There’s a good reason why opponents want to keep the football away from Gov. Mifflin senior Nick Singleton.
Singleton has the power and speed to score from anywhere on the field, and he showed that Friday night in a 54-21 Berks Football League Section 1 win over Exeter at Don Thomas Stadium.
Singleton rushed for 248 yards and four touchdowns to help the Mustangs (1-0, 6-0) open defense of their league title with a win over the Eagles (1-1, 4-3).
But even when Singleton is denied the football, Gov. Mifflin has plenty of other playmakers to make other teams pay.
That was evident on the opening kickoff when Exeter kicked short to keep the ball away from Singleton. Tyler Minick raced 75 yards for a touchdown and Gov. Mifflin led 7-0 just 12 seconds into the game. The outcome was never in doubt after that.
“With NIck back there we know the ball is either coming to me or Ayden (Martin),” Minick said. “My front line did a great job blocking for me. I found a hole and I hit it. It’s great to help my team like that.”
Quarterback Eden Johnson also burned the Exeter defense when they stepped up to take away Singleton on the option. Instead of pitching to Singleton, Johnson scored on an 11-yard run for a 14-0 Mustangs lead less than six minutes into the game before Singleton ever reached the end zone.
Eventually, Singleton got going with his combination of power and speed. Breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage and racing into the open field, the Penn State-bound tailback scored on runs of 64, 44, 8 and 28 yards.
That gives Singleton 98 career touchdowns.
“Nick is an incredible athlete, he’s going to Penn State for a reason,” Minick said. “He’s ranked up there No. 1 in the state. He makes our job easy.”
Gov. Mifflin, also got a 6-yard TD run from Trey Rock and big plays on special teams.
Minick recovered an onside kick to start the second half, Jackson Schools was 7-for-7 on extra points and kicked a 27-yard field goal, and the Mustangs blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety during a 30-7 first-half blitz.
Exeter scored on a pair of short touchdown runs by Ty Yocum and a 5-yard run by Eric Nangle.
Source: Berkshire mont