The Williamsport football team had a little too much of everything for Century on Friday night and rolled to a 18-6 victory over the hosts in their home opener.

Williamsport had a shutout going until Century scored in the final minutes on quarterback a Collin Ende touchdown run.


Century hasn't yet looked like last year's team that won eight games and played in the Class 2A West Region playoffs. The Knights dropped to 0-2 with the loss to Williamsport and a 28-6 setback to St. Mary's in the season opener.

"We've had a lot of mental mistakes," said Century first-year coach Todd Edmondson, whose team committed two turnovers against Williamsport. "It's something we have to try to correct. We have to keep being positive in trying to turn this thing around."

Williamsport senior quarterback Jakob Ball keyed the win over Century, rushing for 80 yards and completing 13 of 16 passes and ran for two touchdowns.

Wildcats coach Tim Small and his players won't soon forget about the victory.

"That was my biggest win as a head coach (in three years)," Small said. "Century has always been a tough team for us. The are just a solid program and they were a playoff team last year."

The Wildcats (2-0) scored on the first possession of the game. They moved 71 yards in 13 plays and Ball capped it with a 15-yard run around the right side of the line with 5:33 remaining.

Ball also rushed for a first down on the drive on fourth-and-6, and went 6 of 7 passing.

Century threatened to score on its first drive and moved down to the Williamsport 9. But a fumble moved the ball back to 21, then a snap over the head of Ende was recovered by Williamsport lineman Jonari Carroll.

Century's Stephen Shinholt gains yardage against Williamsport Friday September 8, 2017.
Century's Stephen Shinholt gains yardage against Williamsport Friday September 8, 2017. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Williamsport pushed its lead to 12-0 early in the second quarter thanks to some more big plays from Ball.

He teamed up with Kavon Carter for a 14-yard gain on fourth-and-9 on the 27.

On the next play, Ball hit Carter on a screen in the left flat and he raced to the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown.

Century put together its most effective drive of the first half late in the quarter and moved down to the Williamsport 9, but the Knights couldn't cash in.

Century started the second half going three-and-out on its first series.

The Knights got a big defensive play on Williamsport first drive of the second half. Linebacker Charlie Hackett sacked Ball for a 9-yard loss on third-and-11.


Century also received a big defensive play on Williamsport's second drive when cornerback Brian Roche knocked away a pass for Jeremy Snow.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Knights advanced to the Williamsport 39 when Ende hit Brian Roche down the left sideline for a 28-yard gain to Roche, but Jaden Brady picked the quarterback off on the next play.

Williamsport put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter. Ball went up the middle eight yards on a quarterback keeper to make it 18-0

Century scored with 2:20 remaining when Ende found the end zone on a 10-yard run.

"I thought our effort was there," Edmondson said. "But we just got to get better."

Westminster hosts South Hagerstown in the Owls' home opener Sept. 8



Century 0 0 0 6 — 6

Williamsport 6 6 0 6 — 18


W- Jakob Ball 15 run (attempt failed)

W-Kavon Carter 13 pass from Ball (attempt failed)

W-Ball run (kick failed)

C-Colin Ende 10 run (attempt failed)



C-Colin Ende 7-69, Steven Shinholt 8-36, Nick Jones 5-31, Dylan Wardle 2-12, Evan Usi 1-6, Kevin Pearson 3-1.

W-Jakob Ball 13-80, Brett Artz 13-44, Kavon Carter 6-29, Ryan McLaughlin 1-1, Barnes 1-2.


C-Ende 7-23-0 109; W-Ball 13-16-1 72.


C-Roche 1-39, Jimmy Wiley 2-25, Brandon Will 2-13, Jake Schneider 1-16, Dylan Wardle 1-16; W-Carter 7-50, Jeremy Snow 1-7, Ryan McLaughlin 3-6, Artz 2-4.