Region 1 flexed its muscles Friday night by sweeping Region 2 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals. Sharpsville routed Cambridge Springs 48-0 and Mercer handled Saegertown 48-20, which weren’t big surprises. However, Mercyhurst’s last-second 28-25 loss to Farrell raised some eyebrows, along with Region 2 champion Youngsville’s 47-0 loss to West Middlesex. That sets up an all-Region 1 semifinal round where Sharpsville will take on Farrell and Mercer will play West Middlesex at sites and times to be determined.
Some of the highlights from Class A includes another huge night from Kyle Mariacher and Forrest Wested’s last-second touchdown. Wested scored from 1 yard out with 21 seconds left to keep Farrell’s bid for a fourth straight D-10 title alive. Mariacher ran for 304 yards on 35 carries, including five touchdowns, in Mercer’s 48-20 win over Saegertown. Mariacher ran for more than 200 yards in the first half to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. He has a chance to contend for the single-season rushing record in District 10. Mariacher now has 2,109 yards and needs 335 more to catch Aaron Horton’s record of 2,444.
The biggest surprise was West Middlesex routing Youngsville 47-0. Colin Patten ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns, while Clay Allen had 117 yards and one touchdown in the win. Jeremy Jancso contributed with 109 passing yards and two touchdowns while also running for one. Youngsville managed only 127 yards.
McDowell’s quest for the District 7 championship ended Friday with a 21-14 loss to Upper St. Clair. The Trojans hung with the much heralded Panthers, but Dakota Conwell was too much for McDowell. The quarterback ran for two touchdowns and threw for one. Conwell finished with 70 yards on the ground and 124 yards through the air. Greg Garmon and Khlique Harris scored for the Trojans. McDowell finished at 8-3.
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– Tom Reisenweber
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