PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Brockway Bears scored three second half touchdowns after trailing at halftime to spoil the A. J. Parise Youth Football Junior Chucks' home opener and win, 24-16, Saturday evening in Punxsutawney.
"We played well enough to win this one," Punxsy head coach Brian Ishman said. "We gave up too many big plays, and we couldn't overcome them."
Brockway found the end zone first in the contest when it received the opening kickoff and put together an 11-play, 62-yard scoring drive, capped off when Anthony Glasl connected with Jonathan Wood for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Punxsy's Jake Skarbek stopped Glasl on the conversion, holding the visitors' early lead to 6-0.
Punxsy (0-2) burned up the rest of the clock in the first quarter on its first drive of the game but ended up turning the ball over on downs.
The Chucks then forced Brockway into a four-and-out and started their next drive at the 48 to begin the second quarter.
Conner Giavedoni scored on a 20-yard run eight plays later, and Dylan Ishman's conversion run put the home team in front, 8-6.
The Chucks defense forced another four-and-out, and Punxsy took over on downs at the 50.
Ishman completed a 29-yard pass to Clayton Stephens on first down, and a face mask penalty against the Bears put the ball at the Brockway 16.
Giavedoni's six-yard run on fourth down set up Ishman's three-yard scoring run with just two seconds left in the half. Giavedoni's conversion run extended the Punxsy lead to 16-6.
Punxsy started the second half with the ball and moved to the Brockway 35, but turned the ball over on downs.
The Chucks' Brent Baker made a nice interception to regain possession, but the Bears defense was able to stop the Chucks again to regain the ball.
After an incomplete pass forced a third-and-15, Wood scored on a 61-yard run for Brockway.
Punxsy fumbled the kickoff, and Wood scored from 30 yards out, giving Brockway an 18-16 lead.
Wood capped off his big night when he scored on a 34-yard run, pushing Brockway's lead to 24-16.
Punxsy rallied but was stopped on fourth down at the 25, and the Bears were able to run out the clock and escape with the 24-16 victory.
"We need to eliminate the breakdowns on defense," coach Ishman said. "Our offense was able to get off 50 plays, so we had our opportunities to walk away with the win."
Giavedoni finished the evening for the Chucks with 132 yards rushing, a touchdown and a conversion.
Ishman was 3-for-9 in the passing department for 39 yards along with his touchdown run and conversion.
Stephens, Derek Ishman and Evan Humble each had receptions for Punxsy.
Dylan Ishman led the defense with eight tackles, Carter Newcome added six, and Jake Skarbek made four.
Derek Ishman, Baker, Zach Thorpe, Logan Deats and Andrew Wehrle rounded out the defense with three tackles each.
The Junior squad will see its next action Sept. 10 when it travels to New Bethlehem to take on Redbank.