Bearcat Preview: Huntingdon @ Central
Written by: Chad States on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Week 9 Huntingdon vs Central
The game of the week matches the 8-0 Bearcats face the 5-3 Scarlet Dragons of Central. Last week saw the Bearcat’s score 9 touchdowns in the 61-6 route of Philipsburg-Osceola. Central was on the losing end of a 49-22 defeat to Bellefonte.
Huntingdon has wins over Mount Union (57-0), Bellefonte (52-31), Tyrone (26-14) , Clearfield (45-27), Penns Valley (56-8), Juniata (38-20), BEA (45-0), and Philipsburg (61-6).
Central has victories over Tyrone (31-14), Clearfield (42-14), Penns Valley (51-8), BEA (35-7), and Philipsburg (55-0). Losses have come against Hollidaysburg (20-30), Chestnut Ridge (2-42), and Bellefonte (22-49)
OFFENSE: The offensive onslaught continues for the Bearcats after last week’s home victory against PO. The Bearcats are averaging 47.5 points per game. That is nearly 8 touchdowns per contest. The running game is averaging 217 yards per contest and the passing game is at 161.5 yards per game. Why do I keep harping on this? Because well balanced football teams are very difficult to stop and this Bearcat football team is just that. Want more? Huntingdon yards per completion is an astounding 19.3, yards per carry is 6.8, and they have only committed 9 turnovers on the season. Big plays and taking care of the football has propelled this team to an 8-0 record and the top seed in District 6.
DEFENSE: Last week, Philipsburg had -1 yards rushing on 24 carries. That folks is defense and this unit is special. On the season Huntingdon is +8 in turnover ratio thanks in large part to a ball hawking defense that has recorded 13 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries on the year. Add to that 27 sacks, 68 tackles for loss and 28 pass break-ups and it is easy to see why the Bearcat defense if garnering many accolades. This unit has not allowed a touchdown all season long in the third quarter and are giving up a paltry 13.3 points per game. The defense has pitched two shutouts and have held two other opponents to 8 points or less. Want to convert on third down? Good luck as opponents only have a 25% success rate.
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SPECIAL TEAMS: Last week I decided to include this unit in my weekly right up and why not as the Bearcats are getting it done in this phase of the game as well. The ‘Cats are averaging nearly 30 yards per kick return including taking two to the house. The teams punt return average is hovering near 10 yards per return including a touchdown as well. The kicking game has been outstanding as Huntingdon is averaging 38 yards per punt and nearly 46 yards per kickoff attempt. The Bearcats are 4-4 in field goals and have converted 38 of the 44 PAT’s attempted along with 6 two-point conversions. Yes, do not underestimate the importance this unit has had on the ‘Cats 8-0 record to this point.
THE OPPONENT: The ‘Cats will be traveling to Roaring Spring for a clash with the always formidable Scarlet Dragons of Central. Central is the reigning Mountain League and District 6 champs who never rebuild, they just reload. Despite the 5-3 record (the 3 losses have come to teams with a combined 19-5 record), Central is every bit a player in the District 6 title hunt. They are averaging 265.5 on the ground led by running back Trysten Detwiler (976 yards) and 106 yards per game passing (led by quarterback Preston Karstetter with 433 yards). The Scarlet Dragons are averaging 32.3 points per game. Defensively, Central is averaging 3.2 sacks per game while amassing 11 Int’s, 4 fumble recoveries, and 53 QB hurries.
Points of Interest:
Huntingdon has lost 6 straight to the Scarlet Dragons, including last’s years closer than the score indicated District 6 Semi-Final 27-6. 2011 was the last victory for the Bearcats. For the past several years, Central has controlled the trenches against the ‘Cats and that is a trend that has to change on Friday night for Huntingdon to reach 9-0. Huntingdon needs 5 interceptions to break the team record set in 2010. Isiah Reed and Ben Briggs are both close to eclipsing the single season sack record of 7.5 set by Casey McGraw in 2003. Reed has 5.5 and Briggs has 5 on the year.
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