Corrected version stating second most not most points in Otto-Eldred history
By Chris Rossetti
It was an interesting Week Two in District 9 football with a couple of very entertaining games involving Brockway and Otto-Eldred and Curwensville and Cameron County along with some blowouts, including a surprise blowout victory by Clarion over Karns City.
Some things that caught our eye in Week Two include:
109 Combined points from Brockway and Otto-Eldred: The 55-54 overtime victory by the Rovers over the Terrors accounted for the most combined points in a District 9 game since at least 2000 and just the third time in that span that two teams combined to score at least 100 points. Interestingly, Brockway has been involved in all three including a second one with Otto-Eldred in 2009 when the teams combined for 102 points in a 74-28 Rover victory. Brockway and Johnsonburg combined for 101 points in 2010 in a 63-28 Brockway win.
Otto-Eldred tying for the second most points in a game: The 54 points tied for the second-most points in Otto-Eldred history. The last time a scoreboard read 54 tallies for the Terrors was in 1951 when they beat Sheffield 54-13. The school record is 65 set in 1976 in a 65-6 win over Portville (NY). Friday night marked fourth time Otto-Eldred score at least 50 points in a game (1969- 50-20 win over Allegany (N.Y.). In fact, Otto’s 20 second-half point and 26 second-half and overtime points were more points than the Terrors scored in the entire 1986 season when they tallied 18 for the year, and the 54 points were more than the entire 1991 season which saw Otto tally 42 in the campaign.
Shaffer-Doan tosses 7 TD passes: Alec Shaffer-Doan of Brockway had seven touchdown passes in the win over Otto-Eldred including six in the first half. The seven tie him with Clearfield’s Chad Kroell and Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer for the second most in a game in District 9 history. Brockway’s Derek Buganza holds the record with eight in a 56-36 win over Smethport Sept. 17, 2010. Kroell threw seven in a 54-6 win over Philipsburg-Osceola in 1994, and Bodamer tossed seven in back-to-back games last season torching Ridgway 55-14 Sept 14 and Coudersport 70-7 Sept. 21.
Karns City suffering a Mercy Rule loss to a D9 opponent: Karns City’s 35-point Mercy Rule loss at Clarion, 42-7, marked the first time the Gremlins had been Mercy Ruled by a District 9 opponent since Oct. 22, 2004, when Karns City dropped a 49-10 decision to Bradford. It was also the Gremlins worst loss to a KSAC foe since a 51-7 loss to Redbank Valley Sept. 24, 2004, and Karns City’s worst loss to a Class A team since C-L beat it 42-7, Sept. 10, 2004. Karns City actually went 5-5 that year.
Clarion beating Karns City by its largest margin in 46 years: Clarion’s 35-point win over Karns City was its largest margin of victory against the Gremlins since 1967 when it also won by 35, 48-13.
Vroman in elite company: Brookville’s Zach Vroman ran for 300 yards for the second straight week when he ripped Redbank Valley for 314 and two touchdowns after rushing for 306 in a win over Punxsutawney in Week One. It marked just the third time since 2000 that a District 9 back had back-to-back 300 yards. In 2011 (Oct. 14 and Oct. 21), Curwensville’s Alex Holland had back-to-back 300-yard games (389 and 310), and in 2002 (Oct. 4 and Oct. 11) Clearfield’s Dave Richards accomplished the feat with 325 yards and 363. Vroman is just the sixth District 9 back since 2000 to have at least two 300-yard rushing contests in the same season joining Holland (3 in 2011), Richard (3 in 2002), Clearfield’s Isiah Morgan (2 in 2008), Clarion’s Kyle Cathcart (2 in 2001) and Bradford’s Pat Pascarella (2 in 2010). Holland has the most in a career since 2000 with four, while Richards had three.
Hard-luck Cameron County: Cameron County has lost back-to-back game this season by a combined four points (21-18 in Week One to Brockway and 21-20 this week to Curwensville). It marks the first time since 1997 the Red Raiders have dropped two games in the same season by a field goal or less. That year, Cameron los a 10-7 decision to Port Allegany and 10-7 decision to Ridgway.
Port Allegany uncharacteristically blown out: Port Allegany losing 54-0 to Kane was the Gators worst loss since a 58-0 defeat to Brockway in 2001 and marked the most points allowed by Port since dropping a 59-7 decision to Curwensville in 2004. It was also the first time the Gators had been shutout since 2009 when Coudy blanked them 24-0. It was Kane’s largest margin of victory every against Port Allegany topping a 47-0 win in 1931.