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.
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.
KENWOOD — It began with a shutout, followed by a shootout, and then a blowout.
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HOMER CITY — Fans of Homer-Center and Purchase Line have learned to expect a shootout whenever the two teams meet annually.
WEST MIFFLIN — The Indiana Indians can’t gain any traction.
PURCHASE LINE — Purchase Line has high expectations this year.
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.
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.
ALTOONA — For United and its fans, the ending of Friday night’s game felt an awful lot like a bee sting.