Bearcat Preview Week 9: Huntingdon @ Warren
Written by: Chad States on Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Tonight’s game matches the 8-1 Bearcats against the 2-7 Dragons of Warren. A lot is on the line for Huntingdon as a win would preserve the much-coveted top seed in the District 6 AAA field. Last week the Bearcats suffered their first loss of the season a 14-10 defeat to Central. Warren is on the opposite end of the spectrum as they look to conclude their 2017 campaign tonight against an un-familiar foe.
OFFENSE: Through 8 weeks of play the Bearcat offense was virtually unstoppable. If one phase of the game was bottled up, the other phases would kick in to take up the slack. That was not the case last Friday night as the Central defense limited the vaunted Bearcat offense to 133 yards of total offense, their lowest total all season long, and 10 points. After a week of reflection and deep thought, look for that to change. Ian Border continues to pace the Bearcat rushing attack with 1214 yards on the ground, followed by change of pace back Drew Weglarz and his 235 yards. Andrew Hudy has tallied 1113 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. Jonathan Price paces the receiving corps with 36 catches for 620 yards and 9 TD’s.
DEFENSE: This unit continues to rise to the occasion. Central came into last week’s game averaging 32 ppg and the Bearcats held them to 14. One TD came on a trick play and the other game late in the 4th quarter to give Central the victory. The stout Bearcat D has yet to allow an opponent to score a single point in the third quarter all year long. Ryan Querry leads the team with 77 tackles. Price and Alex Mykut have 4 INT’s a piece for a unit that is +11 in turnover ratio and is holding opponents to 13.3 points per game.
THE OPPONENT: Warren comes in to tonight’s game looking to finish their 2017 season on a winning note. Their 2 wins have come against Franklin (44-34) in game 3 and Titusville (42-18) three weeks ago. The Dragons also sport a pair of 1000 yard achievers for the year, as QB Jake Kupchella has thrown for 1000 yards and Noah Myers has rushed for 1259 yards. Kupchella’s spreads with wealth with two receivers (Ryan Arnold and Kohl Nosel) both over 300 yards on the year.
Points of Interest:
As stated earlier, there is a lot riding on tonight’s game for Huntingdon as they look to hold the top seed in the D6AAA field. Huntingdon’s last 9 win season came in 2006 when the ‘Cats finished 9-2. This is the first ever meeting between the two schools. Last week Oil City running back Christian Cole gauged the Dragon defense for 302 yards rushing.
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