Kittanning defense holds Summit to just 165 yards in victory
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On the back of a stellar defense, Kittanning improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2004, on Friday, defeating Summit Academy, 15-6, in Class AA Allegheny Conference play.
The Wildcats (4-0, 3-0) allowed only 165 yards to the Knights (1-3, 1-2) and didn't give up a defensive touchdown.
“It feels good to be 4-0,” Kittanning coach Frank Fabian said. “I think we were picked to go like 2-7 this year, so it feels good. It makes the weekends better (when you win).
“This is a tough conference to play in, top to bottom, and when you win here, you've earned it.”
Kittanning marched down the field to begin the game, but missed a 23-yard field goal. The Wildcats got the ball right back when Summit Academy fumbled.
It took quarterback Braydon Toy one play to find wide receiver Nick Bowers for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Toy ran the two-point conversion in to give Kittanning an 8-0 lead, halfway through the first quarter.
After the Knights punted early in the second quarter, Toy hit Brady Crissman for a 30-yard score. Crissman caught the ball along the Kittanning sideline and fought off three defenders to get into the end zone.
Toy threw for 210 yards, 178 of them coming in the first half. He completed 10 of 18 passes.
It appeared Kittanning was going to cruise into halftime with a 15-0 lead, but on the final play of the half, Kittanning fumbled at the 40 and Knights' defensive back Nathaniel Cofer picked it up and scored to make it 15-6 at the half.
Kittanning's defense only gave up 57 yards in the first half.
The Knights had 10 penalties for 60 yards, something coach Steve Sherer said the team must work on.
“We made too many mistakes on offense,” Sherer said. “I coach the offense, so I need to be better too. Our defense played well; the offense has work to do.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.
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