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Keystone Oaks Takes Control of Century Conference with 35-21 Win over Washington



DORMONT, Pa. — Keystone Oaks has put themselves in the drivers seat in the Class-2A WPIAL Century Conference with a 35-21 over Washington on Friday night at Dormont Memorial Stadium. Keystone Oaks (7-2) can clinch the No. 2 seed in the Class-2A WPIAL Century Conference with a win over Brentwood on the road next Friday night. Washington (6-3) has already clinched a playoff spot. The Prexies game against McGuffey next Friday night will decide where Washington is seeded in the playoffs.

Keystone Oaks got on the scoreboard first, thanks to a 26-yard touchdown run by Shawn Reick to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 advantage with just under seven minutes remaining in the first quarter. Washington was unable to answer, as the Prexies went three-and-out for the second consecutive possession.

Reick capped the Golden Eagles’ second drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to put Keystone Oaks up 14-0 with 1:54 left in the opening quarter. The Golden Eagles marched 51 yards down the field on five plays.

A couple of nice runs by running back Zach Welsh set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Prexies quarterback Logan Carlisle to cut Keystone Oaks’ lead to 14-7 with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter.

Keystone Oaks responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass by Nick Buckley to Reick to enhance the Golden Eagles’ lead to 21-7.  On the score, Buckley completed a screen to Reick and he went the distance for his third touchdown of the night.

Logan completed a 29-yard pass to Rutgers commit Davoun Fouse to set the Prexies up at the Golden Eagles’ 27-yard line. However, the drive came to a halt after a fumble on the handoff exchange. The Golden Eagles gave the ball right back, as Buckley threw a backward pass and the Prexies came up with the loose ball at Keystone Oak’s 36-yard line. The Prexies capitalized off the turnover, as Welsh ran up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown to cut the Golden Eagles lead to 21-14 with 1:02 left in the first half.

Keystone Oaks fumbled again due to a backward pass and Washington took over from their own 42-yard line with 38 seconds remaining. Fuse, who rotates at quarterback and wide receiver, was looking deep and got strip/sacked, which resulted in a turnover. Keystone Oaks went into halftime with a 21-14 lead.

To open the second half, the Golden Eagles continued to gash the Prexies on the ground. Reick ripped off a few big runs and then finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give Keystone Oaks a 28-14 lead.

It took the Prexies just two plays on the ensuing drive to answer, as Logan found a wide-open Zxavian Willis for a 55-yard touchdown to make it a 28-21 game with 8:15 left in the third quarter. Washington forced a three-and-out on the following possession. It was the first time all game that Keystone Oaks punted.

On fourth-and-2 from the Golden Eagles’ 47-yard line, the Prexies got no movement upfront and Welsh got tackled in the backfield, resulting in a turnover on downs. Keystone Oaks relied on its rushing attack and went 52 yards down the  field on 10 plays and scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Buckley to put Keystone Oaks up 35-21 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.

Washington got deep into Keystone Oaks territory, but a sack pushed the Prexies back and Keystone Oaks came up with a defensive stand to seal the win.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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