WHVL Game of the Week: Ridgway/Johnsonburg @ Curwensville
Written by: Billy Splain on Friday, October 6th, 2017
Ridgway/Johnsonburg at Curwensville
Friday night in Curwensville is always a great time. People will flock in from all over to watch the Golden Tide take on the nights opponent and most times, they leave the stadium happy. The Tide fans may have to wait until the clock strikes zero in the fourth quarter to see if they’ll be leaving happily or not. The Elkers of Ridgway/Johnsonburg bring a 5-1 record and someone named Neil MacDonald to town and they don’t want to be the team that leaves with 2 losses, but the 5-1 Tide will counter that notion and throw their trump card by the name of Nick Stewart. Elker Head Coach Mark Heindl will be going for his 49th win, while long time Tide legend Andy Evanko will be looking for number 140.
For the Tide fans to walk away happy ( and they would like to walk away happy consider the Tide has only been home for 2 of their 6 games), Coach Evanko’s group will have to find a way to stop the Elkers senior All-Star. MacDonald is averaging 9.7 yards a carry and has 9 rushing TDs to go along with his 676 rushing yards. But if the Tide defenders LB’s Logan Waroquier and Matthew Carter along with DL Stephen McClure try to key on his running abilities, they could be in for a long night. Elker QB Johnny Mitchell has not lit up the skies, but he is a respectable 29/59 for 218 yards and 5 tds, with four of them going to…you guessed it, MacDonald. He has 12 receptions for 192 yards.
For the Elkers on offense, they’ll have to get their passing game going to open up some room on the line. Sr. Center Philip Shipe, Sr. Guard Devin Gilmore and Sr. Tackle Zach Hodgsdon aren’t big but they’re solid. They’ll have to keep defensive ends McClure and Avery Francisco along with tackles Hayden Walnock and Caleb Bloom away from their backfield. Getting MacDonald going early would also be a good thing for the Elkers.
The same rings true for Curwensville. They’d like to get Stewart going quickly and often. He’s only been held under 100 yards rushing once this year, against powerhouse Kane with only 46 yards but he’s still managed to put up an impressive 725 yards and 12 TDs. Avery Francisco and Blake Passarelli will also see time carrying the ball.
Curwensville quarterback Bryce Timko has a nice arm when needed, and has throw for 847 yards for 8 tds and only 2 interceptions, which is already ahead of his last season total of 619 yards and 7 TDs. Elker DBs Aaron Hinton and Andy Brier, along with MacDonald at safety will have to play position ball and not let Josh Terry and Noah Van Gunden get loose on them. Stewart is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Terry and Van Gunden are both approaching 300 yards receiving and both have 3 tds.
Any way you read it, the night is set for what should be a great game. Where can you watch it you ask? Well, for starters in Curwensville on Friday night at 7pm. But if you can’t make it to the game, click the following for your local listing for the:
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