The 2018 GEFA season is finally upon us. The 2017 season was another great year for the Mifflin County Tomahawk organization as they completed their first ever undefeated season and rolled through the playoffs. In their second straight Keystone Bowl appearance, the Hawks lost an absolute heart breaker by just 12 points to the Mt. Joy Cyclones. The Tomahawk squad has undergone some changes in the off-season and are ready to take on 2018.
Week 1 brought the Columbia County Phantoms to Mifflin County. Due to field conditions, the game was held at the Burnham Jamboree field, but that didn’t stop quite a crowd of fans from coming out to support the team. It was clear pretty early on in the game, the changes in the Tomahawk organization have only made them that much stronger. Lashawn Brown cemented his spot as quarterback with a stellar game, going 20 for 30 for 224 yards and 7 touchdowns without a single interception. Leading the receivers was Rob Albro with 6 receptions for 64 yards and 3 touchdowns. Close on his heals was veteran player and team captain Timmy Beck with 4 receptions for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns, while captain Kyle Kahley snagged 3 receptions for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The ever multidimensional Tomahawk offense didn’t stop there. Tomahawk rookie Chris Maldonado rushed for an additional 63 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Kahley was right there with him adding 34 yards of his own and yet another touchdown. The team worked together so well, it was almost as if the long off-season had never happened.
On the defensive side of the ball is where the squad has seen the most personnel changes, and the Phantoms offense was the perfect test. Never one to back down from a challenge or give any less than 100% on the field, Brian Reinhart lead the defense with 5 tackles and a pass deflection. Reinhart is an essential part of the inner workings of the Tomahawk defense and had a great game. Jon Bell had a great outing as well with 3 tackles and 2 pass deflections. Two rookies made a defensive impression week 1, as Kahlyl Carrington racked up 3 tackles and a fumble recovery and Chris Maldonado added to his offensive performance with a strip sack.
Perhaps even more impressive was the Tomahawks special teams. Timmy Beck had a beautiful 41 yard punt return for a touchdown while also adding a 40 yard kick return to his stat sheet. Shaquan Wright and Jamal Montanez both added 43 and 20 yard returns, respectively. All in all, the day ended with a resounded 76-32 victory for the Tomahawks.
The Tomahawks are now headed into week 2 ready to face the Williamsport Wildcats at home. The Wildcats have always been great opponents and always come ready to play. Will Lashawn Brown and his receivers be able to expose the Wildcat defense or will the Hawks have to take to a run game? Will the Tomahawk defense be able to keep their reputation as one of the best in the league? Will the Tomahawks be able to snag their 22nd consecutive win at home? Join us at Rec Park at 1:00pm Saturday, March 24th to find out.