PUNXSUTAWNEY - The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team scored 28 second-half points last night as they defeated the Punxsutawney Chucks by a 34-12 score in a KSAC Large School Division contest played at Punxsutawney.
The Dutchmen used the running of Cody Baker and David Aul in the second 24 minutes of play to put the game away. Baker finished the night with 233 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Aul finished the night with 95 yards on four carries.
“We weren’t at our best tonight,” said Dutch coach Joe Schlimm. “Punxsy had an excellent offensive scheme against us, but we found a way to win.”
“David Aul played a tremendous football game tonight,” said Schlimm, noting Aul’s quarterback sneak that went for 83 yards in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense played exceptionally well. They are the reason we were in the football game. Coach Jim McGonnell put a plan together and our defense carried it out.
“We’re excited about being 3-0 and are looking forward to playing Clarion next week.”
Punxsy was led by quarterback Garrett Zimmerman, who threw for 145 yards on an 8-of-20 night.
The Dutch defense allowed the Punxsy running game a net of six positive yards.
The Dutch won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Chucks were forced to punt on their first possession. It took the Dutch six plays to move 36 yards to score. Baker gained a yard on first down, with Quiggle picking up four to the 31. An Aul-to-Jimmy Werner pass netted 11 yards to the 20. Quiggle gained 12 yards to the eight and a first down. Baker gained six to the two on first down. On second down, Aul went the final two yards, and the Dutch led 6-0 with 8:20 left in the period as the PAT failed.
The teams traded punts for the rest of the period. The Chucks got on the board with 5:58 left in the half on a four-yard run by Alex Fedigan, knotting the game at 6-all.
The punters worked the rest of the half as the game stood at 6-all at halftime.
St. Marys took the second-half kickoff and moved from their own 32 to the 47, where they were forced to punt. The Quiggle punt was caught by the Punxsy returner, who was hit immediately and fumbled the ball, with Dutchman Jimmy Werner recovering on the Punxsy 17-yard line.
Baker picked up six to the 11. Aul gained seven to the four. Baker went the final four yards, giving St. Marys the 13-6 lead as Scott Barber split the uprights with 7:23 left in the third period.
The teams again traded punts back and forth as the third quarter expired. The Chucks punted on their first possession of the fourth quarter. The Dutch started from their own one-yard line. Aul gained three to the four on first down. Baker gained seven to the 11, setting up a third and short. Aul ran a quarterback sneak, where he wound up going to his right and finding a hole that led to an 83-yard scamper to the Punxsy six-yard line and a first down. Baker gained two to the four on first down and was held for no gain on second down. On third down, Quiggle went to the left and scored from four yards out as St. Marys opened a 20-6 lead with Barber’s PAT with 7:36 left in the game.
The Chucks were forced to punt on their next possession, with the Dutch taking over on their own 17 after a 10-yard holding penalty. On first down, Baker broke free up the middle and outraced the Punxsy defenders to the endzone for an 83-yard scoring jaunt, giving the Dutch the 27-6 lead on Barber’s PAT with 6:15 left in the game.
Again the Chucks punted on their next possession, with the Dutch taking over on their own four. On first down, it was Baker getting the call again, this time racing 96 yards for the score. Barber made the score 34-6 with 3:27 left in the game.
The Chucks scored on their next possession, making the final score 34-12 as the PAT failed.
The Dutchmen are now 3-0 on the season and 3-0 in the KSAC.
St. Marys is now 2-0 in the KSAC Large School Division.
The Dutch will play host to the Clarion Bobcats next Friday at 7 p.m. at Dutch Country Stadium. This will be St. Marys Area’s Homecoming contest.
Unofficial game statistics
First downs 7 6
Yards gained rushing 398 64
Passes attempted 8 21
Passes completed 2 8
Intercepted by 0 0
Yards gained passing 53 157
Total yards 433 163
Punts-average 7-30 11-34
Penalties-yards 3-18 3-10
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Offensive plays 49 52
Score by quarters
St. Marys 6 0 7 21 34
Punxsy 0 6 0 6 12
First quarter - St. Marys - David Aul 2-yard run. PAT failed, 6-0, 8:20.
Second quarter - Punxsy - Alex Fedigan 4-yard run. PAT wide, 6-6, 5:58.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 4-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 13-6, 7:23.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Justin Quiggle 4-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 20-6, 7:36.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 83-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 27-6, 6:15.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 96-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 34-6.
Fourth quarter - Punxsy - Garrett Zimmerman passed to Luke Janocha, 3-yard play. PAT failed, 34-12, 2:23.
Rushing - St. Marys - David Aul 4 carries, 95 yards; Cody Baker 17 carries, 233 yards; Justin Quiggle 11 carries, 50 yards; Brian Merritt 7 carries, 18 yards; Alex Feldbauer 2 carries, -5 yards. Punxsy - Garrett Zimmerman 13 carries, -31 yards; Alex Fedigan 11 carries, 10 yards; Jamie Bush 5 carries, 27 yards; Zak Bevak 1 carry, -1 yards; Ceasar Maruca 1 carry, 1 yard.
Passing - St. Marys - David Aul 2-8-0, 53 yards. Punxsy - Garrett Zimmerman 8-20-0-145; Nick Paulina 1-1-12.
Receiving - St. Marys - Jimmy Werner 1 catch, 11 yards; Justin Quiggle, 1 catch, 42 yards. Punxsy - Luke Janocha 6 catches, 108 yards; Alex Fedigan 1 catch, 5 yards; Cory Brooks 1 catch, 32 yards; Zak Brooks 1 catch, 12 yards.