A good old-fashioned rivalry highlights a loaded Week 6 slate in District 10 football.
It’s Cathedral Prep at McDowell. Both are undefeated and fighting for first place in Region 6.
The Ramblers are out for revenge after the Trojans took a pair of meetings from them last season.
The Trojans have primarily got it done on the ground this season. Artis Simmons has rushed for 453 yards and seven touchdowns, while Ray Jackson has 266 yards and two scores. Ray Jackson also has five touchdowns on the ground. Ben Moore has settled in at quarterback, throwing for over 500 yards and four scores.
The Ramblers also featured a strong ground game, led by Mike Parks, who has amassed over 600 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. First-year starting quarterback Carter Barnes has emerged as a dual-threat, throwing for 576 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushing for 155 yards. His top targets are DaMario Crawford, Wakeem Page and Tyson Simon.
While many eyes will be focused on the showdown in Erie, there’s a full-slate packed full of region battles that will continue to shape the playoff races. Here’s a brief look at each.
Mercer (2-2) at Greenville (2-3)
Two teams that are jockeying for in Region 1. Mercer got back on track with a 21-7 win over Maplewood last week following back-to-back losses. Jake Badger is the leading ground gainers, rushing 40 times for 188 yards, while Logan Turton has 146 yards on the ground. Quarterback Ethan Wiley has thrown for 206 yards, with Turton (134 yards) his favorite target.
Greenville is also coming off a victory, 50-14 over Kennedy Catholic. Jalen Ritzert has thrown for 488 yards and three touchdowns, with Jase Herrick (254 yards) his favorite target. On the ground, Levi Swartz has 353 yards on the ground and seven scores and Mason Dickens 270 yards.
Kennedy Catholic (0-4) at Lakeview (1-3)
Lakeview looks to snap a 3-game skid when they host Kennedy Catholic. Quarterback Gavin Murdock had got it done both through the air (523 yards, 3 touchdowns) and rushing (350 yards, 5 scores). Calogano Wilkins has 132 yards receiving.
The Golden Eagles are looking for their first win and have gotten solid returns from young quarterback Rayvion Wilbon-Venable, who has thrown for 614 yards and six scores, three of which have gone to Simeir Wade (355 yards).
Wilmington (3-1) at Sharpsville (3-2)
Wilmington’s only loss was out of region (in fact, out of state) and they are looking to keep pace with idle Farrell. Luke Edwards has been a workhorse, running behind the Greyhounds’ offensive line to the tune of 517 yards and seven scores, while Gage DeCaprio has 291 yards and four scores. Quarterback Tuff McConahy has thrown for 291 yards and five scores, four of which have gone to Cole McAllister.
Sharpsville battled Farrell for a good stretch last week, but ultimately fell 40-0. The Blue Devils have played in a number of defensive battles so far this season, allowing single-digit points twice. Chris Roth has rushed for 340 yards on the ground, while Zack Tedrow leads with three rushing touchdowns. Caullin Summers has thrown for 354 yards and five scores, with Garen Lewis accounting for 146 yards and a score.
Cochranton (3-0) at Cambridge Springs (1-2)
Cochranton had a week off last week, but last time they were on the field, they snapped Eisenhower’s 11-game regular-season win streak. The Cardinals are allowing just seven points per game. Offensively, Jack Martinec has been electric, rushing for over 600 yards in three games and seven touchdowns. While Noah Cummings has thrown for three scores without being intercepted.
Cambridge Springs does most of its work on the ground, with Garrett Hodak accounting for 348 yards and three scores and Van Jones with 152 yards and a score. They will look to get back on track after getting blanked by Eisenhower this week following a lengthy COVID break.
Union City (0-4) at Northwestern (3-0)
Northwestern looks to keep pace with Cochranton atop the Region 2 standings, having allowed just 18 points this season. Ryan Tewell has been terrific at quarterback, going 20-of-26 with 584 yards and a 9-0 touchdown to interception ratio. Eric Steinle is his big-play receiver, accounting for 262 yards, while Ben Campbell leads the ground game with 195 yards and three scores.
Kyler Shaffer has thrown for 256 yards and a score and rushed for 357 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bears. Clay Thomas has 121 yards on the ground for the Bears.
Maplewood (2-2) at Seneca (1-3)
Seneca snapped a lengthy losing streak last week and will look to keep the momentum going when they host Maplewood. Nolan Seabury has thrown for over 400 yards and three scores and is also the leading rusher for the Bobcats with 172 yards. Collin Libra (166 yards) is the Bobcats’ top receiver.
Maplewood comes in with a .500 record following a 21-7 loss to Mercer last week. Ben Gilberto has 396 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Dominick Kinney, meanwhile, has thrown for 208 yards and rushed for 144. Conner Palmiero has 111 yards receiving.
Slippery Rock (3-0) at Conneaut, Ohio (3-3)
Slippery Rock has been on the wrong end of opponents’ COVID woes this season, and they travel to Ohio looking to stay undefeated. The last time they took the field, it was an impressive 34-7 win over Grove City. William Mokel has thrown for 558 yards and eight touchdowns, with John Sabo and Shane Thompson catching three touchdowns each. Thompson also leads the Rockets on the ground with 148 yards and three scores.
Zack Rice has been a workhorse for Conneaut this season, rushing for over 600 yards and 10 scores. Kiefer Mandagelo has thrown for six scores, five of which have gone to Rice.
Titusville (2-1) at Hickory (3-2)
After a last-second loss to Sharon, Hickory has righted the ship with back-to-back wins over Conneaut (Ohio) and Mercyhurst Prep. Logan Woods has settled in nicely at the quarterback position, throwing for 963 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has a pair of talented weapons on the outside in Keenan Scullin (425 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Ramarion Whitehead (295 yards, 4 touchdowns). Sean Kennedy has rushed for 306 yards and three scores.
Titusville is coming off back-to-back wins over Corry and North East. Quarterback Garrett Knapp leads the way with 475 yards and three scores, with Brock Covell and Antonio Malave scoring two each.
Grove City (3-2) at Sharon (4-1)
After a 21-14 non-region loss to University Prep, Sharon has rattled off three straight wins, including 40-27 over Fort LeBoeuf last week. The Tigers’ defense has been stout, boasting a pair of shutouts this season. Offensively, quarterback Mikey Rodriques has thrown for 661 yards and eight touchdowns. Ja’on Phillips is one of the most dynamic playmakers in District 10, and has accounted for 533 yards and seven scores receiving.
Grove City has alternated wins and losses this season and handed Fairview its first loss of the season in impressive fashion last week, 41-8. Hunter Hohman has thrown for 941 yards and eight scores. Gavin Lutz, Joey Hathaway and Anthony Pereira all have over 200 yards receiving and multiple touchdowns. Curtis Hovis has rushed for 587 yards and six scores.
Fairview (4-1) at Fort LeBoeuf (3-1)
Both teams are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, as Fairview fell to Grove City and Fort LeBoeuf to Sharon. Jared Gennuso has rushed for 517 yards and 12 touchdowns for Fairview this season. Quarterback Tyler Corbin has thrown for 523 yards and five scores, three of which have gone to Logan Frazao, who has 220 yards receiving.
LeBoeuf, meanwhile, gets it done on the ground. Tristin Harris has rushed for 370 yards and five scores, while Justin Leuschen has 275 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
North East (1-4) at Mercyhurst Prep (1-2) (Saturday)
North East is coming off a 28-24 loss to Titusville, while Mercyhurst Prep fell to Hickory. David Bahm has thrown for 380 yards and a pair of scores for the Lakers. Casey Burch has rushed for 420 yards and four scores, while Tyler Wittman has 387 yards and four scores on the ground.
Oil City (2-2) at Franklin (1-4)
Oil City enters the Route 8 rivalry coming off a dramatic 14-13 win over Harbor Creek, while Franklin beat Conneaut for its first win of the season. Ethen Knox had another monster game for the Oilers last week and has rushed for 829 yards in four games.
Carson Wible has rushed for 400 yards and six scores for the Knights, while Cole Buckley has 191 yards passing.
Warren (3-2) at General McLane (2-2)
Both teams are coming off losses – Warren to Meadville and General McLane to Butler. The Dragon offense looks to get back on track after sputtering last week against Meadville. Tommy Nyquist has rushed for 427 yards and five scores, while Tommy Ethan Senz has 269 yards on the ground. Eric Dippold has thrown for 609 yards – 362 of which have gone to senior receiver Ben White.
John Amon has rushed for 364 yards and three scores for the Lancers, while Dylan Sheeders has thrown for 350 yards and five scores. Amon has also thrown for three scores, with Eric Salamonsen, Magnus Lloyd and Owen Martin have two scores each.
Conneaut (0-5) at Meadville (3-2)
Meadville is rolling following a blanking of Warren last week, as Griffin Buzzell, Khalon Simmons and Brady Walker all eclipsed 100 yards on the ground. On the season, Buzzell has 620 yards and seven scores, Simmons 605 yards and nine touchdowns and Walker 472 yards and seven scores.
Braden Groover has rushed for 225 yards for Conneaut, which is coming off a 23-16 loss to Franklin.
Harbor Creek (1-4) at Butler (2-2)
Butler is feeling good after doubling up General McLane, 40-20 last week. Max Schnur has thrown for 680 yards, with Lance Slater (280 yards) his top target. Cooper Baxter leads the ground game for Butler with 280 yards and four scores.
Saegertown (1-2) at Reynolds (2-2)
Saegertown is coming off a 35-28 win over Union City, while Reynolds fell to Conneaut (Ohio), 42-22. Reynolds’ Jalen Wagner has had a big season to date on the ground with 467 yards and eight scores, while Haydin McLaughlin has 223 yards on the ground and three scores.
Aaron Shartle and Zach Yoder both have over 100 yards on the ground for Saegertown, while Henry Shaffer has thrown for 200 yards and a score.
Erie (1-4) at St. Joe’s, NY (0-4) – Saturday
Erie looks to pick up its second win of the season when they travel to take on winless St. Joe’s. The Royals are coming off a 49-12 loss to McDowell. Jermaine Selby has had a solid season on the ground, eclipsing 400 yards with a pair of touchdowns.