Sharon throttles Karns City to advance in state playoffs
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, November 18th, 2017
One year ago Karns City surprised many as they knocked off the #1 team in the state (Hickory) in this very round.
The Sharon Tigers made sure that wasn’t happening again. Sharon dominated in all aspects of the game while averaging 11.3 yards-per-play and rolled up 67 points in a route of the Gremlins.
“They just executed and played very well, they hit us with some big plays, and we could never recover,” said Karns City head coach Ed Conto. “We just could get out of our own way, not just this game, but all year long.”
Ziyon Strickland, Jordan Wilson, and Lane Voytik did most of the damage for the Tigers.
Strickland scored three touchdowns and recorded 163 yards of total offense, while Wilson also scored three touchdowns adding 168 yards rushing. Voytik threw for 195 yards and four touchdowns.
Early on things looked for the Gremlins as they forced the Tigers to punt on their opening possession.
After that, it was all Sharon.
Strickland hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Voytik to open the scoring midway through the opening quarter.
Sharon extended their lead to 14-0 after a quarter as Strickland scored on a 4-yard run capping off a 9-play 63-yard drive.
The two teams then went on to score four touchdowns 98 seconds in a wild second stanza.
Wilson scored his first touchdown on a 37-yard run at the 7:07 mark. Tristan Ballard then intercepted an Anthony Kamenski pass and 1-play later Voytik, and C.j Parchman hooked up for a 23-yard touchdown.
Karns City was able to briefly stop the bleeding as Dalton Beham ran 76 yards on the ensuing play from scrimmage.
Sharon then said whatever you can do; I can do better as Voytik and Strickland hooked up for 75 yards on their ensuing play that pushed the lead to 33-7.
Following Ballard’s second interception of the game, Voytik and Parchman connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass.
Strickland then intercepted Kamenski and returned the ball deep into Gremlins’ territory at the 6-yard line where Wilson scored on the next snap that invoked the PIAA’s mercy-rule at the half.
“I don’t know what team that was in the first-half, we are so much better than that,” said Conto.
Dalton Beham led all rushers with 189 yards and a score on just 15 carriers.
“He ran hard on every carry out there,” Conto said. “We didn’t block at the point attack very well tonight, but the kids ran hard.”
His 50-yard gain led to Garing’s 29-yard field goal to open the second-half.
When asked if he thought the game would be like this, Sharon head coach Jim Wildman replied “No.” “I thought it would be a high scoring game, but our defense rose to the occasion; our offense was just clicking.”
Three plays later Wilson scored from 39 yards out.
“Our offensive line played very strong, and they were getting to the second level,” said Wildman.
Brady Ortiz and Keyshawn Barnett also scored second-half touchdowns for Sharon. Ortiz on a 65-yard fumble return and Barnett on a 4-yard rush.
Anthony Kamenski scored the Gremlins final touchdown of the season from nine yards out in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we could have played better,” said Conto. “Our kids played hard to the end, but it’s still a very difficult way to end the season.”
Sharon 67 Karns City 17
Score by Quarters
Sharon – 14 33 14 7 – 67
Karns City – 0 7 3 7 – 17
S – Ziyon Strickland 23 yd pass from Lane Voytik (Aaron Nichols pat), 5:41
S – Strickland 2 yd run (Nichols pat), 0:21
S – Jordan Wilson 47 yd run (Nichols pat), 7:07
S – C.j Parchman 23 yd pass from Voytik (kick failed), 6:50
KC – Dalton Beham 76 yd run (Clay Garing pat), 6:26
S – Strickland 75 yd pass from Voytik (kick failed), 6:09
S – Parchman 37 yd pass from Voytik (Wilson rush), 2:54
S – Wilson 6 yd run (kick failed), 1:00
KC – Garing 29 yd field goal, 7:39
S – Wilson 39 yd run (Nichols pat), 6:05
S – Brady Ortiz 65 yd fumble return (Nichols pat), 3:16
KC – Anthony Kamenski 9 yd run (Garing pat), 10:42
S – Keyshawn Barnett 4 yd run (pat kneeled), 5:43
Sharon Karns City
First Downs 16 15
Rushes-Yards 24-246 43-330
Passing Yards 195 40
Comp-Att-Int 7-15-0 6-17-3
Total Yards 441 370
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 3-25 3-20
Punts-Avg. 2-28 3-29.3
Rushing: Sharon – Ziyon Strickland 4-28, Jordan Wilson 12-168, Voytik 1-(-20), James McKinney 1-1, Warren Nixon 1-19, Keyshawn Barnett 2-13, Brady Ortiz 2-13, Kam Fisher 1-24. Totals: 24-246. Karns City – Dalton Beham 15-189, Sebastian Troutman 7-48, Clay Garing 7-47, Kamenski 3-19, Hunter Jones 3-9, Josh Wimer 3-8, Dalton Pyle 2-13, Henry Leroy 1-(-1)., Mitchell Kelsea 1-0, Corry Dunmyre 1-(-2). Totals: 43-330
Receiving: Sharon – Strickland 5-135, C.j Parchman 2-60. Karns City – Garing 2-20, Kamenski 1-7, Beham 2-12, Troutman 1-1
Passing: Sharon – Lane Voytik 7-for-14, 195 yards 4 touchdowns. Barnett 0-for-1. Karns City – Anthony Kamenski 5-for-16, 33 yards, 3 interceptions. Beham 1-for-1, 7 yards.
Interceptions: Sharon – 3 – Tristan Ballard (2), Strickland.
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