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Written by: Phil Myers on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
A couple of fantastic finishes to games occurred last week. First off, Union/AC Valley came from three scores down to give Keystone their first loss of 2021. The Falcon Knights staved off the Panthers’ two-point conversion try on a trick play with over four minutes to go and then thwarted Keystone’s desperation attempts in the waning moments to win 26-24. The Panthers’ Kyle Nellis returned the opening kick-off for a TD and had a pick 6 in the first quarter to help Keystone build that 18-point lead.
The other phenomenal finish found the Falcons of Coudersport scoring an amazing 24 points in the last 7 minutes of the 4th quarter to shock the Otto-Eldred Terrors 30-28. The final two touchdowns came from the defense when Xander Brown scored on a pick six and Gavin Ayers picked up a fumble and rambled 33 yards. It was a comeback that will be talked about for a long, long time in Coudersport. And one that can’t be forgotten soon enough in Duke Center.
Clearfield, state-ranked at #7 in AAA according to PFN, defeated Trinity a WPIAL 4A school 30-0 behind some excellent offensive and defensive line work. That was the third straight shut-out for the Bison defense. Clearfield is now the only unbeaten team in District 9.
The Clearfield defense waiting for the next play.
Central Clarion won their second game in a row by upsetting Ridgway 33-14. What was interesting about this game was the fact that the Wildcats survived turning the ball over 5 times!
Curwensville’s dynamic duo of Dan McGarry and Ty Terry set single season records for the Golden Tide. McGarry threw for 292 yards and a touchdown. He now possesses the record for most yards passing in one season with 1,694. Terry had 127 yards in receiving and a TD. Those receiving yards gives him the record for one season with 818. Those two should add significantly to their records as there are a few games left in the regular season and the Tide should make the playoffs too.
Leading the quarterbacks last week was Brayden Fox of Brockway who threw for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns. Right behind him was Christian Coudriet with 332 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score. Central Clarion’s Jase Ferguson pitched for 196 yards and 3 TDs plus another rushing, while Brookville’s Charlie Krug tossed for 262 yards and a TD. Krug also ran for a score. Oliver Billotte (Clearfield) had 162 yards and a score plus a rushing TD too. Bailey Crissman (Union/AC Valley) had 153 yards and 1 TD. Bret Wingard (Keystone) threw for 144 yards and a touchdown while running for 1 TD also. Noah Lent (Smethport) rushed for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns and had a TD passing to account for all of the Hubbers’ scores. Bradford’s Talen Reese had 150 yards throwing and a TD. Ricky Zampagna (Kane) threw for 180 yards and scored a couple of touchdowns via the run. Ridgway’s Jonathan Hinton passed for 169 yards and one TD. Finally, Bryson Bain of Redbank Valley had 152 yards and 2 scores passing.
Top running back performances were led by Punsxutawney’s Zeke Bennett who rushed for 249 yards and 4 touchdowns. Mikey Card (Union/AC Valley) had 101 yards and a TD. Central Clarion’s Breckin Rex rushed for 162 yards and had a pick six. Smethport’s Ryan Mason ran for 113 yards and Brockway’s Carter Hickman rushed for 123 yards and a TD. Karns City’s punishing ground game was led by Luke Garing and Jase Anderson as each scored twice. Anderson did have over 100 yards. The DuBois Beavers were led by Austin Henery and Braxton Adams. Henery had 130 yards and scored 3 times, while Adams had 98 yards and scored twice. Adams also caught a pass for a touchdown.
Wide receivers with over 100 yards receiving were Tyler Albright (Keystone), Christian Simko (Central Clarion), Charlie Coudriet (St. Marys), Noah Peterson (Brookville), Blake Pisarcik (Brockway), Alex Carlson (Brockway), and Jake Mullins (Curwensville). Simko had 2 TDs receiving. Albright, Peterson, Pisarcik, and Carlson had one TD receiving.
Big games with playoff seeding implications this week are the Karns City at Ridgway contest and the Keystone at Smethport match-up.
Top Five D-9 Teams after seven weeks:
HM: Brookville 5-2, Keystone 5-1, Ridgway 5-2, Union/AC Valley 5-1
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