Dutchmen open season tonight by hosting Karns City

The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team will open their 2012 campaign tonight when they play host to the Karns City Gremlins at 7 p.m. at Dutch Country Stadium.This will be a Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference (KSAC) Big School contest.The Dutchmen of coach Joe Schlimm are coming off a 2011 season that saw them finish with a 5-4 regular-season record. They ended their season with a 5-5 mark as they lost to the Clearfield Bison in the District 9-AAA championship contest.Last year the Dutch opened their season on a four-game win streak as they defeated Brookville 34-28, Clarion-Limestone 44-6, Punxsutawney 34-12 and Clarion 20-16. They suffered a 39-15 loss at Moniteau, then bounced back to beat Redbank Valley 21-13 the following week.St. Marys lost to the DuBois Beavers 27-12, Union 25-7 and Karns City 33-21 to end their regular season. They lost to the Clearfield Bison by a 28-7 score in the District 9-AAA championship game.Karns City finished their 2011 season with an 8-4 record. They lost to Moniteau by a 26-12 score in the District 9-AA championship contest.The Dutchmen will be a Class AA team for the 2012 season.Other games being played this weekend include:Brookville at PunxsutawneyMoniteau at SharpsvilleClarion-Limestone at ClarionRedbank Valley at KeystoneAC Valley at UnionDuBois at Mifflin CountyOlean, NY at BradfordSt. Joan of Arc Catholic (Ontario) at Clearfield