 4:15 of the 4th. G — Johnston 3-yard run (Cavalet kick), 3:31 of the 4th.
TEAM STATISTICS TM G First downs 13 13
Rushing Yards 289 194
Passing Yards 96 113
Pass Record 5-12 4-13
Intercepted By 0 0
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-0
Punts-Avg. 2-33.0 6-26.5
Penalties-Yards 8-57 9-51