Martin throws 3 TD passes in Garden Spot’s win over Central

By on October 29, 2014

Barons commit five costly turnovers

In Manheim Central’s losses this season, there has been a common issue in all of them.

Turnovers.

Hempfield capitalized on a 90-yard fumble return for a TD in its 22-14 victory in week two.

With the Barons trailing by a touchdown with 9:30 left in the game, Barons’ kicker Derek Adams (4) has his field goal attempt blocked by Garden Spot’s Daryl Hartman (5).

With the Barons trailing by a touchdown with 9:30 left in the game, Barons’ kicker Derek Adams (4) has his field goal attempt blocked by Garden Spot’s Daryl Hartman (5).

Then Cocalico took advantage of two turnovers to hand the Barons a 26-24 setback two weeks ago.

Last Friday, Manheim Central had a season-high five giveaways, and against a Garden Spot team led by star QB Mitch Martin, it was too much to overcome.

The Spartans’ senior signal-caller threw three TD strikes and Tim Stoltzfus pounced on a fumble with just 2.6 seconds left with Central driving inside GS territory, as Spot prevailed 21-14 in a Section Two clash in New Holland.

“(Martin) certainly looked awfully good,” Manheim Central coach Mike Williams said. “The difference was him and our turnovers. We had plenty of opportunities and we turned the ball over and you can’t do that. But Mitch Martin, he was pretty special. He was pretty good.”

Martin finished 14-of-24 for 291 yards through the air, as GS (4-2 L-L, 7-2 overall) pulled into a second-place tie with the Barons, Cocalico and Solanco, all of whom are 4-2 in L-L play (6-3 overall). Heading into the final week of the regular season, L-S sits atop the pack with a 5-1 L-L record (7-2 overall). While the Pioneers play Garden Spot this week, Manheim Central will host the up-and-coming Golden Mules.

The Barons certainly started last Friday’s game against GS looking like they would keep pace in the top spot in Section Two.

Tucker Ford (6 receptions, 98 yards) hauled in a 35-yard pass from Tony Staffieri (12-of-24, 161 yards) to put Central in front 7-0 after one.

Then Ford (3-19 rushing) rumbled nine yards to paydirt early in the second, and Derek Adams booted the second of his two PATs, as Central extended its lead to 14-0.

But Martin was just getting started. With his offense facing a 3rd-and-15 situation, the 6-0, 165-pound senior scrambled and found Javon McIntyre for a 45-yard TD pass to cut the Barons’ lead in half.

“He put (the TD passes) right on the money, perfect (throws) and he played probably one of his best games,” Williams said. “I think Garden Spot probably played their best game against us. (Martin) had two really nice passes.”

The second of those, this one a 39-yard strike again to McIntyre, pulled the Spartans even 14-all and gave them momentum going to the locker room.

“We knew they were going to be pretty tough offensively,” Williams said. “But in the second half, we came back strong and moved the football, but fumbled too many times.”

Central gained 246 of its 407 total yards on the ground. Running back Damon Camacho gained 122 yards on 22 carries, but the Barons were held scoreless following the intermission.

Meanwhile, Spot went ahead to stay when the Martin-to-McIntyre connection hooked up a third time, with the Spartans’ junior wide receiver hauling in a 36-yard TD pass to make it 21-14 going to the final stanza.

Late in the fourth, the Barons seemed to be driving for the potential tying score, but McIntyre’s INT in the end zone &tstr; off a deflected pass &tstr; with 3:28 remaining further frustrated Manheim Central.

With just over a minute to go, a GS fumble at Central’s 28 gave the Barons’ one final hope. But it wasn’t to be. In the final seconds, Staffieri was sacked and Stoltzfus’ fumble recovery sealed the deal.

“Turnovers were the big difference in the second half,” Williams said. “We had plenty of opportunities down inside their 20, but we didn’t convert.”

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