The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team scored on their first four possessions on their way to a 55-12 victory over the Union Golden Knights on Homecoming for St. Marys Area at Dutch Country Stadium.
The Dutch were able to build a 35-0 lead at halftime as the mercy rule came into effect for the second half.
“This was a good win for us coming off last week’s loss,” said St. Marys coach Joe Schlimm.
“It was a good opportunity to get all the kids in. Now we have to get Kyle Schneider back and are looking forward to finishing out the year with Karns City,” added Schlimm.
The Dutch offense was led by Schneider’s139 yards on five carries, all in the first half. Schneider returned after halftime on crutches. Kevin Hoy finished with 110 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Brad Yetzer was two of six for 60 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. Jimmy Werner and Brian Merritt each caught passes for touchdowns.
For Union, Kaden McGregor was the leading rusher, gaining 59 yards on one carry. Austin Davis picked up 42 net yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Trent Corle was four of seven for 96 yards and two interceptions. Brody Pollock caught three passes for 59 yards and Taylor Smith caught one for 37 yards.
Union started from their own 31 following the opening kickoff. Corle hit Pollock with a pass for 39 yards, putting the ball on the Dutch 30. Corle was thrown for a five-yard loss on first down. Taylor Smith was thrown for a five-yard loss by Luke Schreiber. Werner threw Corle for an 11-yard loss back to his own 49. Union’s punt was downed at the SMA 17.
On first down, Schneider broke free on a 36-yard ramble out to the Union 47. Hoy gained nine yards on first down. An offsides penalty on Union moved the ball to the 33. Hoy gained 10 to the 23. Schneider gained five to the 19. Merritt went the final 19 yards for the touchdown, giving St. Marys the 6-0 lead. Scott Barber added the PAT to make it 7-0 with 7:07 left in the first period.
Union moved from their own 35 to the Dutchmen’s 24 before running out of downs. Schneider gained seven yards to the 31. Hoy gained two to the 33. Hoy then broke free on a 67-yard jaunt, giving St. Marys the 14-0 lead as Barber added the PAT with 1:43 left in the first quarter.
Union was forced to punt as the second quarter began. The Dutch took over on the Union 47. Joe Luchini gained 12 to the 35. Merritt picked up 15 to the 20. Hoy gained four to the 16 and Luchini added four more to the 12. Yetzer found Werner open for the touchdown, and St. Marys led 21-0 with Barber’s PAT with 10:01 left in the period.
Union was forced to punt on their next possession, taking over on their own 14. Hoy gained a yard to the 15. On second down, Schneider broke through the left side on his way to an 85-yard touchdown run. The PAT was wide, and the Dutch led 27-0 with 7:12 left in the half.
The teams traded punts, with Union taking over on their own 22. Their drive was halted at the St. Marys 45-yard line when Jimmy McClain picked off a deflected pass. Union stopped the St. Marys drive as Pollock picked off a Dutch pass on the eight. Dutchman Darren Lyon returned the favor when he intercepted a pass on the Union 48.
On first and 10, Yetzer hit Merritt with a screen pass that went down the left side of the field for a touchdown, making the score 33-0 with no time left in the half. Schneider bullied his way into the endzone for the two-point PAT, giving the Dutch a 35-0 lead at the half.
St. Marys fumbled the second-half kickoff, with the Knights taking over on the SMA 36-yard line. Union turned the ball over on downs at the St. Marys four, as the Dutch defense held with 8:51 left in the third period.
St. Marys gave the ball right back to the Knights via an interception by Mikey Harris down to the Dutchmen’s two-yard line.
On first down, the Union runner fumbled the ball in the backfield. Dutchman Jimmy Werner picked it up on the seven and went down the right sideline 93 yards for the touchdown. The PAT by Barber made the score 42-0 with 6:43 left in the third period.
Union did not quit, as Aaron Graham took the ensuing kickoff at his own 22 and returned it 78 yards for the Knights’ first score of the night. The try for two failed as St. Marys led 42-6 with 6:28 left in the third period.
Union tried the onside kick with St. Marys’ Allan Gursky recovering on the Union 31-yard line. Cody Baker picked up two to the 29, with Joe Luchini getting seven to the 22. David Aul gained two to the 20 and a first down. Luchini then gained three, with Baker getting 12 to the five-yard line. Baker picked up four to the one. He lost a yard on second down, then scored from the two. The PAT was blocked, and St. Marys led 48-6 with 2:12 left.
On their next possession Union was forced to punt. Dutchman Sam Guido took the punt on his own 28 and returned it 72 yards for the touchdown, giving St. Marys the 55-6 lead as Barber added the PAT with 11:39 left in the game.
Union would add a touchdown on a 59-yard run by Kaden McGregor with 10:27 left, making the final score 55-12 in favor of the Dutch.
The Dutchmen are now 5-3 on the year and 5-3 in the KSAC.
St. Marys will close out their season next Friday night when they play host to the Karns City Gremlins in a KSAC Large School game. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. This will also be Senior Night for the Dutchmen.
Amy Donachy was crowned Homecoming Queen for the Dutch last night in a special halftime ceremony.
The St. Marys Area Quarterback Club’s Pass for Cash made the following happy last night: George Wendel; Jeb Sorg; Dave Farabaugh; Carley, Kenzer, Cameron; Steve Goodrow; Cathy Martin; Carl Hasselman; Dave Angelo.
Unofficial game statistics
First downs 10 6
Yards gained rushing 368 74
Passes attempted 6 7
Passes completed 2 4
Intercepted by 2 2
Yards gained passing 60 96
Total yards 428 170
Punts-average 2-29 5-36
Penalties-yards 2-20 4-15
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Offensive plays 43 42
Score by quarters
Union 0 0 6 6 12
St. Marys 14 21 13 7 55
First quarter - St. Marys - Brian Merritt 19-yard run. Scott Barber kicked PAT, 7-0, 7:07.
First quarter - St. Marys - Kevin Hoy 67-yard run. Barber kicked PAT, 14-0, 1:43.
Second quarter - St. Marys - Brad Yetzer to Jimmy Werner, 12-yard pass play. Barber kicked PAT, 21-0, 10:01.
Second quarter - St. Marys - Kyle Schneider 85-yard run. PAT wide, 27-0, 7:12.
Second quarter - St. Marys - Yetzer to Brian Merritt, 48-yard pass play. Kyle Schneider ran in two-point PAT, 35-0, 0:00.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Jimmy Werner returned fumble 93 yards for touchdown. Barber kicked PAT, 42-0, 6:43.
Third quarter - Union - Aaron Graham returned kickoff 78 yards for touchdown. Try for two failed, 42-6, 6:28.
Third quarter - St. Marys - Cody Baker 2-yard run. PAT blocked, 48-6, 2:12.
Fourth quarter - St. Marys - Sam Guido returned punt 72 yards for touchdown. Barber kicked PAT, 55-6, 11:39.
Fourth quarter - Union - Kaden McGregor 20-yard run. Try for two failed, 55-12, 10:27.
Rushing - Kyle Schneider 5 carries, 139 yards; David Aul 1 carry, 2 yards; Kevin Hoy 8 carries, 110 yards; Brian Merritt 5 carries, 46 yards; Robbie Glass 2 carries, 4 yards; Joe Luchini 4 carries, 26 yards; Alex Coudriet 3 carries, 2 yards; Cody Baker 5 carries, 20 yards; Matt Bryan 1 carry, 6 yards; Colby Mahovlich 3 carries, 21 yards. Union - Trent Corle 6 carries, 24 yards; Taylor Smith 6 carries, 3 yards; Brody Pollock 1 carry, 1 yard; Mikey Harris 1 carry, 4 yards; Peyton Herold 2 carries, 3 yards; Cody Kline 3 carries, 3 yards; Brody Schick 3 carries, 9 yards; Kaden McGregor 1 carry, 59 yards.
Passing - St. Marys - Brad Yetzer 2-6-2 for 60 yards. Union - Trent Corle 4-7-2 for 96 yards.
Receiving - St. Marys - Jimmy Werner 1 catch for 12 yards, Brian Merritt 1 catch for 48 yards. Union - Brody Pollock 3 catches for 59 yards, Taylor Smith 1 catch for 37 yards.