Grove City and Sharon closed out the regular season on Friday in a thrilling Region 3 clash at Forker Field. The Eagles held on for a 14-13 win after the Tigers scored late and attempted a 2-point conversion pass, which fell incomplete.
In Region 2 play Friday, region champ Wilmington beat Sharpsville, 57-14, and Farrell defeated Greenville, 30-8. In a Region 4 contest, Lakeview fell to Cambridge Springs, 29-18.
In games today, Region 1 champion Reynolds (5-0) visits Kennedy Catholic (0-5) at 1 p.m. Region 3 champ Hickory (5-0) hosts Slippery Rock (2-3) at 7 p.m. Also, Brookfield (5-1) hosts LaBrae (5-2) in the 2nd round of the OHSAA Div. VI playoffs at 7 p.m.
Following are staff reports from Friday’s games:
• Grove City 14, Sharon 13 – At Grove City’s Forker Field, the Eagles (3-3, 3-3) strengthened their case for the final spot in the District 10 Class 3A playoff field by completing the season sweep of the reigning District 10 champions.
With region champions Hickory (5-0), Fort LeBoeuf and Corry (2-4) already in the tournament, the final member of the playoff field is expected to be announced tomorrow.
“I definitely think we’ve made a great case for ourselves,” Grove City Coach Sam Mowrey said. “I think we’re in one of the most competitive regions around. You can see between Slippery Rock, Sharon and us that we’re three pretty evenly matched teams. Hickory has done a great job of asserting themselves as the undefeated region champs.”
The 2-time District 10 champions didn’t make it easy for Grove City.
Trailing 14-7 with 6:26 left in the game, Sharon (1-5, 1-5) showed the heart of a champion, driving down the field and ultimately scoring with just 42 seconds left on a Brett Salsgiver to Ja’on Phillips strike from 11 yards out.
Tiger taskmaster Jason McElhaney chose to go for the win rather than send Jake Auchter out for the game-tying extra point, but Salsgiver’s pass to Phillips fell incomplete to hand Grove City the win.
“We talked about it in practice and that was something we said we were going to do,” McElhaney said. “If we were in position to score late in the game and had the chance to go for two for the win, we were going to go for two for the win. We liked the play we had. It looked like we had a shot over there. I didn’t get a real good look at it, but those things happen. There’s no second guessing there. We as a staff and as a team knew were we were going.”
Grove City opened the scoring one minute into the second quarter on a 15-yard strike from Zach Rodgers to Anthony Pereira.
Neither team scored until the Tigers knotted forced a 7-7 stalemate with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter when Tyvell Richardson bulled in from 1-yard out, but the Eagles countered with Curtis Hovis’ 35-yard score just under 3 minutes later off a screen on fourth-and-6.
“We were running a screen there,” Mowrey said. “That was Zach’s primary read from the get go. We were able to get some blocks out on the perimeter to spring Curtis. Those are little things that you see during the game. They had been doubling Anthony for most of the second half and that left some green (along the Eagles’ sideline for Hovis to run for the touchdown).
“Zach did a great job on his read. We call Curtis ‘Curt the Beast’ and he broke into beastmode there. He was able to just barely get into the end zone.”
Labrae Norris paced Sharon with 79 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Richardson (54) and Salsgiver (53) combined for another 107. Phillips had 6 receptions for 48 yards.
“I thought our guys played hard tonight,” McElhaney said. “We talked before the game about capitalizing on our opportunities. We didn’t do that a couple times there in the first half and did a little better job in the second half. We got some stops and got ourselves in a position to win.”
In addition to his two touchdown passes, Rodgers completed 13-of-19 passes for 167 yards and tacked on a team-high 63 yards on the ground, while Hovis finished with 87 yards of total offense (42 rushing, 45 receiving). Pereira had 5 receptions for 86 yards.
Prior to the game, the Eagles honored seniors Zack Martin, Logan Breese, James Amodei, Matthew Howard, Corey Medve and Max Myford.
“There’s not too many times where I’m at a loss for words, but I was at a loss for words there at the end,” Mowrey said. “It was almost a repeat of last week(‘s 17-14 loss to Slippery Rock in overtime) there at the end. We’re just so proud of the boys. Everytime their backs were against the wall, they made a play. It was not easy. That was a 48-minute battle literally down to the wire.” – Information submitted by Herald Sports Correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
• Wilmington 57, Sharpsville 14 – At McCracken Field in Sharpsville, the Region 2 champion Greyhounds (6-0) trailed 7-0 in the 1st quarter and 14-12 in the 2nd stanza, but stepped on the gas in the 2nd half and scored 41 unanswered points to beat the Blue Devils (2-4).
Sharpsville took a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 6-yard TD pass from Caullin Summers to Danny Henwood and Liam Campbell’s extra-point kick.
The Hounds tied the game 7-all in the 2nd quarter on a 20-yard TD pass from Caelan Bender to Ethan Susen and Daniel Hartwell’s PAT and then went up 13-7 on a 24-yard touchdown run by Darren Miller.
Sharpsville answered and went up 14-13 on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Summers to Ryan Ladjevich and Campbell’s kick.
Wilmington led 16-14 at halftime on a 21-yard field goal by Hartwell.
In the 2nd half, the Hounds scored 6 rushing touchdowns to pull away for the win. Luke Edwards (25 and 55 yards) and Gage DeCaprio (19 and 26 yards) had 2 each.
Miller added a 10-yard TD run and Susen scored from 18 yards out.
Edwards rushed for 170 yards on 11 carries and Susen added 109 yards on 12 totes for the Hounds. Bender threw for 20 yards and Cole McCallister went 2-for-4 for 19 yards. Susen had 1 catch for 20 yards.
For Sharpsville, Summers went 7-of-13 for 111 yards with the 2 TD tosses. Ladjevich hauled in 2 passes for 88 yards. Henwood (8-39) was the Blue Devils’ top rusher.
• Farrell 30, Greenville 8 – At Anthony J. Paulekas Stadium in Farrell, Anthony Stallworth scored a trio touchdowns in the 1st quarter to lead the Steelers (4-2) past the Trojans (0-6) in the Region 2 encounter.
Farrell beat Greenville, 47-7, in Week 3 of the season at Snyder-Stone Stadium in Greenville.
Kylon Wilson returned the opening kickoff 63 yards on Friday and Stallworth scored on a 12-yard run on the Steelers’ first play from scrimmage. Stallworth tacked on another pair of touchdown runs and Farrell led 18-0 after 12 minutes of play.
The Steelers took a 24-0 lead in the 2nd quarter on a 2-yard run by Taidon Strickland.
Farrell increased its lead to 30-0 in the 3rd quarter when Lamont Samuels Jr. returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.
Greenville finally got on the board with only 36 seconds left in the game on a 13-yard TD pass from Jalen Ritzert to Cole Karpinski.
Stallworth carried the ball 17 times for 112 yards. Trian Holden went 5-of-7 for 69 yards while Christian Hartley was 1-of-4 for 2 yards. Brice Butler grabbed 3 passes for 34 yards.
For Greenville, Ritzert was 4-of-13 for 46 yards. Karpinski hauled in 3 catches for 31 yards. The Trojans' leading rusher was Malachi Hyde (9-37).
Full stats were submitted to The Herald after Friday's deadline and have been posted here.
• Cambridge Springs 29, Lakeview 18 – At Cambridge Springs, the Sailors fell to 2-4 with the Region 4 loss to the Blue Devils.
Lakeview led 8-7 at the end of the opening quarter, but Cambridge Springs (5-1) scored in the 2nd frame to lead 15-8 at halftime.
Coach Bill Hickman’s Sailors tied the game 15-all in the 3rd quarter, but were outscored 14-3 in the 4th quarter.
Stats were not reported to The Herald by deadline on Friday night.
SHARON 0 0 0 13 13
GROVE CITY 0 7 0 6 14
GC –– Pereira, 15 pass from Rodgers (Hake kick)
S –– Richardson, 1 run (Auchter kick)
GC –– Hovis, 35 pass from Rodgers (Hake kick)
S –– Phillips, 11 pass from Salsgiver (pass failed)
SHARON GROVE CITY
19 First downs 9
202 Rushing yards 114
69 Passing yards 167
18-8-0 Att-comp-int 19-13-0
271 Total yards 281
4-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
6-40 Penalties-yards lost 8-61
Rushing: SHARON –– Norris 13-79, Richardson 10-54, Salsgiver 18-53, Robinson 5-11, Riley 1-5; GROVE CITY –– Curtis 14-42, Rodgers 10-63, Nemec 1-6, Pereira 3-3.
Passing: SHARON –– Salsgiver 8-18-0 69; GROVE CITY –– Rodgers 13-19-0 167.
Receiving: SHARON –– Phillips 6-48, Wilder 1-13, Rowe 1-8; GROVE CITY –– Pereira 5-86, Hovis 2-45, Hake 2-15, Martin 2-10, Reznor 1-10, McCreadie 1-1.
WILMINGTON 0 16 20 21 57
SHARPSVILLE 7 7 0 0 14
S — Henwood, 6 pass from Summers (Campbell kick)
W — Susen, 20 pass from Bender (Hartwell kick)
W — Miller, 24 run (run failed)
S — Ladjevich, 62 pass from Summers (Campbell kick)
W — Hartwell, 21 FG
W — Edwards, 55 run (Hartwell kick)
W — Miller, 10 run (Hartwell kick)
W — Susen, 18 run (kick blocked)
W — DeCaprio, 19 run (kick failed)
W — Edwards, 25 run (Hartwell kick)
W — DeCaprio, 26 run (McConahy run)
21 First downs 5
396 Rushing yards 48
39 Passing yards 125
6-3-1 Att-comp-int 15-8-0
435 Total yards 173
0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1
5-50 Penalties-yards lost 6-45
Rushing: WILMINGTON — Edwards 11-170, Susen 12-109, DeCaprio 3-57, Miller 7-56, Mikulin 1-3, Miller 2-2, team 1-(-1); SHARPSVILLE — Henwood 8-39, Tedrow 1-5, Kirila 2-4, Summers 3-3, Roth 4-0, Summers 6-(-1), Cusick 2-(-2).
Passing: WILMINGTON — Bender 2-1-1-20, McCallister 4-2-0-19; SHARPSVILLE — Summers 13-7-0-111, Henwood 2-1-0-14.
Receiving: WILMINGTON — Susen 1-20, Edwards 1-10, Reed 1-9; SHARPSVILLE — Ladjevich 2-88, Roth 1-14, Tedrow 2-14, Henwood 3-9.
GREENVILLE 0 0 0 8 8
FARRELL 18 6 6 0 30
F — Stallworth, 12 run (kick failed)
F — Stallworth, 5 run (run failed)
F — Stallworth, 4 run (pass failed)
F — Strickland, 2 run (pass failed)
F — Samuels, 55 punt return (pass failed)
G — Karpinski, 12 pass from Ritzert (Herrick catch)
N/A First downs N/A
69 Rushing yards 183
46 Passing yards 71
13-4-0 Att-comp-int 11-6-0
115 Total yards 254
N/A Fumbles-lost N/A
N/A Penalties-yards lost N/A
Rushing: GREENVILLE — Hyde 9-37, I. Sasala 8-19, Dickens 6-11, A. Sasala 5-6, Ritzert 2-(-4); FARRELL — Stallworth 17-112, Hartley 4-28, Chambers Jr. 4-17, Strickland 2-8, Wilson 2-8, Holden 3-7, Jackson 2-3.
Passing: GREENVILLE — Ritzert 4-13-0-46; FARRELL — Holden 5-7-0-69, Hartley 1-4-0-2.
Receiving: GREENVILLE — Karpinski 3-31, Byler 1-15; FARRELL — Butler 3-34, Stewart 2-20, Stallworth 1-17.