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Injury to St. Marys’ Player Overshadows Clarion’s Fifth Straight Win; Brookville Beats KC in Double OT

Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

Ethan Burford Clarion BakaysaSTRATTANVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – In a game that was called with just under 8:44 to play due to an injury that required a St. Marys’ player to be life-flighted from Clarion-Limestone, Clarion beat the visiting Dutch 49-14.

(Photo of Clarion’s Ethan Burford who had three touchdown catches in the Bobcats win Friday. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)

St. Marys’ Connor Straub was injured on a kickoff by the Dutch following a 33-yard Christian Coudriet to Logan Mosier touchdown pass with 8:44 left.

With no ambulance on site, the game was delayed a considerable amount of time as Straub was attended too, and eventually, the schools decided with the Mercy Rule running that it was in the best interest to end the game at that point. Straub was eventually taken to an unknown hospital by helicopter. There is no word on his condition.

Prior to the injury, it was a game that was dominated by offenses with Clarion (5-0) outgaining St. Marys (3-2) 496 yards to 355 including 296 to 67 on the ground.

Ethan Burford caught three touchdown passes from Cal German, who threw four total touchdowns, and Austin Newcomb added a rushing touchdown and returned an interception 95 yards for a score to lead the Bobcats.

Burford caught four passes for 90 yards including touchdown catches of 35, 34 and 4 yards all in the first half to help Clarion to a 42-7 halftime lead.

Newcomb ran 16 times for 164 yards including a 5-yard scoring run while catching three passes for 89 yards and picking off two passes on defense, and German was 9 of 13 passing for 200 yards and the four scores while also throwing an interception. He also tossed a 7-yard scoring pass to Hunter Craddock. German added an interception on defense as well.

Cutter Boggess added seven carries for 73 yards for Clarion with Colton Zacherl gaining 67 yards on eight totes.

Coudriet was 13 of 28 passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing three interceptions. He also hit Michael Fitzgerald with a 58-yard scoring pass in the first quarter that gave the Dutch a brief 7-6 lead.

Fitzgerald caught four passes for 110 yards while Terry Williams added two grabs for 49 yards and Jacon Kine two for 70.

Jacob Kline ran 13 times for 122 yards but sacks and other negative rushes kept St. Marys to just a total of 67 yards on the ground.


KARNS CITY, Pa. – Ian Thrush stopped Hunter Rowe just shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion pass in the second overtime to help Brookville hang on to beat Karns City, 42-41, at Karns City.

With Brookville (4-1) leading 42-35 in the second overtime following a 15-yard Robert Keth to Thrush touchdown pass, Anthony Kamenski got Karns City (3-2) within a point on a 7-yard scoring run. The Gremlins then elected to go for the win despite Owen Collwell being 5-for-5 on extra points in the game.

The Gremlins then ran a bootleg with Kamenski to the right and the senior quarterback threw back to the left where it appeared Rowe was wide open and had a chance to score before Thrush somehow, someway caught him from behind just before the goal line.

Thrush started the play as if he was going to blitz from the left but then dropped into coverage in the middle of the field before taking off on a sprint toward Rowe when the ball went in the air. Showing the speed that helped him win both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the 2019 District 9 Class 2A track and field championships in meet-record time, the senior tracked Rowe and stopped him just before he got the end zone.

Watch Thrush’s game-saving tackle.

It was the Raiders first regular-season win in Karns City since 1972 and their first win at Karns City for Brookville since the 1998 playoffs, which also occurred in overtime.

It was fitting Thrush made the game-save tackle, as the wide receiver on offense was a big reason Brookville won the game. He caught 12 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns including both of the Raiders overtime scores.

His 15-yard catch on a throw from Robert Keth in the second overtime after Brookville was called for delay of game on third-and-goal gave Brookville a 42-35 lead.

The game went to overtime tied at 28 after Brookville scored on a 2-yard Keth run with just 23 seconds to play in regulation ending a 60-yard drive for the Raiders with the big play being a third-and-10 pass from Keth to Thrush for 45 yards to the Karns City 15-yard line. Then on fourth-and-10 at the 15, Keth throws a screen pass to Cole Labenne who got to the 1-yard line. On the next play, Labenne was dropped for a yard loss before Keth scored on the next play. Donavan Hoffman’s extra point tied the game after a nice hold by Kyle MacBeth.

Karns City had taken a 28-21 lead on a 5-yard Luke Garing run with just 1:53 to play. Garing ran 15 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns.

Brookville won the toss in overtime and elected to play defense, but Kamenski scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal to give the Gremlins a 35-28 lead.

The Raiders answered right back on its first play of the first overtime when Keth hit Thrush with a 10-yard scoring pass. Hoffman again nailed the critical extra point.

The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout with Brookville taking a 14-7 halftime lead only to watch Karns City scored the first two touchdowns of the second half to go ahead 21-14.

A 74-yard Keth to Thrush touchdown pass tied the game at 21 late in the third quarter.

Keth, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Jack Krug (ankle), was 19 of 28 passing for 345 yards and the five touchdowns. He added the rushing touchdown.

Brookville couldn’t run the ball rushing 14 times for negative 15 yards.

Karns City, on the other hand, ran 64 times for 349 yards led by 27 carried for 155 yards by Kamenski, who scored twice in the overtime sessions. Rowe added 17 carries for 52 yards and a score.

The Gremlins ran 70 plays in the game to Brookville’s 42 but only outgained the Raiders 368 to 330.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Mason Mershimer scored twice on the ground to help Moniteau to its first victory of the season, 28-0 at Bradford.

Mershimer scored on runs of 20 and 1 yard and ran 12 times for 60 yards for the 1-4 Warriors.

J.D. Dessicino had a big game for Moniteau on the ground carrying the ball 23 times for 155 yards including the game-opening 14-yard scoring run.

Nick Martino also added a 5-yard touchdown run for Moniteau.

Bradford (0-5) continued to struggle on offense gaining just 13 total yards including 12 on the ground despite changing quarterbacks with Doug Hannon, a senior, replacing Cody Nuzzo at the QB with Nuzzo moving to wide receiver. Hannon was 5 of 20 for 1 yard and two interceptions. Derek Sunafrank led the Owls with nine carries for 12 yards.


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Despite not scoring until midway through the second quarter, visiting Kane stayed unbeaten with a 35-0 win at Punxsutawney.

With the game tied at zero midway through the second, Jake Alcorn picked off a pass and returned it 95 yards for the game’s first touchdown.

Zuke Smith then added a 1-yard quarterback sneak to put the Wolves ahead 14-0 with just over a minute left in the half before Alcorn made it 21-0 at halftime when he returned a punt 65 yards for a score with just 19 seconds left in the half.

Alcorn’s’ third touchdown of the game, a 4-yard rushing score, made it 28-0 before he scored for the fourth time on a 75-yard run late in the third quarter to set the final score. He ran 11 times for 138 yards.

Smith was 10 of 16 passing for 106 yards and an interception and ran for 29 yards and the touchdown on seven carries.

The Kane defense, which has recorded back-to-back shutouts while helping the Wolves to a 5-0 start, came away with five turnovers against the winless Chucks (0-5).

Max London had two catches for 72 yards for Punxsutawney while adding 96 yards rushing on 20 carries. Also for the Chucks, Kam Falgout ran nine times for 64 yards and threw for four yards but three picks before leaving the game in the first half with an injury.

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