Despite playing a strong first half of football against the Coudersport Falcons, the Smethport Hubbers were unable to stop a second half flury and fell in their district playoff game by a score of 35-6. Smethport was able to hang around until the second half of play, and was able to contain a normally potent rush-attack during that span.
In the first quarter the Falcons were able to get on the board first, with a long drive that was capped off by a spectacular catch over the top of a Smethport defender that resulted in a touchdown. The Hubbers showed some resilience early, marching down the field and scoring a touchdown of their own on a touchdown run by Braeden Johnson to tie up the score going into the second quarter of play.
The Smethport defense buckled down to start the quarter, giving a Falcons team that had averaged more than 300 yards per game on the ground trouble finding running lanes early. After a back and forth stops between the teams and no one being able to get anything going, it looked like the score would be tied going into the second half.
Unfortunately for the Hubbers, the Falcons mounted a final drive that was capped off by a touchdown run by Brandt Kightlinger with only 30 seconds remaining in the half to give them a 12-6 advantage, and all the momentum moving forward.
The second half was a much different story, with the Falcons who had trouble finding running lanes in the first half. They were able to get things rolling behind the legs of quarterback Hayden Keck who score three second half touchdowns and give the Falcons the district playoff victory.
Smethport was led by a strong defensive performance, and bottled up the undefeated Falcons for the entirety of the first half and played a lot closer than the score implied.
The Hubbers racked up 13 tackles for loss with two sacks and were led by Braeden Johnson who was an absolute disruptor in the backfield coming up with four tackles for loss and six total tackles. Sophomore Travis Cooney also had a strong defensive showing, racking up 10 tackles to lead the Hubbers and was all over the field throughout the night.
Offensively, the Hubbers struggled to get their normally productive run-offense on track and were unable to post positive yardage against one of the best defensive teams in the area. They were led by Johnson who toted the ball eight times for 22 yards and a touchdown.
The Hubbers ended their season with a 6-5 record, and were able to make their way to the second round of the district playoffs before finally falling to Coudersport in the second round. With a young roster that only will be losing four seniors, will look to bounce back next year and improve.
Passing Yards: (Coudersport) Hayden Keck 3-5 47 yards 1 TD; (Smethport) Noah Lent 11-23 97 yards.
Rushing Yards: (Coudersport) Hayden Keck 16-104 3 TD; Brandt Kightlinger 12-100 1 TD; Jacob Pitcher 11-28; Kolby Vanwhy 7-11. (Smethport) Bryent Johnson 3-(-2); Braedon Johnson 8-22 1 TD; Noah Lent 12 (-25)
Receiving Yards: (Coudersport) John Minor 3-47 1 TD. (Smethport) Bryent Johnson 1-17; Braedon Johnson 5-68; Ryl Burntt 4-16; 1-(-4)