Kittanning's beats Burrell to remain perfect on season
Kittanning kept its season perfect with a 48-14 victory of Burrell at Buccaneer Stadium.
The Wildcats (5-0, 5-0) jumped on top of the Bucs (1-3, 2-3) less than a minute into the Class AA Allegheny Conference game when quarterback Braydon Toy connected with Alek Schaffer on a 54-yard pass for a score, and they never looked back.
Burrell's offense stalled on its first possession when a penalty and a sack of quarterback Cody Wolfe led to a punt.
Kittanning then embarked on a six-play drive that culminated with a 4-yard touchdown run by Nick Bowers. Bowers also had the key play on the drive, a 23-yard reception the play before his scoring run.
Burrell answered with an impressive 11-play, 77-yard drive that ended with Nick Pattock's 28-yard touchdown reception to cut make it 14-7. But that is as close as Burrell got.
“Good teams capitalize on the other team's mistakes,” Kittanning coach Frank Fabian said. “You have to make a team pay for their mistakes and that's what we did. I think too, that we are now getting healthy, and that's a big thing.”
One of those healthy players is running back Zane Dudek, who rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns on seven attempts. Toy added 67 yards rushing to go along with an impressive night throwing the ball. Toy completed 7 of 10 passes for 176 yards and two scores.
Both touchdown passes were thrown to Schaffer, whose two receptions accounted for 119 yards. Bowers had five receptions for 57 yards.
“It's always a good thing to come to Burrell and play like we did,” Fabian said. “This is never an easy place to play, and they are a well-coached team. So this is a nice win for us.”
Kittanning totaled 337 yards of offense to Burrell's 213. Wolfe completed eight of 14 passes for 118 yards and one score. Ryan Sowol led Burrell with 74 yards rushing on 18 carries. Sowol also led the Bucs in receiving with three receptions for 56 yards.
What followed Pattock's touchdown is a microcosm of Burrell's season. Kittanning took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Burrell 21. On a fourth-and-11, Toy threw a jump ball to the 6-foot-4 Bowers, and Pattock made the interception at the 1.
Kittanning's Jacob Robb recovered a Burrell fumble on the next play at the 3. On the next play, Zane Dudek scored.
“That sums up the whole night,” Burrell coach Kevin Horwatt said. “We have to eliminate the mistakes, and somewhere inside we have to find that little bit extra. That ‘want to' to make plays.”
The Wildcats added one more touchdown, a 12-yard run by Toy, to take a 35-7 lead at halftime. Kittanning scored on its first possession of the second half, a 65-yard pass to Schaffer, and that made the margin 35 points and allowed for a running clock until Wolfe scored on a 1-yard run with 9:37 to play.
Kittanning's A.J. Brochetti scored the game's final touchdown with 4:50 left to play.
Kittanning will play at Ford City and Burrell will play at Freeport, both games are on Friday.
Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer.