One of the games that really stuck out to me this week was Conneaut against Lakeview. The Eagles have been steadily improving since consolidating last year, while the Sailors are a contender in Region 1 and District 10 Class A. Conneaut put a scare into Lakeview in the first half, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. Both defenses were playing well before the Sailors finally broke through in the second half. Blake Reddick ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to help Lakeview avoid the upset. The Sailors will be tough to beat, while the Eagles are proving to be a formidable opponent this fall.
•Eisenhower’s Rob Wilston had a breakout game on Friday. The Knights scored 33 unanswered points to beat Maplewood 33-6 in the Region 2 opener for both teams. Wilson had a hand in all five Eisenhower touchdowns. He completed 7-of-10 for 229 yards and touchdown passes of 55, 75, 24 and 33 yards. He also ran for 93 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Wilson hit Tre Frank on a 55-yard touchdown pass before finding Alex Johnson for a 75-yard touchdown and two touchdown passes to Jarrett Johnson. After a disappointing first week, the Knights certainly looked like a potent offense with big-play ability on Friday.
•Fort LeBoeuf certainly made a statement on Friday. After being pushed around by General McLane last week, the Bison ran over Harbor Creek 35-0. Justin Galvin stepped up to threw for a 14-yard touchdown before running for two. LeBoeuf finished with 377 total yards of offense but the story was the defense. The Bison held the Huskies to 90 yards of offense in a dominating effort.
•Welcome to the party Devin Clark. The DuBois running back went off for 232 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries in the Beavers’ 68-14 win over Franklin. DuBois scored early and often against the Knights, including two total touchdowns by Bryson Paulinellie and two touchdown passes by Gabe French. Someone caught all nine of French’s passes as he completed seven and threw two interceptions. French finished with 180 yards through the air and is rising as one of the top quarterbacks in District 10.
•Slippery Rock simply overpowered Meadville this week in a 49-16 win. The Rockets had several players score. Travis Lauster, Jake Whitmer, Frank Conlon, Brandon McKnight and Brady Kadlubek all found the endzone for Slippery Rock. The Rockets had to rebuild this year and so far, so good.
•Logan Way is living up to the hype in Oil City this season. He hauled in four passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Bradford, while Kevin Daly ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
•Rivals Cathedral Prep and McDowell dominated Friday and seem to be on a crash course for each other in early October. McDowell routed General McLane 35-0 and Prep beat Strong Vincent 43-6. Jake Tarasovitch threw for two touchdowns and ran for one in the win over the Lancers, while Billy Fessler threw for three touchdowns and ran for one for the Ramblers. A notable injury in the McDowell-McLane game was Lancer fullback Michael Suminski. He was helped off the field and had an air cast on his leg. His season could be over.
•Central Tech vented some frustration on Saturday. The Falcons routed rival East 36-0 to earn their first shutout since 2007. Central’s last shutout was Sept. 22, 2007 in a 28-0 win over East. Josh Wells threw for two touchdowns and ran for two, while Calvin Franklin ran for 123 yards on 13 carries. The Falcons not only earned some payback from an overtime loss to the Warriors last season, they recovered quickly from a brutal loss to University Prep last week.
•There were two Mercer County Region 1 games on Saturday. Farrell routed Kennedy Catholic 35-0 and Mercer held on to beat Sharpsville 6-0. DeWayne Burns ran for 161 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries for Farrell, while Brandon Gavins ran for two touchdowns. The Steelers have not allowed a point this season after beating Sharon 12-0 to start the year. There were all kinds of defensive plays in the Mercer win as neither offense scored a point. Brayton Edwards returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead. That would hold up the rest of the game as both defenses dug in.