The biggest upset, of perhaps the season, occurred Friday night as Hickory beat defending PIAA Class AA champion Wilmington 21-14. The Hornets scored on a 92-yard touchdown run by Marlon Pegues late in the game to upset the Greyhounds in New Wilmington. Wilmington is ranked No. 1 in state in both polls. Hickory moves into a first-place tie atop the Region 3 standings with Sharon, who will travel to Carrick High School today at 3:30 p.m.
-East’s defense showed it was for real on Friday by limiting Prep to 27 points in a 27-0 Region 6 loss. Prep gained 223 yards, which is one of the lowest totals this season for the Ramblers. Of course, those numbers were compiled in a little more than three quarters. The game was called with 8 minutes to go because of lightning.
Shyquawn Pullium had a hand in two touchdowns, while Justin Wiley led the Ramblers with 55 yards rushing. Pullium ran for 54 yards and threw for 47, including a 18-yard touchdown pass to RaSean Thrower.
Prep also showcased a strong but rarely talked about facet of its game: kicking. Soccer standout Noah Ackerman connected on three extra points and two field goals. Ackerman hit one from 35 yards before drilling a 43-yarder, which is tied for the third-longest field goal in Prep history.
-Fairview pulled out a tough 14-6 win behind a gutsy performance by Jared Lane. Lane, who has battled a hamstring injury all season, ran for 138 yards on 15 carries, including a huge 61-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers the lead for good.
While Fairview is looking like a playoff team, Fort LeBoeuf finally suffered its first loss this season. It is just one loss for the Bisons, but their standing in the playoffs becomes a very real concern for coach John Campbell. The District 10 committee will likely take the top four teams in Region 4, and LeBoeuf must earn its way into the top four.
LeBoeuf had a great start with a 4-0 record, but is in the middle of a brutal four-game stretch that features Girard, North East and General McLane. The Bisons must finish that stretch with at least a 5-3 record to stay in the playoff hunt, meaning they must beat one of the top three teams in the region. Quarterback B.J. Arrowsmith is having a solid season to help the Bison cause, while wide receiver Corey McWilliams had a great night on Friday with 10 catches for 168 yards.
-General McLane keeps cementing its place atop the Region 4 standings. The Lancers beat Girard 28-0 on Friday to move to 4-0 in region play. McLane is halfway through its four toughest region games after also defeating North East earlier this season. While no game is easy, the Lancers could be 7-0 entering their showdown with LeBoeuf. If the Lancers survive to a 9-0 record, it could be a great game at Keck Field on Nov. 6 against Fairview. The could decide the Region 4 title.
Cory Lee went off again for McLane on Friday averaging over 10 yards a carry. Lee finished with 155 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. The Lancer rushing attack is really coming into its own this season, and could give teams in the playoffs plenty of matchup problems.
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-Farrell turned what was supposed to be the best Class A game of the season into a rout on Friday night at Linesville. The Steelers gained 419 yards of offense to beat the Lions 40-0.
Jamar Whitman ran for two touchdowns and kicked four extra points for Farrell. Whitman finished with 108 yards on 11 carries. Linesville standout Trevor Litwiler was limited to 43 yards on 21 carries, while the Lions were shutout for the first time since Sept. 26, 2008, in a 27-0 loss at Farrell.
-Sharpsville took sole possession of first place with a 41-14 rout of Lakeview on Friday. The Blue Devils ran for 239 yards and six touchdowns in the win. Sharpsville may be Farrell’s only roadblock to a 10-0 season. Farrell travels to Sharpsville on Oct. 16.
-Eisenhower and Union City played a thriller at Bears Stadium on Friday. The Knights responded to almost every Union City score, but fell short to the region road win 22-21.
Jared Burger continues to be one of the more impressive, bruising backs in the area with 169 yards on 33 carries and one touchdown. The win put the Bears into a second-place tie with Eisenhower at 3-1 in the region. Friday’s win could come back to help Union City later on when playoff positioning is determined.
-Although Harborcreek Youth lost again, Tyler Hurt is really becoming an impressive player. Hurt returned a kickoff 99 yards and tossed a 91-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Terry in the Spartans’ 48-14 loss to Mercer.
-Oil City went and took care of business on Friday to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. While the Oilers are known for airing it out, Cody Johnson ran wild for 200 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Oil City’s meeting with Hickory on Oct. 30 is looking more and more like a game for a playoff spot.
-North East kept its hopes for a region title alive on Friday with a 42-0 win over Seneca. Jordan Elchynski ran for 101 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while Tyler Johnson had 88 yards on eight carries and one TD. The ‘Pickers need to win out and get some help from teams playing McLane to have a shot at defending its region title.
Seneca was without two of its best running backs on Friday after Jeff Granger and Jarod Tracy got into a car accident last week. Both young men suffered major injuries and could miss the season. Tracy is definitely out, but Granger might try to come back late in the season. Everyone at the Erie Times-News wishes nothing but the best for Granger and Tracy, and here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.
-Corry star Scottie Frisina hit the first of three milestones this season by breaking 4,000 yards on Friday. Frisina threw for 217 yards and four touchdowns in the Beavers’ 40-0 win. Frisina is on pace to break 5,000 yards this season and contend for the District 10 all-time passing mark.
-Greenville ran over Grove City at Forker Field on Friday 38-7. Dylan Zuschlag carried the ball seven times for 102 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run. R.J. Malson complemented him well with 78 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns.
-Bradford squeaked by Meadville 14-0 in a non-region game on Friday. The Owls will travel to Erie next week to take on upstart East at Veterans Stadium.
-Strong Vincent took out a week’s worth of frustration on Warren Friday 57-0. Kevin Green ran for 121 yards on six carries, including two touchdowns, while Emari Tangle had 80 yards and two touchdowns. Vincent will host Corry on Thursday at the Vet, where the Beavers will be looking to avenge a tough 47-0 loss to the Colonels at Linden Field last year.
-McDowell maintained its hold on third place in the WPIAL Foothills Conference on Friday with a 44-14 win over Hempfield. Mike Bizzarro showed why Akron offered him a scholarship on the spot with two touchdown catches, including a 63-yard TD in the first quarter.
The Trojans still have a shot at winning the conference title, but must get some help. McDowell needs to win out, including a road win at powerhouse Gateway, and needs a team, possibly Gateway, to knock off McKeesport.