Raiders decimate Keystone; Dworek wins 100
BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Raiders destroyed the Keystone Panthers behind a monster offensive attack Friday night.
When the final seconds ran out on the clock, Brookville emerged victorious, 42-13. With the win, 17-year Raider varsity coach Chris Dworek earned his 100th victory.
"I want to coach until I'm 80. I want to coach their kids. There are some guys coming up through the flag and the Lumberjacks and all that stuff. It's another game and it's fun, I feel good, and we'll go for 101 next week and celebrate just the same," said Dworek.
Zach Vroman, Brodie Zacherl and Cameron Yard continued to impress Friday night. Vroman rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries, with a 53-yard punt touchdown to boot. Zacherl trotted for 117 yards on 12 carries with a 56 TD run. He also had 23 yards receiving with a 12-yard TD reception. Yard completed 2-of-3 passes on the night for 47 yards, two of them for TDs. He also ran for 32 yards with a 5-yard TD run.
"The big thing is the focus, it's a weakness and something we try to make better. The kids did that and came out and played tough. They played full speed, pedal-to-the-metal, ears pinned back, all that stuff. They executed very well in that first quarter," said Dworek. "We're getting confident, and with confidence you get better."
Keystone received the ball to start the contest but got off to a sluggish start. The Panthers started their drive from their own 25-yard line. The first play, running back Matt Black stumbled after the handoff for a loss of two.
The Panthers were pushed back five yards farther after an illegal shift penalty. The next two downs, quarterback Josh Eberhart tried to find an open receiver to no avail. Keystone was forced to punt on fourth and 17.
Brookville began its offensive onslaught as soon as Vroman grabbed the punt.
He weaved and scrambled 53 yards for the punt return TD. Yard booted the PAT, quickly putting the Raiders up 7-0 after less than two minutes of play.
Keystone's Black caught the ensuing kickoff and was trekked up the middle of the field when Nathan St. Laurent knocked the ball out of his hands then jumped on it.
The first play, Zacherl ran for nine, and the play after that, Yard found him open and ran the rest of the 12 yards for the score. Yard kicked another PAT and put his team up 14-0.
Black ran the ball to the Keystone 26 yard line on the ensuing kickoff. The Panthers could not generate any offensive momentum and punted four downs later.
Braiden Smith received the punt and took the ball to the Keystone 35-yard line. On the first play, Yard dropped back and found Evan Matheny deep near the left sideline for a quick six.
Yard kicked another PAT to put Brookville on top 21-0 after nearly five minutes of play.
Brookville showcased its stellar defense on Keystone's next drive. The first play, Jonah Sampson tackled Black in the back field for a loss of three. Two plays later, Eberhart thought he had found Brandon Guntrum open in the middle but Yard had other plans as he knocked the ball out of hands, forcing the Panthers to punt again.
"The defense played super, they had short field position. Special teams had some big returns and our kickoff team kept them bottled up, they didn't get any sparks there. It was a nice combination of all three phases working in that first half," said Dworek.
The punted ball rolled out of bounds at the Brookville 44 yard line. Fifty six yards was close enough for Zacherl, as he broke free and took it all the way for the score on the first play of Brookville's drive. Yard connected on the PAT to push the Raiders' lead to 28-0.
The Panthers continued to struggle and were forced to punt after five plays. The Raiders received the ball deep in their territory at their own 13-yard line.
The distance was no issue for Brookville as Vroman ran for 11 on the first play, then broke free for 45 on the next. Zacherl then took his turn with the ball and picked up 12 yards. Yard kept the ball on the ensuing play and ran eight yards to put the Raiders one yard away from the score. Sam Clowes took the next handoff and muscled his way in for the score. Yard booted the PAT and pushed the Raiders score even farther at 34-0.
The Panthers next drive ended in a punt again. Brookville took over from their own 41-yard line. Vroman and Zacherl alternated handoffs until the Raiders were 10 yards away from the end zone. The next play, the Raiders committed their only notable blunder of the night when they fumbled the ball and Keystone recovered.
They quickly made up for it though when Nathan Bonfardine picked off one of Eberhart's passes two plays later.
Yard then kept the ball and scrambled 5 yards for another Raider TD. He kicked the PAT and gave Brookville a commanding 42-0 lead by halftime.
Brookville did not score in the second half.
Keystone quarterback Austin Chambers found Eberhart open at the receiver position to light up the scoreboard for the Panthers. On the PAT, Yard decided he was the only player allowed to make field goals and blocked Alex Rivers' boot, keeping the score at 42-6, Brookville.
Zach Stiglitz ran in a 6-yard score for the TD, and Rivers connected this time on the PAT in the fourth quarter to put the score at 42-13 Brookville. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Panthers and Brookville won the game with the 42-13 score.