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BROCKWAY â€” The AJ Parise senior football team evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a convincing 30-6 win over Brockway last Saturday night at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.
â€śThis was a nice team effort in all phases of the games,â€ť said senior head coach Joel Martin. â€śThe offense put points on the board and had no turnovers; the defense caused some turnovers; and special teams scored a touchdown. There were a lot of positives all around.â€ť
Brockway managed to get on the board first with its only score of the game when Lyons ran one in from a yard out to cap a drive assisted by a Punxsy penalty that helped keep the drive alive. The two-point conversion failed, thanks to a nice tackle by Logan Deats.
Punxsy received a spark on special teams to get right back in the game when Matthew Wehrle took the Brockway kickoff 65 yards into the end zone to knot the score at 6-6.
Punxsy got the ball back on the next series due to a Wehrle interception, and Stone Smith promptly took the handoff 65 yards of his own to give the Chucks a lead they would never relinquish.
â€śI thought the offensive line did a nice job of opening up some holes, and we were able to have several long runs and big plays on offense because of that,â€ť said Martin.
Tyler Richardson, Logan Johnston, Zachary Thorpe, Levi Molinari, Jacob Shuckers and Deats made up the front line for the Chucks.
After a Brockway turnover on downs, Dylan Ishman hooked up with Deats for a 50-yard pass play that saw Deats make a nice catch and then elude several would-be tacklers on his way to the end zone thanks to a nice block by Jake Pearce. Another failed conversion left the score at 18-6 in favor of Punxsy.
Another Brockway offensive series ended with a turnover on downs.
Punxsy took over possession, where Ishman hooked up with Wehrle for another long gainer, this one good for 60 yards and thanks to another good block by Logan Geist, pushed the lead to 24-6, which is how the half ended.
The Punxsy defense made another nice play early in the second half when Carter Newcome recovered a fumble, even though Punxsy was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
The defense continued to stifle Brockway all evening, and Punxsy was finally able to take advantage when Jack Butler exploded for a 35-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to set the final score at 30-6.
Defensively, 15 players from Punxsy were in on at least one tackle, with Tyler Richardson leading the way with six.
Zach May took down four ball carriers, while Zach Thorpe and Wehrle tacked on three apiece. Derek Ishman also stopped a Brockway drive in the second half with a nice interception.
Recording a pair of tackles were Deats, Butler, Smith, Jake Skarbek, Ethan May and Pearce. Matt Wolfe also stood out with a few nice tackles of his own.
Offensively, Smith was the leading ground gainer with 100 yards. Butler carried the ball quite a bit in the second half and picked up 69 yards on seven attempts.
Ethan May had a nice night with 46 yards on eight carrries, and Skarbek chipped in with 10 yards of rushing offense.
Quarterback Ishman recorded 112 yards through the air on a pair of big completions, both of which went for scores.
â€śI was really happy with the total effort tonight, and some guys who donâ€™t show up as much on the stat sheet performed very well,â€ś Martin said last Saturday. â€śThe back-up kids need to be ready to play at any time, and they showed that they are tonight, and hopefully, they will continue to improve,â€ť Martin added.
Martin also thought that both squads (juniors and seniors) came out to play today and gave strong efforts versus the undefeated Brockway teams.
The AJ Parise seniors will be in action at home again today with a game against East Brady scheduled to begin at 12:45 pm at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
Juniors: Punxsy 20, Brockway 6
The AJ Parise Junior football team picked up its first win of the season last Saturday, as it defeated the Brockway Rovers in Brockway by the score of 20-6.
â€śOverall, the guys came ready to play and played hard,â€ť said junior head coach Tim Reagle. "The defense tackled really well, and the offense didnâ€™t turn the ball over.â€ť
Things looked a bit bleak early, as Brockway took a 6-0 lead on a long first quarter drive that ate up all but two minutes of the period, capped off by a short touchdown run.
â€śOne thing we need to do is cut down on our penalties, as we kept some Brockway drives alive by getting flagged,â€ť said Reagle.
The Punxsy juniors returned the favor on their second possession of the game when Max London broke free for a nice 41-yard scramble into the end zone, tying the score at 6-6 midway through the second quarter.
The game remained a defensive struggle until Punxsyâ€™s first possession of the second half. When London again broke free and scored on a nifty 22-yard run to give the local juniors a 12-6 lead.
â€śOur offensive line did a nice job of blocking and our ball carriers found the holes. We had several long gains on offense thanks to this kind of teamwork,â€ť stated Reagle.
Punxsyâ€™s defense was up to the task, as it repeatedly denied Brockway any significant scoring opportunities in the second half.
Led by multiple-tacklers Josh Miller, Andrew Young, Holden Griffith, Zachary DeLarme and London, Punxsy forced Brockway into turning the ball over on downs on each of its last four possessions, limiting it to under 100 yards of offense on the day.
â€śOur defense did a lot of gang tackling, with numerous players getting in on tackles,â€ť said Reagle.
Punxsy pushed its lead to 20-6 late in the fourth quarter when Griffith capped off an 11-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Andrew Wehrle tacked on the two-point conversion to effectively put the game out of reach. Punxsy shut down Brockway on the next series and ran out the clock to preserve the win.
On offense, London was the leading ground gainer with 108 yards on 15 carries and two scores. Wehrle rushed five times for 45 yards, and Griffith chipped in with 23 yards on four carries, plus the touchdown.
The Juniors head coach added that it was the hard work of the offensive line of Ben Fezell, Brandon Ishman, Miller, Zachary DeLarme, Jonathan Kapusta, and Ben Ecelberger that made it easy for the running backs to get the yardage.
Joshua Miller was the leading tackler on defense for the Chucks with six . Also making multiple stops on defense were Cameron Falgout, Brandon Ishman, Zake DeLarme, Johnathon Kapusta, Young, Griffith, London and Wehrle.
Chipping in with at least one tackle were Branson Scarantine, Nicholas Salizzoni, Isaac Knaar, Dylan Gross, Ben Fezell, Izaiah Kanouff, Braden Brosius, Jakob Catarouche and Jacob Ebel.
The juniors return to action today at home when they face East Brady at 11 a.m. at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
â€śWeâ€™re going to keep working on getting better and improving from week to week,â€ś concluded Reagle.