In the final year of the Berks Football League, Gov. Mifflin won its third consecutive Section 1 title on Friday night.
Playing the regular season finale in a pouring rain, the weather did not slow the Mustangs as they ran for 457 yards in a 42-13 win over Berks Catholic at Forino Sports Complex.
Gov. Mifflin (3-0, 8-0) finishes undefeated in league play for the third straight year.
“We will never take that for granted,” Mustangs coach Jeff Lang said about the title. “That was our No. 1 goal. Being the last year of the Berks league, it is kind of bittersweet.”
Gov. Mifflin jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Mustangs did not attempt a pass, electing to keep the ball on the ground.
The decision paid dividends, as senior running back Aiden Gallen ran for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A former Saint, Gallen carried 19 times.
“It’s good for him,” Lang said. “I’m very happy he’s part of (our team).”
Fellow running back and Penn State commit Nick Singleton ran for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Berks Catholic (3-2, 6-4) focused heavily on Singleton throughout the matchup, but Gov. Mifflin had no trouble moving the ball.
“They did a great job taking away Nick (Singleton),” Lang said. “They were all over him, which opened up our option, which allowed our offense to work.”
Quarterback Eden Johnson ran for 72 yards on six carries. Backup quarterback Delsin McNeil ran the ball one time, which resulted in a 44-yard touchdown.
The Mustangs ran for 20 first downs and all six of their touchdowns. Mifflin utilized six different ball carriers.
“He’s proud of that,” Lang said about Singleton. “He’s a team player.”
The Saints did not score until the fourth quarter, as fullback Luke Hughes bowled his way into the end zone. He finished with 31 yards rushing.
Running back Christian Cacchione had 82 yards rushing and a touchdown, as well as 17 yards receiving. Fellow running back Josiah Jordan led Berks Catholic with 123 yards rushing.
With the rain falling throughout, ball security proved to be an issue. Both sides lost two fumbles, one of which prevented the Saints from scoring from inside the Mustangs’ 5-yard line.
Source: Berkshire mont