The A.I.R.NETWORK Bearcat preview: Huntingdon vs Penns Valley
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Written by Chad States
Friday’s game matches the 4-0 Bearcats vs the 1-3 Rams. Last week Huntingdon was too much for Clearfield as they racked up a season high 387 yards on the ground and a 45-27 victory in a game that was never close. Penns Valley faced the “well-oiled” machine that is the Central Scarlet Dragons and dropped a 51-8 decision at home.
Huntingdon has wins over Mount Union (57-0), Bellefonte (52-31) ,Tyrone (26-14) and Clearfield (45-27) Penns Valley’s lone win came against Punxsy (22-21) in week one and had lost three straight vs Clearfield (42-12), Bald Eagle Area (33-6) and Central (51-8).
OFFENSE: I had said that the Bearcat ground game would be the key to the game last week and was it ever. Sr. RB Ian Border raced 54 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game and never looked back as he churned up a season high 277 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the season, Border has amassed 663 yards rushing and 12 TD’s. QB Andrew Hudy continues to be efficient completing 62% of his passes for 404 yards and 4 TD’s. Senior WR Jonathan Price leads all Bearcat receivers with 21 catches for 285 yards and 3 TD’s including a 62 yard strike from QB Nick Troha last week.
DEFENSE: The Bearcat defense did their part last week as well. Despite one long run, Huntingdon kept the Bison ground game in check. Clearfield did pass for 323 yards in the contest, but most of those were underneath routes as the Bearcat secondary did a good job once Clearfield reached the red zone. On the year Landon Fisher continues to lead all Bearcat tacklers with 30, followed closely by Ryan Querry and Isaiah Reed with 27 each. Reed also leads the team in TFL’s with 8. Ben Briggs has tallied 4 sacks on the year to lead the team and Alex Mykut and Jonathan Price each have 2 Int’s.
The Opponent: Penns Valley comes into tonight’s game with a 1-3 record. After beating Punxsutawney in week 1, they have struggled against 3 quality teams and that does not change this week for the Rams. QB Justin Sands has passed for 270 yards and run for another 120. Ryan Ripka leads all Ram running backs with 241 yards, while Cole Breon is the leading receiver with 157 yards on the season. Penns Valley has typically been a pass first team and that most likely will not change this week.
Keys to the game:
For Huntingdon—Stick to the plan. It may not appear that the Rams are a good football team, but Huntingdon needs to play like they did last week and limit the penalties in order to make sure that is the case. Continue to make special teams as special unit.
For Penns Valley—Breathe deep, believe in yourself, and hope. Realistically the Rams will be given very little hope in the game. If they can force the Bearcats into turnovers and other costly mistakes, they have a punchers chance. If not, it could be another very long night.
Record Breaking Notes:
Huntingdon’s Ian Border is on the verge breaking a couple school records this week. Ian needs 28 yards to become the Bearcats all-time leader. He currently has 3094. Chad Brindle is the leader with 3121 after the 1998 season. Border also needs 5 touchdowns to become the Bearcats all-time leader. John Wagner is the all-time with 56 after the 2015 season. Finally, Ian needs 9 points to become the Bearcats all-time leader. Wagner again is the all-time leader with 346 after the 2015 season.
Jonathan Price is on a similar path need 9 catches to break the school record of 67 held by Courtney Getic at the end of the 1998 season. Price also needs 267 yards to best Getic’s all-time record of 1117.
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