H.S. FOOTBALL: Homer-Center 41, Blairsville 16
HOMER CITY — Mike Newhouse and Ean Lee ran for more than 100 yards each, and Homer-Center piled up 370 rushing yards to race away from Blairsville in the second half of a Heritage Conference game Friday night.
After a mistake-prone opening half, during which the Wildcats committed two personal-foul penalties and fumbled three times, Homer-Center piled up 27 points in the first 14½ minutes of the second half.
Quarterback Aaron Berezansky connected with Kolby Skultety for a 26-yard touchdown pass just 2:21 into the second half to give Homer-Center a 20-3 lead.
Berezansky scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper with 2:49 to play in the third quarter, Newhouse had a 49-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, and Berezansky added a 17-yard touchdown run with 9:32 to play to give Homer-Center a 41-3 lead.
Berezansky’s second touchdown came just 1:14 after Newhouse’s 49-yarder, after Blairsville fumbled on the ensuing kickoff after Newhouse’s touchdown. Both teams had three turnovers.
Newhouse finished with 156 yards and two touchdowns, Lee had 123 yards, and Matt McAdoo added 55 yards, which included a 39-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter.
Newhouse scored his first touchdown on a 4-yard run in the first quarter to push Homer-Center’s lead to 14-0, but the Wildcats spun their wheels in the second quarter, fumbling three times, including once at the Blairsville 1-yard line.
With Homer-Center threatening to take a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, Berezansky fumbled the ball on a quarterback keeper at the Blairsville 1-yard line as he tried to stretch for the goal line.
Freshman kicker Andrew Stipcak kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to get Blairsville within 14-3 at the break.
Cameron Livingston scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, and Joseph Faulk added a 9-yard scoring run to make the final score more respectable for the Bobcats.
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