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Oct. 9 D9 Football Recaps: C. Clarion Rallies from 20-Point Fourth Quarter Deficit, D9 1A Playoff Field Set

Cal German helped Central Clarion rally past Karns City Friday night. Check out more of Kirkland's work here.)

Oct. 9 football recaps.


KARNS CITY, Pa. – Central Clarion County rallied from a 20-point deficit heading the fourth quarter and stopped a Karns City 2-point conversion attempt on the game’s final play to pull out an improbable 43-41 road win.

The Wildcats (4-1) trailed 35-15 going the fourth quarter, but thanks in part to a pair of Gremlin turnovers took a 43-35 lead with just under a 1:30.

Karns City (3-2), though, drove 72 yards in 1:23 and got within two when Eric Booher hit Nathan Waltman with a 15-yard touchdown pass as time ran out. Waltman caught the ball at the 5-yard line in the middle of the field and just broke the plane of the goal line.


Needing a 2-point conversion to tie the game, the Gremlins handed the ball to Cole Coon. But Coon was met just shy of the goal line by Ryan Hummel with Hunter Craddock grabbing him from behind and Cutter Boggess also in on the tackle to preserve the win.

Central Clarion’s comeback started with a 12-yard Cal German to Christian Simko touchdown pass with 10:33 to play with Simko holding onto the ball despite a wicked hit from Kaden Schrerer.

On Karns City’s next possession, Jayce Anderson fumbled with Craddock recovering at the Gremlins 23-yard line. That led to a German to Ethan Burford touchdown pass with 9:04 left to pull the Wildcats within six, 35-29.

Following a Karns City punt, Clarion took a 36-35 lead when Breckin Rex took a handoff up the middle and sprinted 36 yards for a touchdown. Beau Verdill’s extra point gave Clarion the lead for the first time in the game.

The Wildcats looked like they had put the game away when Burford picked off a Booher pass and took it 45 yards to the house with 1:28 left to make it 43-35.


Things looked even bleaker for the Gremlins when Booher fumbled on the first snap after the touchdown recovering at his own 21-yard line.

But Booher regrouped and hit Nathan Waltman with an 18-yard pass and Micah Rupp with a 16-yard toss to set up a first down at the Central Clarion 45-yard line.

But a couple of incompletions and a sack saw Karns City facing a fourth-and-15 at midfield.

Booher, however, hit Gage Cowoski with a 20-yard pass to the 30-yard line with 12 seconds to play.

A pass interference on Central Clarion then moved the ball to the 15-yard line.

Two plays later, Booher hit Waltman with the scoring pass.

Karns City led 28-15 at halftime thanks to touchdowns runs by Scherer, Booher and Anderson and a Booher to Anderson touchdown pass. Anderson then scored again in the third quarter to give the Gremlins the 35-15 lead.

German hit Boggess and Simko with touchdown passes in the first half for Central Clarion.

Going 19 of 41 for 276 yards with four touchdowns, German went over the 4,000 yards in his career (4,094 yards). He also threw an interception.

Boggess caught eight passes for 108 yards and the score, Simko had four grabs for 67 yards and the two touchdowns and Burford had three for 50 yards and a score.


German also ran for 28 yards on five carries while Rex ran 11 times for 62 yards and the touchdown.

Coon ran nine times for 80 yards for Karns City, while Booher carried 17 times for 66 yards and Anderson nine times for 50 yards and the touchdown.

Anderson also caught one pass for 32 yards and a touchdown with Waltman catching three passes for 43 yards and the touchdown. Rupp had five catches for 61 yards.

Booher went 13 of 21 passing for 225 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.


KNOX, Pa. – Using a stout defense, Redbank Valley clinched a District 9 Class 1A playoff spot with a 26-0 win at Keystone.

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The Bulldogs (4-0) recorded their second shutout of the season by allowing just 205 yards of offense to the Panthers (3-2), who were eliminated from postseason play, and turning Keystone over four times – two interceptions and two fumbles.

One of those fumbles – forced by Aiden Ortz on a sack of Bret Wingard – turned into a 2-yard touchdown on the recovery by Joseph Mansfield that put Redbank Valley ahead 12-0 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.


Mansfield talked about the play and the win.

The ball looked like it may have been coming forward when it came loose, but the officials, who were in the thick of the action all night long, ruled it a fumble and a touchdown.

Redbank Valley then put the game away with a pair of touchdown passes from second-string quarterback Cam Wagner in a span of 2:04 early in the fourth quarter.

First, Wagner hit Chris Marshall with a 25-yard scoring pass to make it 20-0 with 9:38 left. Then, with 7:34 to play, Wagner found Dalton Bish with a 10-yard scoring pass to set the final score.

The Bulldogs had scored on the game’s first drive when Hudson Martz scored on a 3-yard run to cap an opening 80-yard drive that was mainly Ray Shreckengost.

Wagner was 2-for-4 for 35 yards and the two touchdowns in place of Gunner Mangiantini, who was 6 of 14 for 66 yards and an interception.

Shreckengost ran 12 times for 73 yards, and Bish had two catches for 28 yards.

Redbank Valley only had 202 yards on the night but started numerous drives in Keystone territory thanks to the defense and great Martz punting.

Nick Weaver paced Keystone with 14 carries for 78 yards, while Logan Sell caught two passes for 46 yards.

Mansfield was named the Jim Kellly Player of the Game Powered by the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg.


ROARING SPRING, Pa. – Three weeks before Halloween, Central-Martinsburg dug into its bag of tricks to beat Clearfield, 25-21.

The Dragons won the game on a 40-yard hook-and-ladder touchdown pass as Jeff Hoenstine threw a 4-yard toss to Josh Biesinger who then lateraled the ball to Parker Gregg who went the final 36 yards for the go-ahead score.

It was the second trick play touchdown of the game for Central-Martinsburg, which also scored on a 19-yard pass from Eli Lingenfelter to Devon Boyles. Lingenfelter had taken a backward pass from Hoenstine before tossing to Boyles for the score that gave the Dragons a 13-0 second-quarter lead.

Clearfield (2-1), though, took a 14-13 halftime thanks to a 34-yard Oliver Billotte touchdown run and a 10-yard Billotte to Jake Lezzer pass that came with just 28 seconds left before the break.

The Bison then made it 21-13 midway through the third quarter on a Mark McGonigle 2-yard touchdown run before Central got within two on a Hoenstine to Demetrious Harbaugh 59-yard scoring pass.

Then on the winning drive, the Dragons converted a fourth-and-14 when Hoenstine hit Hunter Smith with a 21-yard pass.

Hoenstine was 13 of 21 passing for 258 yards and the three scores and also intercepted a pass on defense.

Billotte was 16 of 27 passing for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 11 times for 55 yards and a score. Lezzer caught 10 passes for 176 yards and the touchdown.


DUBOIS, Pa. – Rueben Estrada’s 2-yard touchdown run with just 2.8 seconds on the clock lifted DuBois to a 19-16 win over Moniteau.

The Beavers (2-3) trailed in a tight game after Moniteau (1-4) took a 16-12 lead on a touchdown with 2:36 left in the game. DuBois led 12-10 at halftime.

Estrada scored his first of two 2-yard touchdowns in the first half right after a safety got the Beavers on the board. Moniteau scored first on Mason Mershimer’s 13-yard TD run. Each team traded field goals before halftime, David Stamm kicking a 20-yarder for Moniteau and Nick Graeca nailing a 34-yarder for the halftime lead.

The rest of the scoring came in the fourth as the Beavers rallied for the win. Estrada ran for 48 yards on 14 carries while Zach Henery finished with 90 yards on 18 attempts. Quarterback Cam-Ron Hays completed 9 of 19 passes for 128 yards.


HOOKSTOWN, Pa. – Caiden Rainey returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass to help visiting Union/A-C Valley to a 21-14 win at South Side Beaver.

Rainey caught two passes for 22 yards and the score, ran four times for eight yards, returned the punt for a score and made seven tackles on defense.

Kylar Culbertson also scored a rushing touchdown for the Falcon Knights and ran 11 times for 45 yards.

Tanner Merwin threw the touchdown pass to Rainey but was also picked off twice. He was 6 of 15 for 64 yards and also ran five times for eight yards.

Eli Penny led Union/A-CValley with 83 yards rushing on nine carries.

Carter Terwint paced the defense with eight tackles, including a pair for a loss, while Gaven Bowser and Karter Vogle each had six tackles.

The Falcon Knights improved to 4-1 with the win and clinched a District 9 Class 1A playoff spot thanks to Redbank Valley’s win over Keystone.


DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Coudersport secured a District 9 Class 1A playoff berth with a 43-14 win at Otto-Eldred.

Hayden Keck ran 16 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons (4-0), while Brandt Kightlinger also scored twice on the ground rushing 12 times for 96 yards.

Brandy Kightlinger had two touchdowns in Coudersport’s win Friday. (Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)

Also scoring on the ground twice for Coudersport (4-0) was Gavyn Ayers (8 carries, 72 yards).

Keck was also 2 of 5 passing for 21 yards with Dalton Keglovits catching both passes.

Cole Sebastian threw a pair of touchdown passes for Otto-Eldred (1-2) and was 23 of 37 for 268 yards but also threw three interceptions. He surpassed the 5,000-yard passing mark and now has 5,066 career yards.

Jake Merry had seven catches for 138 yards and a score for the Terrors while Ethan Smith caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Cole Sebastian went over 5,000 yards passing in Otto-Eldred’s loss to Coudersport Friday night(Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)


BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Staying unbeaten, Brookville turned three of Punxsutawney’s four turnovers into touchdowns in a 49-14 win on Homecoming and retained the Route 36 Trophy.

The Raiders (5-0) also got another strong night from Jack Krug, who threw for four touchdowns to improve his career total to 99. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 251 yards and an interception.

Krug combined with four different receivers for touchdowns, and Kyle MacBeth and Robert Keth finished two TDs apiece. Krug hit MacBeth on a 63-yard and MacBeth also intercepted two passes and returned one of them 49 yards for a score. MacBeth caught four passes for 108 yards. Keth scored on a 2-yard run and caught a 5-yard TD pass with 17.1 seconds left in the first half that put the Raiders up 42-7.

Krug also connected with Ryan Daisley for a 20-yarder and his freshman brother Charlie Krug for a 23-yarder. The two nearly hooked up for what would’ve been Krug’s 100th career TD pass, but his brother was tackled at the 1 and Nathan Taylor completed the Raiders’ scoring with a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

Punxsutawney (0-5) lost its 21st straight game. Seth Moore threw a 4-yard TD pass to Alex Phillips and Kameron Falgout scored on a 12-yard run. Zeke Bennett ran for 45 yards on 13 carries.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Tanner Morelli’s 22-yard touchdown reception on fourth down late in the fourth quarter helped Brockway rally to defeat Curwensville, 19-14.

Trailing 14-13 entering the fourth, the Rovers (2-3) found themselves in a fourth-and-8 deficit at the Tide’s 22-yard line before quarterback Conner Ford found a wide-open Morelli in the end zone for a touchdown pass.

Ford was the workhorse for the Rovers, totaling 236 yards on offense including 12-of-16 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 22 times for 78 yards.

Conner Ford had a big night for Brockway in the win over Curwensville (Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)

The Tide (0-4) took an early 7-0 lead after a 3-yard touchdown run by Chase Irwin to cap off a 10 play, 63-yard drive.

The Rovers responded and tied the game 7-7 after going 80 yards on seven plays that saw Conner Ryckman punch in an 18-yard touchdown run.

Ryckman led the Rovers ground game with 10 carries for 83 yards and a score.

Thad Butler had the longest play of the game early in the second quarter with a 70-yard score to put the Tide up 14-7 that would stick through halftime.

The Rovers got within one point after Austin Schmader took a screen pass 69 yards. A bad snap on the PAT and a failed conversion helped the Tide maintain a 14-13 lead with 3:43 left in the 3rd quarter.

Morelli’s score in the fourth quarter sealed the deal and finished off a 12 play, 76-yard drive to make it 19-14 with 6:55 left.

Dan McGarry went 18-for-29 with 135 yards to pace the Tide Offense. Ty Terry led the receivers with six receptions for 62 yards while Butler caught six for 33 yards.


SMETHPORT, Pa. – Noah Lent ran for a touchdown and threw three touchdowns, as Smethport clinched a District 9 Class 1A playoff berth with a 46-0 win over visiting Cameron County.

Lent ran 13 times for 150 yards and scored on a 20-yard run in the third quarter and also went 3 of 5 passing for 64 yards with a pair of scoring passes to Ryli Burritt (7 yards and 32 yards) and one to Braedon Johnson (25 yards).

Ryli Burritt of Smethport hauls down a touchdown pass Friday night(Photo by Barb Davis. See more of Davis’ work here)

Johnson also scored on an 18-yard run, while Burritt had three touchdowns scoring on a 40-yard interception return. Lucas Fowler also scored on a 21-yard run for the Hubbers (4-0).

Johnson ran 12 times for 64 yards and the score and had the one catch for 25 yards. Burritt caught two passes for 39 yards.

Smethport’s defense limited Cameron County to 20 yards of total offense with Burritt picking off two passes and Travis Cooney coming away with nine tackles, four for a loss, and a fumble recovery.

Dylan Rieder had a team-best eight tackles for the Red Raiders (0-3), while Eyan Smith made six tackles, including a sack, and two tackles for a loss.


JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Two weeks after beating Bradford by 31 points, Ridgway held off a strong push by the visiting Owls to pull out a 28-21 win in Johnsonburg.

On Sept. 25 in Bradford, the Elkers rolled to a 45-14 victory.

But this time around the Owls (0-4) led 14-13 at halftime before two straight Ridgway touchdowns in the second half gave the Elkers control of the game.

Dominic Cherry scored on a 21-yard run after a short punt to give Ridgway (4-0) the lead for good, and then Dominick Allegretto returned a punt 50 yards for a score to make it 28-14.

Bradford got back within a touchdown on a 6-yard Austen Davis to Dalton Dixon touchdown pass with six minutes to play but couldn’t get the game tied.

Ben Briggs was 5 of 13 passing for 61 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Ridgway with Eric Salberg running seven times for 52 yards and a touchdown and catching three for 23. Alex Bonn had the touchdown catch for the Elkers from 22 yards out for his only reception.

David was 13 of 38 for 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception and also ran 14 times for 89 yards and a score. Dixon had eight grabs for 111 yards and the touchdown for the Owls as well.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Putting up 35 points in the second half, St. Marys pulled away from Kane for a 59-27 win.

The Dutch (4-0) led 24-14 at halftime before starting their second-half onslaught with four straight touchdowns. Quarterback Christian Coudriet threw for four touchdowns and ran for one to lead the way. He hooked up with four different receivers — Jacob Kline, Michael Fitzgerald, Mitchell Reiter and Carter Chadsey — while scoring on a run as well.

Chadsey caught another TD pass from Charlie Coudriet late in the game. Kline and James Davis added scoring runs while Vinicius Nunes kicked a 38-yard field goal.

Kane (1-3) returned a fumble for a touchdown. Harley Morris and quarterback Zuke Smith also scored on runs for the Wolves.

Christian Coudriet was 21 of 30 passing for 273 yards while rushing three times for seven yards.

Seven different receivers caught passes for the Dutch pace by Reiter with six catches for 66 yards. Three different receivers each had four catches apiece including Chadsey (47 yards), Bryce Walker (54 yards) and Kline (35 yards). Kline also ran for 53 yards on nine carries with Davis carrying twice for 18 yards.



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