EMPORIUM, Pa. — It’s a second straight Thursday night game for the Union/A-C Valley Falcon Knights as they head north to play Cameron County in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Last week, the 5-1 Falcon Knights rallied from an 18-0 first-half deficit to beat previously unbeaten Keystone, 26-24. Whether they need the heroics again will determine how much a longer road trip affects them against the 4-2 Red Raiders.
Cameron County is coming off a 28-0 shutout loss to Smethport, which clinched the D9 League Small School North Division title. Prior to that for the Red Raiders, it was a two-game winning streak over Sheffield (54-2) and Elk County Catholic (32-18) after their first loss of the year in a 28-8 loss at Otto-Eldred.
The Falcon Knights beat Elk County Catholic (41-0) in one half of action, Otto-Eldred (42-0) and Sheffield (77-0).
Union/ACV averages 316 yards of offense per game. Running backs Mikey Card (57-521, 4 TDs) and Dawson Camper (36-362, 8 TDs), quarterback Bailey Crissman (34-for-82, 431 yards, 7 TDs, 5 Ints.; 33-166, 2 TDs rushing) and receivers Skyler Roxbury (11-174, 1 TD) and Caden Rainey (8-111, 2 TDs) lead the way.
Card ran for 97 yards last week while Roxbury came up with a huge interception return that gave the Falcon Knights the lead in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Card (37 tackles, 3 sacks) and Carter Terwint (33 tackles, 5 games) lead the unit. Roxbury is up to six interceptions.
The Red Raiders average 299 yards per game as quarterback Maddox Baughman (44-for-102, 737 yards, 8 TDs, 12 ints.), running backs Lathan Reed (67-535, 4 TDs rushing; 9-252, 3 TDs receiving) and Dylan Reider (47-245, 2 TDs), and receiver Dylan Baney (9-209, 4 TDs) lead the offense.