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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 25th, 2009

Fairview’s Peter Jackson ran for 249 yards — his third consecutive game with at least 227 yards rushing — to lead District 10 rushers. Strong Vincent’s Brandon Akins-Jones scored four touchdowns in a win over East. Those were among the highlighted top performances Friday.

We’ve added two players from Saturday’s games — Iroquois’ Jake Szoszorek and General McLane’s Nick Lombardo.

Vote in the poll at upper right through Monday night. The winner will be featured in Friday’s sports section. Here at the Week 8 nominees.

Peter Jackson, Fairview: 33 rushes, 249 yards, 77-yard TD run; now has 714 yards in his past three games and 1,129 yards on the season.

Brandon Akins-Jones, Strong Vincent: 15 rushes, 186 yards, TD runs of 66, 1 and 44 yards; eturned a fumble 92 yards for a TD.

Scottie Frisina, Corry: 7-of-17 passing, 135 yards, 2 TDs; 16 rushes, 152 yards, 2 TDs

Greg Garmon, McDowell: 8 rushes, 160 yards, TD runs of 64 and 3 yards; returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD

Aaron Horton, Mercyhurst Prep: 16 rushes, 140 yards, TD runs of 59 and 5 yards; now has 1,117 yards on the season

Jared Burger, Union City: 25 rushes, 117 yards, TD runs of 11, 10 and 10 yards; now has District 10-leading 1,218 yards

Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep: 8 rushes, 92 yards, TD runs of 1 and 51 yards; 2 receptions, 70 yards; returned punt 59 yards for a TD

Jake Szoszorek, Iroquois: Rushed 23 times for 226 yards and hade TD runs of 5, 6, and 9 yards; also became the Braves’ all-time leading tackler.

Nick Lombardo, General McLane: Rushed 10 times for 75 yards and 2 TDs; completed both of his pass attempts for 30 yards; returned an interception 43 yards for a TD.

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

Photo galleries from Week 6 of the high school football season are now available on

View or purchase photos from Friday’s North East-Fairview and Mercyhurst Prep-Iroquois games and Thursday’s Corry-Strong Vincent game.

Also, look for a photo gallery after tonight’s Bradford-East game.

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

There were some amazing performances in District 10 Friday, including two in one game — the North East-Fairview showdown.

Remember, the winner of the poll in the upper right will be featured Friday on the new “spadea wrap” on the front of the sports section.

Here are some nominees. As always, let us know if we forgot someone, and we’ll add them to the poll. Players from Saturday’s games also are eligible.

Peter Jackson, Fairview: 36 rushes, 238 yards, TD runs of 60, 18 and 2 yards

Jimmy Bailey, North East: 22 rushes 115 yards, 3 TDs, including game-winner in overtime. Also had 68-yard punt return for TD.

Aaron Horton, Mercyhurst Prep: 17 rushes 241 yards, TD runs of 16, 56, 84 and 9 yards

Zach Greenawalt, McDowell: 4 rushes 89 yards, including 83-yard TD run; also went 2-for-2 passing for 54 yards, including 39-yard TD pass

Cory Lee, General McLane: 15 rushes, 125 yards, TD runs of 14 and 19 yards

Trevor Litwiler, Linesville: 12 rushes, 128 yards; 7-of-8 passing, 111 yards, TD

Jared Burger, Union City: 36 rushes, 182 yards, 2 TDs

Dallas Williams, Oil City: Game-winning 94-yard fumble return for TD on final play; also had 6 receptions for 75 yards, including a touchdown

From Thursday:

Kevin Green, Strong Vincent: 9 rushes, 100 yards, TD; also had 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown

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: October 2nd, 2009

Readers can vote for their top performers in the new poll at upper right, or they can vote for one of the following by posting a comment at the bottom of this blog post. We put our finalists in the poll, but they are not the only nominees.

We had many strong performances Friday, including a career milestone and a superb defensive game. Here are some top choices:

Scottie Frisina, QB, Corry: 8-of-19 passing, 217 yards, 4 TDs. He also topped the 4,000-yard passing mark for his career.

Josh Rzepecki, TE, Harbor Creek: 6 receptions, 168 yards, TD catches of 9, 26, 27 and 70 yards.

Josh Giannamore, QB, Harbor Creek: 12-of-20 passing, 235 yards, 4 TDs

Mike Bizzarro, WR, McDowell: 2 receptions, 80 yards, TD catches of 17 and 63 yards

Scott Harris, RB, McDowell: 8 rushes, 113 yards, 2 TDs

Noah Ackerman, PK, Cathedral Prep: Three extra-point kicks and field goals of 35 and 43 yards. The 43-yarder tied him for the third-longest in Prep history.

Jordan Kerner, LB, Fairview: 12 tackles and 2 sacks, including key sack on Fort LeBoeuf’s final drive

Jared Lane, RB, Fairview: 15 rushes, 138 yards, 61-yard TD run, despite playing with injured hamstring

Corey McWilliams, WR, Fort LeBoeuf: 10 receptions, 168 yards

B.J. Arrowsmith, QB, Fort LeBoeuf: 13-of-22 passing, 220 yards

Casey Pace, RB, Fort LeBoeuf: 32 rushes, 147 yards, TD

Courtney Harden-Pullium, WR, Strong Vincent: 3 receptions, 95 yards, 2 TDs

Cory Lee, RB, General McLane: 15 rushes, 155 yards, TD

Casey Baker, QB, Conneaut Valley: 6-of-12 passing, 193 yards, 2 TDs

Nick Copeland, RB, Northwestern: 3 rushes, 102 yards, 2 TDs

Jared Burger, RB, Union City: 33 rushes, 169 yards, TD

Cody Johnson, RB, Oil City: 16 rushes, 200 yards; TD runs of 37 and 68 yards

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: September 22nd, 2009

The Erie Times-News Football Preview featured lists of District 10 career leaders in rushing, passing, receiving and scoring.

When we published the lists, we conceded that there was no way to get the statistics of every player from every era. Newspapers rarely printed statistics before 1970, and many schools have no record of their teams’ stats.

As a result, we asked readers to supply the names and numbers we might have missed. Readers have responded, and we promised them that we would print the revised lists on a future date and post the updates on the Varsity blog.

Here are the latest additions (the year listed is the player’s final season):

Matt Palloto

Matt Palloto


Matt Palloto, Harbor Creek,  1979             2,249 yards


Tyler Perry, Fairview, 2006     3,235 yards (1,799 in 2004)


Tyler Perry, Fairview, 2006     52 TDs, 312 points

Tyler Sargent, Fairview, 2007  42 TDs, 252 points

Here were earlier additions:


Dale Gregory, Fairview, 1992      2,440 yards (2,099 in 1992)
Nick Miller, North East, 1997        2,267 yards
D.J. Hough,  Northwestern, 1993      2,191 yards ( 1,529 in 1993)


Todd Baker, Girard, 1987                     100 receptions, 1,488 yards


Geoff Heyl, McDowell, 1997        227 points (25 field goals, 152 extra points)
Dale Gregory, Fairview, 1992        198 points
D.J. Hough,  Northwestern, 1993      186 points (30 TDs, 3 2-pointers, 23 TDs in 1993)


Gus Anderson, McDowell                          127-48-15

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: August 22nd, 2009

Welcome to this season’s first Saturday Morning Quarterback blog.

About five years ago, the Erie Times-News released its City of Erie All-Time Football Team and its Erie County All-Time Football Team. It took a lot of research, countless phone calls and plenty of opinions before we were able to pick what we thought was a representative team filled with the best players in area history.

Big-name stars like Fred Biletnikoff, Bob Sanders, Mike McCoy, Tony Sanfilippo, Bob Ferrando and Brian Milne highlighted the teams. Players were selected from 100 years of city football and about 50 years of county football.

Five years after the teams were announced, it’s time to take a lot back and see which players from the past decade might have made the all-time teams.

I’d like to suggest six names. Each might have made the first or second team, but with that in mind, I’m not saying they would replace anyone in particular on the teams.

Click below for the six players:

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 29th, 2009
Jared Lane, Fairview, 1,153 yards, 13 TDs

Jared Lane, Fairview, 1,153 yards, 13 TDs

Peter Jackson, Fairview, 647 yards, 8 TDs

Peter Jackson, Fairview, 647 yards, 8 TDs

Fairview Tigers
: Jerry Lightner
2008 record: 7-3
2008 region record (place):6-2 (tied for second place, Region 4)
Playoff results: Lost to Sharon 35-7 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals
Top players lost:K/P Garrett Stolz, OL/DL Ken Martin, WR/DB Brooks Linkoski, OL/DL Matt Kaveney, WR/DB Jesse Mifsud, OL/DL Garrett Neer
Top players returning: RB/LB Jared Lane, RB/LB Jordan Kerner, QB/DB Jordan Boice, RB/LB Peter Jackson, WR/DB Tyler Goodwin, OL/DL Michael Kowalski, OL/DE Tim Lawrence
Key games: Oct. 9 at North East, Oct. 30 vs. Girard, Nov. 6 vs. General McLane

Jordan Boice, QB

Jordan Boice, QB

Outlook: Fairview had a talented team in 2008 and returns a solid core of players on offense and defense. The Tigers have possibly the premier running back tandem in District 10 in Jared Lane and Peter Jackson.  Jackson dominated in the first half of the season before being slowed by injuries. He carried the ball 122 times for 647 yards and eight touchdowns. Lane became the primary rusher in the second half of the season and playoffs, finishing with 186 carries for 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns. That rushing total included a 312-yard performance against Harbor Creek. Add in fullback Jordan Kerner and veteran quarterback Jordan Boice, and the Tigers have a solid, experienced backfield. Fairview didn’t throw a lot, but when the Tigers did, Boice complete 36-of-75 passes for 603 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. Tyler Goodwin caught 10 of those passes in ’08 and will be one of Boice’s main targets this season. Lane is back on defense with Kerner and Jackson for a solid linebacking core and secondary. Fairview will miss Garrett Stolz as its kicker and punter. The Tigers had a strong regular season but ran into a hot Sharon team in the playoffs. Fairview  definitely have the ability to get back into the postseason and could be a Region 4 and District title contender. If the Tigers head into their final two games in contention, they could control their own destiny against two of the toughest, veteran teams in the region in Girard and General McLane.


4 at Bradford 7
10 Northwestern* 7
18 at Seneca* 7
25 at Steubenville, Ohio 7
2 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7
9 at North East* 7
16 Maplewood* 7
23 at Harbor Creek* 7
30 Girard* 7
6 General McLane* 7

* Region 4 games

Thursday: Region 4: Fort LeBoeuf

Posted: July 12th, 2009
Fairview's Jared Lane is the top returning rusher from Region 4 after piling up 1,153 yards last season.

Fairview's Jared Lane is the top returning rusher from Region 4 after piling up 1,153 yards in 10 games last season.

When Region 4 was created, District 10 almost recreated the Erie County League. The only stranger was Maplewood and the only teams missing were Corry and Iroquois. North East surprised a few people and played its way to the region championship over former Class AAA team General McLane.  North East’s only problem last year was running into a hot, underrated Slippery Rock team in the D-10 playoffs. McLane, on the other hand, was the only Region 4 team to advance past the first round of the D-10 playoffs. The Lancers knocked off a tough Greenville team but couldn’t handle eventual PIAA champion Wilmington. McLane will have to replace all-around athlete Kellen O’Neill to run the offense. Fairview and Girard were right in the thick of the region race for most of the year but ran into injury problems late. With the ‘Pickers and Lancers losing important starters to graduation, Region 4 is up for grabs this season: Here is a look at last year’s standings:

Region 4
Region Overall

x-North East 8-0 9-2
z-General McLane 7-1 9-3
z-Fairview 6-2 7-3
z-Girard 5-3 7-4
Fort LeBoeuf 4-4 4-6
Seneca 2-6 3-7
Northwestern 2-6 3-7
Maplewood 1-7 3-7
Harbor Creek 1-7 2-8
x-region champion
z-qualified for playoff spot

Key 2009 games: Sept. 11 General McLane at North East, Oct. 9 Fairview at North East, Oct. 30 Girard at Fairview, Nov. 6 General McLane at Fairview, Girard at North East
Predicted champion: North East

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