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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wildcats will have their hands full with Bishop Guilfoyle

by ELI NELLIS on November 18, 2013 10:40 AM

Homer-Center has been one of the most physical teams in District 6.

That’s one of the biggest reasons the Wildcats are in the Class A championship game. Anything they can do to continue their physical play will be important in their effort to move forward on one of the biggest stages of high school football.

Second-seeded Homer-Center (11-1) plays fifth-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle (10-2) for the district title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Altoona’s Mansion Park.

“The physicality of Homer-Center gives them a legit shot against Guilfoyle,” Bishop Carroll coach Gary Snyder said.

Snyder would know. His Huskies, who lost to Homer-Center, 28-7, in the district semifinals two nights ago, also dropped a hard-fought 14-7 decision at Bishop Guilfoyle in Week 6.

“We were very physical against Guilfoyle, and that came down right to the end,” Snyder said. “It was a great game. Homer-Center, being as physical as they are, they have a very legit fighting shot.”

Bishop Guilfoyle crushed top-seeded Portage, 42-10, in the other semifinal. The Marauders are the hottest team in the playoffs, having won 10 straight after opening the season with two losses.

“It’s going to be an outstanding football team, there’s no question about it,” Homer-Center coach Greg Page said of Bishop Guilfoyle. “They have been really clicking the last nine, 10 weeks, so we have to be ready for whatever they have.”

Homer-Center also played Portage, suffering its only loss, 35-19, in its regular-season finale, a week after a euphoric 41-21 victory over Penns Manor to claim the school’s first Heritage Conference championship. The Wildcats handled the success of winning their first playoff game over Juniata Valley much better.

“We have to come down off this high,” Page said after Homer-Center beat Bishop Carroll. “We have to come back Monday and really be ready to study them and get to work on them and take care of the mental and physical part. They’re going to be physical, and they’re going to be athletic.”

The Marauders are led by quarterback Brandon Chadbourn, who ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score in the win over Portage.

Bishop Guilfoyle beat Penns Manor, 25-0, in the district quarterfinals. The Marauders’ and Wildcats’ fourth common opponent is United. Both teams beat the Lions, Homer-Center by a 37-0 score and Bishop Guilfoyle won 48-0.

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