Snap lifts Bulldogs to victory
CLAYSBURG – The pistol offense can be deadly to a defense when run well.
Friday night at Bulldog Stadium, Claysburg-Kimmel and Glendale spent most of their time in the pistol shooting themselves in the foot.
The Bulldogs fumbled seven times out of the formation while the Vikings dropped the ball three times.
In the end it was a longer snap, out of the punting formation, that doomed the Vikings.
With the score knotted at zero in the fourth quarter, a snap to Glendale punter Matt Kimberly soared over his head. He fell on the ball at his own 8-yard line for a loss of 27 yards, and three plays later, Claysburg’s Conner Brown broke the tie with a diving touchdown.
The Bulldogs added a late score to pick up their second win of the season, 12-0.
“At this point in Conner Brown’s career, that touchdown was probably the play that defines him,” Claysburg-Kimmel coach Gabe Walter said regarding Brown’s leap over the pylon to cap a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:10 to play. “I wouldn’t trade Conner Brown for anything. He’s as tough as nails, and that’s a Conner Brown play. He knew we needed the score and he went and got it.”
Glendale (1-4) fumbled on its next possession, but Kimberly gave the Vikings another chance when he stripped Logan Johnson to give Glendale the ball on its own 18-yard line. Johnson made up for it two plays later, however, with an interception of Nate Braniff.
Brown took it from there, cashing in on a 20-yard score to set the final. Brown finished with a game-high 85 yards rushing and 40 yards passing.
“A win is a win, and I wanted this pretty bad,”Brown said. “It means everything to our team. We got blown out last week by Northern Bedford [37-0] and getting our first win at home is pretty good.
“We can win any game. We just have to have heart.”
Glendale was in a position to take the lead early in the fourth quarter after a pair of solid Kyle Stewart runs and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Claysburg. The Vikings made it to the Claysburg 19 before Kimberly was tackled for a 1-yard loss. One play later, Braniff fumbled out of the pistol and the Bulldogs took over.
“We work on snaps in practice,” Glendale coach Matt Irvine said. “I don’t know. The grass was a little wet tonight. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. We had missed opportunities.”
The Vikings finished with just 105 total yards, 56 of which came on two long passes in the final drive.
“The players have the ability to do it,” Irvine said. “They showed that last week. They just have to bring it the whole game. We started slow but picked it up at the end of both halves, but we have to start out that way.”
Claysburg (2-3) won a week after cornerback RoDale Weyandt was taken off the field in an ambulance following a severe asthma attack.
Weyandt made a full recovery and played Friday.
“It was good for him and the whole community,” Walter said. “To see him back out there was great, and he did a good job.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Glendale0 0 0 0 – 0
Claysburg-Kimmel0 0 0 12 – 12
CK-Brown 7 run (pass failed), 6:10
CK-Brown 20 run (kick failed), 1:10
RUSHING: Glendale-Stewart 8-41, Kimberly 11-32, Rojas 3-20, Hewitt 2-9, Braniff 11-(-26), TEAM 2-(-30). Claysburg-Kimmel-Brown 18-85, Johnson 19-84, Fickes 4-17, Hypes 1-1, TEAM 7-(-66).
PASSING: Glendale-Braniff 4-9-2-59. Claysburg-Kimmel-Brown 2-7-0-40.
RECEIVING: Glendale-O’Donnell 3-31, Potuschnig 1-28. Claysburg-Kimmel-Cerully 1-32, Hypes 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS: Glendale-none. Claysburg-Kimmel-Kerr, Johnson.