2019 Coverage:

HOMER CITY — When Homer-Center and Northern Cambria were tasked with taking each other on in the first round of the playoffs, both teams felt a sense of relief knowing they’d be matching up with a familiar opponent.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — A year behind Ben Vasil, Logan Onkst and Mark Marino at Northern Cambria, Adam Kopera had to be patient, waiting his turn to become the feature ball carrier for the Colts.

KENWOOD — As the saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

BLAIRSVILLE — The Blairsville Bobcats didn’t exactly shut down the Northern Cambria Colts’ passing game Friday on Ernie Widmar Field at Memorial Stadium. “Picked” apart might be a better way of putting it, as the Bobcats came away with a 22-12 win.

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.

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.