A school-record 91-yard third-quarter touchdown pass from Garrett Sisak to Nathan Sykes gave the Homer-Center fans one thing to cheer about on a cold night at Weller Field.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats faithful, it was after Ligonier Valley had already amassed more than 450 yards of offense as the Mounties rolled to a 43-6 victory on Friday night.

Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel was disappointed in his line’s play early in the game even though the Mounties took the opening kickoff and moved steadily down the field on a 12-play drive that ate up nearly half of the quarter and ended on Stephen Hunt’s 2-yard plunge.

Ligonier Valley made a key special teams play late in the first quarter.

In what Beitel called “the turning point of the contest,” Jon Emert gathered in Nathan Morrow’s punt, broke several tackles, raced up the sidelines and hurdled a defender before being caught at the Homer-Center 5.

On the first play of the second quarter, Brandon Boyd scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 5-yard run.

Adam Lewis rushed for a two-point conversion before Boyd added a 6-yard touchdown a little more than three minutes later.

Then the Ligonier defense began asserting pressure. The Mounties forced a bad snap which resulted in a safety when Sisak was corralled in the end zone, pushing the score to 23-0 with only five minutes gone in the second.

After the ensuing free kick, Ligonier Valley used nine plays to travel 41 yards, with Hunt’s 2-yard touchdown capping the drive.

On Homer-Center’s next series, a sack and a fumbled snap on consecutive plays gave Ligonier Valley a short field and the ball.

A 28-yard run by Boyd and short gains from Hunt and Lewis set up Jon Cotchen’s quarterback sneak for Ligonier Valley’s fourth touchdown of the quarter. Will Fennel’s third point-after of the evening ended the Mounties’ 31-point barrage before the half.

With a running clock for the entire second half, both teams traded possessions, moving the ball across midfield several times.

With just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, a 40-yard dash around the right end by Cody McMarlin gave the Mounties their final score.

Homer-Center coach Ed Kowchuck praised the Ligonier Valley effort while finding encouraging efforts from his team in the second half as they held Ligonier Valley in check.

“We must continue to look for positives in each game,” he said. “We must get them ready for the future.”

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