The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team closed out their 2010 season with a 28-20 victory over the Karns City Gremlins Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium.
The Dutch finished the year with a solid 6-3 record.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, as the teams exchanged the lead during the first half and early in the second half.
St. Marys began to take charge when they went up 20-12 with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a screen pass from quarterback Brad Yetzer to running back Brian Merritt, who took the ball 34 yards for the touchdown.
â€śWe really played a good second half. I was pleased with the way we responded after the first half of play,â€ť said St. Marys coach Joe Schlimm.
â€śI think we beat a good football team tonight. It was a good way to end the season,â€ť said Schlimm. â€śI am proud of the way our seniors played tonight.â€ť
The Dutch offense was led by quarterback Brad Yetzer, who completed nine of 13 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown. Brian Merritt finished the night with 83 yards on five carries. Kevin Hoy picked up 72 yards on 24 carries, while Kyle Schneider had 37 yards on nine carries.
For the Gremlins, Tyler Slagle gained 93 yards on 17 carries. Cody Coyle gained 35 yards on six carries. Quarterback Dylan Hipple completed three of seven for 48 yards and an interception.
The Gremlins took the opening kickoff and marched down to the Dutch 10-yard line where they had first and goal. Jerod Hutchison gained two yards to the eight. Slagle was thrown for a two-yard loss. On third down, Brandon Bowser gained three to the seven. Karns City attempted a 25-yard field goal with 4:37 left in the first quarter that went wide right.
Following the failed field goal, the Dutch took over on their own 20. An offsides penalty on the Gremlins gave St. Marys a first and five at the 25. Hoy gained seven to the 32. The Dutch were flagged for illegal procedure and moved back to the 27. Yetzer and Werner hooked up for a 16-yard gain to the 43. Hoy gained two on first down and five on second down. He gained eight on third down to the Karns City 42. Hoy gained 11 yards on the next three plays. An illegal shift on the Dutch moved it back to the 36. After an incomplete pass on first down, Schneider gained six to the 30 as the first period ended. Yetzer found Merritt for a yardâ€™s loss on third down. On fourth down, Yetzer hit Darren Lyon for a three-yard gain to the 28 and the Gremlins took over.
On first down, Lyon intercepted a Gremlin pass and returned it to the endzone for a touchdown as the Dutch took the 6-0 lead. Scott Barber added the PAT as St. Marys led 7-0 with 11:03 left in the first half.
The Gremlins started at their own 17. Hipple gained six to the 23, with Slagle getting three to the 26. Behind the running of Slagle the Gremlins moved the ball down to the Dutch 15. On second and nine from the 15, Slagle went the final yards, making the score 7-6 as the PAT was wide right with 5:09 left in the half.
The teams traded punts, with the Karns City punt being downed on the Dutch five-yard line. After being thrown for a yardâ€™s loss on first down, Hoy lost two yards on second down. Karns City was able to recover a fumble on the Dutch two. Slagle took the ball in from there. The Gremlins took a 12-7 lead with 48 seconds left, as the try for two failed.
The Dutch began from their own 34-yard line to start the second half. Schneider was held for no gain on first down. Yetzer and Merritt connected on a 16-yard pass play to the 50. Hoy gained six to the 44, but a procedure penalty moved it back to the 49. After an incomplete pass on first down, Yetzer hit Merritt with a 22-yard pass play down to the 27. Hoy was held for no gain on first down, then picked up one yard on second down. Yetzer found Werner for a 16-yard gain to the 10. Schneider gained three to the seven, with Hoy going the final three yards and. The Dutch led 13-12 with 7:04 left as the try for two failed.
The Gremlins went three and out on their next possession. St. Marys took over on their own 39. Hoy gained two on first down and Schneider got eight on second down. Yetzer found Lyon on a 10-yard pass to the Karns City 41. Behind the running of Schneider and Hoy, St. Marys moved down to the 32. Yetzer found Joe Luchini on a 14-yard pass play down to the 18. Schneider picked up a yard on first down. After an incomplete pass on second down, St. Marys was called for holding, putting the ball back on their own 34. On third down, Yetzer hit Werner with a 34-yard scoring pass as St. Marys led 19-12. Barber made it 20-12 with 40 seconds remaining in the third period.
Karns City drove from their own 41 down to the St. Marys 14 as the third period ended. The Gremlins picked up a first down at the 12-yard line. Glenn Toy scored from 12 yards out, as Karns City made the score 20-18. The two-point PAT was a reverse, with Tyler Marsinetti scoring to make it 20-20 with 11:03 left in the game.
It didnâ€™t take the Dutch long to respond, as on second down and eight from the 30, Merritt broke free on a 70-yard touchdown run to give St. Marys the 26-20 lead with 10:09 left. Yetzer ran in the two-point conversion after a bad snap on the PAT, making the score 28-20.
Karns City got as far as the Dutch 49 before running out of downs with 6:47 left in the game. Behind the running of Hoy and Merritt, the Dutch had three first downs and were able to run out the clock to preserve the 28-20 win.
â€śI thought it was a trying season in some respects, but it was one that saw us progressively get better. We put together a solid year at 6-3. I will have good memories of this season,â€ť concluded Schlimm.
The Dutch finished their season with a 6-3 record. They were 6-2 in the KSAC and finished 2-2 in the KSAC Large School Division.
St. Marys senior football players and their parents were recognized in pre-game ceremonies, while senior band members and their parents were recognized at halftime.
Dutch senior football players who played in their final game were: Brad Yetzer, Kevin Hoy, Darren Lyon, Kyle Wolfel, Kyle Schneider, John Kronenwetter, Ryan Merritt, Nick DeStephano, Bryan Eichmiller, Jimmy Antonelli, Josh Rogers and Robert Rollick.
The St. Marys Quarterback Club Pass for Cash made the following people happy: Mike Taylor, Joel Meyer, Adam Krug, Rob Singer, Dave Hess, Mary and Joyce, James Swanson and Bob Meholic.
Unofficial game statistics
First downs 13 11
Yards gained rushing 185 171
Passes attempted 13 8
Passes completed 9 3
Intercepted by 1 0
Yards gained passing 131 48
Total yards 316 219
Punts-average 1-21 2-45
Penalties-yards 6-35 2-10
Fumbles-lost 3-1 3-1
Offensive plays 54 45
Score by quarters
Karns City 0 12 0 8 20
St. Marys 0 7 13 8 28
Second quarter - St. Marys - Darren Lyon returns interception 35 yards for touchdown. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 7-0, 11:03.
Second quarter - Karns City - Tyler Slagle 15-yard run. PAT wide right, 7-6, 5:09.
Second quarter - Karns City - Tyler Slagle 2-yard run. Try for two failed, 12-7, 0:48.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Kevin Hoy 3-yard run. Try for two failed, 13-12, 7:04.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Brad Yetzer to Brian Merritt 34-yard pass play. Barber kicked PAT, 20-12, 0:40.
Fourth quarter - Karns City - Glenn Toy 12-yard run. Tyler Marsinetti added two-point PAT, 20-20, 11:03.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Brian Merritt 70-yard run. Brad Yetzer scores two-point PAT, 28-20, 10:09.
Rushing - St. Marys - Brad Yetzer 3 carries, 0 yards; Kevin Hoy 24 carries, 72 yards; Kyle Schneider 9 carries, 37 yards; Brian Merritt 5 carries, 83 yards. Karns City - Dylan Hipple 2 carries, 5 yards; Tyler Slagle 17 carries, 93 yards; Alex Kinkela 4 carries, 19 yards; Glenn Toy 4 carries, 27 yards; Cody Coyle 6 carries, 35 yards; Jerod Hutchison 1 carry, 2 yards; Brandon Bowser 3 carries, 4 yards.
Passing - St. Marys - Brad Yetzer 9-13, 131 yards. Karns City - Dylan Hipple 3-7-1, 48 yards, Tyler Slagle 0-1.
Receiving - St. Marys - Jimmy Werner 2 catches 32 yards; Brian Merritt 4 catches, 72 yards; Darren Lyon 2 catches, 13 yards; Joe Luchini 1 catch, 14 yards. Karns City - Kyle Barger 1 catch, 11 yards; Tyler Marsinetti 1 catch, 36 yards; Alex Kinkela 1 catch, 1 yard.