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QB Toy paces Kittanning to easy win

| Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Kittanning running back Zane Dudek goes to the air leaping Freeport defenders on his way to a nice gain during first half action on Friday night at James Shwartz Memorial Field in Freeport, August 30, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Kittanning's Braydon Toy (left) attempts to run away from the Freeport defense during the first half Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at James Shwartz Memorial Field in Freeport.

Year 2 of Kittanning head coach Frank Fabian's spread offense got off to an impressive start.

Junior quarterback Braydon Toy ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, and freshman running back Zane Dudek had 84 yards and three touchdowns to lead Kittanning to a 40-14 Allegheny Conference win over Freeport on Friday.

The Wildcats (1-0, 1-0) were stopped on their opening drive but scored the next five times they had the ball. Kittanning also limited Freeport (0-1, 0-1) to 20 yards in the first half to open up a 33-0 halftime lead.

“Hats off to our offensive line because they got those guys going,” Fabian said. “I'd be lying if I said I envisioned that before the game. Freeport, historically, is a good defensive team, and they will be again as the year goes on.”

Kittanning began the scoring with the first varsity touchdown for Dudek, who dove into the left corner of the end zone for a 4-yard score. The dominance on the ground continued with touchdown runs of 33 and 18 yards by Toy as the Wildcats had a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.

“Our line did a great job getting everybody pushed off the ball and opening holes for us,” Toy said. “I could have driven a truck though some of those holes. It was just an awesome game.”

Junior receiver Nick Bowers took a direct snap and scored on a 62-yard run that, in many ways, summed up the game.

On fourth-and-1, Bowers took the direct snap up the middle and was met by a good surge from the Freeport line. But Bowers spun to his left and broke toward the sideline, where he turned upfield and pulled away from the Freeport defense.

Dudek finished the scoring with touchdown runs of 25 and 10 yards.

“We were real confident coming into the game,” Toy said. “A lot of people were doubting us, so we wanted to come out and show what we can do.”

Freeport had a better second half led by senior running back Steven Lassinger, who finished with a team-high 42 yards and a touchdown. The Yellowjackets were hurt by youth and an injury in the first half to senior running back Josh Brestensky, who did not return.

“Kittanning did an awesome job, and I just didn't prepare our boys enough,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “We came out with a goal to win the second half, and we did with only two seniors and five sophomores out there on offense.

“We just have to get better for next week.”

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mgrubba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.

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