Region 1 Sweeps Region 2 For 2nd Time in Three Years
Written by: Jeremy Ransom on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Class A Quarterfinals
Farrell 28 Mercyhurst Prep 25
Farrell QB Forrest Wested threw for a TD and ran for 2 more, including a game winning 1 yard plunge with 0:21 left to give the Steelers a 28-25 win over Mercyhurst Prep. The Lakers jumped out to an early 19-0 lead before Wested connected with Lance Messett for a 6 yard score to get the Steelers on the board before the half. After the teams traded TDs in the second half, Wested capped off two 4th quarter drives with one yard scores, including the game winner. This is the 2nd consecutive season in which Farrell eliminated Mercyhurst Prep. Last year, the Steelers blew out a then-unbeaten Lakers team 39-0 in the district championship game.
Sharpsville 48 Cambridge Springs 0
Sharpsville’s defense dominated in their 48-0 win over Cambridge Springs, forcing 7 turnovers and holding Spa to only 98 yards total offense. DerShawn Alberty-Brown and Joey Flynn rushed for 2 scores apiece in the win.
West Middlesex 47 Youngsville 0
Colin Patten rushed for 179 yards and 3 TDs, and West Middlesex forced previously undefeated Youngsville into 5 turnovers, as the Big Red rolled 47-0. Clay Allen added 117 yards and a TD for the Red, who ended an outstanding season by the Eagles. It was Youngsville’s first unblemished regular season since 1966.
Mercer 48 Saegertown 20
Kyle Mariacher had a monster game, rushing for 304 yards and 5 TDs, to lead Mercer to a 48-20 win over Saegertown. Panthers’ QB Noah Marvin threw 3 interceptions, including one that was returned 30 yards to the house to cap the scoring in the 4th quarter. Brock Lojek had 2 rushing TDs for Saegertown in the loss.
Class AA Quarterfinals
Hickory 33 Northwestern 12
DeShawn Coleman rushed for 143 yards and 3 TDs to lead Hickory to a 33-12 win over Northwestern. The Wildcats opened the scoring on a 35 yard strike from Grant Panko to Kyle McKeen. But Dionte Pope would put the Huskies up for good on a 30 yard gadget play in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern made it interesting in the 4th quarter on a 5 yard Aaron Morley run that made it 19-12, but Andrew Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to paydirt to put the game out of reach. Hickory will face Region 4 champion North East in a highly anticipated semifinal showdown.
General McLane 54 Greenville 32
General McLane had three ballcarriers go over 100 yards, and the Lancers defeated Greenville in a 54-32 shootout. Brian Suminski rushed for 120 yards and 3 TDs, Matt Astorino had 149 yards and a score, Josh Ponsoll picked up 134 yards, and Chad Kulka added 82 yards and 2 TDs for the Lancers, who will face Region 3 champion Wilmington in the semifinals. Greenville QB Tyler Gentile threw 3 TD passes to Nico Zahniser and ran for another in the loss.
East 27 Corry 16
Matt Cragg gave Corry an early 7-0 lead, but East erupted for 21 straight points in the 2nd quarter, including a 65 yard run by Darion Qualls and Tavaray Carr’s 15 yard return of a blocked punt, to give the Warriors the win. East will face undefeated Region 5 champion Grove City in the semifinals.
Meadville 43 Slippery Rock 7
Meadville avenged their regular season overtime loss to Slippery Rock in a big way, rushing for over 500 yards in their 43-7 win over the Rockets. The Bulldogs’ 3 pronged rushing attack was in full swing, led by Fred Epps’ 259 yards and 4 TDs. Artrel Foster picked up 147 yards and 2 scores, and Terrance Goodrum added 98 yards in the win. Meadville takes on Region 6 champion Cathedral Prep in the semifinals.
Strong Vincent 42 Mifflin County 21
QB Denzel Jones rushed for 132 yards and 3 TDs to lead Strong Vincent to a 42-21 win over District 6’s Mifflin County in the AAAA subregion semifinals. RB Michael Neavins added 94 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Huskies RB Harry Lowber rushed for 132 yards and 2 TDs in the loss. Strong Vincent will face State College in the subregion finals, with a trip to states on the line.
State College 28 Dubois 17
Jack Hafner rushed for 187 yards, and Andy Kelly scored 3 times to lead State College to a 28-17 win over Dubois. QB Sean Sleigh led the Beavers with 171 yards and a TD in the loss.
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