MP falls to Williamsburg in final game of season
Mt. Pleasant football fell in its final game of the season Friday, dropping its senior night contest to Williamsburg by a score of 51-6.
The Panthers went winless on the season, finishing 0-9 overall and 0-6 in Class 3A District 7.
Williamsburg (7-2, 5-1) finished second in the district to Washington (8-1, 6-0). The other two district teams advancing to the postseason are Centerville (4-5, 3-3) and Fairfield (4-5, 3-3).
The Panthers had a strong start against Williamsburg in Friday’s game, beginning with the opening kickoff.
Mt. Pleasant attempted an onside kick and Spencer White recovered the ball.
“That couldn’t have been any better,” Coach Shawn Striegel said. “Zoom Gwamna did a great job kicking and the kids were right where they needed to be. I think it left Williamsburg a little stunned. It was something we hadn’t done, and the kids were ready to try something different.”
The Panthers couldn’t get into the end zone, but maintained good field position when a Ben Canby punt was stopped just shy of the end zone by Clayle Franklin and Williamsburg took over on its own 2-yard line.
“Everything was going the way we wanted it to at that point,” Striegel said.
The Mt. Pleasant defense held, and Williamsburg went three-and-out.
But the Panthers came up short again on offense, and after a missed field goal, Williamsburg was able to make a two-play, 80-yard drive for the first touchdown of the game with 4:09 left in the first quarter.
The Raiders would get into the end zone three times in the second quarter for a 28-0 lead at halftime, and scored four times in the second half.
Mt. Pleasant’s only score came on a 45-yard fumble return by Carson Remick in the third quarter.
On the night, Mt. Pleasant quarterback Joseph Hess was 7-of-17 passing for 81 yards in his first-ever varsity start.
“He was very confident, poised in places, and I thought he did a great job given his experience to that point,” Striegel said.
White was 1-of-4 passing for two yards and had two catches for 19 yards receiving. Franklin had a 35-yard catch to lead Mt. Pleasant in receiving yards.
Cole Phillips caught a 12-yard pass and Beau Parkevich made an 8-yard reception. Blake Knudsen had a 6-yard catch. Gwamna and Justin Dilks caught 2- and 1-yard passes, respectively.
Gwamna led the Panthers on the ground with 50 yards rushing.
Remick picked up 14 rushing yards.
Remick also had a team-high seven tackles. White and Noah Brown had six tackles each and Dilks added five.
White recovered a fumble.
“Obviously, 0-9 is not where we wanted to be, but along the way, we found out a lot about ourselves and the kids are improving,” Striegel said. “Those are accomplishments that are hard to measure, but I’m proud of the kids and the coaches — no one ever gave up or stopped fighting.”