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D9 Regular-Season FB Recaps Week 7: Port Allegany Pulls Away Bradford; Curwensville Wins First

Trey Ayers of Port Allegany fights with Jarid Wilmoth of Bradford for a ball Friday night. Ayers helped the Gators to the victory. (Photo by Patrick Crants. See more of Crants work here.)

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Scoring 30 unanswered points, including 22 in the fourth quarter, Port Allegany toppled visiting Bradford, 30-8.

The Gators allowed a touchdown to Bradford in the middle of the first quarter on a 63-yard Austen Davis to Jake Pattison that put the Owls (0-6) up 8-0.

But Port Allegany answered with a 7-yard Noah Archer touchdown run followed by a Drew Evens to Peyton Stiles 2-point conversion that put the Gators up 8-6.

The game remained 8-6 until early in the fourth quarter when Evens hit Trey Ayers from 58 yards out to make it 14-6 with 10:54 left.

The Gators then sealed the victory with a pair of touchdowns in a span of 56 seconds late in the game


At the 4:15 mark, Evens hit Payton Spencer from six yards out to make it 22-6 following the 2-point play.

Then, at 3:19, Archer scored for the second time, this time from eight yards away, to set the final score.

Port Allegany (2-4), winners of two straight, outgained Bradford, which has lost eight in a row dating back to last season and 16 of its last 17 dating back to 2018, 300 to 184 including 122 to 21 on the ground.

Evens was 10-for-16 for 170 yards and two touchdowns with Ayers catching six passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Archer ran 25 times for 113 yards and two scores.

Davis was 12 of 23 passing for 163 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Bradford with Pattison catching three passes for 69 yards and the score and Dalton Dixon grabbing four passes for 57 yards.



EMPORIUM, Pa. – Nick Crisp scored four touchdowns to lead visiting Elk County Catholic to a 42-14 win over Cameron County.

Crisp, one of two Crusaders backs to go over 100 yards, ran 19 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns and also returned an interception for a score. He was joined in the 100-yard club by Sam Kaul, who ran 10 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. Kaul also caught two passes for 35 yards.

Mason McAllister was 5-for-13 for 66 yards and a touchdown with the score going to Joe Tettis, who had two catches for 32 yards.

Dylan Baney threw a pair of touchdowns for Cameron County and was 9 of 28 for 188 yards while also throwing a pair of interceptions.

Baney’s scoring passes went to Devin Steich (2 catches, 87 yards) and Gannon Horning (1 catch, 8 yards).


KANE, Pa. – Cole Sebastian threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores as visiting Otto-Eldred outlasted Kane, 41-34.

Sebastian was 18 of 32 passing for 274 yards and ran 14 times for 167 yards.

The Terrors (2-3) led by 21 early only to watch Kane (2-4) roar back and tie the game at 34 on a 15-yard run by Zuke Smith, one of three rushing scores by Smith.


But Otto-Eldred dipped into its bag of tricks using a 72-yard wide receiver pass from Ethan Smith to Jake Merry to break the tie.

Smith also caught one of the two touchdown tosses from Sebastian, while Josh Rhinehart had the other one on a 65-yard passing play.

T.J. VanScoter added a rushing score for Otto-Eldred.

In addition to the three Smith scores, Kane also got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Harley Morris.


CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Despite only running offensive plays in three of the four quarters, Curwensville picked up its first win of the year, 36-0, over Bucktail.

The Tide (1-4) didn’t get the ball on offense until the second quarter after Bucktail used up the entire first quarter on offense and the first play of the second quarter before being stopped by the Curwensville defense at the Tide 4-yard line.

Thad Butler rushed for a pair of touchdowns to help Curwensville defeat Bucktail, 36-0 to pick up their first victory of the year.

But once it got the ball, the Golden Tide responded going 96 yards in 11 plays to get on the board on a 4-yard Chase Irwin run.

The lead remained 7-0 until the fourth quarter when Thad Butler scored on a pair of runs – 6 yards and 10 yards – to make it 22-0. Butler ran 12 times for 64 yards.


A special team effort saw Duane Brady scoop up a blocked punt and return it to the end zone to help the Tide go up 29-0.

On the ensuing drive for the Bucks, Dylan Cross fumbled on a quarterback keeper that was picked up by Brady at midfield.

The Tide responded and scored their last touchdown of the game with Dan McGarry finding Ty Terry for a 50-yard touchdown pass.

McGarry finished the night going 11-of-13 for 114 yards while rushing eight times for 89 yards. Terry was the leading receiver with four catches for 89 yards.

Gage Sutliff was the workhorse for the Bucks rushing 27 times for 141 yards.


WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – J.D. Dessicino scored twice including on a 36-yard pass play on the first play of the fourth quarter that broke a tie game, and Moniteau went on to beat visiting Punxsutawney, 27-14, for its second win of the year over the winless Chucks.

With the game tied at 14, Dessicino hauled in a pass from David Stamm and took it to the house to give the Warriors (2-5) a 21-14 lead.

Chaz McGuire added a 2-yard run later in the quarter to put the game away.

Punxsutawney (0-7) had a pair of first-half leads before Moniteau tied the game at 14 at the half.

Kameron Falgout had a pair of scoring runs in the first half for the Chucks finding the end zone on runs of 58 yards and 1 yard. He ran 22 times for 167 yards and was 5 of 13 passing for 67 yards.

Falgout’s 1-yard run gave Punxsutawney a 14-7 lead, but Moniteau the game on a 7-yard run by Mason Mershimer 7-yard run. That touchdown came just one play after Caden Roxberry returned the kickoff following Falgout’s touchdown 57 yards to the Chucks 7-yard line.

Dessicino also scored on an 11-yard run.

McGuire ran 15 times for 72 yards and the touchdown to lead Moniteau while catching one pass for 17 yards. Mershimer added 11 carries for 70 yards and Dessino had eight carries for 28 yards and one catch for 36.

Alex Phillips had three catches for 60 yards for Punxsutawney, while Zeke Bennett had 48 yards rushing.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – DuBois scored in six different ways on its way to a 49-0 win at Brockway, in the teams first meeting against each other since 1928 despite the schools being just 10 miles apart.

The Beavers scored twice on safeties, kicked a field, had one touchdown pass, three touchdown runs, a free kick return for a touchdown, and an interception return for a touchdown.

At one point on the wild night, DuBois (3-4) led 5-0 thanks to a safety and a 31-yard Nick Graeca field goal.

Ruben Estrada then scored twice to make it 19-0 at halftime catching a 14-yard pass from Cam-Ron Hays and then scoring on a 6-yard run.

Zach Henery added a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to make it 26-0 before things got really crazy for the Beavers in the fourth quarter.

The scoring started at the 8:43 mark of the quarter on another safety before Derraick Burkett returned the ensuing free kick 74 yards for another touchdown to make it 35-0 and put the Mercy Rule into motion.

Despite the running clock, DuBois scored twice more getting a 1-yard De’Andre Vogt touchdown run and a 27-yard Braxton Adams interception return.

DuBois outgained Brockway (2-5) 379 yards to 24 including 222 to negative three on the ground.

Henery 15 times for 96 yards with Estrada adding 12 carries for 58 yards. Hays was 7 of 17 passing for 155 yards and the touchdown but was also intercepted three times. Dale Kot caught five passes for 121 yards and also intercepted a pair of passes on defense.


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