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Splash Plays Help C-L Hand Coudersport First Loss
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Three splash plays helped Clarion-Limestone hand visiting Coudersport its first loss of the season, 34-22, while also exacting some revenge for a home playoff loss to the Falcons a year ago.
Relisten to the game:
(Photo of Austin Newcomb of C-L. Photo by Kyle Yates www.facebook.com/YatesPhoto)
Austin Newcomb returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, Ian Callen caught a 55-yard scoring pass from Colby Himes and Ayden Wiles recovered a fumble in the end zone late in the first half to help the Lions (3-1) to their second straight win.
The Lions led 34-6 until midway through the fourth quarter when Coudersport scored two long touchdowns to make the final score a bit closer.
Newcomb, last weeks’ D9Sports.com District 9 Player of the Week, had another big night taking the opening kickoff back for a score and also adding a 7-yard scoring run in the third quarter to push the lead to 34-6. He ran 30 times for 147 yards and was named C-L’s Hager Paving Player of the Game.
While Newcomb’s touchdown got the Lions off to a fast start, it was the Wiles fumble recovery in the end zone with two seconds to play that was the backbreaking play of the game.
Coudersport had just stopped the Lions for the second time in the first half inside the 5-yard line and had less than 30 seconds to work with and 97 yards to cover. But after an incomplete pass on first down, the Falcons (3-1) tried to run the ball out of the end zone. But C-L brought a ton of pressure, something they did all night long, and forced a fumble that Wiles was able to recover for a score that pushed the Lions lead to 28-6 at halftime.
C-L had led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter after the Newcomb return and a 55-yard Colby Himes to Ian Callen touchdown pass that saw the Coudersport’s defender slip leaving Callen wide open.
The Lions then looked like they were going to break the game open early in the second quarter when they had first-and-goal, but the Coudersport defense stiffened and then stopped the Lions when Himes had trouble handling a fourth-down shotgun snap dropping the C-L quarterback back at the 15-yard line.
The Falcons offense then responded with an 85-yard Hayden Keck to John Minor touchdown pass to cut the C-L lead to 14-6.
C-L, though, responded with a scoring drive on its next possession with Wiles finding the end zone on a 12-yard run.
After Newcomb put C-L up 34-6 with 2:38 left in the third quarter the game seemed over, but Coudersport scored two long touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make things a bit more interesting.
First Keck scored on a 78-yard run down the far sideline with 6:40 to play, and then Stephen Kelly returned a punt 71 yards for a score with 4:51 left to make it 34-22.
Coudersport tried a pooch kick after the Kelly score, but C-L recovered the ball. The Lions then ran off the remaining time thanks in part to a hard third-down run by Newcomb around midfield.
Wiles added 71 yards rushing on 18 carries with the two offensive touchdowns with Callen catching two passes for 84 yards.
Keck ran six times for 93 yards and the touchdown and was 2-for-5 passing for 93 yards and the score. Minor had both catches for the 93 yards and the touchdown.
Keck was named Coudersport’s Hager Paving Player of the Game.
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