Football Roundup: Second-Half Comeback Falls Short for Brookville in Loss to Clarion


CLARION, Pa. (D9Sports) – Logan Minich celebrated his birthday by scoring three touchdowns while running for 172 yards as Clarion jumped on visiting Brookville early for a 28-15 win at Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium Friday.

(Ian Thursh was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game for Clarion)

Minich, who had 21 carries, scored on runs of 10 and 62 yards while catching a 7-yard touchdown pass from Archer Mills. He had two grabs for 14 yards and was named Clarion’s Hager Paving Player of the Game. The Bobcats (4-0 overall, 4-0 D9 Large School) scored on four of their first five possessions of the game and led 28-0 before halftime when Sam Minich scored on a 1-yard TD run with 25 seconds remaining.

Logan Minich

Mills was effective passing, completing 12 of 16 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Sam Minich, Logan’s twin brother who therefore was also celebrating his birthday, caught seven passes for 79 yards. Mills added an interception on defense.

Brookville sophomore Robert Keth, in his first varsity start at quarterback, completed 16 of 27 passes for 158 yards. He threw two TD passes, both to Ian Thrush from 9 and 4 yards out, with two interceptions. Thrush caught five passes for 51 yards and was named Brookville’s Hager Paving Player of the Game while Bryan Dworek made his season debut for the Raiders (1-3, 1-3) due to recovering from an injury and grabbed eight passes for 65 yards.

Keth was the fourth QB used by Brookville this season and the third different one to start in four games after Jack Krug suffered a shoulder injury in the second week of the season. Brookville has lost all three games Krug hasn’t finished including both he hasn’t started.

PUNXSUTAWNEY 24, ST. MARYS 21

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Carter Newcome returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown with 8:54 left to allow Punxsutawney to escape with a 24-21 win over visiting St. Marys.

The winless Dutch (0-4 overall, 0-4 D9 Large School) gave the Chucks (2-2, 2-2) everything and more they could want and took a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard Todd Taylor touchdown run.

But, following a Punxsutawney punt after the touchdown, the Chucks defense was able to come away with the defensive touchdown to pull out the victory.

It was the second time in the game the Chucks defense scored, as a safety when Taylor was tackled in the end zone in the first quarter accounted for the first two Punxsutawney points.

Punxsy led 10-7 at halftime thanks to a 27-yard Dylan Ishman to Alex Gianvito touchdown pass followed by Ishman’s 2-point pass to Max London with just 25 seconds left in the first half.

St. Marys had taken a 7-0 lead on a 26-yard Cody Ritter touchdown run in the first quarter.

The Dutch went back ahead early in the third quarter when Devin McGrath scored on a 2-yard run to make it 14-10, but Ishman returned the favor with a 2-yard scoring run of his own with about four minutes to go in the third quarter.

Punxsutawney outgained St. Marys, 221-208, but the Dutch ran for 148 yards compared to 78 for the Chucks.

Ishman was 12 of 17 for 188 yards and the touchdown while Carter Newcome had seven catches for 131 yards and Gianvito two for 35. Gianvito also ran 10 times for a team-best 33 yards.

McGrath ran 14 times for 78 yards and the score for St. Marys with Ritter adding 14 carries for 52 yards and the touchdown. Taylor was 5 of 11 passing for 60 yards and an interception. Cain Pfoutz had one catch for 37 yards and Ritter two for 10 yards.

BROCKWAY 28, KANE 6

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Peter Downer threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to lead Brockway to a 28-6 win over visiting Kane.

Downer threw for 171 yards of 9 of 15 passing with an interception and tossed touchdowns passes of 18 yards to Josh Solnosky and 2 and 41 yards to Jon Wood. He also ran for a 17-yard score and had five carries for 27 yards.

Solnosky caught three passes for 71 yards and the touchdown with Wood hauling in two for 43 and the score while rushing 10 times for 32 yards. Tyler Serafini ran for a game-high 105 yards on 17 carries for the Rovers (4-0 overall, 4-0 D9 Large).

Kane’s lone touchdown came with 17 seconds left to play when backup quarterback Harley Morris hit Ryan Buhl with a 12-yard scoring pass.

Aiden Hulings had a 100-yard rushing night for the Wolves (0-4, 0-4) rushing 29 times for 111 yards.

DUBOIS 27, FRANKLIN 24

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Eric Schneider’s interception in the end zone with 30 seconds to play sealed a 27-24 DuBois road win over Franklin.

The Beavers (2-2 overall, 2-1 D10, R7) were clinging to the 3-point lead, but Franklin had first-and-goal from the 3-yard line when Schneider picked off Ian Haynes to seal the victory.

The interception ruined an otherwise big night from Haynes, the junior quarterback. He was 21 of 43 for 377 yards and three touchdowns with Cade Adams hauling in eight of those throws for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Trey Carulli catching six passes for 118 yards and a score.

The touchdowns by Adams – one on a 57-yard pass and the other on a 29-yard pass – and Carulli’s 56-yard scoring catch put Franklin (1-3, 0-2) up 18-7 late in the first half.

But DuBois scored on a 15-yard Alex Kovalyak to Nick Dilullo pass with 40 seconds to play before halftime to cut the deficit to four, 18-14, at the break.

The Beavers then took advantage of a muffed punt by Franklin late in the third quarter to go ahead 21-18 on a 1-yard Dylan McCluskey scoring run, his second touchdown of the game.

The DuBois lead moved to 27-18 when Chase Husted, who had six catches for 98 yards, hauled down a 49-yard scoring pass from Kovalyak with 4:58 left, but Haynes answered with 7-yard scoring run with 3:22 to go to make it 27-24, and then the Knights got the ball back and looked poised to steal the win before Scheider’s game-saving pick for the Beavers.

Kovalyak, the junior making his second start, was 13 of 29 for 199 yards and the two scores with Schneider caught two passes for 67 yards and also ran nine times for 93 yards. McCluskey had 85 yards and the two touchdowns on 10 carries. Husted had three of DuBois’ five sacks on Haynes.

CLEARFIELD 42, HUNTINGDON 21

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Isaac Rumery accounted for five touchdowns – three throwing and two rushing – to lead visiting Clearfield to a 42-21 Mountain League win over Huntingdon.

Rumery was 13 of 22 passing for 275 yards and ran 17 times for 98 yards. He threw first-half touchdown passes of 53 yards to Ryan Lezzer and 25 yards to Taye Lynch and also scored on a 12-yard run to help the Bison (4-0 overall, 3-0 Mountain League) to a 21-7 halftime lead.

He then hit Lezzer with a 42-yard pass 16 seconds into the second half and added a 33-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter to put Clearfield ahead 35-14 at the end of three.

Lezzer caught seven passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns, while Lynch had five catches for 53 yards and a score. Brett Zattoni, who closed out the scoring for Clearfield with a 36-yard run near the end of the game, added 11 carries for 66 yards.

Lezzer added an interception on defense for the Bison as did Eli Glass.

Huntingdon fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the league with the loss.


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