PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Two long scoring plays in the third quarter were all that Brookville needed in its 14-7 Route 36 Trophy game win over Punxsutawney at Jack LaMarca Stadium, extending its winning streak to seven games.
Charlie Krug nailed Hayden Freeman for a 64-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and Jack Pete picked up a Landon Martz fumble and returned it 68 yards for a score to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead by the 1:39 mark of the third quarter.
Punxsutawney’s lone touchdown came late when quarterback Maddox Hetrick hit Noah Weaver for a 25-yard TD pass with 2:54 remaining in the game. The Raiders recovered the ensuing onside kick try and did punt it back to the Chucks, who stalled on downs near midfield as the Raiders needed one kneel-down to end the game.
Krug completed 6 of 13 passes for 141 yards and was intercepted once. Tony Ceriani ran for 48 yards on 17 carries.
Martz ran for 141 yards on 22 carries for the Chucks. Hetrick completed 8 of 21 passes for 132 yards with an interception. Weaver caught three passes for 72 yards.
The Raiders (7-2 overall, 6-1 D9 Region 1) clinched second place in Region 1 behind unbeaten Central Clarion. The Chucks fell to 6-3 and 5-2.
KARNS CITY 70, BRADFORD 21
KARNS CITY, Pa. – Rushing for 601 yards on 41 carries, Karns City rolled past visiting Bradford, 70-21.
Luke Cramer led the way for the Gremlins (4-5, 3-4 D9 R1) with eight carries for 183 yards and five touchdowns, while Braden Slater added four totes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Owen Heiginbotham added six carries for 82 yards and a touchdown, Zach Kelly had five runs for 78 yards, and Hunter Scherer carried the ball four times for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Cramer scored on runs of 19, 10, 33, 52, and 1 yard, while Heginbotham had a 30-yard scoring run, Scherer a 38-yard jaunt, and Slater a 74-yard run.
Talen Reese threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for a third for Bradford (3-6, 1-6).
Reese was 17 of 35 passing for 311 yards with scoring passes to Jake Franz and Matt Perry.
Franz caught four passes for 145 yards and Perry nine for 121. Reese’s touchdown run came from seven yards out.
DUBOIS 36, MONITEAU 0
DUBOIS, Pa. – On a night when DuBois welcomed Trey Wingard back behind center, Garret Nissel took over on the ground scoring four rushing touchdowns to lead the Beavers to a 36-0 win over visiting Moniteau at EJ Mansell Stadium.
Nissel scored on runs of 6, 12, 16, and 20 yards with the first three coming in the first half giving the Beavers (4-5, 4-3 D9 R1) a 22-0 halftime lead.
Landon Schrock also scored on a 1-yard run for DuBois.
Moniteau (1-8, 0-7) was shut out for the second time this season.
CENTRAL CLARION 59, ST. MARYS 0
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Jase Ferguson accounted for seven more touchdowns, as Central Clarion rolled to its ninth straight win, 59-0 over visiting St. Marys at Clarion-Limestone.
Ferguson threw for four touchdowns going 9 of 15 passing for 189 yards while rushing six times for 126 yards and three scores.
He scored on first-half runs of 37, 11, and 59 yards while throwing first-half touchdown passes of 10 yards to Dawson Smail, 27 yards to Mason Burford, and 7 yards to Brady Quinn, as the Wildcats (9-0, 7-0 D9 R1) took a 49-0 halftime lead.
Ferguson then found Burford from 44 yards out in the third quarter before Thomas Uckert connected on a 42-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
As good as Ferguson was, the Wildcat defense might have been better in pitching its fourth shutout of the year while limiting St. Marys (4-5, 2-5 D9 R1) to 98 yards of offense and four first downs. Central Clarion (9-0, 7-0) is allowing just 7.4 ppg on the season and has allowed six points over its past three games.
Noah Harrison also scored for Central Clarion giving the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead with a 30-yard scoring run.
CENTRAL-MARTINSBURG 27, CLEARFIELD 21
MARTINSBURG, Pa. – Playing an unbeaten team for the third straight week, Clearfield saw a second-half rally go for naught when Hunter Smith scored on a 1-yard run with 8:39 to play to lift Central-Martinsburg to a 27-21 home win.
Clearfield (6-3), which went 1-2 during a stretch that saw it play Bald Eagle Area, Richland, and Central-Martinsburg (9-0) when all three were unbeaten with one-score losses to the last two, trailed 21-7 at halftime but tied the game up with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns.
Carter Freeland got the Bison within a score when he brought in a 3-yard pass from Will Domico, and then Domico tied the game on a 1-yard run late in the quarter.
Domico helped account for all three of Clearfield’s touchdowns, as he also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Brady Collins with 3:31 left in the first half that got the Bison within seven, 14-7.
But Clearfield gave up a late touchdown in the half to go down 21 at the break when Eli Muthler found Jacob Benton from 18 yards away with 28 seconds left in the half.
It was Muthler’s third touchdown pass of the half, as he also connected with Jack Dunn from 4 and 17 yards out.
Muthler was 14 of 28 passing for 186 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception with Dunn, who sealed the win with an interception on defense, catching six passes for 107 yards.
Domico was 8 of 15 for 63 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions with Freeland catching five passes for 33 yards. He also ran 15 times for 77 yards.
Collins added 71 yards on the ground on 13 carries.