Bearcat Preview: Huntingdon vs Philipsburg-Osceola
Written by: Chad States on Thursday, October 12th, 2017
It’s Senior Night at War Vets Field as the 6-0 Bearcats face the 1-5 Mounties from Philipsburg-Osceola. Last week the Bearcats defeated BEA 45-0 recording their 2nd shutout of the season. The Mounties had grave trouble against Central easily being defeated 55-0.
Huntingdon has wins over Mount Union (57-0), Bellefonte (52-31), Tyrone (26-14) , Clearfield (45-27), Penns Valley (56-8), Juniata (38-20), and BEA (45-0).
Philipsburg’s lone victory came in their home opener against West Branch 32-14. They have suffered 7 straight loss’ since.
OFFENSE: The Bearcat attack is what all great news agencies all strive to be, fair and balanced. Huntingdon has rushed for 1408 yds(176yds per game) and thrown for 1115 yds(139yds per game). That folks is balance. Ian Border continues to pace the rushing attack with 975 yds and 18TD’s. Checking in behind him Andrew Hudy with 194 yds and 3TD’s and Drew Weglarz with 158 yds and 2TD’s. Hudy is completing 63% of his passes for 956 yds, 11 TD’s and 3 Int’s. Jonathan Price continues to be Hudy’s favorite target hauling in 29 passes for 489 yds and 7TD’s. Jacob Wagner (11 recpts 285 yds 2TD’s) and Jarius Werner (4 recpts 135 yds 2TD’s) round out the top three. The receiving corps is averaging 19.6 yards per catch. Spread the wealth and let the good times roll. Huntingdon is averaging 45.6 points per game while converting 45% of their third down opportunities, and 93% in the red zone.
DEFENSE: While the offense is fair and balanced, the defense has been downright nasty. Last week’s victim was BEA as the stout Bearcat defenders recorded their 2nd shutout of the year. Huntingdon has recorded 56 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 12 Interceptions, and 3 block kicks. Jr. Linebacker Ryan Querry leads the team in tackles with 64, followed by Alex Mykut with 57, and Landon Fisher with 49. Sophomore defensive lineman Isiah Read leads the team in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (8). Mykut leads the team in interceptions with 4 and Jonathan Price is the leader with 7 pass break-ups. The ‘Cats have limited opponents to 27% conversion rate on 3rd down and 67% in the red zone. Opponents are averaging 14.3 points per game.
Special Teams: Too many weeks have I ignored this unit and the buck stops here. These guys have been truly special. Sophomore Gio Scaccia is 33 for 36 in PAT attempts and 4 for 4 in field goal attempts including a 40 yarder last week. Hudy is averaging 40.5 yards per punt. Jacob Wagner and Price have been electric in the return game. Wagner has a 13.2 yds per punt return average and 31.2 yards per kick return average including 1 TD. Price is averaging 8.8 yards per punt return with 1TD and 34 yards per kick return with 1TD. In other words, when it comes to trying to contain the Bearcats special teams, buyer beware!
The Opponent: Philipsburg has seen better times. This is a program in transition and despite the 1-7 record, they are trending in the right direction. PO is being led by QB Daniel Slogosky. The veteran signal caller has thrown for 617 yards on the year. Matt Johnson leads the Mountie ground game with 295 yards while TJ Thompson leads all PO receivers with 236 yards. Landon McDonald is the leading tackler on the team with 59 and Brandon Anderson has recorded 5 sacks. The Mounties have not defeated Huntingdon in 5 years and it will be a tall order for things to change that this year. Still, this team will come to play hard so expect a fight out of this resilient Mountie team.
Points of Interest:
Price needs 2 catches and 73 yards to become the all-time leader in both categories eclipsing Courtney Getic who set the standard at the end of the 1998 season…..Border needs 25 yards rushing to eclipse the 1000 yard plateau for the 2nd straight season…..Hudy needs 44 yards passing to reach 1000 yards for the year….The last time Huntingdon had a 1000 yard rusher and passer in the same season was 2005 when Bucky Culbertson and Kyle Kyper accomplished the feat…..Huntingdon has never had a 1000 yard rusher, 1000 yard passer, and 500 yard receiver in the same season. Price needs 20 yards and that could happen.
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