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.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
Long gone basketball league leaves a costly legacy
If you want to mark yourself as a graying old-timer, bring up the American Basketball Association – the professional league that featured large Afros, slam dunk contests, three-point baskets and a red, white and blue basketball.
Oh, yes, it also had a great collection of players - perhaps the best on the globe - who brought athleticism, skill and excitement to a game that had become somewhat stodgy in the more established National Basketball Association.
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