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.

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PURCHASE LINE — With Purchase Line smarting from back-to-back close losses, one could understand if the Red Dragons might be doubting themselves. One could also understand why coach Matt Falisec’s team might feel like its back was against the wall.

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 NORTH VERSAILLES — Apollo-Ridge remained unbeaten, passing a big test on the road in a 27-14 victory over East Allegheny in a WPIAL Class 2A Allegheny Conference football game Friday night.

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Marion Center, Ligonier Valley and Apollo-Ridge put their unbeaten records on the line in Friday night games in the region, while the Indiana Indians, with their first win under their belts, welcome undefeated Thomas Jefferson.

ARMAGH — The mercy rule was supplemented with a mercy agreement Friday night at Thomas J. Madill Field.

APOLLO — Apollo-Ridge jumped on Summit Academy for three quick touchdowns and scored a 34-6 victory in a WPIAL Class 2A Allegheny Conference football game Friday night in the Vikings’ home opener at Owens field.

Ligonier Valley vs Penns Manor and Marion Center vs West Shamokin highlight the schedule for the second weekend of Heritage Conference football.

MARION CENTER — It was only the first game of the year, but Friday night’s matchup at John R. Malino Stadium felt like an important Week 7 game.

Ernie Widmar addressed the crowd Friday evening in Blairsville, where the football field was named in honor of the former longtime coach.

BLAIRSVILLE — Penns Manor quarterback Max Hill and his Blairsville counterpart, Zak Artley, came through with big throws late in the fourth quarter for their respective teams Friday night at Ernie Widmar Field at Memorial Stadium.

LIGONIER — Touted as one of the top Class 2A teams in the state and the overwhelming pick to win a fourth straight Heritage Conference title, big things are expected of the Ligonier Valley football team.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — There might have been a lot of new faces on both teams, but that didn’t diminish Northern Cambria’s incentive for Friday night’s season opener against United, the team that knocked the Colts out of last year’s District 6 Class 1A football semifinals in overtime.

HOMER CITY — The Homer-Center Wildcats face playoff-caliber competition right out of the blocks to start the 2019 season.

KENWOOD — Though even a comet’s streak tends to lose its luster over time, no team in Indiana County has ridden higher for longer than Penns Manor.

LIGONIER — Another season is about to begin, and another target has been placed on the backs of the Ligonier Valley Rams.

NuMINE — West Shamokin reached the District 6 Class 2A playoffs for the third consecutive year last fall.

APOLLO — Apollo-Ridge was forced to use two quarterbacks last season after starter Jake Fello injured his hand.

SALTSBURG — For the first time in a long while, the atmosphere felt different at Saltsburg’s preseason camp.

ARMAGH — Kevin Marabito has been in the game long enough to know football programs run through cycles.

Ligonier Valley’s John Caldwell and Aaron Tutino have been named to the 2018 Class 2A Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Team.