BROCKWAY, Pa. – Dawson Camper scored three first-half touchdowns as Union/A-C Valley built a 20-0 first-half lead and held off a late Brockway rally for a 26-20 victory.
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The win was a measure of revenge for the Falcon-Knights, who lost to the Rovers 28-20 in the season opener a year ago.
Camper rushed for 103 yards in the win and was named Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game. He talked about the win.
Union/A-C Valley (2-2) built its lead by playing ball control on offense, limiting Brockway’s explosive offense, and taking advantage of a key Rover mistake.
Camper got the scoring going on a 42-yard burst through a big hole on the right side of the line at the 2:57 mark of the first quarter.
While the Falcon-Knights defense continued to keep Brockway in check, the offense went to some trickery to aid in its next score.
Backed up at their own 11, Camper took a pitch and threw to an open Skyler Roxbury for a 44-yard gain.
That helped set up Camper’s second touchdown run, a 3-yard plunge that made it 14-0 after Camper punched in the two-point conversion with 2:57 to go before halftime.
It was one of three touchdowns in the final 2:57 of the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Rovers (2-2) were unable to field the ball cleanly and Union/A-C Valley ended up with the ball on the 5-yard line. It was Camper who scored again, this one a 2-yard burst that made it 20-0.
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Brockway responded by driving the length of the field in the final 1:18 of the half. Facing a second-and-goal from the 9 with four seconds left in the half, Brayden Fox eluded what looked to be a sure sack by Camper and found Alex Carlson in the corner of the end zone, making it 20-7 at halftime.
Brockway got the ball in the second half, but a fumble on the first play from scrimmage stalled the momentum they had and the Falcon-Knights once again took advantage.
Coach Brad Dittman went into his bag of tricks one more time as Trey Fleming took a handoff on a reverse and fired a dart to Roxbury for a 27-yard touchdown that made it 26-7 with 9:26 to go in the third quarter.
The Rovers mounted a rally the rest of the second half that ultimately came up just short.
They answered with a touchdown drive that was capped by Jendy Cuello’s 1-yard plunge that made it 26-14 with 5:52 to go in the third quarter.
That score held until the fourth quarter when the Brockway offense broke loose for a big play. Fox found Matt Pyne down the left sideline and Pyne beat his man and raced 72 yards for a touchdown that made it 26-20 with 8:03 remaining in regulation.
The Union/A-C Valley defense stood tall the rest of the way, however, including on the final drive when Brockway drove down to the 40-yard line, but with time expiring Fox’s last-second heave was intercepted by Roxbury.
Roxbury also had two receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown and Mikey Card rushed for 29 yards for the Falcon-Knights.
Fox had another big game through the air with 280 yards for the Rovers, while Carlson had 13 receptions for 121 yards and Cuello 61 yards on the ground.