Reisen Shine – New football contenders emerging

   September 7, 2013 6:00 am

 

Colton Noble of Cambridge Springs ran for 148 yards and 3 TDs against Cochranton

With a new season only two weeks old, new contenders are starting to emerge. In Class A, Cambridge Springs routed Cochranton 42-12 to take a firm grip in the region. In Region 3, Greenville shocked Hickory 22-21. Here is a look at some of the action around District 10 on Friday:

•Cambridge Springs routed Saegertown 68-0 in Week 1 and Cochranton 42-12 on Friday. The Blue Devils have been dominant lately and only have a few hurdles to get by to win the Region 2 title. Colton Noble, once, again was the star for Cambridge Springs with 148 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Cochranton was supposed to be the powerhouse in Region 2, Cambridge Springs might have taken the throne on Friday.

•Perhaps the two biggest wins of the week might have come in Region 3. Greenville shocked Hickory 22-21 and Grove City rallied to beat Wilmington 17-13. Both wins are crucial to the Region 3 standings and both echo how deep the region is this season. Greenville trailed Hickory 21-0 at halftime. Trey VanAken completely shifted the momentum of the game with a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. After Zach Miller sacked Hickory quarterback matt Voytik in the endzone for a safety, Matt Jones connected for two touchdowns to Luke Houpt in the fourth quarter to give Greenville a 22-21 lead. Gage Gladysz then snagged an interception with 41 seconds, the third Greenville pick of the night, to secure a Trojans upset of the defending District 10 Class AA champion.

Down in New Wilmington, Grove City was playing an ugly game against the Greyhounds. Wilmington led 13-10 late in the game until Jared Graham connected with Foster Reznor for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 1:01 left on the clock. The Grove City defense then came up with a big stop around midfield to secure the win.

•Speaking of Region 3, Sharon recovered quickly from a disappointing 12-0 loss to rival Farrell in the Steel Bowl. The Tigers routed Saegertown 67-0 behind five touchdowns from Carnell Hawkins. He scored on runs of 61, 65 and 64 yards and caught two touchdown passes of 16 and 39 yards. Keep an eye on Hawkins the rest of the season as he is emerging as a playmaker for the Tigers.

•Iroquois was another team to recover quickly after being shut out in Week 1. The Braves handled Youngsville 39-6 behind four touchdowns from Brandon Roda. He ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Carpin. Carpin was a perfect 4-for-4 for 54 yards and he ran for 50 yards.

•Joe Swanson had a breakout game for Mercyhurst Prep. He carried the ball 29 times for 266 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-29 win over Union City. He also scored on a two 2-point conversions to give him 34 points for the game. Eric Baer complemented Swanson with 132 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.

•We’re used to seeing a strong running back tandem in North East. The Grapepickers finally had that 1-2 punch Friday in a 35-14 win over Corry. Jordan Bryan ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, while Garrett Owens ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. If North East can get both running backs going at the same time, the ‘Pickers will be a tough team to beat.

•Girard looked pretty balanced on Friday in a 28-7 win over Fairview. Joe Dunn threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns, while Kel Barnes ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. Brian McNally also had a big game with five catches for 66 yard and one touchdown. Everyone knows Girard can throw the ball. If the YellowJackets can get their rushing attack going, they’ll be tough to prepare for each week.

•Much more on Friday’s action in Sunday’s post.

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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