Local football teams took a break from the usual pressure of league contests to face other clubs in inter-region action on Friday, including several pairings of Mercer County squads.
Three of the local clashes featured Class AA teams against A squads and in all three the bigger schools prevailed. While Hickory was topping Farrell, Sharon defeated West Middlesex, 20-6, and Wilmington blanked Sharpsville, 20-0.
In other games involving Mercer County area clubs it was: Slippery Rock remaining unbeaten with a 49-21 win over Grove City; Greenville edging Northwestern, 14-13; Mercer whipping Mercyhurst Prep, 46-21; Lakeview pounding Cochranton, 62-8. Over in Ohio, Brookfield beat Ashtabula-Edgewood 20-6.
In an individual highlight, Lakeview senior running back Blake Reddick broke a long-standing Mercer County individual-game rushing record when he rambled for 391 yards on 12 carries against Cochranton. The former record was a 377-yard performance by Kennedy Catholic’s Joel Giroski in a District 10 playoff victory over Maplewood in 1994.
Reynolds (3-3) takes on Kennedy Catholic (0-6) at noon today in a non-region encounter at Butala Stadium in Hermitage.
Following are results submitted to The Herald:
ä Sharon 20, West Middlesex 6 — At Sharon on Homecoming night, the Tigers of coach Jim Wildman forced five turnovers and stymied the visiting Big Reds in a rare meeting of the two clubs.
The Tigers (4-3) got on the board in the opening quarter when speedy Carnell Hawkins broke loose on an 80-yard TD sprint. Evan Gill booted the PAT.
In the second quarter, West Middlesex (4-3) took advantage of a Sharon miscue on a snap over the punter’s head which gave the Big Reds possession at the Sharon 2-yard line. On the next play, Eric Lucich carried into the end zone. However, the extra point kick failed and the Tigers were still on top, 7-6, a score that held up ’til halftime.
After intermission, the second half pretty much belonged to Sharon. Anthony Johnson scored a pair of TDs on runs of 10 and 35 yards. Gill converted on 1 of the 2 extra-point kicks.
Sharon’s defense put heavy pressure on WM quarterback Trey Staunch throughout the entire contest. Big Reds running back Lucich was injured and missed most of the second half.
Trenton Mosley and Curtis Seay had interceptions for Sharon, while Chase Tyillian picked off a pass for West Middlesex. — Stats and details by Ryan Briggs, Herald sports correspondent.
ä Greenville 14, Northwestern 13 — At Stewart Field, the host Trojans triumphed in a regular-season battle of unbeaten Class AA region leaders.
Greenville (7-0) has gotten off to the program’s best start since 2000, when that squad won its first 9 games before bowing to Wilmington (16-7) in the District 10 Class AAA title tilt.
Friday night, Northwestern’s potential game-tying, 3rd-quarter PAT attempt was blocked. Reportedly, it was Zack Miller who KO’d the kick, but that could not be confirmed as of press time.
“I’m very proud of our defense,” Trojans’ taskmaster Brian Herrick praised. “We gave up, basically, two big plays. We were in position, but just didn’t make the tackle. But even on the (the Wildcats’) first touchdown, they ‘stripped’ one (a kickoff) and it still took them four downs (from goal-to-go) to score. So I was very pleased with our defense all night.”
The visiting Wildcats (6-1) went out to a 7-0 edge on Brandon Reiser’s run of 2 yards in the 1st frame and Nate Tewell’s conversion kick.
However during the 2nd and 3rd periods Matt Jones hit Luke Houpt for 12- and 45-yard TD tosses. Regular Greenville placekicker Casey Eells sustained an ACL tear earlier this week, so the Trojans’ 1st PAT attempt was blocked.
But following Houpt’s second score Trey VanAken hauled in Jones’ swing pass and dove into the end zone for the eventual game-deciding 2-point score.
“(VanAken) made a heck of an effort to get into the end zone,” Herrick praised.
Greenville did not commit a miscue, whereas the Wildcats were guilty of 4 fumbles (1 lost) and 2 interceptions.
Regarding Northwestern, Herrick praised, “I was very impressed. They’re a lot bigger up front that I thought, and they have a couple backs who run very well (Reiser recorded a game-high 157 yards rushing).
“They’re a very good football team. They could be very competitive down here in our (region),” Herrick continued. “Whomever draws them (in the District 10 Class AA playoffs), is gonna have their hands full.”
Regarding Greenville (7-0), Herrick said, “It feels great. We talked to the kids all week about the importance of our non-conference schedule playing quality teams like North East and Northwestern, because it’s gonna get you ready for down the road.
“But I’m proud of our kids,” Herrick admitted. “They have worked very hard to get to this point. We just have to keep improving.
“Defensively, I’m very pleased with the way we’re playing,” Herrick concluded, admitting, “Offensively, we’re still a work in progress. We’ve just gotta keep working hard and keep improving.”
ä Wilmington 20, Sharpsville 0 — At Greyhounds Stadium in New Wilmington, coach Terry Verrelli’s Hounds (5-2) stunned the Blue Devils (4-3) in a non-region affair.
Wilmington took a 7-0 lead in the 2nd quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Jake Sotter. Kyler Lum added the PAT.
The game remained 7-0 until the 4th when the Hounds tacked on 2 more scores — Josiah Bloise scored on a 1-yard run and Sotter hauled in an 8-yard TD pass from Cody Llewellyn. James Gardner booted the extra-point after Bloise’s score. The other PAT failed.
Bloise rushed for 55 yards on 17 carries to lead the Hounds ground game. Llewellyn went 5-of-12 for 45 yards. Marc Peoples had 2 catches for 25 yards.
Wilmington compiled 200 total yards and held the Blue Devils to 86 yards. Sharpsville also turned the ball over twice.
No individual stats were reported for Sharpsville.
Note: Wilmington assistant coach Brandon Phillian in the son-in-law of Sharpsville head coach Paul Piccirilli.
ä Slippery Rock 49, Grove City 21 — At Slippery Rock, the undefeated Rockets of coach Brendan Hathaway rolled past their long time rival which had held an edge over the Rockets in recent times.
Class AAA Slippery Rock jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back as the team moved to 7-0 on the season. Class AA Grove City fell to 4-3.
Frank Conlon scored a pair of touchdowns for the Rockets on runs of 15 and 14 yards. He gained 170 yards on 14 carries.
Other scores for SR were: Chris Reeseman on a 42-yard pass from Jake Whitmer; Brady Kadlubeck a 77-yard aerial from Whitmer; Travis Lauster a 56-yard sprint; Jared McDowell a 3-yard run; and Ryan Lauster a 37-yard burst. Mark Cessar kicked 7 PATs.
For Grove City, Foster Reznor hit paydirt on a 3-yard run, Jared Graham a 5-yard run and D’Andre Byers a 35-yard run. Dylan Nelson booted 3 extra points. — Stats submitted by Madeline Williams, Herald sports correspondent.
ä Mercer 46, Mercyhurst Prep 21 — At Mercyhurst University’s Tullio Field in Erie, Mustangs’ quarterback Logan Clarke was 14-of-17 for 223 yards and 6 touchdowns as the Mustangs (5-2) beat the Lakers (2-5) in a non-region affair.
Mercer held a slim 12-7 lead after the 1st quarter, but outscored MP 20-7 in the 2nd frame to lead 32-14 at halftime.
Clarke, who is a junior, fired TD passes of 5, 18 and 32 yards to Brayton Edwards, 1- and 5-yard scoring strikes to T.J. Peters and a 22-yarder to Zane O’Brien.
Mercer’s other score was a 27-yard interception return by Jarred Davis in the 4th quarter.
For Mercyhurst Prep, Daavon Davis caught a 54-yard TD pass from Nick Evanoff, Joe Swanson scored on a 2-yard run and Eric Baer had an 11-yard touchdown run.
Edwards pulled in 5 passes for 106 yards for Mercer and Luke Leonard led the locals in rushing with 84 yards on 10 carries.
Evanoff finished 7-of-15 for 150 yards for the Lakers. Swanson had 76 rushing yards on 18 totes. Davis led his team in receiving with 2 catches for 65 yards.
ä Lakeview 62, Cochranton 8 — At Lakeview on Homecoming night, Blake Reddick made it a night to remember for the Sailors fans.
Reddick broke the Mercer County invidiual game rushing record as he rambled for 391 yards on only 12 carries. He scored 5 touchdowns on long runs of 73, 57, 76, 53 and 94 yards.
Also scoring for the Sailors were Zach Bigley on runs of 18 and 2 yards; Marquis Spence a 20-yard sprint; and Zach VanDusen a 30-yard burst. VanDusen also kicked 6 extra points, while Reddick carried on a two-point run.
The victory lifted Lakeview to 6-1 on the season, while Cochranton fell to 4-3 in the meeting of former French Creek Valley Conference opponents.
ä Brookfield 20, Edgewood 6 — At Ashtabula, the visiting Warriors moved to 5-2 while Edgewood dropped to 3-4.
Joe Clark scored all three touchdowns for the Warriors of coach Randy Clark on runs of 23, 4 and 14 yards. He picked up 189 yards on 23 carries. Kasey Tingler booted two of three points after.
The lone Edgewood score was by Sturgill on a 14-yard pass.
MIDDLESEX 0 6 0 0 6
SHARON 7 0 6 7 20
S — Hawkins, 80 run (Gill kick)
WM — Lucich, 2 run (kick failed)
S — A. Johnson, 10 run (kick blocked)
S — A. Johnson, 35 run (Gill kick)
17 First downs 12
129 Rushing yards 246
153 Passing yards 99
23-12-2 Att-comp-int 15-7-1
282 Total yards 345
4-3 Fumbles-lost 3-0
5-50 Penalties-yards lost 9-90
Rushing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Lucich 9-106, Tyillian 10-34, Trippy 6-15, Murray 1-4, Staunch 14-(-1); SHARON — A. Johnson 11-135, Hawkins 15-102, Tomko 4-30, Austin 1-7.
Passing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Staunch 23-12-2-153; SHARON — Tomko 13-7-0-99, Mosley 1-0-1-0.
Receiving: WEST MIDDLESEX — Fair 5-51, Tyillian 4-60, Patten 1-16, Lucich 1-13, Murray 1-13; SHARON — Austin 3-73, Vanderslice 2-7, Hawkins 1-11, Mosley 108.
MERCER 12 20 7 7 46
MERCY.PREP 7 7 0 7 21
M — Peters, 1 pass from Clarke (kick failed)
M — Edwards, 5 pass from Clarke (pass failed)
MP — Davis, 54 pass from Evanoff (Schroeck kick)
M — Edwards, 32 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
MP — Swanson, 2 run (Schroeck kick)
M — O’Brien, 22 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
M — Edwards, 18 pass from Clarke (kick failed)
M — Peters, 5 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
M — Davis, 27 interception return (Hoffman kick)
MP — Baer, 11 run (Schroeck kick)
17 First downs 13
135 Rushing yards 144
223 Passing yards 150
17-14-0 Att-comp-int 15-7-1
358 Total yards 294
1-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
2-20 Penalties-yards lost 5-50
Rushing: MERCER — L. Leonard 10-84, O’Brien 4-29, Clarke 4-28, Gawne 1-1, T. Leonard 1-(-7); MERCYHURST PREP — Swanson 18-76, Baer 11-43, Goring 5-22, Davis 4-2, Evanoff 3-1.
Passing: MERCER — Clarke 17-14-0-223; MERCYHURST PREP — Evanoff 15-7-1-150.
Receiving: MERCER — Edwards 5-106, Haines 2-48, O’Brien 2-29, Peters 3-12, Davis 1-13, L. Leonard 1-15; MERCYHURST PREP — Davis 2-65, Eliaf 3-65, Baer 2-20.
SHARPSVILLE 0 0 0 0 0
WILMINGTON 0 7 0 13 20
W — Sotter, 7 run (Lum kick)
W — Bloise, 1 run (Gardner kick)
W — Sotter, 8 pass from Llewellyn (kick failed)
4 First downs 11
45 Rushing yards 155
41 Passing yards 45
10-3-1 Att-comp-int 12-5-1
86 Total yards 200
4-2 Fumbles-lost 0-0
3-25 Penalties-yards lost 2-14
Rushing: SHARPSVILLE — N/A; WILMINGTON — Bloise 17-55, Sotter 14-44, DeMedal 6-33, Scott 1-26, Llewellyn 7-(-3).
Passing: SHARPSVILLE — N/A; WILMINGTON — Llewellyn 12-5-1-45.
Receiving: SHARPSVILLE — N/A; WILMINGTON — Peoples 2-25, Sotter 2-16, Kollar 1-4.
COCHRANTON 0 0 8 0 8
LAKEVIEW 35 13 14 0 62
L — B. Reddick, 73 run (VanDusen kick)
L — B. Reddick, 57 run (PAT failed)
L — B. Reddick, 76 run (Reddick run)
L — B. Reddick, 53 run (VanDusen kick)
L — Bigley, 18 run (VanDusen kick)
L — Spence, 20 run (VanDusen kick)
L — Bigley, 2 run (PAT failed)
L — B. Reddick, 94 run (VanDusen kick)
L — VanDusen, 30 run (VanDusen kick)
NOTE: No score reported for Cochranton
N/A First downs N/A
N/A Rushing yards 545
N/A Passing yards 57
N/A Att-comp-int 2-2-0
N/A Total yards 602
N/A Fumbles-lost N/A
N/A Penalties-yards lost N/A
Rushing: COCHRANTON — N/A; LAKEVIEW — B. Reddick 12-391, T. Reddick 5-11, Spenc 7-55, Bigley 4-24, VanDusen 2-33, A. Rice 6-31.
Passing: COCHRANTON — N/A; LAKEVIEW — Bigley, 2-2-0-57.
Receiving: COCHRANTON — N/A; LAKEVIEW — Stankovich 1-16, VanDusen 1-41.
GROVE CITY 0 7 7 7 21
SLIPP.ROCK 14 7 14 14 49
SR — Reeseman, 42 pass from Whitmer (Cessar kick)
SR — Kadlubek, 77 pass from Whitmer (Cessar kick)
SR — Conlon, 15 run (Cessar kick)
GC — Reznor, 3 run (Nelson kick)
SR — Conlon, 14 run (Cessar kick)
GC — Graham, 5 run (Nelson kick)
SR — T. Lauster, 56 run (Cessar kick)
SR — McDowell, 3 run (Cessar kick)
SR — R. Lauster, 37 run (Cessar kick)
GC — Byers, 35 run (Nelson kick)
GROVE CITY SLIPP.ROCK
11 First downs 12
138 Rushing yards 385
89 Passing yards 169
8-5-1 Att-comp-int 7-4-1
227 Total yards 554
3-2 Fumbles-lost 1-0
2-30 Penalties-yards lost 8-85
Rushing: GROVE CITY — Reznor 17-92, Lucido 8-16, Sample 2-12, Graham 9-6, Sevin 1-7, Skibinski 2-5, Byers 1-35; SLIPPERY ROCK — Conlon 14-170, Whitmer 5-2, T. Lauster 20-100, R. Lauster 6-92, McDowell 4-21.
Passing: GROVE CITY — Graham 8-5-1-89; SLIPPERY ROCK — Whitmer 7-4-1-169.
Receiving: GROVE CITY — Resnor 2-23, Maine 2-21, Hodge 1-45; SLIPPERY ROCK — Reesman 2-58, Kadlubeck 2-111.
N’WESTERN 7 0 6 0 13
GREENVILLE 0 6 8 0 14
N — Reiser, 2 run (Tewell kick)
G — Houpt, 12 pass from Jones (kick blocked)
G — Houpt, 45 pass from Fattman (VanAken pass from Jones)
N — Reiser, 56 run (kick blocked)
9 First downs 12
171 Rushing yards 107
95 Passing yards 143
13-6-2 Att-comp-int 19-10-0
266 Total yards 250
4-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
5-50 Penalties-yards lost 6-49
Rushing: NORTHWESTERN — Reiser 18-157, Clinger 5-9 Noe 5-7, Miczo 10-(-2); GREENVILLE — VanAken 14-49, Black 9-30, Fattman 7-19, Nellis 3-9, M.Jones 6-0.
Passing: NORTHWESTERN — Clinger 12-6-1, 95; Wootecki 1-0-1; GREENVILLE — M.Jones 18-9-0, 97; Fattman 1-1-0, 45.
Receiving: NORTHWESTERN — Panko 2-33, Miczo 2-24, Reiser 1-30, Noe 1-8; GREENVILLE — Houpt 5-83, Fattman 3-39, A.Jones 1-2, Ingersheim 1-9..
BROOKFIELD 0 7 13 0 20
EDGEWOOD 0 0 6 0 6
B — Clark, 23 run (Tingler kick)
B — Clark, 4 run (Tingler kick)
B — Clark, 14 run (kick failed)
E — Sturgill, 14 pass (kick blocked)
18 First downs 9
277 Rushing yards 82
93 Passing yards 103
14-8-2 Att-comp-int 26-11-1
370 Total yards 185
2-2 Fumbles-lost 0-0
11-123 Penalties-yards lost 6-56
Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Clark 23-189, Necastro 6-(-7), Hiner 10-44, Morrison 8-70, Hailey 1-1; ASHTABULA-EDGEWOOD — Smith 11-27, Jones 1-(-2), Wisnyai 7-12, Magda 8-41, Sturgill 2-4.
Passing: BROOKFIELD — Necastro 14-8-2-93; ASHTABULA-EDGEWOOD — Wisnyai 26-11-1-103.
Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Leon 5-78, Morriosn 1-(-2), Krami 2-17; ASHTABULA-EDGEWOOD — McLaughlin 4-69, Sturgill 2-14, Smith 5-20.
Local football teams took a break from the usual pressure of league contests to face other clubs in inter-region action on Friday, including several pairings of Mercer County squads.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
WM captures 3rd straight D-10 crown
EDINBORO — The West Middlesex Big Reds did it again! For the third straight year, the Big Reds, under the leadership of head coach Chad Mild, the winningest coach in West Middlesex school history, won the District 10 title with a thrilling 55-54 victory over the Fairview Tigers on Friday night at McComb Field House.
Farrell beats East for D-10 Class AAA title
MEADVILLE — Malik Miller was playing with a broken hand, but broke the hearts of East High’s basketball team.
Sophomore sharpshooter Miller mustered 19 markers — tossing in 4 from beyond the arc — helping forge Farrell to the District 10 Class AAA championship, 83-78.
Raiders hold lead at Northwest AA Region Tourney
Reynolds coach Casey Taylor had a simple, but fitting comment after the opening night of the Northwest AA Region Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School Friday:
“So far; so good!”
The defending champion Raiders, who are seeking a 17th region crown in school history, jumped into the team lead with 45 points Friday, heading second place Brookville with 35.
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