Linesville Wins Key Region 1 Battle in Thrilling Fashion
Written by: Jeremy Ransom on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
-Jimmy Kearns led Linesville to an exciting 37-36 win over Farrell in a key region 1 battle Friday night. Kearns rushed for 197 yards on 28 carries and 5 TDs, to lead the Lions to their first win over the Steelers in 6 years. Down 24-15 at the half, Linesville put together an 11 play, 75 yard drive to pull within one, 24-23. But Farrell answered right back with a 24 yard TD pass from QB Jonell Goudy to SE Lance Messett to make it 30-23. On the ensuing possession, Kearns took the first handoff 47 yards to paydirt to tie the game at 30. Shortly after, Farrell RB Lawrence Hughes took a handoff around right tackle for a 39 yard TD to make it 36-30. That’s when Kearns put the Lions on his back, carrying 8 times for 59 yards, and scoring the go-ahead TD to give the Lions the 37-36 lead. But Farrell wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Steelers took over from their own 47 yard-line with 1:22 to go, and took the ball to the Lions 14 on 2 passes and a roughing the passer penalty. Farrell got one more shot on 4th down with 3.7 seconds left, but the pass sailed over the intended receiver’s hands, giving the Lions a thrilling win. The win puts Linesville in the drivers seat for at least the #3 seed out of Region 1.
-Erick Record rushed for 119 yards and 2 TDs, and Wes Phipps added 110 yards, as Grove City won a non-region battle of unbeatens, 17-0 over Wilmington. The Eagles stifling defense allowed only 161 yards total offense and 8 first downs in the win.
-Cathedral Prep QB Damion Terry became the school’s all-time leading passer in a 42-7 loss to Cleveland powerhouse St. Ignatius. Terry now has 3,240 career passing yards. The Ramblers were held to just 17 rushing yards in the loss.
-Conneaut Valley gave Kennedy Catholic all they could handle, but it wasn’t enough, as the Golden Eagles came away with a 22-14 overtime win. Valley’s Nolan Varee caught 5 passes for 113 yards, returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score, recorded 7 solo tackles, and intercepted 3 passes for the Indians in the loss.
-Cornelius Barclay rushed for 176 yards, Thomas Higgins added 173 yards, to lead Mercyhurst Prep to a 41-28 win over Pittsburgh City League’s Oliver High. Dwayne Canady added 100 rushing yards in the win.
-Harbor Creek QB Austin Griffith completed 6 of 10 passes for 106 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed for another score to lead the Huskies to a 30-0 shutout win over Titusville. Tyler Bretz rushed for 118 yards for the Huskies, who’s defense held the Rockets to just 66 yards of offense.
-Greenville QB Tyler Gentile completed 11 of 18 passes for 406 yards and 4 TDs, and WR Nico Zahniser caught 7 passes for 227 yards and 3 TDs, to lead the Trojans to a 32-29 win over Northwestern. Gentile’s 406 passing yards is the 3rd highest in district 10 history, while Zahniser’s 227 receiving yards is the 5th highest receiving total in D10 history.
-East QB Jauwon Ford completed 10 of 14 passes for 139 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for another score, to lead the Warriors to a 38-14 win over Fairview. Anthony Jordan caught 4 balls for 94 yards and 2 TDs for East. Fairview RB Danny Rosendahl rushed 28 times for 154 yards and a score in the loss.
-Chad Kulka rushed for 154 yards on 19 carries and a score to lead General McLane to a 34-13 win over Bradford. QB Josh Ponsoll threw for 132 yards and 2 TDs, and Matt Astorino added a 75 yard TD run in the Lancers’ win.
-Chris Kirkland rushed for 103 yards and 2 TDs, and also caught TD passes of 51 and 35 yards to lead Strong Vincent to a 53-25 win over Oil City. Michael Neavins posted 137 yards and 2 scores on the ground, helping the Colonels rack up 559 yards total offense.
-Weston Stafford rushed for 92 yards and scored 3 TDs to lead Cambridge Springs to a 26-12 win over Union City.
-RB Spencer Bland rushed for 123 yards and 2 TDs on 10 carries, while QB Jake Henwood threw for 164 yards and 3 TDs to lead Sharpsville to a 52-6 rout over Lakeview. Blake Reddick picked up 97 yards on 18 carries and scored the Sailors lone TD in the loss.
-Saegertown continued their impressive win streak with a 60-27 win over Maplewood. Big plays aided the Panthers once again, as Brock Lojek scored on TD runs of 36 and 43 yards, Casey Chapman rushed for 2 scores, including a 68 yard scamper, and Nate Siple hauled in a 68 yard TD reception from QB Noah Marvin. It was the Panthers’ 4th straight win, after starting the season 0-2.
-QB Sean Sleigh completed 15-21 passes for 181 yards and rushed for 40 more and a TD, to lead Dubois to a 42-12 win over Meadville. Meadville took a 6-0 lead on Fred Epps’ 3 yard TD run, but Dubois dominated the rest of the way until Epps broke a 40 yard score with the game all but decided.
-Corry jumped out to an early 28-0 lead, and held off a comeback attempt to stun previously unbeaten North East, 28-21. Corry WR John Cragg caught 3 TD passes, and his brother Matt returned a punt 72 yards for a score. Grapepickers RB Alex Svetz rushed for 138 yards and a TD in the loss, and is now over 1000 yards on the season.
-Paul Kafando rushed for 283 yards and 4 TDs, and also threw a 25 yard TD pass to lead Central Tech over Seneca 36-23. Joe Hibbler rushed for 191 yards and 3 TDs for the Bobcats in the loss.
-QB Cory Craig completed 6 of 8 passes for 208 yards and 4 TDs to lead undefeated Youngsville to a 42-13 win over Eisenhower. Sam Lucas caught 4 passes for 147 yards and 2 TDs, and added 44 yards and 2 more scores on the ground for the Eagles.
-Nathan Zigler caught 10 passes for 194 yards and a TD to lead Warren to a 13-12 nail-biter over Franklin. Dragons QB Austin Jerman threw for 265 yards and 2 scores in the win, which came down to the final PAT.
-DeShawn Coleman rushed for 208 yards and 3 TDs to lead Hickory over Karns City, 42-20.
– Parrish Brown rushed for 142 yards and 2 TDs, and added a 15 yard TD reception to lead Iroquois past Cochranton 41-12.
-Kyle Mariacher rushed for 140 yards and 2 TDs to lead Mercer past Reynolds, 27-6. Mariacher has now surpassed 1000 yards on the season.
-Slippery Rock’s Ryan Currie rushed for 170 yards and 3 TDs in the Rockets’ 49-7 rout of Sharon.
-Girard’s Hunter Jones rushed for 2 scores, and added a 35 yard TD reception in a 26-14 win over Ft. Leboeuf.
-Next week will be a big week for region 1. Mercer(4-0, 5-1) will host Sharpsville(3-0, 5-0) in what could decide the region champion. West Middlesex(2-1, 3-2) will visit Farrell(2-2, 3-3) in a must-win game for both teams. Also, throw out the records when Conneaut Valley(0-4, 0-5) visits Linesville(3-1, 4-1), in a rivalry sure to be as heated as ever, since Conneaut Lake merged with Linesville this past off-season.
Elsewhere, Hickory(5-1) hosts Slippery Rock(5-1), Meadville(3-3) hosts General McLane(4-2), and Aquinas Institute(6-0), ranked #1 in the state of New York and #74 in the country according to MaxPreps, will visit Cathedral Prep(4-2)
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