TERI ENCISO/Gazette. HOMER-CENTER WILDCATS: Front row, from left, Jacob Zeiler, Jason Hippchen, Ben Schmidt, Franklin Maratita, D’Shaun Robinson, head coach Greg Page, Owen Cochran, manager Nate Davis, Brian Sisko, Sean Patterson, Tyler Sprankle and manager Carson Arone; second row, assistant coaches Don Mester and Gene Raymond, Noah Henry, Drew Kochman, Anthony Rowland, Devon Stoker, Logan Williams, Cobe Daugherty, Justin Walbeck, Travis Mock, Jared Orsargos, Garrett Mock and assistant coaches Tony Arone and John Cook; third row, assistant coach Joe Iezzi, Jacob Hubler, Brock Houser, Jacob Cooper, manager Collin Troup, Bryson Graham, Micah
PLAYER OF THE WEEK! (Week 4)
Logan Williams. Homer-Center. #22. Senior, Running back. 6-foot-2, 161 pounds.
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.
ALTOONA -- Hunter Cameron scored on a 7-yard run on the first possession of overtime to give United the lead, then the Lions' defense held off Northern Cambria for a thrilling 36-28 victory Sunday in the District 6 Class 1A football semifinals.
ALTOONA — Winning a district championship is a difficult enough task without having to try to beat an undefeated team while one of the top playmakers in state history is on the sideline languishing on the examination table.
Ligonier Valley senior quarterback John Caldwell is no stranger to running the football.
JOHNSTOWN — Ligonier Valley’s quest for a three-peat is alive and well.
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.
KENWOOD — It seemed like old times: Saturday night football at Penns Manor and Saltsburg winning playoff games.
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…
NANTY GLO — The Saltsburg Trojans are riding a win into the postseason.
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.
Brianna Olechowski, of Indiana, won the eighth edition of the Gazette’s weekly football contest.
UNIONTOWN — Dig out your red and black, Indiana, because the stakes don’t get any greater.
BLAIRSVILLE — The Ligonier Valley Rams checked another goal off their list Friday night at Ernie Widmar Field, and it came at the expense of the Blairsville Bobcats.
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 …
MARION CENTER — Marion Center pulled everything out of its bag of tricks to try to upset Ligonier Valley on Friday night. Guard Travis Parsell even got a carry for 3 yards.