DENVER >> Gov. Mifflin players and coaches never forgot what happened at Cocalico in 2019, especially Nick Singleton.
The host Eagles routed the Mustangs in a District 3 Class 5A playoff game and limited Singleton to 21 yards on 13 carries.
“We got blown out,” he said. “We knew coming into this game we had to get revenge on them, which we did. There was a lot of extra motivation.”
Singleton made his return to Cocalico a historic one, becoming Berks County’s all-time leading rusher in Mifflin’s 56-0 thumping of the Eagles Friday night.
He carried 10 times for 154 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 14-yard pass from Delsin McNeil for another score, all in the first half.
Singleton needed 88 yards to pass former Wilson and Hamburg back Iggy Reynoso, the former record-holder with 4,778 yards. He broke the record with a 23-yard touchdown off the right side with 7:45 left in the second quarter, which gave the Mustangs (3-0) a 28-0 lead.
Singleton now has 4,845 career yards and 85 career touchdowns, both Berks records.
“It means a lot,” he said. “It means the hard work I’ve been putting in is paying off. But we still have more games to play.”
Mifflin scored on every possession except its first and last against the overmatched Eagles (1-2). Playing with a purpose, the Mustangs rushed for a whopping 476 yards and outgained Cocalico by an absurd 505-88 margin. It was utter domination.
“Honestly, I didn’t think it’d be this easy,” said center Jacob Lopez. “They have a really good line. I thought it would be a little more competitive. They have good guys up front, but we were better.”
Cocalico lost Anthony Bourassa, its leading rusher, with a first-quarter injury. He did not return. Starting quarterback Blayke Taddei didn’t play in the second half, but it wasn’t clear whether he was injured. But it wouldn’t have mattered.
Coach Jeff Lang said the Mustangs discussed their 42-14 loss to Cocalico two years ago, their second to the Eagles that season, all week.
“As soon as we were done with the Wilson game we brought it up,” Lang said. “We thought we did OK the first time we played them in ’19 and then we got slobberknockered in the playoff game.
“We talked about those games and how good a football team they are. I’m proud of our kids.”
Sophomore Chase Rapp scored two touchdowns on runs of 63 and 35 yards in the fourth quarter and Ayden Martin had a 39-yard touchdown run and a leaping interception in the first half.
“If they’re going to take Nick away, we have some other things we can do,” Lang said.
The run of the night, though, belonged to Singleton, who took a pitch from quarterback Eden Johnson, broke into open space off the right side and sprinted into the record books.
“My receivers were making their blocks and the linemen were making their blocks,” he said. “When I cut it up, I just saw a green light and ran to the end zone.”
Source: Berkshire mont