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District Nine Playoff Class 2A Preview

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| November 9, 2022


Class 2A District 9 Final: Brookville Blue Raiders (6-5) vs. Central Clarion Wildcats (9-1) at Clarion University on Friday Nov. 11 at 7 P.M.

Central Clarion is the #1 seed and had a bye last week.  Brookville, the #3 seed, bested Karns City last week 31-7 to advance to the final.  In 2021 Brookville lost to Ridgway and Central Clarion lost to Karns City in the first round of the playoffs.

Brookville began the year 0-3 and after five weeks their record was 1-4.  They lost their first string QB to an injury the opening week when they got beat by Central Clarion 42-7.  The injury bug hit their 2nd quarterback half way through the season.  Give Coach Scott Park and his staff a lot of credit as they revamped the pass happy offense to more of an emphasis on the running game.  That turned things around for the Blue Raiders.  Since then, they are 5-1.  They moved wide receiver Noah Peterson to the quarterback position and started giving the ball a lot more to RB Jackson Zimmerman.  Peterson has completed 77% of his passes for 797 yards and 9 TDs in 6 games.  Zimmerman has rambled for 1,038 yards and 15 TDs.  WR Brayden Kunselman has grabbed 60 passes for 729 yards and 9 touchdowns.  Jack Knapp has 87 tackles to lead the Blue Raider defense.  Peterson has an amazing 9 picks and Kunselman is not far behind with 7.  Brookville has forced 39 turnovers in 11 games.

The Wildcats of C.C. can put up points faster than a pinball machine.  Led by their super soph quarterback, Jase Ferguson, Central Clarion’s offense is hard to stop.  Ferguson has thrown for 2,451 yards and 30 TDs.  The only drawback is his 15 interceptions.  His favorite target by far is Ashton Rex who has hauled down 56 passes for 1,413 yards and 12 TDs.  Dawson Smail has 26 snabs for 505 yards and 7 scores.  Connor Kopnitsky heads up the ground game with 561 yards and 8 TDs.  Ferguson likes to scramble at times as evidenced by his 448 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Ryan Hummell has brought down 117 opposing ball carriers for the Wildcat defense.  Central Clarion has forced 38 turnovers in 10 games with Ferguson leading the team in INTs with 5.  Hummell and Brady Quinn each have 4.  Dave Eggleton, Central Clarion’s head coach, almost guided the Wildcats to their first undefeated season, but Redbank Valley beat them the last game of the season.

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As mentioned, Central Clarion pounded Brookville the first game of the year, but Brookville is not the same team.  This game will be much closer.  Brookville’s path to victory is simple, keep the ball away from that Wildcat offense.  Control the ball and the clock.  When the Raider defense is on the field, they have to find a way to stop the Wildcats and winning the turnover battle will do the trick.  The key for Central Clarion is do what you did most of the year.  Score quick, get ahead, limit turnovers, and don’t let up.  The Wildcat ‘D’ will have to make some adjustments because this is not the same offense they saw in week one.  They may need a couple timely turnovers to help the cause.

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