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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 4 PREVIEWS

on September 19, 2013 10:40 AM

DERRY (0-3) at INDIANA (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Indiana looks to end a two-game skid against the last-place team in the WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference.

Team statistics

D I

42.0 Rushing offense 144.0

90.7 Passing offense 125.7

132.7 Total offense 269.7

374.0 Rushing defense 175.3

172.0 Passing defense 85.7

546.0 Total defense 261.0

4.7 Scoring offense 16.0

58.0 Scoring defense 25.3

-3 Turnover margin +1

About Derry: The Trojans took another hard loss, 58-7, at Knoch last week. Derry has been outscored 174-14 this season and has lost 11 straight games and 16 of its last 17. Derry managed just 11 yards rushing against Knoch. Kyle Holmes was 7 of 27 passing for 103 yards.

About Indiana: The Indians lost to a conference favorite for the second straight week, dropping a 38-15 decision at Mars last week. Indiana was outscored 21-0 in the third quarter. Ian Scott led the Indians with 77 yards rushing, a touchdown, an extra point and an interception. Quarterback Sean Thompson was 8 of 16 for 102 yards with two interceptions. Darrious Carter had five catches for 77 yards. Carter is fourth in the area in receptions (10 for 138 yards). Thompson is 19 of 44 for 264 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Last year: Indiana won 28-7.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Indiana welcomes Highlands, and Derry plays host to Hollidaysburg.


 

PURCHASE LINE (1-2) at HOMER-CENTER (3-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Homer-Center looks to remain unbeaten and maintain a hold on first place in the Heritage Conference against a Purchase Line team coming off its first win.

Team statistics

PL HC

231.7 Rushing offense 244.3

53.0 Passing offense 81.0

284.7 Total offense 325.3

154.3 Rushing defense 137.7

134.3 Passing defense 69.0

288.7 Total defense 206.7

23.0 Scoring offense 36.7

27.7 Scoring defense 8.3

-1 Turnover margin +2

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons broke through for their first win in a big way last week, crushing Blacklick Valley, 43-13, while outgaining them 451-189. Grant Syster gained 172 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns. Alec Sunderlin was 6 of 14 for 123 yards with a touchdown to Todd Greene and an interception. Greene also scored on a 76-yard kickoff return. Syster leads the area in rushing (504 yards).

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start for the second straight year after a 28-6 victory at Marion Center last week. Quarterback Aaron Berezansky opened the passing game up a little, going 10 of 13 for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Ean Lee gained 82 yards on 19 carries and made a game-high four catches for 54 yards. Mike Newhouse (259 yards) and Lee (256) lead the Wildcats in rushing. Berezansky leads the area in passing efficiency (16 of 19, 243 yards, 3 TDs, 0 ints), and Lee leads the area in scoring (52 points). Homer-Center leads the area in scoring offense and is second in scoring defense.

Last year: Homer-Center won 33-6.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Homer-Center welcomes Blairsville, and Purchase Line plays host to Northern Cambria.


 

NORTHERN CAMBRIA (1-2) at BLAIRSVILLE (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: In this Heritage Conference matchup, Northern Cambria is coming off its first win, and Blairsville is coming off its first loss.

Team statistics

NC B

250.7 Rushing offense 166.7

28.3 Passing offense 185.7

279.0 Total offense 352.3

262.3 Rushing defense 166.3

43.0 Passing defense 65.0

305.3 Total defense 231.3

28.7 Scoring offense 23.7

20.7 Scoring defense 20.3

+6 Turnover margin -2

About Northern Cambria: The Colts picked up their first win, capitalizing on United’s mistakes for a 53-7 victory. Quarterback Dartagnan Suchar led the rushing attack with 115 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Joe Frontino gained 92 yards on 11 carries and added a score. The defense forced five turnovers, returning two for scores. A converted running back, Suchar leads Northern Cambria in rushing (281 yards).

About Blairsville: The Bobcats outgained Ligonier Valley 372-166 and led 17-6 at halftime but suffered their first loss, 21-17, at home last week. Scott Thompson was 14 of 23 passing for 241 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Deion Robinson made five catches for 86 yards and carried 22 times for 72 yards. Robinson is second in the area in receptions (13 for 188 yards), fourth in rushing (345 yards) and tied for fifth in scoring (32 points). Thompson leads the area in passing yards (557) and is 37 of 59 with three touchdowns and five interceptions. The Bobcats lead the area in passing offense.

Last year: Northern Cambria won 29-26.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Northern Cambria visits Purchase Line, and Blairsville travels to Homer-Center.


 

MARION CENTER (1-2) at LIGONIER VALLEY (3-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Marion Center faces its second straight unbeaten opponent in a Heritage Conference matrchup.

Team statistics

MC LV

116.3 Rushing offense 177.7

91.3 Passing offense 121.0

207.7 Total offense 298.7

207.7 Rushing defense 83.7

101.3 Passing defense 99.7

309.0 Total defense 183.3

13.7 Scoring offense 32.7

22.0 Scoring defense 8.0

E Turnover margin +7

About Marion Center: The Stingers hung with undefeated Homer-Center for a while but could not keep up, falling, 28-6, at home last week. Blake Orr was 5 of 17 for 91 yards. John Lucas had a team-high 34 yards on eight carries. Lucas is the team’s leading rusher (159 yards). Orr is 11 of 36 for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He is third in the area in punting (33.4 yards).

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams came back in the second half and made some key defensive stops in a 21-17 victory at Blairsville last week, despite being outgained 372-166 and picking up just six first downs. Alec Bloom, the 6-foot-7 tight end who has committed to UConn, had just one catch, but it was an 8-yard TD pass from Scott Fennell that gave Ligonier Valley the lead in the fourth quarter. Fennell finished 4 of 12 for 78 yards and had a team-high 39 yards on 12 carries. Bloom leads the area in receptions (14 for 216 yards), and Fennell is 23 of 43 for 363 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Rams lead the area in rushing defense, scoring defense and turnover margin.

Last year: Ligonier Valley won 41-0 in Week 4.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Marion Center visits rival Penns Manor, and Ligonier Valley plays host to Windber.


UNITED (0-3) at PENNS MANOR (3-0)

 

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: These reloading Heritage Conference teams have followed different courses this season.

Team statistics

U PM

122.3 Rushing offense 362.0

47.0 Passing offense 35.3

169.3 Total offense 397.3

264.7 Rushing defense 124.0

83.3 Passing defense 51.7

348.0 Total defense 175.7

5.7 Scoring offense 32.3

42.0 Scoring defense 12.7

-9 Turnover margin -2

About United: The Lions committed five turnovers in a 53-7 loss at Northern Cambria last week. Tyler Mack gained 119 yards on 17 carries and scored the lone touchdown. Weylon McGeary was 4 of 9 passing for 42 yards with two interceptions. The Lions have been outscored 126-17. United ranks last in the area in turnover margin and last in the conference in total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense. United has lost 13 straight games and 16 of its last 17.

About Penns Manor: The Comets dominated the first half, then rested on their laurels in a 28-12 win at Saltsburg last week. Penns Manor outgained the Trojans 252-17 in the first half and outscored them 28-0. Louie Tate gained 177 yards on 15 carries and scored twice, and quarterback Lucas Kowalski gained 136 yards on 20 carries and scored once. For the second time in three weeks, the Comets did not complete a pass, though they ran for 428 yards. Penns Manor boasts the area’s best rushing offense, total offense and total defense. Kowalski is third in the area in rushing (367 yards) and Tate is fifth (311). James Conway leads the area in kick scoring (13 points) points.

Last year: Penns Manor won 56-0.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. United welcomes Saltsburg, and Penns Manor plays host to Marion Center.


NORTH STAR (2-1) at SALTSBURG (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: The Trojans go outside the Heritage Conference in search of their first win.

Team statistics

NS S

220.0 Rushing offense 111.7

45.0 Passing offense 91.0

265.0 Total offense 202.7

n/a Rushing defense 281.7

n/a Passing defense 47.0

n/a Total defense 328.7

25.3 Scoring offense 12.0

21.3 Scoring defense 32.3

n/a Turnover margin -2

About North Star: The Cougars scored their second straight win in the WestPAC, 39-7, at Conemaugh Valley last week. Thomas Miller ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and North Star totaled 307 yards rushing. Miller has a team-high 283 yards rushing. Quarterback Joey Berkebile is 8 of 15 for 94 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Cougars are 3-0 all-time against Saltsburg.

About Saltsburg: The Trojans saved face with a good second half in a 28-12 loss to Penns Manor at home last week. Frank Plowman was 6 of 18 passing for 121 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions, while Tyler Frassenei was 4 of 10 for 23 yards. Saltsburg was thrown for minus-26 yards rushing. Steve Richards scored on a 73-yard return of a fumble set up by Frassenei. Frassenei is 10 of 21 passing for 87 yards on the season, and Plowman is 15 of 34 for 186 yards.

Last year: North Star won 40-7.

Next week: Saltsburg visits United on Friday.


LEECHBURG (0-3) at APOLLO-RIDGE (2-1)

 

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Apollo-Ridge takes on its backyard rival in a WPIAL Eastern Conference game.

Team statistics

L AR

n/a Rushing offense 224.7

n/a Passing offense 101.3

n/a Total offense 326.0

n/a Rushing defense 195.0

n/a Passing defense 116.0

n/a Total defense 311.0

11.0 Scoring offense 34.7

29.7 Scoring defense 19.3

n/a Turnover margin +4

About Leechburg: The Blue Devils are off to another rough start after considering a move to the Heritage Conference in the offseason. Leechburg took a 42-7 loss against Avonworth at home last week. Kris Smith had 80 yards on 11 carries, including a 60-yard run on a drive that stalled. Alex Kalmar is the leading rusher (145 yards). Quarterback Alex Sipilino is 7 of 21 54 yards. Leechburg has lost 11 straight, dating to last year’s opener.

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings won their second straight, topping Western Beaver, 27-0, in a non-conference home game last week. Tre Tipton left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Tipton is third in the area in receptions (11 for 100 yards). Apollo-Ridge focused on the run last week, gaining 336 of their 369 total yards. Ben Gemballa gained 94 yards on four carries, and Duane Brown returned the second-half kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Jesse Zelonka was 4 of 11 for 33 yards. He is third in the area in passing efficiency (25 of 42, 300 yards, 4 TDs, 0 ints).

Last year: Apollo-Ridge won 37-7.

Next week: Apollo-Ridge plays at Avonworth on Saturday.


 

AVONWORTH (3-0) at WEST SHAMOKIN (3-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Matchup: Two unbeatens clash in a battle of first-place teams in the WPIAL Eastern Conference.

Team statistics

A WS

n/a Rushing offense 283.3

n/a Passing offense 57.3

n/a Total offense 340.7

n/a Rushing defense 141.7

n/a Passing defense 67.7

n/a Total defense 209.3

39.7 Scoring offense 33.0

6.3 Scoring defense 13.0

n/a Turnover margin +6

About Avonworth: The Antelopes kept up their hot start with a 42-7 dispatching of Leechburg on the road last week. Moses Giles gained 95 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns. Matt Donovan was 9 of 18 for 161 yards, including two TD passes to Jesse Zubik. The Antelopes have scored at least 33 points in each of their their games and have allowed no more than seven. Their first three opponents (Rochester, Riverview and Leechburg) are a combined 1-8. Donovan is 23 of 47 for 348 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Giles leads the team in rushing (298 yards).

About West Shamokin: The Wolves are 3-0 for the first time in school history after rolling over Riverview, 41-12, on the road last week. Andrew Wingard gained 131 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns, Zac Horner added 89 yards on 14 carries, and quarterback Alex Lasslo had 81 yards on five carries. Lasslo was 3 of 4 for 37 yards. West Shamokin has tied the school record for wins in a season after going 3-7 last year. The Wolves have won a school-record four straight games dating to last season. West Shamokin is second in the area in rushing offense and third in total offense. Wingard is sixth in the area in rushing (282 yards) and Horner is eighth (266). Horner is second in the area in scoring (42 points). Lasslo is second in the area in passing efficiency (10 of 16, 169 yards, 2 TDs, 0 ints).

Last year: Avonworth won 28-7.

Next week: West Shamokin plays host to North Catholic on Friday.


 

PUNXSUTAWNEY (1-2) at A-C VALLEY (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: The Chucks look for an upturn in their roller-coaster ways in a Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference game.

Team statistics

P ACV

216.3 Rushing offense 197.3

97.0 Passing offense 60.0

313.3 Total offense 257.3

232.7 Rushing defense n/a

146.3 Passing defense n/a

379.0 Total defense n/a

21.0 Scoring offense 20.7

30.7 Scoring defense 40.0

n/a Turnover margin n/a

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks took a 49-7 beating at DuBois last week for their sixth loss in their last seven meetings with the Beavers. Christian Falgout was a bright spot for Punxs’y, gaining 117 yards on 18 carries. Matt Burkett was 3 of 10 for 52 yards, and Andrew Bullers was 2 of 3 for 18 yards. Falgout is second in the area in rushing (396 yards) and third in scoring (36 points). He also leads the area in punting average (41.7 yards). Punxs’y has won five straight games against A-C Valley.

About A-C Valley: The Falcons lost last week, 35-27, at Clarion-Limestone, which ended a 21-game losing streak. Dallas Wingard gained 137 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown for A-C Valley. Mike Suto scored three times, once on a punt return and twice on rushes. Suto has rushed for 256 yards, and Wingard has rushed for 241. Sophomore Evan Redding is 23 of 38 for 180 yards.

Last year: Punxsutawney won 24-6.

Next week: Punxsutawney plays host to St. Marys on Friday.


 

 

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