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The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team raised their record to 2-0 on the season with a 44-6 victory over the Clarion-Limestone Lions in a game played at Dutch Country Stadium on Elementary Night.
Elementary Night was interrupted by lightning with 8:20 to go in the first quarter. Each time lightning was spotted, a 25-minute delay occurred. The delay began at 7:07 p.m., with the game resuming at 8:23 p.m. The stands were also cleared due to the lightning.
Once play resumed, St. Marys needed three plays for quarterback David Aul to find Justin Quiggle in the endzone for a six-yard touchdown. The PAT by Scott Barber made the score 7-0 with 7:15 left to go in the first period.
â€śThis was a very good team effort tonight,â€ť said Dutch coach Joe Schlimm. â€śWe stayed together and dealt with the adversity of the weather delay.â€ť
â€śWe are a humble team. We played well together as a team and now we have to get ready for Punxsy. Weâ€™re really looking forward to getting on the road,â€ť Schlimm added.
The Crusaders were led offensively by Cody Baker, who gained 176 yards on 13 carries. He also scored three touchdowns. Brian Merritt gained 96 yards on seven carries, while Justin Quiggle had 90 yards on 11 carries.
Clarion-Limestone was led by Kaiben Smith with 93 yards on two carries. Joe Tommasi finished with 24 yards on six carries. Quarterback Billy Kelley was six of 13 for 43 yards. Quarterback Christian Bakewell was two of three for 38 yards.
After C-L punted, the Dutch took over on their own 23. A facemask penalty against the Dutch moved the ball back to the 15. Merritt broke free for 25 yards and a first down at the 41. Baker picked up 14 to the C-L 45. Merritt then went around right end for a 45-yard romp as the Dutch went up 14-0 on a two-point conversion by Baker with 5:18 left in the first period.
On the ensuing kickoff, the C-L kick returner caught the ball on the 12-yard line and was ruled out of bounds. Two plays later, Dutchman Luke Schreiber recovered a fumble on the 12. On first down, Baker scored from 12 yards out on first down, as St. Marys went up 21-0 on Barberâ€™s PAT with 4:55 left in the first period.
Again, C-L was forced to punt on their next possession. The punt traveled eight yards, with the Dutch taking over on their own 35. Baker gained two on first down, with Quiggle getting two more on second down. Merritt gained 16 to the 15 on third down. On first down, Baker broke through the middle for the touchdown, as St. Marys led 28-0 with Barberâ€™s PAT with 1:15 left in the first period.
Neither team could mount much of an offense threat on the next several series. C-L recovered a Dutch football on their own two. On first down, the Lions fumbled but recovered in their own endzone for a safety, making the score 30-0 in favor of the Dutch with 6:14 left in the first half.
Neither team scored the remainder of the half, as St. Marys led 30-0 at halftime.
St. Marys took the second half kickoff and marched 66 yards, with Baker going most of it on a 59-yard run to the Lionsâ€™ one-yard line. An illegal block penalty moved it back to the 15. Five plays later, Baker scored from a yard out to make the score 37-0 with Barberâ€™s PAT, with 9:21 left to start the mercy rule.
The Dutch had a second down and 10 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Evan Gabor gained 14 to the 11. He gained seven to the four on the next play. Robbie Glass scored three to the one. Gabor scored from a yard out, making the score 44-0 with Barberâ€™s PAT, with 10:14 left on a running clock.
Clarion-Limestone would score on a 90-yard running play to make the score 44-6 with St. Marys on top.
The game was called with 3:20 left in the contest due to a large lightning display to which the crowd reacted as St. Marys won 44-6.
St. Marys is now 2-0 on the season. They are 1-0 in the KSAC Large School Division.
St. Marys travels to Punxsutawney next Friday night for a KSAC Large School contest with the Chucks. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The following were made happy by the Quarterback Clubâ€™s Pass For Cash: Mary Jo Hillebrand, Tom and Sherry, Russ Thompson, Steve Aul, Mac Schreiber, Ed Calla, Marie Aul, Steve Regulski, Gary Tamburlin, Nancy DaMore.
Unofficial game statistics
First downs 9 6
Yards gained rushing 417 43
Passes attempted 3 13
Passes completed 3 6
Intercepted by 0 0
Yards gained passing 21 81
Total yards 438 124
Punts-average 1-31 6-30
Penalties-yards 5-50 5-50
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Offensive plays 47 35
Score by quarters
Clarion-Limestone 0 0 0 6 6
St. Marys 28 2 7 7 44
First quarter - St. Marys - David Aul passed to Justin Quiggle, 6 yards. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 7-0, 7:15.
First quarter - St. Marys - Brian Merritt 45-yard run. Cody Baker ran in two-point PAT, 14-0, 5:18.
First quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 12-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 21-0, 4:55.
First quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 15-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 28-0, 1:15.
Second quarter - St. Marys - Clarion-Limestone recovered their own fumble in endzone for safety, 30-0, 6:14.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 1-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 37-0, 9:21.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Evan Gabor 1-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 44-0, 10:14.
Fourth quarter - Clarion-Limestone - Kaiben Smith 90-yard run. PAT failed, 44-6, 7:49.
Rushing - St. Marys - David Aul 4 carries, -4 yards; Brian Merritt 7 carries, 96 yards; Justin Quiggle 11 carries, 88 yards; Cody Baker 13 carries, 176 yards; Alex Feldbauer 2 carries, 5 yards; Evan Gabor 4 carries, 42 yards; Robbie Glass 3 carries, 14 yards. Clarion-Limestone - Billy Kelley 10 carries, -16 yards; Joe Tommasi 6 carries, 24 yards; Zach Kemmer 1 carry, -1 yard; Christian Bakewell 1 carry, -14 yards; Cole Lyle 1 carry, 0 yards; Tommy Smith 1 carry, -13 yards; Kaiben Smith 2 carries, 93 yards.
Passing - St. Marys - David Aul 3-3-21. Clarion-Limestone - Billy Kelley 6-13-43; Christian Bakewell 2-3-38.
Receiving - St. Marys - Justin Quiggle 3 catches, 21 yards. Clarion-Limestone - George Haws 2 catches, 9 yards; Brook Bennett 2 catches, 14 yards; Brent Slater 2 catches, 42 yards; Taylor Port 1 catch, 16 yards.