Newcomb powers Clarion in win over Karns City
Clarion's Austin Newcomb rushes for four second half touchdowns in Bobcats' 42-14 win over Karns City
By Steve Smail
For the CLARION NEWS
Austin Newcomb scored all four second half touchdowns as Clarion turned a 14-all halftime tie into 42-14 victory over Karns City at Clarion University Memorial Stadium.
Newcomb had fumbled twice in the first half while rushing for just 64 yards in the opening half but sliced through the Gremlins for 146 second half yards and the four TDs.
"He got down on himself a bit after those two fumbles," said Clarion head coach Larry Wiser. "He's tough to defend against and I'm glad he's on our sideline. If the defense puts 10 in the box and he gets past the line of scrimmage he's tough to catch. If they grab him by the legs he's able to shake out of those tackles as well. He's a strong kid and he's a great kid overall."
Much like last week against Moniteau, it was Karns City which controlled the clock, but the Gremlins came away with nothing to show for it as Karns City was forced to punt after a nine-play drive.
Karns City recovered the first Newcomb fumble at the Clarion 24-yard line after four Bobcats offensive plays.
Six plays later the Gremlins capitalized when Luke Garing scored from two yards out.
Owen Collwell added the extra-point kick to give Karns City a 7-0 lead at the end of one quarter.
Clarion drove to the Gremlin eight before another fumble ended the drive.
Karns City wasn't able to do anything with the turnover and ended up punting from its own nine-yard line.
Clarion (3-0 overall) took over at the Karns City 40-yard line.
The Bobcats needed just one play as Cal German connected with Ethan Burford on a 40- yard touchdown pass just a minute into the second quarter.
Beau Verdill added the first of his six point after touchdown kicks to tie the game 7-7 with 11:01 remaining in the half.
German finished the game 8-of-16 passing for 191 yards with the one touchdown.
Burford caught four passes for 130 yards and a score.
Karns City drove the ball from its own 28 to the Clarion 25 before Newcomb intercepted an Anthony Kamenski pass.
The two teams traded punts before Clarion took over at the Gremlin 46. Nine plays later, Kyle Bottaro plunged into the end zone from a yard out to give Clarion a 14-7 lead with seven seconds remaining in the half.
The Bobcats decided to kick the ball deep and Kaden Scherer made Clarion pay by returning the kick 83 yards for a touchdown which tied the game at halftime.
"The kids were down after that kickoff return," said Wiser. "We are still having trouble in the kicking game and that's something we will continue to work on. Assistant coach Dave (Eggleton) gave a great halftime speech. The kids really responded to that and it really showed in how they played in that second half."
The Bobcats took the opening kickoff of the second half and used seven plays which was capped by a Newcomb two-yard run giving Clarion a 21-14 lead at the 8:33 mark.
The big play of the drive was a 59-yard pass from German to Burford.
On its ensuing drive, Karns City (2-1) used 12 plays taking the ball from their own 29 to the Clarion 24 before an incomplete pass turned the ball back over to Clarion.
Once again it wouldn't take long for the Bobcats to strike as Newcomb took the hand-off from German and raced 76 yards for a Clarion touchdown to increase the lead to 28-14 with 2:44 to play.
"I thought that fourth down stop when they were deep in our end was big," said Wiser. "It might of only been one score at the time, but you never know in football how momentum might change. We got that stop and I think we got a score right away so that really changed things in our favor."
Clarion then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and took over at the Gremlin 29.
During the next drive the Bobcats had two big gains, plus a touchdown called back by penalties. Facing a third down and long yardage, German completed a 23-yard pass to get half of the yardage needed back. German completed an apparent touchdown to Cutter Boggess on fourth down from 32 yards out, but it was called back by a penalty. Facing another fourth down, German and Boggess hooked up again which moved the ball to the Karns City 2.
Newcomb scored from two yards out extending the Clarion lead to 35-14 after three quarters.
Karns City drove to the Clarion 21 and faced a fourth down. Ben Smith then tackled Hunter Rowe for a four-yard loss which turned the ball back to Clarion.
Three plays later after the change of possession, Newcomb galloped 53 yards for his final TD of the night. Newcomb's run set the 42-14 final.
"We were a little rugged all week in practice," said Wiser. "We lost a couple guys last week to injuries so we were plugging people into those spots. The guys really came out with a purpose after the halftime talk. We're 3-0 and that's where we're at. We still have a lot to work on. We know we have things we're doing well so we need to continue with that. We also know we have areas where we need to improve on so we'll keep working on those improvements."
Kamenski led the Gremlins ground game with 75 yards on 11 carries. Garing added 43 yards on 11 attempts with a score.
Clarion held a 244-190 advantage on the ground while Clarion's passing held a 191-16 advantage.
The Bobcats will travel to Brookville on Friday (Sept. 13) for a game featuring two undefeated teams.
CLARION 42, KARNS CITY 14
Karns City 7- 7- 0 -0 14
Clarion 0- 14- 21 -7 42
KC- Luke Garing 2 run (Owen Collwell kick), 4:28
C- Ethan Burford 40 pass from Cal German (Beau Verdill kick), 11:01
C- Kyle Bottaro 1 run (Verdill kick), :07
KC- Kaden Scherer 83 kickoff return (Collwell kick), :00
C- Austin Newcomb 3 run (Verdill kick), 8:33
C- Newcomb 76 run (Verdill kick), 2:44
C- Newcomb 2 run (Verdill kick), :53
C- Newcomb 53 run (Verdill kick), 2:26
TEAM TOTALS (Karns City; Clarion)
First Downs: 13; 13
Rushes-Yards: 44-190 ; 29-244
Passing Yards: 16; 191
Comp-Att-Int: 2-11-1; 8-16-0
Total Yards: 206; 435
Penalties-Yards: 11-86; 11-110
Fumbles-Lost: 1-1; 2-2
Rushing Karns City, Hunter Rowe 11-27, Luke Garing 11-43, Corey Dunmyer 1-4, Anthony Kamenski 11-75, Gage Cowoski 1-5, Owen Graff 1-1, Jayce Anderson 5-11, Kaden Scherer 1-13, Zack Blair 2-11. Clarion, Austin Newcomb 17-210, Kyle Bottaro 4-0, Cutter Boggess 3-22, Team 1-(-1),
Passing Karns City, Anthony Kamenski 2-11-1 16. Clarion, Cal German 8-16-0 191.
Receiving Karns City, Kaden Scherer 1-9, Luke Garing 1-7. Clarion, Ethan Burford 4-130, Austin Newcomb 2-15, Christian Simko 1-11, Cutter Boggess 1-35.