McDowell had no issues in a 59-0 rout of Altoona on Friday and received some big news. Shaler was hammered by Pine-Richland 51-7, giving the Trojans the second seed in the Northern Seven conference and a home game in the first round of the District 7 playoffs. Greg Garmon and Khlique Harris scored two touchdowns each in the win, while McDowell returned two punts and one interception for touchdowns. The Trojans won’t find out their opponent until Monday at the D-7 seeding meeting but they will like face a third place team from another conference. The three third-place teams outside of the Northern Seven are Woodland Hills (6-3), McKeesport (6-3) and Bethel Park (4-5).
North East and Grove City became the latest teams to clinch their respective regions outright. The Grapepickers routed Seneca 42-14 to clinch the Region 4 title and the Eagles beat DuBois 63-21 to lock up the Region 5 title. Tyler Johnson, North East’s all-time rusher, eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark in his career with 150 yards and a touchdown Friday, while Alex Svetz ran for 110 yards on 18 carries to pass Rickie Thompson for second all-time. Svetz scored a total of four touchdowns, including three rushing and a 26-yard touchdown from Cory Bailey.
Grove City held a slim 21-14 lead at halftime before exploding for 42 points in the second half. Wes Phipps has three rushing touchdowns, while quarterback Tyler Dagres ran for two touchdowns and threw for one. Dagres led the Eagles with 104 rushing yards on 11 carries. Grove City is off in Week 10 and will likely sit out the following week in the first round of the playoffs because of a bye.
Sharpsville, Youngsville and Cathedral Prep clinched at least a share of their respective region titles on Friday. The Blue Devils routed Conneaut Valley 35-0 to clinch a share of the Region 1 title as well as a top seed. Sharpsville can win the region outright against Linesville next week.
Youngsville took care of Cochranton 58-6 and will have the top seed no matter what in Region 2. The Eagles host Saegertown in a big game next week and even if the Panthers win, the two teams would be tied for first with Mercyhurst Prep. A points system would then come into play with Youngsville having the most points. Mercyhurst is going to be the second seed and Saegertown third.
Prep routed Warren 63-20 despite missing several standout players to injury. Joe Oduho scored four touchdowns for the Ramblers, who can clinch the Region 6 title outright against East next week.
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-Mercyhurst Prep’s rushing trio of Cornelius Barclay, Dwayne Canady and Thomas Higgins dominated once again on Friday. The Lakers routed Union City 49-12 behind a 100-yard rushing game from all three standout backs. Barclay and Higgins scored two touchdowns each, while Canady broke a 53-yard TD run. Mercyhurst wraps up the regular season next week against Maplewood before likely playing a playoff game close to Erie.
-Cambridge Springs’ 12-7 win over Eisenhower in Week 5 could be huge when the playoff teams are determined. The Blue Devils finish the season against Iroquois, while the Knights take on Union City. If Cambridge Springs takes care of business, they would be the fourth seed from Region 2. Whether District 10 takes four teams from Region 2 is still to be determined. Cambridge would be 5-5 and likely head south to take on Sharpsville. If Eisenhower beats Union City and Cambridge loses to Iroquois, the Knights could get into the postseason.
Region 1 still has several important games left on the schedule. West Middlesex sent a message Friday with a 52-15 win over Linesville and likely clinched a playoff spot. The Big Reds take on Mercer next week and could vault into the second seed with a win over the Mustangs. Linesville can still get in with a win over Sharpsville next week but that will be a tough game for the Lions. It looks like if Mercer beats Middlesex, the Mustangs will be the second seed, Farrell would hop into third and Middlesex fourth. Farrell has the head-to-head tiebreaker over Middlesex.
-What do you do with Class AA if you are the D-10 Committee? Let’s say these seven teams are in: Wilmington, Hickory, Greenville, North East, General McLane, Northwestern and Harbor Creek . That leaves one spot open. Who deserves it? Girard is finished at 3-6 on the season and is in fifth place in Region 4. In Region 3, Titusville is 3-6 but in a three-way tie for fourth place with Sharon and Reynolds, who each have one win. Do you put Titusville in at 3-6 despite one win in region play? Girard has two region wins, how much does that matter? It will be interesting to see how D-10 handles it.
-Strong Vincent’s 27-10 win over Bradford brings the Colonels within 10 points of DuBois in the District 6-9-10 subregional. The standings are based on average points because not every team in the five-team subregional plays the same amount of games. DuBois is in first with 84.4 points followed by Vincent (83.3), Mifflin County (66.7), State College (60) and Central Mountain (20).
Central Mountain is out of the running leaving four teams. The top seed will play fourth place in Week 11 while the second and third seeds meet. The winners play in Week 12 for the right to play the District 8 champion in the PIAA first round. Vincent has completed its schedule so the Colonels will be the second seed behind DuBois. Mifflin County plays a Class AAA team in Blue Mountain and State College takes on Class AAAA Central Dauphin East.
-Hickory’s DeShawn Coleman continued his strong season with 131 yards on 10 carries, including three touchdowns. The Hornets routed Reynolds 51-12 to clinch the second seed out of Region 3 and will likely take on Harbor Creek or Northwestern in the first round.