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Posts tagged "McDowell football"
Posted: October 3rd, 2012

Cathedral Prep remained No. 1 in Class AAA this week in the Harrisburg Patriot-News state football rankings.

The Ramblers will host archrival McDowell Friday at Veterans Stadium. McDowell, which is coming off a second consecutive loss to an Ohio power — a 34-23 setback to St. Edward on Friday — dropped into the “teams to watch” category in Class AAAA after being ranked No. 9 for the previous three weeks.

District 10′s Hickory, Wilmington  and Grove City are ranked in the Class AA top 10, while Sharpsville remained No. 4 in Class A. West Middlesex is listed as a Class A team to watch.

Complete state rankings:

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Posted: September 15th, 2012

Final update
Meadville beats East 41-30.

Update No. 23
Prep defeats Lake Catholic 37-6.

Update No. 22
Meadville in control 35-15 in the fourth quarter, while Prep is leading 37-0 over Lake Catholic in the fourth.

Update No. 21
Midway through the third, Meadville leads East 28-15. Late third, Prep leads Lake Catholic 37-0.

Update No. 20
Terry with his third touchdown pass and the rout is on. 34-0 Prep over Lake Catholic with less than one minute left in the half.

Update No. 19
Damion Terry keeps it for a 10-yard touchdown. Prep jumps out to a 27-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half.

Update No. 18
Damion Terry finds Jake Plonski from 10 yards out. 20-0 Prep after the PAT was blocked. 5:30 left in the first half.

Update No. 17
East leads Meadville 9-7 after the first quarter.

Update No. 16
Delton Williams returns a punt 55 yards for a touchdown. He also had a 90-yarder against Strong Vincent. 14-0 Prep in the first.

For earlier updates, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted in: Football
Posted: August 26th, 2012

McDowell and Strong Vincent beware: St. Ignatius is as good as ever. The longtime Ohio power and defending Division I state champion opened its season Saturday night with a 31-7 victory over defending Division III state champion Cardinal Mooney at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Senior quarterback Michael LaManna passed for 225 yards and completed two first-quarter touchdown passes as St. Ignatius stormed to a 21-0 halftime lead. Tim McVey rushed 11 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns and had four receptions for 50 yards and a score.

Mooney avoided a shutout when Mark Handel scored on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter.

St. Ignatius is an 11-time Ohio state champion, while Mooney is an eight-time state champ. McDowell will play St. Ignatius Sept. 21 at Gus Anderson Field and will visit Cardinal Mooney Oct. 12. Strong Vincent will host St. Ignatius Sept. 15.

In another Ohio score of interest to District 10 teams, Youngstown Ursuline rallied from an 18-0 halftime deficit to beat Youngstown East 41-24 Saturday. Cathedral Prep will host Ursuline Sept. 28 and Vincent will visit Ursuline Oct. 12.

Finally, St. Edward rolled to a 42-14 victory over another longtime Cleveland power, Glenville, Saturday. St. Edward, which forced five first-half turnovers, recovered from an early 14-7 deficit to score 35 unanswered points. St. Edward will visit McDowell Sept. 28.

McDowell fans can get an idea of what their team is up against this season by looking at this weekend’s scores. The Trojans will face the Cleveland area’s No. 1 (St. Ignatius), No. 3 (Mentor) and No. 4 (St. Edward) teams, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer poll. Those teams won their season openers by scores of 31-7, 33-13 and 42-14, respectively against quality competition.


Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 25th, 2012

McDowell will open the season against Mentor (Ohio) and 3,800-yard passer Mitch Trubisky on Friday at Gus Anderson Field. Mentor opened the season Friday with a 33-13 victory over Euclid.

Mentor and Trubisky had a rough start, but he recovered to pass for 197 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for 45 yards and a score.

Three games of area interest will be played today in Ohio.

Youngstown Ursuline was scheduled to open at home against Youngstown East at 2 p.m. Both Strong Vincent and Cathedral Prep will play Ursuline this season.

Cleveland power Glenville will visit St. Edward at 7  p.m while St. Ignatius meets Cardinal Mooney at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Browns Stadium. McDowell is scheduled to play St. Edward, St. Ignatius and Cardinal Mooney this season. Vincent will play St. Ignatius.


Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 23rd, 2012

Cathedral Prep, McDowell and Strong Vincent will face quite a challenge when they play several Ohio powers this year.

For instance, Cathedral Prep’s Sept. 15 opponent is Lake Catholic (Mentor). On Thursday, the Cougars routed Strongsville 49-21 in their season opener. Lake Catholic senior quarterback Mark Baniewicz rushed 17 times for 227 yards and five touchdowns and also passed for a TD. He did almost all of that damage in the first half, as he accounted for 194 rushing yards, four running TDs and his passing TD.

Lake Catholic was ranked No. 10 in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s opening poll of Cleveland-area teams.

However, if the Plain Dealer rankings are any indication, McDowell will face an even rougher task. The Trojans will meet three of the Cleveland area’s top four teams in the Plain Dealer poll.

McDowell will open against the No. 3 team, Mentor, next week. The Trjoans will face the No. 1 team, St. Ignatius, on Sept. 21, and No. 4-ranked St. Edward a week later. Strong Vincent also will play St. Ignatius (Sept. 15).

Another future McDowell foe, Cardinal Mooney, isn’t in the Cleveland area, so it isn’t included in the Plain Dealer poll. However, like St. Ignatius, Mooney is a defending Ohio state champion. Mooney and St. Ignatius will meet Saturday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 23rd, 2012

The PIAA football season is more than a week away, but several area football teams will watch the scoreboard with interest when the Ohio season opens this week.

Region 6 rivals McDowell, Cathedral Prep and Strong Vincent each will play powerhouse Ohio teams this year.

McDowell will face Mentor in next Friday’s opener followed by St. Ignatius (Sept. 21), St. Edward (Sept. 28) and Cardinal Mooney (Oct. 12).

Cathedral Prep will play Lake Catholic (Sept. 15) and Youngstown Ursuline (Sept. 28).

Strong Vincent will meet St. Ignatius (Sept. 15) and Youngstown Ursuline (Oct. 12).

Lake Catholic will open early, when it hosts Strongsville today at 7 p.m.

Mentor will host Euclid Friday at 7 p.m., and Cleveland power Glenville will visit St. Edward Saturday at 7 p.m. Youngstown Ursuline will open at home against Youngstown East on Saturday at 2 p.m. (The game’s date was changed.)

McDowell coaches will be able to double the impact of their scouting Saturday at 7 p.m. when St. Ignatius meets Cardinal Mooney at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Both teams are defending Ohio state champions – St. Ignatius in Division I (big schools) and Mooney in Division III.

Online coverage of the game can be found on the website.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 21st, 2012

The Pennsylvania Cable Network has released its “Game of the Week” schedule for the fall. District 10 will have only one game on television when St. Edward (Ohio) travels to Gus Anderson Field to take on McDowell. The two teams meet Sept. 28 and the game will be played the following day at 9 p.m. Below is the full schedule for this season.

All games will appear one day after the game on tape delay unless otherwise noted.
Sept. 1 - Parkland at Delaware Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 1 – Clairton at Chartiers-Houston, 9 p.m.
Sept. 7 (live) – Bishop McDevitt at Central Dauphin, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Nazareth at Liberty, 9 p.m.
Sept. 22 – Loyalsock at Mount Carmel, 9 p.m.
Sept. 29 – St. Edward (Ohio) at McDowell, 9 p.m.
Oct. 6 – North Allegheny at Gateway, 9 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Rochester at Laurel, 9 p.m.
Oct. 19 (live) – Roman Catholic at La Salle College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 – Easton at Whitehall, 9 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Solanco at Manheim Central, 9 p.m.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: August 19th, 2012

Strong Vincent runs an offensive play Saturday against Fairview at Keck Field at Jack Bestwick Stadium.

Strong Vincent’s starters looked strong against Fairview on Saturday during the first day for scrimmages for PIAA teams.

The Colonels dropped to Class AAA from AAAA in the offseason. Fairview, playing on its new turf at Keck Field at Jack Bestwick Stadium, is Class AA.

“We did well,” Vincent coach Scott White said of the scrimmage. “Going against ourselves the first week of practice we don’t get a good look. For the first time, we went against an opponent, and we looked good. We’re not there yet, but we’re making progress.”

The Colonels looked particularly solid on the line, where they have all but one starter returning. Center Kyle Bogle (5 feet 11, 230 pounds) and tackle Tashan Jordan-Mitchell (6-1, 290) lead the big group of returnees.

“That seems to be where our strong point is,” White said. “We only graduated one lineman last year, so we’re going to lean on the line more. That’s where our experience is.”

However, the Colonels also have key players back in fullback Corey Henry (741 yards in 2011) and halfback Chris Kirkland (745). Kirkland showed his big-play ability by breaking a 60-yard touchdown run Saturday on a sweep with Henry leading the way. Henry, meanwhile, displayed his bruising, physical running style on several runs up the middle.

Vincent position battles: Two places where Vincent’s White is looking for starters to emerge are the right halfback and quarterback positions.

Seniors Craig Heidelberg and Kyle Mathis are competing to replace 1,200-yard back Mike Neavins. Both players had their moments Saturday. Heidelberg, a former Cathedral Prep player, had several tough runs up the middle.

Meanwhile, there’s a three-way battle for the starting quarterback spot. Chris Starocci, a junior who transferred from Prep, has been getting the most repetitions in practice, but seniors Anthony Twillie and Tyreek Green also are competing for the starting job. The winner of that competition will replace standout Denzel Jones, who ran for 1,085 yards and passed for 890 yards.

Fairview runner shows promise: One Fairview player who might have caught fans’ attention at Saturday’s scrimmage against Strong Vincent is senior Tanner Tregaskis.

Tregaskis is a former wide receiver who led the Tigers with 16 catches for 135 yards in 2011. However, he was running out the tailback spot Saturday with junior Shannon Jackson.

Tregaskis exhibited some solid moves and good vision, and he ran tough inside.

Jackson is Fairview’s leading returning rusher with 474 yards on just 88 carries in 2011. Tregaskis’ emergence could give the Tigers a solid one-two punch at tailback.

Jarrett Koper

Bad news for McDowell, Koper: McDowell is dealing with a tough blow after starting quarterback Jarrett Koper suffered a broken leg in practice. Koper’s father confirmed that he has a broken tibia. It’s not certain if Koper will be able to return in 2012.

Koper is McDowell’s leading returning rusher after running for 681 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.

There’s no word yet on who is in line to start at quarterback in Koper’s absence.

It’s always rough when a high school athlete suffers an injury. But it’s particularly devastating when that player is a key contributor who had big plans for a senior season. The Varsity blog wishes Koper a speedy recovery.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 18th, 2012

Four District 10 football teams are ranked in the top 10 in their class in the Pennsylvania Football News preseason rankings, which were released today. Cathedral Prep (Class AAA), Grove City (AA) and Sharpsville (A) are ranked No. 5 in their respective classes. Hickory, meanwhile, is ranked No. 6 in Class AA.

McDowell (Class AAAA), Strong Vincent (AAA), Wilmington (AA), Mercyhurst Prep (A) and West Middlesex (A) are listed among Others to Watch.


Rank – School – District
1. Central Dauphin (3)
2. North Allegheny (7)
3. Wilson (West Lawn) (3)
4. Easton Area (11)
5. North Penn (1)
6. LaSalle College (12)
7. Gateway (7)
8. Downingtown East (1)
9. Upper St. Clair (7)
10. Ridley (1)

Others to Watch: Abington (1), Bethlehem Freedom (11), Council Rock North (1), Cumberland Valley (3), Delaware Valley (2), Garnet Valley (1), McDowell (10), McKeesport (7), Parkland (11), Pennridge (1), Pennsbury (1), Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7), Roman Catholic (12), Scranton (2), Seneca Valley (7), St. Joseph’s Prep (12), State College (6), Whitehall (11), Woodland Hills (7)


Rank – School – District
1. Archbishop Wood (12)
2. Bishop McDevitt (3)
3. Franklin Regional (7)
4. Central Valley (7)
5. Cathedral Prep (10)
6. Manheim Central (3)
7. Cardinal O’Hara (12)
8. Pottsgrove (1)
9. Berwick Area (2)
10. West Allegheny (7)

Others to Watch: Blackhawk (7),  Clearfield (9),  Cocalico (3),  Knoch (7),  Lampeter-Strasburg (3),  Lancaster Catholic (3),  Mars Area (7),  Montour (7),  Pottsville (11),  Scranton Prep (2),  Shippensburg (3),  Strath Haven (1),  Strong Vincent (10),  Valley View (2),  West Chester Henderson (1),  West York (3)


Rank – School – District
1. Aliquippa (7)
2. Wyomissing (3)
3. Mount Carmel (4)
4. Jeannette (7)
5. Grove City (10)
Hickory (10)
7. Pen Argyl (11)
8. GAR Memorial (2)
9. South Fayette (7)
10. Washington (7)

Others to Watch: Beaver Falls (7),  Bermudian Springs (3),  Danville (4),  Delone Catholic (3),  Forest Hills (6),  Imhotep Charter (12),  Karns City (9),  Mifflinburg (4),  Montoursville (4),  Northern Lehigh (11),  Richland (6),  Seton-LaSalle (7),  Towanda (4),  Trinity (3),  Tyrone Area (6),  West Catholic (12),  Wilmington (10),  Wyoming Area (2),


Rank – School – District
1. Clairton (7)
2. Southern Columbia (4)
3. Dunmore (2)
4. Rochester Area (7)
5. Sharpsville (10)
6. Brentwood (7)
7. Penns Manor (6)
8. Bellwood-Antis (6)
9. Old Forge (2)
10. Port Allegany (9)

Others to Watch: Avonworth (7),  Bethlehem-Center (7),  Bishop Canevin (7),  Clarion Area (9),  Coudersport (9),  Elk County Catholic (9),  Line Mountain (4),  Mercyhurst Prep (10),  Minersville (11),  North Star (5),  Pius X (11),  Riverside (2),  Schuylkill Haven (11),  Shenandoah Valley (11),  Sto-Rox (7),  West Middlesex (11)


Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 16th, 2012

Cathderal Prep's Damion Terry on 2012 Kickoff cover

Kickoff magazine gives fans a look at What's New in 2012

Kickoff magazine is expected to be available at all Country Fair locations in Erie County and Crawford County today and then in Country Fair locations throughout northwestern Pennsylvania by Friday.

What is Kickoff? It’s District 10′s most comprehensive high school football season preview. All week, we’re giving fans a sneak peek of the magazine on the Varsity blog. Today, we’ll look at What’s New for football season in 2012.

Page 6 of Kickoff is dedicated to telling fans about the new developments in District 10. We discuss McDowell’s move away from the WPIAL, Conneaut’s first season, six coaches at new schools, new turf at Fairview’s stadium, rules changes and more.  The page also guides fans throughout the magazine to find more in-depth information about those topics and others. Read it all by picking up a Kickoff at a Country Fair.

This is the third edition of the award-winning Kickoff produced by the Erie Times-News, and we believe it’s our best. Fans can get 116 pages packed with information, feature stories and color photos, and it will be available for $5 by Friday at all area Country Fair stores.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 13th, 2012

McDowell standout James Conner has locked up his collegiate future by verbally committing to Pitt. Conner, a 6-foot 3-inch, 230-pound running back/defensive end, set a school record in 2011 with 12 sacks. He finished with 46 tackles and one pass deflection as a junior while rushing for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries. Conner also caught four passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Conner also had standing offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo and Youngstown State. He becomes the fifth District 10 player to commit to a major-college football program. Damion Terry (Cathedral Prep) committed to Michigan State, while Hickory’s DeShawn Coleman is headed to West Virgina and General McLane’s Quinn Thompson will attend Connecticut. Meadville senior Artrel Foster recently committed to Temple and Prep senior Delton Williams is still entertaining offers but recent reports have him down to Nebraska and Michigan State.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: August 11th, 2012

Quinn Thompson

DeShawn Coleman

Damion Terry

Artrel Foster

Meadville’s Artrel Foster is the latest in a series of District 10 skill-position players who have committed to major colleges.

When Foster announced that he had picked Temple recently, he became the fourth high-profile skill-position player from the district to commit to a major college before his senior season.

Foster joins Cathedral Prep quarterback Damion Terry (Michigan State), Hickory running back DeShawn Coleman (West Virginia) and General McLane tight end Quinn Thompson (Connecticut) on that list.

At least two other skill-position players in D-10 are being recruited: McDowell running back/defensive end James Conner and Cathedral Prep running back/safety Delton Williams. Pitt is among those interested in Conner, while Williams has more than a dozen offers, including Michigan State and Nebraska.


Posted in: District 10, Football

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