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Posted: November 18th, 2013

How’s this for a high-scoring football game? In an Illinois High School Athletic Association Class AA quarterfinal Saturday, Greenville rallied to beat Mount Carmel 71-70 — and the game didn’t go into overtime.

Here are a few remarkable tidbits about the game:

– Mount Carmel led 70-49 with 2 1/2 minutes minutes remaining. Thanks to back-to-back successful onside kicks, Greenville outscored Mount Carmel 22-0 the rest of the way.

– Greenville took the lead on a two-point conversion pass with 20 seconds left.

– During the final 20 seconds, Mount Carmel moved the ball from its 20-yard to Greenville’s 7-yard line before time ran out.

– The two quarterbacks passed for a combined 1,160 yards — 644 and 516 — and the teams combined for more than 1,600 total yards.

– The winning quarterback attempted 82 passes, completing 43 for 644 yards and six touchdowns. The losing QB passed for seven TDs.

– In its previous playoff game, Mount Carmel had upset top-seeded Carterville 50-49, thanks to a two-point conversion in overtime. Mount Carmel led 42-13 in the fourth quarter of that game.

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Posted: August 31st, 2013

Non-region
Bradford 21, Kennedy Catholic 6
St. Joe’s 46, Mercyhurst Prep 6
University Prep 52, Central Tech 7

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted: August 30th, 2013

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Posted: August 30th, 2013

Non-region
Reynolds 41, Maplewood 6
General McLane 42, Fort LeBoeuf 6
Northwestern 31, Meadville 7
Lakeview 63, Union City 6
Cochranton 14, Seneca 13
Farrell 12, Sharon 0
Fairview 42, Youngsville 0
Harbor Creek 30, Iroquois 0
Mercer 41, Eisenhower 13
Greenville 21, North East 3
Cambridge Springs 68, Saegertown 0
Slippery Rock 44, Brashear 7
Grove City 34, Carrick 12
Cathedral Prep 55, Perry 0
Warren 21, East 20
Conneaut 27, Girard 17
Hickory 49, Strong Vincent 7
Mentor (Ohio) 44, McDowell 30
Mifflin County 21, DuBois 17
Oil City 34, Corry 9
Sharpsville 35, Moniteau 12
Franklin 18, Titusville 14
Wilmington 28, West Middlesex 10

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted: August 27th, 2013

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Posted: August 26th, 2013

•The last thing Mercyhurst Prep girls tennis coach Kelly Maslar and McDowell coach Richard Beck will tell you is how easy it’s been to keep their programs at the top of District 10. The Lakers and Trojans have dominated the field and it appears the two will repeat as the District 10 Class AA and AAA team champions. In fact, since the inception of the team tennis title, Mercyhurst Prep and McDowell have won every D-10 title. The two programs aren’t just getting the best players, they are developing them. Maslar and Beck put countless hours into their programs and their players to stay at the top. Tennis matches don’t normally draw big crowds aside from the usual parents and friends but if the fans in Erie want to see a high school sport played well, go check out one of these teams over the next few weeks. Mercyhurst and McDowell have already played once this season, but they are scheduled for another showdown on Sept. 17 at Pennbriar. The D-10 postseason is arriving in October and there should be decent crowds at Pennbriar but don’t wait that long.

•I was checking out high school football on the ESPN family of networks this weekend as they showcased some of the best teams around the country. I also read a story by the Harrisburg Patriot-News about an NFL personnel guru that said Pennsylvania isn’t producing as much football talent as it used to. My immediate reaction was “So what?”. Most high school football players know that they aren’t going to be in the NFL one day. The athletes still put in months of hard work, lift weights in the offseason and play their hearts out every Friday night. Let’s look at District 10 Class AA. It has been a long time since Erie County won a D-10 Class AA title. Does that mean Erie County teams should just throw in the towel and forget it? One of the more inspirational speeches I’ve been to in my life was Marc Blucas at the Varsity Cup banquet this past June. He flat out told the crowd that he could have taken the safe route and went to a major Division II basketball program and been a four-year star. He decided to push himself and go Division I to Wake Forest. Blucas never made it to the NBA but he earned plenty of playing time and pushed himself to take a chance. On Friday, the high school football season begins with 44 teams competing in District 10 looking for region, district and state championships. The athletes need to ignore what is being said about their state and continue to push themselves toward achieving goals.

•Speaking of football, the Harrisburg Patriot-News rankings should be out in the next few days. I can see at least three or four D-10 teams cracking the rankings right out of the gate. If you want to talk District 10 football, join me on the live blog Tuesday at noon.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 23rd, 2013

• Most of the Week 2 football scrimmages will take place tonight. The best part about that news? The regular season is one week away. Much like the third and fourth NFL preseason games, starting jobs and playing time could be earned and lost in the second scrimmage of the season. Below is a schedule of scrimmages tonight and Saturday. The most important part of these scrimmages is keeping everyone healthy.

Week 2 scrimmages (Cathedral Prep scrimmaged in Chardon, Ohio on Thursday)
Today
Cochranton at Union-Rimersburg, 5 p.m.
Warren at Fairview, 5:30 p.m.
Bradford at Youngsville, 6 p.m.
Clarion-Limestone, Sheffield at Eisenhower (at Youngsville), 6 p.m.
East, Mercyhurst Prep at Corry, 6 p.m.
Franklin at Punxsutawney, 6 p.m.
Hickory at Conneaut, 6 p.m.
Keystone at Lakeview, 6 p.m.
Northwestern at Oil City, 6 p.m.
Union City at Reynolds, 6 p.m.
Fort LeBoeuf at Grove City, 6:30 p.m.
General McLane at Harbor Creek, 6:30 p.m.
West Middlesex at Union, 6:30 p.m.
Central Tech at Girard, 7 p.m.
Karns City at Slippery Rock, 7 p.m.
McDowell at Woodland Hills, 7 p.m.
Meadville at Wilmington, 7 p.m.
Mercer at Moniteau, 7 p.m.
North East at Iroquois, 7 p.m.
Philipsburg-Osceola at DuBois, 7 p.m.
Seneca at Saegertown, 7 p.m.
Sharpsville at Greenville, 7 p.m.
Shenango at Farrell, 7 p.m.
Strong Vincent at Sharon, 7 p.m.
Titusville at Maplewood, 7 p.m.
Saturday
Kennedy Catholic at Cambridge Springs, 10 a.m.

• We will have plenty of coverage of the upcoming football season for fans to enjoy. Each Friday night, make sure to come to the Varsity blog for a live chat throughout the night. We will update every game involving District 10 teams and we are the only source to give scores from every game on time each week. We will have photo galleries, boxscores and briefs throughout the season and a pick ‘em contest that will be launched soon. Football season is always one of my favorite times of year. There’s nothing like arriving to a high school game with a marching band playing, parents selling 50-50s and concessions, players on the field warming up and just the general buzz felt before a game begins. Here’s a music video from the song Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney. It definitely encapsulates what football means to these players in their careers. Are there any players or games you are looking forward to? Leave a comment and let me know. I can’t wait for the rivalry games around the Erie area, including Cathedral Prep-McDowell. Not only is it one of the most ferocious rivalries around but both teams have blazing speed in their defensive backfields. Prep has two Division I recruits in Felix Manus-Schell and Marlon Tyree, while McDowell’s Tyree Spearman, Jamie Szymczak and Jake Tarasovitch will be fun to watch.

• Make sure to check out the video previews that videographer Matt Mead is putting together on every Erie County football team. We’ve posted 11 videos so far and each gives fans an idea of what to expect from each team.

• If you want to watch a discussion of high school football, check out the Sunday Sportsblitz on WSEE at 11:30 a.m. I will stumble over, I mean talk about, what to expect this season as I try to avoid a Steve Carrell moment in Bruce Almighty.

• Make sure to join me on Tuesday at noon as I host a live chat about the upcoming high school football season. The live blog will take place on the Varsity blog and last about an hour unless the discussion cruises along and readers want to keep going.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted: August 11th, 2013

Region 6 returning all-stars
Erie Times-News All-District 10 Team
2012 underclassmen (Current year listed)
Offense
Scot Augustine McDowell 12 OL
Special teams
Ethan Stark McDowell 12 P
Defense
Felix Manus-Schell Cathedral Prep 12 DB
Tyree Spearman McDowell 12 DB

Region 6 returning all-stars
2012 underclassmen (Current year listed)
First team
Offense
Alex Greenawalt Cathedral Prep 12 WR
Brett Kulka General McLane 12 OL
Scot Augustine McDowell 12 OL
Defense
Felix Manus-Schell Cathedral Prep 12 DB
Tyree Spearman McDowell 12 DB
Second team
Offense
Clay Smith General McLane 12 WR
Jamie Szymczak McDowell 12 WR
Devonne Barnes Cathedral Prep 12 OL
Anthony Duck Central Tech 12 OL
Special teams
Ethan Stark McDowell 12 K
Ethan Stark McDowell 12 P
Defense
Tanner DeCrapio McDowell 12 DL
Devonne Barnes Cathedral Prep 12 DL
Marlon Tyree Cathedral Prep 12 DB

2012 standings
Region Overall
x-Cathedral Prep (AAA) 5-0 15-0
y-McDowell (AAAA) 4-1 7-6
y-General McLane (AAA) 3-2 9-3
Strong Vincent (AAA) 2-3 3-7
East (AAA) 1-4 1-9
Central Tech (AAA) 0-5 3-7
x-region champion
y-qualified for playoffs

2012 Region 6 postseason results
District 10
Quarterfinals
General McLane 56, Oil City 35
Semifinals
General McLane 46, Slippery Rock 42
Cathedral Prep 54, Warren 12
Championship
Cathedral Prep 48, General McLane 14

PIAA playoffs
Class AAA
Quarterfinals
Cathedral Prep 27, West Allegheny 13
Semifinals
Cathedral Prep 38, Bishop McDevitt 3
Championship
Cathedral Prep 24, Archbishop Wood 14

Class AAAA
PIAA Subregion
District 8-10 Championship
McDowell 61, Perry 14
First round
McDowell 42, State College 0
Quarterfinals
North Allegheny 56, McDowell 6

Region 6 champions
(Since initial region alignment in 2004)
2012 — Cathedral Prep (5-0)
2011 — Cathedral Prep (6-0)
2010 — Cathedral Prep (6-0)
2009 — Cathedral Prep (4-0)
2008 — Strong Vincent (4-0)
2007 — Cathedral Prep, McDowell (co-champs, 4-1)
2006 — Cathedral Prep (5-0)
2005 — McDowell (2-0)
2004 — McDowell (2-0)

2013 outlook
Favorites: Cathedral Prep, McDowell
Contender: General McLane
Dark horse: Central Tech

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 10th, 2013

Region 5 returning all-stars
Erie Times-News All-District 10 Team
2012 underclassmen (Current year listed)
Offense
Logan Way Oil City 12 WR

Region 5 returning all-stars
2012 underclassmen (Current year listed)
First team
Offense
Logan Way Oil City 12 WR
Ryan Harkness Meadville 12 RB
Kevin Daly Oil City 12 RB
Tyler Fleeger DuBois 12 OL
Special teams
Josh Hnat DuBois 12 K
Defense
Tyler Fleeger DuBois 12 DL
Second team
Offense
John Pantuso Bradford 11 TE
Bryson Paulinellie DuBois 11 WR
Frank Conlon Slippery Rock 12 RB
Trent Zdarko Oil City 12 AP
Matt Lingle DuBois 12 OL
Quinton Reed Oil City 12 OL
Nick Johnson DuBois 12 OL
Defense
Patrick Greco Franklin 12 DL
Trent Zdarko Oil City 12 DL
Alec Lloyd Meadville 12 DL
Cory Berquist DuBois 12 LB
Ryan Madden Franklin 12 LB
Jesse Rice Oil City 12 DB

Region 5 standings
Region Overall
x-Slippery Rock (AAA) 6-0 9-2
y-DuBois (AAAA) 5-1 8-2
y-Warren (AAA) 4-2 9-3
y-Bradford (AAA) 2-4 4-6
Meadville (AAA) 2-4 4-6
y-Oil City (AAA) 2-4 4-6
Franklin (AAA) 0-6 1-9
x-region champion
y-qualified for playoffs

2012 Region 5 postseason results
District 10
Class AAA
Quarterfinals
General McLane 56, Oil City 35
Byes: Cathedral Prep, Slippery Rock
Semifinals
General McLane 46, Slippery Rock 42
Cathedral Prep 54, Warren 12

District 9 Class AAA
Clearfield 49, Bradford 0

Class AAAA subregional
State College 35, DuBois 13

Region 5 champions
(Since initial region alignment in 2004)
2012 — Slippery Rock (6-0)
2011 — Grove City (6-0)
2010 — Grove City (6-0)
2009 — Grove City (4-0)
2008 — Grove City (4-0)
2007 — Titusville (5-0)
2006 — Titusville (5-0)
2005 — General McLane (8-0)
2004 — Strong Vincent (8-0)

2013 outlook
Favorite: DuBois
Contenders: Oil City, Slippery Rock
Dark horse: Warren

Sunday: Region 6

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 9th, 2013

Region 4 returning all-stars
2012 underclassmen (Current year listed)
First team
Offense
Brian McNally* Girard 12 TE
Joe Dunn Girard 12 QB
Shannon Jackson* Fairview 12 RB
Jeff Dann Fairview 12 OL
Nate Conti Fort LeBoeuf 12 OL
Defense
Ryan Morris Corry 12 LB
Second team
Offense
Nate Smith Corry 12 QB
Brandon Reiser Northwestern 12 RB
Kamron Brace Seneca 12 OL
Defense
Zach Muye Seneca 11 LB
Shannon Jackson Fairview 12 DB
*Named to the all-district team

2012 standings
Region Overall
z-Corry 6-1 8-3
z-Northwestern 6-1 7-4
y-North East 4-3 7-3
y-Fairview 4-3 6-4
Girard 4-3 6-4
Fort LeBoeuf 3-4 5-5
Seneca 1-6 3-7
Harbor Creek 0-7 1-9
z-co-champions
y-qualified for playoffs

2012 Region 4 postseason results
Class AA
Quarterfinals
Grove City 56, North East 14
Hickory 48, Northwestern 22
Greenville 35, Corry 28
Wilmington 47, Fairview 0

Region 4 champions
(Since initial region alignment in 2004)
2012 — Corry, Northwestern (6-1)
2011 — North East (6-0)
2010 — General McLane (6-0)
2009 — General McLane (8-0)
2008 — North East (8-0)
2007 — Harbor Creek (6-0)
2006 — Fairview, Harbor Creek (co-champs, 5-1)
2005 — Girard (6-1)
2004 — North East (7-0)

2013 outlook
Favorite: Northwestern
Contenders: Girard, Fairview
Dark horse: North East

Saturday: Region 5

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 8th, 2013

Region 3 Returning All-Stars
2012 underclassmen (Current year listed)
First team
Offense
Tyler Fattman Greenville 12 AP
Special teams
Jordan Wombacker Hickory 11 K
Tyler Fattman Greenville 12 P
Defense
Foster Reznor Grove City 12 DB
Luke Houpt Greenville 12 DB
Second team
Offense
Luke Houpt Greenville 12 WR
Foster Reznor Grove City 12 RB
Anthony Cannone Hickory 12 AP
Defense
Anthony Cannone Hickory 12 LB

2012 standings
Region Overall
z-Grove City 6-1 9-2
z-Hickory 6-1 11-2
z-Wilmington 6-1 9-3
y-Greenville 4-3 6-6
Reynolds 3-4 6-4
Titusville 2-5 3-7
Sharon 1-6 1-9
Saegertown 0-7 1-9
z-tri-champions
y-qualified for playoffs

2012 Region 3 postseason results
Class AA
Quarterfinals
Grove City 56, North East 14
Hickory 48, Northwestern 22
Greenville 35, Corry 28
Wilmington 47, Fairview 0
Semifinals
Hickory 35, Grove City 13
Wilmington 10, Greenville 9, 2 OT
Championship
Hickory 39, Wilmington 7

PIAA playoffs
Quarterfinals
Richland 38, Hickory 12

Region 3 champions
(Since initial region alignment in 2004)
2012 — Grove City, Hickory, Wilmington (6-1)
2011 — Wilmington (5-0)
2010 — Sharon (5-0)
2009 — Wilmington, Sharon (co-champs, 6-1)
2008 — Wilmington (7-0)
2007 — Wilmington (6-0)
2006 — Wilmington (6-0)
2005 — Wilmington (6-1)
2004 — Greenville, Grove City (co-champs, 6-1)

2013 outlook
Favorite: Wilmington
Contenders: Grove City, Hickory
Dark horse: Greenville

Friday: Region 4

–Tom Reisenweber

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