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Kane Advances to Class AA Finals, 26-12

By Rich Rhoades

KANE — Overcoming the muddy conditions Friday night at Paul R. Miller Field, which had to be cleared of snow earlier in the day, the Kane Wolves notched a 26-12 win over the Brookville Raiders in the first round of the District 9 Class AA playoffs for the second straight year.

And also like last year, the Wolves (11-0) will face Karns City in the championship game. The Gremlins beat the Wolves, 33-27, in a playoff classic won the final seconds.

Against the Raiders, the Wolves got a workhorse effort from running back John English, who gained 169 yards on 31 carries with a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Quarterback Kevin Cleer completed 10 of 17 passes for 79 yards and threw two TD passes to Jeff Kocjancic and Logan Zuzek.

The Raiders (6-5) scored twice on a 13-yard run by Zach Vroman and 47-yard run by Brodie Zacherl. Each time the Raiders scored, however, Kane answered with touchdowns on the following possession. Zuzek’s 12-yard TD reception put the Wolves up by the final margin with 5:08 left in the third quarter.

Kane made it 19-6 at intermission thanks to a big special teams play by Nate Moore. He blocked Jacob Keesecker’s punt attempt and returned the loose ball 32 yards for a Wolves touchdown with just 36 seconds left before halftime.

Zacherl led the Raiders with 83 yards rushing on just two carries. His 36-yard run late in the third quarter put the Raiders at the Kane 4 with a first down following Kane’s final touchdown, but the Raiders went backwards from there with their drive stalling back at the Wolves’ 26 thanks to a holding penality, Nathan Klaiber 7-yard sack of Raiders quarterback Bobby McGranor and a 7-yard loss on a screen pass.

KANE 26, BROOKVILLE 12

Score By Quarters

Brookville            0            6            6            0            –            12

Kane                        7            12            7            0            –            26

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

K – Jeff Kocjancic 13 pass from Kevin Cleer (Dillon Mattis kick), 8:02.

Second Quarter

B – Zach Vroman 13 run (kick failed), 9:01.

K – John English 2 run (kick blocked), 4:49.

K – Nate Moore 32 blocked punt return (pass failed), :36.

Third Quarter

B – Brodie Zacherl 47 run (run failed), 9:37.

K – Logan Zuzek 12 pass from Kevin Cleer (Dillon Mattis kick), 5:08.

                                                B                        K

First Downs                                    5                        16

Rushes-Yards                                    35-181                        38-163

Passing: Comp-Att-Int            3-5-0                        10-17-0

Passing Yards                                    -14                        79

Total Yards                                    167                        242

Fumbles-Lost                                    6-1                        1-0

Punts-Avg                                    5-15.4                        5-24

Penalties-Yards                        4-35                        2-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Brookville: Zach Vroman 18-68, Brodie Zacherl 2-83, Jonah Sampson 7-41, Jacob Keesecker 1-4, Cole Clever 1-(-1), Bobby McGranor 6-(-14). Kane: John English 31-169, James Lingenfelter 4-6, Kevin Cleer 1-(-1), Team 2-(-2).

PASSING — Brookville: Bobby McGranor 3-for-4, minus-14 yards; Zach Vroman 0-for-1. Kane: Kevin Cleer 10-for-17, 79 yards, 2 TDs.

RECEIVING — Brookville: Braiden Smith 1-(-5), Zach Vroman 1-(-2), Brodie Zacherl 1-(-7). Kane: Andrew Pierson 5-39, Jeff Kocjancic 4-28, Logan Zuzek 1-12.

SACKS — Brookville: Stewart Chesnutt. Kane: Nathan Klaiber.

KICK RETURNS — Brookville: Brodie Zacherl 2-37, Braiden Smith 1-28, Donald Nighswander 1-0. Kane: Jake Westerburg 14, Tyler Rolick 2-33.

PUNT RETURNS — Brookville: Zach Vroman 3-40, Braiden Smith 1-10.

PUNTING — Brookville: Jacob Keesecker 4-67 (long 33), Team 1 blocked punt. Kane: Tyler Rolick 5-120 (long 29).

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