Bulldogs' bite too much for junior team

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The A. J. Parise Youth Football junior team couldn't overcome four turnovers, and the East Brady Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in both the second and the fourth quarter to defeat the Chucks 36-6 last Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy took the opening kickoff and was able to move the ball to midfield but fumbled at the 44.

East Brady drove to the 20, and on a fourth-and-seven, Punxsy's Andrew Wehrle deflected a pass attempt headed for the Bulldogs' Devin Ryan, giving the Chucks the ball.

East Brady's Johnathan Elmadollar stripped a Punxsy ball carrier of the ball on the next play, though, to regain possession.

East Brady scored on a two-yard run by Brock Bailey two plays later, and a successful conversion put the visitors ahead, 8-0.

After a four-and-out by the Chucks, East Brady put together an 11-play, 53-yard scoring drive capped off by a Walker Hiles three-yard quarterback keeper.

Punxsy's Holden Griffith intercepted the conversion attempt to hold the Bulldog's to a 14-0 lead.

Punxsy moved the ball to the 30, but was stopped on a fourth-and-one.

Punxsy's Max London intercepted a Hiles pass on the next play, and the clock wound down to end the first half.

The Chucks' defense forced East Brady to punt on the first drive of the second half, but the home squad fumbled the return, giving the Bulldogs a fresh set of downs at the 33.

Josh Wimer finished off a nine-play drive, with a two-yard touchdown run, and Steve O'Donnell's pass to Bailey on the conversion upped the score to 22-0.

Punxsy's next drive started at the 37, and it wasted no time finding the end zone when Conner Giavedoni took a swing pass from Dylan Ishman on first down and out-raced the Bulldog defense for a 63-yard touchdown.

Both teams exchanged possessions before East Brady opened the fourth quarter with a nine-play drive, polished off by a 23-yard touchdown by Bailey, setting the Bulldog lead at 28-6.

Hiles finished off the scoring when he returned a Punxsy fumble 57 yards for the final tally of the game.

"We are improving as a team," Punxsy head coach Brian Ishman said. "We will take the positives from this game and get ready for Sabula next week."

Ishman finished the contest four-for-nine in the passing department for 79 yards, and Giavedoni made 3 catches for 65 yards.

Punxsy's defense was led by Zach Thorpe, who registered 12 tackles.

Holden Griffith followed closely with 10 tackles.

Brent Baker (five), Jake Skarbek (four), Wehrle (three) and Kameron Falgout (three) each added tackles, as well.

The Junior team's next game is Saturday when Sabula comes to town for a 5:45 contest at Jack LaMarca Stadium.