The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


October 5, 2013

Roundup: Devils beat WM; Sailors top Steelers; Hounds, Trojans win

---- — The Region 1-A standings and playoff race tightened considerably Friday night as the Sharpsville Blue Devils, facing pretty much a do-or-die situation, knocked off region leader West Middlesex, 20-12.

Coming into the game, the Big Reds were the only unbeaten team left in the region, but now it is a real battle for playoff positioning. In other Region 1-A contests Friday it was: Lakeview rolling over Farrell, 39-10; Conneaut upset Mercer, 21-14. Kennedy Catholic played a non-league game at Union-Rimersburg and suffered a 20-0 loss.

In Region 3-AA, while Hickory was defeating rival Sharon, undefeated Greenville easily remained that way on Homecoming night as the Trojans ripped Titusville, 41-0. In other Region 3-AA clashes, Grove City routed Saegertown, 82-14, and Wilmington topped Reynolds, 20-7.

In an Ohio border war, Hubbard rolled over Brookfield, 54-9.

Following are game details:

ä Sharpsville 20, West Middlesex 12 — At Sharpsville’s McCracken Field, the Blue Devils of coach Paul Piccirilli rallied from a 12-0 deficit to keep alive their playoff hopes.

The win lifted Sharpsville to 3-2 in the region and 4-2 overall. West Middlesex fell to 3-1, 4-2.

West Middlesex dominated the early play and got on the board in the first quarter  when speedster Eric Lucich ripped off a 64-yard run for a touchdown. The Big Reds of coach Ed Roberson scored again a short time later in the second quarter when quarterback Trey Staunch broke in from the 1-yard line. But a kick attempt and then pass for points after both failed, leaving WM with a 12-0 lead.

Sharpsville turned back another West Middlesex scoring drive when Ben BuCher picked off a Staunch pass. The inspired Reds then drove for a touchdown, with Tyler Wansack going the final 3 yards. Big play on the drive was a long run by quarterback Nick Henwood. Nathan Lutz kicked the PAT to cut the WM margin to 12-7, a score that held until intermission.

After the Blue Devils halftime homecoming festivities, Sharpsville started to control the game. It was a big special teams play, a 60-yard punt return touchdown by BuCher, that put Sharpsville on top 13-12. Pass for points after failed.

The Blue Devils expanded on the lead early in the final frame when Wansack scored on a 4-yard run and Lutz connected on a PAT kick. The scoring drive was set up by a West Middlesex fumble.

Sharpsvllle had the ball close to the Big Reds end zone in the final 1 1/2 minutes, but ran out the clock by taking a knee a few times out of the “victory formation.”

“We needed that,” said a relieved, but excited Piccirilli. “We live for another day. It was one of those things ... We can’t find any offense this year. But we got a great punt return (by BuCher) for a touchdown and the momentum changed. We started playing like we did in the past.”

And that past - at least the last 2 seasons - led to District 10 Class A championships, both title game victories coming over West Middlesex.

ä Lakeview 39, Farrell 10 — At Farrell’s Anthony J. Paulekas Stadium/Lou Falconi Field, the Lakeview Sailors under head coach Dan York improved to 5-1 on the season with a Region 1-A victory over the Steelers.

Blake Reddick led the ground assault for the Sailors with 259 rushing yards.

“Blake (Reddick) is playing great for us. He had a fantastic night and has a lot to be proud of,” York said.

Marquis Spence had 4 touchdowns for Lakeview on runs of 2, 2, 3 and 15 yards. Lakeview quarterback Zach Bigley ran for a 12-yard touchdown of his own and found Zach Van Dusen in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown pass.

The Sailors’ defense shut down the Steelers’ offense and kept them to only 273 yards on the night.

“Our defense played great tonight,” York said. “We shut down their run and they had to throw the ball. I couldn’t be more proud of these boys tonight.”

Farrell quarterback Rob Guelledge threw a short pass to Brandon Gavins that the latter took 86 yards to the house at the beginning of the 1st quarter. The other points came from a 27-yard field goal by Austin Pickens at the end of the 2nd quarter. — By Madeline Williams, Herald sports correspondent. 

ä Greenville 41, Titusville 0 — At Stewart Field in Greenville, the Trojans (5-0, 6-0) trounced Titusville to remain the Region 3-AA pacesetter.

Nick Black burst for 9- and 35-yard TD runs, Matt Jones tossed Trojans’ TDs to Justin Reynolds and Luke Houpt covering 10 and 60 yards, respectively, and Trey VanAken added a 43-yard scoring sprint.

Also for Greenville, Alex Gentile recovered a Titusville fumble in the end zone for a score.

Titusville (0-5, 0-6) turned over the ball a trio of times and totalled only 89 yards.

ä Conneaut Area 21, Mercer 14 — At the County Seat Mercer, the Mustangs suffered a tough loss to Conneaut that will make the drive for the Class A playoffs a little tougher.

Coach Pat McClearn’s Mustangs dropped to 3-2 in Region 1-A and 4-2 overall. Conneaut, which is actually an AAA school, went to 1-3 and 3-3.

Conneaut was powered by Hunter Merritt, who rushed for 260 yards on 33 carries and scored all 3 TDs on runs of 10, 35 and 17 yards.

Mercer scores came on a 1-yard run by Luke Leonard and an 8-yard pass to T.J. Peters from Logan Clarke. Clarke passed for 255 yards, hitting on 19 of 40 passes.

Late in the game the Mustangs drove to the Conneaut 20, but turned the ball over on a fumble.

ä Grove City 82, Saegertown 14 — At Forker Field in Grove City, Jared Graham fired a 55-yard touchdown pass to Foster Reznor only 15 seconds into the game and coach Jeff Bell’s Eagles were off and running as GC (3-2, 4-2) routed the winless Panthers (0-5, 0-6) in a Region 3-AA contest.

Graham, who was 5-of-6 for 196 yards, also fired TD passes of 47 yards to Nick Davies, a 16-yarder to Jesse Hodge and a 65-yard scoring strike to Justin Thompson. The junior quarterback also scored on an 81-yard run.

Other touchdowns for GC were a 38-yard run by Reznor, an 80-yard kickoff return by Davies, a 6-yard run by Jared Sample, a 1-yard run by Tanner Lucido, a 69-yard run by D’andre Byers, Donny Sevin broke loose for a 71-yard TD run, and Israel Lawrence pounced on a Saegertown fumble in the end zone for a score.

Dylan Nelson booted 5 PATs and Cole Latimer converted 6 extra-point kicks for Grove City, which led 27-0 after the 1st quarter and 61-0 at halftime.

Casey Fetzner scored on a 4-yard run for Saegertown and James Taylor had a 1-yard TD run.

ä Wilmington 20, Reynolds 7 — At New Wilmington, the host Hounds fell behind 7-0 early in the 2nd quarter, but scored the next 3 touchdowns to pull way in the Region 3-AA clash.

Reynolds (2-3 Region 3-AA, 3-3) hit paydirt first on an 11-yard run by Ian Sapot and Michael Ryhal booted the point after. But that was the end of the scoring for the Raiders, who lost their 3rd consecutive contest after a 3-0 start.

For Wilmington (3-2, 4-2), Cody Llewellyn scored on a 15-yard run, Josiah Bloise tallied on a 16-yard sprint and left-hander Llewellyn fired a 33-yard TD pass to Marc Peoples.

ä Hubbard 54, Brookfield 9 — At Hubbard, the Eagles of coach Brian Hoffman rolled past their backyard rivals. Hubbard jumped to a 27-0 first-half lead and never looked back in moving to a perfect 6-0 on the season.

Brennan Wassil, former Kennedy Catholic quarterback, fired 3 touchdown passes for Hubbard, connecting with Isiah Scott for 9 yards, L.J. Scott 33 yards and Darnell Tate 19 yards. L.J. Scott also hit paydirt on a pair of 14-yard runs, while George Hill scored on an 83-yard punt return before Brookfield got on the board.

The Warriors (4-2) scored a lone touchdown in the 3rd period on a 7-yard run by Joey Clark. The Warriors tacked on a safety.

Hubbard closed out the scoring on a 67-yard interception return by Bill Fisher and a 3-yard run by Jeremy Potter.

ä Union-Rimersburg 20, Kennedy Catholic 0 — At Rimersburg, KC (0-6) remained winless against the District 9 squad. Rimersburg improved to 2-4).

Stats were not submitted to The Herald.


MIDDLESEX    6    6    0    0    12

SHARPSVILLE    0    7    13    0    20

Scoring plays

WM — Lucich, 64 run (kick failed)

WM — Staunch, 1 run (pass failed)

S — Wansack, 3 run (Lutz kick)

S — BuCher, 60 punt return (pass failed)

S — Wansack, 4 run (Lutz kick)

Team stats


12    First downs    9

118    Rushing yards    131

154    Passing yards    37

21-14-1    Att-comp-int    12-4-0

272    Total yards    168

2-2    Fumbles-lost    1-1

2-12    Penalties-yards lost    4-30

Individual stats

Rushing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Lucich 12-83, Tyillian 7-20, Staunch 10-16, Trippy 1-(-1); SHARPSVILLE — Wansack 15-55, Henwood 4-46, Peavy 9-30, BuCher 1-0, team 3-0.

Passing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Staunch 21-14-1-154; SHARPSVILLE — Henwood 12-4-0-37.

Receiving: WEST MIDDLESEX — Tyillian 4-45, Lucich 4-32, Fair 3-31, Hemminger 2-39, Bender 1-7; SHARPSVILLE — Popatak 1-15, Smith 1-13, BuCher 1-13, Peavy 1-(-4).


LAKEVIEW    7    7    6    19    39   

FARRELL    7    3    0    0    10

Scoring plays

F — Gavins, 86 pass from Guelledge (Pickens kick)

L — Van Dusen, 28 pass from Bigley (Van Dusen kick)

L — Spence, 2 run (Van Dusen kick)

F — Pickens, 27 field goal.

L — Bigley, 12 run (Kick failed)

L — Spence, 1 run (Run failed)

L — Spence, 3 run (Van Dusen kick)

L — Spence, 15 run (Kick failed)

Team stats

LAKEVIEW               FARRELL   

17    First downs               6

387    Rushing yards           123

 28    Passing yards     150

3-1-0    Att-comp-int    16-6-1

415    Total yards     273

0-0    Fumbles-lost     2-22

3-20    Penalties-yards lost     6-35

Individual stats

Rushing: LAKEVIEW — Reddick 29-259, Bigley 7-49, Spence 13-48, Van Dusen 4-31; FARRELL — Gavins 10-100, Burns 9-14, Jackson 2-5, Guelledge 3-4.

Passing: LAKEVIEW — Bigley 3-1-0-28; FARRELL — Guelledge 16-6-1-150

Receiving: LAKEVIEW — Van Dusen 1-28; FARRELL — Gavins 2-99, Burns 3-51


CONNEAUT    0    14    0    7    21

MERCER    0    7    0    7    14

Scoring plays

C — Merritt, 10 run (Miller kick)

C — Merritt, 35 run (Miller kick)

M — Leonard, 1 run (Cameron kick)

C — Merritt, 17 run (Miller kick)

M — Peters, 8 pass from Clark (Cameron kick)

Team stats

CONNEAUT                       MERCER

19    First downs    16

352    Rushing yards    68

24    Passing yards    255

9-2-1    Att-comp-int    40-19-1

376    Total yards    333

3-1    Fumbles-lost    2-2

5-35    Penalties-yards lost    3-25

Individual stats

Rushing: CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 33-260, Anderson 22-92; MERCER — Leonard 9-33, Clarke 6-26, Peters 1-6, O’Brien 3-3.

Passing: CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 9-2-1-24; MERCER — Clarke 40-19-1-255.

Receiving: CONNEAUT AREA — Onderko 1-19, Hannold 1-5; MERCER — Edwards 8-108, Peters 5-68, Leonard 2-43, Wegryznek 2-17, Haines 1-15, Davis 1-5.


SAEGERTWN    0    0    7    7    14

GROVE CITY    27    34    7    14    82

Scoring plays

GC — Reznor, 55 pass from Graham (kick failed)

GC — Davies, 47 pass from Graham (Nelson kick)

GC — Hodge, 16 pass from Graham (Nelson kick)

GC — Graham, 81 run (Nelson kick)

GC — Thompson, 65 pass from Graham (kick failed)

GC — Reznor, 38 run (Nelson kick)

GC — Sample, 6 run (Latimer kick)

GC — Lucido, 1 run (Latimer kick)

GC — Lawrence, 0 fumble recovery (Latimer kick)

GC — Byers, 69 run (Latimer kick)

S — Fetzner, 4 run (Roades kick)

GC — Sevin, 71 run (Latimer kick)

S — Taylor, 1 run (Roades kick)

GC — Davies, 80 kickoff return (Latimer kick)

Team stats


11    First downs    3

147    Rushing yards    358

-4    Passing yards    196

6-3-0    Att-comp-int    6-5-0

143    Total yards    556

2-2    Fumbles-lost    1-1

2-10    Penalties-yards lost    8-35

Individual stats

Rushing: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; GROVE CITY — Graham 1-82, Sevin 1-71, Byers 1-69, Hodge 3-45, Reznor 2-44, Lucido 6-39, Sample 3-8.

Passing: SAEGERTOWN — Roades 6-3-0-(-4); GROVE CITY — Graham 6-5-0-196.

Receiving: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; GROVE CITY — Thompson 1-64, Reznor 1-55, Davies 1-47, Hodge 1-16, Sample 1-14.


BROOKFIELD    0    0    9    0    9

HUBBARD    7    20    13    14    54

Scoring plays

H — LJ Scott, 14 run (Pizanias kick)

H — I. Scott, 9 pass from Wassil (Pizanias kick)

H — Tate, 19 pass from Wassil (Pizanias kick)

H — L.J. Scott, 33 pass from Wassil (Pizanias kick)

H — Hill, 83 punt return (Piznias kick)

H — L.J. Scott, 14 run (kick blocked)

B — Clark, 7 run (Tingler kick)

B — Safety

H — Fisher, 67 int. return (Thirion kick)

H — Pottr, 3 run (Thirion kick)

Team stats


13    First downs    18

80    Rushing yards    252

102    Passing yards    137

18-8-2    Att-comp-int    13-8-1

182    Total yards    389

2-2    Fumbles-lost    2-0

9-42    Penalties-yards lost    9-83   

Individual stats

Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Clark 14-31, Necastro 16-(-17), Hiner 1-(-2), Morrison 8-67, Bailey 2-1, Zickefoose 1-0; HUBBARD — L.J. Scott 20-184, Tate 2-6, Wassil 3-(-7), Hill 10-43, Lopuchovsky 2-11, Pantone 1-12, Potter 1-3.

Passing: BROOKFIELD — Necastro 18-8-2-102; HUBBARD — Wasil 13-8-1-137.

Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Clark 2-35, Tingerl 2-29, Hiner 1-16, Morrison 2-16, Tarver 1-6; HUBBARD — Tate 3-48, I. Scott 3-40, L.J. Scott 2-49.


REYNOLDS    0    7    0    0    7

WILMINGTON    0    7    0    13    20

Scoring plays

R — Sapot, 11 run (Ryhal kick)

W — Llewellyn, 15 run (Lum kick)

W — Bioise, 16 run (Gardner kick)

W — Peoples, 33 pass from Llewellyn (kick blocked)

Team stats

REYNOLDS                   WILMINGTON

8    First downs    16

107    Rushing yards    200

13    Passing yards    86

6-1-1    Att-comp-int    15-5-0

120    Total yards    286

0-0    Fumbles-lost    0-0

2-10    Penalties-yards lost    4-30

No Individual stats submitted


TITUSVILLE    0    0    0    0    0

GREENVILLE    14    14    13    0    41

Scoring plays

G — Black, 9 run (Eells kick)

G — Gentile, fumble recovery in end zone (Eells kick)

G — Black, 35 run (Eells kick)

G — Reynolds, 10 pass from M. Jones (Eells kick)

G — VanAken, 43 run (Eells kick)

G — Houpt, 60 pass from M. Jones (run failed)

Team stats


7    First downs    13

1    Rushing yards    220

88    Passing yards    74

28-14-1    Att-comp-int    10-3-0

89    Total yards    294

4-2    Fumbles-lost    6-3

5-40    Penalties-yards lost    6-41

Individual stats

Rushing: TITUSVILLE — Houge 5-10, Corkin 8-4, Lee 6-(-3), Brown 9-(-10; GREENVILLE — VanAken 5-67, Black 6-61, Eells 3-23, Fattman 5-19, Nellis 6-13, Chambers 2-12, Hause 1-6, M. Jones 1-4, Rickert 1-4, Peabody 1-1.

Passing: TITUSVILLE — Corklin 17-10-0-70, Brown 11-4-1-18; GREENVILLE — M. Jones 10-3-0-74.

Receiving: TITUSVILLE — Stearns 3-26, Ackerman 3-24, Sines 4-17, Lee 1-12, McIntyre 1-9, Hogue 2-5; GREENVILLE — Houpt 1-60, Reynolds 1-10, VanAken 1-4.

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