Weather Wreaks Havoc, North East Gets Big WinWritten by: Jeremy Ransom on Monday, September 12th, 2011
Two games were postponed Friday, and several others saw delays due to lightning in the area. The North East Grapepickers traveled to Edinboro, Friday, to take on General McLane, in a game sure to have playoff implications down the road. This game, however, was suspended in the 2nd quarter, with North East ahead 7-0. The game picked back up Saturday night, and the Lancers quickly tied things up, on QB Josh Ponsoll’s 11 yard scramble. On the next drive, North East’s Max Knight hauled in a 55 yard TD reception to put the ‘Pickers back up 14-7. But McLane answered right back, with a 25 yard TD run by Matt Astorino. Then, with time running down in the 1st half, North East RB Alex Svetz gave his team a 21-14 halftime lead, plowing it in from 2 yards out. Astorino hauled in a 66 yard TD reception in the 3rd, tying the game again, but TD’s from Svetz and Knight led North East to a 35-21 victory. Last season, McLane beat North East by a 21-14 tally, and went on to win the Region 4 title, with North East finishing 2nd.
In other action:
-Mercer’s Joe Hess had 2 rushing TDs, and Kyle Mariacher added a 70 yd TD run, as Mercer shut out Lakeview 21-0
-Mercyhurst Prep picked up 436 yds on the ground, and Iroquios turned the ball over 4 times, as the Lakers rolled to a 46-6 win.
-A field goal and a safety is all Youngsville needed, beating Union City 5-0
-Ryan Crawford rushed for 100 yds on 13 carries, Anthony Derrick ran for 3 TDs to lead Wilmington to a 34-6 victory over Greenville
-Donte Bagnall had 2 TDs, and Dawonne Stovall had an 80 yd kick return TD for Sharon, who needed a strong 2nd half to get past Reynolds, 35-14
-Daniel Rosendahl carried 32 times for 213 yds and 4 TDs to lead Fairview over Northwestern, 34-21.
– Girard took a 12-10 lead into the 4th quarter, but Harbor Creek answered back with 2 4th quarter TDs, and despite a late 48 yd TD pass from Girard QB Joey Dunn, Harbor Creek prevailed in this one, 24-19.
-Grove City scored 5 1st quarter TDs, and led 56-0 at the half over the Corry Beavers. The Eagles rushed for 472 yds, and Corry turned the ball over 4 times, as Grove City went on to rout Corry 77-0.
-Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry rushed for 110 yds and 2 TDs, and threw for 122 yds and another score, and the Ramblers took advantage of 6 Falcon turnovers to roll to a 55-14 win over Central Tech.
-East RB Anthony Jordan rushed for 158 yds and a TD, and took a kickoff 89 yds for another TD, as East pounded Warren 50-15.
-Sharpsville’s stifeling defense held Seneca to 53 yds on 40 carries, RB Joey Flynn scored 3 TDs on 6 carries and 110 yds, and Sharpsville pasted Seneca 47-7.
-Despite rushing for 314 yds, the Saegertown Panthers dropped their 2nd straight non-district game, losing to Union-Rimersburg out of district 9, 30-14.
-Michael Neavins rushed for 99 yds on 8 carries and scored twice to lead Strong Vincent over Ft. Leboeuf, 27-17.
-Kennedy Catholic’s Brennan Wassil threw for 205 yds and 2 TDs, and Jeffrey Thompkins had a 56 yd TD catch and a 92 yd TD run, but it wasn’t enough as Farrell pulled away in the 2nd half for a hard fought 36-22 win.
-Fred Epps had 150 yds and 3 TDs, Artrel Foster added 126 yds, and Meadville rushed for over 400 yds for the 2nd straight week, as the Bulldogs beat Bradford 41-0.
-Hickory scored 5 TDs on 5 plays, and added 2 defensive TDs to take a 49-0 1st quarter lead, and winning by a final tally of 56-7.
-Slippery Rock held Franklin to -20 yds on 21 carries (yes, that’s negative 20 yds!) and snapped a 15 game losing streak dating back to 2009 with a 23-10 win.
-Speaking of snapping losing streaks, Eisenhower snapped a 12 game losing streak that also dated back to 2009, beating Maplewood 7-6. Eisenhower scored on a 20 yd John Pascuzzi TD run to take a 7-0 1st quarter lead, that held until the 4th quarter. Then, Maplewoods Kevin Coatam broke a 64 yd TD run. The Tigers opted to go for 2, but was stuffed, giving Eisenhower the win.
– The Cochranton Cardinals took a 18-14 1st half lead and ran away from Cambridge Springs in the 2nd half, posting a 45-14.
-West Middlesex opened a 42-6 halftime lead, Clay Allen rushed for 134 yds, and the Big Reds coasted to a 42-12 victory over Conneaut Valley. Both Valley’s TDs came on defense.
-Oil City QB Blake Hadley threw for 256 yds and a score, but threw 3 interceptions, including one in the 1st quarter that was returned 27 yds for a Dubois TD, as Dubois cruised 27-12 over the Oilers.
-Some big games next week include a Region 1 showdown between the Mercer Mustangs(1-1) and the Farrell Steelers(2-0), Linesville(1-0) travels to Kennedy Catholic(1-1), Hickory(2-0) takes on Sharon(1-1), and a Region 6 Showdown between Strong Vincent(2-0) and Cathedral Prep(1-1)
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