KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A hour lightning delay did not deter the Keystone Heights football squad who responded to Nature’s timeout with 14 second half points to beat P.K. Yonge 28-14 in region 2-4A …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A hour lightning delay did not deter the Keystone Heights football squad who responded to Nature’s timeout with 14 second half points to beat P.K. Yonge 28-14 in region 2-4A play Friday night at Keystone Heights High School.
“The lightning hit some electrical stuff with the lights and we had to wait for them to come back on about an hour or so,” said Keystone Heights coach Chuck Dickinson, now 2-0. “The boys came back with some big plays in the second half to keep P.K. Yonge on their heels.”
Bradford County, 1-1, won a 33-7 decision over Baldwin on Friday with the Tornadoes, the defending district 5-4A champions, losing 24-7 to Taylor County in their season opener. With the new playoff points system, the two teams are now part of region 2-4A.
In the first quarter, Keystone Heights, with 240 yards on the ground, got a run touchdown from sophomore tailback Ty Friedlin who also caught a fourth quarter scoring pass from quarterback Adrien Ciena. Friedlin led the Indians offense with 139 yards on 20 carries with a score, plus the scoring pass in the fourth.
“Ty has come up big for us so far with Adrien doing a good job,” said Dickinson. “We only threw five passes and his lone completion was for the touchdown so that’s pretty good.”
Keystone Heights pushed to a 14-0 halftime lead off a 65 yard interception returned for a score by safety Sawyer Maxwell who ran untouched with the pick on an out pattern by P.K. Yonge.
After the break, junior running back Blake Sanders scored from three yards out to push the Indians ahead 21-14 after P.K. Yonge scored two quick touchdowns.
Friedlin’s fourth quarter scoring pass was from 37 yards out.
Dickinson gave credit to the Indians’ running success to his offensive line led by sophomore center Joseph Baxter with Tyler Cumbess, Dan Dodd, Cody Wells and Josh Hughes all being able to open holes for the offense. Hughes leads the Indians defense with 18 tackles.
“They are improving each week and giving our runners enough space to get downfield,” said Dickinson. “Joseph Baxter graded out as our highest blocker this week and is doing a good job at the center snap.”
On defense, Kaison Harvey also had an interception.