Youngsville Shocks Mercyhurst Prep in Record Setting Week for District 10Written by: Jeremy Ransom on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
In a battle for region 2 supremacy, The Youngsville Eagles used a stifling defense and an effective rushing attack to knock off perennial powerhouse Mercyhurst Prep, 25-13. The Lakers’ vaunted run game was held to just 4 yards per carry(45-180), while Youngsville rushed for 294 yards and had 2 rushers over 100 yards. Prep took a 13-6 lead into the half, but the Eagles controlled the 2nd half, scoring 19 unanswered points to pick up the win. Eagles QB Cory Craig rushed for 2 scores, Sam Lucas picked up 112 yards on 9 carries, and Jordan Gurdak had 115 yards on 16 carries for Youngsville. The Eagles are now 5-0 on the season, and are in full control of region 2.
Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry set a new school record with 361 yards passing in the Ramblers 49-7 win over Bradford. Terry completed 15-24 passes and threw for 4 TDs, 2 of which went for 90 and 91 yards. Terry also threw 1 interception, which was returned 37 yards for Bradford’s lone score. Delton Williams had a big day, returning a punt 58 yards to paydirt, and catching 6 passes for 177 yards and a 91 yard TD. The Owls were held to just 21 yards total offense.
Seneca RB Joe Hibbler set a new school record as well, rushing for 361 yards on 38 carries and scoring 5 TDs in the Bobcats’ first win of the year, beating Fairview 32-21. Hibbler had TD runs of 32, 61, 7, 31, and 3. The Tigers ran the ball well, too. Joseph Kogan ran for 150 yards on 8 carries and scored twice, and workhorse RB Danny Rosendahl added 141 yards on 26 rushes, but it wasn’t enough to top Hibbler’s phenomenal game.
North East RB Tyler Johnson became the school’s all-time leading rusher, passing Rickie Thompson(2001-03; 2487 yds) on the career rushing list. Johnson had 188 yards on 13 carries in the Grapepickers’ 35-14 win over Girard, which puts him in first place with 2,554 career rushing yards and counting. Johnson also had 3 TDs, teammate Alex Svetz rushed 25 times for 217 yards and 2 TDs, and the ground game continued to dominate. Girard QB Joe Dunn went 15-27 for 156 yards and a TD, while adding a 1 yard TD run for the Yellowjackets in the loss.
In a region 3 battle that could decide the region 3 title down the road, Wilmington squeaked out a 28-27 win over Hickory, in a game that seemed to change momentum with each change in quarters. Hickory came out of the gate on fire, taking a 14-0 lead on star RB DeShawn Coleman’s TD runs of 60 and 86 yards. The 2nd quarter belonged to the Greyhounds and WR Donnie Watson, who caught TD passes of 34 and 33 yards from QB Josh Tekac to tie the game at 14 at the half. The ‘Hounds took the lead in the 3rd quarter on Tekac’s 6 yard TD run, and after Tyler Donati recovered a Hickory fumble in the endzone, it was 28-14 Wilmington after 3 quarters. But Hickory QB Mike Nardone brought the Hornets back with a 19 yard TD toss to Andrew Smith. Then, late in the 4th quarter, Nardone hit Coleman for a 10 yard TD pass, but the PAT was blocked, and Wilmington held on for a thrilling win. Coleman had 210 yards on 15 carries for the Hornets in the loss. The win puts Wilmington in the driver’s seat for the region 3 title.
Kyle Mariacher rushed for 204 yards and 2 scores, Joe Hess added 122 yards and a TD to lead Mercer to a key region 1 win over previously unbeaten Linesville, 36-26. Lions RB Jimmy Kearns picked up 109 yards and 3 TDs in the loss. Linesville hung around until the final minutes, when Mustang QB Alec Gawne added the final nail with a 6 yard TD run.
Grove City rushed for 436 yards, and continued to dominate the competition, downing Meadville 56-7. Wes Phipps rushed for 133 yards on 18 carries and 3 TDs, Harold Price added 83 yards and 2 scores, Foster Reznor rushed for 120 yards on 9 carries, and Mason DePeal added a 48 yard TD for the Eagles.
QB Jake Henwood threw for 2 TDs and ran for another, as Sharpsville remained undefeated with a 41-0 shutout win over Kennedy Catholic.
Lakeview RB Blake Reddick rushed for 154 yards on 29 carries, but 4 turnovers doomed the Sailors, losing a key region 1 match-up to West Middlesex, 10-6.
Saegertown got big plays from all three units to blow out Union City 54-0. Casey Chapman and Matt Mondi rushed for 2 TDs apiece, Kyle Wise took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score, and the Panther defense had 6 takeaways, returning 2 fumbles for scores in the rout.
QB Josh Ponsoll rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries, including a 72 yard TD in the 1st quarter, and led General McLane to a hard fought 14-7 victory over Northwestern. Wildcat RB Aaron Morley rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries and a TD in the loss. The Lancers and Wildcats combined to complete 0-5 passes for 0 yards and an interception on Ponsoll’s only pass attempt.
Ft. Leboeuf picked up their first win of the year, rushing for 332 yards in a 33-6 win over Central Tech. Mike Hall rushed for 192 yards on 7 carries and 2 scores for the Bison.
Denzel Jones rushed for 2 TDs, and threw for 2 more, to lead Strong Vincent to a 34-12 win over East. Corey Henry rushed for 113 yards to aid the Colonels in the win.
Harbor Creek rushed for 474 yards as a team, and held Warren to just 49 rushing yards in their 52-14 win. Huskie RB Tyler Bretz rushed for 233 yards on 12 carries and 4 TDs, while Sean Kuzilla added 142 yards and 2 scores in the win.
Iroquois turned the ball over 5 times, and Imani Christian held the Braves to just 80 total yards in an 18-0 win.
In a sloppy, rain soaked game, Cambridge Springs and Eisenhower had a combined 17 fumbles, and Cambridge Springs came away with a 12-7 win on a Weston Stafford 4th quarter TD run. Eisenhower RB Johnny Pascuzzi rushed for 106 yards and scored the Knights lone TD.
Maplewood earned their first win of the year, a 14-13 overtime win over Cochranton. Maplewood’s Kevin Coatham scored in the extra frame, and the Tigers kicked the PAT to make it 14-7. Cochranton answered back on a 6 yard TD run, making it 14-13, but instead of going for the PAT, the Cardinals opted to go for the win, but the Tigers stuffed the run attempt to bring home the win.
Reynolds’ Tyler Miller ripped off an 85 yard TD run, and caught a 39 yard TD pass from QB Clay Stoyer, and the Raiders picked up their first win of the year, 24-0 over Titusville.
John Klena scored 3 times to lead Oil City to a 31-28 win over route 8 rival Franklin. Franklin QB Nick Billingsly threw for 3 TD’s, 2 of them to AJ Cooley in the loss.
Dubois RB Joey Morrison scored 2 rushing TDs, and added an 86 yard kick return TD, as the Beavers shut out Brookville 35-0.
In other action, Farrell edged out Conneaut Valley 12-0, Slippery Rock stayed hot, beating Corry 21-12, and Warren JFK(OH) pounded Sharon 44-10.
Next week, Cathedral Prep plays the first of 2 brutal inter-state games, when they host St. Ignatius(Cleveland), who is ranked #193 in the nation according to MaxPreps. Also in a key region 1 battle, Linesville(3-1) will host Farrell(4-1), in region 5, Dubois(4-1) hosts Meadville(3-2), and in a non-region classic, Grove City(5-0) will visit Wilmington(5-0).
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