Six other District 10 region games were contested on Friday night. In Region 1-A, Sharpsville beat Conneaut, 19-7.
In Region 3-AA, Hickory rebounded from a loss to beat Wilmington, 42-6; Sharon trounced the Rockets in Titusville, 58-8; Greenville rolled past Saegertown, 50-7, and Grove City remained unbeaten with a 37-30 win at Reynolds.
In non-region action, Lakeview routed Franklin, 42-0, and Brookfield improved to 3-0 with a close 10-6 win at Campbell Memorial.
Kennedy Catholic hosts Mercer at noon today in a Region 1-A clash.
Following are staff reports:
ä Sharon 58, Titusville 8 — The long ride home from Titusville was a happy affair for the Sharon Tigers of coach Jim Wildman after the District 10 Region 3-AA rout that left Sharon at 2-0 in the region and 2-1 overall.
“We’re getting better,” said a happy Wildman, whose team manhandled Saegertown last week after the opening season loss to Farrell. “We made some adjustments up front; we think we’ve finally settled in on who belongs there. The kids are little more sure of themselves.”
Speedy Carnell Hawkins scored 5 touchdowns for the Tigers on runs of 14, 11, 46, 80 and 60 yards. He finished with 226 yards on 10 carries. Trenton Mosley had a pair of tallies on a 12-yard pass from Andrew Tomko and a 31-yard run.
Tomko connected with Dan Vanderslice on a 1-yard TD aerial, while Anthony Johnson hit paydirt on a 10-yard burst. Evan Gill hit on 4 PAT kicks.
Tomko hit 8 of 11 passes for 164 yards.
“Tomko had good night and obviously the whole offense did,” said Wildman. “We played great defensively. We played everybody so every mom is happy tonight.”
On defense, Mosley had an interception, while Johnson recovered 2 fumbles.
Titusville (0-2, 0-3) had one TD on a 44-yard pass from Todd Brown to Cody Sines.
ä Brookfield 10, Campbell Memorial 6 — At Campbell, the Red Devils took a 6-0 lead in the 1st quarter, but it was the only points they would score as coach Randy Clark’s Warriors (3-0) remained undefeated.
D.J. Harrison hauled in a 76-yard touchdown pass from Stephan Elash to give CM a 6-0 lead. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
Brookfield cut the lead to 6-3 in the 2nd quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Kasey Tingler.
The Warriors took the 10-6 in the 3rd quarter on a 15-yard TD run by Joey Clark and Tingler’s PAT.
The Brookfield defense held Campbell Memorial (0-3) to only 4 first down and minus-13 rushing yards. Elash finished 11-of-17 for 166 yards. Harrison pulled in 4 catches for 137 yards.
For Brookfield, which hosts Struthers this Friday, Clark had 25 carries for 96 yards. Quarterback Augustus Necastro was 2-of-9 for 6 yards with 1 pick.
ä Lakeview 42, Franklin 0 — At Lakeview in a non-region encounter, the Class A Sailors of coach Dan York remained undefeated (3-0) with the rout the Class AAA Knights (1-2).
Sailor senior running back Blake Reddick continued his assault on the Lakeview record books as he rambled for 308 yards on 18 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 26, 43 and 57 yards. Reddick rushed for 2,091 yards last season and has already totaled 694 this campaign.
Zach VanDusen scored on a 6-yard run, while Brandon Rice thrilled the home fans with an 85-yard kickoff return for a tally. Marquis Spence scored the final touchdown of the night in the third period on a 1-yard burst.
VanDusen kicked 4 extra points and Reddick ran in a two-pointer.
On defense, Reddick had a pair of interceptions, while VanDusen had one.
ä Sharpsville 19, Conneaut Area 7 — At Linesville High School, the Blue Devils (1-1, 2-1) trailed 7-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, but scored a dozen points in the 2nd quarter and 7 in the 4th to earn the Region 1-AA win.
Elijah Anderton gave Conneaut Area a 6-0 lead in the 1st frame on a 3-yard TD run. Brennon Miller tacked on the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Sharpsville cut the lead to 7-6 in the 2nd quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run by Ben BuCher. The extra-point kick failed.
Coach Paul Piccirilli’s Blue Devils took a 12-7 lead later in the 2nd quarter on a 33-yard TD pass from Nick Henwood to Tyrin Peavy. The 2-point pass conversion attempt failed.
The Blue Devils, who rebounded from a tough 6-0 loss to Mercer last Saturday, went up 19-7 in the 4th frame on a 2-yard TD run by Peavy and Nathan Lutz’s PAT.
Tyler Wansack led the Blue Devils in rushing with 93 yards on 17 carries. Henwood finished 9-of-17 for 155 yards. Greg Popatak pulled in 4 catches for 72 yards.
Quarterback Hunter Merritt (22-66) led Conneaut Area (0-2, 1-2) in rushing and was 6-of-14 for 51 yards.
ä Hickory 42, Wilmington 6 — Big plays and big guys were the keys to victory for Hickory.
Led by dominating efforts in the trenches by their offensive and defensive lines, the Hornets (1-1, 2-1) scored three times of plays longer than 35 yards or more in a 42-6 thumping of Wilmington in Region 3AA play Friday evening.
“We felt all week that we had to win the line of scrimmage,” Hornet taskmaster Bill Brest said. “We felt we won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball tonight. Tonight, it’s all about the boys ... how they practiced on the field and how they prepared in the film room. It’s about their execution and desire to win this ballgame.”
After a scoreless first quarter, De’quan Lewis notched the Hornets’ initial big play with a 35-yard scamper off the left side of the Hickory line with Jordan Wombacher providing the first of 6 PATS. On Hickory’s next possession, Lewis put Hickory up 14-0 with a 1-yard score at the break.
Next up in the big play department was Andrew Pryts, who took the second half’s opening kickoff 74 yards for a 21-0 lead. Then after 5 Wilmington offensive plays, Davon Tindall took an end-around 80 yards all the way to the Wilmington 1 before Lou Derloni burst through the line for a 1-yard score.
On the fourth quarter’s first play, Derloni burst 55 yards for another Hickory score and after Zechariah Sewell pounced on a Wilmington fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Matt Voytick found Pryts’ for a 10-yard scoring strike and a 42-0 cushion.
“They’re a good team and we knew that coming in,” Wilmington coach Terry Verrelli said. “We knew they had several guys that could run. That’s always your worry, because they have so many that you can’t key on just one. You have to play football. When (the other team) has a bunch of guys with speed, that turns into a problem, which it did tonight.”
Hickory limited the ‘Hounds (0-2, 1-2) to just 114 yards of total offense, including just 41 yards on the ground.
“The defense, their technique is getting better,” Brest said. “Their pursuit to the ball and discipline is getting better. We just have to keep playing defense. We wanted to make them one dimensional and throw the ball. I think we did that.”
Meanwhile, the Hornets put up 33 yards of total offense.
“They were the better team tonight,” Verrelli said. “There’s no question about it. We’re going to go back and we have to get better. I’m not upset about what happened. We have to go back and improve from this. That’s the key thing. We’re big up front and they manhandled us on both sides of the ball. We couldn’t block them and we couldn’t get off their blocks.
“We have to get better in all phases of the game. (The Greyhounds) are young, but that’s not an excuse. We have to get better.”
Notes: Riley Kollar provided Wilmington’s lone points by scooping up a Hornet fumble and racing 40 yards for the touchdown with 3:13 left. ... Derloni, Pryts, Ross Passalinqua and Zechariah Sewell were credited with fumble recoveries for the Hornets, while Anthony Cannone had an interception for the Hornets. ... Wombacher, Austin Aikens and Tyler Reardon were credited with sacks for Hickory. — By Corey J. Corbin, Herald sports correspondent
ä Greenville 50, Saegertown 7 — At Greenville, the Trojans of coach Brian Herrick showed no signs of a letdown after their huge win over Hickory last week as they romped over the Tigers.
Greenville (2-0 in Region 3-AA, 3-0 overall) dominated from the start against the winless visitors.
Cody Nellis got the scoring parade started early with a 1-yard TD run and Luke Houpt followed with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Matt Jones.
Tyler Fattman scored on a 53-yard punt return, then Trey VanAken on a 37-yard run. Nick Black hit paydirt on a 15-yard burst.
Dominic Chambers tallied the final two TDs for Greenville on runs of 1 and 4 yards. Casey Eells connected on 6 PAT kicks, while Gage Gladysz ran in a two-pointer.
ä Grove City 37, Rey-nolds 30 — At Reynolds, the Eagles of coach Jeff Bell shot out to a 23-0 lead, but had to stave of a big Raider rally for the victory.
Grove City (2-0 Region 3-AA, 3-0) scored on a safety, then had three touchdowns from Foster Reznor on runs of 16 and 2 yards and a 19-yard pass reception from Jared Graham. Reznor finished with 105 yards on 15 carries.
Reynolds got on the board in the second half on a 74-yard burst by Mike Millero, but Grove City came back on a 1-yard run by Jared Sample.
Millero hit paydirt on a 13-yard run, followed by Ian Sapot on a 3-yard run. GC quarterback Graham then scored on a fumble recovery in the endzone before Jake Leipheimer closed out the scoring for Reynolds on a 1-yard run.
The loss was the first for Reynolds and new head coach Josh Mull.
WILMINGTON 0 0 0 6 6
HICKORY 0 14 14 14 42
H — Lewis, 35 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Lewis, 1 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Pryts, 74 kickoff ret. (Wombacker kick)
H — Derloni, 1 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Derloni, 55 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Pryts, 10 pass from Voytik (Wombacker kick)
W — Kollar, 40 fum ret. (kick failed)
5 First downs 10
41 Rushing yards 263
73 Passing yards 71
8-3-1 Att-comp-int 8-4-0
114 Total yards 334
4-2 Fumbles-lost 5-0
6-36 Penalties-yards lost 6-65
Rushing: WILMINGTON — Bloise 12-26, Sotter 9-22, Llewellyn 5-(-16), Bender 3-7, DeMedal 1-2; HICKORY — Derloni 6-77, Voytik 8-15, Pryts 1-0, Lewis 4-49, Carr 4-24, Tindall 1-80, Selow 2-2, Ezi-Ashi 3-18, Bianco 2-(-2).
Passing: WILMINGTON — Lewellyn 8-3-1-114; HICKORY — Voytik 8-4-0-71.
Receiving: WILMINGTON — Monstwil 1-30, Peoples 1-25, DeMedal 1-10; HICKORY — Lewis 1-30, A. Cannone 1-15, Tindall 1-15, Pryts 1-10.
SHARON 27 25 0 6 58
TITUSVILLE 0 0 8 0 8
S — Hawkins, 14 run (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 11 run (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 46 run (kick failed)
S — Mosley, 12 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
S — Hawkins, 80 run (Gill kick)
S — Vanderslice, 1 pass from Tomko (kick blocked)
S — Hawkins, 60 run (kick blocked)
S — Johnson, 10 run (kick failed)
T - Cody Sines, 44 pass from Todd Brown (Fargas pass from Brown)
S - Mosley, 31 run (no pat)
14 First downs N/A
378 Rushing yards N/A
164 Passing yards N/A
11-8-0 Att-comp-int N/A
542 Total yards N/A
2-2 Fumbles-lost N/A
7-55 Penalties-yards lost N/A
Rushing: SHARON — C. Hawkins 10-226, Mosley 4-76, Johnson 4-35, Norris 7-23, Thompson 1-4, E. Hawkins 1-6, Pinkins 2-8; TITUSVILLE — N/A.
Passing: SHARON — Tomko, 11-8-0-164; TITUSVILLE — N/A.
Receiving: SHARON — Vanderslice 2-29, C. Hawkins 2-25, Mosley 3-96, Meszaros 1-14; TITUSVILLE — N/A.
BROOKFIELD 0 3 7 0 10
CAMPBELL 6 0 0 0 6
C — Harrison, 76 pass from Elash (pass failed)
B — Tingler, 22 FG
B — Clark, 15 run (Tingler kick)
10 First downs 4
183 Rushing yards -13
6 Passing yards 166
9-2-1 Att-comp-int 18-11-0
189 Total yards 153
1-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
3-18 Penalties-yards lost 7-54
Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Clark 25-96, Morrison 12-59, Necastro 8-27, Johnson 1-1; CAMPBELL MEMORIAL — A. Jackson 9-12, B. Jackson 1-8, Brown 1-4, Johnson 1-(-2), Elash 9-(-15), Harrison 4-(-20).
Passing: BROOKFIELD — Necastro 9-2-1-6; CAMPBELL MEMORIAL — Elash 17-11-0-166, Harrison 1-0-0-0.
Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Clark 1-5, Morrison 1-1; CAMPBELL MEMORIAL — Harrison 4-137, B. Jackson 2-15, Johnson 2-8, Brown 2-(-2).
FRANKLIN 0 0 0 0 0
LAKEVIEW 13 8 21 0 42
L — VanDusen, 6 run (VanDusen kick)
L — Reddick, 26 run (PAT failed)
L — Reddick, 43 run (Reddick run)
L — Rice, 85 kickoff ret. (VanDusen kick)
L — Reddick, 57 run (VanDusen kick)
L — Spence, 1 run (VanDusen kick)
N/A First downs N/A
N/A Rushing yards 459
N/A Passing yards 34
N/A Att-comp-int 1-1-0
N/A Total yards 493
N/A Fumbles-lost N/A
N/A Penalties-yards lost N/A
Rushing: FRANKLIN — N/A; LAKEVIEW — Reddick 18-308, VanDusen 6-33, Bigley 1-8, Spence, 6-62, Rice 3-27, Cannon 4-21.
Passing: FRANKLIN — N/A; LAKEVIEW — Bigley, 1-1-0-34.
Receiving: FRANKLIN — N/A; LAKEVIEW — VanDusen 1-34.
SHARPSVILLE 0 12 0 7 19
CONNEAUT 7 0 0 0 7
C — Anderton, 3 run (Miller kick)
S — BuCher, 25 run (kick failed)
S — Peavy, 33 pass from N. Henwood (pass failed)
S — Peavy, 2 run (Lutz kick)
17 First downs 11
128 Rushing yards 97
155 Passing yards 51
17-9-0 Att-comp-int 14-6-0
283 Total yards 148
3-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
5-25 Penalties-yards lost 1-15
Rushing: SHARPSVILLE — Wansack 17-93, Peavy 10-42, BuCher 7-33, Keck 1-2, N. Henwood 3-(-28), team 2-(-14); CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 22-66, Anderton 13-31.
Passing: SHARPSVILLE — N. Henwood 17-9-0-155; CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 14-6-0-51.
Receiving: SHARPSVILLE — Popatak 4-72, Smith 2-39, Peavy 2-36, BuCher 1-8; CONNEAUT AREA — Williams 2-24, Litwin 2-13, Miller 1-8, Ledford 1-6.
SAEGERTOWN 0 0 7 0 7
GREENVILLE 29 14 0 7 50
G — Nellis, 1 run (Eells kick)
G — Houpt, 43 pass from Jones (Eells kick)
G — Fattman, 53 punt ret. (G. Gladysz run)
G — VanAken, 37 run (Eells kick)
G — Black, 15 run (Eells kick)
G — Chambers, 1 run (Eells kick)
S — Schultz, 1 run (Rhoades kick)
G — Chambers, 4 run (Eells kick)
No Team/Individual stats reported
GROVE CITY 9 14 7 7 37
REYNOLDS 0 0 15 15 30
GC — safety
GC — Reznor, 16 run (Latimer kick)
GC — Reznor, 2 run (Nelson kick)
GC — Reznor, 19 pass from Graham, (Nelson kick)
R — Millero, 74 run (Ryhal kick)
GC — Sample, 1 run (Nelson kick)
R — Millero, 13 run (Millero run)
R — Sapot, 3 run (Millero run)
GC - Graham, fum. rec in end zone (Nelson kick)
R -- Leipheimer, 1 run (Ryhal kick)
GROVE CITY REYNOLDS
15 First downs 10
304 Rushing yards N/A
61 Passing yards N/A
6-5-0 Att-comp-int N/A
365 Total yards N/A
1-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1
9-80 Penalties-yards lost N/A
Rushing: GROVE CITY — Sample 10-98, Graham 9-57, Hodge 1-(-2), Reznor 15-105, Sabuski 8-46; REYNOLDS — N/A.
Passing: GROVE CITY — 6-5-0-61; REYNOLDS — N/A.
Receiving: GROVE CITY — Reznor 4-45, Lyons 1-16; REYNOLDS — N/A.
Six other District 10 region games were contested on Friday night. In Region 1-A, Sharpsville beat Conneaut, 19-7.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
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.
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