Cover 2: District 9 football news and notes

District 9 has seen a few surprised out of the gate this season, but some trends are also starting to emerge.

Here’s a quick look at the week that was.

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Smethport, Redbank Valley get statement wins

In the top two D-9 Small School North/South crossover games, it was a team from each league that perhaps started to separate themselves from the pack.

Smethport, which opened with a win over Sheffield, got a strong game from Grant Ognen, who threw touchdown passes to Bryent Johnson and Nathan Hollowell.

C-L trailed 14-0, but actually came back to take an 18-14 lead before the Hubbers were able to come back and seal the deal with Blake Kinner’s 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Redbank Valley, meanwhile, got a standout effort from Keaton Kahle, who scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns just minutes apart in the third quarter to turn what was a 12-8 halftime lead into a comfortable margin of victory, 31-8.

Chris Connelly had 97 yards receiving for O-E, while Cole Sebastian threw for 154 yards, but was interceped twice.

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Brookville loses Krug, loses to Brockway

A week after setting a school mark for single-game passing yards, Brookville sophomore quarterback Jack Krug was forced to leave in the first quarter against Brockway with an injury.

The Rovers were able to take full advantage, as Jon Wood had the special teams performance of the young season, returning a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns.

Freshman Tate Lindermuth stepped in for Krug and did show plenty of poise. Trailing 28-12, he connected with Cabe Park on a long touchdown that got got Brookville within six.

The Raiders were also without standout receiver Bryan Dworek, who missed his second straight game to start the season due to injury.

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First win for Smith

First-year Keystone coach Ryan Smith picked up his first varsity win, as his Panthers were too much for Port Allegany, 42-24.

Nick Weaver ran for 101 yards and a pair of scores to help Keystone to the win.