Region 1 Sweeps Region 2 For 2nd Time in Three Years
Class A Quarterfinals
Farrell 28 Mercyhurst Prep 25
Farrell QB Forrest Wested threw for a TD and ran for 2 more, including a game winning 1 yard plunge with 0:21 left to give the Steelers a 28-25 win over Mercyhurst Prep. The Lakers jumped out to an early 19-0 lead before Wested connected with Lance Messett for a 6 yard score to get the Steelers on the board before the half. After the teams traded TDs in the second half, Wested capped off two 4th quarter drives with one yard scores, including the game winner. This is the 2nd consecutive season in which Farrell eliminated Mercyhurst Prep. Last year, the Steelers blew out a then-unbeaten Lakers team 39-0 in the district championship game.
Sharpsville 48 Cambridge Springs 0
Sharpsville's defense dominated in their 48-0 win over Cambridge Springs, forcing 7 turnovers and holding Spa to only 98 yards total offense. DerShawn Alberty-Brown and Joey Flynn rushed for 2 scores apiece in the win.
West Middlesex 47 Youngsville 0
Colin Patten rushed for 179 yards and 3 TDs, and West Middlesex forced previously undefeated Youngsville into 5 turnovers, as the Big Red rolled 47-0. Clay Allen added 117 yards and a TD for the Red, who ended an outstanding season by the Eagles. It was Youngsville's first unblemished regular season since 1966.
Mercer 48 Saegertown 20
Kyle Mariacher had a monster game, rushing for 304 yards and 5 TDs, to lead Mercer to a 48-20 win over Saegertown. Panthers' QB Noah Marvin threw 3 interceptions, including one that was returned 30 yards to the house to cap the scoring in the 4th quarter. Brock Lojek had 2 rushing TDs for Saegertown in the loss.
Class AA Quarterfinals
Hickory 33 Northwestern 12
DeShawn Coleman rushed for 143 yards and 3 TDs to lead Hickory to a 33-12 win over Northwestern. The Wildcats opened the scoring on a 35 yard strike from Grant Panko to Kyle McKeen. But Dionte Pope would put the Huskies up for good on a 30 yard gadget play in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern made it interesting in the 4th quarter on a 5 yard Aaron Morley run that made it 19-12, but Andrew Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to paydirt to put the game out of reach. Hickory will face Region 4 champion North East in a highly anticipated semifinal showdown.
General McLane 54 Greenville 32
General McLane had three ballcarriers go over 100 yards, and the Lancers defeated Greenville in a 54-32 shootout. Brian Suminski rushed for 120 yards and 3 TDs, Matt Astorino had 149 yards and a score, Josh Ponsoll picked up 134 yards, and Chad Kulka added 82 yards and 2 TDs for the Lancers, who will face Region 3 champion Wilmington in the semifinals. Greenville QB Tyler Gentile threw 3 TD passes to Nico Zahniser and ran for another in the loss.
East 27 Corry 16
Matt Cragg gave Corry an early 7-0 lead, but East erupted for 21 straight points in the 2nd quarter, including a 65 yard run by Darion Qualls and Tavaray Carr's 15 yard return of a blocked punt, to give the Warriors the win. East will face undefeated Region 5 champion Grove City in the semifinals.
Meadville 43 Slippery Rock 7
Meadville avenged their regular season overtime loss to Slippery Rock in a big way, rushing for over 500 yards in their 43-7 win over the Rockets. The Bulldogs' 3 pronged rushing attack was in full swing, led by Fred Epps' 259 yards and 4 TDs. Artrel Foster picked up 147 yards and 2 scores, and Terrance Goodrum added 98 yards in the win. Meadville takes on Region 6 champion Cathedral Prep in the semifinals.
Strong Vincent 42 Mifflin County 21
QB Denzel Jones rushed for 132 yards and 3 TDs to lead Strong Vincent to a 42-21 win over District 6's Mifflin County in the AAAA subregion semifinals. RB Michael Neavins added 94 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Huskies RB Harry Lowber rushed for 132 yards and 2 TDs in the loss. Strong Vincent will face State College in the subregion finals, with a trip to states on the line.
State College 28 Dubois 17
Jack Hafner rushed for 187 yards, and Andy Kelly scored 3 times to lead State College to a 28-17 win over Dubois. QB Sean Sleigh led the Beavers with 171 yards and a TD in the loss.
Youngsville, Sharpsville, and Cathedral Prep Clinch Region Titles; Playoffs Set
-Youngsville won their first ever Region 2 title, and completed their first undefeated regular season since 1966, by beating Saegertown 48-22. Jordan Gurdak scored 4 times on runs of 60, 33, 11, and 70, and totaled 204 yards on only 9 carries. Youngsville led 48-0 at the half, before Shane Rigby caught 2 third quarter TD passes from QB Noah Marvin to get the Panthers on the board.
-Meadville became the first team in Crawford County history to finish the season with three 1,000 yard rushers, as Artrel Foster eclipsed the mark in the Bulldogs' 55-0 blowout of Titusville. Foster rushed for 236 yards on 30 carries and 2 scores. FB Fred Epps rushed for 136 yards and 4 TDs in the win. Foster(1,024), joins Epps(1,318), and Terrance Goodrum(1,109) to reach the milestone on the year.
-Cambridge Springs clinched the #4 spot in the playoffs from Region 2 with a 12-7 win over Iroquois. Weston Stafford led the Blue Devils with 120 yards on the ground, including a 61 yard TD on the first play from scrimmage.
-Sharpsville clinched the Region 1 title outright with a 47-20 win over Linesville. Joey Flynn torched the Lions for 127 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards, and 5 total TDs. Linesville had high hopes coming into the season after they absorbed Conneaut Lakes football program, but the Lions seemed to stumble down the stretch after their upset loss to rival Conneaut Valley, and will ultimately miss the playoffs.
-Union City QB Tim Vargo threw for 2 TDs and ran for another to lead the Bears to a 21-18 win over Eisenhower.
-General McLane jumped out to an early 48-0 lead, and held on for a 61-33 win over Franklin.
-Cornelius Barclay rushed for 150 yards on only 6 carries and scored 3 times to lead Mercyhurst Prep to a 48-7 win over Maplewood.
-Alex Svetz rushed for 107 yards on 20 carries and 2 TDs to lead North East over Ft Leboeuf 14-11.
-Cathedral Prep kicker John Chereson set yet another school record, kicking 4 field goals in the Ramblers 35-0 win over East. The win gives Prep the Region 6 title outright.
-Reynolds RB Tyler Miller scored 3 TDs on the ground, and returned an interception 75 yards for another score to lead the Raiders past Seneca, 33-6.
- Lakeview RB Blake Reddick rushed for 266 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Sailors to a 40-0 win over Kennedy Catholic.
-Warren QB Austin Jerman completed 24 of 36 passes for 352 yards and 2 TDs, but Corry came away with a 27-22 win over the Dragons.
-Kyle Mariacher rushed for 271 yards and 4 TDs to lead Mercer to a 42-6 win over West Middlesex.
-Tyler Donati rushed for 106 yards and 2 TDs to lead Wilmington over Northwestern, 28-0.
- In other action, A-C Valley edged Conneaut Valley 18-16, Sharon hammered Oil City 44-6, Slippery Rock beat Greenville 23-12, Harbor Creek shut out Central Tech 40-0, and Dubois pounded Bradford 52-21.
-Playoffs begin next week, be sure to check back for previews of the games.
North East, Grove City Claim Region Titles
-Alex Svetz eclipsed Rickie Thompson for 2nd place on North East's all time rushing list, and Tyler Johnson, the all time leader, surpassed 3,000 yards for his career, as the Grape Pickers clinched the Region 4 title outright with a 42-14 win over Seneca. Svetz rushed for 110 yards and 3 TDs, and also caught a 26 yard TD pass from QB Cody Bailey. Johnson added 150 yards and a score in the Pickers' win. Seneca RB Joe Hibbler rushed for 172 yards on 18 carries in the Bobcats' loss.
-Wes Phipps scored 3 times, Foster Reznor and Tyler Dagres each scored twice, and Grove City wrapped up the Region 5 title outright in their 63-21 win over Dubois. Beavers standout QB Sean Sleigh completed 16 of 32 passes for 189 yards and 3 TDs in the loss.
-General McLane ended Girard's slim playoff hopes with a 48-7 win over the Yellow Jackets. Lancer RB Matt Astorino gained 160 yards and 3 TDs on only 5 carries, and Chad Kulka added a 93 yard TD run in the win.
-East wrapped up their first playoff spot in school history, with a 36-7 win over Ft. Leboeuf. Darion Qualls caught a 67 yard TD pass from Anthony Jordan, and took a handoff 58 yards for another score, and Levonte Ford took a kickoff 70 yards to paydirt in the Warriors win.
-Greenville QB Tyler Gentile completed 16 of 21 passes for 204 yards and 4 TDs in the Trojans' 36-13 win over Sharon. The win clinches the #3 playoff spot from region 3 for Greenville.
-West Middlesex racked up 411 yards on the ground, and held Linesville to just 86, in a 52-15 rout that gives the Big Red a huge leg up for a region 1 playoff spot. RB Clay Allen rushed for 161 yards on 7 carries and had TD runs of 49, 24, and 70 yards in the win. Linesville will need a win next week over undefeated Sharpsville to make the playoffs.
-Jason Pinkins rushed for 124 yards and 3 TDs, and caught a 51 yard TD pass to lead Farrell to a 40-30 win over Lakeview. The Steelers led 40-6 in the 4th quarter, but the Sailors made it interesting, scoring 24 unanswered points, but it wouldn't be enough to complete the comeback. Blake Reddick rushed for 165 yards and 2 TDs in the Sailors' loss. Farrell QB Forest Wested completed 11 of 14 passes for 206 yards and 2 TDs in the Steelers win.
-Youngsville QB Cory Craig completed 8 of 14 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed 11 times for 110 yards and 2 more scores, to lead the Eagles to a 58-6 thrashing of Cochranton. Sam Lucas rushed for 103 yards and 2 TDs, and Jordan Gurdak added 100 yards and a score in the win.
-Cathedral Prep backup QB Billy Fessler completed 7 of 8 passes for 175 yards and 3 TDs, and rushed for 2 more scores to lead the Ramblers to a 63-20 rout of Warren. RB Joey Oduho rushed for 129 yards and 3 scores, and caught another TD in the win. Warren QB Austin Jerman completed 17 of 30 passes for 244 yards and 3 TDs in the loss.
-Mercyhurst Prep's rushing attack was too much for Union City to handle, as the Lakers rolled to a 49-14 win over the Bears. Prep RB Dwayne Canady rushed for 134 yards and a score, Cornelius Barclay added 120 yards and 2 TDs, and Thomas Higgins picked up 58 yards and 2 more scores in the win.
-Strong Vincent RB Michael Neavins rushed for 154 yards and 2 TDs on 14 carries to lead the Colonels to a 27-10 win over Bradford. The Owls led 10-7 after 3 quarters, but Strong Vincent scored 20 unanswered points to pick up the win. Bradford RB Matt Yurkewicz rushed for 141 yards in the loss.
-Saegertown's Brock Lojek scored on a 2 yard run, and took an interception back 36 yards for another score, to lead the Panthers to a 35-20 win over Eisenhower. Casey Chapman rushed for 87 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Knights QB Aaron Lundmark completed 9 of 17 passes for 171 yards and 3 TDs, but also threw 3 picks in the loss.
-Meadville rushed for 508 yards as a team, as the Bulldogs pounded Franklin 63-0. Terrance Goodrum rushed for 244 yards and 4 TDs, Artrel Foster added 161 yards and 3 TDs, and FB Fred Epps picked up 99 yards and 2 scores for Meadville in the win.
-Slippery Rock QB Ryan Currie threw for 2 TDs and ran for another to lead the Rockets past Oil City, 27-6. Ben Gaul rushed for a score and caught another, and Sam Furrh caught a 62 yard TD pass in the win.
-Kevin Coatham rushed for 145 yards on 18 carries and a score, and also threw for a score, to lead Maplewood to a 26-6 win over Iroquois. Parrish Brown hauled in a 55 yard pass from QB Matt Desin for the Braves' only score of the game.
-Harbor Creek QB Austin Griffin hit Lucas Morton for a 7 yard score for the only TD of the game, as the Huskies edged Fairview 6-3.
-Corry QB Nate Smith completed 12 of 18 passes for 203 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed for 2 more, to lead the Beavers to a 48-7 win over Titusville.
-Weston Stafford rushed for 210 yards and 3 TDs on 34 carries to lead Cambridge Springs to a 30-18 win over Imani Christian.
-Northwestern RB Aaron Morley rushed for 128 yards and a score to lead the Wildcats to a 28-0 shutout win over Central Tech. Northwestern held the Falcons to just 103 total yards for the game.
-Gunnar Donati rushed for a score, and caught a Josh Tekac pass for another, to lead Wilmington to a 34-6 win over Warren JFK.
-Moniteau QB Tyler Armagost completed 9 of 14 passes for 171 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Warriors to a 52-8 win over Kennedy Catholic. The Eagles were held to just 52 total yards for the game.
-DeShawn Coleman rushed for 131 yards and 2 TDs to lead Hickory to a 51-12 win over Reynolds.
-Sharpsville remained undefeated, shutting out Conneaut Valley 35-0.
-Next week is the final week of the regular season, and several teams from Class A are still vying for a playoff spot. Games to watch are Linesville @ Sharpsville, Mercer @ West Middlesex, Cambridge Springs @ Iroquois, and in a battle for the region 2 title, Saegertown visits Youngsville.
Mercyhurst Prep Wins in Thriller; Warren, Central Tech Offenses Explode
-Four quarters wasn't enough Thursday night, as Mercyhurst Prep edged out Saegertown in a 27-26 overtime thriller. The game appeared headed for double OT, when Saegertown's Kyle Wise blocked Cornelius Barclay's extra point attempt, but an offside call gave Prep a second chance, and Barclay split the uprights for the win. Prep's Joe Peterson took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a 7-0 lead 0:14 into the game, but Saegertown answered right back when QB Noah Marvin hit Shane Rigby for a 23 yard score. Saegertown RB Matt Mondi scored on a 5 yard run to put the Panthers in the lead, but the Lakers came right back on a PJ Wycech QB keeper to tie the game at 14. After a scoreless 2nd quarter, Mondi made a dazzling run around the left side, reversing field and scampering 25 yards to put the Panthers back in the lead. But Prep answered back in the 4th quarter on a 41 yard TD catch by Ben Tarcson, tying the game at 20 and sending it to overtime. Saegertown scored in the extra frame on Brock Lojek's 4 yard run, and a risky call to throw for the 2 point conversion failed, putting the Panthers ahead 26-20. Then Prep scored on Tom Higgins' 2 yard run, and the ensuing penalty and extra point to seal the game. Saegertown outgained Mercyhurst 321-167 on the ground, but 3 turnovers, including 2 inside the red zone, allowed the Lakers to hang around. Panthers RB Mondi finished the game with 105 yards on 16 carries and the 2 scores in the loss.
-Central Tech and Warren erupted for a combined 109 points, the highest total of the season, as Central Tech came away with a 58-51 win. Central QB Paul Kafando rushed for 215 yards and 3 scores, and RB Eugene Husband scored the winning TD for the Falcons in the 4th quarter. Husband rushed for 206 yards and the score on 17 carries, and also returned a kickoff 85 yards and a punt 70 yards both for scores. Warren QB Austin Jerman completed 23 of 28 passes for 337 yards and 4 TDs, and also rushed for 2 more scores in the Dragons' loss.
-Grove City took sole possession of first place in Region 5, in an impressive 55-0 shutout win over Slippery Rock. Wes Phipps had a monster game, rushing for 239 yards and 5 TDs on only 12 carries. Phipps had TD runs of 57, 23, 48, 5, and 48, and has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the season. Foster Reznor added a 63 yard TD run in the Eagles win. Slippery Rock turned the ball over 5 times in the loss.
-Alex Svetz rushed 37 times for 210 yards and a TD, and Tyler Johnson caught a game winning 10 yard TD pass from QB Cody Bailey to give North East a thrilling 34-33 win over Strong Vincent. Johnson also rushed for 112 yards and 3 scores in the Grape Pickers' win. After Johnson's TD catch, the Colonels had one last chance, but Denzel Jones was picked off by Max Knight to ice the game. Jones rushed for 142 yards and a TD, and Chris Kirkland scored on a 52 yard run, and also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score in the Colonels' loss.
-FB Fred Epps had another big night, as Meadville ended a 4 game losing streak with a 27-13 win over Oil City. Epps rushed for 191 yards and 3 TDs, and Artrel Foster added a 57 yard TD run for the Bulldogs in the win.
-DeShawn Coleman continued his outstanding season, rushing for 240 yards and 2 scores on 18 carries, to lead Hickory to a 39-6 win over Greenville. Mike Palumbo rushed for 2 scores, and Kenny Ezi-Ashi added a 46 yard TD run in the Hornets win.
-Parrish Brown rushed for 168 yards on 23 carries, including a 71 yard TD run to lead Iroquois to a 14-13 win over Union City. Kyle Hetrick rushed for 145 yards and 2 TDs in the Bears' loss.
-Dersean Alberty-Brown rushed for 140 yards and 2 scores on 14 carries, and Derrick Odem rushed 9 times for 139 yards, including a 63 yard score, to lead unbeaten Sharpsville to a 36-8 win over Farrell. Farrell fumbled six times, losing 3 of them, and threw 2 picks in the loss.
-Brian Suminski and Chad Kulka scored 2 TDs apiece to lead General McLane to a 42-10 win over Fairview. Fairview was without star RB Danny Rosendahl, but Shannon Jackson filled in well, rushing 31 times for 171 yards and a TD in the loss.
-Seneca RB Joe Hibbler rushed for 205 yards and 2 TDs, and threw a 16 yard TD pass to TE Matt Mongera, but the Bobcats missed a field goal at the end of regulation to give Girard a 40-38 win. Girard QB Joe Dunn went 10-15 for 236 yards and 5 TDs, mainly connecting with WR Brian McNally, who caught 6 passes for 165 yards and 4 TDs in the win.
-Ryan Crawford rushed for 118 yards on 7 carries and scored twice, and Gunnar Donati added 110 yards as unbeaten Wilmington rolled to a 47-7 win over Sharon. Greyhound QB Josh Tekac rushed for TDs of 20 and 27 yards on his only 2 carries of the game.
-Aaron Morley rushed for 130 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries to lead Northwestern to a 24-7 win over Harbor Creek. The Wildcats' defense held standout RB Tyler Bretz to just 43 yards on 13 carries for the game.
-Weston Stafford rushed for 96 yards and the only 2 scores of the game, and also caught 2 passes for 53 yards, to lead Cambridge Springs to a 14-0 win over Maplewood. The Blue Devil defense held the Tigers to 90 yards total offense and forced 4 turnovers in the shutout effort.
-Sam Lucas rushed for 153 yards and 3 TDs on 11 carries to lead unbeaten Youngsville to a 33-7 win over Conneaut(OH). Lucas scored on runs of 4, 40, and 75, and Dalton Maze returned a kickoff 75 yards for a scorefor the Eagles, who are 8-0 for the first time since 1965, when they went undefeated. Aaron Bowers scored the Spartans' only TD, when he took a Youngsville kickoff 68 yards to paydirt.
-East's defense came up big, holding Bradford to 32 total yards, including 31 rushes for -11 yards, and recorded a safety as the Warriors rolled 42-7. East RB Anthony Jordan rushed 9 times for 117 yards and caught 4 pass for 75 yards and 3 total TDs. QB Jauwon Ford completed 10 of 11 passes for 192 yards and a score, and rushed for another in the win.
-Jimmy Kearns rushed for 130 yards and 2 TDs on 27 carries, and added 7 catches for 84 yards, to lead Linesville to a 14-7 win over Reynolds. Clayton Stoyer scored the Raiders' lone TD on an 89 yard kick return, but also threw 4 interceptions on offense in the loss.
-John Pascuzzi rushed for 177 yards on 16 carries and a TD, as Eisenhower came alive in the 2nd half to beat Cochranton 20-6. Cochranton led 6-0 at the half, but the Knights took the lead in the 3rd quarter on Trevor Spicer's 3 yard run, en route to 20 unanswered points and the win.
-Dubois' secondary came up big in the region 5 "battle of the Beavers," picking off 4 Corry passes and returning 2 for scores in a 49-0 shutout win. Corry turned the ball over 7 times and completed only 3 of 25 passes in the loss.
-Cathedral Prep RB Nick Dubowski filled in well for injured Delton Williams, rushing for 132 yards and a TD to lift the Ramblers to a 14-7 win over Ft. Leboeuf.
-Titusville QB Drew Sneeringer rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries, and threw for a TD to lead the Rockets over Franklin 14-7.
-In other action, Mercer beat Conneaut Valley 38-6, and West Middlesex dominated Kennedy Catholic 52-6 in region 1 action.
-Next week, Linesville will host West Middlesex with a potential playoff spot at stake.
Conneaut Valley Upsets Rival Linesville, Sharpsville Edges Mercer
-Conneaut Valley, winless on the season and dressing only 16 players, banded together Friday night to knock off rival Linesville, 14-12. In a sense, Valley was playing both their rivals, after Conneaut Lake merged with Linesville before the season started. Valley's defense forced 6 2nd half fumbles, recovering 3 of them, to key the Indians win. Badly out-manned, Valley gained only 47 yards on the ground, QB Nolan Griffin threw 2 interceptions, but the Indians won with heart, stuffing the Lions 2 point conversion attempt after a Jimmy Kearns 4th quarter TD.
-Speaking of upsets, Cathedral Prep picked up a huge win, knocking off Aquinas Institute of Rochester NY, 16-13. Prep kicker John Chereson kicked 3 FGs, including a 52 yarder that set a school record. Aquinas was ranked #74 in the nation and #1 in the state of New York according to MaxPreps.
-Kyle Mariacher rushed for 237 yards and 3 TDs, but it wasn't enough to overcome a wild finish Saturday in Mercer, as Sharpsville snuck by Mercer 34-33. Tyler Luchey caught an 8 yard TD pass to put Sharpsville within one. A gutsy call then decided the game. Sharpsville lined up to kick the PAT, but ran a fake, hitting Luchey in the back of the endzone for the 2 point conversion, the win, and sole possession of first place in region 1.
-Matt Astorino rushed for 121 yards on 7 carries and a TD, to lead General McLane to a 38-28 win over Meadville. Lancer QB Josh Ponsoll threw for 85 yards and rushed for 98 yards and 2 scores, Brian Suminski rushed for 84 yards and 2 TDs, and Chad Kulka rushed for 98 yards and a TD in the win. Despite the loss, Bulldogs FB Fred Epps had a huge game, rushing for 251 yards and 3 TDs on 24 carries.
-DeShawn Coleman rushed for 373 yards on 20 carries and scored 5 times to lead Hickory to a 42-14 win over Slippery Rock. Coleman rushed for TDs of 30,14,45,89, and 78 yards. His 373 yards is good for 8th best in district 10 history.
-QB Cory Craig threw 2 TDs to Dalton Maze and ran for another score, to lead Youngsville to a 41-0 shutout win over Cambridge Springs. Maze finished with 5 catches for 118 yards and the 2 scores. Sam Lucas led the Eagles on the ground, rushing for 104 yards and 2 TDs on 18 carries. Youngsville is 7-0 for the first time since 1966.
-North East clinched at least a share of the region 4 title with a 34-14 win over Northwestern. Alex Svetz rushed 37 times for 169 yards and 3 TDs, and Tyler Johnson picked up 141 yards on 11 carries, breaking 1,000 yards on the year.
-Blake Reddick rushed 41 times for 162 yards and 2 scores to lead Lakeview to a thrilling 24-19 win over Eisenhower, who led 19-16 late in the 4th quarter. But, with 0:36 left in the game, Sailors QB Zach Bigley hit Zach VanDusen for a game winning 20 yard TD pass to ice the game.
-Strong Vincent QB Denzel Jones threw for 3 TDs and ran for another to lead the Colonels to a 50-26 win over Central Tech. Michael Neavins led the Colonels rushing attack, picking up 115 yards on 7 carries in the win. Despite the loss, Falcons QB Paul Kafando rushed for 188 yards and 2 scores, while throwing for another score.
-Warren turned the ball over 4 times, including a fumble at the 1 yard line, in a 21-6 loss to Bradford. Zach Britton rushed for 169 yards and a TD, and also took a screen pass 79 yards for a score in the Owl's win. Bradford held Warren to just 9 rushing yards for the game.
-Titusville's Jayce Corklin returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a TD, but the rest of the game was all Wilmington, as the Greyhounds rolled to a 41-7 win. Wilmington QB Josh Tekac threw a 36 yard TD pass and ran for 2 more scores in the win.
-Saegertown continued to roll, posting a 44-6 win over Iroquois. QB Noah Marvin threw for 2TDs, and ran for another, Kyle Wise ran for a 16 yard TD and returned a punt 60 yards for a score, and Brock Lojek rushed for 83 yards on 5 carries and a TD in the Panthers win. Iroquois RB Parrish Brown had 114 yards and a TD for the Braves in the loss.
-Union City picked up their first win of the year, 32-13 over Maplewood. Bears RB Kyle Hetrick rushed for 118 yards and 2 TDs in the win.
-Garrett Brown rushed for 153 yards on 15 carries, and QB Sean Sleigh threw for 186 yards and 2 TDs, both to Garrett Miles, as Dubois downed St. Mary's 27-12.
-Tyler Bretz rushed for 144 yards and 3 TDs, to lead Harbor Creek to a 40-0 shutout win over Seneca.
-Anthony Jordan rushed for 196 yards and 2 TDs but it wasn't enough, as East lost 14-12 to Pittsburgh City League's Perry High.
-Cornelius Barclay rushed for 143 yards and 2 TDs to lead Mercyhurst Prep to a 26-0 win over Cochranton.
-Wes Phipps rushed for 140 yards on 11 carries and scored 4 TDs to lead Grove City over Oil City, 70-2.
-In other action, Farrell won 18-13 over West Middlesex, in a key region 1 battle, Ft. Leboeuf beat Sharon 38-36, Greenville beat Reynolds 20-6, Corry downed Franklin 36-7, and Girard picked up their first win of the year, 17-7 over Fairview.
-Next week, Farrell(3-2, 4-3) visits Sharpsville(4-0, 6-0), Mercyhurst Prep(4-1, 6-1) hosts Saegertown(5-0, 5-2), North East(5-0, 6-1) visits Strong Vincent(3-1, 6-1), Corry(2-3, 4-3) hosts Dubois(2-1, 6-1), and in a battle that could decide the Region 5 title, Grove City(4-0, 7-0) will host Slippery Rock(4-0, 5-2)
Linesville Wins Key Region 1 Battle in Thrilling Fashion
October 11, 2011
-Jimmy Kearns led Linesville to an exciting 37-36 win over Farrell in a key region 1 battle Friday night. Kearns rushed for 197 yards on 28 carries and 5 TDs, to lead the Lions to their first win over the Steelers in 6 years. Down 24-15 at the half, Linesville put together an 11 play, 75 yard drive to pull within one, 24-23. But Farrell answered right back with a 24 yard TD pass from QB Jonell Goudy to SE Lance Messett to make it 30-23. On the ensuing possession, Kearns took the first handoff 47 yards to paydirt to tie the game at 30. Shortly after, Farrell RB Lawrence Hughes took a handoff around right tackle for a 39 yard TD to make it 36-30. That's when Kearns put the Lions on his back, carrying 8 times for 59 yards, and scoring the go-ahead TD to give the Lions the 37-36 lead. But Farrell wouldn't go down without a fight. The Steelers took over from their own 47 yard-line with 1:22 to go, and took the ball to the Lions 14 on 2 passes and a roughing the passer penalty. Farrell got one more shot on 4th down with 3.7 seconds left, but the pass sailed over the intended receiver's hands, giving the Lions a thrilling win. The win puts Linesville in the drivers seat for at least the #3 seed out of Region 1.
-Erick Record rushed for 119 yards and 2 TDs, and Wes Phipps added 110 yards, as Grove City won a non-region battle of unbeatens, 17-0 over Wilmington. The Eagles stifling defense allowed only 161 yards total offense and 8 first downs in the win.
-Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry became the school's all-time leading passer in a 42-7 loss to Cleveland powerhouse St. Ignatius. Terry now has 3,240 career passing yards. The Ramblers were held to just 17 rushing yards in the loss.
-Conneaut Valley gave Kennedy Catholic all they could handle, but it wasn't enough, as the Golden Eagles came away with a 22-14 overtime win. Valley's Nolan Varee caught 5 passes for 113 yards, returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score, recorded 7 solo tackles, and intercepted 3 passes for the Indians in the loss.
-Cornelius Barclay rushed for 176 yards, Thomas Higgins added 173 yards, to lead Mercyhurst Prep to a 41-28 win over Pittsburgh City League's Oliver High. Dwayne Canady added 100 rushing yards in the win.
-Harbor Creek QB Austin Griffith completed 6 of 10 passes for 106 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed for another score to lead the Huskies to a 30-0 shutout win over Titusville. Tyler Bretz rushed for 118 yards for the Huskies, who's defense held the Rockets to just 66 yards of offense.
-Greenville QB Tyler Gentile completed 11 of 18 passes for 406 yards and 4 TDs, and WR Nico Zahniser caught 7 passes for 227 yards and 3 TDs, to lead the Trojans to a 32-29 win over Northwestern. Gentile's 406 passing yards is the 3rd highest in district 10 history, while Zahniser's 227 receiving yards is the 5th highest receiving total in D10 history.
-East QB Jauwon Ford completed 10 of 14 passes for 139 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for another score, to lead the Warriors to a 38-14 win over Fairview. Anthony Jordan caught 4 balls for 94 yards and 2 TDs for East. Fairview RB Danny Rosendahl rushed 28 times for 154 yards and a score in the loss.
-Chad Kulka rushed for 154 yards on 19 carries and a score to lead General McLane to a 34-13 win over Bradford. QB Josh Ponsoll threw for 132 yards and 2 TDs, and Matt Astorino added a 75 yard TD run in the Lancers' win.
-Chris Kirkland rushed for 103 yards and 2 TDs, and also caught TD passes of 51 and 35 yards to lead Strong Vincent to a 53-25 win over Oil City. Michael Neavins posted 137 yards and 2 scores on the ground, helping the Colonels rack up 559 yards total offense.
-Weston Stafford rushed for 92 yards and scored 3 TDs to lead Cambridge Springs to a 26-12 win over Union City.
-RB Spencer Bland rushed for 123 yards and 2 TDs on 10 carries, while QB Jake Henwood threw for 164 yards and 3 TDs to lead Sharpsville to a 52-6 rout over Lakeview. Blake Reddick picked up 97 yards on 18 carries and scored the Sailors lone TD in the loss.
-Saegertown continued their impressive win streak with a 60-27 win over Maplewood. Big plays aided the Panthers once again, as Brock Lojek scored on TD runs of 36 and 43 yards, Casey Chapman rushed for 2 scores, including a 68 yard scamper, and Nate Siple hauled in a 68 yard TD reception from QB Noah Marvin. It was the Panthers' 4th straight win, after starting the season 0-2.
-QB Sean Sleigh completed 15-21 passes for 181 yards and rushed for 40 more and a TD, to lead Dubois to a 42-12 win over Meadville. Meadville took a 6-0 lead on Fred Epps' 3 yard TD run, but Dubois dominated the rest of the way until Epps broke a 40 yard score with the game all but decided.
-Corry jumped out to an early 28-0 lead, and held off a comeback attempt to stun previously unbeaten North East, 28-21. Corry WR John Cragg caught 3 TD passes, and his brother Matt returned a punt 72 yards for a score. Grapepickers RB Alex Svetz rushed for 138 yards and a TD in the loss, and is now over 1000 yards on the season.
-Paul Kafando rushed for 283 yards and 4 TDs, and also threw a 25 yard TD pass to lead Central Tech over Seneca 36-23. Joe Hibbler rushed for 191 yards and 3 TDs for the Bobcats in the loss.
-QB Cory Craig completed 6 of 8 passes for 208 yards and 4 TDs to lead undefeated Youngsville to a 42-13 win over Eisenhower. Sam Lucas caught 4 passes for 147 yards and 2 TDs, and added 44 yards and 2 more scores on the ground for the Eagles.
-Nathan Zigler caught 10 passes for 194 yards and a TD to lead Warren to a 13-12 nail-biter over Franklin. Dragons QB Austin Jerman threw for 265 yards and 2 scores in the win, which came down to the final PAT.
-DeShawn Coleman rushed for 208 yards and 3 TDs to lead Hickory over Karns City, 42-20.
- Parrish Brown rushed for 142 yards and 2 TDs, and added a 15 yard TD reception to lead Iroquois past Cochranton 41-12.
-Kyle Mariacher rushed for 140 yards and 2 TDs to lead Mercer past Reynolds, 27-6. Mariacher has now surpassed 1000 yards on the season.
-Slippery Rock's Ryan Currie rushed for 170 yards and 3 TDs in the Rockets' 49-7 rout of Sharon.
-Girard's Hunter Jones rushed for 2 scores, and added a 35 yard TD reception in a 26-14 win over Ft. Leboeuf.
-Next week will be a big week for region 1. Mercer(4-0, 5-1) will host Sharpsville(3-0, 5-0) in what could decide the region champion. West Middlesex(2-1, 3-2) will visit Farrell(2-2, 3-3) in a must-win game for both teams. Also, throw out the records when Conneaut Valley(0-4, 0-5) visits Linesville(3-1, 4-1), in a rivalry sure to be as heated as ever, since Conneaut Lake merged with Linesville this past off-season.
Elsewhere, Hickory(5-1) hosts Slippery Rock(5-1), Meadville(3-3) hosts General McLane(4-2), and Aquinas Institute(6-0), ranked #1 in the state of New York and #74 in the country according to MaxPreps, will visit Cathedral Prep(4-2)
Youngsville Shocks Mercyhurst Prep in Record Setting Week for District 10
October 2, 2011
In a battle for region 2 supremacy, The Youngsville Eagles used a stifling defense and an effective rushing attack to knock off perennial powerhouse Mercyhurst Prep, 25-13. The Lakers' vaunted run game was held to just 4 yards per carry(45-180), while Youngsville rushed for 294 yards and had 2 rushers over 100 yards. Prep took a 13-6 lead into the half, but the Eagles controlled the 2nd half, scoring 19 unanswered points to pick up the win. Eagles QB Cory Craig rushed for 2 scores, Sam Lucas picked up 112 yards on 9 carries, and Jordan Gurdak had 115 yards on 16 carries for Youngsville. The Eagles are now 5-0 on the season, and are in full control of region 2.
Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry set a new school record with 361 yards passing in the Ramblers 49-7 win over Bradford. Terry completed 15-24 passes and threw for 4 TDs, 2 of which went for 90 and 91 yards. Terry also threw 1 interception, which was returned 37 yards for Bradford's lone score. Delton Williams had a big day, returning a punt 58 yards to paydirt, and catching 6 passes for 177 yards and a 91 yard TD. The Owls were held to just 21 yards total offense.
Seneca RB Joe Hibbler set a new school record as well, rushing for 361 yards on 38 carries and scoring 5 TDs in the Bobcats' first win of the year, beating Fairview 32-21. Hibbler had TD runs of 32, 61, 7, 31, and 3. The Tigers ran the ball well, too. Joseph Kogan ran for 150 yards on 8 carries and scored twice, and workhorse RB Danny Rosendahl added 141 yards on 26 rushes, but it wasn't enough to top Hibbler's phenomenal game.
North East RB Tyler Johnson became the school's all-time leading rusher, passing Rickie Thompson(2001-03; 2487 yds) on the career rushing list. Johnson had 188 yards on 13 carries in the Grapepickers' 35-14 win over Girard, which puts him in first place with 2,554 career rushing yards and counting. Johnson also had 3 TDs, teammate Alex Svetz rushed 25 times for 217 yards and 2 TDs, and the ground game continued to dominate. Girard QB Joe Dunn went 15-27 for 156 yards and a TD, while adding a 1 yard TD run for the Yellowjackets in the loss.
In a region 3 battle that could decide the region 3 title down the road, Wilmington squeaked out a 28-27 win over Hickory, in a game that seemed to change momentum with each change in quarters. Hickory came out of the gate on fire, taking a 14-0 lead on star RB DeShawn Coleman's TD runs of 60 and 86 yards. The 2nd quarter belonged to the Greyhounds and WR Donnie Watson, who caught TD passes of 34 and 33 yards from QB Josh Tekac to tie the game at 14 at the half. The 'Hounds took the lead in the 3rd quarter on Tekac's 6 yard TD run, and after Tyler Donati recovered a Hickory fumble in the endzone, it was 28-14 Wilmington after 3 quarters. But Hickory QB Mike Nardone brought the Hornets back with a 19 yard TD toss to Andrew Smith. Then, late in the 4th quarter, Nardone hit Coleman for a 10 yard TD pass, but the PAT was blocked, and Wilmington held on for a thrilling win. Coleman had 210 yards on 15 carries for the Hornets in the loss. The win puts Wilmington in the driver's seat for the region 3 title.
Kyle Mariacher rushed for 204 yards and 2 scores, Joe Hess added 122 yards and a TD to lead Mercer to a key region 1 win over previously unbeaten Linesville, 36-26. Lions RB Jimmy Kearns picked up 109 yards and 3 TDs in the loss. Linesville hung around until the final minutes, when Mustang QB Alec Gawne added the final nail with a 6 yard TD run.
Grove City rushed for 436 yards, and continued to dominate the competition, downing Meadville 56-7. Wes Phipps rushed for 133 yards on 18 carries and 3 TDs, Harold Price added 83 yards and 2 scores, Foster Reznor rushed for 120 yards on 9 carries, and Mason DePeal added a 48 yard TD for the Eagles.
QB Jake Henwood threw for 2 TDs and ran for another, as Sharpsville remained undefeated with a 41-0 shutout win over Kennedy Catholic.
Lakeview RB Blake Reddick rushed for 154 yards on 29 carries, but 4 turnovers doomed the Sailors, losing a key region 1 match-up to West Middlesex, 10-6.
Saegertown got big plays from all three units to blow out Union City 54-0. Casey Chapman and Matt Mondi rushed for 2 TDs apiece, Kyle Wise took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score, and the Panther defense had 6 takeaways, returning 2 fumbles for scores in the rout.
QB Josh Ponsoll rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries, including a 72 yard TD in the 1st quarter, and led General McLane to a hard fought 14-7 victory over Northwestern. Wildcat RB Aaron Morley rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries and a TD in the loss. The Lancers and Wildcats combined to complete 0-5 passes for 0 yards and an interception on Ponsoll's only pass attempt.
Ft. Leboeuf picked up their first win of the year, rushing for 332 yards in a 33-6 win over Central Tech. Mike Hall rushed for 192 yards on 7 carries and 2 scores for the Bison.
Denzel Jones rushed for 2 TDs, and threw for 2 more, to lead Strong Vincent to a 34-12 win over East. Corey Henry rushed for 113 yards to aid the Colonels in the win.
Harbor Creek rushed for 474 yards as a team, and held Warren to just 49 rushing yards in their 52-14 win. Huskie RB Tyler Bretz rushed for 233 yards on 12 carries and 4 TDs, while Sean Kuzilla added 142 yards and 2 scores in the win.
Iroquois turned the ball over 5 times, and Imani Christian held the Braves to just 80 total yards in an 18-0 win.
In a sloppy, rain soaked game, Cambridge Springs and Eisenhower had a combined 17 fumbles, and Cambridge Springs came away with a 12-7 win on a Weston Stafford 4th quarter TD run. Eisenhower RB Johnny Pascuzzi rushed for 106 yards and scored the Knights lone TD.
Maplewood earned their first win of the year, a 14-13 overtime win over Cochranton. Maplewood's Kevin Coatham scored in the extra frame, and the Tigers kicked the PAT to make it 14-7. Cochranton answered back on a 6 yard TD run, making it 14-13, but instead of going for the PAT, the Cardinals opted to go for the win, but the Tigers stuffed the run attempt to bring home the win.
Reynolds' Tyler Miller ripped off an 85 yard TD run, and caught a 39 yard TD pass from QB Clay Stoyer, and the Raiders picked up their first win of the year, 24-0 over Titusville.
John Klena scored 3 times to lead Oil City to a 31-28 win over route 8 rival Franklin. Franklin QB Nick Billingsly threw for 3 TD's, 2 of them to AJ Cooley in the loss.
Dubois RB Joey Morrison scored 2 rushing TDs, and added an 86 yard kick return TD, as the Beavers shut out Brookville 35-0.
In other action, Farrell edged out Conneaut Valley 12-0, Slippery Rock stayed hot, beating Corry 21-12, and Warren JFK(OH) pounded Sharon 44-10.
Next week, Cathedral Prep plays the first of 2 brutal inter-state games, when they host St. Ignatius(Cleveland), who is ranked #193 in the nation according to MaxPreps. Also in a key region 1 battle, Linesville(3-1) will host Farrell(4-1), in region 5, Dubois(4-1) hosts Meadville(3-2), and in a non-region classic, Grove City(5-0) will visit Wilmington(5-0).
Slippery Rock, Titusville Pick Up Upset Victories
September 25, 2011
Slippery Rock pulled out a huge region 5 win, upsetting Meadville 25-18 in overtime. A week after upsetting Dubois, the Rockets held Meadville's elite rushing attack to just 155 yards on the game. The Bulldogs had rushed for over 400 yards in every game this season. Down 18-7 late in the 4th quarter, QB Ryan Currie hit Sean White for a 78 yard TD pass, making it 18-15 after the 2-point conversion. The Rockets got the ball back after the defense held Meadville to a 3-and-out with 1:48 to play. Currie then hit Sam Fuhrr for 16 yards, White for 21 yards, and after two short gains, hit White again for another 25 yards, taking it to the Meadville 11 yard line with 0:11 to go. Currie took a shot at the endzone, but was unseccessful, and the Rockets settled for a tying field goal. In the extra frame, Slippery Rock put the game on Ben Gaul's shoulders, who's 1 yard TD run put the Rockets up for good at 25-18. On Meadville's attempt, Gaul intercepted a Tyler Minnis pass to seal the game for the Rockets. Slippery Rock receiver Sean White finished the game with 5 catches for 124 yards and a TD, as well as an 85 yard TD pass on a gadget play to Sam Fuhrr.
Speaking of upsets, District 10's other Rockets pulled out a huge region win of their own, as the Titusville Rockets knocked off Sharon 14-6. Jayce Corklin had 121 yards and a TD for the Rockets, who outgained the defending class AA district champs 303-90. The win will put Titusville in consideration for a playoff spot at the end of the year.
While we are talking about surprises, Youngsville improved their record to 4-0 with a 42-14 win over Iroquois. QB Cory Craig finished with 141 yards on 21 carries and a TD, and also completed 7-13 passes for 175 yards and another TD.
Cochranton's Austin Andrews rushed for 166 yards on 16 carries and 3 scores to lead the Cardinals to a 46-22 win over Union City.
Saegertown had 3 rushers top 100 yards, and as a team rushed for 459 yards in the Panthers 34-14 win over rival Cambridge Springs. Matt Mondi rushed for 167 yards and a TD, Brock Lojek ran for 101 yards and a TD, and Casey Chapman also had 101 yards and a TD. Kyle Wise added a 24 yard TD run and a 65 yard punt return for a TD.
Wilmington's smothering defense allowed only 67 yards of offense and 3 first downs in their 35-0 shutout of Reynolds. Gunnar Donati had 2 TD runs and 89 yards rushing in the Greyhounds win.
North East's dynamic duo at RB continued their dominance this week in the Grapepickers' 35-7 win over Harbor Creek. Alex Svetz rushed for 145 yards and 3 TDs, while Tyler Johnson carried for 143 yards and a score. Harbor Creek has a standout RB of their own in Tyler Bretz, but the 'Pickers held him to 49 yards and a score. Region 4 seems to be North East's to lose, having posted big wins over Harbor Creek and General McLane.
Speaking of General McLane, the Lancers rushed for 344 yards in their 42-7 win over Seneca. Brian Suminski carried for 110 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Suminski took a handoff 34 yards for one of his 2 scores, Matt Astorino returned a punt 81 yards for a TD, Tyler Hendricks had a 36 yard TD run, and Quinn Thompson added a 66 yard scamper to paydirt. Joe Hibbler continued to shine for Seneca despite his team's woes, rushing for 137 yards and the Bobcats' lone TD.
Aaron Morley rushed for 138 yards and 3 TDs to lead Northwestern over Girard 43-27. Brandon Reiser added a 59 yard punt return for a TD for the Wildcats. Girard QB Joe Dunn had an impressive game despite the loss, completing 13-29 passes for 221 yards and 3 TDs. Dunn also added a 1 yard TD run for the Yellow Jackets.
Matt Cragg threw a 7 yard TD pass to Cody Bailey in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to give Corry a 29-26 win over Oil City. Cragg threw for 2 TDs, as well as rushing for 126 yards and a TD.
Josh Cordinani took a handoff 14 yards for a score with less than a minute left in regulation to give Bradford a 13-10 win over Ft. Leboeuf. Leboeuf led 3-0 until the 3rd quarter, when Sean Siffrinn scored on a 6 yard run to give the Owls the lead 7-3. Ft. Leboeuf's Nik Domblowski scored late in the 4th to put the Bison back in fornt 10-7, but they couldn't hold the lead.
Strong Vincent racked up a mind boggling 730 yards of offense in a high scoring 56-39 win over Warren. For the Colonels, Michael Neavins rushed for 196 yards and 2 TDs, Corey Henry had 154 yards and a TD, Chris Kirkland picked up 126 yards and a TD, and Denzel Jones had 91 yards and 2 scores. For Warren, Austin Jerman completed 24-36 passes for 295 yards and 5 TDs. Mark Davis caught 6 balls for 118 yards and 3 scores for the Dragons.
Cathedral Prep set a school record for points scored in a quarter, by jumping out to a 37-0 first quarter lead over Canisius(NY). Prep led 58-7 at halftime, and went on to win 58-28. Standout QB Damion Terry had an efficient game, completing 10-11 passes for 176 yards and 3 TDs. Delton Williams caught 4 passes for 90 yards and 2 TDs, and added 86 yards and another TD on the ground.
After a close 1st quarter, Grove City scored 34 unanswered points, en route to a 48-7 win over Greenville. Foster Reznor rushed for 122 yards and added 118 receiving yards, Wes Phipps had 2 TD runs.
Mercyhurst Prep had another big day on the ground, picking up 416 rushing yards in the Lakers 46-14 win over Eisenhower. Cornelius Barclay had 176 yards and a score, Dwayne Canady added 141 yards and 3 TDs, and Thomas Higgins had 86 yards and 2 TDs. Eisenhower QB Aaron Lundmark threw for 146 yards on 8-13 passing and 2 TDs, but the Knights turned the ball over 4 times in the loss.
Anthony Jordan had TD runs of 51 and 63, and added a 77 yard punt return for a TD, and Anthony Gates scored 3 times to lead East to a 38-12 win over Central Tech.
Spencer Bland rushed for 127 yards and 4 TDs to lead Sharpsville to a 41-6 win over West Middlesex. The Blue Devils racked up 419 yards total offense, and limited the Big Red to just 101 yards.
Maplewood led Union-Rimersburg 6-0 in the 2nd quarter, but Union scored 36 unanswered points to pick up the 36-6 win. Union QB Taylor Smith rushed for 136 yards, threw for a TD, and added a defensive TD in the Golden Knights win.
QB Sean Sleigh completed 20-27 passes for 346 yards and 3 TDs, and also added a TD run and an Interception on defense, to lead Dubois to a 56-15 win over Franklin. Max Hines had 8 catches for 90 yards and 2 TDs for the Beavers, while AJ Cooley scored both of Franklin's TDs, on a 40 yard interception return, and a 24 yard TD catch.
Kyle Mariacher had 171 yards on 20 carries, scoring 3 times, and led Mercer to and impressive 50-8 win over Kennedy Catholic.
In other action, Linesville posted a big 34-12 region 1 win over Lakeview, and Fairview was dropped 43-7 by Boston College recruit Akeem Lynch and St. Francis Prep(NY)
Some huge games next week include a region 1 showdown between Linesville(3-0) @ Mercer(3-1), we will find out if Youngsville(4-0) is for real when they host Mercyhurst Prep(4-0) in a region 2 battle, Hickory(4-0) will travel to Wilmington(4-0) in a battle for 1st place in region 3, and Grove City(4-0) will travel to Meadville(3-1) in a region 5 battle.
Mercer Takes Down Farrell, Other D-10 Powers Roll On
September 18, 2011
-Mercer's Kyle Mariacher rushed for an astounding 304 yards and 5 TDs to lead the Mustangs over state ranked Farrell, 42-34. Farrell QB Forrest Wested had a great game in his own right, completing 19-27 passes for 303 yards and 5TDs.
-Cornelius Barclay carried the ball 18 times for 157 yards and 4 TDs and kicked 7 extra points for 31 total points in Mercyhurst Prep's 67-24 win over Cambridge Springs. Prep had 3 rushers over 100 yards, and racked up 511 yards of total offense.
-Tyler Johnson had170 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs, also adding a TD reception, and Alex Svetz had 191 rushing yards and a TD to lead North East to a 41-13 win over Fairview. Standout RB Danny Rosendahl picked up 188 yards on 38 carries and a TD for Fairview in the loss. The win, coupled with Harbor Creek's loss to General McLane, puts North East in sole possession of first place in region 4.
-Meadville piled up 507 yards on 69 rushes in a 55-21 win over Corry. RB Terrance Goodrum picked up 270 yards on 31 rushes and 3 scores, and Artrel Foster added 171 yards on 20 carries for the Bulldogs. Corry QB Nathaniel Smith threw for 256 yards and 3 TDs, and WR Cody Bailey had 146 yards and 2 scores through the air in the loss.
-Cathedral Prep led Strong Vincent 7-6 at the half, and 21-18 after 3 quarters, until the Ramblers blew things open with 27 unanswered 4th quarter points, rolling to a 48-18 win. Prep's Delton Williams rushed for 3 TDs and added a 79 yard kick return for a TD. Vincent QB Denzel Jones picked up 126 yards on the ground, and added a 42 yard TD pass to Will Goshay in the 3rd quarter in the Colonels loss.
-Grove City racked up 426 yards on the ground, Wes Phipps hit paydirt 4 times in 6 carries, and the Eagles rolled to a 62-14 win over Franklin. The Knights were held to just 33 yards on 32 carries. Franklin, believe it or not, fared much better this past weekend than they did against Grove City last year, when Grove City shellacked the Knights 91-12.
-DeShawn Coleman had 184 yards on 20 carries and 3 TDs, and added a 53 yard TD reception, to lead Hickory to a 43-7 win over Sharon, in a game that was called in the 3rd quarter. On a 3rd quarter kick return, a late hit out of bounds was the start of a full fledged brawl involving players, as well as spectators from both sides. After things calmed down, officials from both schools met with game officials at midfield, and eventually decided to call the game for safety reasons.
-Kennedy Catholic's Brennan Wassil threw for 199 yards and 2 TDs, and led the Eagles to within 10 yards of knocking off Linesville with less than a minute left in the game, but the Lions held on for a 25-22 win.
-Iroquois' Parrish Brown scored a late 4th quarter TD, but the Braves failed on the 2pt conversion, giving Eisenhower a 21-19 win. Brown had TD runs of 65 and 64, and finished with 151 yards on 13 carries in the loss. Aaron Lundmark ran for 2 TDs, and Rob Wilston picked up 103 yards in the win for the Knights.
-Previously unbeaten Cochranton turned the ball over 5 times, and were held to just 18 rushing yards, as Saegertown rolled to their first win of the season, by a 50-12 tally. Saegertown sophmore Kyle Wise ran for 133 yards and 2 TDs, and threw a 41 yard TD pass to lead the Panthers in the win.
-Harbor Creek opened up a 28-7 halftime lead over General McLane, but the second half belonged to the Lancers, as they scored 27 unanswered points to post a 34-28 win. RB Brian Suminski and QB Josh Ponsoll had 2 TD runs apiece, and Ponsoll added a 70 yard TD toss to Joey Gierlak. Suminski finished with 185 yards on the ground for McLane. Tyler Bretz finished with 120 yards and 3 first half TDs in the loss for the Huskies.
-Northwestern's Aaron Morley rushed for 193 yards and 3 TDs, Seneca turned the ball over 4 times, and Northwestern rolled to a 54-14 win. Seneca RB Joe Hibbler rushed for 112 yards and a TD in the loss.
-Bradford's Zach Britton rushed for 225 yards on 20 carries and 2 TDs and added a 53 yard TD reception to lead the Owls to their 1st win of the season, 37-26 over Central Tech. Falcons QB Paul Kafando picked up 117 rushing yards and 3 TDs in the loss.
-Warren QB Austin Jerman threw for 160 yards and 2 TDs, and added a rushing TD, Jordan Willets returned a kickoff 88 yards for a TD, and the Dragons earned their 1st win of the season with a 34-21 win over Ft. Leboeuf.
-Girard's Hunter Jones picked up 175 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, including a 26 yard 4th quarter TD off a lateral that put the Yellow Jackets within 2, but that's as close as they would get, as Oil City edged out a 22-20 win.
-Greenville's Tyler Gentile threw for 2 scores, and the Trojans got TDs off a punt return and an interception return, as Greenville downed Titusville 28-20. Titusville QB Drew Sneeringer threw for 2 TDs in the loss.
-Youngsville remained perfect on the year, with a 40-6 win over Maplewood. Youngsville QB Cory Craig threw for 124 yards, completing 8 of 10 passes and 4 TDs. The Eagles led 40-0 in the 3rd quarter.Nate Klingler scored Maplewood's lone TD in the 4th quarter on a 21 yard carry.
-Lakeview's Blake Reddick rushed for 226 yards and 4 TDs, as the Sailors ran over Conneaut Valley 48-0
-Erie East's Anthony Jordan racked up 267 yards on the ground, scored 4 times, and added 50 receiving yards to lead the Warriors over Union City, 38-8.
-Colin Patten had 2 TDs, including a 76 yard kick return, to help West Middlesex to a 41-12 win over Reynolds.
-In other action, the Wilmington Greyhounds stayed unbeaten with a 41-12 win over intra-district rival Karns City. In region 5, Slippery Rock pulled out a huge win over Dubois, 38-34.
-Some games to watch next week include: Hickory @ Farrell, Lakeview @ Linesville, and West Middlesex @ Sharpsville on Saturday.
Weather Wreaks Havoc, North East Gets Big Win
Two games were postponed Friday, and several others saw delays due to lightning in the area. The North East Grapepickers traveled to Edinboro, Friday, to take on General McLane, in a game sure to have playoff implications down the road. This game, however, was suspended in the 2nd quarter, with North East ahead 7-0. The game picked back up Saturday night, and the Lancers quickly tied things up, on QB Josh Ponsoll's 11 yard scramble. On the next drive, North East's Max Knight hauled in a 55 yard TD reception to put the 'Pickers back up 14-7. But McLane answered right back, with a 25 yard TD run by Matt Astorino. Then, with time running down in the 1st half, North East RB Alex Svetz gave his team a 21-14 halftime lead, plowing it in from 2 yards out. Astorino hauled in a 66 yard TD reception in the 3rd, tying the game again, but TD's from Svetz and Knight led North East to a 35-21 victory. Last season, McLane beat North East by a 21-14 tally, and went on to win the Region 4 title, with North East finishing 2nd.
In other action:
-Mercer's Joe Hess had 2 rushing TDs, and Kyle Mariacher added a 70 yd TD run, as Mercer shut out Lakeview 21-0
-Mercyhurst Prep picked up 436 yds on the ground, and Iroquios turned the ball over 4 times, as the Lakers rolled to a 46-6 win.
-A field goal and a safety is all Youngsville needed, beating Union City 5-0
-Ryan Crawford rushed for 100 yds on 13 carries, Anthony Derrick ran for 3 TDs to lead Wilmington to a 34-6 victory over Greenville
-Donte Bagnall had 2 TDs, and Dawonne Stovall had an 80 yd kick return TD for Sharon, who needed a strong 2nd half to get past Reynolds, 35-14
-Daniel Rosendahl carried 32 times for 213 yds and 4 TDs to lead Fairview over Northwestern, 34-21.
- Girard took a 12-10 lead into the 4th quarter, but Harbor Creek answered back with 2 4th quarter TDs, and despite a late 48 yd TD pass from Girard QB Joey Dunn, Harbor Creek prevailed in this one, 24-19.
-Grove City scored 5 1st quarter TDs, and led 56-0 at the half over the Corry Beavers. The Eagles rushed for 472 yds, and Corry turned the ball over 4 times, as Grove City went on to rout Corry 77-0.
-Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry rushed for 110 yds and 2 TDs, and threw for 122 yds and another score, and the Ramblers took advantage of 6 Falcon turnovers to roll to a 55-14 win over Central Tech.
-East RB Anthony Jordan rushed for 158 yds and a TD, and took a kickoff 89 yds for another TD, as East pounded Warren 50-15.
-Sharpsville's stifeling defense held Seneca to 53 yds on 40 carries, RB Joey Flynn scored 3 TDs on 6 carries and 110 yds, and Sharpsville pasted Seneca 47-7.
-Despite rushing for 314 yds, the Saegertown Panthers dropped their 2nd straight non-district game, losing to Union-Rimersburg out of district 9, 30-14.
-Michael Neavins rushed for 99 yds on 8 carries and scored twice to lead Strong Vincent over Ft. Leboeuf, 27-17.
-Kennedy Catholic's Brennan Wassil threw for 205 yds and 2 TDs, and Jeffrey Thompkins had a 56 yd TD catch and a 92 yd TD run, but it wasn't enough as Farrell pulled away in the 2nd half for a hard fought 36-22 win.
-Fred Epps had 150 yds and 3 TDs, Artrel Foster added 126 yds, and Meadville rushed for over 400 yds for the 2nd straight week, as the Bulldogs beat Bradford 41-0.
-Hickory scored 5 TDs on 5 plays, and added 2 defensive TDs to take a 49-0 1st quarter lead, and winning by a final tally of 56-7.
-Slippery Rock held Franklin to -20 yds on 21 carries (yes, that's negative 20 yds!) and snapped a 15 game losing streak dating back to 2009 with a 23-10 win.
-Speaking of snapping losing streaks, Eisenhower snapped a 12 game losing streak that also dated back to 2009, beating Maplewood 7-6. Eisenhower scored on a 20 yd John Pascuzzi TD run to take a 7-0 1st quarter lead, that held until the 4th quarter. Then, Maplewoods Kevin Coatam broke a 64 yd TD run. The Tigers opted to go for 2, but was stuffed, giving Eisenhower the win.
- The Cochranton Cardinals took a 18-14 1st half lead and ran away from Cambridge Springs in the 2nd half, posting a 45-14.
-West Middlesex opened a 42-6 halftime lead, Clay Allen rushed for 134 yds, and the Big Reds coasted to a 42-12 victory over Conneaut Valley. Both Valley's TDs came on defense.
-Oil City QB Blake Hadley threw for 256 yds and a score, but threw 3 interceptions, including one in the 1st quarter that was returned 27 yds for a Dubois TD, as Dubois cruised 27-12 over the Oilers.
-Some big games next week include a Region 1 showdown between the Mercer Mustangs(1-1) and the Farrell Steelers(2-0), Linesville(1-0) travels to Kennedy Catholic(1-1), Hickory(2-0) takes on Sharon(1-1), and a Region 6 Showdown between Strong Vincent(2-0) and Cathedral Prep(1-1)
Steel Bowl Highlights Week One Action
Week 1 featured plenty of lopsided wins in District 10's opening weekend of football action. Perhaps an exception would be the Steel Bowl at Sharon High School on Friday night, the annual kickoff classic between the Farrell Steelers and the Sharon Tigers. The Steelers downed the Tigers 28-27, in what is sure to be a memorable 4th quarter. With Sharon leading 14-7 through 3 quarters, the 4th quarter saw 5 TDs and 3 lead changes, ending with Farrell QB Forrest Wested's 26 yd TD pass to Lance Messett with 0:17 seconds left to give Farrell the win.
In Other Action:
-Hickory RB DeShawn Coleman rushed for 295 yds on 18 carries to give the Hornets a 35-6 win over West Middlesex
-Cochranton started their season strong, beating Conneaut Valley 43-6, powered by Austin Andrews' 194 rushing yds and 2 scores.
-Kennedy Catholic's Brennan Wassil completed 6 of 8 passes for 171 yds and 5 TDs as the Golden Eagles routed Maplewood, 46-6.
-North East's Alex Svetz rushed 22 times for 185 yds and 4 TDs in the Grapepickers' 48-21 win over Greenville.
-In one of the best performances in D-10 history, Linesville's Jimmy Kearns scored on a fumble return on the first play from scrimmage, then went on to score 5 more times on 6 carries and 146 yds. Kearns also scored on a 2 point conversion, giving him 38 points in the game. This ranks as the 6th greatest single game performance in D-10 history. Linesville, newly merged with Conneaut Lake, won handily 61-26 over Cambridge Springs.
-Wilmington's Ryan Crawford led the Greyhounds to a 36-14 victory over Slippery Rock on 3 TDs and 85 yds rushing.
-McDowell topped Cathedral Prep, 25-20, in their annual meeting, despite Prep QB Damion Terry's 232 pass yds and 3 TDs.
-Denzel Jones scored 3 TDs to power Strong Vincent to a 42-28 win over General McLane.
-Lakeview's Blake Reddick rushed for 120 yds on 13 carries, including a 53 yd TD run, as the Sailors downed Union City 27-13.
-Meadville's Fred Epps rushed for 187 yds, Terrance Goodrum rushed for 172 yds and scored 4 total TDs and the Bulldogs defeated Fairview 33-14 at Edinboro University.
-Kyle Mariacher rushed for 161 yds and 2 TDs, but it wasn't enough to take down perennial powerhouse Mercyhurst Prep, as the Lakers earned a 27-14 win.
-Central Tech's Martell Crockett tossed a 41 yd TD pass and had a 56 yd TD run as the Falcons beat Franklin 30-14.
-Northwestern held Reynolds to 86 total yds, including only 53 yds on 46 carries, and edged the Raiders 13-7.
-Grove City's Wes Phipps rushed for 118 yds on 7 carries and scored on a 56 yd TD run, and the Eagles rolled East 42-7
-Seneca's Joe Hibbler rushed for 113 yds, but it wasn't enough, as Youngsville picked off 4 passes to help them to a 19-7 win.
-Austin Griffith and Sean Kuzilla scored 2 TDs a piece to lead Harbor Creek to a 43-7 win over Ft. Leboeuf.
-Oil City's Logan Way caught 2 TD passes to help the Oilers to a 41-28 win over Iroquois.
-Corry's Matt Cragg scored on an 18 yd run, a 50 yd punt return, and threw a 13 yd TD pass to lead the Beavers to a 30-3 victory over Girard.
-Olean, NY's Maleke Fuentes rushed for 192 yds and 2 scores to beat Bradford 47-18.
-Dubois scored 28 3rd quarter points and Brady Haines rushed for 160 yds and 2 TDs as the Beavers took down Punxsutawney 42-7.
-In their 1st game in program history, Imani Christian defeated Saegertown 38-20. Imani Christian is from the Pittsburgh area, and is expected to join WPIAL as early as next season.
-Sharpsville looked dominant, racking up 378 rushing yds and shutting out Eisenhower 52-0
-Titusville's Alex Kline rushed for 114 yds and 2 TDs, and Drew Sneeringer ripped off a 63 yd TD run to seal a 19-5 Rockets victory over Warren.
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