Replacement QB leads Eastern past Kennard-Dale
Playing quarterback is almost like riding a bike to Eastern York senior Jimmy Kurnik.
Sophomore signal-caller Seth Bernstein missed Friday night's YAIAA Division II game against Kennard-Dale. So Kurnik was asked to move from wide receiver to quarterback.
Until Bernstein's injury two weeks ago against Susquehannock, the 5-foot-10, 168-pound Kurnik hadn't played the position since scrimmages back in August.
But Kurnik didn't look rusty in his return to the position Friday night. He threw for one score and ran for another as the Golden Knights ran away with a 26-6 win at Eastern York High School.
"It was exhilarating" Kurnik said. "Everything just clicked. The team made good blocks and we ran the ball well."
Eastern York (4-4, 4-1) ran the ball 52 times in the game while attempting just two passes. One of those was a 13-yard score to Kaleb Corwell.
"We made a separate package for me and it had more run plays," Kurnik said. "That's why we didn't throw much. The run was working."
The Golden Knights defense limited Kennard-Dale (0-8, 0-5 Division II) to 13 rushing yards and 6 passing yards in the second half.
"The defense has been great," said first-year Eastern York coach Jeff Mesich. "We made an adjustment after the first week and the kids bought into it. They've been playing downhill and fast."
EY -- Kaleb Corwell 13 pass from Jimmy Kurnik (Brock Morrison kick), 5:18
KD -- Wyatt McCleary 1 run (kick failed), 9:36
EY -- Logan Kline 15 run (kick failed), 5:18
EY -- Kurnik 2 run (pass failed), 8:38
EY -- Keegan Corwell 1 run (Morrison kick), 2:40
Rushing — Kennard-Dale, Wyatt McCleary 19-54, Michael Lizzi 3-45, Dalton Stike 6-40, Nicholas Fritz 2-(-2), Shawn Ellis 1-(-3), Noah Hulslander 8-(-33). Eastern York, Logan Kline 19-91, Jimmy Kurnik 15-68, Keegan Corwell 9-37, Kaleb Corwell 4-21, Rickey Moore 3-6, Zachary Grove 1-(-1), Brock Morrison 1-(-19).
Passing — Kennard-Dale, Hulslander 3-9, 17 yds., 0 TD, 1 Int. Eastern York, Kurnik 1-2, 13 yds., 1 TD, 0 Int.
Receiving — Kennard-Dale, Fritz 2-17, Lizzi 1-0. Eastern York, Kaleb Corwell 1-13.