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October 15, 2009
By David Somerville of Clarion Area Jr Sr High Sch

KSAC crown on the line when Clarion travels to face Karns City

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 This is the week that Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference football fans have been waiting for all season. One-loss Clarion travels to face undefeated Karns City with the conference title on the line. If the Gremlins win they will have, for all intents and purposes, secured their fourth KSAC title in the past five years. The Bobcats are looking for their first league crown since 3005 when they shared the championship with Karns City and Clarion-Limestone, As for me, I am looking for my third straight week of a perfect record for my picks so let's get to them.

Clarion (5-1 KSAC, 5- 1 overall) at Karns City (6-0, 6-0)

Clarion enters the game still having a question at quarterback with Bobcats' coach Larry Wiser rotating both quarterbacks in Clarion's 52-14 win over Union. In their last win, the Bobcats rolled-up over 500 yards rushing but that was against Union, not Karns City.

The Gremlin's rush defense has been spectacular the past three weeks holding C-L, Keystone and Redbank Valley to a combined minus-50 yards on the ground. Offensively, Karns City is beginning to hit on all cylinders scoring 130 points total the past three games. Aaron Markle and Dylan Hipple have been the catalysts for the Gremlin's attack with Markle rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns while Hipple has thrown for over 600 yards and six touchdowns.

Last year, the Bobcats held Karns City to 13 points and had an opportunity to upset the Gremlins but Clarion missed some opportunities in the red zone.

I believe the school of thought in football when a team has two starting quarterbacks; it has no starting quarterback that's why I have to go with the Gremlins.

Karns City 27, Clarion 20

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