BROCKWAY — It will be a matchup that many have talked about since the beginning of the season on Friday evening at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.
No. 1 Kane and No. 2 Clarion will meet up in a rematch for the District 9 Class AA title on Friday, playing in the same location as the two teams did a year ago. The Wolves beat the Bobcats, 21-14, last year.
Clarion actually outgained the Wolves in total offense last year, but had a couple key turnovers that swung the momentum in Kane’s direction.
Kane (11-0) and Clarion (10-0) both come into this year’s contest undefeated, and very few of their victories have even been close.
The Wolves had a scare in a 19-14 win over Ridgway back in Week 7, while the Bobcats also had a close 25-20 win over Clarion-Limestone back in Week 4. Other than those two games, both schools have beaten their opponents by at least two possessions.
The two teams made it to the final again as the Wolves beat No. 4 Brockway, 28-14, while the Bobcats ran away with a 55-12 win over Brookville.
Clarion running back Colton Rapp once again leads the way after returning from injury in the last regular season game two weeks ago. Rapp, a senior, which missed three games in the regular season, now has 843 rushing yards to go with 10 touchdowns on 86 carries.
While he was injured, junior Logan Minich got the majority of the work out of the backfield for Clarion. Minich now has 800 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 112 carries.
In last week’s game against the Brookville Raiders, Clarion ran wild on the ground and only needed to throw the ball four times in the game. The Bobcats put up 390 rushing yards and actually threw for negative yardage.
Rapp had 130 yards on 19 carries, while Minich ran the ball 16 times for 92 yards. Brendan Zerfoss (6-57), Keeven Weaver (4-54) and quarterback Spencer Miller (2-40) also provided good work in the run game.
In the passing game, Miller has 692 passing yards on 48-of-86 passing. On the receiving end, Weaver has 14 receptions for 131 yards.
For Kane, running back Erik Delong has been the workhorse for the Wolves. The senior has piled up 1,557 yards on the ground on 163 carries with 22 touchdowns. Ange Costanzo has added 660 yards on 68 carries and 11 touchdowns.
In the passing game, quarterback Reed Williams has 1,769 yards through the air with 21 touchdowns to go with seven interceptions. Ray Maze leads the way with 746 yards on 34 catches and nine touchdowns, while Jake Alcorn has chipped in with 401 yards on 26 catches and four touchdowns. J.T. Stewart (27-380, 5 TDs) and Costanzo (17-167, 3 TDs) have also been key contributors in the passing game.
In last week’s win over Brockway, the Wolves ran a balanced offensive attack with 189 rushing yards and 160 passing. Delong finished the night with 151 yards on 29 carries. Williams had 160 yards and two touchdowns on 9-of-24 passing for Kane, which led 14-0 seven minutes into the game.
The game on Friday is set for a 7 p.m. kick from Varischetti Field.
The winner will play the District 5 champion, which will be decided this weekend between Chestnut Ridge and Berlin-Brothersvalley.