-At long last, West Shamokin ended it’s lengthy losing streak Friday night. The Wolves, who dropped from Class AA to A this fall, had lost 46 in a row dating back to 2007 before defeating Riverview, 25-6, last week. Now, the players are talking about possibilities of a winning streak, starting Friday against Avonworth.
-First-year program Vincentian Academy picked up its first win Saturday, with a 62-8 drubbing over Geibel. The Royals got three touchdowns from Michael Pappe, including a pair of interception returns, to improve to 1-2. Geibel was playing its first game after forfeiting the first two weeks because it couldn’t field the minimum amount of healthy players.
-Three-time defending PIAA champion Clairton added to it’s nation-long winning streak Friday with its 50th straight win, which also was the 600th in school history. Tyler Boyd, who is fielding offers from more than 25 Division I schools, rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 54 yards and returned a punt for a score. This week, the Bears face their stiffest challenge to date, Monessen, which features quarterback Chavas Rawlins, a West Virginia recruit.
-Allderdice entered the season as the favorite in the Pittsburgh City League, but after the first league game, a new leader has emerged. Perry earned a 12-0 win over Allderdice Friday night, but the Dragons did plenty to lose the game. They lost three fumbles, had a punt blocked and had a bad snap on another punt that led to a 9-yard loss, all in the first half. Allderdice plays Westinghouse this week, while Perry takes on Carrick.
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Week 3 of the season produced some eye-popping numbers in District 2. Riverside’s 57-47 win over North Pocono provided some incredible individual and team totals.
Looking inside those numbers, Riverside quarterback Nick Dranchak, who threw for 474 yards, averaged 29.6 yards per completion. He also averaged a staggering 65.6 yards per touchdown pass and finished with an NCAA passer rating of 200.9. He wasn’t alone, though.
Riverside wide receiver David Sweetman scored a touchdown every 4.4 times he touched the ball. He averaged 11.5 yards per carry and 35.3 yards per rushing touchdown. As a receiver, the All-Region sprinter raced for two more scores. He averaged 26.6 yards a reception and 68 yards per touchdown reception and finished with 359 yards of offense. Teammate Jim Tucker, who had 192 yards receiving, averaged 64 yards a reception and 78 yards per touchdown reception.
-In Scranton’s win over Wyoming Valley West, sophomore running back Jake McCarthy averaged 43.6 yards on his five touchdowns. This season, he is scoring a touchdown every 5.2 times he carries the ball and is averaging 34.8 yards on his eight touchdown runs.
-Old Forge senior Brian Tomasetti has also been efficient. The senior has scored a touchdown on every sixth carry. He is averaging 10.8 yards per carry and has 11 total touchdowns, having returned two interceptions for scores this season.
-Following his first stint with Berwick, George Curry spent three seasons as the head coach at Wyoming Valley West. He guided the Spartans to a 26-8 record from 2006-08. On Friday night, Curry, who returned Berwick as its head coach in the offseason, will lead the Dawgs into Spartan Stadium for a game with the Spartans. Over the years, the Berwick-Valley West contest has become one of the best rivalries in the WVC. Valley West has won three straight and five of the last six against Berwick.
-Pequea Valley, a longtime cellar dweller in Lancaster-Lebanon League circles, is off to a 2-1 start for the second year in a row, and the Braves are getting it done with an opportunistic defense. Pequea Valley is already a plus-12 in turnover ratio with 15 takeaways in three games.
-Lancaster Catholic had its 18-game winning streak snapped Saturday when the Crusaders fell to Erie McDowell 49-20 in a non-league game at a neutral site in Altoona’s Mansion Park. Catholic’s Roman Clay, who had 691 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in the Crusaders’ first two games, was held to 63 yards on 19 carries and he did not score. It was Catholic’s first loss since a 21-14 setback to Wyomissing on November 19, 2010 in a District 3-AA semifinal game in Hersheypark Stadium.
-Manheim Township senior Brennan Scott became the 15th Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards. He joined the club in Week 3 in the Blue Streaks’ non-league win at Carlisle.
-Pottstown and Boyertown combined for a whopping 1,164 total yards in the Trojans’ 51-47 shootout over victory over the Bears last week. Pottstown’s Monroe Hampton led the way, rushing for 306 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans piled up 653 total yards. Boyertown is ranked first in Berks in total yards per game (478) and last in total defense (440). The 98 points was the fourth-highest point total in a game involving a Berks County team.
-When Eryk Cerankowski, Schuylkill Valley’s leading rusher, went down early Friday with an ankle injury, Ryan Matthews took over the load and rushed for a career-high 244 yards in 26 carries as the Panthers beat Annville-Cleona 28-6 to reach 3-0. Matthews took over the Berks rushing lead from Cerankowski; each rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season.
-Wyomissing continues to roll. It topped unbeaten Muhlenberg 34-7 last week and now has outscored its three opponents 113-14. The Spartans have yet to turn the ball over. Wyomissing meets Blue Mountain, its biggest threat in Section 2 of the Berks Football League, Saturday.
-For the second time this season a Trinity Shamrock player scored five touchdowns in a game. In Week 1 Danny Jackson put up five touchdowns in a variety of ways. In Week 3 it was running back Adam Geiger, who accomplished the feat the more conventional way with five rushing touchdowns.
-The controversy that led to 13 Montgomery players leaving the team Aug. 21 continues. A group of disgruntled parents attended Tuesday night’s school board meeting to discuss their concerns about head coach Randy Boone — including allegations he hid injuries from trainers. However, no one spoke after the meeting and the board said it cannot discuss personnel matters in which names are used in public. The coach’s contract will be reviewed at the end of the season, the audience was told. Boone is a prison guard, not a teacher. Montgomery, with only 21 players, is 0-3 this year.
DISTRICT 5 and 6
-Bald Eagle Area and Somerset haven’t had a lot to cheer about in a couple of decades but both teams are off to rare 3-0 starts this season. Tanner Stull had 115 yards rushing and 107 passing as Somerset stunned Bishop McCort, 19-13. BEA was a big favorite in their Iron Bell game with Penns Valley but needed Dion Barnard and Jordan Kobularcik to force a fumble at their own 1 with a second left to preserve a 21-20 victory and the Eagles’ first 3-0 start since 1993.
-The Mountain League clash between undefeated Central and undefeated Clearfield lived up to its hype, as the host Bison eked out a 34-33 win on Spencer Herrington’s 29-yard field goal with 3:58 left. Clearfield’s Christian Lezzer had 279 yards of total offense, running for three touchdowns and passing for another. In defeat, Central quarterback Austin Cunningham ran for a touchdown, threw for two and caught two more. Both Cunningham and Lezzer are just juniors.
-Cunningham wasn’t the only Blair County athlete for put on a huge performance even though his team fell short. Claysburg-Kimmel’s Zach Helsel scored six touchdowns – four rushing, one receiving and one on an interception return – but it wasn’t enough as Juniata Valley erased 17-point deficits twice to stay unbeaten, 51-44, heading into its battle of unbeatens at Bellwood-Antis this week.
-Tyrone scored its most points in 80 years in crushing Huntingdon, 71-6, for its first win of the year. Golden Eagle junior tailback James Oliver ran for 247 yards and four touchdowns and also caught a 30-yard TD pass in the rout – it was Oliver’s second 200-yard rushing performance and gives him 590 yards through three weeks.
-Penn Cambria, led by returning all-state linebacker Mack Behe, continued to live up to its postseason hype, moving to 3-0 with a 38-0 win over neighboring Central Cambria in the Goal Post Trophy game. It’s the Panthers second 38-0 shutout this season; they’ve outscored the opposition 108-7 and are giving up 188.7 yards per game while forcing 11 turnovers.
-Bethlehem Liberty is 0-3 for the first time since 2009, the year after it won the PIAA Class AAAA title. The Hurricanes bounced back that season to qualify for the Districts 2-4-11 Class AAAA playoffs before losing to East Stroudsburg South in the quarterfinals.
-All of Bethlehem’s three Lehigh Valley Conference programs – Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic – have struggled so far. Those teams are a combined 1-8, with Freedom’s comeback victory over Allentown Central Catholic in Week 2 the lone win.
-After researching Nazareth’s 49-point second quarter in its Week 2 win over Northampton, District 11 stat maven Duke Helm discovered that the Blue Eagles set two state records. The 49 points Nazareth registered are a Pennsylvania record for points scored in any one quarter. McKeesport scored 48 against Connellsville in the first quarter of their 2008 meeting. Nazareth kicker Ben Wieczorek kicked seven extra points in that quarter, becoming the first player in state history to achieve that feat.
-Two days after the death of his father, Wilson senior quarterback Ryan Dailey did it all in a 27-20 loss to Northwestern. He ran for 66 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 221 yards, had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.
-Pen Argyl won its 17th consecutive regular-season game when it downed Notre Dame-Green Pond 22-7 last week. Green Knights senior running back Mikey Racciato ran for 200 yards and three TDs in the win.
-Shenandoah Valley senior quarterback Chris Palubinsky became the most prolific passer in the program’s 100-plus year history last Friday night. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior threw for 161 yards last week to increase his career total to 3,705 yards. That total surpassed the previous record of 3,636 yards held by Mike Reese since 2006. Averaging 156.3 yards per game, Palubinsky could potentially reach 5,000 career yards should the Blue Devils reach the District 11-A playoffs as predicted.
-The announcer at Kutztown probably grew tired of calling Richie Smith’s name last Friday. Smith, a senior at Panther Valley, scored seven touchdowns during the Panthers’ 54-25 win over Kutztown. The 6-foot, 220-pound running back scored on runs of 10, 43, 50, 3, 36 and 51 yards and added a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown as good measure. He finished the night with 14 carries for 219 yards.
-Blue Mountain ended nine seasons of frustration last Friday with a 35-14 win on the road against archrival Pottsville. The Eagles hadn’t beaten Pottsville since the 2002 season and were winless against Crimson Tide coach Kevin Keating since 1990. Keating spent three years as an assistant at Lafayette College from 2000-02. For the Eagles, quarterback Shane Grapsy completed 5-of-9 passes for 237 yards and four TDs. Those touchdowns covered 62, 35, 67 and 79 yards.
DISTRICT 12 and 1
-District 12 and Philadelphia Catholic League member St Joe’s Prep invaded Crawford Stadium last Friday night and spanked the North Penn Knights 31-3. It marked the first time since 2007 that North Penn (1-2) failed to find the end zone. The Prep’s Vince Moffett returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and the Hawks never looked back.
-The Souderton Indians (2-1) waltzed into Neshaminy’s home field and dominated the Redskins (2-1) from start to finish. Souderton built an 18-0 advantage before yielding a meaningless touchdown late, on their way to an 18-7 Week 3 victory. Neshaminy’s defense had pitched a shutout in its first two games but was no match for the Souderton offensive line that cleared big holes for running back Austin Williams and fullback Jarrett Reinhard. Williams had a pair of touchdowns and Reinhard accounted for the other.
-Junior running back Mike Class kept rolling along — leading the Pennridge Rams (2-1) to a 31-7 thumping of winless Council Rock North. Class carried 29 times for 274 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
-And then there’s Central Bucks South sophomore running back Josh Adams. This young talent scored three rushing touchdowns, and returned a punt for a fourth, as the Titans ripped Norristown 42-0. Adams is averaging 13.6 yards per carry and has scored an astounding 14 touchdowns.
-Led by freshman Tom Garlick, defending PIAA Class AAA state champion Archbishop Wood rebounded from last week’s loss with a 35-6 win over the Public League’s Frankford. Garlick’s first-ever varsity pass, and the first of the game, went to wideout Joe Santaspago for a 51-yard touchdown. Garlick finished with three touchdowns.
-Playing one of their only two home games, the Explorers of LaSalle improved to 3-0 with 38-6 blowout of fellow Catholic League member Cardinal O’Hara. LaSalle was sloppy and out of sync in the first half, but still led at the break 17-6. After intermission, LaSalle’s defense completely shut down the Friars in the second half. Senior quarterback Chris Kane hit wideouts Jimmy Herron and Sean Coleman for scoring strikes in the second half. Defensive back Ryan Coonahan finished the job when he stole the ball from an O’Hara ballcarrier and rumbled 34 yards for the score.
STATE HS FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK CONTRIBUTORS
Kevin Keating, Pottsville Republican
Jeff Reinhart, LLLeagueSports.com
Tom Reisenweber, Erie Times-News
Mike Drago, Reading Eagle
Dan Morehouse, WNPV Radio
Stephen Miller, Allentown Morning Call
Joby Fawcett, Scranton Times
Phil Cmor, Altoona Mirror
Jim Reeser, Wilkes-Barre Citzens Voice
Andrew P. Shay, The Patriot-News
Chris Harlan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review