Mercyhurst Prep Wins Thriller; Warren, Central Tech Offenses Explode
Written by: Jeremy Ransom on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
-Four quarters wasn’t enough Thursday night, as Mercyhurst Prep edged out Saegertown in a 27-26 overtime thriller. The game appeared headed for double OT, when Saegertown’s Kyle Wise blocked Cornelius Barclay’s extra point attempt, but an offside call gave Prep a second chance, and Barclay split the uprights for the win. Prep’s Joe Peterson took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a 7-0 lead 0:14 into the game, but Saegertown answered right back when QB Noah Marvin hit Shane Rigby for a 23 yard score. Saegertown RB Matt Mondi scored on a 5 yard run to put the Panthers in the lead, but the Lakers came right back on a PJ Wycech QB keeper to tie the game at 14. After a scoreless 2nd quarter, Mondi made a dazzling run around the left side, reversing field and scampering 25 yards to put the Panthers back in the lead. But Prep answered back in the 4th quarter on a 41 yard TD catch by Ben Tarcson, tying the game at 20 and sending it to overtime. Saegertown scored in the extra frame on Brock Lojek’s 4 yard run, and a risky call to throw for the 2 point conversion failed, putting the Panthers ahead 26-20. Then Prep scored on Tom Higgins’ 2 yard run, and the ensuing penalty and extra point to seal the game. Saegertown outgained Mercyhurst 321-167 on the ground, but 3 turnovers, including 2 inside the red zone, allowed the Lakers to hang around. Panthers RB Mondi finished the game with 105 yards on 16 carries and the 2 scores in the loss.
-Central Tech and Warren erupted for a combined 109 points, the highest total of the season, as Central Tech came away with a 58-51 win. Central QB Paul Kafando rushed for 215 yards and 3 scores, and RB Eugene Husband scored the winning TD for the Falcons in the 4th quarter. Husband rushed for 206 yards and the score on 17 carries, and also returned a kickoff 85 yards and a punt 70 yards both for scores. Warren QB Austin Jerman completed 23 of 28 passes for 337 yards and 4 TDs, and also rushed for 2 more scores in the Dragons’ loss.
-Grove City took sole possession of first place in Region 5, in an impressive 55-0 shutout win over Slippery Rock. Wes Phipps had a monster game, rushing for 239 yards and 5 TDs on only 12 carries. Phipps had TD runs of 57, 23, 48, 5, and 48, and has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the season. Foster Reznor added a 63 yard TD run in the Eagles win. Slippery Rock turned the ball over 5 times in the loss.
-Alex Svetz rushed 37 times for 210 yards and a TD, and Tyler Johnson caught a game winning 10 yard TD pass from QB Cody Bailey to give North East a thrilling 34-33 win over Strong Vincent. Johnson also rushed for 112 yards and 3 scores in the Grape Pickers’ win. After Johnson’s TD catch, the Colonels had one last chance, but Denzel Jones was picked off by Max Knight to ice the game. Jones rushed for 142 yards and a TD, and Chris Kirkland scored on a 52 yard run, and also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score in the Colonels’ loss.
-FB Fred Epps had another big night, as Meadville ended a 4 game losing streak with a 27-13 win over Oil City. Epps rushed for 191 yards and 3 TDs, and Artrel Foster added a 57 yard TD run for the Bulldogs in the win.
-DeShawn Coleman continued his outstanding season, rushing for 240 yards and 2 scores on 18 carries, to lead Hickory to a 39-6 win over Greenville. Mike Palumbo rushed for 2 scores, and Kenny Ezi-Ashi added a 46 yard TD run in the Hornets win.
-Parrish Brown rushed for 168 yards on 23 carries, including a 71 yard TD run to lead Iroquois to a 14-13 win over Union City. Kyle Hetrick rushed for 145 yards and 2 TDs in the Bears’ loss.
-Dersean Alberty-Brown rushed for 140 yards and 2 scores on 14 carries, and Derrick Odem rushed 9 times for 139 yards, including a 63 yard score, to lead unbeaten Sharpsville to a 36-8 win over Farrell. Farrell fumbled six times, losing 3 of them, and threw 2 picks in the loss.
-Brian Suminski and Chad Kulka scored 2 TDs apiece to lead General McLane to a 42-10 win over Fairview. Fairview was without star RB Danny Rosendahl, but Shannon Jackson filled in well, rushing 31 times for 171 yards and a TD in the loss.
-Seneca RB Joe Hibbler rushed for 205 yards and 2 TDs, and threw a 16 yard TD pass to TE Matt Mongera, but the Bobcats missed a field goal at the end of regulation to give Girard a 40-38 win. Girard QB Joe Dunn went 10-15 for 236 yards and 5 TDs, mainly connecting with WR Brian McNally, who caught 6 passes for 165 yards and 4 TDs in the win.
-Ryan Crawford rushed for 118 yards on 7 carries and scored twice, and Gunnar Donati added 110 yards as unbeaten Wilmington rolled to a 47-7 win over Sharon. Greyhound QB Josh Tekac rushed for TDs of 20 and 27 yards on his only 2 carries of the game.
-Aaron Morley rushed for 130 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries to lead Northwestern to a 24-7 win over Harbor Creek. The Wildcats’ defense held standout RB Tyler Bretz to just 43 yards on 13 carries for the game.
-Weston Stafford rushed for 96 yards and the only 2 scores of the game, and also caught 2 passes for 53 yards, to lead Cambridge Springs to a 14-0 win over Maplewood. The Blue Devil defense held the Tigers to 90 yards total offense and forced 4 turnovers in the shutout effort.
-Sam Lucas rushed for 153 yards and 3 TDs on 11 carries to lead unbeaten Youngsville to a 33-7 win over Conneaut(OH). Lucas scored on runs of 4, 40, and 75, and Dalton Maze returned a kickoff 75 yards for a scorefor the Eagles, who are 8-0 for the first time since 1965, when they went undefeated. Aaron Bowers scored the Spartans’ only TD, when he took a Youngsville kickoff 68 yards to paydirt.
-East’s defense came up big, holding Bradford to 32 total yards, including 31 rushes for -11 yards, and recorded a safety as the Warriors rolled 42-7. East RB Anthony Jordan rushed 9 times for 117 yards and caught 4 pass for 75 yards and 3 total TDs. QB Jauwon Ford completed 10 of 11 passes for 192 yards and a score, and rushed for another in the win.
-Jimmy Kearns rushed for 130 yards and 2 TDs on 27 carries, and added 7 catches for 84 yards, to lead Linesville to a 14-7 win over Reynolds. Clayton Stoyer scored the Raiders’ lone TD on an 89 yard kick return, but also threw 4 interceptions on offense in the loss.
-John Pascuzzi rushed for 177 yards on 16 carries and a TD, as Eisenhower came alive in the 2nd half to beat Cochranton 20-6. Cochranton led 6-0 at the half, but the Knights took the lead in the 3rd quarter on Trevor Spicer’s 3 yard run, en route to 20 unanswered points and the win.
-Dubois’ secondary came up big in the region 5 “battle of the Beavers,” picking off 4 Corry passes and returning 2 for scores in a 49-0 shutout win. Corry turned the ball over 7 times and completed only 3 of 25 passes in the loss.
-Cathedral Prep RB Nick Dubowski filled in well for injured Delton Williams, rushing for 132 yards and a TD to lift the Ramblers to a 14-7 win over Ft. Leboeuf.
-Titusville QB Drew Sneeringer rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries, and threw for a TD to lead the Rockets over Franklin 14-7.
-In other action, Mercer beat Conneaut Valley 38-6, and West Middlesex dominated Kennedy Catholic 52-6 in region 1 action.
-Next week, Linesville will host West Middlesex with a potential playoff spot at stake.
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