It felt like playoff weather at Clarion University’s Memorial Field on Thursday evening and the Karns City Gremlins put on a great performance for the occasion.
After a bye week to the championship game, both the Punxsutawney Chucks and Karns City Gremlins came into the title game rested and refreshed.
In the beginning, it looked like it could be anyone’s game. The Chucks marched down the field to score on their opening drive thanks to a pass from Dylan Ishman to Tyler Richardson, Punxsutawney went up 7-0.
However, that would be the last of the scoring from the Chucks until the end of the game.
The Gremlins went on to score 42 unanswered points behind the rushing attack that got them there in the first place.
Karns City opened their scoring with a short 3 yard run from running-back Dalton Beham which turned out to be one of four touchdown runs from the senior back on the night.
Beham scored another two touchdowns in the first half, including a 7-yard TD run after a blocked punt towards the end of the first half. Also contributing to the first half scoring for Karns City was Clay Garing. The score at half-time was Karns City 28, Punxsutawney 7.
The Gremlins would go right back out there and score quickly after receiving the ball after the post half kick-off. Dalton Beham rushed it 33 yards on a tail-back draw to make the score 35-7.
After that, in the third quarter the Gremlins sophomore quarterback Anthony Kamenski bolted 23 yards to score himself his first playoff touchdown giving the Gremlins a 42-7 lead.
The Chucks would go on to score one more touchdown in the fourth quarter for pride sake. It was yet again Dylan Ishman who found Tyler Richardson in the corner of the end-zone to give us the final score of 42-14.
Karns City will move on to the PIAA state playoffs now and they will be matching up against the winner of the undefeated Mercyhurst Lakers or the 7-3 Sharon Tigers.