The midway point of the regular season shows where much of the power lies and the local teams with the best shots at reaching the District 10 playoffs.
In Region 3-AA action, Greenville is the only unbeaten club after a 34-13 win over Grove City Friday. In other 3-AA play, Sharon rocked Reynolds, 32-7; Hickory mauled Titusville, 70-13; and Wilmington beat Saegertown, 49-0.
In Region 1-A, while West Middlesex was edging Mercer for the lead in the division, Farrell pulled out a tough 7-6 win over Sharpsville.
In play today, Lakeview is at Kennedy Catholic at noon, while Brookfield is on the road to Warren JFK tonight.
ä Greenville 34, Grove City 13 — At Grove City, the Trojans of coach Brian Herrick continued to roll against Region 3-AA competition and remained unbeaten on the season.
Greenville (4-0 Region 3-AA, 5-0 overall) has its sights locked on the region crown and the top seed in the District 10 playoffs. Meanwhile, Grove City has its back against the wall with a 2-2 league mark (3-2 overall).
For a second straight year, Greenville’s talented Tyler Fattman opened the game against Grove City by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. This time he went 92 yards to open the contest on a positive note for the Trojans. The point after failed, but Greenville had a lead it would never reliquish.
Later in the period, Nick Black hit paydirt on a 21-yard sprint and Casey Eells connected on the point after. Grove City cut the lead to 13-6 when Foster Reznor scored on a 17-yard run, a score that held until the intermission.
In the third period, the Trojans used some trickery. Fattman carried the ball on a fake punt and went 43 yards for a score. Greenville widened the margin when Trey VanAken ripped off a 58-yard scoring run. Eells converted after both scores.
Reznor scored again for GC on a 1-yard run and Dylan Nelson’s point-after kick cut the lead to 27-13. However that was the end of the scoring for the home team, while Greenville tacked on another tally on a 3-yard run by Black.
Fattman finished with 12 carries for 139 yards, while VanAken gained 115 yards on 13 totes. For Grove City, Reznor led the ground attack with 103 yards on 20 carries.
The Trojans — who have already knocked off other top region contenders Hickory, Sharon and Grove City — will get a little breather as they host league foe Titusville, which has been rolled over by most other clubs this campaign. Grove City will try to bounce back at home to Saegertown, another lower level region club.
ä Sharon 32, Reynolds 7 — At Transfer, Carnell Hawkins rushed for 157 yards and scored all 5 touchdowns for the Tigers (3-1, 3-2) as Sharon beat the Raiders (2-2, 3-2) in a key Region 3-AA clash and Jim Wildman got win No. 211 to surpass longtime former Farrell coach Lou Falconi (210).
Sharon went up 7-0 in the 1st quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Hawkins and Evan Gill’s extra-point kick.
The Tigers extended their lead to 14-0 in the 2nd quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Tomko to Hawkins and Gill’s PAT.
Sharon took a 20-0 lead into halftime following a 45-yard run by Hawkins. The extra-point attempt failed.
The Tigers extended their lead to 26-0 early in the 3rd quarter on an 85-yard kickoff return by Hawkins. The 2-point conversion pass failed.
Reynolds made it 26-7 in the 3rd on a 57-yard run by Mike Millero and Michael Ryhal’s PAT.
Sharon closed out the scoring late in the 3rd quarter on a 27-yard run by Hawkins. The extra-point attempt was blocked.
Hawkins rushed for 157 on 17 carries and Tomko was 5-of-8 for 85 yards.
Miller led Reynolds with 136 yards on 21 carries.
ä Farrell 7, Sharpsville 6 — At Sharpsville, it was a battle of two of the top District 10 A teams over the past several years. But while the two clubs have won the last 5 D-10 titles between them (Farrell in 2008-09-10 and Sharpsville 2011-12) the two local teams right now are just concerned with getting back to the playoffs.
It was a defensive struggle Friday at The Pines, and it was fitting that it was a big defensive effort by Farrell that saved the game.
Farrell carried a 7-0 lead into the fourth period. But Sharpsville scored on a 2-yard run by Ben BuCher on the first play of the fourth quarter and went for a 2-point conversion. But the Steelers defense stiffened and kept the Blue Devils out of the end zone.
Late in the game Sharpsville threatened, but Steeler Malik Graham came up with an interception at the 10-yard line.
Farrell (2-1 in Region 1-A, 4-1 overall) built a 7-0 lead in the second period on a 30-yard pass from Rob Guelledge to Austin Pickens. Pickens kicked the point after.
For Sharpsville (2-2, 3-2), Tyler Wansack picked up 101 yards on 19 carries to lead all rushers.
“We gutted it out,” said Farrell coach Jarrett Samuels. “It was a huge win for us against a very tough Sharpsville team. We knew they were going to be tough and haven’t lost a home game in a long time, so to go over there and win was huge. What a battle it was.
“Our offense struggled, but we’ve got to clean that up as coaches. Our defense carried us. They bent but didn’t break. I’ve never been more proud of our kids as I was tonight. My hats off to Sharpsville, but we were able to gut it out and withstand all their rallies.”
ä Wilmington 49, Saegertown 0 — At Saegertown, it was no contest as the Hounds of coach Terry Verrelli dominated on both sides of the ball. While rolling up a total of 496 yards on offense, the Hounds Hammer defense yielded only 48 to the lowly Panthers.
Wilmington kept alive it’s playoff hopes by evening its Region 3-AA record to 2-2 (3-2 overall). Saegertown fell to 0-4, 0-5.
Spencer DeMedal scored a pair of TDs for the winners on runs of 4 and 7 yards, while Marc Peoples also hit paydirt twice on a pair of passes from Cody Llewellyn good for 63 and 13 yards. Dwight Scott scored on a 4-yard burst, while Josiah Bloise scored on a 63-yard punt return and Dom Gargiulo on a fumble recovery in the end zone. The Hounds picked up a safety in the final frame when Cole Cameron notched a sack in the end zone. Kyler Lum nailed 4 PAT kicks and James Gardner one.
Scott led the ground attack with 107 yards on only 4 carries.
ä Hickory 70, Titusville 13 — At Hornet Stadium coach Bill Brest’s Hickory High Hornets (3-1, 4-1) rumbled for 623 yards in total offense as they routed the winless Rockets (0-4, 0-5) in Region 3-AA play.
Hickory led 28-0 after the opening quarter, 57-0 at halftime and cruised to the easy win.
Hickory starting quarterback Matt Voytik was 8-of-9 for 247 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 pick and Nick Cannone was 4-of-5 for 56 yards and 1 TD.
Voytik fired TD passes to Andrew Pryts (10 yards), DeQuan Lewis (80 yards), Anthony Cannone (66) and Davon Tindall (10). Nick Cannone’s scoring strike was to Joey DeJulia (54 yards).
Lewis also scored on a 63-yard run, Tindall had a 5-yard TD run, Kenny Ezi-Ashi returned a punt 57 yards for a score, Charles Carr broke loose for an 88-yard TD run and Nick Cannone notched a 9-yard scoring run.
Tyler Sellers rushed for 123 yards on only 7 carries for the Hornets and Anthony Cannone hauled in 4 catches for 103 yards.
Titusville was led by quarterback Todd Brown, who fired an 89-yard touchdown pass to Brady Corklin and scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper.
GREENVILLE 13 0 14 7 34
GROVE CITY 6 0 0 7 13
G — Fattman, 92 kickoff return (kick blocked)
G — Black, 21 run (Eells kick)
GC — Reznor, 17 run (kick failed)
G — Fattman, 43 run (Eells kick)
G — VanAken, 58 run (Eells kick)
GC — Reznor, 1 run (Nelson kick)
G — Black, 3 run (Eells kick)
GREENVILLE GROVE CITY
15 First downs 13
316 Rushing yards 208
17 Passing yards 63
10-3-2 Att-comp-int 9-4-2
333 Total yards 271
1-0 Fumbles-lost 2-1
6-45 Penalties-yards lost 10-95
Rushing: GREENVILLE — Fattman 12-139, VanAken 13-115, Black 11-65, Nellis 3-6, Jones 2-5; GROVE CITY — Reznor 20-103, Sample 8-62, Graham 11-53, Lucido 3-12.
Passing: GREENVILLE — Jones 10-3-2-17; GROVE CITY — Graham 9-4-2-63.
Receiving: GREENVILLE — Houpt 1-8, Fattman 1-7, VanAken 1-2; GROVE CITY — Maine 4-63.
SHARON 7 13 12 0 32
REYNOLDS 0 0 7 0 7
S — Hawkins, 1 run (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 19 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 45 run (kick failed)
S — Hawkins, 85 kickoff return (pass failed)
R — Millero, 57 run (Ryhal kick)
S — Hawkins, 27 run (kick blocked)
6 First downs 13
167 Rushing yards 222
85 Passing yards 24
8-5-0 Att-comp-int 13-6-1
252 Total yards 246
1-1 Fumbles-lost 1-0
8-95 Penalties-yards lost 9-60
Rushing: SHARON — Hawkins 17-157, A. Johnson 2-9, Rudolph 2-3, Norris 1-1, Tomko 3-(-3); REYNOLDS — Millero 21-136, Leipheimer 12-53, Sapot 7-40, Miller 4-2.
Passing: SHARON — Tomko 8-5-0-85; REYNOLDS — Miller 13-6-1-24.
Receiving: SHARON — Hawkins 1-19, Mosley 3-30; REYNOLDS — Leipheimer 2-13, Millero 2-13, McConnell 1-12, Mahlon 1-(-14).
FARRELL 0 7 0 0 7
SHARPSVILLE 0 0 0 6 6
F — Pickens, 30 pass from Guelledge (Pickens kick)
S — BuCher, 2 run (run failed)
9 First downs 14
130 Rushing yards 177
74 Passing yards 41
7-4-1 Att-comp-int 16-3-3
204 Total yards 218
1-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
8-62 Penalties-yards lost 4-30
Rushing: FARRELL — Burns 18-65, Gavins 9-59, Guelledge 6-6; SHARPSVILLE — Wansack 19-101, BuCher 10-33, Peavy 8-41, N. Henwood 4-0, Keck 1-2.
Passing: FARRELL — Guelledge 7-4-1-74; SHARPSVILLE — N. Henwood 16-3-3-41.
Receiving: FARRELL — Archie 1-17, Pickens 1-30, Burns 1-15, M. Newell 1-12; SHARPSVILLE — Popatak 2-21, BuCher 1-20.
WILMINGTON 26 14 7 2 49
SAEGERTWN 0 0 0 0 0
W — DeMedal, 4 run (Lum kick)
W — Scott, 54 run (kick failed)
W — Peoples, 63 pass from Llewellyn (Lum kick)
W — Bloise, 63 punt ret. (kick blocked)
W — DeMedal, 7 run (Gardner kick)
W — Peoples, 13 pass from Llewellyn
W — Gargiulo fum. rec. in end zone (Lum kick)
W — safety, Cameron sack QB
17 First downs 5
417 Rushing yards 12
79 Passing yards 36
6-3-1 Att-comp-int 16-4-2
496 Total yards 48
2-1 Fumbles-lost 2-1
6-82 Penalties-yards lost 3-34
Rushing: WILMINGTON — Scott 4-107, Bloise 5-91, Phillips 3-68, Gargiulo 9-53, Sotter 4-41, Shenker 6-28, DeMedal 5-25, Slicker 4-10; SAEGERTOWN — N/A.
Passing: WILMINGTON — Flannery 3-0-1-0, Llewellyn 2-2-0-76, DeMedal 1-1-0-3; SAEGERTOWN — N/A.
Receiving: WILMINGTON — Peoples 2-76, Gargiulo 1-3; SAEGERTOWN — N/A.
TITUSVILLE 0 7 0 6 13
HICKORY 28 29 6 7 70
H — Lewis, 63 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Pryts, 10 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Lewis, 80 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Tindall, 5 run (Wombacker kick)
H — A. Cannone, 66 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Tindall, 85 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
H — Ezi-Ashi, 57 punt return (Voytik run)
H — Carr, 88 run (Wombacker kick)
T — Corklin, 89 pass from Brown (Brown kick)
H — N. Cannone, 9 run (kick failed)
T — Brown, 3 run (pass failed)
H — DeJulia, 54 pass from N. Cannone (Walters kick)
5 First downs 15
-42 Rushing yards 320
129 Passing yards 303
20-11-1 Att-comp-int 14-12-1
87 Total yards 623
0-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
7-45 Penalties-yards lost 3-20
Rushing: TITUSVILLE — Corklin 3-(-1), Lee 6-(-14), Brown 15-(-27); HICKORY — Sellers 7-123, Lewis 1-63, Charles 5-48, Derloni 2-34, N. Cannone 5-29, Voytik 2-25, Tindall 1-5, Bianco 1-(-2), Fox 1-(-4), Steach 1-(-12), team 3-11.
Passing: TITUSVILLE — Brown 20-11-1-129; HICKORY — Voytik 9-8-1-247, N. Cannone 5-4-0-56.
Receiving: TITUSVILLE — Corklin 1-89, Lee 3-30, Ackerman 2-15, Brown 2-8, Carter 2-3, Brown 1-(-16); HICKORY — A. Cannone 4-103, Tindall 1-85, Lewis 1-80, DeJulia 1-54, Bianco 2-8, Derloni 1-(-4), Pryts 2-(-23).
The midway point of the regular season shows where much of the power lies and the local teams with the best shots at reaching the District 10 playoffs.
LOCAL COLLEGE SPORTS: Thiel's Schafer picked for NCAA Pathway Program
Thiel College assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator Amy Schafer was one of just 12 individuals recently selected for the NCAA 2014 Pathway Program.
The Pathway Program exists to assist minority and/or female administrators who wish to become director of athletics as their next career step through education, training and mentoring. The program is designed to provide national exposure to its participants and to generate the opportunity to glean information and career guidance from the leadership of intercollegiate athletics administrators throughout the country.
Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
SPORTVIEW: Browns, Steelers will both lose
THE CLEVELAND Browns quarterback position has been a revolving door this season, but at least one of the more successful signal-callers is back. Jason Campbell is recovered from a concussion and will start.
Does it really matter?
Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
2013-14 hoops season begins with tipoff tourneys
Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
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.
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