ST. MARYS — The Brookville Raiders football squad opened its season as it headed to Dutch Country Stadium Friday night to take on the St. Marys Flying Dutchmen.
The Raiders were ousted by a final score of 34-28.
Brookville's quarterback Steven Kennedy led the team with 151 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Ryan Kerr was also a standout for the Raiders, rushing for more than 130 yards and scoring a 21-yard touchdown.
Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said after the game that his team was just not quite ready for the season-opener.
"It's a team thing, and I think No. 1, we are out of shape bad," he said. "It magnifies on defense, but offensively, we had a lot of guys sucking wind. We had to rotate a lot more guys than we had planned. So I think that's the No. 1 thing we have to fix."
The game started well for Brookville as it scored the first touchdown less than two minutes into the game. Kennedy hit a 46-yard burner to Sebastian Kerr to put the first points on the board.
The Raiders then made a costly error, fumbling the ball at their own three-yard line. The Flying Dutchmen easily tied it at seven.
The teams then went shot-for-shot, and the score was tied 21-21 with six minutes left in the third quarter.
St. Marys' Brian Merritt ran in a 21-yard touchdown to take a 27-21 lead right at the end of the third.
St. Marys then came out and scored another halfway through the fourth as Brookville's defense began to break down.
With just over six minutes left on the clock, the Raiders faced a 34-21 deficit.
The Raiders stayed composed, though, and were able to chip away at it when Kennedy threw his third and final touchdown, a 15-yarder to Brock Bietz.
But the score was followed by an unsuccessful onside kick, and with just over a minute left, St. Marys took two knees and finished off the Raiders 34-28.
Brookville will face Keystone next Friday in Knox.