High School Football Roundup: Brookville Knocks Off Keystone

HYDE, Pa. (D9Sports) – In a regular-season ending battle of two of the top three teams in the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg D9Sports.com rankings, No. 3 Clearfield got a 22-yard touchdown run from Seth Caldwell with 4:04 to play earn a 35-28 come-from-behind victory over No. 2 Karns City.

(Photo of Clearfield’s Isaac Rumery in action Friday night vs. Karns City. Rumery threw three touchdown passes while leading the Bison to a comeback victory. Photo by Logan Cramer III)

The Bison (9-1), winners of nine straight, trailed twice in the contest by 14 points, including 28-14, with 3 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.

But Isaac Rumery, who was 15 of 24 on the night for 283 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, threw two touchdowns passes to Micah Heichel in a span of 1:29 to tie the game at 28.

His 3-yard toss to Heichel with four seconds left in the third quarter got Clearfield within a touchdown, and his 33-yard toss to Heichel, who had eight catches for 114 yards, 1:25 into the fourth quarter tied the game at 28.

It marked the second time the Bison rallied from 14 down to forge a tie.

Karn City (8-2), which saw its eight-game win streak come to an end, came out hitting on all cylinders in the first quarter and grabbed a 14-0 lead at the end of the quarter thanks to a 24-yard Cullen Williams to Jimmy Thompson touchdown pass and a 27-yard Jared King to Kaiden Powers scoring toss.

But Caldwell, who ran 17 times for 69 yards and caught one pass for six yards, hauled in his lone reception of the night early in the second quarter to cut the deficit in half. Caldwell then tied the game at 14 on a 2-yard scoring run 39 seconds before halftime.

Karns City, though, got its mojo back in the third quarter turning a Clearfield turnover into a 3-yard Eric Dodd touchdown run before Powers scored on a 7-yard scamper to put the Gremlins ahead 28-14.

Clearfield outgained Karns City 382-357 but the Bison were held to 99 yards on the ground.

Karns City was more balanced with 190 yards rushing and 157 passing.

Williams led the Gremlins with 14 carries for 80 yards and going 1-for-1 passing for 24 yards with the touchdown. He also had an interception. Powers had two catches for 67 yards and the score and ran eight times for 33 yards and the touchdown. King was 7 of 11 passing for 133 yards and the score.

Ryan Lezzer also went over 100 yards receiving for Clearfield with four catches for 107 yards.

Both teams will be top seeds in the playoffs. Clearfield will be the No. 1 seed in the D5-6-9 4A bracket, while Karns City will be the top team in the D8-9 3A tournament.


BROOKVILLE, Pa. — Scoring the game’s final 28 points, the Brookville Raiders finished their season with a 49-22 win over Keystone Friday night.

Nate Wingard’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Wilson and a two-point pass to Austin Ion gave the winless Panthers (0-10) a 22-21 lead with 3:20 left in the third quarter, but the Raiders scored four unanswered touchdowns to pull away with the win, improving to 3-6.

A pair of Brandon McGranor TD runs of 1 and 51 yards, Seth Ray’s 30-yard TD pass to John Frank and Ray’s 30-yard run made up the Raiders’ scoring stretch. McGranor ran for 149 yards on 15 carries and three scores, his first starting the game’s scoring on a 65-yarder in the first quarter.

Ray completed 13 of 16 passes for 198 yards with two TD passes, his other scoring strike going 35 yards to Nick Keth in the first quarter. Bryan Dworek caught six passes for 91 yards, Frank had six receptions for 72 yards to go along with a 5-yard TD that put the Raiders up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Wilson got the Panthers on the board with a 23-yard interception return and then
Wingard threw two TD passes to Ion covering 16 yards and then the 37-yarder to Wilson. Wingard completed 18 of 34 passes for 210 yards with Wilson making nine catches for 111 yards. Ion had six receptions for 73 yards.

The game was plagued by 237 yards of penalties, 120 from the Raiders and 117 from the Panthers.


STRATTANVILLE — Mike Macefe’s big night propelled the Clarion-Limestone Lions to a 59-28 win over visiting Punxsutawney, securing the No. 2 spot for the District 9 1A playoffs. The Lions finished the regular season at 7-2, their most wins since going 9-2 in 2005.

Macefe scored five touchdowns, running for 228 yards on 27 carries with TD runs of 5, 3, 3 and 86 yards while catching four passes for 39 yards with a 33-yard TD pass from Brendan Makray, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. His other scoring strikes went to Dan Callen for 16 yards and Sam Leadbetter for 7 yards. Leadbetter caught six passes for 101 yards as the Lions amassed 649 yards of offense.

Punxsutawney (2-7) led 14-0 less than seven minutes into the game thanks to Ethan Riley’s 73-yard run and Stone Smith’s 67-yard run. But the Lions outscored the Chucks 53-8 from the end of the first quarter through the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Smith ran for 132 yards on just five carries, adding a 55-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, while Riley finished with 94 yards on 12 attempts.

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