Kane Stuns Brookville in D9 Class 2A Quarterfinals; Smethport Turns the Tables on ECC
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The win for the Wolves (6-4) avenged a 33-14 loss to Brookville Oct. 11 and put an end to a four-game losing streak.
“Why not us? That was our motto for two weeks,” Kane head coach Jim Hillman said. “We’ve been so close. We started out 5-0, playing great football and little things happened and we had to regroup. The whole time we were in that (losing) streak, the kid were like, ‘Coach, we got this.’ And that’s the difference between last year and this year. The kids have been phenomenal.”
Kane built a 28-7 lead one play into the fourth quarter and then held off a Brookville comeback attempt that included the Raiders appearing to tie the game with 1:32 to play on a 49-yard touchdown run by Jack Krug that was negated by a holding call on Brookville.
Two plays after the penalty, Zuke Smith intercepted a Krug pass with 59 seconds left to seal the win. It was the second interception of the Brookville quarterback by the Wolves, who also got a pick from Bobby Rumcik.
A Brookville interception earlier in the fourth quarter helped keep the Raiders alive, as Kyle MacBeth picked off his eighth pass of the year when he intercepted Harley Morris in the end zone to end a Kane scoring threat with the Wolves holding a 28-15 lead.
Following that interception, Brookville went 80 yards scoring on a 12-yard Krug to MacBeth touchdown pass with 4:12 to play that got the Raiders within six.
The ensuing pooch kick was then fought for by players from both teams with Kane ultimately recovering, but the Brookville defense held and forced a punt to give the Raiders one last chance.
Early on it was all Kane, as Morris (1-yard run) and Ricky Zampogna (2-yard pass from Morris) scored to stake the Wolves to a 14-0 lead at the end of one quarter.
The Morris touchdown came at the end of a 13-play, 70-yard drive to start the game.
“We needed to slow the game down, stay on offense and control the football,” Hillman said. “That was a huge part of our game plan, to keep the ball out of Krug’s hands. That long drive, for us, mentally, was huge.”
It looked like the Wolves were going to take a three-touchdown lead into halftime when Morris hit Jack Alcorn with a 70-yard pass with 2:53 to play before the half to make it 21-0, but Krug found MacBeth from six yards out with just five second left in the half to cut the deficit to 21-7 at the break.
The game remained 21-7 until early in the fourth quarter when Morris hit Smith with a 13-yard scoring play to make it 28-7 with 11:54 left.
Brookville started its comeback when Krug found Ian Thrush from five yards out with 9:08 to play and MacBeth scored on the two-point run to make it 28-15.
Kane ended up outgaining Brookville, 392 to 339 including 229 to 87 on the ground.
Morris and Alcorn each ran for 84 yards with Morris doing so on 15 carries and Alcorn on 13 totes. Josh Buhl added 10 carries for 64 yards.
Morris was also 10 of 14 passing for 163 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Alcorn had four catches for 94 yards.
Krug threw the ball 47 times going 22 of 47 for 252 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran six times for 10 yards.
MacBeth caught eight passes for 87 yards with Robert Keth adding four grabs for 85 yards while rushing eight times for 38 yards. Thrush added six catches for 50 yards, and Cole LaBenne ran eight times for 39 yards and had a catch for five yards.
Kane will rematch with Clarion in the District 9 semifinals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mansell Stadium in DuBois. Clarion beat Kane, 47-28, Sept. 27, in Kane.
SMETHPORT 28, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 6
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Noah Lent threw four touchdown passes, as fifth-seeded Smethport turned around a loss last week to Elk County Catholic by handing the fourth-seeded Crusaders a 28-6 loss in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at St. Marys’ Dutch Country Stadium.
Lent threw two touchdown passes to Braedon Johnson and two to Bryent Johnson to lead the Hubbers to a victory over a team that beat it 18-0 a week ago in Smethport.
“I think we were able to get a lead early on (this week),” Smethport head coach Adam Jack said about the difference from last week to this week. “Once we got some confidence and played with the lead, we were able to do what we have done quite often this year and that is play really well.”
Lent only threw for 90 yards but was 9 of 13 passing with scoring passes of 21 and 13 yards to Braedon Johnson and 27 and 16 yards to Bryent Johnson. Both of Braedon Johnson’s scores came in the first half, as Smethport (6-4), which broke a three-game losing streak, took a 22-0 halftime lead.
“It is no secret those guys are our playmakers,” Jack said. “We worked this week at moving them around and showing some looks we hadn’t shown this year. It worked out well.”
Bryent Johnson caught three passes for 49 yards with Braedon Johnson catching five passes for 34 yards. Bryent Johnson also added an interception on defense.
Lent also ran for 107 yards on 23 carries, as Smethport outgained ECC (5-5) 283 to 114 including 193 to 49 on the ground.
Mason McAllister threw a touchdown pass to John Wittman (15 yards) but was 8 of 14 passing for 65 yards with an interception.
The Crusaders ground game struggled to the tune of the 49 yards led by Wittman’s five carries for 20 yards. Sam Kaul was held to just nine yards on seven carries.
“We really didn’t do anything different defensively other than getting another week of reps,” Jack said. “Coach Berlin had two weeks to look at their offense and make the adjustments he wanted to make defensively. That really helped us. It was also a great job by our scout team.”
Smethport took a 6-0 lead after a quarter when Lent hit Braedon Johnson from 21 yards out 3:04 into the game.
The Hubbers then added a pair of second-quarter touchdowns with Braedon Johnson hauling in a 13-yard scoring pass from Lent on the first play of the second quarter to make it 14-0, and then Bryent Johnson catching a 27-yard touchdown pass just under two-and-a-half minutes later to make it 22-0.
The game remained 22-0 until the fourth quarter when McAllister hit Wittman with the scoring pass to make it 22-6 with 8:09 to play, but Lent hit Bryent Johnson with the 16-yard scoring pass to set the final score with 3:42 left.
Smethport will rematch with Coudersport, which beat the Hubbers, 42-0, Oct. 18, in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Bradford High School.
“We are all about one week at a time,” Jack said. “We told them before tonight that everyone starts 0-0 and we wanted to be 1-0 by the end of the night. It is the same thing next week. We want to be 1-0 by the time that game is over.”
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