KNOX, Pa. – Bret Wingard threw a pair of touchdowns, ran for a touchdown, and had a long interception return that set up a field goal in Keystone’s 24-6 win over visiting Brockway.
Both of Wingard’s touchdown passes went to Zander McHenry – one from 27 yards out and one from 10 yards away – and he ran in from two yards out while also returning an interception late in the first half from about his own 32-yard line to the 20-yard line of Brockway setting up a 26-yard Nick Cosper field goal as the half expired.
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Wingard finished the night 11 of 22 for 145 yards and the two scores while rushing 13 times for 13 yards. He was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game.
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McHenry, meanwhile, caught five passes for 83 yards and the two scores.
He started the scoring for the Panthers less than five minutes into the game when he hauled down the 27-yard toss from Wingard to give Keystone (3-0) a 7-0 lead.
Brockway was able to get on the board after a couple of fortuitous bounces in the second quarter.
A fumble by the Rovers Jalen Kosko turned into a big play for Brockway when Ian Keth was stripped of the ball on the return by Alex Carlson giving Brockway the ball at the Keystone 20-yard line.
A couple of plays later, it looked like Kosko had fumbled again with one official pointing in Keystone’s direction at the 2-yard line. But another official overruled him saying it was an incomplete pass.
On the next play, Carter Hickman scored from two yards out. Keystone blocked the extra point and held a 7-6 lead.
The Panthers then answered with a 10-yard pass from Wingard to McHenry on a fourth-down play to go up 14-6 with 2:46 to play before halftime.
With the clock under 30 seconds, Wingard then picked off a Fox pass at the Keystone 32 and returned it down the far sideline to the 20-yard line of Brockway. The Rovers were then called for a half-the-distance penalty giving Keystone the ball at the 10 which led to the Cosper field goal and a 17-6 halftime lead.
“I thought that was big, two go up two scores at halftime,” Keystone head coach Ryan Smith said.
Brockway suffered a blow midway through the third quarter when Fox, its freshman quarterback, hurt an ankle on a fourth-down sack forcing the Rovers to go to back-up QB Marek Hoyt, another freshman.
After that, Brockway’s offense stalled.
Keystone put the final nail in the coffin when Wingard scored on the 2-yard run with just over two minutes to play.
Before going out, Fox was 12 of 18 for 160 yards and two interceptions. Blake Pisarcik caught four passes for 71 yards with Kosko catching four for 68 and Matt Pyne three for 62.
Hoyt was 3 of 7 for 13 yards and an interception, while Hickman ran 17 times for 69 yards and the score.
Tyler Albright had two interceptions for Keystone.