BROOKVILLE, Pa. — Ending Ridgway’s four-year run of district titles and stopping a playoff drought of its own, Brookville scored on its first seven possessions and rolled to a 49-15 rout of Ridgway.
The Raiders (7-0) hadn’t won a playoff game since the 2010 Class 2A semifinals, but now they’ll try to win their first title since 2006 when they face Karns City next Friday at Brockway’s Varischetti Field.
“For the program, it’s big and we want to get back to where we’re contending every year and that requires you win a playoff game,” Raiders head coach Scott Park said. “For me, it’s my first one and I’ve said it all year, I’m so proud of these guys and they do whatever you want them to do. We were behind the eight-ball a little bit tonight missing some guys and a couple guys hurt but it worked out.”
Raiders quarterback Jack Krug had a hand in all seven of his team’s touchdowns, throwing for five and opening the game’s scoring with a 44-yard TD run. Krug also caught his first career TD pass on a fake punt 58-yard pass from Robert Keth.
In all, Krug completed 16 of 23 passes for 389 yards with TD passes going to four different receivers while rushing for 56 yards on four carries. Keth caught five passes for 153 yards and a score while Brayden Kunselman had four catches for 118 yards and a TD.
The Raiders outgained the Elkers (3-3), 544-277.
Brookville led 14-0 after the first quarter and after a combined 41-point second quarter by both teams, took a 40-15 lead into halftime. The Raiders scored on their first possession of the second half to make it seven straight. Krug left the game two plays into the fourth quarter with the score at 47-15. The only points the rest of the way was a Raiders safety late in the game.
Ridgway’s Ben Briggs, who left with an injury after the first drive of the second half, completed 11 of 20 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, completing a 34-yarder to Dominic Cherry to make it 21-7 in the second quarter. Later in the second, Luke Zimmerman returned a kickoff 86 yards for the Elkers’ second and final touchdown.
Eric Salberg caught three passes for 76 yards while Will Howard had five catches for 62 yards. The Elkers were held to 57 yards rushing on 32 attempts. Dom Allegretto gained 42 on just two carries.
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BROOKVILLE 49, RIDGWAY 15
Score By Quarters
Ridgway 0 15 0 0 — 15
Brookville 14 26 7 2 — 49
B – Jack Krug 44 run (Hayden Kramer kick), 10:19.
B – Brayden Kunselman 65 pass from Krug (Kramer kick), :19.5.
B – Robert Keth 50 pass to Krug (Kramer kick), 11:29.
R – Dominic Cherry 34 pass from Ben Briggs (Luke Zimmerman kick), 9:15.
B – Krug 58 pass from Keth (conversion failed), 6:49.
B – Ryan Daisley 8 pass from Krug (kick blocked), 3:48.
R – Luke Zimmerman 86 kick return (Camron Marciniak run), 3:29.
B – Braiden Davis 19 pass from Krug (Kramer kick), 2:29.
B – Daisley 23 pass from Krug (Kramer kick), 9:09.
B – Safety, Rayce Millard tackled in end zone, 2:15.
First downs 21 13
Rushes-yards 20-82 32-57
Comp-Att-Int. 20-29-0 14-26-2
Passing Yards 462 220
Total Plays-Yards 49-544 58-277
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-2
Punts 1-47 1-40
Penalties-Yards 8-57 5-40
RUSHING — Brookville: Jack Krug 4-56, Tate Lindermuth 4-23, Kyle MacBeth 1-5, Creed Knepp 2-5, Braiden Davis 2-3, Cam Moore 3-0, Bryce Weaver 3-0, Charlie Krug 1-0. Ridgway: Dom Allegretto 2-42, Ben Briggs 10-18, Ricky Delhunty 1-6, Eric Salberg 5-5, Camron Marciniak 3-3, Luke Zimmerman 2-2, Jonathan Hinton 2-1, Dominic Cherry 4-1, Eric Hoffman 1-1, Rayce Millard 1-(-4), Team 1-(-18).
PASSING — Brookville: Jack Krug 16-for-23, 389 yards, 5 TDs; Charlie Krug 3-for-5, 15 yards; Robert Keth 1-for-1, 58 yards, 1 TD. Ridgway: Ben Briggs 11-for-20, 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int.; Jonathan Hinton 3-for-4, 28 yards, 1 Int.; Camron Marciniak 1-for-1, 0 yards, Team 0-for-1.
RECEIVING — Brookville: Robert Keth 5-153, Brayden Kunselman 4-118, Kyle MacBeth 2-63, Jack Krug 1-58, Ryan Daisley 3-28, Braiden Davis 1-19, Truman Sharp 3-15, Tate Lindermuth 1-8. Ridgway: Eric Salberg 3-76, Will Howard 5-62, Camron Marciniak 4-41, Dominic Cherry 2-41, Dan Park 1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS — Brookville: Charlie Krug, Robert Keth.