DALLAS - Just when the Dallas Mountaineers were planning to put together a last-gasp, game-tying drive, Brice Harris got in the way.
Then the Williamsport defensive back extraordinaire did it again.
For the second straight week, Harris returned an interception for a touchdown, then came up with his second interception in two minutes Saturday to seal Williamsport’s 21-7 victory over Dallas.
“I don’t have a secret,” Harris grinned. “That’s what I do, I play coverage.”
In the end, he had the luckless Mountaineers (0-5) covering their eyes.
Just after Dallas hit a big 15-yard pass to convert a first down and keep its comeback hopes going, Harris stepped in front of another throw from his cornerback position and raced untouched into the end zone for a game-sealing touchdown that provided the final score with 2:07 to play.
“I just read the quarterback’s eyes and made the play,” Harris shrugged.
Evidently, he has a knack for doing that.
The 5-foot-11 senior — who began this season as a safety but switched to cornerback when starter Tone Williams was injured — provided Williamsport (2-3) with one of its few bright spots in a loss last week by also returning an interception for a touchdown.
And with just under 30 seconds remaining, Harris grabbed another pick for himself when he outleaped a Dallas receiver for a desperation pass.
That brought an end to what began as a promising day for Dallas.
The winless Mountaineers took their first lead of the season when quarterback Justin Mucha escaped a heavy rush and scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown just 36 seconds before halftime. And Dallas had a chance for more points earlier in the game, when Mucha — serving as a punt returner - brought a kick back 29 yards to Williamsport’s 16-yard line. But three running plays produced just one yard, and a 33-yard field goal attempt fell well short.
As it turned out, so did the Mountaineers’ bid for their first victory.
Williamsport running back Isaac Foust charged out of the second half, gaining 56 yards on a 73-yard march that ended when he bolted into the end zone on a game-tying 13-yard touchdown run.
And at the end of the third quarter, Williamsport forged ahead when quarterback Dale Berkheimer — who was sacked four times by a fierce Dallas pass rush — found enough time to hit receiver Jerah Reeves with a 15-yard touchdown toss 11 seconds before the start of the fourth quarter.
And at the end of the day, Harris wrapped Williamsport’s victory up.
“It felt great,” Harris said. “Got a good win. We’re just going to keep playing every week and work as a team.”
Williamsport 21, Dallas 7
DAL — Justin Mucha 15 run (Aaron Napkora kick), 0:36
WIL — Isaac Foust 13 run (Tyler Garnder kick), 8:01
WIL — Jerah Reeves 15 pass from Dale Berkheimer (Gardner kick), 0:11
WIL — Brice Harris 37 interception return (Gardner kick), 2:07
RUSHING — Williamsport, Isaac Foust 21-81, Rhomello Martin 10-24, Justin Hoffman 8-20, team 2-(minus 2), Dale Berkheimer 5-(minus 24). Dallas, Logan Brace 13-40, David Simpson 2-8, Ryan Cheskiewicz 4-8, Justin Mucha 8-(minus 3).
PASSING — Williamsport, Berkheimer 6-8-0-48. Dallas, Mucha 4-10-1-15, Matt Harrison 0-4-1-0.
RECEIVING — Williamsport, Hofman 2-17, Jerah Reeves 2-16, Tanner Bashnick 2-15. Dallas, Chris Behm 1-15, Mark Michno 1-1, Simpson 1- (minus 1), Brace 1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS — Williamsport, Brice Harris 2-37.
MISSED FGs — Dallas, Aaron Napkora, 33S.