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Sept. 3, 2021 D9 Football: Long, Late Pass Leads Keystone Past Port Allegany; ECC Defense Stops Late 2-Point Play for Win

Kyle Nellis (No. 22) and Bret Wingard (holing the ball) connected on a late 82-yard touchdown pass to push Keystone past Port Allegany. Photo by Shelly Atzeni. Check out more of Atzeni's work here

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Kyle Nellis caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from Bret Wingard with 2:21 to play, as visiting Keystone rallied past Port Allegany, 36-30.

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The Panthers (2-0) were down 30-28 and had the ball at their own 18-yard when Wingard tossed about a 20-yard pass to a wide open Nellis over the middle. Nellis was then able to high step out of a would-be tackle by a Port Allegany defender at the Gators’ 38-yard line and cruised to the end zone from there for what turned out to be the winning touchdown.

Port Allegany’s ensuing drive was stopped after just one play when Zander McHenry tipped a Drew Evens pass that was picked off by Tyler Albright to all but seal the victory.

Nellis’s long touchdown catch was the fifth scoring play of at least 50 yards in the game – two by Keystone and three by Port Allegany – and marked the fifth lead change of the second half.

The Gators (1-1) had taken the 30-28 lead on the opening play of the fourth quarter when Noah Archer broke into the clear for a 53-yard touchdown run and Blaine Moses ran in the 2-point conversion.

It was the third lead of the game for Port Allegany, which led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter only to watch Keystone tie the game at 14 at halftime.

The Panthers then took their first lead, 20-14, 2:26 into the second half on a 1-yard Wingard run.

Port Allegany answered back with a 38-yard Drew Evens to Archer scoring pass with the two hooking up on the 2-point conversion play as well to give the Gators a 22-20 lead just under two minutes later.

Keystone answered late in the third quarter on another Wingard 1-yard run, and Wingard hit Steve Shetler for the 2-point conversion to put the Panthers ahead, 28-22.

Port Allegany wasted little time at the start of the game going ahead scoring 1:58 into the contest on a 55-yard Archer run to go up 6-0.

The Gators then made it 14-0 when Evens hit Archer with a 58-yard pass and then hit AJ Wiley with the 2-point conversion with 2:55 left in the opening quarter.

Keystone answered in the second quarter with a 13-yard Wingard and Zander McHenry scoring pass and a 97-yard Nellis run. On the 97-yard run, Nellis side stepped a tackle at the five and then broke a tackle just inside the 10 before being off to the races.

Port Allegany outgained Keystone 443 yards to 292, including 235 to 157 on the ground, but turned the ball over five times, including four interceptions.

Nellis led Keystone rushing for 152 yards and the touchdown on 14 carries while catching the one pass for 82 yards and the score.

Wingard was 6 of 16 for 135 yards passing and two touchdowns while throwing an interception and scoring the two short rushing touchdowns.

McHenry picked off a pair of passes to go with his touchdown catch, while Ian Keth and Tyler Albright each had a pair of picks as well.

Archer accounted for 303 total yards of offense for Port Allegany rushing 19 times for 192 yards and the two touchdowns while catching four passes for 111 yards and two scores. He added 7 ½ tackles.

Evens was 12 of 28 passing for 208 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Moses added 48 yards on the ground for the Gators and made eight tackles.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – The Elk County Catholic defense stopped Gavin Ayers on a 2-point conversion run with 1:33 to play, as the Crusaders held on to beat Coudersport, 13-12, at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys.

Ayers had scored on a 2-yard run moments earlier, and the Falcons went for the win only to come up short.

ECC trailed 6-0 until late in the second quarter before scoring two touchdowns in a span of 46 seconds sandwiched between halftime to take a 13-6 lead.

With 30 seconds left in the first half, Ben Reynolds scored on a 3-yard run that coupled with Nick Cherry’s extra point gave ECC (2-0) a 7-6 halftime lead.

Then, 14 seconds into the second half, Reynolds caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Ben Paul to put the Crusaders ahead 13-6.

Coudersport (0-2) took a 6-0 lead on a Dylan Kelly 1-yard run midway through the first quarter.

Neither team’s offense got much going with Coudersport outgaining ECC 286-159.

Ayers ran 21 times for 105 yards and the touchdown and was 1-for-8 for 48 yards and an interception.

Xander Brown added 62 yards on the ground on 12 carries, and Kelly had 43 on 16 totes with the touchdown.

Reynolds accounted for 87 of ECC’s yards rushing 14 times for 34 yards and the touchdown and catching one pass for 52 yards and the score.

Paul was 4 of 9 for 94 yards and the touchdown.

Joe Tettis had the interception for ECC.


EMPORIUM, Pa. – Cameron County is 2-0 for the first time in 12 years thanks to a 22-20 win over visiting Bucktail.

Trailing 12-8 late in the third quarter, the Red Raiders scored the next 14 points to take control of the game.

A 6-yard Maddox Baughman to Layton Reed touchdown pass gave Cameron County a 16-12 lead heading to the fourth quarter before Reed scored on an 11-yard run in the final quarter to make it 22-12.

Bucktail (0-2) got a late touchdown on a 26-yard Dylan Cross to Brody Pentz pass to set the final score.

Cameron County led 8-0 at halftime thanks to a 36-yard Baughman to Dylan Baney touchdown pass before Bucktail scored twice in the third quarter to take the lead.

First, Cross hit Zack Pick with a 26-yard scoring pass to get the Bucks within two, 8-6, before Conner Mason ran in from 5 yards out to give Bucktail the 12-8 lead.

Baughman was 10 of 19 for 142 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, while Reed ran 15 times for 68 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 33 yards and a score.

Baney had two catches for 45 yards and the score, while Dylan Rieder had three catches for 47 yards and ran five times for 22 yards.

Baney also had 7 ½ tackles and a half of a sack on defense as did Jameson Britton

Cross was 8 of 16 for 121 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 18 times for 87 yards.

Pick caught four passes for 54 yards and a score.

Cameron County is 2-0 for the first time since starting the 2009 season 9-0.


DUBOIS, Pa. – Charlie Krug tossed three touchdown passes as Brookville topped DuBois, 21-7, at E.J. Mansell Stadium Friday night.

Krug hooked up with Brayden Kunselman for two long TDs in the first half of 63 and 93 yards while hitting Noah Peterson for a 21-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Austin Mitchell’s short TD pass to Cadin Delaney in the first half accounted for the Beavers’ lone points.


HYDE, Pa. – Oliver Billotte threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown to help Clearfield to a 21-0 win over visiting Bald Eagle Area.

Billotte was 11 of 20 passing for 110 yards, the score, and an interception while rushing 10 times for 41 yards and the touchdown.

Mark McGonigal added 11 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Nate Natoli had six catches for 90 yards and a score.

All the scoring came in the first half, and the Bison defense recorded its first home shutout since beating Bishop Carroll, 49-0, Oct. 26, 2019.


FOXBURG, Pa. – Dawson “Scamper” Camper scored four touchdowns to lead Union/A-C Valley to a 77-0 win over visiting Sheffield at A-C Valley.

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The Falcons Knights (1-1) led 57-0 at halftime thanks in part to the four Camper touchdowns.

He scored on runs of 3, 28, and 4 yards and caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Bailey Crissman.

Camper finished the night carrying the ball four times for 44 yards while catching the one pass for 32 yards. He also was all over the field on defense and recovered a fumble while partially blocking a punt.

Camper, who was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game, talked about the win.

Zac Cooper and Brody Dittman also scored twice of Union/A-C Valley with Cooper scoring on an 11-yard pass from Crissman and on a 16-yard run and Dittman scoring on runs of 17 and 41 yards.

Dittman ran three times for 41 yards and was 0-for-2 passing with an interception.

Crissman was 4 of 6 passing – he completed his last four passes- for 107 yards and three touchdowns – he also threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Skyler Roxbury – while running three times for 29 yards.

Mike Card led the Falcon Knights with eight carries for 107 yards and a touchdown scoring on a 70-yard run.

Also scoring for Union/A-C Valley was Trey Fleming on a 49-yard run, and the Falcons Knights defense recorded a safety.

Union/A-C Valley outgained Sheffield 486 yards to 13 yards with Malique Outland going 2-for-4 passing for 29 yards and an interception while rushing eight times for six yards.

Cooper Traister ran four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards with Dylan Hardwick catching one pass for 16 yards.

The game had a pair of scary moments when both Traister and Colby Barr had to be taken off the field on stretchers and transported to Clarion Hospital after suffering second-half injuries. But head coach Mike Barr, Colby’s dad, reported both players were out of the hospital Friday night and should be ok in the long run.


NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bryson Bain threw for 249 yards and five touchdowns to lead Redbank Valley to a 59-6 rout of visiting Otto-Eldred Friday night.

Bain completed 11 of 15 passes and connected with Chris Marshall for three TDs covering 8, 60, and 36 yards. Marshall caught five passes for 114 yards. Bain also tossed a 56-yard TD pass to Marquese Gardlock to start the game’s scoring. Gardlock caught four passes for 112 yards.

Bain’s other TD pass went to Tate Minich covering seven yards.

Redbank Valley led 32-0 at halftime and 45-0 before the Terrors scored their lone points on Ryan Love’s 6-yard run.

Drew Byers ran for 120 yards on eight carries, all in the second half for the Bulldogs, and scored on runs of 39 and 30 yards in the fourth quarter.

Hunter App ran for 43 yards on 10 carries to lead the Terrors while Love gained 33 yards on eight attempts. Quarterback Gavin Jimerson was 6-for-17 for 58 yards.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Christian Coudriet threw three touchdown passes to lead visiting St. Marya to a 30-19 win over Bradford.

Coudriet was 26 of 34 passing for 192 yards while also throwing an interception.

But it was the interception that wasn’t that was the turning point in the game.

With St. Marys up 22-19, Elijah Fitton picked off a Coudriet pass and returned it to the St. Marys 5-yard line. But a roughing the passer call negated the interception, and a couple of drives later Justin Dornish gave the Dutch (1-1) a two-score lead with a touchdown run.

Fitton was strong at quarterback going 26 of 43 for 362 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Both scoring passes went to Jerid Wilmuth, who had 110 yards receiving.

Dalton Dixon caught eight passes for 198 yards including a touchdown pass from Talon Reese on Reese’s only pass of the night.


RIDGWAY, Pa. – Behind four Domenic Allegretto touchdowns Ridgway moved to a 2-0 on the season with a 42-6 win over Kane.

Allegretto scored in three different ways catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Larkin, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a score, and rushing for scores of 23 and three yards.

Camron Marciniak added a pair of scoring runs for the Elkers catching a 19-yard pass from Larkin and scoring on a 65-yard run.


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Five different Karns City players scored touchdowns to lead the visiting Gremlins to a 42-8 win over Punxsutawney.

Zach Blair had a pair of scores for the Gremlins (2-0) scoring on a 32-yard run and a 9-yard run in the first half to help Karns City to a 28-0 halftime lead. Blair ran just twice for 41 yards and the two scores.

Jayce Anderson led Karns City with seven carries for 122 yards, including a 42-yard scoring run to close out the scoring, while Luke Garing had five carries for 23 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 13 yards.

Luke Cramer also scored on the ground for the Gremlins, while Zach Kelly returned a fumble on a kickoff 32 yards for a score,

Noah Weaver scored the lone Punxsutawney touchdown on a 6-yard run. Weaver was 11 of 17 passing for 87 yards and ran six times for 13 yards.

Zeke Bennett led the Chucks (0-1) with 22 carries for 45 yards, while Gabe Kengersky had seven catches for 57 yards.

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