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Keystone’s Panthers Pounce Early and Often in Win Over Sheffield’s Wolverines

Written by: on Sunday, September 13th, 2020


On a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Wolverine Mountain in Sheffield, the visiting Keystone Panthers had their way offensively, defensively, and on special teams with the home team.  Pretty much scoring at will, the Panthers light up the scoreboard for 86 points while holding the Wolverines to the proverbial goose egg.

Winning coach Ryan Smith stated that the positive out takes from a game such as this were, “being in the right position to make plays on defense, covering their pass game and we did by knocking down some passes and the interceptions.  Offensively, the plays that we ran, we wanted to see that we executed them and got off the ball and block.”  Smith also said that his second and third team got a lot of playing time that they didn’t in their scrimmage and therefore he and his coaching staff were given a chance to really evaluate them.

Keystone scored 79 first half points which may be a District 9 record.  According to Pennsylvania high school historian Hal Wilson, Tamaqua scored over 100 back in 1919 for what is thought to be the state record.  The Panthers also scored 38 defensive points including four extra points after five touchdowns and two safeties.  The defensive scores were three pick sixes and two punt returns for TDs.  Keystone only gained 248 yards for the game, but the Panther defense limited Sheffield to a net total of -83 yards for the game and no first downs.

Sheffield’s coach, Chris Corbar, was disappointed and subdued after the game, but graciously answered questions.  His positive out take was that he got to see a bunch of young kids come together.  “My line is going to come together and we’re going to move the ball.  It’s just going to take a little time,” he added.  When asked if the attitude of his young Wolverines was still positive after the game he stated, “oh yeah, they’re going to let this one go and they’re going to move forward.”

Keystone hosts Union/A-C Valley (1-0) in what has become a bit of a rivalry game next Friday.  Sheffield travels down to Curwensville (0-1) next Friday.

Keystone   45   34   0   7  –  86

Sheffield     0     0    0    0  –   0


First Quarter:

9:30 – Zander McHenry (K) 30 yard punt return (Nick Cosper PAT)   7-0

8:30 – Nick Weaver (K) 8 yard run (Cosper PAT)   14-0

6:51 – Caleb Nellis (K) 7 yard run (Cosper PAT)   21-0

6:39 – Safety (K) Michael Milhalic (S) tackled in end zone   23-0

6:23 – Keenan Heeter (K) 35 yard pass from Bret Wingard (Cosper PAT)   30-0

4:12 – McHenry (K) 47 yard punt return (Cosper PAT)   37-0

0:50 – Weaver (K) 23 yard run (PAT no good)   43-0

0:40 – Safety (K) Milholic (S) tackled in end zone   45-0

Second Quarter:

11:47 – Peyton Means (K) 51 yard run (Cosper PAT)   52-0

9:10 – Kyle Nellis (K) 15 yard run (Cosper PAT)   59-0

9:01 – Cameron Easton (K) 22 yard interception return (Cosper PAT)   66-0

1:01 – Isiah Byers (K) 24 yard interception return (Cosper PAT)   73-0

0:40 – Gavin Blazosky (K) 25 yard interception return (PAT no good)   79-0

Third Quarter:

No scoring

Fourth Quarter:

7:04 – Steven Shetler (K) 10 yard run (Koby Buzard PAT)   86-0

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