HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEKEND PREVIEWS
October 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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INDIANA (3-5) at HOLLIDAYSBURG (3-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Indiana needs a win to clinch a playoff berth out of the WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference.

Team statistics

I H

177.4 Rushing offense 144.5

145.2 Passing offense 123.4

322.6 Total offense 267.9

196.5 Rushing defense n/a

81.9 Passing defense n/a

278.4 Total defense n/a

22.6 Scoring offense 21.8

19.9 Scoring defense 31.1

+5 Turnover margin n/a

About Indiana: Faced with two huge games to close the regular season, the Indians took care of business in the first with a 28-7 win over Knoch last week. DeQuan West rushed for 97 yards, Ian Scott went for 92, and Sean Thompson was 8 of 13 for 94 yards. Thompson is 50 of 102 for 714 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions, Riley Stapleton is second in the area in receptions (33 for 491 yards), and Darrious Carter is fifth (24 for 391).

About Hollidaysburg: The Golden Tigers are on a two-game losing streak, losing by a combined 102 points, including last week’s 69-14 loss at Mars. Colton Ruggery gained 114 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown. Caleb Parnell is 18 of 65 for 234 yards, and Reid Miller has 289 rushing yards.

Last year: Indiana, 17-13.

Next week: Indiana could play in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.


 

PENNS MANOR (8-0) at HOMER-CENTER (8-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: The winner claims the Heritage Conference title and takes sole possession of first place in the District 6 Class A rankings.

Team statistics

PM HC

302.5 Rushing offense 298.9

65.4 Passing offense 61.4

367.9 Total offense 360.2

65.6 Rushing defense 114.6

97.1 Passing defense 81.8

162.8 Total defense 196.4

34.1 Scoring offense 37.9

11.9 Scoring defense 11.1

+6 Turnover margin +8

About Penns Manor: The Comets have won two of the last three conference titles, including last year. Penns Manor has won 14 straight conference games and 16 straight regular-season games. The Comets are coming off a 28-15 win over Purchase Line. Lucas Kowalski rushed for 61 yards and scored all four touchdowns, and the defense limited the Red Dragons to 79 yards rushing. Kowalski has 841 rushing yards and leads the area in scoring (19 touchdowns, 114 points). Penns Manor leads the area in rushing offense, total offense, rushing defense and total defense.

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats have never won a Heritage Conference title. Homer-Center plowed for 460 yards rushing in a 40-22 win over Ligonier Valley last week. Mike Newhouse ran for 200 yards, Ean Lee had 168, and Aaron Berezansky had 91. Newhouse is third in the area in rushing (888 yards) and Lee is sixth (819). Berezansky leads the area in passing efficiency (33 of 49, 491 yards, 6 TDs, 1 int). Homer-Center leads the area in scoring defense and is second in rushing offense, total offense, rushing defense, total defense, scoring offense and turnover margin.

Last year: Penns Manor, 48-15.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Penns Manor welcomes Keystone, and Homer-Center travels to Portage.


 

PORTAGE (6-1) at BLAIRSVILLE (5-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Blairsville has a tough task in a non-conference game as it fights for its playoff life.

Team statistics

P B

268.8 Rushing offense 164.0

82.1 Passing offense 126.2

350.9 Total offense 290.2

169.1 Rushing defense 222.5

50.4 Passing defense 45.4

219.5 Total defense 267.9

34.6 Scoring offense 24.1

13.4 Scoring defense 21.1

n/a Turnover margin +2

About Portage: The Mustangs, winners of five in a row, are fourth in the District 6 Class A rankings. Portage has scored at least 37 points in every victory and more than 40 in all but one. The Mustangs rolled to a 49-13 win at Conemaugh Township last week. Caleb Kephart rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns. He has 955 yards on 96 carries. Michael Bryja is 37 of 74 for 656 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception.

About Blairsville: The Bobcats are ninth in the District 6 Class A rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. Blairsville stayed in the playoff hunt with a 34-14 win at United last week, despite being tied with the winless Lions, 14-14, in the third quarter. Deion Robinson rushed for 101 yards, and Scott Thompson was 9 of 19 for 204 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Robinson is second in the area in rushing (918 yards). Thompson, who missed three games due to injury, is 48 of 84 for 793 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. The Bobcats are second in the Heritage Conference in passing offense.

Last year: Portage, 41-24.

Next week: Blairsville plays at Moshannon Valley on Friday.


 

NORTHERN CAMBRIA (4-4) at LIGONIER VALLEY (6-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Both teams need a win in this Heritage Conference game to boost their playoff status.

Team statistics

NC LV

251.4 Rushing offense 170.2

60.9 Passing offense 177.9

312.2 Total offense 348.1

183.0 Rushing defense 179.6

82.6 Passing defense 100.4

265.6 Total defense 280.0

25.3 Scoring offense 32.6

21.9 Scoring defense 17.9

E Turnover margin +6

About Northern Cambria: The Colts sit 10th in the District 6 Class A rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. Since falling to 2-4 on the season, Northern Cambria has won two straight to even its record. The Colts defeated Saltsburg, 36-21, last week, outrushing them 320-7. Derek Baker rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown, and Joe Frontino went for 126 and scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving. Nolan Paronish has 489 rushing yards but has missed the last two games.

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams, 6-0 two weeks ago, have dropped two in a row to undefeated teams and fallen to No. 6 in the District 6 Class AA rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. Ligonier lost at Homer-Center, 40-22, last week. Alec Bloom had nine catches for 147 yards and scored all three touchdowns. Scott Fennell was 15 of 35 for 227 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Fennell leads the area in passing yardage (1,418). He is 86 of 162 with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has intercepted five passes, which is tied for the area lead. Bloom leads the area in receptions and receiving yards 45 for 830). The Rams lead the area in passing offense.

Last year: Ligonier, 36-26.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Northern Cambria visits Cambria Heights, and Ligonier Valley travels to Bald Eagle Area.


 

UNITED (0-8) at MARION CENTER (1-7)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: There’s a whole lot of pride at stake in this Heritage Conference game.

Team statistics

U MC

106.0 Rushing offense 111.0

37.6 Passing offense 90.5

143.6 Total offense 201.5

265.8 Rushing defense 224.8

81.5 Passing defense 77.0

347.2 Total defense 301.8

6.3 Scoring offense 10.6

38.3 Scoring defense 25.0

-12 Turnover margin -8

About United: The Lions have lost 18 straight and 21 of 22. United played one of its closer games of the year in a 34-14 loss to Blairsville last week. The teams were tied at 14 in the third quarter, and the Lions outrushed the Bobcats 182-179. Tyler Oliver ran for 89 yards and Tyler Mack ran for 59. Mack has 347 yards rushing. United is last in the area in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense.

About Marion Center: The Stingers have lost six in a row. Since making the playoffs in 2011, Marion Center has won just four games. Its only win this season came over Saltsburg (1-7) in Week 2. The Stingers dropped a 13-6 decision to Shade in a non-conference home game last week. Blake Orr was 6 of 18 for 127 yards with two interceptions. Zach Edwards scored the only touchdown on a 5-yard run. Noah Hoover has 16 catches for 310 yards. Marion Center is second in the area in passing defense and second-to-last in the Heritage Conference in scoring offense, just ahead of United in both categories.

Last year: Marion Center, 35-6.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. United visits Bishop Guilfoyle, and Marion Center travels to Karns City.


 

SALTSBURG (1-7) at PURCHASE LINE (3-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Purchase Line looks to reach its most wins in a season in the last five years in a Heritage Conference game.

Team statistics

S PL

101.2 Rushing offense 225.9

117.1 Passing offense 43.8

218.4 Total offense 269.6

254.1 Rushing defense 185.5

87.8 Passing defense 83.4

341.9 Total defense 268.9

12.4 Scoring offense 22.5

33.1 Scoring defense 24.5

-9 Turnover margin +2

About Saltsburg: The Trojans have lost three straight. Their only victory was a one-point win over United. Saltsburg fell to Northern Cambria, 36-21, last week. Frankie Plowman was 22 of 34 for 247 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Tyler Frassenei had 13 catches for 128 yards. Plowman, who took over at quarterback for Frassenei early in the year, is 69 of 134 for 850 yards. Frassenei is fourth in the area in receptions (25 for 371 yards).

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons are 12th in the District 6 Class A rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. Purchase Line saw a two-game winning streak end with a 28-15 loss at Penns Manor last week. The Dragons ran for just 79 yards. Grant Syster leads the area in rushing (1,072 yards). Royce Bish leads the conference in punting (37.3 yards). Purchase Line hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008, when it went 11-1 and lost to Portage in the district semifinals.

Last year: Saltsburg, 30-15.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Saltsburg travels to Blacklick Valley, and Purchase Line visits Conemaugh Valley.


 

WEST SHAMOKIN (6-2) at APOLLO-RIDGE (6-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: WPIAL Eastern Conference teams jostle for playoff position in the regular-season finale — the winner finishes third in the conference, the loser fourth. Each team has losses to the same two teams, North Catholic and Avonworth, which are a combined 15-1.

Team statistics

WS AR

242.1 Rushing offense 220.1

76.8 Passing offense 132.5

318.9 Total offense 352.6

165.8 Rushing defense 152.0

104.4 Passing defense 90.9

2701. Total defense 242.9

27.6 Scoring offense 39.8

21.9 Scoring defense 16.0

n/a Turnover margin +8

About West Shamokin: The Wolves have made the playoffs for the first time in West Shamokin’s 13-year history. A year after breaking a WPIAL-record 46-game losing streak, the Wolves have ensured their first winning campaign, setting the school record for wins in a season. West Shamokin clinched a WPIAL playoff spot with a 36-6 win over Leechburg at home last week. Andrew Wingard ran for 126 yards and a touchdown, and Zac Horner rushed for 108 yards. Alex Lasslo was 4 of 7 for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Wingard is seventh in the area in rushing (690 yards) and Horner is ninth (579). Lasslo is second in the area in passing efficiency (29 of 56, 611 yards, 7 TDs, 4 ints). Wingard is tied for the area lead in interceptions (5).

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings are going to the playoffs for the second straight year — they lost to Monessen in the first round last year. Apollo-Ridge has won three straight, including a 41-16 victory at Riverview last week. Jesse Zelonka ran for 238 yards and passed for 116. Zelonka is 71 of 125 for 1,003 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is the only area quarterback that has not thrown an interception. He has a team-high 568 yards rushing. Tre Tipton is third in the area in receptions (31 for 335 yards) and is tied for the area lead in interceptions (5).

Last year: Apollo-Ridge, 49-7.

Next week: Both teams will play in the WPIAL Class A playoffs.


 

FRANKLIN REG. (7-1) at DERRY (0-8)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Derry could reach 500 points allowed on the season in its WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference finale.

Team statistics

FR D

203.8 Rushing offense 95.8

81.9 Passing offense 91.9

285.6 Total offense 187.6

n/a Rushing defense 327.4

n/a Passing defense 150.1

n/a Total defense 477.5

30.4 Scoring offense 6.6

8.6 Scoring defense 57.3

n/a Turnover margin -12

About Franklin Regional: The Panthers are in a three-way tie with Mars and Highlands for first place in the WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference. They have won five straight games, and their only loss came to Highlands. Franklin Regional beat Hampton, 33-12, last week. Brett Zanotto ran for 85 yards and a touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass to starting quarterback Charan Singh. Singh was 5 of 10 for 69 yards. He is 43 of 85 for 534 yards. He also has a team-high 466 yards rushing. Zanotto has rushed for 420 yards.

About Derry: The Trojans have been outscored 458-53. They have allowed more than 50 points in each game. Derry has lost 16 straight games dating to last season’s opener. The Trojans lost to Greensburg Salem, 56-6, at home last week. Kyle Holmes is 47 of 129 for 508 yards. Derry ranks last in the area in rushing offense, rushing defense, passing defense, total defense and scoring defense.

Last year: Franklin Regional, 62-0.


 

PUNXSUTAWNEY (3-5) at MONITEAU (2-6)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Punxsutawney needs a win in this Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference game to stay in the District 6-8-9 playoff race.

Team statistics

P M

168.1 Rushing offense 187.8

83.1 Passing offense 94.8

251.2 Total offense 282.5

228.1 Rushing defense 218.0

144.1 Passing defense 106.3

372.2 Total defense 324.3

16.1 Scoring offense 19.9

31.3 Scoring defense 36.7

n/a Turnover margin n/a

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks are ranked fifth in the district rankings, and the top four teams make the playoffs. they are coming off their second straight loss, 55-0 to unbeaten Clarion, allowing more than 50 points for the second week in a row. It was Punxsutawney’s first shutout loss of the season. Christian Falgout was held to 62 yards rushing. He is fourth in the area in rushing (872 yards).

About Moniteau: The Warriors have won two in a row after losing their first six games. They defeated Union-Rimersburg, 34-20, on the road last week. Cody Skiver was 5 of 8 for 95 yards and gained 60 yards on 11 carries. Skiver has a team-high 569 yards rushing and is 45 of 93 for 725 yards.

Last year: Punxsutawney, 38-23.

Next week: Punxsutawney needs a win over Moniteau and Bradford loss to St. Marys to play opposite Clearfield for the District 9 Class AAA title.

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