Slippery Rock, Titusville Pick Up Upset Victories
Written by: Jeremy Ransom on Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Slippery Rock pulled out a huge region 5 win, upsetting Meadville 25-18 in overtime. A week after upsetting Dubois, the Rockets held Meadville’s elite rushing attack to just 155 yards on the game. The Bulldogs had rushed for over 400 yards in every game this season. Down 18-7 late in the 4th quarter, QB Ryan Currie hit Sean White for a 78 yard TD pass, making it 18-15 after the 2-point conversion. The Rockets got the ball back after the defense held Meadville to a 3-and-out with 1:48 to play. Currie then hit Sam Fuhrr for 16 yards, White for 21 yards, and after two short gains, hit White again for another 25 yards, taking it to the Meadville 11 yard line with 0:11 to go. Currie took a shot at the endzone, but was unseccessful, and the Rockets settled for a tying field goal. In the extra frame, Slippery Rock put the game on Ben Gaul’s shoulders, who’s 1 yard TD run put the Rockets up for good at 25-18. On Meadville’s attempt, Gaul intercepted a Tyler Minnis pass to seal the game for the Rockets. Slippery Rock receiver Sean White finished the game with 5 catches for 124 yards and a TD, as well as an 85 yard TD pass on a gadget play to Sam Fuhrr.
Speaking of upsets, District 10’s other Rockets pulled out a huge region win of their own, as the Titusville Rockets knocked off Sharon 14-6. Jayce Corklin had 121 yards and a TD for the Rockets, who outgained the defending class AA district champs 303-90. The win will put Titusville in consideration for a playoff spot at the end of the year.
While we are talking about surprises, Youngsville improved their record to 4-0 with a 42-14 win over Iroquois. QB Cory Craig finished with 141 yards on 21 carries and a TD, and also completed 7-13 passes for 175 yards and another TD.
Cochranton’s Austin Andrews rushed for 166 yards on 16 carries and 3 scores to lead the Cardinals to a 46-22 win over Union City.
Saegertown had 3 rushers top 100 yards, and as a team rushed for 459 yards in the Panthers 34-14 win over rival Cambridge Springs. Matt Mondi rushed for 167 yards and a TD, Brock Lojek ran for 101 yards and a TD, and Casey Chapman also had 101 yards and a TD. Kyle Wise added a 24 yard TD run and a 65 yard punt return for a TD.
Wilmington’s smothering defense allowed only 67 yards of offense and 3 first downs in their 35-0 shutout of Reynolds. Gunnar Donati had 2 TD runs and 89 yards rushing in the Greyhounds win.
North East’s dynamic duo at RB continued their dominance this week in the Grapepickers’ 35-7 win over Harbor Creek. Alex Svetz rushed for 145 yards and 3 TDs, while Tyler Johnson carried for 143 yards and a score. Harbor Creek has a standout RB of their own in Tyler Bretz, but the ‘Pickers held him to 49 yards and a score. Region 4 seems to be North East’s to lose, having posted big wins over Harbor Creek and General McLane.
Speaking of General McLane, the Lancers rushed for 344 yards in their 42-7 win over Seneca. Brian Suminski carried for 110 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Suminski took a handoff 34 yards for one of his 2 scores, Matt Astorino returned a punt 81 yards for a TD, Tyler Hendricks had a 36 yard TD run, and Quinn Thompson added a 66 yard scamper to paydirt. Joe Hibbler continued to shine for Seneca despite his team’s woes, rushing for 137 yards and the Bobcats’ lone TD.
Aaron Morley rushed for 138 yards and 3 TDs to lead Northwestern over Girard 43-27. Brandon Reiser added a 59 yard punt return for a TD for the Wildcats. Girard QB Joe Dunn had an impressive game despite the loss, completing 13-29 passes for 221 yards and 3 TDs. Dunn also added a 1 yard TD run for the Yellow Jackets.
Matt Cragg threw a 7 yard TD pass to Cody Bailey in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to give Corry a 29-26 win over Oil City. Cragg threw for 2 TDs, as well as rushing for 126 yards and a TD.
Josh Cordinani took a handoff 14 yards for a score with less than a minute left in regulation to give Bradford a 13-10 win over Ft. Leboeuf. Leboeuf led 3-0 until the 3rd quarter, when Sean Siffrinn scored on a 6 yard run to give the Owls the lead 7-3. Ft. Leboeuf’s Nik Domblowski scored late in the 4th to put the Bison back in fornt 10-7, but they couldn’t hold the lead.
Strong Vincent racked up a mind boggling 730 yards of offense in a high scoring 56-39 win over Warren. For the Colonels, Michael Neavins rushed for 196 yards and 2 TDs, Corey Henry had 154 yards and a TD, Chris Kirkland picked up 126 yards and a TD, and Denzel Jones had 91 yards and 2 scores. For Warren, Austin Jerman completed 24-36 passes for 295 yards and 5 TDs. Mark Davis caught 6 balls for 118 yards and 3 scores for the Dragons.
Cathedral Prep set a school record for points scored in a quarter, by jumping out to a 37-0 first quarter lead over Canisius(NY). Prep led 58-7 at halftime, and went on to win 58-28. Standout QB Damion Terry had an efficient game, completing 10-11 passes for 176 yards and 3 TDs. Delton Williams caught 4 passes for 90 yards and 2 TDs, and added 86 yards and another TD on the ground.
After a close 1st quarter, Grove City scored 34 unanswered points, en route to a 48-7 win over Greenville. Foster Reznor rushed for 122 yards and added 118 receiving yards, Wes Phipps had 2 TD runs.
Mercyhurst Prep had another big day on the ground, picking up 416 rushing yards in the Lakers 46-14 win over Eisenhower. Cornelius Barclay had 176 yards and a score, Dwayne Canady added 141 yards and 3 TDs, and Thomas Higgins had 86 yards and 2 TDs. Eisenhower QB Aaron Lundmark threw for 146 yards on 8-13 passing and 2 TDs, but the Knights turned the ball over 4 times in the loss.
Anthony Jordan had TD runs of 51 and 63, and added a 77 yard punt return for a TD, and Anthony Gates scored 3 times to lead East to a 38-12 win over Central Tech.
Spencer Bland rushed for 127 yards and 4 TDs to lead Sharpsville to a 41-6 win over West Middlesex. The Blue Devils racked up 419 yards total offense, and limited the Big Red to just 101 yards.
Maplewood led Union-Rimersburg 6-0 in the 2nd quarter, but Union scored 36 unanswered points to pick up the 36-6 win. Union QB Taylor Smith rushed for 136 yards, threw for a TD, and added a defensive TD in the Golden Knights win.
QB Sean Sleigh completed 20-27 passes for 346 yards and 3 TDs, and also added a TD run and an Interception on defense, to lead Dubois to a 56-15 win over Franklin. Max Hines had 8 catches for 90 yards and 2 TDs for the Beavers, while AJ Cooley scored both of Franklin’s TDs, on a 40 yard interception return, and a 24 yard TD catch.
Kyle Mariacher had 171 yards on 20 carries, scoring 3 times, and led Mercer to and impressive 50-8 win over Kennedy Catholic.
In other action, Linesville posted a big 34-12 region 1 win over Lakeview, and Fairview was dropped 43-7 by Boston College recruit Akeem Lynch and St. Francis Prep(NY)
Some huge games next week include a region 1 showdown between Linesville(3-0) @ Mercer(3-1), we will find out if Youngsville(4-0) is for real when they host Mercyhurst Prep(4-0) in a region 2 battle, Hickory(4-0) will travel to Wilmington(4-0) in a battle for 1st place in region 3, and Grove City(4-0) will travel to Meadville(3-1) in a region 5 battle.
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