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District 10 Week 4 Football Preview: The Start of Round 2

Grove City's Curtis Hovis. Photo by Shane Lux, PA Football News.

It’s Week 4 of the District 10 football season, and in this strange 2020 campaign, that signals the start of teams meeting for a second time in every Region expect 4 and 8, the only two with more than four teams.

Those round two showdowns are highlighted by a duel between a pair of 3,000-yard passers when Hickory and Michael Henwood travel to Grove City to take on Logan Breese and the Eagles. Their career numbers read like this: Henwood – 206-374, 3,217 yards, 40 touchdowns, 17 interceptions; Breese – 199-312, 3056 yards, 28 touchdowns, 14 interceptions. 

Also on tap is a battle of 3-0 teams in Region when Northwestern travels to Cambridge Springs.

In the first meeting, it was Hickory (3-0), that jumped out to a 20-0 lead en route to a 41-21 win. Rocco Iacino and Ramarion Whitehead both had big games receiving in that one, as did Clay Wiesen (110 yards 2 TDs) on the ground.

Breese will look to get the ball in the hands of receivers Anthony Pereira (301 yards, 4 TDs) and Gavin Lutz (131 yards, 1 TD) early and often.

Elsewhere in District 10, defending District 10 Class 3A champion Sharon looks to avoid an 0-4 start when they host Slippery Rock (1-2). The Rockets won the first matchup, 27-7.

Slippery Rock’s WIlliam Mokel has been one of the most efficient passers in District 10 through three games, throwing for 450 yards and three touchdowns, including 231 in that meeting. Sharon will look to get its offense jump-started with Brett Salsgiver and company. They were limited to 220 yards of total offense in the Week 1 setback.

NORTHWESTERN (3-0) at CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (3-0)

An overtime win over Maplewood has sent Northwestern on its way to its 3-0 start. In fact, the 14 points they gave up against the Tigers are the only points they have yielded all season, coming off back-to-back shutouts against Saegertown and Cochranton.

Ryan Tewell (236 yards passing, 128 rushing, Austin Swift (314 yards rushing) and the rest of the Wildcat offense will get a big test against a Cambridge Springs’ defense that is allowing just 27 points through its first three games.

Quarterback Trenten Wheeler (242 rushing yards, 192 passing yards) and Ayden Miller (202 rushing yards) will lead the Blue Devils’ offensive attack.

WEST MIDDLESEX (2-1) at REYNOLDS (3-0)

The cream of the crop meet in Region 1, as these two teams squared off in Week 1, a narrow 27-20 victory for the Raiders.

Cole Toy has run roughshod through three games, to the tune of 461 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Big Reds, meanwhile, feature a balanced attack, led by quarterback Ty Tate (241 yards passing, 120 rushing) and running back Ian Smith (216 yards rushing).

WILMINGTON (3-0) at GREENVILLE (0-3)

The Greyhounds are well on their way to yet another special season, and will be looking to match a 48-0 win they had over Greenville in Week 1.

The rushing attack, behind an imposing offensive line, is an impressive one, led by Darren Miller (349 yards, 5 TDs) and Ethan Susen (336 yards, 4 TDs).

Their win over Farrell is the only game of the three where the Greyhound defense has yielded points.

Mason Dickens (147 yards) leads the Trojans on the ground.

SHARPSVILLE (1-2) at FARRELL (2-1)

Everything’s been business as usual for the Steelers this season, minus the second half against Wilmington.

The first meeting between these two was all Farrell to the tune of 41-0. The explosive Anthony Stallworth (374 yards rushing, 7 TDs, 89 yards receiving, 1 TD) and Kylon Wilson (10 receptions, 137 yards, 3 TD), along with a physical offensive line lead the Steelers on offense. Christian Hartley and Trian Holden have split the QB duties to great effect.

Chris Roth (177 yards rushing) leads the Blue Devils on the ground.

EISENHOWER (3-0) at UNION CITY (1-2)

Region 5 has been all Eisenhower, as the Knights have outscored their opponents 158-12. That includes a 47-0 win over the Bears in Week 1.

Owen Trumbull (471 passing yards, 8 TDs), Cael Black (292 rushing yards, 5 TDs) and Dillon Benson (251 receiving yards, 4 TDs) lead a vaunted Knights offense, while Benji Bauer and Colby Hagg have 21 tackles each to pace the defense.

HARBOR CREEK (3-0) at CORRY (1-2) 

This game was all Huskies in Week 1, 56-7.

Harbor Creek has one of the most balanced offenses in District 10, led by Casey Smith (487 yards passing, 9 TDs), Cameron Williamson (439 yards rushing, 5 TDs), Cody Smith (171 yards receiving, 3 TDs) and Ryan Whitman (138 yards receiving, 4 TDs).

Corry is coming off its first win of the season in overtime over North East.

FORT LEBOEUF (3-0) at FAIRVIEW (1-2)

A game that was won by the Bison 48-0 in Week 1, the Tigers will have to try and slow down District 10’s top statistical rushing duo in Tristin Harris (453 yards, 8 TDs) and Jack Rimpa (392 yards, 8 TDs).

The Bison have outscored their opponents 137-21.

TITUSVILLE (0-3) at CONNEAUT (2-1)

The Eagles are playing in their third game, following a 28-0 win over Warren and a 28-13 loss to Oil City.

Nathan Bortnick has thrown for 272 yards and three scores and added 125 yards and two TDs on the ground, while Max Lewandowski (226 rushing yards) is the top ground gainer. Zach Walker (9-173-2 TDs) is Bortnick’s favorite target.

FRANKLIN (1-2) at MEADVILLE (2-1)

Meadville has a pair of lopsided wins over Titusville sandwiched in between a 38-14 loss to Oil City.

The Bulldogs feature one of District 10’s leading rushers in Khalon Simmons (478 yards, 7 TDs).

They will be facing a Franklin team that is coming off a 35-12 loss to Warren.

OIL CITY (3-0) at WARREN (1-1)

Oil City has a pair of impressive back-to-back wins over Meadville and Conneaut, and now travel to take on a Dragon team that is coming off its first win.

Warren will be tasked with slowing down an Oil City offense that features District 10’s leading rusher in Cam Russell (555 yards, 6 TDs), as well as a very efficient Holden Stahl at quarterback when they do go to the passing game.

James Swanson (251 yards rushing, 81 receiving) had a monster game against Franklin, and both he and QB Micah Passmore will need to play big for the Dragons.

CATHEDRAL PREP (2-1) at BUTLER (0-3)

It’s been a rude welcome to District 10 for Butler, and it doesn’t get any easier this week, as they face a Rambler team that is coming off a 24-10 loss to rival McDowell. It’s also a Prep team that beat Butler 55-21 in Week 1.

Michael Parks steers the Rambler offense. He has rushed for 460 yards and four TDS through the first three games.

Cooper Baxter (266 yards passing) lead the Golden Tornado attack.

MCDOWELL (3-0) at ERIE (1-2)

It’s been an emotional week for all of District 10, but especially for McDowell, as everyone continues to pray and fight with Trojan senior Johnny Heubel, who is hospitalized in Pittsburgh.

On the field, the Trojans look to make it 4-0, led by talented senior QB Chris Juchno, who has thrown for 561 yards and six touchdowns, and also had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the win over Prep last week. Justo Rivera (215 yards rushing) and Braeden Soboleski (207 yards receiving) give the Trojans plenty of weapons.

JJ Woodard lead the Royals’ offense, rushing for 305 yards and four scores this season. The Royals are coming off their first win of the season over Butler. McDowell won the first meeting, 36-12.

OTHER GAMES: Saegertown (1-2) at Lakeview (1-2); Saturday; Girard (1-2) at Mercyhurst Prep (1-2), Mercer (1-2) at Kennedy Catholic (0-3), Maplewood (1-2) at Cochranton (0-3), Seneca (0-3) at Iroquois (2-1), General McLane (2-1) at North East (0-3).

 

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