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Raiders convincing in win over A-C Valley

September 24, 2011

Several Raiders, including (from left) Eric Tosh, Zach Vroman, Dakota Singleton and Conan Gilhousen, come out of the end zone in celebration after they scored their second touchdown of the game off Vroman's 51-yard punt return. (Photo by Lizi Arbogast/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

FOXBURG — The Brookville Raiders dominated the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Falcons from the first kickoff Friday night and eventually won 50-6.

Brookville's Brodie Zacherl had a 39-yard touchdown on the Raiders' first snap of the game, and from there, the team never let up.

"After last week's rough game, our confidence was a little fragile," Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said. "We had a good week, and we had a good practice (Friday). To have a good start keeps that momentum going from the week, so that was important."

The Raiders scored their next touchdown just 51 seconds later when Zach Vroman returned a punt from 51 yards deep.

Brookville's defense stepped up to match its offensive game, and a pass by A-C Valley quarterback Colton Cunningham was intercepted by Eric Tosh, giving the Raiders another chance with the ball.

Brookville didn't take long to capitalize as Conan Gilhousen scored a 19-yard touchdown, and the Raiders had taken a 21-0 lead less than six minutes into the game.

The Falcons only touchdown came with just under a minute left in the first quarter, when Cunningham completed a 30-yard pass to Adrian Whitmire in the endzone.

A-C Valley's defense was strong through the second quarter and allowed only one more touchdown when Brookville quarterback Steven Kennedy completed a pass to Brock Bietz for a four-yarder.

The Raiders went into the second half with a 29-6 lead and continued to build upon it immediately. Zacherl returned the initial kickoff for a 72-yard touchdown.

Brookville's defense forced another turnover — Cunningham fumbled the ball at the line of scrimmage, and Raiders' defensive back Sebastian Kerr came out of the pile with the ball.

Just two plays later, the Raiders scored again as Kennedy kept the ball and found a hole, running in a 29-yarder. With 10:13 left in the third quarter, Brookville led 43-6, and the running-clock mercy rule was put into effect.

The Raiders added their final touchdown as the minutes were running down in the third. Zacherl had another impressive 30-yard punt return, and Cam Yard, acting as quarterback at that point, snuck in for a one-yard score. He then kicked his own extra point, completing the 50-6 win.

Although he was surprised by the outcome, Dworek said he was extremely pleased with the overall team effort.

"Honestly, I didn't expect this," Dworek said after the game. "I saw how tough (A-C Valley) played against Punxsy (last week), and we've been on the other end of it. We were just on the other end last week, and to get everybody into (the game) is a great feeling. ... It's an awesome, unifying thing for the team to go through."

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