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on September 05, 2013 10:45 AM



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Indiana faces a much stiffer test in its home opener than it did on the road in Week 1 in a WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference game.

Team statistics


180 Rushing offense 208

73 Passing offense 155

253 Total offense 363

111 Rushing defense 30

207 Passing defense 156

318 Total defense 186

20 Scoring offense 33

13 Scoring defense 7

+3 Turnover margin +3

About Franklin Regional: The Panthers got a key win in the conference, beating defending champ Mars, 20-13, on the road last week in a game between two of the section’s top contenders. Brett Zanotto gained 68 yards rushing, and Paul Emanuele ran for 67. Zanotto scored twice, and Colin Jonov added a 33-yard interception return for a score. Jonov had three interceptions.

About Indiana: The Indians breezed by Hampton, 33-7, on the road. Riley Stapleton had two interceptions and caught four passes for 94 yards, including two touchdowns, and Darrious Carter added five catches for 61 yards and a score. Sean Thompson was 9 of 14 for 155 yards, and DeQuan West gained 116 yards on 20 carries. Indiana forced three turnovers in the first half.

Last year: Franklin Regional won 35-0 in Week 2.

Next week: Indiana travels to Mars on Friday.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Homer-Center gets a road challenge against a Northern Cambria team coming off a last-minute loss.

Team statistics


266 Rushing offense 224

56 Passing offense 0

322 Total offense 224

120 Rushing defense 304

48 Passing defense 0

168 Total defense 304

48 Scoring offense 20

6 Scoring defense 21

+2 Turnover margin +2

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats rolled over Saltsburg, 48-6, at home. Homer-Center nearly doubled Saltsburg in total yards, 322-168. Mike Newhouse gained 93 yards on eight carries, and Mark Coleman and Ean Lee combined for 143. Aaron Berezansky finished 2 of 2 for 56 yards. Lee scored three times, two rushing and one on a punt return, and Newhouse ran for two scores. The Wildcats are 4-1 in their last five meetings with Northern Cambria.

About Northern Cambria: The Colts led by seven points going into the fourth quarter but lost, 21-20, at Penns Manor in Week 1. Dartagnan Suchar gained 93 yards on 20 carries in his first start at quarterback, though he was stuffed at the goal line on a two point conversion attempt for the win late in the fourth quarter. Nolan Paronish added 86 yards rushing. Suchar was 0-for-4 passing. Northern Cambria was 5-1 at home last season.

Last year: Homer-Center won 25-12 in Week 2.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Homer-Center travels to Marion Center, and Northern Cambria welcomes United.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: The Heritage Conference favorite faces another lower-level opponent, while United gets its second straight tough game.

Team statistics


221 Rushing offense 107

108 Passing offense 45

329 Total offense 152

66 Rushing defense 226

17 Passing defense 56

83 Total defense 282

35 Scoring offense 3

0 Scoring defense 31

+5 Turnover margin -2

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams pulled away in the second half, polishing off a 35-0 victory over Purchase Line at home last week. Ligonier Valley led just 8-0 at halftime. Tight end Alec Bloom caught four passes for 70 yards and gained 57 yards on seven carries. He scored on a 49-yard run and a 40-yard pass. Scott Fennell went 7 of 9 for 108 yards. Dereck Croyle rushed for 73 yards.

About United: The Lions fell 31-3 in a hastily scheduled opener with Bishop Canevin at home last week. Rockwood, United’s original opponent, canceled its season earlier in the week, as did Imani Christian, which was to play Canevin, so the two teams scheduled a Saturday opener. Jake Beacker nailed a 29-yard field goal to give the Lions a 3-0 first-quarter lead. Tyler Mack gained 42 yards on eight carries, and Weylon McGeary added 31 yards rushing and went 4 of 7 for 36 yards with an interception.

Last year: Ligonier Valley won 63-0 in Week 2.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Ligonier Valley travels to Blairsville, and United visits Northern Cambria.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: New coach Rick Artley looks to keep Blairsville going strong out of the gate, while Purchase Line aims to rebound from a shutout.

Team statistics


227 Rushing offense 66

110 Passing offense 17

337 Total offense 83

112 Rushing defense 221

98 Passing defense 108

210 Total defense 329

20 Scoring offense 0

14 Scoring defense 35

E Turnover margin -5

About Blairsville: The Bobcats won 20-14 at Marion Center last week, overcoming three Scott Thompson interceptions with 192 yards rushing and two touchdowns by Deion Robinson. Thompson added 35 yards on 16 carries and a rushing touchdown. He went 9 of 15 for 110 yards. Robinson led the receivers with four catches for 43 yards and also was big on defense with a fumble recovery and two sacks. Blairsville looks to start 2-0 on the road after going 1-4 away from home last year.

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons managed just 83 yards of total offense in a 35-0 loss at Ligonier Valley last week. Gavin Ewing, who in the preseason was slated to play receiver, stepped in at quarterback and was 3-for-6 for 17 yards with two interceptions. Alec Sunderlin, originally considered the starter, was 0-for-3 with an interception. Grant Syster rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries.

Last year: Blairsville won 36-20 in Week 2.

Next week: Both teams play home games on Friday. Blairsville welcomes Ligonier Valley, and Purchase Line plays host to Blacklick Valley.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Both teams look for better results in the only matchup of winless teams this week in the Heritage Conference.

Team statistics


112 Rushing offense 120

98 Passing offense 48

210 Total offense 168

227 Rushing defense 266

110 Passing defense 56

337 Total defense 322

14 Scoring offense 6

20 Scoring defense 48

E Turnover margin -2

About Marion Center: The Stingers couldn’t contain Blairsville for long enough, falling 20-14 at home last week. John Lucas rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries. Blake Orr was 2 of 9 passing for 98 yards with an interception. Orr threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Noah Hoover and ran for a 4-yard score. Marion Center nabbed three interceptions but was done in by 227 yards rushing allowed.

About Saltsburg: The Trojans lost 48-6 at Homer-Center last week and also lost their starting quarterback, Tyler Frassenei, to injury. Frassenei was 2 of 4 for three yards when he exited, and Frankie Plowman went 5 of 8 for 45 yards. Tanner Yard rushed for 46 yards and scored the only touchdown on a 41-yard trot. Saltsburg has lost its first two games in six of the last seven seasons. All three of the Trojans’ wins last year came at home.

Last year: Marion Center won 20-14 in Week 2.

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




Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Matchup: Penns Manor looks to open 2-0 in a non-conference game.

Team statistics


304 Rushing offense n/a

0 Passing offense n/a

304 Total offense n/a

224 Rushing defense n/a

0 Passing defense n/a

224 Total defense n/a

21 Scoring offense 40

20 Scoring defense 6

-2 Turnover margin n/a

About Penns Manor: The Comets came back to defeat Northern Cambria 21-20 at home last week. They scored twice in the fourth quarter and held off a Northern Cambria 2-point conversion attempt for the win in the closing minutes. Quarterback Lucas Kowalski gained 157 yards on 21 carries and scored on runs of 62 and 17 yards in the fourth. Louie Tate finished with 70 yards and scored the other touchdown.

About Conemaugh Valley: The Bluejays romped over rival Ferndale 40-6 on the road last week. Brandon Galasso rushed for 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Tony Hutzel ran for 76 yards and scored two TDs, and Trenton Curtis caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Adam Gephart. Tom Gearhart, who coached in 2002-08 and was 32-32, returned this season.

Last year: Penns Manor won 53-6 in Week 2.

Next week: Penns Manor plays at Saltsburg on Friday.




Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Matchup: Apollo-Ridge looks to rebound from a tough loss in a WPIAL Eastern Conference game.

Team statistics


73 Rushing offense n/a

126 Passing offense n/a

199 Total offense n/a

179 Rushing defense n/a

71 Passing defense n/a

250 Total defense n/a

21 Scoring offense 14

22 Scoring defense 13

+1 Turnover margin n/a

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings were done in last week by a 2-point conversion in double overtime of a 22-21 loss at North Catholic in a battle between conference contenders. Jesse Zelonka was 10 of 15 for 126 yards, and Alex Smith caught four passes for 73 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Tre Tipton scored on an 11-yard pass, and Zelonka ran for a 13-yard score. The Vikings rushed for only 73 yards, were outgained 250-199 and were penalized 12 times for 95 yards.

About Wilkinsburg: The Tigers won their first season opener since 2006, defeating Leechburg, 14-13, at home last week. Montay Clancy scored on a 2-yard run, and Ramere Brown returned a fumble 4 yards for the other score. The Tigers are 0-7 all-time against Apollo-Ridge.

Last year: Apollo-Ridge won 41-0 in Week 2.

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



MARS (0-1) at DERRY (0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Derry, coming off a blowout loss to lowly Albert Gallatin, faces a WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference power.

Team statistics


111 Rushing offense 69

207 Passing offense 62

318 Total offense 131

180 Rushing defense 369

73 Passing defense 170

253 Total defense 539

13 Scoring offense 0

20 Scoring defense 52

-3 Turnover margin -3

About Mars: The Planets lost to fellow conference title contender Franklin Regional 20-13 at home last week. Owen Nearhoof passed for 207 yards but threw three interceptions. Josh Schultheis ran for 92 yards. Jason Lozzi scored on a 14-yard run, and Travis Ganter caught a 10-yard TD pass. Mars hasn’t started 0-2 since 2005.

About Derry: The Trojans were blown out last week 52-0 by Albert Gallatin, which had gone 0-9 in its last two seasons and lost 29 of its previous 30 games. Kyle Holmes was 6 of 19 for 62 yards with three interceptions. Derry was outgained 539-131. The Trojans haven’t won since defeating Albert Gallatin in the opening game last season.

Last year: Mars won 56-0 in Week 2.

Next week: Derry plays at Knoch on Friday.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: West Shamokin looks to start out 2-0 for the first time in school history in a WPIAL Eastern Conference game.

Team statistics


n/a Rushing offense 128

n/a Passing offense 16

n/a Total offense 144

188 Rushing defense 139

24 Passing defense 45

212 Total defense 184

18 Scoring offense 12

13 Scoring defense 7

n/a Turnover margin 0

About Northgate: The Flames bested Riverview 18-13 in a conference road game last week, the first under coach Brandon LeDonne. Alex Marusic’s 2-yard run put Northgate ahead with 11 seconds to play. Johnny Camello ran 14 yards for a score and hit Romello Snyder for an 86-yard TD pass.

About West Shamokin: The Wolves defeated Springdale 12-7 on the road last week and won consecutive games for the first time in school history, which dates to 2000. West Shamokin beat A-C Valley to close last season. Zac Horner scored both touchdowns, on runs of 6 and 4 yards, in Jon McCullough’s first game as head coach. Horner led the Wolves with 80 yards on 18 carries. Alex Lasslo was 2 of 6 for 16 yards. Springdale’s only score came on a 2-yard fumble return.

Last year: Northgate won 42-12 in Week 2.

Next week: West Shamokin plays at Riverview on Saturday.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Punxsutawney returns home to face a Small School Division opponent in the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference.

Team statistics


220 Rushing offense 165

107 Passing offense 133

327 Total offense 298

n/a Rushing defense n/a

n/a Passing defense n/a

n/a Total defense n/a

36 Scoring offense 22

7 Scoring defense 25

+4 Turnover margin 0

About Union: The Knights won 36-7 at A-C Valley last week. Lane Cicciarelli hit Shane Murphy for three touchdown passes, and Dylan Shirey ran for two scores. Shirey gained 124 yards on 10 carries, and Cicciarelli was 4 of 8 for 104 yards. Union came up with six turnovers. The Knights went 9-2 last season and lost to Elk County Catholic in the District 9 playoffs.

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks took a 25-22 loss at rival Brookville last week. Matt Burkett completed 10 of 19 passes for 133 yards, including five to Clayton Dale for 85 yards. Christian Falgout gained 97 yards on 15 carries. Punxsutawney has lost six of its last seven dating to last season.

Last year: Union won 21-6 in Week 2.

Next week: Punxsutawney plays at DuBois on Friday.





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