CLARION. Pa. – Scoring at least 70 points for the fourth time in eight games, Central Clarion secured its second consecutive District 9 Football League Region 1 crown with a 70-0 plastering of DuBois at Wiser Field in Clarion.
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The Wildcats (8-0, 6-0 R1) wasted no time making quick work of the Beavers (3-5, 3-3) scoring 28 first-quarter points and 35 points in the game’s first 13:05.
Most of those tallies came thanks to the right arm of Jase Ferguson, who went 15 of 19 passing for 282 yards and five touchdowns while adding a rushing touchdown (6 carries, 54 yards) and intercepting two passes on defense.
Ferguson, who has now thrown 33 TDs to just two interceptions while rushing for four more TDs and intercepting three balls on the season, was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about the win on the Cole Orthodontic Associates Postgame Interview with Larry Wiser.
Four of Ferguson’s touchdown passes went to Dawson Smail, who caught seven balls for 166 yards. Smail had touchdown catches of 35, 21, 28, and 33 yards.
The other scoring toss was a 9-yard pass to Mason Burford, who did a nice job in the back of the end zone to keep his feet in bounds.
The Wildcats also got touchdown runs from Noah Harrison (37 yards), Noah Nasser (5 yards), Ehtan Rex (7 yards), and Charlie Hepfl (4 yards).
DuBois had trouble getting anything going but was led by Garret Nissel, who ran 13 times for 37 yards.
It was a tough night for QB Landon Shrock, who was 2 of 15 passing for 13 yards and four interceptions before being replaced just before halftime by Samson Deeb, who went 1 of 3 for 5 yards.
BROOKVILLE 44, KARNS CITY 14
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Charlie Krug threw for three touchdowns and ran for two scores to lead Brookville to a 44-14 win over Karns City.
Krug completed 13 of 19 passes for 235 yards and hit his sophomore brother Sam for TDs of 50 and 20 yards, and Jack Pete on a 66-yarder.
Krug’s scoring strikes to Pete and the second to Sam Krug for 20 yards was part of the Raiders’ run of 37 straight points after trailing 14-7 with 7:27 left in the second quarter.
Charlie Krug’s first TD run of 3 yards put the Raiders (6-2, 5-1 R1) up just over two minutes into the second quarter before Zach Kelly returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders (6-2) fumbled the Karns City kickoff and the Gremlins (3-5) cashed in on Luke Cramer’s 6-yard TD run for the 14-7 lead.
From there, the Raiders scored the rest of the points. The Krugs’ 50-yard combo TD and Pete’s 77-yard interception return for a score and a 20-14 halftime lead. Charlie Krug’s 6-yard run and his 66-yard TD pass to Pete, the second Krug TD combo, and a Steven Plyler 27-yard field goal capped the Raiders’ scoring.
Charlie Krug rushed for 63 yards on 10 attempts. Sam Krug caught seven passes for 116 yards and Pete caught four passes for 112 yards.
Cramer rushed for 48 yards on nine carries for Karns City (3-5, 2-4).
ST. MARYS 28, BRADFORD 20
ST. MARYS, Pa. – A late defensive stand helped St. Marys hold off visiting Bradford, 28-20.
With the Dutch clinging to the eight-point lead, Bradford drove inside the 30-yard line where it faced a third-and-10 from the Dutch 26 with just over 10 seconds to play.
Talan Reese threw a pass to the end zone that Jackson Volmer broke up at the last second setting up a fourth-and-the game. An offside penalty on St. Marys moved the ball to the 21-yard line, but on Reese’s short fourth-down pass there seemed to be some miscommunication between the Bradford QB and receiver with the pass following nowhere near a receiver.
St. Marys led 22-20 at halftime and pushed the lead to eight in the second half on a 75-yard Matt Davis touchdown run.
Davis had a huge night for St. Marys rushing 28 times for 320 yards and two touchdowns while making seven tackles, including one for a loss, on defense.
Ben Reynolds and Ben Paul also each scored the Dutch (4-4, 2-4 R1) with Reynolds rushing seven times for 49 yards and Paul catching one pass for 35 yards on a trick-play pass from Lucas Bauer. .
Bradford’s touchdowns came on a 48-yard Reese to Matthew Perry pass, a 2-yard run by Reese – one play after a 93-yard pass to Perry, and a 36-yard Hail Mary to Jake Franz from Reese with a ½ second left in the first half.
Mason Sheely led St. Marys on defense with 12 tackles, including four sacks, while Nadon Cook had 11 tackles, and Johnny Bandy had six tackles and two sacks. The Dutch had six sacks in the game.
The Owls fell to 3-5 overall and 1-5 in league play.
RICHLAND 35, CLEARFIELD 28
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A furious fourth-quarter rally by visiting Clearfield came up just short, as unbeaten Richland handed the Bison a 35-28 loss.
Clearfield (6-2 overall, 6-2 LHAC) trailed 28-7 early in the fourth quarter before scoring two straight touchdowns to get back within seven, 28-21.
The Rams then extended the lead back to 14, 35-21, before another Bison touchdown set the final score.
Richland (8-0) built a 21-7 halftime lead thanks to an Ehtan Janidlo blocked punt that he picked up and scored on, and touchdowns from Evan McCracken (3-yard run) and Austin Yanick (15-yard pass from Dom Shank).
The score remained that way until the first play of the fourth quarter when Shank scored on a 4-yard run to make it 28-7.
Clearfield didn’t die and roll over.
A 67-yard pick-six by Carter Freeland turned the momentum to the Bison, and when Freeland caught a touchdown pass from Will Domico the Bison were all of a sudden within a touchdown with plenty of time left to play.
McCracken put Richland back up 14 with a 68-yard touchdown run before Domico hit Brady Collins with a scoring pass to make it 35-28.
Clearfield then recovered a fumble near midfield late in the game, but Richland’s defense made a stand to preserve the win.
Collins scored twice for Clearfield also finding the end zone on a 20-yard run for the game’s first points. He ran seven times for 38 yards.
Domico was 11 of 28 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns with Freeland catching seven passes for 88 yards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY 49, MONITEAU 6
WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Landon Martz ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns to help Punxsutawney blow past homestanding Moniteau, 49-6.
Martz scored on first-half runs of 22, 26, and 3 yards to help the Chucks (6-2, 5-1 R1) take a 36-0 halftime lead.
Maddox Hetrick also threw a touchdown pass for Punxsutawney while going 11 of 16 passing for 176 yards with an interception. His scoring pass was a 22-yard toss to Beau Thomas, who also scored on a 1-yard run.
Thomas caught three passes for 42 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.
Logan Moore started the scoring for the Chucks when he returned the opening kickoff 69 yards for a touchdown, while Jaden Greenblatt caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kolton Koppenhaver in the fourth quarter.
Kopenhaver was 3-for-3 for 42 yards.
Noah Weaver also hauled in five catches for 89 yards for Punxsutawney.
Brendin Sankey scored Moniteau’s lone touchdown on a 30-yard run late in the contest.