High School Football Roundup: DuBois Gets Late TD from Hopson to Beat Newport; Brookville, Punxsy Lose

NEWPORT, Pa. – Kyle Hopson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Miller with 3:16 to play, and Caleb Webster intercepted a pass deep in DuBois’ territory in the final minute of play to give the visiting Beavers a 42-35 win at previously unbeaten Newport.

(Photo of DuBois’ Kyle Hopson, who had 221 yards receiving and two touchdowns and set school records for single-season receiving and receiving TDs. Photo courtesy of the DuBois Football Touchdown Club)

In a back-and-forth contest that saw six lead changes and one tie, DuBois rallied from a 32-21 second-half deficit to get the win.

The Beavers (6-3), who led 21-17 late in the first half before going down 24-21 at the break, were down 32-21 following a 27-yard Noah Heimbaugh to Drew Paden touchdown pass midway through the third quarter.

But a 5-yard scoring run by Dalton Kruzelak followed by 5-yard Miller run put DuBois ahead 35-32 with 7:53 to play.

Newport (8-1), a 2A school in District 3, tied the game on a 40-yard Justin Barlup field goal, his second field goal of the game, with 4:49 to go before Hopson caught his second scoring pass of the night to put DuBois on top.

The Buffaloes drove to the DuBois 11-yard line on their ensuing possession before Webster came up with the game-sealing interception.

Hopson had another big night catching five passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second straight 200-yard receiving game for the junior and his third game in a row with 100 yards receiving. He now has 76 catches for 1,330 yards and 16 touchdowns and passed former teammate Dante Dawson (2015: 80 catches, 1,326 yards) for the most receiving yards in school history in a season while passing Bryson Paulinellie (15 in 2013) for the most receiving touchdowns in school history.

Hopson is just 152 yards shy of the District 9 receiving yards single-season mark of 1,482 set by Port Allegany’s Nick Conway in 2012. Conway also holds the D9 single-season receiving touchdown mark with 24, while Brockway’s Mike Vervoort set the D9 catches mark with 88 in 2009.

Miller, meanwhile, had an up-and-down game. The junior did throw for 330 yards and two touchdowns but was only 12 of 36 passing with an interception.

Brock Adams ran 10 times for 144 yards and two scores for the Beavers but left the game with an injury. Kruzelak added 69 yards on 11 carries. Dylan McCluskey added five catches for 71 yards.

Heimbaugh also threw for over 300 yards going 15 of 36 for 306 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Paden caught seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown with Noah Reich adding two grabs for 58 yards and a score.

Also for the Buffaloes, Elias Goodling ran 25 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and had three catches for 42 yards.

DuBois led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter thanks to the 79-yard Miller to Hopson scoring pass on the final play of the quarter but trailed at halftime thanks to Goodling’s two scoring runs.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Tim Beimel ran for three touchdowns and Parker Smith returned one of his two interceptions to the end zone as St. Marys shut down visiting Brookville in a 35-0 win Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium.

The Dutch (6-2, 3-1 KSAC Large) scored on their first four possessions, then got a big play from Smith, who returned his first interception 75 yards to put St. Marys up 35-0 with 3:09 left before halftime. Matt Marconi finished with 98 yards on 16 carries, while Beimel ran 11 times for 62 yards with his scoring runs coming from 1, 7 and 3 yards out. Christian Steffan added a 1-yarder.

St. Marys limited the Raiders (2-6, 1-4) to minus-3 yards of offense, including minus-5 on 25 rushing attempts. Two of those plays came on bad snaps that cost the Raiders 44 yards.

Brookville lost starting quarterback Seth Ray to an injury late in the fourth quarter when he was sacked by D.J Mertz and lost a fumble that set up Beimel’s 7-yarder.


NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Clint Thurston had a big night, leading Redbank Valley to a 27-6 win over visiting Punxsutawney Friday night.

The Bulldogs fullback ran for 156 yards on 15 carries with four touchdowns on runs of 45, 1, 21 and 1 yards. Thurston also had eight tackles on defense, five for losses, with two sacks while making three of four point-after kicks.

Redbank Valley (4-4) led 14-0 on Thurston’s first two TDs, but the Chucks (2-6) found the end zone before halftime when Alexander Neal’s interception set up Ethan Riley’s 4-yard run with 21.7 seconds on the clock.

But the Bulldogs put the game away with touchdowns in their first two possessions of the second half on Thurston’s 21-yarder and 1-yarder that set the final score with 5:03 left in the third quarter.

Bulldogs quarterback Keaton Kahle completed 12 of 17 passes for 95 yards, 10 of those completions going to Brock Barrett for 90 yards.

In addition to his touchdown, Riley had two interceptions on defense and caught four passes for 69 yards while rushing eight times for 19 yards. Dylan Ishman was 6 of 26 passing for 143 yards and an interception.


CLEARFIELD, Pa. – Seth Caldwell ran for two touchdowns, and Isaac Rumery threw a pair of scores to Ryan Lezzer, as Clearfield blew past visiting Philipsburg-Osceola, 49-0.

Caldwell scored on first-half runs of 5 and 16 yards, while Lezzer caught scoring passes of 36 and 20 yards from Rumery in the opening half to help Clearfield (8-1, 7-0 Mountain League) to a 35-0 halftime lead.

Ty Bender also scored on a first-half run of five yards, while Ryan Lazauskas (12 yards) and Eli Glass (26 yards) scored in the second half.

Philipsburg-Osceola (0-9, 0-7) lost for the 36th straight time.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Nick Stewart ran 39 times for 289 yards and three touchdowns to help Curwensville break a four-game losing streak with a 37-8 win at Bradford.

With the big game, Stewart became the third player in District 9 history to go over 5,000 career yards. He now unofficially has 5,221 yards joining former Golden Tide greats Nick Sipes (5,963 yards) and Alex Holland (5,754 yards) in the District 9 5,000-yard club.

Bryce Timko hit Zach Marshall with a 50-yard touchdown pass, his only throw of the game, while Kaleb Witherite also scored on a short run.

Mitch Vleminckx scored Bradford’s lone touchdown late in the game on a 6-yard run.

Curwensville (5-4, 1-4 AML South) outgained Bradford (3-6, 0-5) 432-141 including 382-58 on the ground.


KNOX, Pa. – Mike Macefe and Chris Peace combined to rush for 306 yards and four touchdowns, as visiting Clarion-Limestone rolled to a 58-8 win at Keystone.

Macefe, who went over 2,000 yards rushing in his career (2,022), led the way for the Lions with 21 carries for 187 yards and three touchdowns with Peace adding 13 carries for 119 yards and a score. As a team, C-L ran for 387 yards and five touchdowns with Riley Hummell adding a 1-yard scoring run and rushing for 55 yards on eight totes.

Hummell scored twice also catching a 10-yard pass from Brendan Makray. He had three catches for 41 yards, while Makray was 5 of 8 passing for 46 yards and two scores.

Sam Leadbetter was on the receiving end of Makray’s other touchdown pass from a yard out, and Dan Callen added a 30-yard interception return to open the scoring for the Lions (6-2 overall, 3-0 KSAC Small School Division).

C-L led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter and then outscored Keystone (0-9, 0-3) 24-0 in the second quarter on two Hummell touchdowns and a Macefe 1-yard run plus three 2-point conversions.

Keystone’s lone score came on a 14-yard run by Tanner Wilson. Wilson ran eight times for 41 yards, caught seven passes for 70 yards and made 12 tackles on defense.

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