September 12, 2013 10:40 AM

INDIANA (1-1) at MARS (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Indiana has a big game on the road a week after getting blown out at home.

Team statistics


133.5 Rushing offense 278.0

110.5 Passing offense 172.5

244.0 Total offense 450.5

93.0 Rushing defense 114.5

120.5 Passing defense 87.5

213.5 Total defense 202.0

16.5 Scoring offense 38.5

19.0 Scoring defense 13.5

E Turnover margin -2

About Indiana: The Indians fell hard in Week 2, taking a 31-0 thumping from Franklin Regional at home. Indiana gained just 125 total yards, 84 of which came in the fourth quarter. Sean Thompson was 2 of 14 passing for 7 yards, putting him at 11 of 28 for 162 yards with three touchdowns and an interception on the season. DeQuan West leads in rushing (113 yards). Riley Stapleton is fourth in the area in receptions (six for 128 yards). Indiana is second in the area in rushing defense.

About Mars: In Week 1 the Planets lost 20-13 to Franklin Regional, the same team that blew out Indiana last week. Mars, the defending conference champ, bounced back with a 64-7 rout of Derry. Josh Schultheis rushed for 222 yards and four TDs. Owen Nearhoof was 4 of 6 for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Schultheis has 309 rushing yards, and Nearhoof is 12 of 24 for 345 yards. Nolan Skirtich (six catches for 140 yards) and Travis Ganter (four for 184) lead the receivers.

Last year: Mars won 40-6.

Next week: Indiana plays host to Derry on Friday.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Penns Manor rolls into a Heritage Conference game against a Saltsburg team that has had issues stopping the run.

Team statistics


327.7 Rushing offense 172.5

53.0 Passing offense 64.5

380.5 Total offense 237.0

191.0 Rushing defense 207.0

5.5 Passing defense 70.5

196.5 Total defense 277.5

34.5 Scoring offense 12.0

13.0 Scoring defense 34.5

-2 Turnover margin -2

About Penns Manor: The Comets haven’t skipped a beat, posting area highs in rushing offense, total offense and passing defense. Penns Manor crushed Conemaugh Valley, 48-6, in a non-conference road game last week. Three players each ran for more than 60 yards and at least one touchdown. The Comets opened up the passing game a little more, and Lucas Kowalski went 8 of 12 for 84 yards and a touchdown. Kowalski is fourth in the area in rushing (231 yards) and tied for fifth in scoring (24 points). James Conway leads the area with nine extra points.

About Saltsburg: The Trojans outgained Marion Center but had a last-minute field goal attempt blocked and lost, 21-18, at home last week. Tyler Bendis had 82 yards rushing, and Tyler Frassenei was 4 of 7 for 61 yards and a touchdown. The Trojans gave up the winning touchdown on a 50-yard drive on which the Stingers ran the ball 10 straight times. Saltsburg ranks second to last in the conference in scoring offense and scoring defense. Lucas Mowery has six catches for 72 yards.

Last year: Penns Manor won 41-0 in Week 3.

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




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Homer-Center looks to start 3-0 for the second straight year in a Heritage Conference matchup.

Team statistics


279.5 Rushing offense 121.5

65.0 Passing offense 91.5

344.5 Total offense 213.0

153.5 Rushing defense 224.5

58.0 Passing defense 95.5

211.5 Total defense 320.0

41.0 Scoring offense 17.5

9.5 Scoring defense 19.0

+2 Turnover margin E

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats lead the area in scoring offense and are second in rushing offense. Homer-Center rolled over Northern Cambria, 34-13, on the road last week with 115 yards rushing from Mike Newhouse and 106 from Ean Lee. Newhouse is fifth in the area in rushing (208 yards) and Lee is seventh (174). Lee leads the area in scoring (38 points). Aaron Berezansky is perfect in passing at 6-for-6 for 130 yards and a touchdown.

About Marion Center: The Stingers pulled their record to 1-1 by defeating Saltsburg, 21-18, at home last week, with Phil Crook’s field goal block preserving the win. Marion Center made the most of its 216 yards of offense. John Lucas ran for 49 yards, and Noah Hoover and Blake Orr each went for more than 30. Orr was 4 of 10 for 85 yards, including a 38-yard TD pass to Jake Bothell.

Last year: Homer-Center won 28-12.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Homer-Center welcomes Purchase Line, and Marion Center travels to Ligonier Valley.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Ligonier Valley has dominated while Blairsville has just gotten by, but they’re both undefeated entering a key Heritage Conference showdown.

Team statistics


222.5 Rushing offense 184.5

142.5 Passing offense 158.0

365.0 Total offense 342.5

60.0 Rushing defense 205.5

29.0 Passing defense 58.5

89.0 Total defense 264.0

38.5 Scoring offense 27.0

3.5 Scoring defense 20.0

+7 Turnover margin -2

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams have crushed Purchase Line and United by a combined score of 77-7. They lead the area in rushing defense, total defense, scoring defense and turnover margin. Ligonier Valley defeated United, 42-7, on the road last week. Alec Bloom, a UConn recruit, caught nine passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, and freshman Collin Smith gained 107 yards on 10 carries. Scott Fennell was 12 of 22 for 177 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Bloom leads the area in receptions (13 for 208 yards).

About Blairsville: The Bobcats scored a 34-26 win at Purchase Line last week. While 2-0, they have outscored their two opponents just 54-40. Blairsville leads the area in passing offense behind Scott Thompson, who was 14 of 21 for 206 yards and two touchdowns last week. Deion Robinson ran for 82 yards and two scores. He is third in the area in rushing (274 yards) and receptions (eight for 102 yards) and fourth in scoring (26 points). Thompson leads the area in passing yards (316), having gone 23 of 36 on the season.

Last year: Ligonier won 49-15.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Ligonier Valley welcomes Marion Center, and Blairsville plays host to Northern Cambria.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Both teams look to move in the right direction after difficult starts in the Heritage Conference.

Team statistics


80.0 Rushing offense 204.0

43.0 Passing offense 34.0

123.0 Total offense 238.0

225.0 Rushing defense 290.0

116.5 Passing defense 37.0

341.5 Total defense 327.0

5.0 Scoring offense 16.5

36.5 Scoring defense 27.5

-5 Turnover margin +2

About United: The Lions have posted conference-worst marks in rushing offense, total offense, total defense, scoring offense, scoring defense and turnover margin. United managed 92 total yards in last week’s 42-7 home loss to Ligonier Valley. Weylon McGeary was 5 of 17 passing for 41 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He is 8 of 24 for 77 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

About Northern Cambria: The Colts lost a squeaker at Penns Manor in their opener and then lost to Homer-Center, 34-13, at home last week. Nolan Paronish ran for 79 yards and Dartagnan Suchar went for 74. Suchar was 6 of 15 for 68 yards after the new quarterback was held without a completion in Week 1.

Last year: Northern Cambria won 36-0.

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




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Purchase Line looks to build from a good second half last week against a former Appalachian Conference foe.

Team statistics


63.0 Rushing offense 183.0

75.0 Passing offense 18.0

138.0 Total offense 201.0

377.0 Rushing defense 181.5

12.0 Passing defense 157.0

389.0 Total defense 338.5

3.0 Scoring offense 13.0

42.0 Scoring defense 34.5

E Turnover margin -3

About Blacklick Valley: The Vikings are coming off a two-week layoff. For Week 2 they had scheduled Rockwood, which canceled its season less than a week before the opening game, and Blacklick Valley did not schedule a replacement. The Vikings lost to Meyersdale, 42-3, at home in Week 1. Blake Ray was 3 of 7 or 61 yards. Isaiah Scott had 29 yards rushing on 14 carries. Blacklick is 11-6 all-time against Purchase Line.

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons scored all their points in the second half, cutting their deficit to as little as eight before losing to Blairsville, 34-26, at home last week. Grant Syster ran for 277 yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns. Purchase Line committed 10 penalties for 95 yards. Syster leads the area in rushing (332). Starting quarterback Alec Sunderlin is 2 of 6 passing for 14 yards, and Gavin Ewing is 5 of 8 for 22 yards. The Dragons are last in the area in passing offense and passing defense.

Last year: Blacklick Valley won 27-13.

Next week: Purchase Line visits Homer-Center on Friday.




Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Apollo-Ridge plays its home opener in a WPIAL non-conference game.

Team statistics


190.5 Rushing offense 168.5

35.5 Passing offense 135.5

452.0 Total offense 304.0

n/a Rushing defense 224.0

n/a Passing defense 134.0

n/a Total defense 358.0

18.5 Scoring offense 38.5

34.5 Scoring defense 29.0

n/a Turnover margin +3

About Western Beaver: The Golden Beavers, out of the Big Seven Conference, lost to Neshannock and then beat Sacred Heart, 30-13, at home last week. Hunter Roknich gained 244 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns. Steve Robinson was 3 of 6 for 41 yards and a touchdown. Roknich has 313 rushing yards, and Robinson is 8 of 18 for 71 yards.

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings bounced back from a Week 1 overtime loss to defeat Wilkinsburg, 56-36, on the road last week. Jesse Zelonka was 11 of 16 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and Tre Tipton caught seven passes for 68 yards and a TD. Jonah Casella had 122 yards on seven carries. Apollo-Ridge is second in the area in scoring offense and third in passing offense. Tipton leads the area in interceptions (three) and is second in receptions (10 for 90 yards). Zelonka is third in the area in passing efficiency (21 of 31, 267 yards, 4 TDs, 0 ints).

Last year: Western Beaver won 28-23.

Next week: Apollo Ridge plays host to Leechburg on Friday.



DERRY (0-2) at KNOCH (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Derry hopes to pick up the pieces in a WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference game after a dreadful couple weeks.

Team statistics


57.5 Rushing offense 101.0

83.0 Passing offense 94.5

140.5 Total offense 195.5

385.5 Rushing defense n/a

156.5 Passing defense n/a

542.0 Total defense n/a

3.5 Scoring offense 16.5

58.0 Scoring defense 13.5

-4 Turnover margin n/a

About Derry: The Trojans have been outscored 116-7, including last week’s 64-7 home loss to Mars. Derry has lost 10 straight games and 15 of its last 16. Derry has posted area-worsts in rushing offense, rushing defense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense.

About Knoch: The Knights got their first win, topping Trinity, 19-7, on the road last week. Cody Milsom rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Daniel Farinelli was 7 of 16 for 62 yards, including a touchdown pass to James Larrimer.

Last year: Knoch won 40-7 in Week 3.

Next week: Derry plays at Indiana on Friday.




Kickoff: Noon Saturday

Matchup: West Shamokin looks to stay unbeaten in the WPIAL Eastern Conference.

Team statistics


238.0 Rushing offense 130.5

67.5 Passing offense 27.5

305.5 Total offense 158.0

118.5 Rushing defense n/a

70.0 Passing defense n/a

188.5 Total defense n/a

29.0 Scoring offense 9.5

13.5 Scoring defense 31.0

+4 Turnover margin n/a

About West Shamokin: The Wolves are off to their best start in school history a year after snapping a 46-game losing streak that dated to 2007. West Shamokin is 2-0 for the first time since Shannock Valley and Dayton merged to form the school in 2000, and the Wolves have won three in a row dating to last season. Zac Horner is sixth in the area in rushing (177 yards), and Alex Lasslo is second in passing efficiency (7 of 12, 132 yards, 2 TDs, 0 ints). The Wolves topped Northgate, 46-20, at home last week. Andrew Wingard ran for 138 yards and a touchdown.

About Riverview: The Raiders have lost four in a row and 16 of their last 18, including a loss to West Shamokin last season that ended its long losing streak. Riverview fell to Avonworth, 44-6, on the road last week. The blowout defeat came on the heels of a last-minute loss to Northgate in Week 1.

Last year: West Shamokin won 25-6.

Next week: West Shamokin plays host to Avonworth on Friday.



PUNXSUTAWNEY (1-1) at DuBOIS (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Punxsutawney faces a historically difficult foe in a District 9 game.

Team statistics


211.5 Rushing offense 191.0

110.5 Passing offense 190.5

322.0 Total offense 381.5

231.5 Rushing defense n/a

92.0 Passing defense n/a

323.5 Total defense n/a

28.0 Scoring offense 42.5

21.5 Scoring defense 17.5

E Turnover margin -4

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks are coming off a 34-18 win over Union. Christian Falgout gained 182 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns. He is second in the area in rushing (279 yards) and second in scoring (36 points). Clayton Dale is sixth in the area in receptions (six for 97 yards). Matt Burkett is 14 of 26 for 173 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

About DuBois: The Beavers have won five of the last six meetings with Punxs’y, including the last two, and are 27-14 all-time. DuBois plastered Franklin, 68-14, last week. Devin Clark rolled for 233 yards on 21 carries and scored five TDs. Gabe French was 9 of 12 for 197 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Last year: DuBois won 56-6.

Next week: Punxsutawney visits A-C Valley on Friday.




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