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Oct. 29, 2021 D9 FB: Cameron Co. Gets First Playoff Berth Since 2010; Port Allegany Gets Defense in Beating Kane; Keystone Rallies in 2nd Half

Dylan Rieder scored a pair of TDs to help Cameron County secure its first playoff berth in 11 years. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

FARWELL, Pa. – Dylan Rieder ran for a pair of touchdowns, as Cameron County secured its first postseason berth since 2010 with a 20-0 win at Bucktail.

It was the second win of the season for the Red Raiders (5-4) over the Bucks (0-9) after Cameron County secured a 22-20 win in Emporium Sept. 3. It also caps a comeback regular season for the Red Raider, who came into this year having lost 20 straight with just five wins since 2015.

But players like Rieder and Maddox Baughman, who scored the other touchdown Friday night, have helped fuel the comeback.

Rieder, who ran 25 times for 172 yards, finished off the opening drive of the game with a 5-yard touchdown run. That was the lone score of the first half and gave Cameron County an 8-0 halftime lead.


The Red Raiders scored the first time they touched the ball in the second half as well with Rieder completing the drive with a 36-yard scoring run that was set up by a fumble recovery by Landon Farren at the Bucktail 32-yard line (a holding penalty pushed Cameron County back on the drive).

Another takeaway on the ensuing kickoff, this time a fumble recovery by Devin Fowler when Bucktail fumbled a reverse, set up a 1-yard Baughman touchdown run that made it 20-0.

Cameron County’s defense did the rest holding Bucktail to 26 total yards of offense including negative six rushing. The Bucks were 0-for-8 on third downs and 0-for-4 on fourth downs and had just three first downs in the game.

Dylan Baney added three carries for 17 yards and one catch for 29 yards for the Red Raiders, while Baughman was 2-for-7 passing for 43 yards.

Zack Pick ran seven times for 18 yards for Bucktail.

Cameron County appears to be the seventh seed in the District 9 Class 1A playoffs and will most likely travel to play Union/A-C Valley next week at either Union or A-C Valley High School.



PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – In a battle of defense, Port Allegany scored on the game’s first possession and that was it, as the Gators beat visiting Kane, 6-0.

On a muddy field, Port Allegany gained 60-plus of its 146 yards on the opening drive with Blaine Moses scoring on a 4-yard run 3:05 into the game.

The 6-0 lead held up, as the Gators limited Kane to 95 total yards of offense, including just 49 on the ground.

All 146 of Port Allegany’s yards came on the ground, as the teams combined to punt the ball 10 times with just one turnover, an interception by the Gators’ defense.

Noah Archer led Port Allegany with 79 yards rushing on 22 carries, while Moses added 66 on 17 totes.


Harley Morris accounted for nearly all of Kane’s offense. He was 6 of 16 passing for 46 yards and the interception while rushing 15 times for 41 yards.

Archer had the interception for Port Allegany.

The Gators improved to 5-4 on the season and will enter the District 9 Class 1A playoffs as the tentative fifth seed and will most likely travel to Keystone next week for an opening-round game.

Kane’s season ends at 3-7.



CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Curwensville got three rushing touchdowns from Thad Butler on its way to a 32-22 win over visiting West Branch.

Dan McGarry and Andrew Freyer also each scored on the ground for the Golden Tide.

Individual stats weren’t available Friday night.

Curwensville is now 6-4 on the year and will enter the District 9 playoffs as most likely the No. 6 seed with a quarterfinal game most likely at Smethport next week.


WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Using a pair of splash plays in the first three-and-half minutes of the second half, Keystone turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 31-13 win at Moniteau.

Rewatch the Game

The Panthers (7-2) trailed 7-6 at the break before getting two big plays – one on offense and one on special teams – to turn the game around.

The first play came one play after a bad snap on the first snap of the second half put Keystone in a second-and-25 situation at its own 30-yard line.

The ensuing snap also went through quarterback Bret Wingard’s hands, but Wingard picked the ball up and rolled towards the near sideline. He then was bottled in at the 25-yard line and looked like he was going to be sacked. The senior quarterback, however, got out of the sack and started rolling towards the far sideline. He then found Tyler Albright standing all alone at the Keystone 35-yard line and flicked him the ball. Albright did the rest racing down the far sideline 70 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

Up 12-7, Keystone’s defense then forced a punt on Moniteau’s first possession. The snap was dropped by the punt Conner Alfreno, and when he picked it up and tried to punt it, Zander McHenry raced in and knocked the ball away before Alfreno could ever get a foot on it. McHenry then scooped up the fumble and returned it to the Moniteau 3-yard line.

Wingard did the rest from there plunging in from the three to put Keystone up 18-7 with 8:37 to play in the third quarter.

Moniteau (1-8) got back in the game on the first play of the fourth quarter when David Dessicino hit Cooper Boozel with a 21-yard touchdown pass to make it 18-13.

But after a short kickoff, Keystone got the ball at its own 43-yard line. Wingard then broke free on a quarterback keeper and ran 57 yards for a touchdown to restore the double-digit lead at 24-13 just 15 seconds after Moniteau’s score.

McHenry capped off the scoring with 5:08 left when he scored from two yards away three plays after his 44-yard run had gotten the Panthers to the Moniteau 3-yard line.

After a scoreless first quarter, Moniteau struck first on a 1-yard Dessicino run 2:41 into the second quarter. That capped a 16-play, 70-yard drive that took 8:37 off the clock. Boozel’s 18-yard run on a reverse was the big play fo the drive putting the ball at the 1-yard line. After Alfreno’s extra point snuck across the crossbar, the Warriors led 7-0.

Keystone used the passing game to get answer the touchdown going 86 yards on nine plays with the big plays being a 31-yard Wingard to Zander McHenry pass to the Keystone 45-yard line, a 31-yard Wingard to Ian Keth pass to the Moniteau 19-yard kine, and an 18-yard Wingard to McHenry touchdown pass. McHenry caught the ball while sliding in the muddy end zone.

The Panthers elected to go for two points but failed and thus trailed 7-6 at the break.

Keystone had trouble running the ball in the first half mustering only 11 yards on the ground in the half but rallied to finish the game with 119 yards rushing.

Wingard, who was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game, led the way rushing 14 times for 85 yards and the two scores while going 4 of 8 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns.


Albright had the one catch for 70 yards and the touchdown and also intercepted three passes in the first half, while McHenry caught two passes for 49 yards and ran nine times for 53 yards and the touchdown.

Dessicino ran 14 times for 84 yards and was 11 of 27 passing for 103 yards, the touchdown, and the three interceptions.

Hunter stalker ran 15 times for 94 yards, and Boozel caught eight passes for 85 yards.

Keystone, which came into the game a plus 20 in the turnover department (26 takeaways to six giveaways) added to that with six more takeaways to just one giveaway.

Keystone looks like it will be the No. 4 seed in the District 9 playoffs and will most likely host Port Allegany in the quarterfinals.


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Locked in a tight game until late in the first half, Redbank Valley scored four straight touchdowns on its way to a 40-14 win at Punxsutawney.

The Bulldogs (9-1) clung to a 14-7 lead until Bryson Bain hit Chris Marshall with a 16-yard touchdown pass with just 20 seconds left in the half to give Redbank Valley a 21-14 halftime lead. It was the third time the duo hooked up in the opening 24 minutes, as they also connected on scoring passes of 28 and 29 yards in the first quarter.

Redbank Valley then proceeded to score the first three touchdowns of the second half to put the game away.

Ray Shreckengost made it 28-7 on a 5-yard run, Gunner Mangiantini then made it 34-7 with a 10-yard run, and Ashton Kahle made it 40-7 with a 49-yard run.

Zeke Bennett scored both of Punxsutawney’s touchdowns on runs of six and 28 yards.

Redbank Valley outgained Punxsutawney (2-7) 426 yards to 138 including 236 to 11 through the air.

Bain was 15 of 28 passing for 214 yards and the three touchdowns while also rushing two times for 16 yards.

Marshall caught six passes for 89 yards and three scores with Tate Minich adding five catches for 60 yards and Marquese Gardlock two for 55.

Thanks to the long touchdown run, Kahle ran for a team-best 62 yards on four carries while adding two catches for 20 yards. Shreckengost added 13 carries for 39 yards and caught one pass for 17 yards.

Bennett ran for a game-best 93 yards on 24 carries and caught one pass for seven yards.

Redbank Valley will be the top seed in the District 9 Class 1A playoffs and will most likely get a first-round bye unless Coudersport enters the postseason at which point the Bulldogs would host the Falcons.


RIMERSBURG, Pa. – Mikey Card and Dawson Camper combined to run for 228 yards and four touchdowns to lead Union/A-C Valley to a 51-0 win at Coudersport.

Card ran 10 times for 122 yards and a touchdown with Camper adding 15 carries for 106 yards and three touchdowns.

Bailey Crissman and Brody Dittman each threw a pair of touchdowns in the win with Skyler Roxbury and Ryan Cooper each catching two touchdowns.

Crissman was 3 of 4 passing for 155 yards with Dittman going 2 of 5 passing for 45 yards while also throwing an interception. Both Dittman and Crissman added 33 yards rushing apiece.

Roxbury caught two passes fo r108 yards and Copper three for 92 yards.

Union/A-C Valley outgained Coudersport 546 yards to 148.

Landon Chalmers paced the Union/A-C Valley defense with seven tackles including two sacks, while Colton Murray and Carter Terwint each had six tackles and Zac Cooper four tackles and two interceptions.

Gavyn Ayers was 10 of 23 passing for 129 yards and three interceptions for Coudersport. Logan Ruter caught seven passes for 90 yards.

Dylan Howard (11 tackles) Dylan Hazjus (10 tackles0 paced the Falcons on defense.

Union/A-C Valley improved to 7-2 with the victory, while Coudersport fell to 4-5. The Falcon Knights will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming D9 playoffs and will most likely host Cameron County. Coudersport’s playoff fate was unknown..


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Charlie Krug threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns while running for another to lead Brookville to a 42-28 win over Brockway at Brockway’s Varischetti Field.

Krug did all of his damage in three quarters of action as his 5-yard TD pass to Brayden Kunselman put the Raiders up 42-14 with 3:38 left in the third quarter. The Raiders pulled most of their key players the rest of the way while Brockway rallied for two fourth-quarter TDs and got deep into Raiders territory near the end of the game before turning the ball over.

Krug ran for a 61-yard TD just three plays into the game, then hooked up with Truman Sharp for their 61-yard passing play to put the Raiders up for good at 12-7. An ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Raiders, who made it 20-7 with Krug’s 4-yard TD pass to Cooper Shall. Jackson Zimmerman made it 28-7 before halftime on a 4-yard run.

Tate Lindermuth’s 2-yard run in the third quarter made it 35-7 before Krug’s final TD pass to Kunselman later in the quarter.

Rovers quarterback Brayden Fox completed 24 of 49 passes for 361 yards and three TDs, all of them going to Blake Pisarcik on connections of 17, 14 and 26 yards. Alex Carlson was Fox’s top target with nine catches for 175 yards. Jalen Kosko caught five passes for 74 yards.

The Rovers’ other score came on Jendy Cuello’s 20-yard run that set the final with 3:59 left in the game.

Both teams gained over 400 yards with the Rovers owning a 446-416 edge.

Brookville improved to 7-3 on the season while Brockway fell to 4-6. The Raiders will be the No. 3 seed in the D9 Class 2A playoffs and face Ridgway in the semifinals. Brockway’s season comes to a close.


RIDGWAY, Pa. – Domenic Allegretto and Camron Marciniak each scored two rushing touchdowns, and Marciniak added a kickoff return for a score, as Ridgway rolled past visiting Philipsburg-Osceola, 41-13.

Allegretto ran nine times for 133 yards scoring on carries of 70 yards and 1 yard, while Marciniak ran seven times for 94 yards scoring on totes of 10 and 64 yards. Marciniak aso returned the opening second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Eric Salberg added an 8-yard touchdown run for Ridgway (7-3), which led 41-0 following the Marciniak kickoff return, which put the game in the PIAA Mercy Rule.

Both Philipsburg-Osceola touchdowns came in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Lake Hughes run and a 9-yard Matt Martin run.

Martin paced the Mountaineers with 82 yards rushing on nine carries with Hughes adding 29 yards on 10 carries. Ben Gustkey was 6 of 13 passing for 82 yards while being intercepted twice, and Andrew Faust had three catches for 64 yards.

Ridgway will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 9 Class 2A playoffs and will play Brookville in the semifinals.


HYDE, Pa. – Oliver Billiotte accounted for all six Clearfield touchdowns in a 38-7 win over visiting Central Clarion County.

Billotte ran 11 times for 142 yards and four touchdowns and was 5 of 8 passing for 139 yards and two scores with one interception.

Nate Natoli caught three passes for 94 yards and a touchdown for the Bison, while Mark McGonigal had 67 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Jase Ferguson hit Tommy Smith with a touchdown pass for Central Clarion’s lone score.

Clearfield is now 10-0 on the season and will play St. Marys in the District 9 Class 3A title game at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Brockway’s Varischetti Field.

Central Clarion fell to 4-5 on the season and saw it’s four-game win streak end. The Wildcats will be the fourth seed in the District 9 playoffs and face Karns City in the semifinals, most likely in two weeks.

The unbeaten regular season is the fifth unbeaten regular season since 2010 for Clearfield and the ninth in school history. Additional unbeaten regular campaigns came in 2018, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2004, 1998, 1994, and 1955. The victory always was the 298th for Bison head coach Tim Janocko, the winningest coach in District 9 history.


KARNS CITY, Pa. – Luke Garing and Jayce Anderson had big games for Karns City, leading a strong rushing performance in a 35-14 win over DuBois.

Garing scored four of the Gremlins’ five touchdowns and finished with 73 yards rushing while Anderson ran for 173 yards on 19 carries.

Austin Henery ran for a 2-yard TD run while Derraick Burkett caught a 6-yard TD pass for the Beavers.

Both teams head to the postseason.

The Gremlins (9-1) nabbed the top seed for the four-team Class 2A playoffs that will start in two weeks and will play Central Clarion. DuBois (5-5) will host University Prep of the City League (District 8) in the District 6-8-9 Sub-Regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Mansell Stadium starting at 7 p.m.


TYRONE, Pa. – Scoring 21 unanswered fourth-quarter point, Tyrone rallied past visiting St. Marys, 28-14.

The Eagles trailed 14-7 going the fourth quarter but got touchdowns runs of one yard and three yards from Kolton Miller to take a 21-14 lead midway through the final frame, and Brady Ronan capped off a 100-yard rushing performance with a 5-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play.

Ronan ran 24 times for 105 yards while catching two passes for 22 yards, while Miller ran four times for 17 yards.

St. Marys trailed 7-6 at halftime before going ahead by seven on a 2-yard Christian Coudriet touchdown run with 7:18 to play in the third quarter followed by a Coudriet to Carter Chadsey two-point conversion pass.

The same two players hooked up for the game’s opening touchdown as Coudriet hit Chadsey with a 74-yard strike that gave St. Marya 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

Tyrone answered with an 8-yard Ashton Walk to Ross Gampe pass with just two seconds left in the first half to take the 7-6 halftime lead.

Walk was 13 of 21 passing for 148 yards, the touchdown, and an interception with Gampe catching four passes for 68 yards.

Coudriet was 15 of 20 passing for 194 yards, the touchdown, and two interceptions. Chadsey had four catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.

St. Marys ends the regular season 8-2 and saw its eight-game win streak end. The Dutch will face Clearfield in the District 9 Class 3A title game at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Varischetti Field in DuBois.


WESTFIELD, Pa. – Thanks in part to touchdowns from Timothy Freeman and Tucker St. Peter, Cowanesque Valley shutout visiting Otto-Eldred, 20-0.

Freeman scored the only touchdowns the Indians would need on a 5-yard run in the first quarter. St. Peter caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

No other information was reported.

Otto-Eldred ends the season 3-7.

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