District 10 region games highlighted Friday night’s Week 2 football schedule.
In Region 3-AA, Grove City edged Wilmington, 17-13; Sharon crushed Saegertown, 67-0, and Reynolds thumped the Rockets in Titusville, 35-14. In Region 1-A, Lakeview defeated Conneaut Area, 14-2.
In non-region action, West Middlesex picked up a road win at District 9 Moniteau, 48-28, and Brookfield rolled past the Tigers in Newton Falls, 46-6.
A pair of Region 1-A games are today: Kennedy Catholic hosts Farrell at Butala Stadium at noon while the Sharpsville Blue Devils head to Mercer to battle the Mustangs at 7 p.m.
Following are staff reports:
ä Grove City 17, Wilmington 13 — Jeff Bell has seen some doozies in 17 years as head football coach at Grove City High School.
Perhaps none more maddening than the Eagles’ thrilling 17-13 victory over Region 3AA rival Wilmington (0-1, 1-1) Friday night in New Wilmington.
Grove City (1-0, 2-0) was whistled for 10 penalties; were largely ineffective on offense; and struggled to get the right players on the field for the offensive play called — yet managed to trail by no more than 3 points for large portions of the game.
“Ugly is better than losing and you can quote me on that one,” a humbled Bell said after the game. “We were disorganized. (The Grove City coaches) cost our kids. A couple of times we were caught with the wrong kids in, but you know what, the kids hung in there and made the plays when they had to. The bottom line is we as coaches have to do better. I take full blame. It’s been years since we’ve coached a game like that. I’ll be the first to tell you I didn’t do a very good job tonight, but luckily the kids bailed me out.”
The Eagles didn’t secure the victory until junior quarterback Jared Graham found a wide open Foster Reznor streaking through the middle of the Wilmington defense for a 53-yard touchdown on a second-and-10 with just 61 seconds left in the game.
“Thank God we were able to make a big play,” Bell said. “At that point, I think (Wilmington) realized we were struggling throwing the ball and struggling in pass protection, so they probably figured we were going to try to run it down and kick a field goal to tie it.
“We were thinking about that, too. If we break one, great, but we faked the jet (sweep) and tried to get the ball to Foster. You know what? The safety bit on the fake, the line did a good job of protecting and Jared threw a nice ball. Foster caught it and did the rest. A lot can happen there ... overthrow, he could drop it. It’s not as easy as it looks. Thank goodness, it worked.”
Following the Reznor backbreaker, Wilmington managed to move the ball all the way to the GC 41, but a Donny Sevin sack of Cody Llewellyn and a subsequent incompletion ran out the clock.
“It was a tough loss,” veteran Wilmington coach Terry Verrelli said. “We played well enough to win it. I’m proud of the way they played.
Grove City dented the scoreboard first when junior Cole Latimer concluded the Eagles’ first drive with a 30-yard field goal, but the ‘Hounds took a 6-3 lead into the break on Josiah Bloise’s 1-yard burst with just over three minutes left in the half.
After Reznor made a nice diving interception along the Wilmington sideline, the Eagles — aided by a Wilmington defensive holding penalty on fourth down — scored six plays later on a Jared Graham 12-yard score, but the Greyhounds answered with a Dwight Scott 90-yard kickoff return for a 13-10 lead.
“It was a great football game .... we hung right with them,” Verrelli said. “We could have won the game very easily. I’m proud of how they played ... this is a very young team and I like how they’re starting to play together.
“That was a great kickoff return and we needed it at that time. It was just an exciting game from start to finish.”
Grove City managed just 217 yards of total offense with Graham leading the way with 72 yards rushing on 17 carries.
“All night, we were battling 9, 10 or 11 guys in the box,” Bell said. “We’ve got to come up with some kind of passing game. It’s just the bottom line, because it’s too hard to run the ball with that many people in the box.”
Meanwhile, the Hounds were actually worse, gaining a paltry 125 yards against a Grove City defense that was put in bad position after bad position by its offense.
“We learning and we’re getting there,” Verrelli said. “Grove City is a good football team. You can’t expect to run right over them. This is a very young team and I haven’t had a team this young in quite some time. You never know week to week what to expect from them. They’re young. Sometimes, you need to get in there and experience things to learn. You hope that can happen without losing a game. I’m happy with how they’re coming along and playing the game.”
Notes: Grove City’s Dylan Skibinski and Reznor had interceptions, while Ryan Palmer pounced on a loose ball. ... Casey Hilton recovered a fumble for the ‘Hounds. ... Grove City senior fullback Tanner Lucido left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury and was on crutches at the end of the game with the knee in a brace. ... Llewellyn and Mitchell Whiting each had sacks for Wilmington. ... Wilmington also had 6 penalties and managed just 6 first downs to GC’s 11. - By Corey J. Corbin, Herald sports correspondent.
ä Sharon 67, Saegertown 0 — At Sharon, coach Jim Wildman earned his 209th career victory, although it was 11 years since win No. 208.
How did it feel?
“A lot better than it did a week ago (a 12-0 loss to Farrell),” said Wildman. “Obviously Saegertown (0-2) is not Farrell, but the kids improved since last week. They worked hard and we eliminated some mistakes. To get better every week, that’s the key. We’ve got eight weekends left and it’s a tough league.”
Running back Carnell Hawkins had a huge game, scoring 5 touchdowns on runs of 61, 65 and 64, while catching scoring passes from Andrew Tomko of 16 and 39 yards. In all, he rushed for 200 yards on only 5 carries, while gaining 55 on the 2 pass completions.
“He had a great game, but if Carnell is going to run like that he needs those guys up front,” said Wildman. “Up front we moved some people around and correct some things. They realized their mistakes and worked hard to improve.”
Lauded for their blocking were Greg and Craig Osmon, Tucker Wilson, Evan Gill, Alan Porreca, J.J. Jackson, Dan Vanderslice and Anthony Johnson.
Other Sharon scores were made by: Cory Buchanan on a 43-yard interception return; Johnson on a 23-yard burst; Trenton Mosley on a 63-yard pass from Tomko; Tim Thompson on a 14-yard run; and freshman Jeremiah Norris on a 90-yard sprint.
Gill kicked 6 extra points in the Region 3-AA opener for the two clubs.
Defensively the Tigers (1-1) had 5 sacks, while Deandea Pinkins had an interception.
ä West Middlesex 48, Moniteau 28 — At Moniteau, the Big Reds rebounded from last week’s loss to Wilmington and rolled to their first win of the season in the non-league encounter.
Eric Lucich had a big game on both sides of the ball for the Big Reds of first-year head coach Ed Roberson. Lucich rushed for 256 yards on 17 carries and scored 4 touchdowns on totes of 68, 9, 39 and 10 yards. On defense, he recorded 8 1/2 tackles and 2 sacks.
Also scoring for West Middlesex were: Dillon Fair on passes of 6 and 41 yards from Trey Staunch, and Luke Hemminger on a 1-yard run.
For Moniteau (0-2), Josh McBride scored on a 72-yard run; Ray Hagg a 15-yard run; Dustin Geagan a 10-yard burst and Trevor Shaffer on a 49-yard pass from Cody Skiver.
ä Brookfield 46, Newton Falls 6 — At Newton Falls, the Warriors of coach Randy Clarke rolled to their second straight victory of the young season.
Brookfield built a 20-0 lead and coasted home. R.J. Leon had a pair of touchdowns on an 8-yard pass from Augustus Necastro and a 55-yard interception return. Joey Clark tallied a pair on runs of 21 and 5 yards. Also hitting paydirt for the Warriors were: Tyler Hailey, 35-yard Interception return; Marc Kraml, 5-yard pass from Necastro; and David Swope, 18-yard sprint.
Kasey Tingler nailed 4 extra-point kicks. On defense, Jamar Tarver had 9 tackles to lead the way while Bradley Bridge had 8 and Tom Wike 7.
For the Fallsmen (1-1), Deriek Backherms scored on an 11-yard run.
ä Lakeview 14, Conneaut Area 2 — At Lakeview, the Sailors had a tough battle, but came away with a victory in their Region 1-A opener.
The Sailors (2-0) of coach Dan York notched both touchdowns in the second half on Blake Reddick runs of 1 and 24 yards. The Sailors added a 2-point coversion after the first score on a pass from Zach Bigley to Zach VanDusen.
Reddick had 20 carries for 114 yards. Bigley was 2-for-11 passing for 78 yards with both of those passes to VanDusen.
Conneaut Area (1-1, 0-1), which is a Class AAA team playing in the Class A league, scored a safety for the lone points.
ä Reynolds 35, Titusville 14 — At Carter Field, Titusville, the visiting Raiders rolled to their 2nd straight win in the Region 3-AA opener.
Mike Millero mustered a trio of touchdowns on 21-, 59- and 38-yard scoring sprints for Reynolds (1-0, 2-0), while Adam Ballish burst 13 yards for another score, and Jack Mahlon and Kegan Miller collaborated on a 30-yard TD toss.
Brown threw 13-yard touchdowns to Ackerman and Carter for the host Rockets (0-1, 0-2).
No individual or team statistics were reported to The Herald.
SAEGERTWN 0 0 0 0 0
SHARON 34 20 0 13 67
SH — Hawkins, 61 run (kick failed)
SH — Buchanan, 43 int. ret. (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 65 run (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 16 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
SH — Johnson, 23 run (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 64 run (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 39 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
SH — Mosley, 63 pass from Tomko (kick failed)
SH — Thompson, 14 run (Gill kick)
SH — Jeremiah Norris, 90 run (no pat)
N/A First downs 6
N/A Rushing yards 370
N/A Passing yards 165
N/A Att-comp-int 12-7-0
N/A Total yards 545
N/A Fumbles-lost 2-1
N/A Penalties-yards lost 5-45
Rushing: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; SHARON — Hawkins 5-200, Johnson 1-23, Tomko 2-(-17), Meszaros 4-36, Norris 3-94, Rudolph 1-1, Thompson 1-12, Jones 3-23, Pinkins 2-10..
Passing: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; SHARON — Tomko 12-7-0-165.
Receiving: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; SHARON — Vanderslice 1-7, Hawkins 2-55, Williams 1-15, Mosley 3-88.
GROVE CITY 3 0 7 7 17
WILMINGTON 0 6 7 0 13
GC — Latimer, 30 field goal
W — Bloise, 1 run (kick failed)
GC — Graham, 12 run (Latimer kick)
W — Scott, 90 kickoff return (Lum kick)
GC — Reznor, 53 pass from Graham (Latimer kick)
GROVE CITY WILMINGTON
11 First downs 6
164 Rushing yards 40
53 Passing yards 85
2-1-0 Att-comp-int 13-4-2
217 Total yards 125
2-1 Fumbles-lost 1-1
10-45 Penalties-yards lost 6-35
Rushing: GROVE CITY — Graham 17-72, Reznor 18-42, Lucido 7-35, Hodge 3-15, Sample 2-(-1); WILMINGTON — Bloise 7-22, Sotter 3-22, Bender 3-8, Llewellyn 4-(-12).
Passing: GROVE CITY — Graham 2-1-0 53; WILMINGTON — Llewellyn 13-1-2 85.
Receiving: GROVE CITY — Reznor 1-53; WILMINGTON — DeMedal 2-51, Bender 1-23, Bloise 1-11.
BROOKFIELD 7 13 14 12 46
NEWT.FALLS 0 0 0 6 6
B — Leon, 55 int. ret. (Tingler kick)
B — Clark, 21 run (Tingler kick)
B — Leon, 8 pass from Necastro (run failed)
B — Hailey, 35 Int. ret. (Tingler kick)
B — Kraml, 5 pass from Necastro (Tingler kick)
B — Clark, 5 run (kick failed)
B — Swope, 18 run (kick failed)
NF — Backherms, 11 run (kick blocked)
BROOKFIELD NEWTON FALLS
14 First downs 7
162 Rushing yards 91
172 Passing yards 38
15-9-0 Att-comp-int 16-7-3
334 Total yards 129
1-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
9-105 Penalties-yards lost 9-70
Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Morrison 7-66, Clark 12-57, Necastro 7-(-10), Leon 1-2, Bailey 4-24, Swope 1-18, Zickefoose 1-5; NEWTON FALLS — Fuller 3-5, Zriengo 13-23, Walton 4-2, Marsh 3-8, Walters 7-(-2), Backherms 4-37, Whisonant 1-18..
Passing: BROOKFIELD — Necastro 15-9-0-172; NEWTON FALLS — Fuller 13-5-2-25, Walters 3-2-1-13.
Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Clark 3-59, Leon 3-29, Tingler 1-32, Kraml 1-5, Morriosn 1-47; NEWTON FALLS — Walton 3-24, Zarlengo 1-8, Mitchell 2-10, Marsh 1-(-4).
MIDDLESEX 20 8 14 6 48
MONITEAU 6 8 6 8 28
WM — Fair, 6 pass from Staunch (kick failed)
M — McBride, 72 run (kick failed)
WM — Lucich, 68 run (kick failed)
WM — Hemminger, 1 run (run failed)
M — Hagg, 15 run (catch good)
WM — Fair, 41 pass from Staunch (Fair catch)
WM — Lucich, 9 run (Tyillian kick)
M — Geagan, 10 run (kick failed)
WM — Lucich, 39 run (Thompson kick)
M — Shaffer, 49 pass from Skiver (catch good)
WM — Lucich, 10 run (kick failed)
16 First downs 14
382 Rushing yards 181
47 Passing yards 101
7-2-1 Att-comp-int 11-6-0
429 Total yards 282
2-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
8-55 Penalties-yards lost 3-25
Rushing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Lucich 17-256, Staunch 7-12, Tyillian 4-8, Hemminger 7-86, Trippy 4-20; MONITEAU — Hagg 11-28, Skiver 18-51, McBride 3-74, Geagan 6-28.
Passing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Staunch 7-2-1-47; MONITEAU — Skiver 10-6-0-101, Geagan 1-0-0-0.
Receiving: WEST MIDDLESEX — Fair 2-47; MONITEAU — Pflugh 1-3, Keene 1-10, Geagan 3-39, Shaffer 1-49.
CONNEAUT 0 2 0 0 2
LAKEVIEW 0 0 8 6 14
C — team safety
L — B. Reddick, 1 run (VanDusen catch from Bigley)
L — Reddick, 24 run (run failed)
CONNEAUT AREA LAKEVIEW
7 First downs 6
119 Rushing yards 123
22 Passing yards 78
13-3-1 Att-comp-int 11-2-2
141 Total yards 201
0-0 Fumbles-lost 2-2
9-51 Penalties-yards lost 10-75
Rushing: CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 28-83, Anderton 15-36; LAKEVIEW — B. Reddick 20-114, Spence 3-14, VanDusen 4-(-5), Bigley 1-0.
Passing: CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 13-3-1-22; LAKEVIEW — Bigley 11-2-2-78.
Receiving: CONNEAUT AREA — Miller 2-18, Anderon 1-4; LAKEVIEW — VanDusen 2-78.
REYNOLDS 14 21 0 0 35
TITUSVILLE 7 7 0 0 14
R — Millero, 21 run (kick failed)
R — Ballish, 13 run (2-point good)
T — Ackerman, 13 pass from Brown (kick good)
T — Carter, 13 pass from Brown (kick good)
R — Millero 59 run. (kick made)
R — Millero 38 run. (kick failed)
R — Mahlon, 30 pass from Miller. (run made)
District 10 region games highlighted Friday night’s Week 2 football schedule.
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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