Wildcats Fall To Gremlins

(Above image: Wildcats on offense)

The Central Clarion Wildcats fell to Karns City 37-13, on Friday night (September 10th).

The game started out well for Clarion. After forcing the Gremlins to punt, on their first possession, the Wildcats set up shop at their own twenty. Several plays into the drive, Breckin Rex ran the ball down the sideline for a 69 touchdown. The point after failed and Clarion led 6-0 with 8:33 on the first quarter clock.

The Gremlins answered on their next possession. After going mainly with the run, Eric Booher hit Nate Garing with a touchdown pass covering 35 yards. Zack Kelly’s point after was good, giving Karns City the 7-6 lead at 3:22 in the first. An 8 yard touchdown run by Jayce Anderson coupled with a Garing run for two, moved Karns City’s lead to 15-6 on the first play of the second quarter.

The Gremlins extended their lead to 22-6 at 5:55 of the second, on a two yard Garing run and Kelly’s point after. They closed out the first half scoring at 1:08 on a 14 yard Booher to Cooper Coyle pass. Karns City now led 28-6.

Neither team scored in the third.

A Gremlins’ safety, with 8:18 left in the game, coupled with a 1 yard touchdown run by Anderson and Kelly extra point at 4:17 gave Karns City a 37-6 lead.

But the Wildcats weren’t done. Rex had a fine 34 yard run to the Karns City twenty-six. Ryan Hummell took it the rest of the way for the touchdown on the next play, with 3:59 on the clock. Charlie Franchino’s point after was good setting the 37-6 final.

Coin Toss

Prior to the game, Karns City had a stirring “Time of Remembrance, honoring those killed in the 9/11attacks as well as the U.S. military personnel who gave their lives in the recent suicide bombing at the gate at Kabul airport.

Pastor Sam Swick, who has been Karns City’s (and East Brady’s) PA announcer for the past fifty years, led the tribute with some fine words.

Karns City students carrying US Flags honoring service members killed in Kabul blast

Thirteen Karns City students entered the field, each with a U.S. Flag, one for each of those military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the bombing.

After those bearing the flags lined up on the field, a moment of silence was observed, then Karns City Band member Conrad Dunlap played “Taps” on the trumpet.

The ceremony concluded with Karns City Drum Major Delaney Hindman singing the National Anthem.

Members of both teams and fans at attention (teams facing the end zone flag) just prior to Taps being played

A very fine tribute!!!!

The Wildcats are scheduled to host Brookville, at Clarion-Limestone on Friday (September 17th).

(Note: Official overall player stats were not available at time of posting.)