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October 26, 2013

Roundup: Mustangs beat Farrell; Trojans 9-0; Tigers top GC

- — The playoff teams from Mercer County have been set after Friday night’s regular season results. Traditionally the county sends four teams from its Class A and AA regions to the District 10 tournament.

In Region 1-A, after Lakeview defeated West Middlesex 19-2 Friday, it gave the Sailors the No. 1 seed for the D-10 playoffs with the Big Reds No. 2. Mercer earned the No. 3 seed, and by beating Farrell, 26-14, that allowed Sharpsville to sneak into the No. 4 slot ahead of Farrell. The Blue Devils play a non-league game tonight against Warren JFK at Mollenkopt Stadium in Warren.

In Region 3-AA, Greenville wrapped up a perfect 7-0 region record with a 41-21 win over Wilmington to take the top seed out of the region. Hickory (6-1) finished as No. 2 with a 43-6 triumph over Reynolds. In a head-to-head battle for the third and fourth spots from the region, Sharon defeated Grove City 34-15.

In a Region 1-A game that had no playoff bearing, Kennedy Catholic bowed to Conneaut Area, 60-0. Tonight, Brookfield will play Youngstown Christian School at Poland High Stadium.

Following are game details on Friday’s games reported to The Herald:

ä Mercer 26, Farrell 14 — At Farrell, the impressive playoff run of the Steelers over the past 6 seasons came to an end at the hands of coach Pat McClearn’s Mustangs.

Farrell was the only team in District 10 Class A to make the D-10 playoffs every year the past 6 years, but that came to a halt Friday.

Mercer has ridden the arm of quarterback Logan Clarke all season and it was no different Friday early on at Paulekas Stadium. There was only one score in the entire first half and that came when Clarke hooked up with his favorite receiver Brayton Edwards on a 65-yard scoring pass play. Chase Hoffman converted on the point after for a 7-0 halftime lead.

Coach Jarrett Samuels’ Steelers did threaten late in the second quarter, but the Mustangs defense rose up and halted the Farrell push deep in Mercer territory on a fourth down play.

In the second half, the Mustangs offensive began to exert itself. Mercer marched 55 yards on a drive in the third period to score on a one-yard run by Zane O’Brien. The PAT kick was blocked, but Mercer was up 13-0.

The Steelers weren’t about to give up, however. Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Alex Meyers hooked up with speedster Dewayne Burns on a 50-yard catch and run for a TD. A points-after pass fell incomplete and Farrell trailed, 13-6.

Unfortunately for the home crowd at Falconi Field, the thrill of the Steelers score didn’t last long. On the ensuing kickoff, Mustang senior Jarred Davis pulled in the ball and raced 73 yards for a touchdown. The PAT kick was blocked again, but Mercer had again pulled on top by 13 points, 19-6.

Davis pretty put the game on ice late in the fourth quarter when he ran 55  yards for a score. Hoffman’s extra point kick was good for a 26-6 lead.

Farrell did manage another score on a 1-yard run by sophomore QB Meyers and a pass from Meyers to tight end Malachi Newell to cut the Mercer margin to 26-14.

Clarke went 13-of-26 for 224 yards and led Mercer in rushing with 38 yards on 15 carries. Edwards pulled in 3 passes for 74 yards while Davis grabbed 2 catches for 60 yards.

Meyers was 8-of-22 for 171 yards. Burns rushed for 78 yards on 17 totes and pulled in 2 passes for 109 yards.

The win lifted Mercer to 4-2 in Region 1-A, 7-2 overall. Farrell fell to 2-4, 4-5 and the loss catapulted Sharpsville (3-3 in the region) into the No. 4 slot from the league in the D-10 playoffs.  — Stats reported by Herald sports correspondent, Ryan Briggs.

ä Sharon 34, Grove City 15 — At Grove City, the visiting Tigers moved into the No. 3 slot in the district playoffs while the Eagles fell to No. 4.

Coach Jim Wildman’s Tigers (5-2 Region 3-AA, 6-3 overall) exploded in the second half to pull away in a tight contest. Coach Jeff Bell’s Eagles dropped to 4-3, 5-4.

Sharon got on the board first when speedster Carnell Hawkins ripped off a 19-yard TD run and Evan Gill kicked the point after. But Grove City took the lead when quarterback Jared Graham scored on a 4-yard burst and Foster Reznor toted for the points after. The 8-7 margin stook up until halftime.

Sharon however rolled to four touchdowns in the second half, two by sophomore Damon Rudolph on runs of 5 and 12 yards and a pair by Hawkins on sprints of 58 and 19 yards. Hawkins finished with 243 yards on 19 carries.

Grove City’s Reznor scored the lone touchdown for the Eagles in the fourth quarter. Reznor finished with 60 yards on 13 carries, while Tanner Lucido led the way with 72 yards on 8 totes.

ä Greenville 41, Wilmington 21 — At Greenville, coach Brian Herrick’s Trojans finished up an unbeaten regular season with a victory over Wilmington.

The Trojans moved to 7-0 in Region 3-AA and 9-0 overall, earning the No. 1 seed from the region in the upcoming District 10 playoffs. Wilmington failed to make the playoffs, going 3-4, 5-4.

Trojans quarterback Matt Jones fired 3 touchdowns passes, two to Luke Houpt of 51 and 13 yards and another to Tyler Fattman good fro 41 yards.

Fattman also scored on a 75-yard punt return, while Trey VanAken notched a pair of touchdown runs, good for 3 and 35 yards. VanAken rushed for 132 yards on 12 carries. Gage Gladysz converted 6 extra point kicks for the Trojans.

For Wilmington, Marc Peoples notched two TDs on a pair of passes (20 and 17 yards) from Cody Llewellyn, while Josiah Bloise scored on a 1-yard run.

ä Hickory 43, Reynolds 6 — At Reynolds, the visiting Hornets of coach Bill Brest locked up the No. 2 spot in the District 10 Class AA playoffs where the Hornets are two-time defending champions.

Reynolds went up 6-0 in the 1st quarter on a 39-yard TD run by Mike Millero. The 2-point conversion run failed. The Hornets took a 7-6 lead later in the opening quarter on a 5-yard run by DeQuan Lewis and Jordan Wombacker’s PAT.

Hickory led 15-6 at halftime following a 2nd-quarter 60-yard touchdown run by Charles Carr and a 2-point conversion pass from Matt Voytik to Wombacker.

The Hornets made it 22-6 in the 3rd frame on a 45-yard pass from Voytik to Andrew Pryts. Wombacker booted the PAT.

Hickory scored 21 points in the 4th quarter — TDs by Voytik (75-yard run), Lou Derloni (21-yard run) and Lewis (43-yard interception return). Wombacker tacked on all 3 extra-point kicks.

Voytik finished 11-of-17 for 127 yards and rushed 8 times for 125 yards. Pryts hauled in 5 catches for 88 yards.

Millero had another outstanding game for the Raiders. He rushed for 161 yards on 22 carries and boosted his season total to 1,363 rushing yards.

ä Conneaut Area 60, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Linesville, the Golden Eagles were blanked as they fell to 0-6 in Region 1-A and 0-9 overall. Conneaut moved to 3-3, 6-3.

Quarterback Hunter Merritt ran for one score and passed for three others to lead the victory. Elijah Anderton scored three touchdowns on runs of 6, 17 and 50 yards. Anderton rushed for 157 yards on 11 carries.

———

MERCER    7    0    6    13    26

FARRELL    0    0    0    14    14


Scoring plays

M — Edwards, 65 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)

M — O’Brien, 1 run (kick blocked)

F — Burns, 50 pass from Meyers (pass failed)

X — Davis, 73 kickoff return (kick blocked)

M — Davis, 55 run (Hoffman kick)

F — Meyers, 1 run (Newell catch)

Team stats

MERCER           FARRELL

12    First downs    12

79    Rushing yards    107

224    Passing yards    171

26-13-0    Att-comp-int    22-8-0

303    Total yards    278

0-0    Fumbles-lost    2-2

9-55    Penalties-yards lost    7-60

Individual stats

Rushing: MERCER — Clarke 15-38, L. Leonard 7-31, O’Brien 3-10, Wegrzynek 1-0, team 1-0; FARRELL — Burns 17-78, Gavins 7-31, Graham 3-20, Meyers 6-(-22).

Passing: MERCER — Clarke 26-13-0-224; FARRELL — Meyers 22-8-0-171.

Receiving: MERCER — Edwards 3-74, Davis 2-60, Peters 5-58, L. Leonard 2-20, O’Brien 1-12; FARRELL — Burns 2-109, Newell 2-29, Graham 2-17, Pickens 2-16.

———

SHARON    7    0    8    19    34

GROVE CITY    8    0    0    7    15


Scoring plays

S — Hawkins, 19 run (Gill kick)

GC — Graham, 4 run (Reznor run)

S — Rudolph, 5 run (Hawkins run)

S — Rudolph, 12 run (kick failed)

GC — Reznor, 2 run (Nelson kick)

S — Hawkins, 58 run (run failed)

S — Hawkins, 19 run (Gill kick)

Team stats

SHARON        GROVE CITY

10    First downs    11

297    Rushing yards    209

31    Passing yards    33

9-1-0    Att-comp-int    7-1-0

328    Total yards    242

2-1    Fumbles-lost    2-2

6-60    Penalties-yards lost    7-60

Individual stats

Rushing: SHARON — Hawkins 19-243, Tomko 5-(-11), Rudloph 7-65; GROVE CITY — Reznor 13-60, Patterson 1-9, Sample 5-47, Skibinski 3-3, Graham 12-14, Lucido 8-72, Davies 2-3.

Passing: SHARON — Tomko, 9-1-0-31; GROVE CITY — Graham 7-1-0-33.

Receiving: SHARON — Mosley, 1-31; GROVE CITY — Hodge, 1-33.

———

WILMINGTON    0    7    7    7    21

GREENVILLE    7    14    20    0    41


Scoring plays

G — Houpt, 51 pass from Jones (Gladysz kick)

G — Fattman, 41 pass from Jones (Gladysz kick)

G — VanAken, 3 run (Gladysz kick)

W — Peoples, 20 pss from Llewellyn (Gardner kick)

G — Houpt, 13 pass from Jones (Gladysz kick)

G — Fattman, 75 punt ret. (kick failed)

W — Peoples, 17 pass from Llewellyn (Gardner kick)

G — VanAken, 35 run (Gladysz kick)

W — Bloise, 1 run (Gladysz kick)

Team stats

WILMINGTON        GREENVILLE

14    First downs    14

42    Rushing yards    154

200    Passing yards    140

35-17-1    Att-comp-int    10-7-0

242    Total yards    294

0-0    Fumbles-lost    1-1

2-25    Penalties-yards lost    7-52

Individual stats

Rushing: WILMINGTON — Bloise 12-23, Scot 2-20, DeMedal 6-14, Sottr 5-9, Gargiulo 1-6, Llewellyn 4-(-30); GREENVILLE — VanAken 12-132, Black 7-16, Nellis 4-9, Rickert 2-4, Jones 4-3, Chambrs 1-1, Team 1-(-1)

Passing: WILMINGTON — Llewellyn 35-17-1-200; GREENVILLE — Jones 10-7-0-140.

Receiving: WILMINGTON — Peoples 12-162, DeMedal 3-27, Sotter 2-11; GREENVILLE — Houpt 5-84, Fattman 1-41, VanAken 1-15.

———

KENNEDY    0    0    0    0    0

CONN. AREA    26    28    6    0    60


Scoring plays

C — Merritt, 38 run (Miller kick)

C — Anderton, 6 run (kick failed)

C — Williams, 7 pass from Merritt (kick failed)

C — Hannold, 9 pass from Merritt (Miller kick)

C — Miller, 3 run (Miller kick)

C — Anderson, 17 run (Miller kick)

C — Anderton, 50 run (Miller kick)

C — Miller, 12 pass from Merritt (Miller kick)

C — Stevenson, 23 pass from Mattera (kick failed)

Team stats

KENNEDY                     CONN. AREA

N/A    First downs    N/A

81    Rushing yards    308

11    Passing yards    69

15-2-4    Att-comp-int    9-5-0

92    Total yards    377

N/A    Fumbles-lost    N/A

N/A    Penalties-yards lost    N/A

Individual stats

Rushing: KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Dehner 5-12, Ammann 4-(-10), Robinson 11-25, Ragstr 8-43, Fusco 2-(-2), Schuville 1-13; CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 2-50, Hannold 1-17, Anderton 11-157, Miller 2-12, Gillette 6-26, Mattera 7-46.

Passing: KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Ammann 15-2-4-11; CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 6-4-0-48, Mattera 3-1-0-23.

Receiving: KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Crow 1-9, Robinson 1-2; CONNEAUT AREA — Williams 1-7, Miller 1-12, Hannold 2-27, Stevenson 1-23.

———

HICKORY    7    8    7    21    43

REYNOLDS    6    0    0    0    6


Scoring plays

R — Millero, 39 run (run failed)

H — Lewis, 5 run (Wombacker kick)

H — Carr, 60 run (Wombacker pass from Voytik)

H — Pryts, 45 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)

H — Voytik, 75 run (Wombacker kick)

H  — Derloni, 21 run (Wombacker kick)

H  — Lewis, 43 Int. Ret. (Wombacker kick)

Team stats

HICKORY        REYNOLDS

11    First downs    16

236    Rushing yards    265

127    Passing yards    24

17-11-0    Att-comp-int    10-2-1

363    Total yards    289

1-1    Fumbles-lost    0-0

10-51    Penalties-yards lost    13-71

Individual stats

Rushing: HICKORY — Voytik 8-125, Carr 2-80, Derloni 7-36, Lewis 2-7, Pryts 1-(-12); REYNOLDS — Millero 22-161, Sapot 12-56, Mahlon 1-30, Leipheimer 8-30, McDanel 2-0, Daniello 1-(-2), Miller 2-10.

Passing: HICKORY — Voytik 17-11-0-127; REYNOLDS — Miller 10-2-1-24.

Receiving: HICKORY — Pryts 5-88, Lewis 2-39, A. Cannone 2-16, Cirillo 1-10, Derloni 1-(-26); REYNOLDS — Stoyer 1-28, McConnell 1-(-4).

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