The District 10 playoffs are finally upon us. This week in the Saturday Morning Quarterback we are going to take a look at the probably playoff matchups and how they came to be on Friday night.
(1) Sharpsville vs. (8) Cambridge Springs
(2) Youngsville vs. (7) West Middlesex
(3) Mercer vs. (6) Saegertown
(4) Mercyhurst Prep vs. (5) Farrell
West Middlesex and Farrell secured spots on Friday with Sharpsville’s 47-20 rout of Linesville. Joey Flynn scored five touchdowns for the Blue Devils, including three TD receptions from Jacob Henwood. Farrell was off and moved into third place with Mercer’s 42-6 rout of West Middlesex. Kyle Mariacher ran for 271 yards and five touchdowns to continue his torrid pace this season. The Big Reds and Steelers finished in a tie for third place but Farrell has the tiebreaker with a 18-13 win over Middlesex a few weeks ago.
Cambridge Springs locked up the final playoff spot from Region 2 Friday with a 12-7 win over Iroquois. It turns out that the Blue Devils didn’t need a win with Eisenhower falling 21-18 to Union City, but Cambridge needs all the momentum it can get going into the postseason. The Blue Devils have a date with Sharpsville in the south and it won’t be easy. Youngsville, which had already clinched the No. 1 seed, made a statement Friday by blowing out Saegertown 48-22. Jordan Gurdak ran for 224 yards on only nine carries, including four touchdowns for the Eagles.
(3) Hickory vs. (6) Northwestern
(4) General McLane vs. (5) Greenville
Byes: (1) Wilmington, (2) North East
The field was set before Friday but several teams faced big tests in Week 10. North East traveled to Waterford to take on a tough Fort LeBoeuf team and was fortunate enough to leave with a 14-11 win. Tyler Johnson and Alex Svetz each reached 100 yards in the win, giving the Grapepickers another quality non-region win. North East will have a week off before a showdown with Hickory likely in the semifinals. If North East and Hickory meet, it could be the de facto D-10 championship. Northwestern saw what Region 3 can bring Friday with a 28-0 loss at Wilmington. Gunnar and Tyler Donati scored two touchdowns each in the win while quarterback Josh Tekac was out of the lineup. The quarterback is important to the Greyhounds and his injury could cost him the rest of the season. If he can’t go, General McLane might nip the ‘Hounds in the second round. McLane had no problem with winless Franklin on Friday in a 61-33 win.
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(3) Slippery Rock vs. (6) Corry
(4) East vs. (5) Meadville
Byes: (1) Grove City, (2) Cathedral Prep
The brackets could be switched with East and Corry playing in the first round and Slippery Rock taking on Meadville. The District 10 Committee will have to decide who is the higher seed between Slippery Rock and East. The Rockets have a better overall record but D-10 could decide to go geographical and have East and Corry meet with Meadville and Slippery Rock playing in a rematch. The Rockets beat the Bulldogs in overtime earlier this season.
Prep proved it didn’t need Damion Terry or Delton Williams on Friday with a 35-0 rout of East. John Chereson set a school record with four field goals in the win and is on pace to smash all school kicking records. East had eclipsed 30 points the previous two weeks before its offense was completely shut down. Meadville had no problems scoring against Titusville with a 55-0 win. The Bulldogs are putting together another late-season run and could be a dangerous team in the postseason.
It looks like the District 6-9-10 subregional will go through Erie. Strong Vincent finished as the top seed despite DuBois’ 52-21 win over Bradford on Friday. A win over a Class AAA team didn’t help the Beavers overcome the idle Colonels. Strong Vincent will likely host State College in the first week in Erie, while DuBois draws Mifflin County. Both games are likely to be played Nov. 12 at the Colonels’ and Beavers’ homefields.