High School Football Game-by-Game Recaps for Week Two.
(Archive photo courtesy of Shawn Murray)
Brockway vs. Redbank Valley
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Redbank Valley rode a solid defensive performance and clutch playmaking to defeat Brockway 21-7. A defensive struggle kept the upset-minded Rovers in the game, and they trailed only 13-7 at the half. Early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs ended a long Brockway drive by forcing the Rovers into a turnover on downs. Redbank Valley running back Hudson Martz promptly smashed his way down the field with his physical running, draining the clock and putting the Bulldogs in position to score. Quarterback Gunner Mangiantini connected with wideout Marquese Gardlock on a fade route to ice the game for the Bulldogs. The play of the game was made on Brockway’s final possession, as Redbank defensive back Christopher Marshall snagged an extraordinary one-handed interception, ending Brockway’s slim hope of a comeback.
Keystone vs. Union/A-C Valley
KNOX, Pa. – Union/A-C Valley’s stellar second half defense gave them the edge over Keystone, as the Falcon Knights eked out a 14-7 victory over their conference rival. The highlight of the game was a first quarter 80-yard pick six by Kylar Culbertson, which tied the score at seven. The Falcon Knights scored the only points of the second half, as Caden Rainey’s 10-yard touchdown run concluded Union/A-C Valley’s solid drive to start the third quarter. The strong Union/A-C Valley defense slammed the door shut on the Panthers, who only gained 69 yards in the second half.
Tanner Merwin led the Falcon Knights with 54 passing yards and 39 rushing yards. Culbertson had 36 rushing yards to go with his key interception. Keystone was led by Bret Wingard, who threw for 151 yards and a touchdown, while Taylar Altman ran for 45 yards.
Moniteau vs. Punxsutawney
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Two late touchdowns by the Moniteau Warriors were just enough to snatch a 21-14 victory over the Punxsutawney Chucks. Moniteau rushed for 343 yards and had zero passing yards in the contest. The Chucks led for most of the night, but a Warriors’ fourth quarter touchdown put Moniteau ahead for good. The Warriors were led by Mason Merschimer, who rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a dominating display. JD Dessicino ran for 72 yards and a touchdown for Moniteau. For the Chucks, Kameron Falgout went 16-27 for 172 yards passing, while also rushing for 68 yards.
Brookville vs. Central Clarion
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – In a battle of strong passing offenses, a big performance by Brookville quarterback Jack Krug pushed the Raiders past Central Clarion 49-30. Krug threw 243 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Central Clarion took a 23-22 lead into the half, but Brookville quickly jumped ahead 36-30 after twice finding the endzone. The play of the game occurred in the fourth quarter, as Jack Krug picked off a Cal German pass, giving Brookville the ball on their own 40 yard line. Krug then led Brookville on an eight play drive to score the backbreaking touchdown on a pass to Brayden Kunselman.
DuBois vs Karns City
KARNS CITY, Pa. – Karns City’s aggressive rushing attack coupled with four DuBois turnovers powered the Gremlins to a 55-14 decision over the visiting Beavers. The Gremlins took a stranglehold on the game late in the first quarter, scoring four unanswered touchdowns before the half. The Gremlins’ momentum continued into the second half, where two rushing touchdowns by Luke Garing sealed the victory. Jayce Anderson led the way for Karns City, rushing for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Cole Coon also ran for 61 yards and a score. Cam-Ron Hays led the Beavers with 131 passing yards.
The Gremlins travel to Brookville next week, while DuBois has a home matchup against Punxsutawney.
Smethport vs. Otto-Eldred
Port Allegany vs. Coudersport
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Coudersport looked their typical dominant selves in a 60-6 victory over visiting Port Allegany. Coudersport stormed the Gators from the get-go, taking full advantage of two turnovers to go up 16-0 inside ten minutes. The offensive barrage continued into the second quarter, as two 50+ yard touchdowns put the Falcons up by 30. Coudersport coasted through the rest of the game, consistently getting the best of the Gators while coming up with big play after big play on offense.
Hayden Keck put up wild numbers for Coudersport, throwing for 138 yards while also rushing for 178 yards. Brandt Kightlinger also ran for 123 yards.
Cameron County vs. Elk County Catholic
ST. MARYS, Pa. – The Elk County Catholic Crusaders cruised to a 32-6 win over Cameron County in the season opener for both squads. The Crusaders scored early and often in their victory, leading 26-6 at halftime after a dominating display of powerful rushing. The Crusaders added one more second half touchdown to complete a strong opening game performance. For Elk County Catholic, Sam Kaul had 137 rushing yards to go with one rushing and one receiving touchdown, while Nick Crisp ran for 102 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Rieder had 89 yards on 15 carries for Cameron County in the defeat.
Bradford vs. St. Marys
ST. MARYS, Pa. – St. Marys’ fast start allowed them to storm past visiting Bradford via a 69-13 decision. The Flying Dutch scored 28 points in the first quarter while forcing two early Bradford turnovers, setting the tone for St. Marys lopsided victory. The Flying Dutch kept the momentum going all night, proving that last year’s high-powered offense is back in 2020. Quarterback Christian Coudriet threw for 302 yards and five touchdowns. His top target was receiver Bryce Walker, who had seven catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Kane vs. Ridgway