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Karns City pounds its way to win at Bradford

By Hunter O. Lyle

Special to the Eagle

BRADFORD — In its final league game of the season, the Karns City football team stuck with a familiar formula.

The Gremlins used their rushing attack to complement a dominant defensive performance, beating Bradford 42-14 to spoil the Owls' Senior Night.

Starting with the ball at its own 33 yard line, Karns City opened the game with its season-long game-plan, running the ball four consecutive times to march down to the Owls’ red zone. Seven plays after the opening kickoff, the Gremlins sat at the one-yard line, with their eighth play punching the ball in for a touchdown with 7:25 left on the clock.

The Owls showed some offense early in a mixed variety. Senior Troy Adkins rushed for a first down on their opening play, followed by freshman Logan Kohler snagging a short pass for another.

While the Owls did not score on their opening drive, a fumble forced by senior Lucas Luktash gave them the ball on the Gremlins’ 38-yard line. Laktash then caught a 26-yard pass from quarterback Talan Reese before also rushing into the end zone from the one-yard line two plays later.

With the score tied at the start of the second quarter, the Gremlins continued to use their brute-force run game to score again less than six-minutes into the quarter. From there, Bradford’s offense slowed to a near halt, being forced off the field on their first possession of the second quarter and fumbling the ball on the following one, resulting in a subsequent touchdown for the Gremlins with just 30 seconds left in the half. The teams went into the break with the score 21-7.

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