While the Class 4A and 2A playoffs begin on Friday, the regular season still rolls on for many football teams in District 10.
For some of them, its one final tune-up before their respective playoff dates, and for others, its simply the chance to take the field again.
Here’s a brief look at each regular season game.
ERIE (1-3) at MCDOWELL (3-0)
It’s hard to believe McDowell hasn’t played a game since Sept. 25. Yet they very well could be the best team in District 10.
That Sept. 25 game saw them beat Cathedral Prep 24-10. They also own a 36-12 win over Erie, their opponent tonight.
Senior quarterback Chris Juchno (44-of-68, 561 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT) leads the Trojan offense, as does Justo Rivera (215 yards rushing, 136 receiving, 3 total TDs) and Braeden Soboleski (207 yards receiving, 1 TD).
The explosive Steve Smith leads the Royals’ offense. H has rushed for 456 yards on just 43 carries, an average of 10.6 ypc. JJ Woodard (356 yards rushing, 4 TDs) compliments Smith.
EISENHOWER (6-0) at COCHRANTON (0-6)
Eisenhower wanted another game before their D-10 Class A semifinal matchup against West Middlesex, and they have it in the form of the Cochranton Cardinals.
The Knights have been a machine this season, beating Region 5 teams by an average of 48.7 ppg.
Owen Trumbull (55-of-80, 1,048 yards, 18 TDs, 2 INTs; 312 rushing yards, 3 TDs), leads the potent EHS offense, along with Cael Black (636 yards rushing, 12 TDs), Dillon Benson (22 receptions, 469 yards, 6 TDs) and Caleb Robinault (222 yards receiving, 6 TDs), as well as the do-everything Zane Alexander.
Jon Gallo (344 yards rushing) paces the Cochranton offense.
SLIPPERY ROCK (2-4) at BUTLER (1-4)
The Rockets are led by quarterback William Mokel, who has thrown for 965 yards and six touchdowns.
His top targets are John Sabo (22 receptions, 282 yards, 2 TDs) and Brett Galick (11 receptions, 188 yards). Shane Thompson (267 yards rushing) paces the Rockets’ ground game.
Butler quarterback Cooper Baxter does a little bit of everything, passing for 309 yards and rushing for 354 and seven touchdowns. Justin Kabay (354 yards rushing, 7 TDs) is also a threat on the ground for the Golden Tornado.
GIRARD (2-4) at CONNEAUT (OHIO) (3-5)
The Conneaut Spartans have been a part of the District 10 schedule in recent seasons, but COVID through a wrench in that this year.
Leading Girard are running backs Gunner Bax (469 yards, 4 TDs) and Todd Essman (457 yards, 4 TDs), as well as quarterback Austin Barrett (313 passing yards, 423 rushing yards, 8 TDs).
SHARON (1-6) at GREENVILLE (0-6)
Tyvell Richardson (341 yards rushing) and Brett Salsgiver (472 yards passing, 5 TDs; 273 yards rushing, 4 TDs) lead Sharon into Greenville, where the Trojans are searching for their first win.
Rufus Byler (301 yards receiving), Mason Dickens (220 yards rushing) and Jalen Ritzert (410 yards passing) lead the Greenville offense.
SAEGERTOWN (3-3) at IROQUOIS (3-3)
A pair of 3-3 teams do battle as Saegertown travels to Iroquois.
The Panthers, who snapped their long losing streak at the start of this season, are led by Jake Reisinger (492 yards rushing, 6 TDs; 227 receiving yards, 2 TDs) and Henry Shaffer (390 yards passing, 4 TDs).
It starts on the ground for the Braves, led by Michael Hoopsick (736 yards rushing, 10 TDs) and Dante Carr (532 yards, 6 TDs).
MERCER (2-4) at LAKEVIEW (2-4)
Aidan Bright does a little bit of everything for the Mercer offense, rushing for 391 yards and 5 TDs and adding 10 receptions for 157 yards.
Quarterback Ethan Wiley has thrown for 415 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Gavin Murdock is Lakeview’s leading rusher (381 yards, 4 TDs) and passer (530 yards, 3 TDs). His top targets are Lane Barber (14 receptions, 224 yards, 2 TDs) and Hunter Miller (11 receptions, 152 yards).
FAIRVIEW (3-3) at SENECA (0-6)
The Tigers have won their last two games to get back to .500 on the season.
Jared Gennuso has rushed for 466 yards, while Tyler Corbin has thrown for 325 yards and four scores. Logan Frazao (13 receptions, 186 yards, 2 TDs) and Jeremy Frazao (8 receptions, 108 yards 1 TD) lead the receivers.
Ryan Miller (406 yards, 6 TDs) leads a solid Bobcats rushing attack, which also features Nolan Seaberry (253 yards, 3 TDs).
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (5-1) at KENNEDY CATHOLIC (0-6)
One final tune-up for Cambridge Springs before the Class 1A playoffs, and it comes in the form of Kennedy Catholic.
Trenten Wheeler is a dynamic quarterback for the Blue Devils, throwing for 520 yards and nine touchdowns and rushing for 435 yards and three touchdowns.
His top target is Aiden Rausher (15 receptions, 209 yards, 3 TDs).
Nick Ondo, Matt Thomas and Sky’Ler Thomas lead the KC offensive attack.
UNION CITY (3-3) at MERCYHURST PREP (1-5)
The Bears feature a pair of 500-plus yard rushers in Caleb Stull (594, 6 TDs) and David Roscinski (509 yards, 4 TDs).
Gus Campbell has been a workhorse in the Laker backfield, carrying for 695 yards and seven touchdowns.
WARREN (2-3) at CORRY (2-4)
James Swanson has been a force for the Dragons this season, rushing for 511 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 267 yards and two scores receiving.
Landon Douvlos has thrown for 312 yards for the Dragons.
Landon Weis has had a big season on the ground for the Beavers, rushing for 685 yards and 9 scores, while adding 147 yards receiving.
Nathan Lesher has thrown for 579 yards, 195 of which have gone to Sam Fisher