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Written by: Phil Myers on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
Well, the regular season is suddenly over and the playoffs begin this week all across the state. In District 9 the feature game is the AAA championship contest Friday night in Brockway between the St. Marys Flying Dutchmen and the undefeated Bison of Clearfield who are ranked 7th in the state by PFN. St. Marys has been Honorable Mention for a few weeks in that same PFN poll. More on that game in Protimes D9 playoff preview article coming tomorrow.
2020 playoff pic – Clearfield (white) vs. St. Marys (blue).
There were no fantastic finishes or nail-biters last week, although you don’t often see a team score on their opening drive of the game and then hold on for a 6-0 win. That’s exactly what happened in the Port Allegany-Kane game. Port scored the first time they had possession and their defense made it stand.
Oliver Billotte of Clearfield had himself a game Friday by accounting for all 6 of Clearfield’s TDs when he ran for 4 touchdowns and threw for 2 more. The Kent State recruit (for defense) finished the game with 142 yards rushing and 139 passing. Bret Wingard, the signal caller for Keystone, passed and ran for a total of 235 yards combined, accounting for 4 TDs, 2 passing and 2 running. RBV’s Bryson Bain aired it out for 214 yards and 3 scoring throws. Christian Coudriet of St. Marys was a hair short of 200 yards passing in his team’s loss to Tyrone.
Charlie Krug of Brookville accounted for 4 scores by throwing 3 touchdown passes and scrambling 60 yards for another. He finished with 226 yards passing. His opponent that night was Brockway’s Brayden Fox. The fabulous freshman pitched the pigskin for 361 yards and 3 TDs in a losing effort. Brayden ends the 2021 campaign with almost 2,600 yards passing and 23 TD tosses. If the Rovers can make the playoffs the next 3 years and if Fox remains healthy, he would have a legitimate chance of breaking the state career passing yardage held by South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh of 11,084 yards.
Jayce Anderson and Luke Garing of Karns City led the vaunted Gremlin ground game against DuBois last Friday. Anderson ran for 173 yards and Garing scored 4 touchdowns. RB Thad Butler of Curwensville exploded for 255 yards and 3 scores as the Golden Tide downed West Branch last week. Cameron County’s Dylan Rieder ran for 172 yards, scoring twice. Ridgway had two nice performances in Dom Allegretto’s 131 yards rushing with 2 TDs and Camron Marciniak’s 3 TD night including a 90-yard kickoff return. Union/AC Valley also had a couple of worthy achievements in Mikey Card (122 rushing yards, 1 TD) and Dawson Camper (106 yards, 3 TDs).
Top wide receiver stats for the last week in October were Brockway’s Alex Carlson who caught 9 passes for 175 yards, Brockway’s Blake Pisarchik who caught 3 touchdown passes, Carter Chadsey of St. Marys who had 129 yards receiving and a TD, and Union/AC Valley’s Skyler Roxbury who had 108 receiving yards and a couple of TDs.
An interesting defensive note is that the Keystone Panthers have forced an amazing 32 turnovers (17 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries) in just 9 games played. Tyler Albright leads the team with 6 picks and Zander McHenry leads the Panthers in fumble recoveries with 3.
Protime’s top five D-9 teams after eight weeks:
HM: Brookville 7-3, Central Clarion 4-5, Keystone 7-2, Ridgway 7-3, Union/AC Valley 7-2
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