Kane bounce back in a big way Friday after a tough physical loss last week to totally shut down Cameron County, 41-0.
The Kane Wolves got their running game going early in the first quarter as Jonah Smith and Tyler Burdick picked up big chunks of yardage. Smith would put the home team on the scoreboard first as he followed his blockers into the end zone. Cameron County didn't have much better luck on their second possession as they would pick up one first down but the defense would force another punt. Burdick would carry the offense the next possession and moved the chains inside the 30-yard line. Then on the next play, Jonah Smith would make some nice moves and shed some tackles as he found the end zone again to put Kane up two scores. As Tyler Rolick would tack on the extra points, the crowd was now getting the team fired up as they went ahead 14-0 with 4:14 left to go in the first quarter.
A couple big penalties would give hope to the Red Raiders but Kane's stingy defense would again come up big and put a halt to the visitor's momentum.Â
The second quarter would be kinder to the Red Raiders as on back-to-back plays they would pick up consecutive first downs and have the Kane defense a little on their heals. After a Kane penalty and a pair of incomplete passes, the hopes of a score looked dim. Then on another big defensive play, Mike Swartwood would sack the quarterback for a big loss and force a punt.
Smith would again take over the offense as he picked up a first down. Quarterback Sean Jordan would follow with a nice run of his own of 13 yards and it looked a little like the Wolves would take charge again. Cameron County would show their strength and force Kane to turn the ball over on downs. Burdick would pick off the pass and make a nice run to give good field possession. Then he would finish the half off with a touchdown and take the Wolves into halftime leading 20-0.
The Kane offense would pick up four first downs in the third quarter to continue their momentum. A big pass to Rolick would pick up 21 of those yards as Rolick eventually capped off his big play with a 1-yard plunge and a 2-point conversion with Jordan taking it in for a 28-0 lead.
The Red Raiders got a nice kickoff return on the ensuing possession but a third-down pass was picked off by Nate Moore and returned 30 yards for another score. The teams would exchange punts and the third quarter would end with Kane winning 35-0.
Coach Barner would start the fourth quarter with his young kids now seeing playing time. The young Wolves showed good promise as Richie Edinger and Justin Wright would pick up the offense with some nice runs. Cameron County's defense eventually forced a fumble but the young Kane defense put together a defensive stand to take over on downs.
The third piece to this young offense showed his head as Andrew Pierson put an exclamation point on the night with a touchdown run of his own. The extra point was bobbled and Kane would preserve the shutout for the 41-0 victory.
"I can't say it enough of how extremely proud I am of this team," said Kane head varsity football coach JasonBarner. "To bounce back from that loss last week and come up with the effort we had [Friday] just shows the character of this team. We still have our goals within our reach. It was a total team effort [Friday]. Sean Jordan made some nice audibles on offense and both lines came up big."
The Wolves will be at home next Friday for their Homecoming against Smethport. The coaching staff look for the contest to be a good one as Smethport pushed Curwensville to the brink in the first week of the season before losing 53-33.
Kane hosts Smethport Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.