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Written by: Phil Myers on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
A review of last week’s big single A game between two schools with only one loss, Redbank Valley defeated AC Valley 28-6. Neither offense really got it going as the defenses ruled the day, especially Redbank’s as they forced an unbelievable 9 turnovers. Ashton Kahle garnered 3 interceptions for the Bulldogs.
In the fantastic finish of the week, Ridgway jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Brookville and held it into the 4th quarter. Brookville scored twice in the last seven minutes, the second time with 40 seconds left on the clock. However, the Elkers blocked the extra point attempt and came away the 14-13 victor. Dom Allegretto was responsible for both of Ridgway’s scores, one by air and one by ground. Charlie Krug threw 2 TD passes for the Blue Raiders.
There were two upsets last week. The first one found Coudersport upending Smethport 6-0. That was only the Hubbers second loss of the year. The Falcons moved to .500 with the win at 4-4. Upon closer examination we find that Noah Lent, the do-everything quarterback for Smethport, sat the game out due to an injury suffered the week before against Keystone.
The other game was not as big of upset as the Coudersport-Smethport outcome. Central Clarion won their 4th in a row by dropping DuBois 21-10. The Beavers came in with 5 consecutive triumphs. Two key sequences during the contest had a huge impact on the outcome. The first came after the Beavers kicked a field goal with 38 seconds left in the 1st half. Central Clarion’s freshman QB Jase Ferguson ran 46 yards and then threw a 21-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining. The second came late in the third quarter when DuBois sacked Ferguson causing a fumble that the Beavers recovered inside the Wildcat 5. But on that play a defender for DuBois held a Wildcat receiver and thus Central Clarion kept the ball later scoring on that same drive to go ahead 21-10.
Central Clarion’s Jase Ferguson #1, Breckin Rex #20, and Christian Simko #5.
One of the top performers for the week was quarterback Oliver Billotte of Clearfield who just committed to Kent State as a defensive player by the way. Oliver threw for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns against Bellefonte. Karson Kline caught all 4 TD passes and had 231 receiving yards.
The young freshman quarterback from Brockway, Brayden Fox, hit a milestone last week. By throwing for 218 yards Brayden went over 2,200 yards for the season. He also threw 4 touchdowns to boot. Another freshman sensation, Jase Ferguson of Central Clarion had a nice night by tossing 3 TD passes and completing 14 of 19 passes for 236 yards.
Christian Coudriet of St. Marys had 257 yards passing and accounted for 4 touchdowns, 2 passing and 2 rushing. Kane’s Harley Morris aired it out for 208 yards and a couple of scores. He also ran for Kane’s other touchdown as the Wolves were beaten 43-19 by St. Marys, though it was close at halftime.
Curwensville’s QB, Dan McGarry tossed 3 touchdowns and ran for one. Wide receiver Christian Simko of Central Clarion caught 2 touchdown passes and had 146 receiving yards. Logan Darr of Kane had 135 yards receiving and scored twice. Logan Mosier of St. Marys snared 2 TD tosses and had 122 yards catching passes.
Punxsutawney running back, Zeke Bennett, rushed for over 200 yards and scored twice. Brockway’s Carter Hickman had 2 TDs on 105 yards running with the ball. Port Allegany had two 100-yard rushers in Blaine Moses (132 with 2 TDs) and Noah Archer (119 with a TD and another TD receiving). Curwensville’s Thad Butler had 179 yards via the ground game plus scored twice. Keystone’s Kyle Nellis reached the end zone 3 times running (156 yards on the ground for Kyle) and once receiving. Hunter App (Otto-Eldred) scooted for 166 yards and 2 scores. Finally, Elk County Catholic’s Noah Cherry ran for 109 yards, scoring once.
Two other notes were Karns City had 13 players rush the football against Bradford. Those 13 runners accumulated almost 400 yards. Brycen Dinfelt punted 3 times for DuBois, averaging about 48 yards a kick.
This week finds Central Clarion taking its 4-game winning streak to Clearfield to tangle with the unbeaten Bison, DuBois journeys to Karns City to play the one loss Gremlins, and Brookville travels down Route 28 to face the Brockway Rovers in what may be a high-scoring affair with footballs filling the air when Charlie Krug meets Brayden Fox.
Protime’s top five D-9 teams after eight weeks:
HM: Brookville 6-3, Central Clarion 4-4, Keystone 6-2, Ridgway 6-3, Union/AC Valley 6-2
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