Junior High football sweeps Keystone at home
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The seventh and eighth-grade, as well as the ninth-grade Chucks took on Keystone at Jack LaMarca Stadium on Wednesday night.
As their last home game of the season, the boys knew the importance of walking away with a win.
The seventh-and eighth-grade team kicked off the action with a 36-26 victory, which was followed by a 30-0 win by the ninth-grade squad.
"It's a nice way to send the boys off," ninth-grade head coach Todd Heigley said. "A win was nice, but a shutout is icing on the cake."
The first game of the evening took a few different turns, as the game started as a battle of the defenses, before the offenses broke through.
"It started as a defensive battle. They had a pick-six to put them up 12-6 at the end of the first half," head coach Brad Constantino said.
"In the second half, we used the whole third quarter."
Despite trailing 12-6, the Chucks fought back in the game, thanks in part to the play of Tyler Richardson.
Richardson has been a standout on the field all season, but on Wednesday, he scored all five of the Chucks' touchdowns.
"In the second half, Richardson pounded in his second of his five touchdowns of the day, to give us a 14-12 lead," Constantino said.
To extend the lead even more, Constantino switched up his offense to lead the team to victory.
"In the fourth quarter, we went to a shorter passing game, which really opened things up," Constantino said. "Quarterback Brandon Matthews and
Richardson hooked up three times for scores in the fourth quarter alone."
Constantino was proud of the effort his guys showed on the field.
"It seemed like every time we scored, they would answer. To our kids' credit, every time we needed a scoring drive at the end of the game, we had one," Constantino said. "I'm very proud of the effort. The kids have been working hard since two-a-days. The kids have stuck together, and are playing hard."
As for the ninth-grade teams, things started off sluggish, that is, before a pick-six ignited the home team.
"We kind of got off to a slow start. Things picked up, though, as it was kind of shocking that our defense came up with a touchdown," Heigley said. "The defense got the offense rolling tonight, and it's usually the other way around."
The pick-six that Heigley was referring to was an interception by Brady Snyder to get the action started off.
It was one of the many splash plays the Chucks would record.
"I think winning the turnover battle was the key to the game. They did some nice things, as the Wing-T is hard to defend," Heigley said. "We haven't had a team pass the ball on us like that in quite a few weeks, but it was nice we made the big plays when we had to."
Along with Snyder's interception, Tyler Getch and Kevin Hutton both recorded a pick, as well.
Trenton Stouffer (fumble recovery), Devin Kelly (forced fumble) and Brylan Conoran (sack) also contributed on defense.
Running back Jacob Horner had two scores on the day, while Jacob Weaver scored on a touchdown pass from Ethan Riley to wrap up the scoring for the Chucks.