PUNXSUTAWNEY — From recovering a fumble on the second snap of the game, things couldn’t have gone any better for Clarion in their opening game of their new co-op that includes Clarion-Limestone as Clarion rolled to 27 first quarter points on the way to a 70-6 rout of Punxsutawney on Friday night in Punxsutawney.

GENEVA — Right after William Smith field hockey takes the field and kicks off the 2019-20 athletic season, the Hobart and William Smith cross country teams will travel to Utica to kick off their 23rd season.

BRADFORD — Spinning its first shutout in two seasons, the Brookville Raiders got their football season off in dominating fashion by overwhelming Bradford on the road Friday night, 51-0.

BROCKWAY — The phrase “ground-and-pound” might resonate poorly around the Brockway practice field this week after the Rovers suffered a 43-14, season-opening loss at the hands of Karns City Friday.

Second-year leaps are quite common in college football. For example, Nick Saban went 7-6 in his first year at Alabama, and followed with an 12-2 campaign. Just recently, Texas’ Tom Herman jumped from 7-6 to 10-4. Nebraska is hoping for a similar ascension in Year 2 under Scott Frost, who knows a little something about second-year leaps (See UCF, 2017). This year’s Husker Extra college football preview is themed around the No. 2. It’s a prominent figure throughout the pages. It also could be a noticeable figure for NU in 2019.

MUSKEGON — Whitehall's girls cross-country team was the highest finisher among local teams competing at Monday's season-opening Orchard View Invitational. The Viking girls finished second, edging Reeths-Puffer 65-77 for the spot. Montague placed fourth.

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