BROOKVILLE — The Karns City Gremlins spoiled the Brookville Raiders football team's Senior Night with a 45-20 win Friday night.
The Gremlins diverse running game gave the Raider defense fits all night, putting up 311 total rushing yards.
"They're fast and we're not," said Chris Dworek, Raider varsity coach. "We had some things open, but penalties hurt us more than usual, missed execution hurt us more than usual because they're tough. They're fast, and it's more painful when you play teams like that," he said.
Despite the defeat, the Raiders saw another strong performance from Brodie Zacherl, who trotted for 141 yards on 16 carries and had a monster 70-yard TD run.
Quarterback Cameron Yard rushed for 52 yards on 10 attempts. He also completed half his passes, 5-of-10, for 73 yards with 2 TDs, and an interception.
The Gremlins wasted no time starting their rushing attack Friday night. After a Yard kick that resulted in a KC touchback, the Gremlins took over from their own 20-yard line.
The first play of the game, running back Wyatt Everetts ran for six yards. The next play, full back Zach Moore trotted for 10 yards and a new set of downs.
On first down, Dakota Mohney took his turn running, grabbing nine yards. Jake Laughery ran on the ensuing play for seven yards and another new set of downs for the Gremlins.
Everetts, Moore, Mohney, and Laughery alternated handoffs until the Gremlins reached the Raider 24-yard line.
On first down, quarterback Tyler Kepple pitched to a Tristan Rhoades, who broke free for a 5-yard gain.
On second-and-five, Everetts took another hand-off on the reverse and picked up 15 yards, placing the ball four yards away from the score.
After two failed attempts at getting into the end zone, Kepple pitched to Moore on third down for a 3-yard score.
Kepple held onto the ball and ran in the 2-point conversion to put the Gremlins up 8-0 with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter.
It took KC 13 plays, 80 yards, five different backs and 6-and-a-half minutes to score on its first drive.
Brookville took over from its own 15-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. Zacherl accumulated only two yards over the first two downs.
On third and eight, Yard found Damien Payne open for a 17-yard gain.
Two plays later, Yard fumbled on a hand-off attempt and Karns City recovered.
The Gremlins took to the ground again and on the sixth play on the drive, Mohney trotted into the end zone off a pitch for a 6-yard TD run.
Moore connected on the PAT to put KC up 15-0 with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Brookville struggled on the ensuing drive, punting after three plays.
The Raiders were fortunate enough to get a solid punt out of Nathan Bonfardine to start the second quarter, which placed the ball at the Gremlin 11-yard line.
The Raider defense forced the Gremlins to punt right back after three plays of their own.
Kepple, however, answered with a monster punt of his own, placing the ball at the Raiders' 25-yard line.
Vroman took the first hand-off, but was grabbed in the back field for a loss of three. On second-and-13, Yard tried to find a hole in the Gremlin line but was also hit in the back field for a loss of seven.
On third-and-20, Yard scrambled and made a valiant effort to pick up a new set of downs but ran only 10-yards, forcing Bonfardine to punt once again.
The Gremlins scored again with a little over three minutes remaining in the first half when Everetts picked off a pass by Yard and ran it back for the score. Moore kicked another PAT and put the Gremlins up 22-0.
With one minute left in the first half, KC scored again when Kepple connected to Rhoades on a screen pass for a 40-yard score. Moore kicked another PAT and put the Gremlins up 29-0 by halftime.
"If we would have been more physical early, that would have changed the momentum and our attitude," said Dworek. "When you're not physical against a good team, they make you pay," he added.
Brookville got its offense going in the third quarter. On the first play of the second half, Zacherl ran the ball up the middle 70-yards for the score. On the two-point conversion, the Raiders ran a gadget play with Vroman completing a pass to Cecil Grubbs for the conversion, cutting KC's lead to 29-8.
With five minutes left in the third quarter, KC destroyed Brookville's hopes at a comeback when Kepple kept the ball and scampered 49-yards for the score. Moore kicked the PAT to put KC on top 36-8.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Yard found Nathan St. Laurent open for a 23-yard score.
Vroman tried to find an open receiver on the two-point conversion, but the pass was intercepted.
On the second play of the ensuing drive, Kepple broke free for 46-yards down the right side-line for the score. Moore booted in another PAT to put the Gremlins up 43-14.
On the ensuing return, Brookville's Jonah Sampson nearly broke free for the score but a KC defender dragged him down at the Grelim 42-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Yard connected to St. Laurent again, this time for a 31-yard score. Yard could not find the end zone on the two-point conversion, so the score remained at 43-20.
KC picked up its final two points of the night when Yard was called for an intentional ground when he threw out of his own end zone, awarding the Grelmins a safety.
The Gremlins had possession of the ball for the remaining 6:42 in the contest to hold onto their 45-20 lead for the final score.
"That was the most disappointing way we have reacted to bad plays and having gotten scored on all year, that's rough. This is week 11 and it shouldn't happen," said Dworek. "It shouldn't happen ever, but to happen in week 11 and react that way was frustrating," he said.