The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team opened the 2011 season with a 34-28 victory over the Brookville Raiders Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium before a good-sized crowd.
â€śThat was a good football game. It was well-played by both squads,â€ť said Dutch coach Joe Schlimm. â€śI thought we played gutsy and played with emotion and heart.â€ť
â€śDuring our second possession of the second half, we began to win the battle at the line of scrimmage,â€ť he said.
The Dutch were led on the ground by Justin Quiggle with 85 net yards on 11 carries. Brian Merritt gained 80 yards on 17 carries and Cody Baker added 67 net yards on 14 carries. Quarterback David Aul was three-of-four for 67 yards and a touchdown. Quiggle caught two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown and Sam Guido caught one pass good for 20 yards.
For Brookville, Ryan Kerr finished with 127 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Steve Kennedy was nine-of-18 for 159 yards and an interception.
For the Dutch defense, Trent Schreiber had an interception and Aul came up with a fumble recovery.
â€śWe are looking forward to Clarion-Limestone next week. This is a start. Hopefully, weâ€™ll get better as we go along,â€ť said Schlimm.
The Dutch won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.
Brookville took the opening kickoff and moved to the St. Marys 45, where they faced a third and seven. Kennedy found Sebastian Kerr open on a 45-yard pass play, which gave the Raiders the 6-0 lead. Cam Yard added the PAT as the Raiders led 7-0 with 10:41 left in the first quarter.
St. Marys got as far as the 50 before being forced to punt. Quiggleâ€™s punt was downed at the one-yard line. On first down, Brookville fumbled, with Dutchman Trent Schreiber recovering on the four-yard line. On first down, Quiggle was thrown for a five-yard loss. On second down, Aul hit Quiggle with a nine-yard touchdown pass. Scott Barber added the PAT to knot the game at 7-all with 5:32 left in the first quarter.
The teams traded punts, with Brookville taking over on the St. Marysâ€™ 32 yard line. Kennedy hit Conan Gilhousen with an 18-yard pass to the 14 of the Dutch. After an incomplete pass on first down, Kennedy was thrown for a three-yard loss by Dutchman Luke Schreiber. On the last play of the first quarter, Kennedy got the ball back to the 14. On fourth and seven, Kennedy hit Gilhousen with a 14-yard fade pass, giving the Raiders the 13-7 lead with 11:54 left in the first half. Yard added the PAT, 14-7.
St. Marys took over on their own 20 after the Brookville kickoff went into the endzone. Merritt gained five yards on first down and four on second down. A six-yard run by Baker gave the Dutch a first down. Quiggle gained 15 to the 50 on first down. An illegal block on the Dutch moved the ball back to their own 40. Quiggle gained five yards to the 45. A procedure penalty moved it back to the 40. On second down, Aul hit Quiggle with a 38-yard pass that moved the ball to the Brookville 22. Merritt gained a yard to the 21. On third down, Aul hit Guido with a 20-yard pass play down to the one. On first and goal, Aul scored on a quarterback sneak, making the score 14-13. Barberâ€™s PAT made it 14-14 with 7:07 left in the half.
The Raiders moved to the St. Marys 30, where they had a first down. Aul intercepted a pass on their 25 to halt the Raider drive.
The teams then traded punts with the Dutch, taking over on their own 36. On first down, Quiggle got to the left sideline and tightroped his way 64 yards to the endzone, giving St. Marys the 20-14 lead. Barber made the score 21-14 with 29 seconds left in the half. The Dutch went to the locker room at the half up 21-14.
St. Marys was forced to punt on their first possession. Brookville went 41 yards in seven plays, with Ryan Kerr scoring from 21 yards out to tie the game at 21 with 6:31 left in the third period.
The Dutch responded with a nine-play, 74-yard scoring drive of their own. Merritt gained three to the 29 on first down and three more on second down. Aul picked up 13 yards to the 45. Merrit gained two to the 47. The Dutch were penalized five yards for illegal motion. Quiggle gained five to the 47 and a facemask penalty moved it to the 48. Merritt picked up a yard to the 47, with Aul getting 15 to the 32 and a first down. Baker gained six yards to the 26. An offside on Brookville moved it to the 21. On second down, Merritt broke free on a 21-yard scoring scamper as the Dutchmen took the lead with 1:38 left in the period, with the score at 27-21 as the PAT failed.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Brookville punted. St. Marys took over on their own 36. Merritt was thrown for a six-yard loss on first down. Baker gained 15 to the 45. Merritt gave the Dutch a first down on a 10-yard carry. Nine plays later, behind the running of Merritt and Baker, the Dutch scored on a seven-yard run by Baker, making the score 34-21 with 6:33 left in the game.
The teams traded possessions, with Brookville taking over on their own 18. They were able to score with 1:17 left to make the score 34-28.
The Dutchmen were able to run out the clock to win their first game of the season, 34-28.
The Dutch are now 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the KSAC Large School division.
St. Marys will play host to Clarion-Limestone next Friday night at 7 p.m. at Dutch Country Stadium. This will be Elementary Night for the Dutch.
Prior to the start of last nightâ€™s game, a moment of silence was observed for three young men who were members of the St. Marys and Brookville football teams who passed away this summer. Recognized were Steve Glatt and Allen Gursky of St. Marys and Connor Gerg of Brookville.
The St. Marys Quarterback Club Pass for Cash made the following people happy: Chris Wolfe, Joe Renwick, Bob Meholic, Linda Buchheit, Dean Schatz, Mike and Beth Kronenewetter, Cathy and Bop, Carl Hasselman, Kelley Sadosky and John Coudriet.
Unofficial game statistics
First downs 11 11
Yards gained rushing 279 177
Passes attempted 4 18
Passes completed 3 9
Intercepted by 1 0
Yards gained passing 67 159
Total yards 346 336
Punts-average 3-34 4-35
Penalties-yards 7-40 10-72
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
Offensive plays 53 49
Score by quarters
Brookville 7 7 7 7 28
St. Marys 7 14 6 7 34
First quarter - Brookville - Steve Kennedy to Sebastian Kerr, 45-yard pass play. Cam Yard kicked PAT, 7-0, 10:41.
First quarter - St. Marys - David Aul to Justin Quiggle, 9-yard pass play. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 7-7, 5:32.
Second quarter - Brookville - Steve Kennedy to Connor Gilhousen, 14-yard pass play. Cam Yard kicked PAT, 14-7, 11:54.
Second quarter - St. Marys - David Aul 1-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 14-14, 7:07.
Second quarter - St. Marys - Justin Quiggle 64-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 21-14, :16.
Third quarter - Brookville - Ryan Kerr 21-yard run. Cam Yard kicked PAT, 21-21, 6:31.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Brian Merritt 21-yard run. PAT failed. 27-21, 1:38.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 7-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 34-21, 6:33.
Fourth quarter - Brookville - Steve Kennedy to Brock Bietz, 15-yard pass play. Cam Yard kicked PAT, 34-28, 1:17.
Rushing - St. Marys - David Aul, 7 carries, 31 yards; Justin Quiggle, 11 carries, 85 yards; Cody Baker, 14 carries, 67 yards; Brian Merritt, 17 carries, 70 yards. Brookville - Steve Kennedy, 9 carries, 16 yards; Ryan Kerr, 14 carries, 127 yards; Sebastian Kerr, 1 carry, 6 yards; Conan Gilhousen, 5 carries, 21 yards; Zach Vroman, 2 carries, 7 yards.
Passing - St. Marys - David Aul 3-4-67. Brookville - Steve Kennedy 9-18-1-159.
Receiving - St. Marys - Justin Quiggle, 2 catches for 47 yards; Sam Guido, 1 catch for 20 yards. Brookville - Conan Gilhousen, 3 catches for 31 yards; Sebastian Kerr, 2 catches for 83 yards; Ryan Kerr, 1 catch for 18 yards; Brock Bietz, 2 catches for 27 yards; Derek Shattenberg, 1 catch for 7 yards.