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September 1, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: County teams kick off season

Brookfield slowed by power outage

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County teams kicked off the high school football season Friday night with every local squad in action, all in exhibition contests, as they gear up for future District 10 region games.

Brookfield played its second game of the season, but it was cut short by a poweroutage at Addison Field. The Warriors led 17-6 over Newton Falls when the game was postponed. It will be resumed at noon today.

Following are results of all local games reported to The Herald before publication deadline:

ä Mercer 33, Eisenhower 7 — At Eisenhower, the Mustangs (1-0) showed no repercussions from a two-hour bus ride, grabbing a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and never looking back.

Mercer got a pair of touchdowns from running backs junior Luke Leonard (2 and 26 yards) and senior Zane O’Brien (8 and 19 yards), while sophomore quarterback Logan Clarke provided the other TD on a 19-yard run. Sophomore placekicker Chase Hoffman booted 3 extra points.

The County Seaters utilized a running back by committe approach with four different runners finishing between 77 and 52 yards. O’Brien led the way with 77 yards, while Austin Slagle (60), Leonard (53) and Clarke (52) seconded him.

Lundmark scored from 3 yards out for Ike’s lone score.

ä Sharpsville 35, Moniteau 0 — At The Pines, the reigning District 10 champion Blue Devils clobbered  defending  District  9 champion Moniteau.

Sharpsville’s defense proved too much for the Warriors, who registered just 81 yards of offense — only 31 on the ground — and posted its own touchdown when Greg Popatak returned a fumble recovery 35 yards for a 29-0 cushion.

Not to be outdone, the Sharpsville offense showed it had big play capability with all 4 offensive scores coming from at least 40 yards out.

Joey Pagliaroli galloped 60 yards for the Blue Devils’ initial score, while Ross Llewellyn scored from 40 yards out.

Meanwhile, quarterback Bryan Stafford collected a pair of scoring strikes to Tyler Luchey (40 yards) and Joey Flynn (70 yards).

On the night, Stafford and Luchey connected 5 times for 81 yards with Stafford completing 7 of his 9 attempts for 175 yards. Pagliaroli led the Sharpsville rushers with 59 yards and Llewellyn tacked on 54 more, while Flynn had 92 yards of total offense (70 receiving and 22 rushing).

NOTE: Sophomore Tyler Wansack (36), 6-foot, 180-pound halfback/defensive back was inadvertently omitted from the Sharpsville roster in the 2012 football preview.

ä Grove City 40, Carrick 0 — After a half-hour delay due to Carrick’s late arrival, the AAA titlist Eagles (1-0) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring 3 times in the game’s opening 4 minutes before cruising to the ‘W.’

Senior Chad Williams had a field day for the Eagles, scoring four times and recovering a Carrick fumble. The Grove City running back scored on runs of 10, 13 and 21 yards, while pulling in an 88-yard touchdown from sophomore QB Jared Graham, who completed 2-of-3 passes for 119 yards.

Junior running back Foster Reznor led Grove City with 94 yards rushing, while scoring on runs of 13 and 14 yards, respectively. Harold Price tacked on 76 yards rushing on 6 totes as GC outgained their visitors 357-80

Junior Justin Fulkerson connected on 4-of-6 PATs for Grove City.

ä North East 33, Greenville 14 — At North East, the young Trojans were knocked off by the perennial Erie power ‘Pickers.

Five minutes after Rocky Owens handed North East a 7-0 lead, Greenville’s Jacob Riffe and Luke Houpt connected on a 5-yard aerial to knot the score at 7-all.

But the Grapepickers ripped off the next 14 points on a Tyler Koszweski 32-yard touchdown pass and a Corey Voorhis 9-yard run in the second quarter.

Greenville pulled to within 21-14 on Trey VanAken’s 1-yard scoring push, but that was as close as it got as Voorhis and Owens each scored again for North East.

ä Hickory 44, Strong Vincent 22 — At Hermitage, the defending District 10 Class AA champions of Coach Bill Brest opened the season with an impressive victory over the talented northerners.

Talented running back DeShawn Coleman, a West Virginia recruit, tallied three touchdowns and amassed 116 yards on 19 carries. Davone Tindall added a pair of touchdowns, while Michael Palumbo also hit paydirt. Jordan Wombacker booted an 18-yard field goal and hit 5 of 6 extra point kicks.

Defensively, Coleman and Dequan Lewis each had 4 tackles for the Hornets.

Matt Voytik filled in at quarterback for injured Mike Nardone (ankle sprain) and played a solid game.

ä McDonald (Ohio) 53, Kennedy Catholic 20 — At McDonald, the visiting Golden Eagles dropped their season opener.

KC picked up 321 total yards on offense, led by rusher Jeffrey Thompkins with 105 yards on the ground and 111 yards receiving. Brennan Wassil gained 44 yards on the ground, while passing for 125 yards on 5-of-9 completions. On defense, Mark Robinson had 10 tackles and Thompkins 9.

No other statistics were submitted.

ä Wilmington 13, West Middlesex 10 — In New Wilmington, the Double-A ‘Hounds needed sophomore quarterback Cody Llewellyn’s 1-yard sneak in the fourth quarter to clip the Single-A Big Reds.

After a scoreless first quarter, West Middlesex dented the scoreboard first on a 6-yard run from Luke Patten. Tyler Donati pulled Wilmington into a 7-7 tie with a 17-yard run in the third quarter.

The Big Reds grabbed a 10-7 lead on Trey Staunch’s 24-yard field goal later in the third quarter before Llewellyn’s late-game heroics.

Statistically speaking, the game was just as close with the Hounds edging the Big Reds 274-217.

Donait led all rushers with 121 yards on 19 carries, while Josiah Bloise added 49 yards.

For West Middlesex, Patten tallied 67 yards rushing; Staunch completed 9-of-14 aerials for 77 yards; and Jeremy Jansco passed for 37 yards and hauled in 2 passes for another 30.

ä Lakeview 30, Union City 8 — At Lakeview, the Sailors waited over 2 quarters to score against their visitors from the north before erupting for 30 second half points in the blowout win.

Running back Blake Reddick exploded for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries, while running for a pair of two-point conversions. The Sailor standout scored on runs of 38, 17 and 12 yards, respectively.

Nate Kokoski, who finished with 38 yards rushing, scored the Sailors’ other touchdown on a 2-yard burst in the third quarter.

Josh Reinke scored Union City’s lone touchdown from 5 yards out in the second quarter and finished with 52 yards of total offense (34 yards receiving and 18 yards on the ground).

Lakeview outgained the Bears 418-145.

ä Reynolds 44, Maplewood 0 — No other information submitted to The Herald.———

MERCER    14    7    6    6    33

E-HOWER    0    7    0    0    7

Scoring plays

M — Leonard, 2 yard run (Hoffman kick)

M — Leonard, 26-yard run (Hoffman kick)

M — Clarke, 19-yard run (Hoffman kick)

E — Lundmark, 3-yard run (O’Brien kick)

M — O’Brien, 8-yard run (kick blocked)

M — O’Brien, 19-yard run (kick blocked)

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