October 18, 2013 9:00 AM

KNOCH (3-4) at INDIANA (2-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Indiana needs a win to stay in the WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference playoff race.

Team statistics


154.8 Rushing offense 164.9

124.3 Passing offense 152.6

279.2 Total offense 317.4

n/a Rushing defense 192.3

n/a Passing defense 77.3

n/a Total defense 269.6

18.4 Scoring offense 21.9

19.9 Scoring defense 21.7

n/a Turnover margin +4

About Knoch: The Knights have dropped three in a row following a 3-1 start. They have scored 16 points during their losing streak. Knoch lost to Mars, 40-7, at home last week, giving up 383 yards rushing. Daniel Farinelli, through six games, was 50 of 118 for 706 yards. Cody Milsom, in the same span, had gained 657 yards on 147 carries. The Knights have won four straight games over Indiana.

About Indiana: The Indians have lost three in a row but tuned up for the stretch run with a good performance in a 21-14 loss to undefeated West Mifflin in a nonconference game last week. Playing for injured starter Sean Thompson, Jacob Zilinskas was 9 of 23 for 176 yards and two touchdowns, which gave Indiana a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Indiana was outgained 295-272 and was the first team to hold West Mifflin under 300 total yards this season. Riley Stapleton (27 catches, 429 yards) and Darrious Carter (23, 377) are third and fourth, respectively, in the area in receptions.

Last year: Knoch, 20-14.

Next week: Indiana visits Hollidaysburg on Friday.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Both teams are riding high into this Heritage Conference game.

Team statistics


246.9 Rushing offense 322.0

37.6 Passing offense 60.6

284.4 Total offense 382.6

188.3 Rushing defense 61.4

81.1 Passing defense 98.6

269.4 Total defense 160.0

23.6 Scoring offense 35.0

24.0 Scoring defense 11.4

+2 Turnover margin +6

About Purchase Line: The Red Dragons are on a two-game winning streak and look to win three in a row for the first time since 2008. Purchase Line rolled over United, 47-6, last week behind 195 rushing yards from Grant Syster, 144 from Todd Greene and 106 from Hunter Rice. Syster became the area’s first 1,000-yard rusher this season, moving to 1,035 yards. Rice, a freshman, has 303 yards on 32 carries.

About Penns Manor: The Comets are first in the District 6 Class A rankings after a dramatic 31-29 victory at Ligonier Valley last week, when Penns Manor countered Ligonier Valley’s comeback with a 91-yard drive in the final 33 seconds, capped by Clayton Stupic’s touchdown pass to Nathan Dumm on the last play of the game. Stupic, a sophomore, could be in charge of the offense for a while after starting quarterback Lucas Kowalski (fourth in the area in rushing with 781 yards) went down with a knee injury in the second half last week. Louie Tate is eighth in the area with 527 rushing yards.

Last year: Penns Manor, 48-0.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Purchase Line welcomes Saltsburg, and Penns Manor travels to Homer-Center.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: This is the second installment of a three-game series that will decide the Heritage Conference champion.

Team statistics


182.1 Rushing offense 275.9

169.9 Passing offense 63.6

352.0 Total offense 339.4

139.6 Rushing defense 118.6

108.1 Passing defense 60.0

247.7 Total defense 178.6

34.1 Scoring offense 37.6

14.7 Scoring defense 9.6

+7 Turnover margin +7

About Ligonier Valley: The Rams are sixth in the District 6 Class AA rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. Ligonier Valley suffered its first loss of the season, 31-29 to Penns Manor at home last week, on a last-second touchdown pass after the Rams had come back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Alec Bloom had 10 receptions for 186 yards, including two for touchdowns in the second half. Scott Fennell was 18 of 35 for 250 yards. He is 71 of 129 for 1,184 yards. On defense, he is also tied for the area lead in interceptions (5). Bloom leads the area in receptions (36 for 677 yards). The Rams haven’t lost back-to-back conference games since 2008, when they dropped the final three in a 3-6 season.

About Homer-Center: The Wildcats are third in the District 6 Class A rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. A win over Ligonier paired with a Penns Manor win over Purchase Line would set up a battle for the conference title between the Comets and Wildcats next week in Homer City. The Wildcats stayed undefeated with a 38-12 victory in a non-conference game at Conemaugh Township last week. Mike Newhouse ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns, and Ean Lee went for 118 yards and a score as Homer-Center rolled up 330 yards rushing and 435 total yards. Newhouse is fifth in the area in rushing (688 yards) and Lee is sixth (651). Aaron Berezansky leads the area in passing efficiency (29 of 40, 445 yards, 6 TDs, 0 ints).

Last year: Ligonier, 14-13.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Ligonier plays host to Northern Cambria, and Homer-Center welcomes Penns Manor.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Northern Cambria needs to win this Heritage Conference game to stay in the district playoff hunt.

Team statistics


239.4 Rushing offense 114.7

53.4 Passing offense 98.6

292.9 Total offense 213.3

208.1 Rushing defense 242.6

59.1 Passing defense 84.1

267.3 Total defense 326.7

23.7 Scoring offense 11.1

22.0 Scoring defense 32.7

-1 Turnover margin -1

About Northern Cambria: The Colts are 10th in the District 6 Class A rankings. The top eight teams make the playoffs. Northern Cambria has alternated losses and wins since Week 2, including a 29-8 win over Marion Center last week. Joe Frontino rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown. Adam Weiland, Derek Baker and Noah Tomallo also scored. Tyler Pershing was 8 of 10 for 73 yards.

About Saltsburg: The Trojans lost at Blairsville, 41-0, last week, and running back Tyler Frassenei left with an injury. Steve Richards had 80 yards on 19 carries. He has 420 yards rushing. Frankie Plowman, who took over at quarterback when Frassenei was moved to running back midseason, is 47 of 100 for 603 yards with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Lucas Mowery has 19 catches for 231 yards.

Last year: Northern Cambria, 40-3.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Northern Cambria visits Ligonier Valley, and Saltsburg travels to Purchase Line.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Blairsville looks to strengthen its playoff standing in a Heritage Conference game.

Team statistics


161.9 Rushing offense 89.9

115.1 Passing offense 39.0

277.0 Total offense 128.9

223.0 Rushing defense 212.9

47.9 Passing defense 61.9

270.9 Total defense 274.7

22.7 Scoring offense 5.1

22.1 Scoring defense 38.9

+2 Turnover margin -12

About Blairsville: The Bobcats, with their key players finally healthy, sit at No. 8 in the District 6 Class A rankings, and eight teams make the playoffs. Blairsville marked the return after a three-game absence of quarterback Scott Thompson and wide receiver Colton McMillan in a 41-0 romp over Saltsburg last week. Deion Robinson rushed for 195 yards on 18 carries. Thompson is 39 of 65 for 589 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Robinson has 1,063 yards from scrimmage (817 rushing and 246 receiving).

About United: Not much has gone right for the Lions in Lance Holupka’s first year as coach. United has been outscored 272-36, The Lions, who have lost 17 straight and 20 of their last 21, are coming off a 47-6 loss to Purchase Line. United ranks last in the area in total offense, scoring offense and turnover margin and last in the conference in rushing offense and scoring defense.

Last year: Blairsville, 39-0.

Next week: Both teams play Friday. Blairsville plays host to Portage, and United visits Marion Center.


SHADE (3-4) at MARION CENTER (1-6)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Marion Center goes outside the Heritage Conference in hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak.

Team statistics


175.1 Rushing offense 110.3

46.1 Passing offense 85.3

221.3 Total offense 195.6

n/a Rushing defense 233.9

n/a Passing defense 84.7

n/a Total defense 318.6

15.3 Scoring offense 11.3

21.9 Scoring defense 26.7

n/a Turnover margin -6

About Shade: The Panthers, the sixth-place team in the 10-team WestPAC, have been shut out the last two weeks, including a 49-0 loss at Berlin last week. Shade had just nine yards rushing. Nash Walker has 359 yards rushing, and Baily Blackburn, Tyler Kline and Logan Glessner each have over 200. Walker is 13 of 29 for 229 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

About Marion Center: The Stingers were disappointing in a 29-8 loss at Northern Cambria last week. Blake Orr was 6 of 13 for 84 yards, Colton Fairman had 44 yards on 13 carries, and Thad Welch scored their only touchdown. Orr is 33 of 95 for 582 yards.

Last year: Shade, 20-14.

Next week: Marion Center plays host to United on Friday.




Kickoff: Noon Saturday

Matchup: Apollo-Ridge plays for playoff seeding in the WPIAL Eastern Conference.

Team statistics


202.0 Rushing offense 169.1

134.9 Passing offense 41.9

336.9 Total offense 211.0

150.3 Rushing defense n/a

101.4 Passing defense n/a

251.7 Total defense n/a

39.6 Scoring offense 13.3

16.0 Scoring defense 33.9

+10 Turnover margin n/a

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings clinched a WPIAL playoff spot with a 46-6 win over Northgate last week. Tre Tipton had six catches for 82 yards and three touchdowns from Jesse Zelonka, who was 10 of 19 for 148 yards. Zelonka has not been intercepted. He is second in the area in passing efficiency (65 of 112, 887 yards, 14 TDs), and Tipton is second in receptions (29 for 311 yards).

About Riverview: The Raiders have lost two in a row. Their only win this season came against Wilkinsburg (2-5). Riverview lost at Leechburg, 31-22, last week. Keir Barber gained 167 yards on 19 carries and scored twice. Barber has 672 yards on 98 carries. Zach Hanus is 16 of 39 for 175 yards, and Tyler Nigro is 10 of 24 for 94 yards.

Last year: Apollo-Ridge, 49-13.

Next week: Apollo-Ridge plays host to West Shamokin on Friday.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: There’s only pride on the line for Derry in this WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference game.

Team statistics


n/a Rushing offense 83.6

n/a Passing offense 96.9

n/a Total offense 180.4

n/a Rushing defense 308.9

n/a Passing defense 161.0

n/a Total defense 469.9

14.7 Scoring offense 6.7

34.3 Scoring defense 57.4

n/a Turnover margin -11

About Greensburg Salem: The Lions stunned Indiana two weeks ago in Greensburg, but they suffered their worst loss of the season last week, 59-7 at Highlands. The Lions trailed 52-0 at the half. Dom McKinley has 642 yards rushing.

About Derry: The Trojans are coming off a 58-13 loss to Hampton and have allowed more than 50 points in each game this season. Derry has lost 15 straight games dating to last season’s opener.

Last year: Greensburg Salem, 49-41.

Next week: Derry plays host to Franklin Regional on Friday.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: West Shamokin can clinch its first playoff berth with a win in a WPIAL Eastern Conference game.

Team statistics


n/a Rushing offense 227.0

n/a Passing offense 70.6

n/a Total offense 297.6

n/a Rushing defense 165.7

n/a Passing defense 119.3

n/a Total defense 285.0

17.9 Scoring offense 26.4

29.9 Scoring defense 24.1

n/a Turnover margin +7

About Leechburg: The Blue Devils have won two in a row following a 13-game losing streak. Leechburg beat Riverview, 31-22, last week. Alex Kalmar gained 171 yards on 31 carries, and Kris Smith had 170 on 23 carries. Kalmar has 509 yards on 104 carries. Alex Sipilino is 23 of 76 for 296 yards.

About West Shamokin: The Wolves clinched their first winning season since West Shamokin was formed in 2000 with last week’s 32-14 win over South Side Beaver. Andrew Wingard scored three touchdowns, one on a return of a fumble recovery and two on Alex Lasslo passes. Lasslo was 9 of 12 for 208 yards. He is third in the area in passing efficiency (29 of 49, 491 yards, 5 TDs, 4 ints). Wingard and Zac Horner have combined for 1,035 rushing yards.

Last year: West Shamokin, 33-6.

Next week: West Shamokin travels to Apollo-Ridge on Friday.



Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Matchup: Punxsutawney faces the class of the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference.

Team statistics


312.1 Rushing offense 180.6

149.9 Passing offense 92.9

462.0 Total offense 273.4

n/a Rushing defense n/a

n/a Passing defense n/a

n/a Total defense n/a

56.9 Scoring offense 18.4

3.7 Scoring defense 27.9

n/a Turnover margin n/a

About Clarion: The Bobcats haven’t given up a point in over a month. They have recorded five shutouts and allowed just 26 points. Clarion clinched the top seed in the District 9 Class A playoffs in last week’s 50-0 win over Redbank Valley. John Katis passed for a school single-game record 328 yards in an 11-for-13 performance that included four touchdown passes. Damien Slike scored five touchdowns: three rushing and two receiving. Katis is 44 of 67 for 1,031 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. Cody Hearst has 28 catches for 577 yards. Slike has 808 yards on 70 carries.

About Punxsutawney: The Chucks have alternated losses and wins all season. They fell to Karns City, 56-6, last week. Christian Falgout, the area’s third-leading rusher (810 yards) was held to 22 yards on 14 carries. Clayton Dale has 19 receptions for 307 yards.

Last year: Clarion, 42-0.

Next week: Punxsutawney plays at Moniteau on Friday.



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