Grove City picked up its second big win in two weeks on Friday by shutting out Wilmington 17-0. Erik Record scored twice on runs of 30 and 32 yards to lead the Eagles, while Brian Murone added a 22-yard field goal. Record finished with 119 yards on 10 carries, while Wes Phipps had 18 carries for 110 yards. Grove City has several tests left in Slippery Rock and DuBois, but it looks as if the Eagles are on their way to the Region 5 title and a first-round bye in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Grove City’s possible opponent in the D-10 championship? Cathedral Prep. The Ramblers had been rolling until running into Cleveland powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Ramblers trailed 14-7 at halftime before being outscored 28-0 in the second half. Damion Terry did throw for 159 yards to become Prep’s all-time passer, but he threw two interceptions after coming into the game with three this season. Both interceptions went to Miami (Ohio) recruit Mike Svetina, who also scored on a fumble return. The Ramblers will look to bounce back next week against New York power Aquinas Institute.
The game of the night might have come in Linesville as the Lions held off Farrell 37-36. Jimmy Kearns ran for 193 yards on 27 carries, including five touchdowns, while also coming up big on defense. Kearns drilled a receiver, forcing him to drop a pass on 4th and goal in the final seconds of Friday’s game. Kearns had a 2-point conversion, giving him 32 of the Lions’ 37 points. Lawrence Hughes had three touchdowns on nine carries for 116 yards for Farrell.
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-Iroquois picked up its first win by routing Cochranton 41-12. Parrish Brown had 19 carries for 142 yards and three total touchdowns in the win. Cochranton couldn’t get back on track after losing in overtime to Maplewood last week. It doesn’t get any easier for the Cardinals as they try to stay in the playoff race. Cochranton will host Mercyhurst Prep next week and might need wins against Eisenhower and Youngsville to get into the postseason.
-Cambridge Springs earned its second win for new coach Clint Rauscher. The Blue Devils beat rival Union City 26-12 on Friday. Weston Stafford scored twice before Quentin Stafford returned an interception 45 yards for a game-securing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Cambridge is back in the playoff race with a tough home game against Youngsville coming up.
-Speaking of the Eagles, they had no chance of a letdown against Eisenhower on Friday. Youngsville won 42-13 behind four touchdown passes from Cory Craig and four total touchdowns by Sam Lucas. Youngsville travels to Cambridge Springs next week before a home game against Conneaut, Ohio. The Eagles will have two interesting games to finish the regular season against Cochranton and Saegertown.
-How about those Corry Beavers? Corry marched into Ted Miller Stadium and walked out with a 28-21 win over North East. John Cragg scored three touchdowns on passes from Nate Smith, while Matt Cragg returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. The Beavers still have an outside chance at the playoffs and a non-region win over North East will help the resume.
-Greenville and Northwestern are fighting for playoff spots in their respective regions and met for a non-region classic on Friday. Tyler Gentile threw for 406 yards and ran for 51 in a 32-29 win over Northwestern. Gentile threw for four touchdowns, while Nico Zahniser had seven catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
-Harbor Creek and Titusville also met in a Region 3-4 showdown. The Huskies won 30-0 behind Austin Griffith’s strong performance. Griffith threw for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for one as well. Harbor Creek hosts Seneca next week and can wrap up a postseason spot by beating Northwestern the week after. Titusville looks like it might grab the fourth and final playoff spot in Region 3 but could really use an upset win in their region finale next week against Wilmington.
-General McLane kept rolling with a 34-13 win at Bradford. Josh Ponsoll had a hand in three touchdowns, including two passes and a 17-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The Lancers have won four in a row since a 35-21 loss to North East. McLane has another non-region test at Meadville next week before taking on rival Fairview in its home opener the week after.
-Central Tech picked up its second win by beating Seneca 36-23. Paul Kafando had 283 yards on 26 carries, including four touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. The Falcons take on Strong Vincent with Warren to follow. Two wins and Central might grab a playoff spot but a loss in either game and the Falcons will end the season against Northwestern and Harbor Creek.
-Another huge day for DeShawn Coleman of Hickory. The Hornets routed Karns City behind 213 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns by Coleman. Andrew Smith added two touchdown receptions for Hickory. Coleman went over the 1,000-yard mark in the win and is one of the top rushers in District 10.