Garing’s 5 yard score lifts Karns City over Clarion-Limestone
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Clay Garing’s 5-yard touchdown run and subsequent extra point with 35 seconds left lifted Karns City to a wild 35-34 victory over Clarion-Limestone Friday night.
“Our kids pulled together when they had to, we made plays in the second half, but we helped them out with penalties. It shouldn’t have come down to that, but our guys stepped up when they needed to and won the game,” said Karns City head coach Ed Conto.
Garing’s run finished off a 12-play 67-yard drive that saw the Gremlins convert a fourth-and-two by the skin of their teeth at the C-L 49-yard line on a 2-yard rush by Josh Wimer.
“We did what we needed to do, we had two touchdowns in the second half called back because of penalties; we just didn’t finish those drives,” said Conto.
The Lions got the ball back at their 18-yard line with 28 seconds remaining, but could only reach the Karns City 31-yard line before time expired.
Clarion-Limestone had rallied from 22 down thanks to the arm of quarterback Brenden Makray who threw for a massive 494 yards and three touchdowns. Two of them on three plays as he connected with Austin Newcomb and Kyle Kerle for 72 & 84 yards respectively pulling CL to within 28-26 after the Lions defense held Karns City on downs at their 28-yard line following a 15-play drive by the that eat up 7:06 of game clock.
“This was Brenden’s best of the season, he really came out and stepped into some great throws and made some big plays tonight,” said Clarion-Limestone head coach Dave Eggleton. “We had the plays in the first half we just didn’t execute.”
“I knew we had to keep scoring because that quarterback is tough and he can make all the throws, it didn’t help us that we lost Dalton Beham and Erik Pfeifer to first-half injuries in our secondary,” said Conto.
Clarion-Limestone had taken a 34-28 lead following Riley Hummell’s 1-yard touchdown run after a 7-play 70-yard drive. Three straight completions from Makray to Kerle of eight, ten and 26 yards set up the score.
“I told the guys at halftime that I just didn’t feel we showed up to play a football game, I told them this second half this is going to define us as a football team for the rest of the season,” said Eggleton. “We came out and outscored them 22-7 in the second half; I’m taking that as our guys got the message. I feel we’re going to make a run in the Class A Playoffs.”
Kerle had a monster game for CL as he hauled in ten passes for 259 yards and the touchdown.
The Gremlins started fast as Dalton Beham raced 65 yards for a touchdown on the second snap from scrimmage putting KC in front 7-0. Beham rushed for 105 on just five carries in the first half.
Clarion-Limestone answered in time as Ayden Wiles scored from two yards out capping a 9-play 62-yard drive.
Karns City went on to score touchdowns on their next three possessions as the Gremlins ran out to the 28-6 lead.
Sebastian Troutman capped a 10-play 79-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Clay Garing then scored on a 14-yard run and a 33-yard reception from Anthony Kamenski to extend the Gremlins lead.
Garing led Karns City’s rushing attack with 132 yards on 27 attempts. The Gremlins pounded the ball 61 times for 372 yards and churned out 24 first downs.
The Lions would close the gap as Riley Hummell hauled in a short pass and outraced the Gremlin defense for 67 yards cutting the deficit to 28-12 with 3:18 left in the first half.
Forcing a Gremlin punt, Clarion-Limestone started at their 29-yard line with 1:21 left in the half. Three consecutive completions to Kerle put the Lions at the Karns City 27 with eight seconds left. Makray scrambled around avoiding the rush and appeared to connect with Colby Himes on a 27-yard touchdown pass as time expired. But Makray was penalized for crossing the line of scrimmage, and the first half came to a close.
“There were a few plays tonight I wasn’t sure on, but I think at the end of the first half he was over the line and the fourth down call I couldn’t tell because I was on the other side of the field,” said Eggleton.
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