The Cathedral Prep football team reached the PIAA Class AAA semifinals in 2013, but the Ramblers lost a lot of experienced players to graduation. Learn more about the Ramblers in their video season preview.
Number of the day: 10
That’s the number of points Sharpsville scored to win the PIAA Class A championship game in 1997. The Blue Devils defense recovered a Riverside fumble in their own end zone with less than 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and then recorded an interception with 24 seconds left to preserve their 10-7 victory at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Sharpsville’s 10 points are tied for the second fewest by a winning team in the history of state championship games. Farrell, then a District 7 program, made its lone touchdown hold up for a 6-0 win over Southern Columbia in the 1995 PIAA Class A final.
The year after Sharpsville won its defensive meeting with Riverside, Allentown Central Catholic blanked Moon Township 10-0 in the Class AAA championship game. Selinsgrove also made a touchdown and a field goal hold for enough points in its 10-7 victory over Manheim Central in the 2009 Class AAA final.
– Mike Copper
The Corry football team will face a lot of change after a 3-7 season in 2013. The Beavers will have a new head coach in former assistant Adam Walstrom and a new league in Region 3. Here’s a look at the season ahead for the Beavers.
Number of the day: 11
That’s the number of seasons District 10 is about to begin since it implemented region play.
Before 2004, D-10 consisted of leagues and conferences for football. Its switch to region play was made to establish a more competitive balance among like-sized programs and make it easier to select playoff teams in the four classes.
McDowell (Class AAAA), Strong Vincent (Class AAA), Grove City (Class AA) and Sharpsville (Class A) were the D-10 champions after the first season of region action. Grove City went on to be the most successful of those four.
The Eagles reached the 2004 PIAA Class AA final, where Lansdale Catholic beat them 40-17 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Here is the original alignment of the District 10 regions in 2004, along with each region’s final standings:
Sebastian Curtin’s final season with Mercyhurst Prep’s cross country program doesn’t officially begin until Labor Day weekend.
That’s when the Lakers’ star senior will try to repeat as the varsity boys champion at the 41st annual McDowell Invitational.
However, nothing stopped Curtin from entering, and then winning, Sunday morning’s UPMC/Hamot 10K Mayor’s Cup Race. The event was again held in conjunction with Celebrate Erie activities.
Curtin crossed the Cup’s finish line first in 34 minutes, 26 seconds. He beat Dino Montagna, who’s coached runners at Fairview, by 7 seconds.
Former Fort LeBoeuf athlete Gabby Kennelley (41:06) was the overall women’s winner.
The McDowell Invitational, a traditional opener for District 10′s cross country season, returns to Brown’s Farm on Aug. 30. There will be a new varsity girls titlist, as 2013 winner Emma Verdonik graduated from North East.
– Mike Copper
Number of the day: 12
That’s the number of touchdown receptions Oil City graduate Ben Koyack had for the Oilers in 2010. His 1,031 receiving yards that season currently tie him with teammate Logan Lantz for the third most in District 10 history.
Koyack, who graduated as the district’s career leader in receiving yards (2,591), then committed to Notre Dame. Now a senior, he’s projected to be the starting tight end for the Fighting Irish when they open their 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Rice.
– Mike Copper
The General McLane football team advanced to the District 10 Class AAA championship game for the second consecutive year in 2013. However, the Lancers have moved up to Class AAAA for the next two seasons. That sets up a title showdown between McLane and McDowell for the next two seasons. Watch the preview video and reads the Lancers’ Summer Huddle preview.
Fort LeBoeuf made the District 10 playoffs with a seven-win season in 2013. The Bison have a lot of skill-position players returning from that team. Watch the Fort LeBoeuf preview video, above, and read the Bison’s Summer Huddle preview.
The 2014 Kickoff magazine is now on sale at all Country Fair locations in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The Erie Times-News produced three covers this year, featuring McDowell, Northwestern and Hickory players.
Be sure to pick one up for $5 now at Country Fair. Or collect all three.
Number of the day: 13
That’s the number of seconds left in the fourth quarter when Girard’s Bryan Divido scored against Sharon in last season’s District 10 Class AA quarterfinal.
Divido’s 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Dunn was the difference in the YellowJackets’ 22-19 victory at Veterans Stadium. It was a notable moment in one of the most dramatic and emotional games ever held in the facility’s 90 years.
The quarterfinal was originally scheduled Nov. 9, but was called off when two Sharon players were killed and two others seriously injured in a two-car automobile accident the night before. The Tigers originally chose to forfeit to Girard, but reconsidered after speaking with players, parents and team personnel.
The rescheduled game, played Nov. 11, was held in a driving snowstorm. Sharon took a 19-14 lead with less than 3 minutes left, but Girard capped its ensuing 70-yard drive with Divido’s last-second touchdown catch and a two-point conversion.
– Mike Copper
Number of the day: 14
That’s the number of yards per catch Tyler Bittner averaged with the Franklin Knights. He graduated in 2008 with a career total of 2,089, the fourth most in District 10 history.
Bittner currently holds the D-10 record for the most receiving yards in a season. His senior year with Franklin saw him catch 83 passes for 1,137 yards and 16 touchdowns.
– Mike Copper