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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTALL: HERITAGE CONFERENCE PREVIEW

on October 31, 2013 10:43 AM

HOMER-CENTER (9-0) at PORTAGE (7-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Homer-Center can wrap up the top seed in District 6 Class A and an unbeaten regular season in a non-conference game.

Team statistics

HC P

289.6 Rushing offense 288.0

58.8 Passing offense 92.5

348.3 Total offense 380.5

116.4 Rushing defense 181.1

84.3 Passing defense 64.6

200.8 Total defense 245.8

38.2 Scoring offense 39.4

12.2 Scoring defense 14.1

+11 Turnover margin +12

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats won the school’s first Heritage Conference title last week, scoring the final 20 points to beat Penns Manor 41-21. Homer-Center took sole possession of the top spot in the district rankings and could clinch the No. 1 seed, and home-field advantage until the district championship game, with a win. Ean Lee is third in the area in rushing (934 yards) and Mike Newhouse is fourth (932). Aaron Berezansky leads the area in passing efficiency (37 of 57, 529 yards, 7 TDs, 1 int).

About Portage: The Mustangs are No. 3 in the district rankings. They finished second in the WestPAC. Portage is coming off a 38-6 win over Blairsville. Portage has won six in a row since a loss to Berlin (8-1). Caleb Kephart has 1,041 rushing yards and 15 TDs, and Michael Bryja is 41 of 81 for 739 yards with 10 TDs and two interceptions.

Last year: Portage, 20-14.

Next week: Both teams will play in the district playoffs.


 

KEYSTONE (1-8) at PENNS MANOR (8-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Penns Manor gets a non-conference tune-up for the District 6 Class A playoffs.

Team statistics

K PM

126.0 Rushing offense 283.4

135.8 Passing offense 69.8

261.8 Total offense 353.2

n/a Rushing defense 82.2

n/a Passing defense 90.6

n/a Total defense 172.8

17.9 Scoring offense 32.7

42.2 Scoring defense 15.1

n/a Turnover margin +3

About Keystone: The Panthers finished fifth in the six-team Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Small School Division. Their only win came over A-C Valley (0-9) in Week 7. They have scored more than 20 points just once. Keystone lost to Union-Rimersburg, 16-12, at home last week. Austin Chambers (52 of 112, 883 yards, 3 TDs, 5 ints) leads the offense. Dustin Wolbert has 18 catches for 398 yards. Zach Stiglitz has 397 rushing yards.

About Penns Manor: The Comets fell short of a second straight Heritage Conference title, losing at Homer-Center 41-21 last week. Penns Manor fell to No. 4 in the district rankings and needs a win to secure a first-round home game. Lucas Kowalski is sixth in the area in rushing (893 yards) and leads the scoring (19 touchdowns, 114 points).

Last year: Penns Manor, 35-8.

Next week: Penns Manor will play in the district playoffs.


 

BLAIRSVILLE (5-4) at MO VALLEY (4-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Blairsville needs a win and help to make the District 6 Class playoffs.

Team statistics

B MV

163.4 Rushing offense 217.9

129.8 Passing offense 119.8

293.2 Total offense 337.7

224.6 Rushing defense 202.9

50.8 Passing defense 99.0

275.3 Total defense 301.9

22.1 Scoring offense 27.0

23.0 Scoring defense 26.8

-2 Turnover margin E

About Blairsville: The Bobcats’ playoff hopes took a hit in a 38-6 loss to Portage last week and they fell to No. 10 in the district rankings. Deion Robinson is second in the area in rushing (960 yards). Scott Thompson is 60 of 113 for 941 yards with seven TDs and eight interceptions.

About Moshannon Valley: The Black Knights are 11th in the district rankings. They finished fourth out of six teams in the Inter-County Conference Silver Division. Mo Valley has won three of its last four on the heels of a three-game losing streak. The Knights beat Southern Huntingdon 33-13 last week. Eric Sherkel leads the team in rushing (1,067 yards, 10 TDs) and passing (43 of 102, 777 yards, 8 TDs). Kent Stewart has 24 catches for 362 yards, and Justin Kitko has 15 for 376.

Last year: Blairsville, 27-26.

Next week: Blairsville could play in the district playoffs.


 

LIGONIER (6-3) at BALD EAGLE AREA (5-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Both teams are battling for playoff position in the District 6 Class AA ranks.

Team statistics

LV BEA

171.9 Rushing offense 160.4

175.8 Passing offense 110.1

347.7 Total offense 270.5

200.2 Rushing defense n/a

96.1 Passing defense n/a

296.3 Total defense n/a

32.8 Scoring offense 30.2

19.8 Scoring defense 22.1

+5 Turnover margin n/a

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams, undefeated through six weeks, have lost three straight and fallen to sixth in the district rankings. They lost to unbeaten Penns Manor and Homer-Center, then gave up a 34-14 lead in a 35-34 loss to Northern Cambria last week. Alec Bloom, the area’s leading receiver (45 catches, 830 yards) is out for the season with an knee injury. Scott Fennell leads the area in passing yards (1,549) and is 95 of 181 with 16 TDs and 10 interceptions.

About Bald Eagle Area: The Eagles are No. 7 in the district rankings. They finished fourth out of nine teams in the Mountain League. They defeated Bellefonte 57-12 last week for their second win over the Red Raiders this season. Bald Eagle started 3-0 before losing three straight. Jason Jones is 54 of 90 for 859 yards with seven TDs and four interceptions. Dakota Bartley has 666 rushing yards, and Bryan Greene has 23 receptions for 383 yards.

Last year: Ligonier Valley, 48-6 and 41-6.

Next week: Ligonier Valley will play in the district playoffs.


 

MARION CENTER (2-7) at KARNS CITY (8-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Marion Center closes its season against a District 9 powerhouse.

Team statistics

MC KC

123.3 Rushing offense 307.1

91.4 Passing offense 131.1

214.8 Total offense 438.2

216.6 Rushing defense n/a

74.9 Passing defense n/a

291.4 Total defense n/a

13.2 Scoring offense 46.0

23.8 Scoring defense 15.0

-6 Turnover margin n/a

About Marion Center: The Stingers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 34-14 win over United last week. It was just the fourth time Marion Center had scored in double digits this season and the first time it had more than 21 points. Blake Orr is 44 of 125 for 808 yards.

About Karns City: The Gremlins won the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School Division title. Their only loss was to Small School Division champion Clarion (9-0). Karns City has won seven straight, including 42-6 over Brookville last week. Tyler Kepple is 73 of 118 for 1,180 yards with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Dakota Mohney has 27 catches for 433 yards. Tristan Rhoades has 581 rushing yards, and four others have more than 300.

Last year: Karns City, 34-20.


 

NORTHERN CAMBRIA (5-4) at CAMBRIA HEIGHTS (1-8)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Northern Cambria needs a win to get into the District 6 Class A playoffs.

Team statistics

NC CH

264.0 Rushing offense 153.9

61.0 Passing offense 44.6

325.0 Total offense 198.4

183.2 Rushing defense 179.2

91.1 Passing defense 146.1

274.3 Total defense 325.3

26.3 Scoring offense 12.0

23.2 Scoring defense 30.7

+1 Turnover margin -14

About Northern Cambria: The Colts scored on three of their last four possessions to upset Ligonier Valley 35-34 last week and jump into playoff position. Northern Cambria is No. 8 in the district rankings, and the top eight make the playoffs. After falling to 2-4, the Colts have won three in a row. Joe Frontino has 839 rushing yards, and Nolan Paronish has 509. Northern Cambria leads the all-time Coal Bowl rivalry 21-20-1.

About Cambria Heights: The Highlanders have lost seven in a row since their only win, 36-35 over Westmont Hilltop (0-9). Cambria Heights finished 11th in the 12-team Laurel Highlands Conference. The Hilltoppers lost to Somerset 41-13 last week. Josh Fees has 694 rushing yards. Quarterbacks Eddie Link (16 of 44, 211 yards) and Richard Legros (11 of 37, 163) have split time.

Last year: Northern Cambria, 29-20.

Next week: Northern Cambria could play in the district playoffs.


 

SALTSBURG (1-8) at BLACKLICK (2-6)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Both teams look to close on a positive note in a non-conference game.

Team statistics

S BV

92.8 Rushing offense 115.3

117.1 Passing offense 51.8

209.9 Total offense 167.0

278.4 Rushing defense 237.0

78.4 Passing defense 94.0

356.9 Total defense 331.0

11.0 Scoring offense 15.0

34.0 Scoring defense 36.6

-11 Turnover margin -9

About Saltsburg: The Trojans have lost four straight. Their only win came over winless United 14-13. They have allowed at least 36 points in all four games since then, and more than 40 in three of them. Tyler Frassenei is fifth in the area in receptions (29 for 393 yards). Frankie Plowman is 84 of 170 for 967 yards.

About Blacklick Valley: The Vikings finished eighth out of 10 teams in the WestPAC. They won two in a row, over Ferndale and Conemaugh Valley, before losing at North Star 46-19 last week. The Vikings lost to Purchase Line 42-14 in Week 3. Garrett Smith has team highs in rushing yards (480) and receptions (13 for 175 yards). Blake Ray is 28 of 67 for 386 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Last year: Saltsburg, 27-20.


 

UNITED (0-9) at BISHOP GUILFOYLE (7-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: United closes out a trying first year under head coach Lance Holupka.

Team statistics

U BG

111.0 Rushing offense 216.4

39.9 Passing offense 87.0

150.9 Total offense 303.4

260.9 Rushing defense 142.3

83.4 Passing defense 74.0

344.3 Total defense 216.3

7.1 Scoring offense 27.1

37.8 Scoring defense 12.7

-14 Turnover margin -4

About United: The Lions have lost 19 straight and 22 of 23. United matched its season high for points in a 34-14 loss at Marion Center last week. The Lions lost by the same score to Blairsville the previous week. Though the Lions have been shut out just once, they have scored in double digits just three times.

About Bishop Guilfoyle: The Marauders are No. 5 in the District 6 Class A rankings and finished fourth out of 12 teams in the Laurel Highlands Conference. They started 0-2 without injured quarterback Brandon Chadbourn and are 7-0 since his return. Chadbourn has 710 rushing yards and 10 TDs and is 40 of 63 for 594 yards with five TDs and two interceptions. Matt Gormley has 21 catches for 326 yards.

Last year: Bishop Guilfoyle, 40-0.


 

PURCHASE LINE (4-5) at CONEMAUGH VALLEY (1-7)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Matchup: Purchase Line can secure a .500 record with a win in a non-conference game.

Team statistics

PL CV

253.3 Rushing offense 167.4

39.3 Passing offense 12.1

292.7 Total offense 179.6

167.7 Rushing defense n/a

87.1 Passing defense n/a

254.8 Total defense n/a

24.6 Scoring offense 8.9

21.8 Scoring defense 37.25

+4 Turnover margin n/a

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons have won three of their last four, including a 41-0 rout of Saltsburg last week. The Red Dragons have already secured their best season since 2008, when they went 11-1. Grant Syster leads the area in rushing with 1,291 yards.

About Conemaugh Valley: The Blue Jays finished ninth out of 10 teams in the WestPAC. They are 0-3 against Heritage Conference teams over the last two years. The Blue Jays have lost seven in a row and 11 of 12 dating to last season. Conemaugh Valley has scored seven points over the last three weeks and lost to Windber 49-0 last week.

Last year: Purchase Line, 40-6.


 

NORTHERN BEDFORD (7-2) at PUNXSUTAWNEY (3-6)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Punxsutawney can squeak into the District 5-6-8-9 playoffs with a win.

Team statistics

NB P

149.1 Rushing offense 156.7

240.8 Passing offense 80.9

389.9 Total offense 237.6

170.9 Rushing defense 243.8

91.9 Passing defense 143.7

262.8 Total defense 387.4

37.6 Scoring offense 14.3

22.8 Scoring defense 31.8

+15 Turnover margin n/a

About Northern Bedford: The Panthers finished third out of six teams in the Inter-County Conference Gold Division. They won five in a row to start the season and split their last four games. The Panthers beat Williamsburg 49-36 last week. Blake Over is 141 of 231 for 2,131 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has a team-high 534 rushing yards and 12 TDs. Jacob Dasher has 52 catches for 740 yards, and Kyler Diehl has 42 for 643.

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks lost their shot at playing in the District 9 Class AAA title game with a 36-0 loss to Moniteau last week. They can still make the district playoffs. Punxs’y has lost three in a row and four of its last five. It has been outscored 147-6 during its three-game losing streak and has been shut out the past two weeks. Christian Falgout is fifth in the area in rushing (925 yards).

Last year: Northern Bedford, 27-21.

Next week: Punxsutawney could play in the district playoffs.


 

SOUTHMORELAND (3-6) at DERRY (0-9)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. today

Matchup: Derry gets one last shot at a win.

Team statistics

S D

218.7 Rushing offense 80.3

27.6 Passing offense 85.0

246.2 Total offense 165.3

n/a Rushing defense 336.0

n/a Passing defense 140.8

n/a Total defense 476.8

16.3 Scoring offense 5.9

28.4 Scoring defense 57.0

n/a Turnover margin -15

About Southmoreland: The Scotties finished seventh out of nine teams in the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference. They won two of their last three down the stretch, losing at Yough, 45-13, last week. Junior Jake Pisula has run for 1,308 yards.

About Derry: The Trojans have allowed more than 50 points in every game and have been outscored 513-53. Derry is 10-8-1 all-time against Southmoreland.

Last meeting: Derry won 32-7 in 2008.

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