Finally, a week of football without the weather becoming an issue. In Week 1, extreme heat caused countless cramps and delays while Week 2 had lightning delays in more than of the games around District 10.
-With perfect football weather, Week 3 provided plenty of exciting action around the district. The game of the night took place at Paul J. Weitz Stadium as General McLane overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Harbor Creek 34-28. The Huskies came up with several big plays in the first half to take a 28-7 halftime lead. The Lancers made their adjustments to scored 27 straight points and come up with a huge stop on 4th-and-1 at its 35-yard line with one minute left. Brian Suminski finished with 185 yards on 25 carries, while Josh Ponsoll had 15 carries for 71 yards. Suminski and Ponsoll ran for two touchdowns each while Ponsoll also tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Joey Gierlak to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
McLane’s win coupled with North East’s 41-13 rout of Fairview gave the Grapepickers sole possession of first place in Region 4. Tyler Johnson carried the ball 15 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns, while Alex Svetz had 15 carries for 191 yards and a 75-yard touchdown run. Johnson also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Cory Bailey. Bailey finished with 66 yards through the air, including two touchdowns. North East has a tough test left in Harbor Creek, but the ‘Pickers look like the top team in the region. Dan Rosendahl led Fairview with 188 yards on 38 carries, including a touchdown.
-McDowell used two late touchdowns to hold off Seneca Valley 43-29 in the Trojans’ WPIAL Northern Seven opener. With the scored tied 29-29, Khyre Drayer scored from eight yards out before Greg Garmon returned an interception 45 yards for a game-securing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Garmon finished with 134 yards on 15 carries, while Drayer scored three times. McDowell heads to North Allegheny next week for a showdown that could decide the Northern Seven title.
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– Tom Reisenweber
-Grove City’s offense was at it again Friday with 55 points in the first half. The Eagles finished with a 62-14 win behind 110 yards on three carries by Chad Williams and 104 yards on six carries from Wes Phipps. Phipps finished with four touchdowns, while Foster Reznor added two. The Eagles host Greenville next week before two big road tests at Meadville and Wilmington.
-Cathedral Prep used a huge second half to rout Strong Vincent 48-18. After nursing a 7-6 lead at the half, the Ramblers’ offense exploded for 41 points. Delton Williams had four touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards on seven carries, while Nathan McLaurin had seven catches for 165 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown from Damion Terry. Terry finished 15-of-21 for 244 yards and is well over 500 yards this season.
-Meadville kept its strong start going with a 55-21 rout of Corry. Terence Goodrum led the Bulldogs with 270 yards on 31 carries, including three touchdowns, while Tyler Minnis had a hand in three TDs. Artrel Foster added 171 yards on 20 carries for Meadville. The Bulldogs are a playoff team this year, but their seed and fate could come down to a huge game with Grove City in two weeks.
-Things got out of hand during the Hickory-Sharon game Friday. With 10 minutes left in the third quarter, the Hornets took a 43-7 lead, enacting the mercy rule for the first time against Sharon in program history. After a late hit out of bounds, a brawl ensued that involved players and spectators. Game officials decided to call the game and it ended 43-7. DeShawn Coleman continued his player of the year campaign with 184 yards on 20 carries, including three touchdown runs and a 57-yard touchdown reception. Mike Nardone led the Hornets with 203 yards through the air while rushing for a touchdown. Hickory is in line to grab the Region 3 title but still has a showdown with Wilmington on the schedule.