BROCKWAY, Pa. – Alec Shaffer-Doan threw for a District 9-playoff record seven touchdowns in a 53-28 Rover win over visiting Smethport in the District 9 Class A quarterfinals.
Shaffer-Doan, who threw for 369 yards while going 19-for-25, tied his career-high for touchdown passes in a game, which is also tied for the second most touchdown passes in a game in District 9 history behind the eight tossed by Brockway’s Derek Buganza in 2010. Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer twice threw seven touchdown passes in 2012, while Clearfield’s Chad Kroell threw seven in 1994. Shaffer-Doan also threw seven earlier this season vs. Otto-Eldred.
Thanks to Shaffer-Doan’s big night, Antony Isabella had a huge night as well catching seven passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns. Jack Glasl added four grabs for 102 yards and two touchdowns, while Anthony Benson had six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown and ran four times for 79 yards and a score while also picking off a pass on defense. Shaffer-Doan added 31 yards rushing.
The game, which ended up being the third-highest scoring District 9 Class A playoff game in history, didn’t start out that way with the teams tied at seven at the end of the first quarter.
Fifth-seeded Smethport (5-5) struck first on a 6-yard Ryan Nielsen touchdown run before Glasl pulled in a 29-yard scoring pass from Shaffer-Doan to tie the game for fourth-seeded Brockway (7-4).
The Hubbers then went back ahead 14-7 five second into the second quarter on a 5-yard Dustin Zetwick to Nate Wilber touchdown pass, but Brockway tied the game 54 seconds later on a 48-yard Shaffer-Doan to Isabella touchdown pass.
That started a stretch of five straight Brockway touchdowns including four Shaffer-Doan scoring passes before the first half was over that gave the Rovers a 40-14 lead after a Benson touchdown run early in the third quarter.
Smethport made it 40-21 when Wilber caught a 6-yard pass from Zetwick, but Brockway got two more Shaffer-Doan scoring passes to put the game on ice.
Zetwick had a nice game for Smethport going 11-for-12 for 188 yards and the two scores with his lone incompletion being an interception. Ryan Corbett had four catches for 116 yards, while Adam Shunk ran seven times for 65 yards.
Brockway will face Clarion in the semifinals next week at a site, time and day to be determined. It is a rematch of last year’s semifinal game won by Clarion 35-14.
NOTES – The 81 combined points are the third most in a Class A District 9 playoff game in D9 history behind the 88 combined points of Curwensville-Sheffield (Curwensville 56-32) Friday night and the 87 points of Port Allegany-Elk County Catholic (Port 47-40 in four overtimes) in 2010.
BROCKWAY 53, SMETHPORT 28
Smethport 7 7 7 7-28
Brockway 7 27 13 6-53
S – Ryan Nielsen 6 run (Ryan Stratton kick), 6:41
B – Jack Glasl 29 pass from Alec Shaffer-Doan (Jarrett Esposito kick), 4:16
S – Nate Wilber 5 pass from Dustin Zetwick (Stratton kick), 11:55
B – Anthony Isabella 48 pass from Shaffer-Doan (Esposito kick), 11:01
B – Isabella 45 pass from Shaffer-Doan (Esposito kick), 7:42
B – Anthony Benson 28 pass from Shaffer-Doan (Kick failed), 4:03
B – Isabella 43 pass from Shaffer-Doan (Esposito kick), :59
B – Benson 15 run (Kick failed), 10:10
S – Wilber 6 pass from Zetwick (Stratton kick), 3:05
B – Isabella 3 pass from Shaffer-Doan (Esposito kick), :21
B – Brandon Morris 29 pass from Shaffer-Doan (Kick failed), 8:53
S – Ryan Stratton 1 run (Stratton kick), 5:13
First Downs 15 20
Rushes-Yards 40-225 14-120
Passing Yards 188 378
Passing: Comp-Att-Int 11-12-1 20-28-1
Total Yards 413 498
Penalties-Yards 8-50 6-40
Fumbles lost 2-1 2-0
Rushing: Smethport: Adam Shunk 7-65, Ryan Stratton 13-49, Dustin Zetwick 9-34, Jimmy Duffy 4-35, Nate Wilber 1-14, Nate Becker 3-19, Ryan Nielsen 3-9; Brockway – Anthony Benson 4-79, Alec Shaffer-Doan 5-31, Mark Latuska 2-9, Jake Foradori 2-4, Chad Perrin 1-(-)3
Passing: Smethport – Dustin Zetwick 11-of-12, 188 yards, 2 Tds; Brockway – Alec Shaffer-Doan 19-of-25, 369 yards, 7 Tds, Braden Martini 1-of-3, 9 yards, 1 INT
Receiving: Smethport – Ryan Corbett 4-116, Drew Burdick 4-46, Nate Wilber 2-18, Ryan Stratton 1-2; Brockway – Anthony Isabella 7-163, Jack Glasl 4-102, Anthony Benson 6-84, Brandon Morris 1-29, Hunter Miller 1-9, Jake Foradori 1-1
Interceptions By: Smethport – Drew Burdick; Brockway – Anthony Benson