Bobcats set up rematch with Kane
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, November 4th, 2017
There was no trouble the second time around for Clarion as the Bobcats blasted Brookville for the second time this season 55-12 Friday night at Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium.
Getting running back Colton Rapp back, the Bobcats opened up at 33-0 lead in the second quarter before taking a 33-6 lead into the locker room.
“We had a lot of short fields in that first half, and it was nice having Rapp back as well as Logan in there. They both did a great job running the ball tonight,” said Clarion head coach Larry Wiser.
Rapp, who only saw first half action rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns, while Minich had 79 yards on 16 attempts with the two scores.
Keeven Weaver scored the Bobcats first two touchdowns on runs of 12 and nine yards; that punctuated 67 and 22-yard scoring drives.
Weaver’s second touchdown came four plays after Sterling Conner intercepted Brookville quarterback Jack Krug.
Rapp then rushed for three consecutive scores, scoring on two 10-yard runs while also adding a 15-yarder.
“They’ve been dominant all year, they work hard, and they practice at game-speed,” said Wiser of his offensive line.
Brookville was able to score when Bryan Dworek hauled in a 13-yard pass from Krug capping a 4-play 42-yard drive.
The Raiders had two chances to close the gap by halftime, but both failed.
“We knew what we were getting into and knew what we had to do. But in that first quarter things got away from us a little bit” said Brookville head coach Scott Park. “We just didn’t didn’t play well enough defensively, we knew what that was doing.”
The first came when Dworek recovered a fumble at the Bobcat 22-yard line; Krug’s 4th-and-goal pass, however, fell incomplete.
The second came right before halftime as Krug drove the Raiders 30 yards from the Bobcats 36 to the 6-yard line before a pass intended for Tyer Park was knocked away by Conner ending the half.
“That stop was huge, that would have given them big momentum heading into halftime and the ball,” said Wiser. “With that play, we still had the momentum coming into the second half.”
Zak Bauer’s interception of a Krug pass led to Logan Minich’s 4-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter that invoked the mercy-rule with Spencer Miller’s 2-point rush.
Clarion’s defense held Brookville on downs at the Raider 36-yard line that led to Brenden Zerfoss’s 8-yard run seven plays later.
Brookville scored their second touchdown of the night as Krug and Mcganor connected on a 37-yard pass in the fourth quarter.
“I thought if we play a perfect or near-perfect game we could be in the game,” said Park. “I just think for some of younger guys in there it was a little overwhelming at times tonight. I thought we should have had at least three touchdowns in that first half. We settled down in the second quarter.”
Krug threw for 170 and two touchdowns while going 15-for-35 passing; he also threw two interceptions.
“One thing we took away from our first meeting was that we needed to control the clock because they’re very explosive and have some dangerous guys on the outside. We did that,” said Wiser.”
Clarion capped the scoring with Logan Minich’s second touchdown run of the game from eight yards with 2:33 remaining.
“We have a lot of our skill people coming back which is a plus. We’re still not there yet, we have preach and get our guys in that weight room,” said Park.
Clarion now gets the District 9 Title game rematch with Kane.
“We’re excited to be back, a lot of our kids are back from last year; we expect it to be another great game,” said Wiser.
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