HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 6 PREVIEWS
October 03, 2013 10:38 AM

INDIANA (2-3) at GREENSBURG SALEM (1-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Indiana needs a win in this WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference game to start a push for a playoff berth.

Team statistics

I GS

182.2 Rushing offense n/a

131.8 Passing offense n/a

314.0 Total offense n/a

164.0 Rushing defense 268.5

89.0 Passing defense 92.3

253.0 Total defense 360.8

23.6 Scoring offense 13.6

20.6 Scoring defense 32.0

+4 Turnover margin n/a

About Indiana: The Indians have lost three of their past four, including a 21-14 home loss to Highlands last week. Riley Stapleton had nine catches for 97 yards, and Sean Thompson was 16 of 32 for 177 yards as Indiana outgained the Rams 306-223. Thompson is fifth in the area in passing efficiency (39 of 84, 534 yards, 5 TDs, 3 ints). Stapleton (232 yards receiving) and Darrious Carter (223) each have 16 catches. Indiana will be without kicker Ian Scott, who was ejected last week and must sit out this week. Indiana has won its last three games against Greensburg Salem.

About Greensburg Salem: The Golden Lions are 0-4 since a season-opening win over Knoch. Greensburg Salem lost to Mars, 38-13, at home last week. Simeon Stevens caught a TD pass from Brady Mason, and Dom McKinley ran for a score. McKinley has 261 rushing yards. Mason is 11 of 19 for 187 yards, and Adam Indof is 10 of 28 for 145 yards.

Last year: Indiana, 41-23.

Next week: Indiana plays host to West Mifflin on Friday.


 

HOMER-CENTER (5-0) at UNITED (0-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Homer-Center looks to start 6-0 for the first time since 1994 in this Heritage Conference matchup.

Team statistics

HC U

287.0 Rushing offense 101.4

60.2 Passing offense 44.2

347.2 Total offense 145.6

134.2 Rushing defense 264.8

65.0 Passing defense 80.4

199.2 Total defense 345.2

37.6 Scoring offense 6.0

11.0 Scoring defense 37.6

+4 Turnover margin -12

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats are 5-0 for the first time since 1994, when Homer-Center started 8-0, won the District 6 Class A title and finished 11-2. The Wildcats blew past Blairsville in the second half for a 41-16 win last week. Mike Newhouse ran for 156 yards, Ean Lee went for 123, and Homer-Center held a 397-227 advantage in total yards. Newhouse is fifth in the area in rushing (499 yards) and Lee is sixth (464). Aaron Berezansky leads the area in passing efficiency (21 of 29, 301 yards, 5 TDs, 0 ints). Homer-Center ranks second in the area in rushing offense, total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense.

About United: The Lions have lost 15 straight games and 18 of their past 19. They dropped a 14-13 decision to Saltsburg last week in a matchup of winless teams. Tyler Mack ran for 96 yards, and Matt Dill was 4 of 13 for 69 yards, with all four completions going to Weylon McGeary. Mack has 292 rushing yards. United ranks last in the conference in all six team offensive and defensive categories and turnover margin.

Last year: Homer-Center, 36-6.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Homer-Center visits Conemaugh Township, and United travels to Purchase Line.


PENNS MANOR (5-0) at BLAIRSVILLE (3-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Injury-hampered Blairsville faces another undefeated team in the Heritage Conference.

Team statistics

PM B

351.6 Rushing offense 166.8

52.2 Passing offense 133.6

347.2 Total offense 300.4

73.6 Rushing defense 223.0

62.2 Passing defense 63.8

135.8 Total defense 286.8

36.0 Scoring offense 22.2

8.8 Scoring defense 24.2

+1 Turnover margin E

About Penns Manor: The Comets are 5-0 for the first time since 2010, when they went 8-0 in the regular season and won their first Heritage Conference title. Penns Manor has won 10 straight conference games. It has outscored opponents 159-24 in four games since a 21-20 opening-night win over Northern Cambria. The Comets defeated Marion Center, 35-6, at home last week, holding a 380-154 advantage in total yards, including 298-9 in rushing yards. Lucas Kowalski leads the area in rushing (597 yards) and scoring (66 points). James Conway has nailed 24 extra points to lead the area in kick scoring. The Comets lead the area in rushing offense, total offense, rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense.

About Blairsville: The Bobcats are facing an undefeated opponent for the second straight game and the third time in the past four weeks. Blairsville lost 41-16 at Homer-Center last week. Filling in for injured starter Scott Thompson, Jaylin Rydbom was 6 of 21 for 98 yards with two interceptions. Deion Robinson, the area’s second-leading rusher (571 yards), was held to 44 yards. The Bobcats were also without top receiver Colton McMillan and lineman Jarod Dick. Rydbom is 7 of 27 for 111 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in two starts in place of Thompson (37 of 59, 557 yards, 3 TDs, 5 ints).

Last year: Penns Manor, 42-28.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Penns Manor visits Ligonier Valley, and Blairsville plays host to Saltsburg.


LIGONIER VALLEY (5-0) at SALTSBURG (1-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Ligonier Valley looks to remain perfect in the Heritage Conference against a team coming off its first win.

Team statistics

LV S

211.0 Rushing offense 105.4

124.4 Passing offense 111.4

335.4 Total offense 216.8

124.4 Rushing defense 252.8

95.4 Passing defense 52.6

219.8 Total defense 305.4

32.0 Scoring offense 12.8

11.6 Scoring defense 27.6

+10 Turnover margin -4

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams won their fourth non-conference game out of their past five, coming back to defeat Windber, 33-26, last week. It was the second time this season Ligonier Valley faced a double-digit halftime deficit and shut out the opponent in the second half. Scott Fennell ran for 159 yards, Dereck Croyle gained 118, and both players scored two touchdowns each. Fennell was 8 of 15 for 112 yards. The Rams ran for 359 of their 471 total yards. Alec Bloom is second in the area in receptions (21 for 343 yards). Ligonier Valley has a seven-game winning streak against Saltsburg.

About Saltsburg: The Trojans claimed their first victory of the season, getting past winless United, 14-13, last week. Steve Richards ran for 132 yards and hit Garrett Amorose with a fullback-option pass for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to give Saltsburg the lead. Frankie Plowman was 5 of 12 for 79 yards and a touchdown to Tyler Frassenei. Plowman is 37 of 73 for 470 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Last year: Ligonier, 56-0.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Ligonier Valley welcomes Penns Manor, and Saltsburg visits Blairsville.


PURCHASE LINE (1-4) at MARION CENTER (1-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: A pair of Heritage Conference teams look to distance themselves from the bottom of the league.

Team statistics

PL MC

190.2 Rushing offense 104.2

47.4 Passing offense 93.6

237.6 Total offense 197.8

222.4 Rushing defense 214.6

100.0 Passing defense 101.8

322.4 Total defense 316.4

18.0 Scoring offense 11.0

29.2 Scoring defense 26.0

-2 Turnover margin -2

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons are 0-4 in the Heritage Conference. They lost to Northern Cambria, 26-7, last week, and Hunter Rice’s 87-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run accounted for almost half of the team’s 185 total yards. Grant Syster, third in the area with 561 yards rushing, was bottled up for just 38 on 14 carries. Royce Bish leads the Heritage Conference in punting (37.7-yard average).

About Marion Center: The Stingers lost their third in a row, 35-6, at Penns Manor last week. Blake Orr was 10 of 24 for 145 yards, but Marion Center managed just nine yards rushing. The Stingers haven’t scored more than eight points in a game since Week 2, when they beat Saltsburg, 21-18. Orr is 25 of 69 for 468 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Marion Center has won its last four against Purchase Line.

Last year: Marion Center, 12-6.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Purchase Line welcomes United, and Marion Center visits Northern Cambria.


BERLIN (5-0) at NORTHERN CAMBRIA (2-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Northern Cambria looks to give undefeated Berlin a scare, just as it did last year, in a non-conference game.

Team statistics

B NC

296.0 Rushing offense 263.0

67.4 Passing offense 49.6

363.4 Total offense 312.6

123.3 Rushing defense 223.8

37.0 Passing defense 40.0

260.3 Total defense 263.8

36.8 Scoring offense 26.2

9.2 Scoring defense 18.6

+5 Turnover margin +3

About Berlin: The Mountaineers, the defending District 5 Class A champions, sit alone atop the WestPAC standings at 5-0. They defeated North Star, 26-12, on the road last week behind Braden Fochtman’s 309 yards on 32 carries. Fochtman, a sophomore, has 1,042 rushing yards. Nick Stockwell has five touchdown catches.

About Northern Cambria: The Colts took a step in the right direction with a solid 26-7 win at Purchase Line in the absence of quarterback Dartagnan Suchar, who was out with a foot injury. His status is unclear. Joe Frontino and Nolan Paronish rushed for 175 and 141 yards, respectively, and Tyler Pershing went 5 of 10 for 65 yards. Paronish has 455 yards rushing. Northern Cambria leads the area in passing defense.

Last year: Berlin won 21-19.

Next week: Northern Cambria plays host to Marion Center on Friday.


APOLLO-RIDGE (3-2) at SPRINGDALE (2-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Apollo-Ridge looks to get back on course in a tough WPIAL Eastern Conference race.

Team statistics

AR S

200.8 Rushing offense n/a

139.0 Passing offense n/a

339.8 Total offense n/a

173.0 Rushing defense n/a

126.4 Passing defense n/a

299.4 Total defense n/a

37.8 Scoring offense 9.8

21.2 Scoring defense 18.8

+6 Turnover margin n/a

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings’ losses have come to undefeated teams, including last week’s 35-27 setback at Avonworth. Jesse Zelonka was 18 of 30 for 205 yards and four touchdowns. Tre Tipton caught 11 passes for 125 yards and three TDs. Tipton leads the area in receptions (22 for 225 yards), and Zelonka is second in passing efficiency (51 of 83, 691 yards, 11 TDs, 0 ints) and leads in passing yards and touchdowns. Apollo-Ridge leads the area in passing offense and scoring offense.

About Springdale: The Dynamos won for the second time in three weeks, getting past Leechburg, 26-13, last week. Daniel Franskousky gained 155 yards on 24 carries and completed 7 of 10 passes for 119 yards. Springdale’s other wins have come against Leechburg and Wilkinsburg, who are a combined 2-8.

Last year: Springdale, 24-0.

Next week: Apollo-Ridge plays host to Northgate on Friday.


HIGHLANDS (4-1) at DERRY (0-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: The WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference doesn’t get any easier on the Trojans.

Team statistics

H D

n/a Rushing offense 73.4

n/a Passing offense 112.8

n/a Total offense 186.2

126.6 Rushing defense 334.0

195.4 Passing defense 148.0

322.0 Total defense 482.0

19.4 Scoring offense 5.4

15.4 Scoring defense 57.4

n/a Turnover margin -6

About Highlands: The Golden Rams bounced back from their first loss to beat Indiana, 21-14, last week. Elijah Jackson gained 152 yards on 25 carries and scored all three touchdowns. Jackson has 750 yards on 106 carries.

About Derry: The Trojans held a lead for the first time this season in a 57-7 loss to Hollidaysburg last week. Derry has allowed more than 50 points in each game and has been outscored 287-27.

Last year: Highlands, 41-13.

Next week: Derry plays at Hampton on Friday.


WEST SHAMOKIN (3-2) at WILKINSBURG (2-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Matchup: West Shamokin, coming off losses to unbeaten teams in the WPIAL Eastern Conference, looks to get back on track.

Team statistics

WS W

234.8 Rushing offense n/a

39.2 Passing offense n/a

274.0 Total offense n/a

182.8 Rushing defense n/a

130.4 Passing defense n/a

313.2 Total defense n/a

25.2 Scoring offense 15.6

29.4 Scoring defense 18.8

+2 Turnover margin n/a

About West Shamokin: The Wolves lost to North Catholic, 60-27, at home last week. Andrew Wingard ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, including a 95-yarder, and also scored on a kickoff return. Wingard is seventh in the area in rushing (459) and fourth in scoring (52 points). West Shamokin needs one win to break the school record for wins in a season, which was set in last year’s 3-7 campaign.

About Wilkinsburg: The Tigers’ late drive stalled in a 19-12 loss to Riverview last week. Ryan Cox, who threw a touchdown pass to Stephon Byrd in the third quarter, was intercepted on the final drive. Montay Clancy ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Wilkinsburg’s wins have come over Leechburg and Northgate.

Last year: Wilkinsburg, 27-6.

Next week: West Shamokin welcomes Southside Beaver on Friday.


PUNXSUTAWNEY (2-3) at CLARION-LIMESTONE (2-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Two Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference teams look to find their identities.

Team statistics

P CL

182.2 Rushing offense 195.8

112.8 Passing offense 141.4

295.0 Total offense 337.2

215.8 Rushing defense n/a

139.6 Passing defense n/a

355.4 Total defense n/a

19.0 Scoring offense 22.2

25.4 Scoring defense 39.2

n/a Turnover margin n/a

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks stalled late and lost to St. Marys, 12-6, at home last week. Matt Burkett finished 9 of 23 for 192 yards with two interceptions. Christian Falgout is fourth in the area in rushing (560 yards) and third in scoring (54 points).

About Clarion-Limestone: The Lions defeated Keystone, 48-20, last week behind Chase Alcorn’s 227 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Alcorn has 627 yards. Christian Bakewell is 37 of 62 for 707 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. His top target is Brent Slater (13 catches, 225 yards).

Last year: Punxs’y, 41-7.

Next week: Punxs’y plays host to Karns City on Friday.

 

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