Big-play Brown runs DuBois past Punxsy

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Speed kills, and never was it more evident than when DuBois’ Garrett Brown held the ball Friday night. Brown raced past Punxsy defenders for four long touchdown runs, a 99-yard kick return for another score and 403 all-purpose yards to lead the Beavers to a 50-6 rain-soaked thrashing of the Chucks on Friday night in Punxsutawney.

Brown produced touchdown runs for DuBois (3-0) of 66, 52, 80 and 58 yards as he carried the ball only 16 times for 302 yards on the ground. The running back added a 99-yard kick-off return for his fifth score to go with a two-yard catch to account for his 403 all-purpose yards.

“We haven’t seen that type of speed before,” explained Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol after the game. “We had trouble tackling Brown, as his speed was a problem for us.”

The game marked the second-straight 50-plus point total for DuBois, which totaled 61 points a week ago against Franklin. Punxsy was able to find the endzone just one time for the second week in a row and matched its six-point output.

The Beavers more than doubled the Chucks offensive output on the night, 489-209 yards. Of its game total, DuBois posted 341 of the 489 yards in the first half. Punxsy accounted for 148 yards in its opening half but could only manage 61 yards in the final 12 minutes.

Jamie Bush paced the Punxsy offense with 62 yards on the ground on 11 carries. Garrett Zimmerman rushed for 53 yards, while passing for another 50 yards, completing four of 10 attempts. Christian Falgout toted the ball 17 times for 34 yards, including the Chucks’ lone 10-yard scoring run.

The Chucks came out strong on the game’s opening drive. Falgout started the drive with a five-yard tote before quarterback Zimmerman hit Matt Burkett over the middle for a 22-yard gainer. Falgout and Bush alternated runs over the next seven plays, covering 21 yards before a Zimmerman five-yard scramble took the ball down to the DuBois 34. On 4th-and-five, Zimmerman’s attempt to connect with Clayton Dale along the right side fell incomplete, and Punxsy came away empty on a 12-play and 46-yard drive taking 5:39 off the clock.

“In the first quarter, the offensive line up front was able to move the ball against DuBois,” pointed out Nichol.

The senior DuBois running back wasted no time to start his stellar evening. After the Chucks’s opening drive stalled on the Beavers’ 34-yard line, Brown took the handoff on the first play, cut to the left and then to the right before racing up the middle of the defense to paydirt 66 yards away.

Both defenses tightened, with two turnovers on downs followed by a Punxsy punt.

Brown could not be stopped two possessions in a row, as he slashed off left guard for 52 yards and his second score to put DuBois ahead 14-0 at 11:07 in the second quarter.

Punxsy’s offense would continue to make head way in the opening half.

Taking over on its own 17-yard line, Zimmerman scrambled for 16 yards on third down, where he was hit late out of bounds for an additional 15 yards.

The QB hit Alex Bevak two plays later for a 28-yard gainer over the middle, and Bush rumbled for 15 yards to the DuBois 10-yard line. On the next play, Falgout took the pitch and swept around the right side for a 10-yard touchdown to cut the difference to just one score, 14-6, with 8:47 left in the second.

The Beavers’ Brown had the answer again as he did all night long. On the second play from their 20-yard line, Brown took off around left end to race for his third long scoring jaunt, this time 80 yards for a 21-6 score.

DuBois added a 20-yard scoring pass with 4:38 left in the second quarter and kicker Josh Hnat booted a 42-yard field goal to end the first half with a 31-6 tally.

Brown delivered his final blows of the night early in the third quarter. He caught the opening kick-off at his own one-yard line and sprinted 99 yards for his fourth score of the night. After a Punxsy punt, he busted through the Chucks’ defense the final time for 58 yards over the right side to take the margin to 44-6 with 8:05 still left in the third.

DuBois added one more long run of 45 yards to wrap up the night’s scoring for the 50-6 final.

“Believe it or not, we did a lot of good things in the game,” added Nichol. “Bush ran the ball well again. He and Zimmerman (who had a pair of sacks) played tough on defense. Alex Bevak played his best game in his two years with the program while both Matt Burkett and Brandon Wingert continue to improve.”

“We have to take the positives there were in this game and move on,” finished the Punxsy coach. “It is a process of working hard as we are committed to moving straight into a new season from this point.”

The Chucks will have the luxury of regrouping and returning to their home field next Friday for another 7 p.m. kickoff when they host the A-C Valley Falcons.