Strong second half leads Raiders to win
BROOKVILLE — The passing game was questionable for the Brookville Raiders during the first half, as quarterback Steve Kennedy was 3-for-10. But in the second half, Kennedy found his arm and his target — Sebastian Kerr — and the two led Brookville to a convincing 37-13 victory over the Clarion-Limestone Lions Friday night in Brookville.
The Lions played arguably their best half of football this season, and Brookville had only a 15-13 lead at halftime.
The Raiders were up 15-7 and had an opportunity in the red zone, but Kennedy threw an interception to C-L's Billy Kelley, which led to a score before time ran off the clock.
After giving up a big play to end the half, Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said he wanted to make sure the Raiders stayed focused in the locker room.
"I know what they're thinking; calming them down and making sure they stay focused and do their job is the main thing with this group," Dworek said. "The plays will come; we'll execute. We made a couple adjustments at halftime, and the kids played really well defen- sively which led to some good short fields, and they were executing better offensively (in the second half)."
The momentum immediately swung in Brookville's favor at the start of the second half after the Lions attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by the Raiders, giving them the favorable field position.
Conan Gilhousen and Kennedy each had two long runs to lead the Raiders into Lion territory before Kennedy completed his first touchdown pass to Kerr — a 34-yarder to the outside.
On C-L's ensuing possession, the Lions struggled from their own 20-yard line and lost yards on an intentional grounding call.
Kelley struggled with the punt, and Brookville's Dakota Singleton covered the ball in the end zone for an unusual safety, giving the Raiders a 24-13 lead two-and-a-half minutes into the half.
The score remained the same until the fourth quarter. But it only took 30 seconds for Kennedy to complete his only running touchdown of the game.
He ran in a one-yard score, and kicker Cam Yard brought the score to 31-13.
During Brookville's next offensive possession, it was able to find the end zone again. The 65-yard drive was highlighted by two long runs by Zach Vroman, then Kennedy found Kerr in the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown. Despite fumbling the snap and being unable to successfully complete a two-point conversion, the Raiders had won 37-13.
Although the game was long and somewhat sloppy, Dworek said he was just happy to win again.
"I would classify it was a win, and we're off (today), so that's all I'm really worried about," Dworek said with a laugh. "I told the coaches if we win, we're going to take off (today), and that's it. We're off (today), so we're OK."
The Raiders will next travel to Karns City at 7 p.m. next Friday.