KNOX — The Brookville Raiders varsity football squad evened its record at 1-1 with a dominating 36-6 victory over the Panthers of Keystone.
Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said he was pleased with the whole team effort, as both the offense and defense shined in Friday night's victory.
"It is a big relief (to win)," Dworek said. "The guys work hard most of the time, so it's something that you earn. It makes it feel even better, knowing that they worked hard and earned it. It's like cashing a paycheck, so they feel pretty good about themselves."
Brookville's quarterback Steven Kennedy once again led the offense, throwing for three touchdowns and passing for more than 100 yards.
Running back Zach Vroman stepped in after a game-ending injury to starter Ryan Kerr, and Vroman was the star of the game. He rushed for 159 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown.
The first touchdown came as the first quarter was nearing its end. Kennedy completed a 15-yard pass to Conan Gilhousen, and although Cam Yard's extra point attempt was blocked, Brookville had an early 6-0 lead.
The next score came just minutes later from Vroman's 74-yard run as the seconds ran down on the first-quarter clock. The Raiders entered the second quarter with a 13-0 lead.
Before the end of the half, the Raiders scored just once more, as Kennedy threw his second touchdown of the night, a 19-yard pass to Sebastian Kerr.
Despite Brookville's defense forcing a defensive turnover when Kerr intercepted a pass, Kennedy and the offense did not have enough time to get to the end zone again before the half was over.
Kennedy made one of Brookville's only errors during its first play of the third quarter when he threw an interception to Keystone's Brandon Guntrum. But the defense was strong and quickly forced the Panthers to punt.
Brookville's defense forced its second turnover during Keystone's second possession of the half. Nate Bonfardine recovered a fumble which gave the Raiders' offense the ball on the Panthers' 37.
The Raiders capitalized on its defense's success when Kennedy threw another touchdown to Kerr, increasing Brookville's lead to 28-0.
Brookville's final score of the evening came during the fourth quarter when Bonfardine ran in a five-yarder. Kennedy struggled with the snap for Yard's extra point but made due when he threw a pass to Conrad Schindler for the two-point conversion.
Because the Raiders had reached a 35-plus point lead, the running clock mercy rule was put into effect with just over 10 minutes left.
But Keystone found its way down field in that time, and Josh Lencer was able to put points on the board for the Panthers as he ran in a three-yard touchdown.