Burford Sets Clarion Record for TD Catches in a Season as Bobcats Roll; Union/A-C Valley Gets Back on Track
(Photo: Ethan Burford (right) set the Clarion program record for TD catches in a season with 13, all of them from QB and life-long friend Cal German (left). Submitted photo)
Burford snagged scoring catches of 60 yards and 59 yards from Cal German, with the 59-yard reception late in the third quarter being the record-setting catch giving him 13 touchdowns catches on the year.
The previous program mark was 12 in a season done three times including last year by Sam Minich, in 2016 by Ty Burford, Ethan’s older brother, and in 2013 by Cam Hearst.
On the night, Burford hauled down three passes for 140 yards, while German went 11 of 22 passing for 271 yards and the three touchdowns.
Cutter Boggess also had a big night for Clarion (7-1) catching six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown (21 yards) while adding 10 carries for 55 yards and a score.
Colton Zacherl added a pair of touchdown runs scoring on a 13-yard run and a 20-yard run and rushing five times for 103 yards, while offensive lineman Ben Smith got into the scoring act with a 1-yard run of his own, and Beau Verdill kicked a 31-yard field goal while going 6 of 7 on extra points.
Jonah Rowry hauled in a 54-yard scoring pass from Cody Nuzzo early in the game to give Bradford a short-lived 6-0 lead.
Nuzzo was 5 of 13 passing for 110 yards, the touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 16 yards. Rowry had three catches for 106 yards, while Nolan Gonzalez ran 12 times for 50 yards for the Owls (1-7).
Smith and Burford had the interceptions for the Bobcats.
UNION/A-C VALLEY 52, CAMERON COUNTY 0
FOXBURG, Pa. – Luke Bowser tossed four touchdown passes including three to Tanner Merwin, as Union/A-C Valley rolled past visiting Cameron County, 52-0, at A-C Valley.
Bowser was 16 of 24 passing for 194 yards and the four scores, while Merwin caught four passes for 59 yards and the three touchdowns. Merwin threw an interception but also picked off a pass on defense.
Kyler Culbertson (7 carries, 70 yards) and Eli Penny (3 carries, 62 yards) added rushing touchdowns for the Falcon-Knights (6-2) with Caden Rainey catching six passes for 87 yards and a score.
Colton Hoffman added a defensive touchdown for Union/A-C Valley returning a fumble 39 yards, while Andrew Verostek led the defense with 10 tackles.
Cameron County (0-7) was held to 69 yards of total offense paced by 52 yards rushing on 15 carries by Dylan Reider.
RIDGWAY 19, KARNS CITY 13
KARNS CITY, Pa. – Paul Gresco ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass, as visiting Ridgway held off Karns City, 19-13.
Gresco scored on a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Elkers (7-1) a 19-6 lead, but Karns City (5-3) answered back with a 65-yard Kaden Scherer touchdown catch from Anthony Kamenski.
The Gremlins, however, were thwarted late in an attempt to tie the game or take the lead.
Gresco, who also threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Matt Dush late in the first half to give Ridgway a 13-6 halftime lead, was 9 of 14 passing for 148 yards and the touchdown while throwing two interceptions. His touchdown run was his only run of the game.
Jake Wickett also scored on a 1-yard run for Ridgway and ran 10 times for 31 yards and caught one pass for four yards.
Dush had a huge game receiving with seven catches for 136 yards and the touchdown while adding three carries for 29 yards.
Kamenski, who added a 1-yard touchdown run, ran 20 times for 78 yards and was 5 of 12 passing for 108 yards, the touchdown and an interception.
Sherer had two catches for 99 yards and the score and ran twice for six yards.
ST. MARYS 47, MONITEAU 11
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Christian Coudriet threw five touchdown passes, including three to Michael Fitzgerald and two to Terry Williams, as St. Marys broke a three-game losing streak with a 47-11 win over visiting Moniteau.
Coudriet went 18 of 24 passing for 308 yards and threw touchdowns passes of 22 and 20 yards to Williams and 17, 76 and 20 yards to Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald hauled in seven passes for 121 yards with Williams catching three for 61 yards.
Caiden Pfoutz (10-yard run) and Jake Kline (16-yard run) added rushing scores for the Dutch (4-4) with Kline carrying seven times for a team-best 59 yards.
Ethan McDeavitt kicked a 30-yard field goal for Moniteau, and Davis Stamm added a 32-yard touchdown run.
JD Dessino led the Warriors (2-6) with 61 yards rushing on 14 carries.
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