Saturday Morning Quarterback

   September 25, 2009 11:49 pm    0

 

Well the Cathedral Prep-Strong Vincent game didn’t exactly live up to the hype. The Ramblers dominated every facet of the game, leaving the Colonels searching for answers. Vincent will need to regroup quickly to ensure it makes the playoffs this season. East is hot and could upset the Colonels in late October.

Prep’s combination of Shyquawn Pullium and Justin Wiley had another huge night on Friday in the 46-0 win over Vincent. Pullium ran for 120 yards on 10 carries, including two touchdowns, while Wiley had 82 yards rushing with one touchdown, and 90 yards receiving with two TDs. The Ramblers proved they deserve their state ranking, and could be in for a long playoff run.

-McDowell put together a terrific effort on the road, but could not overcome a talented McKeesport team. The Trojans suffered their first loss, 16-14, but had their chances to pull Friday’s game out. McDowell was driving into McKeesport territory late in the game, but a fourth down pass by Zach Greenawalt fell incomplete to end the Trojans’ hopes.

Greenawalt gained 120 yards on 16 carries, including both of McDowell’s touchdowns, while Dejon Young had 52 yards on 13 carries.

-Iroquois’ defense came up big on Friday with two touchdowns and several fourth-down stops. Tyler Fortin returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdwon in the first quarter, and Matt Sleppy scooped up a fumble and returned it 42 yards for a TD in the Braves’ 14-9 win over Union City. Parrish Brown led Iroquois with 73 yards on 18 carries, while Ryan Myers led the Bears with 128 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Brusing back Jared Burger chipped in with 103 yards on 22 carries for Union City.

-The surprising Fort LeBoeuf Bisons moved to a perfect 4-0 on Friday with a 45-0 win at Maplewood. B.J. Arrowsmith found Brandon Bradney in the first quarter for a 25-yard touchdown pass, before Casey Pace and Richie Kolesar each ran for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Bisons’ defense held the Panthers down all night, and defensive back Corey McWilliams even scored on a 70-yard interception return. Pace carried the ball 15 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns, while Kolesar scored a touchdown on each of his two carries.

Fort LeBoeuf will start a brutal four-game stretch next week that will decide its playoff status. The Bisons will host Fairview, then head to Girard. LeBoeuf will return home for North East before going to General McLane. If the Bisons can manage to split those four games or better, they will head to the playoffs.

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-Mercyhurst Prep looks like a serious contender for the District 10 Class A title. The Lakers routed Cochranton 54-14 on Friday to move to 4-0.

Aaron Horton ran the ball seven times for 88 yards and two touchdowns, while Brad Hesch had two touchdowns and Tylher Helffrich returned two punts for touchdowns. Hesch finished with 80 yards on just three carries.

Jeff Hawley had 170 yards on 10 carries for the Cardinals, including a 60-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

-Wilmington continued its torrid pace with a 37-7 rout of Oil City. Sutton Whiting broke off 100 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns and a 21-yard touchdown reception. Wilmington hosts Hickory next week, and if the Greyhounds get past Sharon the week after, they are likely candidate for a 10-0 season.

Mark Kulinski was 15-for-32 with 167 yards and two interceptions for the Oilers, while Division I prospect Ben Koyack caught nine passes for 97 yards.

-Reynolds grinded out a 6-0 win against Titusville on Friday behind Greg Baptiste. Baptiste carried the ball 26 times for 136 yards and the games only points on a 14-yard touchdown run. Jayce Corklin led the Rockets with 41 yards on eight carries.

-General McLane didn’t have any problems with Harbor Creek on Friday in a 35-7 win. Cory Lee broke the 100-yard mark again with 108 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Jason Shesterenko and Nick Lombardo added touchdown runs in the first half to secure the Lancer win. McLane returns to Linden Field on Friday for a TRegion 4 showdown with Girard.

-North East escaped the upset by scoring with 2:02 showing on the clock to beat Northwestern 17-14 at Ted Miller Stadium. Spencer Cornelius hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Bailey to seal the deal for the Grapepickers.

Jordan Elchynski had another big night for North East with 99 yards on 26 carries, while Louis Neff had a 62-yard touchdown run.

-Grove City was the latest team to beat up on Franklin with a 63-0 win on Friday night. Marty Phipps ran the ball seven times for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while Brady Beech contributed with two touchdowns. Wesley Phipps carried the ball eight times for 69 yards and one touchdown.

-Corry’s Scottie Frisina bounced back well this week with three touchdown runs and two through the air in a win over Meadville. Frisina completed 15-of-20 passes for 250 yards and is less than 200 yards from the 4,000-yard plateau. Cory Owens caught five passes for 71 yards with one touchdown, and Craig Marti gained 82 yards on four catches.

Tyler Banks ran wild for Meadville with 108 yards on 20 carries, while DeAirius Goodrum scored the only Bulldog touchdown with an 8-yard run.

Corry has scored 42 points two straight years against the Bulldogs. The Beavers lost 49-42 last season at Meadville before exacting revenge on Friday, 42-11.

-Steubenville proved to be too much for Fairview, but the Tigers limited the damage in a 32-10 loss. Peter Jackson led the Tigers with 31 yards on 19 carries and a 2-yard touchdown run, while Dan Rosendahl went for 25 yards on nine carries. Standout running back Jared Lane did not play for the second straight week with an injury.

-If District 10 fans haven’t noticed Bradford’s Pat Pascarella by now, they should. Pascarella went off again on Friday in a 42-7 win over warren. Pascarella ran the ball 16 times for 242 yards, including touchdown runs of 46, 65, 69 and 3. Bradford travels to Meadville in a week before a Region 6 showdown with East the week after at Veterans Stadium.

 

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