The Gov. Mifflin Mustangs sent shock waves across the state on Saturday, knocking off top-ranked Harrisburg 26-14 in a District 3 Class 5 A semifinal at Severance Field.“This is every player and every coach’s dream,” said Mustangs coach Mick Vecchio after his team dug out of an early 14-point deficit and controlled the game with its steady Veer running attack.
Quarterback Kam Wolfe’s second touchdown, a 1-yard plunge, gave the fourth-seeded Mustangs (11-1) a 21-14 lead just three minutes into the second half.
It was the first time the top-seeded Cougars (11-1) had trailed in the second half all season.
The Mustangs advance to the Class 5A championship game Friday at 7 at Hersheypark Stadium against unbeaten and second-seeded Manheim Central.
The Mustangs fell behind 14-0 when Ronald Kent took a punt back 61 yards for a score early in the second period.
Mifflin steadily climbed back into the game after that, using the pounding running of fullback Isaac Ruoss, who carried 37 times for 193 yards and a TD.
The Mustangs pulled away as they got a 28-yard field goal from Ben Myers, a long interception return by Wolfe and finally a safety when Harrisburg quarterback Yahmir Wilkerson saw the ball slip out of his hands attempting to pass from the end zone.
Mega-recruit Micah Parsons scored on a 26-yard catch-and-run midway through the first quarter but did little else the rest of the game and finished with just 47 rushing yards on 10 carries.