PLAYER OF THE WEEK! (Week 4)

Logan Williams. Homer-Center. #22. Senior, Running back. 6-foot-2, 161 pounds.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK! (Week 4)

Homer-Center’s Logan Williams had a game this season in which he gained 301 yards. He didn’t rack up those kind of numbers Friday night, but his big runs helped Homer-Center avoid an upset.

Williams rushed for 158 yards on 18 carries and scored his team’s only touchdowns in a 13-7 victory over Marion Center. His 41-yard run and the ensuing extra-point kick gave Homer-Center a 7-6 lead in the third quarter, and his 73-yard burst late in the fourth quarter gave the Wildcats a 13-7 lead. The defense then stepped up and made a goal-line stand in the waning seconds to preserve the victory. He leads the area in rushing with 620 yards through four games. He is averaging 9.7 yards per carry, also tops in the area.

Coverage:

PORTAGE — A couple of its standout players battered and bruised, United entered the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s District 6 Class 1A semifinal-round playoff game looking like it was beyond life support and about ready to put the equipment away until next fall.

ALTOONA — Homer-Center quarterback Ben Schmidt broke the school’s career passing yardage record on Saturday night. The sophomore connected with Cobe Daugherty on a 34-yard pass midway through the first quarter. Two plays later, the Wildcats reached the 50-yard line.

HOMER CITY — The Homer-Center Wildcats kept their home playoff record perfect Friday night at Memorial Field, and they did it without their starting tailback.

JOHNSTOWN — Facing a win-or-go-home scenario in Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale at Conemaugh Valley, Marion Center rose to the occasion and earned its first District 6 Class 2A playoff berth since 2011 with a 40-16 victory over the Blue Jays in a Heritage Conference-WestPAC crosso…

JOHNSTOWN — The playoffs were in sight for the Purchase Line High School football team, and not even a little mud in their eyes — or a lot of mud on their uniforms — was going to keep the Red Dragons from realizing their vision.

BERLIN — Penns Manor did not attempt a pass and used a bevy of running backs to scratch out just enough offense to get past Berlin, 22-14, in a rain-soaked Heritage Conference-WestPAC crossover game Friday night.

BOSWELL — Apparently no one at North Star football field was more disappointed than the clock keeper when Blairsville’s Sincere McFarlin failed to score on a two-point conversion run at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

MEYERSDALE — West Shamokin running back Brendan Mondi rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and the Wolves locked up the No. 6 seed in the District 6 Class 2A playoffs with a 28-0 win over Meyersdale on Friday night in a Heritage Conference-WestPAC crossover game between fourth-place teams.

MARION CENTER — During a season that has been a roller coaster for United and Marion Center, Friday night’s game was full of more ups and downs for both teams.

NuMINE — Homer-Center struck for two touchdowns in the first two minutes Friday night against West Shamokin.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Tommy Hamilton broke free and dashed down the visiting sideline all the way to the end zone late in the second quarter to pull Penns Manor within a score, with the Comets due to get the ball to begin the second half.

PURCHASE LINE —  Saltsburg came into Friday night’s Heritage Conference game against Purchase Line at Barry T. Madill Field riding high. Following a stretch in which they had won two of three games, including an upset win last week over West Shamokin, the Trojans had finally begun to make a …

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP — Indiana traveled roughly 100 miles to play a football game Friday night.

HOMER CITY — The Blairsville Bobcats defense never stopped the Homer-Center Wildcats offense Friday night at Memorial Field. Only the clock and the mercy rule could do that in a 41-6 Wildcats victory.

SALTSBURG — Two nights after a meeting was held to address the future of the Saltsburg football program, the Trojans pulled a major upset.

NuMINE — United stopped West Shamokin’s two-point conversion attempt in the second overtime to preserve a 38-26 victory in a Heritage Conference football game at Jack E. Boyer Field on Friday night.