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Posts tagged "East football"
Posted: September 1st, 2010

Register today to play the free High School Football Challenge at

If you’re 13 or older, you’re invited to play and compete for weekly prizes and the end-of-season grand prize.

How it works: Each week you’ll log in at, where you’ll choose the teams you believe will win that week’s high school football games. There will be 20 games each week, each of them featuring at least one District 10 program.

You’ll also pick the score of the weekly tiebreaker game.

The participant who has the most correct picks — and, if needed, the score closest to the final score of the tiebreaker game — wins that week’s contest.

Each participant’s best seven weeks will count toward the contest grand prize, so you can take a week off or have a bad week and still be in the running.

With the exception of the final two weeks of the season, only games played on Friday and Saturday have been selected. The deadline to post your picks for the first eight weeks of the season is each Friday at 1 a.m. starting Sept. 3. In Weeks 9 and 10, a Thursday game is included, and deadline will be Thursday at 1 p.m.

You’ll get to compete against the Erie Times-News sports staffers (who aren’t eligible for prizes), and the winner’s name will be published every Wednesday in the Varsity high school sports special section of the Times-News.

The games already have been entered into the contest database, allowing you to make your picks now — for Week 1, or for all 10 weeks. You also can change your picks up until each weekly deadline.

If you played in 2009, there’s no need for you to register again.

Have fun, and good luck to the contestants and all the teams they’re pulling for.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 19th, 2010

Under the guidance of Leonard Ford, the East football team went 5-4 last season, the Warriors’ first winning season in more than 20 years. However, the Warriors lost a big senior class, including standout quarterback Gary Brown. Jermaine Thornton will play QB for East this season, and in this video he’s shown throwing during a recent passing scrimmage. Ford talks about the team’s prospects for the season:

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: October 31st, 2009

Photo galleries are now available from the Girard-Fairview and Corry-East games.

Readers can view or purchase photos from the two games.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: October 30th, 2009

Here are some nominees for the Breakout Player of the Week. Remember, the winner will be honored in Friday’s edition of the Times-News. Vote for your favorite in the poll at the upper right.

Let us know if we missed a worthy candidate. We’re limiting nominees to one per school, and no winner can be nominated again.

Gary Brown, East: 11-of-21 passing 174 yards; 17 rushes, 127 yards, TD

Jared Burger, Union City: 24 rushes, 176 yards; TD runs of 4, 10 and 54 yards

Corey Dunton, Cambridge Springs: 65 yards rushing, 2 TDs, including game-winner in third overtime; 3 receptions for 33 yards; 77-yard kickoff return for a TD

Kevin Green, Strong Vincent: 9 rushes, 156 yards; TD runs of 80 and 30 yards

Richie Kolesar, Fort LeBoeuf: 13 rushes, 92 yards; TD runs of 1 and 34 yards

Jared Lane, Fairview: 17 rushes, 114 yards, TD in return from hamstring injury

Cory Lee, General McLane: 27 rushes, 180 yards

Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep: 15 rushes, 108 yards; TD runs of 1, 3, 3, 5 and 27 yards

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: October 3rd, 2009

Four photo galleries from District 10 games are now available for viewing on

Check out photos from Thursday’s Cambridge Springs-Mercyhurst Prep game, and Friday’s Cathedral Prep-East, Girard-General McLane and Fairview-Fort LeBoeuf games.

All photos are available for purchase.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: September 25th, 2009

There were several football standouts this weekend. You pick the best. Or, let us know who we missed.

Casey Pace, RB, Fort LeBoeuf, 15 rushes, 179 yards, 2 TDs

Scottie Frisina, QB, Corry, 15-of-20 passing 250 yards, 2 TDs; 9 rushes
104 yards, 3 TDs

Justin Wiley, RB, Cathedral Prep, 18 rushes, 82 yards, TD; 3 catches
90 yards, 2 TDs

Shyquawn Pullium, QB, Cathedral Prep, 10 rushes, 120 yards, 2 TDs; 92 passing yards, 2 TDs

Zach Greenawalt, QB, McDowell, 16 rushes, 120 yards, 2 TDs

Pat Pascarella, RB, Bradford, 16 rushes, 242 yards, 4 TDs

Matt Sleppy, DB, Iroquois, 42-yard fumble return for winning TD

Cory Lee, RB, General McLane, 12 rushes, 108 yards, 2 TDs

Cody Crosby, QB, Eisenhower, 21-of-30 passing, 315 yards, 2 TDs

Gary Brown, QB, East, 10-of-13 passing, 195 yards, 3 TDs; 5 rrushes, 29 yards, TD

Josh Williams, RB, Girard, 7 rushes, 108 yards, TD runs of 65 and 23 yards

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: September 19th, 2009

Here are some candidates for the top honors this weekend:

Brandon Akins-Jones, Strong Vincent: 7 rushes, 129 yards, TD runs of 1, 61, 9 and 38 yards.

Gary Brown, East: 7-of-10 passing, 107 yards, 2 TDs; 6 rushes, 61 yards, TD

Jordan Elchynski, North East: 22 carries, 131 yards, 2 TDs

Zach Greenawalt, McDowell: 11 rushes, 178 yards, 2TDs; 57-yard TD pass

Aaron Horton, Mercyhurst Prep: 12 rushes, 165 yards; TD runs of 12, 35 and 60 yards

Dakota Schultz, Saegertown: 9 rushes, 102 yards, 3 TDs

Corey McWilliams, Fort LeBoeuf: 5 catches, 109 yards, 2 TDs (now has six TD receptions in three games)

Trevor Litwiler, Linesville: 21 rushes, 174 yards, 3 TD; 5-of-9 passing, 106 yards, TD

Jordan Kerner, Fairview: 7 rushes, 100 yards; TD runs of 11 and 63 yards

Jared Burger, Union City: 23 rushes, 164 yards, 2 TDs

Shyquawn Pullium, Cathedral Prep, 7 rushes, 225 yards, TD runs of 54, 69 and 72 yards, 4-of-8 passing, 73 yards, 2 TDs

There were many other worthy performances this weekend — more than we can list here. Who would you vote for? Who did we miss? Let us know.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: September 5th, 2009

There’s more coverage from the Erie Times-News and

Check out photos from the McDowell-Prep, General McLane-Strong Vincent and East-Franklin games. Photos are also available for purchase.

Also check out Friday night’s statistical game summaries, state scores and today’s previews.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: September 4th, 2009

Alondre Hamilton, East, 226 yards, 10 carries, 3TDs
Cory Lee, McLane, 29 carries, 139 yards
Parrish Brown, Iroquois, 95 yards rushing, TD, 84-yard kick return for TD
Tim Schwenk, Mercyhurst Prep, 106 yards rushing, 61-yard TD, key interception
Trevor Litwiler, Linesville, 4 rushing TDs, 1 passing TD

Or does someone else deserve the honor?

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 15th, 2009

Alondre Hamilton, left, takes a handoff from Corey Ratliff. Hamilton returns for East this year, but Ratliff is now Cheyney University

Alondre Hamilton, left, takes a handoff from Corey Ratliff. Hamilton returns for East this season, but Ratliff is now at Cheyney University.

East Warriors

Leonard Ford

Leonard Ford

Coach : Leonard Ford
2008 overall record:
2008 region record (place):
0-4 (5th, Region 6)
Playoff results:
Did not qualify for the District 10 AAA playoffs
Top players lost:
QB/DB Corey Ratliff, WR/DB Derrick Allen, RB/DB Dion Amison, WR/DE Jerrod Gibbs, DB Willie Bolden, OL/DL Josh Manning, WR/LB Qiydaar Muhammad
Top returning players:
RB-WR/LB Alondre Hamilton, WR/LB Peter Hamilton, WR/DB James Paul, WR/DB Maximo Sanchez, QB/WR Gary Brown, WR/DB Jeff Ranson, OL/DL Dejon Sheppard, RB/DB Shaliel Glover, WR/DB Jermaine Thornton, WR/DB Dealrus Nolen WR/LB Levante Ford LB, QB/DB Jermaine Gillespie, OL/DL Damien Jefferson
Key games:
Sept. 4 vs. Franklin, Sept. 26 at Central Tech, Oct. 10 vs. Bradford, Oct. 17 vs. Warren, Oct. 23 vs. Strong Vincent

Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton

Outlook : East had one of its most competitive seasons in a while in 2008, the Warriors’ first season under coach Leonard Ford. The Warriors picked up a win at Warren and came within one score of winning two other games. However, East finished the year just 1-8 and was last in Region 6. Facing three non-conference opponents from Region 5 in the first three games, East almost stole the season opener at Franklin, falling 35-28, and was competitive with Region 5 champion Grove City, losing only by 15. The Warriors also dropped a tough Region 6 opener at the hands of their rivals, the Central Tech Falcons, 16-8 and scored 18 points against Cathedral Prep. The Warriors picked up win at Warren, 21-10. East lost a dynamic pair from their spread passing offense, all-region quarterback Corey Ratliff and receiver Derrick Allen. Ratliff, who threw three TD passes in the Save-An-Eye Game, is now at Cheyney University. East does return James Paul, who led the team with 542 yards receiving on 23 receptions for an impressive 23.6 yards per catch. Gary Brown, who completed 20-of-52 passes for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2008, will be in the mix to replace Ratliff at quarterback. Jermaine Gillespie also will be competing for minutes under center and Alondre Hamilton will be in the conversation as well. On defense, where the Warriors run a 4-4 and nickel packages, Alonde and Peter Hamilton return at the linebacker position after second-team all-region seasons. Alondre Hamilton’s minutes will be managed on the defensive side as he looks to become the new feature player on offense after the graduation of Ratliff. In the defensive backfield, the Warriors will bring back Jeff Ranson and Max Sanchez, who combined for five of the team’s nine interceptions last season. The team will play the same schedule as last season, with home and away teams being flipped. The home opener vs. Franklin will be a good test for the Warriors as they prepare for the Region 6 schedule. That game, Sept. 26 at Central and Oct. 26 home vs. Warren are all games that East has a legitimate chance to win. Sharing Veterans Stadium, the Warriors will play two “road games” inside a very familiar building along with the five true home games on their schedule. Ford feels that last season’s team was athletic, but this year they have the muscle and mental strength that they may have been lacking in 2008. The team should be more familiar with the new coaching staff and system. If the Warriors can build on last season and use their young talent well, 2009 could be another step in the right direction for a program constantly looking to return to its glory days.


Sept. 4 Franklin 7
Sept. 11 at Grove City 7
Sept. 18 at Meadville 7
Sept. 26 at Central Tech* 1
Oct. 2 at Cathedral Prep* 7
Oct. 10 Bradford* 1
Oct. 17 Warren 7
Oct. 23 Strong Vincent*
Oct. 29 Corry 7

*Region 6 game

Sunday: The Summer Huddle series concludes with District 10 Class AAA champion Strong Vincent.

Posted: August 12th, 2009

The final four days of our Summer Huddle series will begin Thursday with a look at Cathedral Prep. The Ramblers will be followed by Central Tech on Friday and East on Saturday before the series closes with a look at District 10 Class AAA champion Strong Vincent.

If you were late in finding the Summer Huddle feature on the Varsity blog, don’t worry: You can find each of the teams featured in the D-10 football summer series.

Just look to the Categories on the right rail and click on “Summer Huddle.” You can navigate to previous entries by going to the bottom of the blog and clicking on “Older Entries.”

Or, just search for the school you’re looking for by typing the name in the search box at upper right. Finally, to find all posts about your favorite football team, go to the bottom of the post and click on the team name next to “Tags.”

Click below for a list of the regions and teams we’ve covered so far (followed by a schedule of the upcoming blogs).

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