The Spartans’ third drive covered 53 yards. Feyerabend hit Ryan Marszal twice, Corbin Henry once and Kellen Komenda once before being intercepted by Jesse Manuel on a first-and-goal from the 10, a pass that was Feyerabend’s lone poor decision in the first half. He threw late over the middle and that gave Manuel the chance to make a play on the ball.
“We tried to force it in there a little bit, but Josh is a sophomore,” Microni said. “He tries to make plays. He’s like a Brett Favre, he’s a gunslinger. That’s what we do and their kid made a good play on the ball. Then they got up a couple of scores and it’s tough to come back.”
Unatego’s fourth possession covered 66 yards and resulted in a touchdown. Marszal and Henry caught one pass apiece, and Komenda had three catches, including a leaping grab in the end zone on a fourth-down play that brought Unatego to 24-12.
The Spartans then ran two plays from scrimmage as Tioga scored five touchdowns over a span of 4:17. One was a fumbled handoff and the other resulted in a 30-yard interception return by Carter Jackson after Feyerabend missed a receiver on a middle screen.
Down, 59-12, Unatego again moved the ball on its last possession of the first half, going from its 43 to Tioga’s 12. The Spartans nearly had another touchdown as Feyerabend lofted a pass to the back-right portion of the end zone on a fourth-down play. Marszal caught it with a Tioga defender draped on him, but an official ruled Marszal was out of bounds. Had that call gone Unatego’s way, Feyerabend would have tied the state record for touchdown passes with eight.
So while it’s true that Feyerabend & Co. beat up on Tioga’s reserves in the second half, it’s also true they played pretty well in the first half.