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Sept. 24 D10 Football: Meadville Takes Control of Region 5; Prep, Farrell Remain Unbeaten

Meadville's Khalon Simmons had 105 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a win over Warren. Photo by Allan Branthoover.

WARREN, Pa. – In a battle for first place in Region 5, Meadville had three players rush for over 100 yards in a 41-0 win over Warren.

Also see: Sept. 24 District 9 Recaps

Brady Walker, Griffin Buzzell and Khalon Simmons all eclipsed the century mark, with Buzzell going for 163 and a score, Walker 124 and two touchdowns and Simmons 105 and three touchdowns.

The Bulldogs (3-2) led just 13-0 at halftime, but outscored the Dragons 28-0 in the second half, including 22-0 in the fourth quarter.

Walker scored on a 9-yard run and Simmons a 1-yard plunge in the first half, and Simmons extended the margin to 19-0 with his 9-yard score in the third quarter.

Buzzell, Simmons and Walker all scored on touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, including a 36-yarder from Simmons.

Defensively, the Bulldogs limited the high-powered Dragon (3-2) offense to just 30 yards of total offense. Eric Dippold threw for 24 yards, while Ben White caught three passes and Cayden Wright two for the Dragons.

CATHEDRAL PREP 28, ST. FRANCIS (NY) 20

ERIE, Pa. – Despite being outgained 503-245, Cathedral Prep moved to 5-0 with a 28-20 win over St. Francis (NY).

Prep (5-0) never trailed in the game, but it was tight throughout. Leading 21-20 in the fourth quarter, the Ramblers’ Wakeem Page returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, and the Prep defense stood tall from there.

The return from Page came just moments after St. Francis got within one on a Jimmy Scott 1-yard touchdown run. St. Francis went for two and the lead, but the conversion failed.

The two teams took turns trading scores, as Mike Parks got the scoring going for Prep in the first quarter with a 26-yard touchdown run. Ricardo Kidd answered with an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but again the two-point conversion attempt was no good.

That 7-6 score held until the third quarter when Prep’s Carter Barnes scored on a two-yard run to make it 14-6. St. Francis tied the game on a Steve Otremba 30-yard touchdown pass to Logan Reaska coupled with the two-point conversion.

The Ramblers took the lead for good, 21-14 on Barnes’ 40-yard pass to Page at the 2:33 mark of the third quarter.

Parks rushed for 150 yards for the Ramblers, while Barnes threw for 79. Kidd had 182 yards on the ground for St. Francis and Otremba threw for 222 yards.

EISENHOWER 14, CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 0

RUSSELL, Pa. – Eisenhower’s defense was dominant as the Knights earned their second 14-0 victory of the season, this one against Cambridge Springs.

The Blue Devils (1-2), who were playing their first game since Sept. 3 due to COVID, couldn’t get much going offensively and were limited to just 103 yards of offense.

The only score of the first half came on a Shawn Pascuzzi 25-yard interception return for a touchdown at the 3:59 mark of the second quarter.

After the Knights (4-1) stopped Cambridge Springs on a 4th-and-goal from the 16, they proceeded to drive 86 yards, capped by a Benji Bauer 6-yard touchdown run with 7:26 to go in the fourth quarter. Bauer had 68 of his 92 yards rushing on the drive.

Eisenhower’s Gannon Jaquay was named the Jim Kelly Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about the win afterward:

Shawn Pascuzzi made his first start at quarterback for Eisenhower, completing a pair of passes to Wyatt Lookenhouse for 32 yards.

Garrett Hodak led Cambridge Springs with 64 yards rushing on 17 carries.

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FARRELL 40, SHARPSVILLE 0

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Farrell just keeps rolling, picking up its third shutout of the season, 40-0 over Sharpsville.

The Steelers (4-0) scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to assume control.

Omar Stewart Jr. caught a pair of touchdown passes, the first a 38-yarder from Kabron Smith to get the scoring going. Smith tossed his second touchdown of the half in the second quarter, a 31-yarder to Kylon Wilson to make it 12-0.

Stewart Jr. caught his second touchdown of the half, this one a 5-yader from Trian Holden, and Wilson caught his second of the half, a 69-yarder from Holden to make it 26-0 at the half.

Anthony Stallworth scored on a pair of third-quarter touchdowns of 25 and 52 yards to cap the scoring.

Stallworth finished with 260 yards rushing, while Holden had 105 yards passing and Smith 76. Wilson had 122 yards receiving and Stewart Jr. 43.

Chris Roth had 58 yards rushing and Caullin Summers 56 yards through the air for the Blue Devils (3-2)

GROVE CITY 41, FAIRVIEW 8

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City scored 34 points in the second quarter as they knocked Fairview from the ranks of the unbeaten, 41-8.

The Eagles (3-2) led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but by halftime had put the mercy rule into effect for the second half.

Hunter Hohman threw a pair of touchdown passes to Gavin Lutz (16 yards) and Anthony Pereira (29 yards) and also scored on a 41-yard run.

Curtis Hovis rushed for 100 yards and got the scoring going with a 1-yard touchdown run. Zach Rodgers added a 1-yard scoring run for the Eagles and Joey Hathaway a 50-yard run both in the second quarter.

Fairview (4-1) got on the board in the fourth quarter courtesy of a Josh Lockett 1-yard run.

Anthony Nemec added 50 yards on the ground for the Eagles, while Hohman had 107 yards passing and 35 rushing.

SENECA 26, IROQUOIS 14

Nolan Seabury threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Seneca upended Iroquois to snap a 29-game losing streak.

Seabury’s touchdown passes went to Colin Libra, who had all 153 yards from Seabury. Seabury also totaled 82 yards on the ground.

Seneca’s (1-3) last win came against Northwestern in October of 2017.

Anthony Buscemi eclipsed 100 yards on the ground for the Bobcats.

Michael Hoopsick scored on touchdowns runs of eight and four yards for the Braves (2-2).

MERCER 21, MAPLEWOOD 7

MERCER, Pa. – Mercer scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter en route to a 21-7 win over Maplewood.

Logan Turton scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard plunge to put the Mustangs (2-2) up 14-7 and Nate Haines a 6-yard scamper added the insurance.

After a scoreless first half, Maplewood (2-2) actually scored first on a 10-yard pass from Dominick Kinney to Connor Palmiero in the third quarter.

Turton answered immediately with a 67-yard burst that, coupled with the extra point, tied the game at 7-7.

Turton finished with 86 yards on the ground.

BUTLER 40, GENERAL MCLANE 20

BUTLER, Pa. – Butler outscored General McLane 28-7 in the second half, including 21-0 in the third quarter en route to a 40-20 victory.

Trailing 13-12 at the half, David Graef scored on a 39-yard run to give the Golden Tornado (2-2) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Butler scored twice more in the quarter on a Mac Schnur touchdown pass to Ethan Trettel and a Nicanor Andrada interception return for a touchdown.

Schnur and Trettel put the finishing touches on their night with an 83-yard pitch and catch for a score that made it 40-13.

Schnur threw for 270 yards and the two touchdowns. John Amon tallied 100 yards on the ground for GM (2-2) and also returned a kickoff for a score.

OIL CITY 14, HARBOR CREEK 13

OIL CITY, Pa. – Trailing 13-8, Oil City’s Ethen Knox scored on a 24-yard touchdown run with 3:49 to play to lift the Oilers to a 14-13 win over Harbor Creek.

It was part of a monster game for Knox, who rushed for 226 yards, the second time he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark this season.

The Oilers (2-2) were held scoreless until the fourth quarter, with Harbor Creek leading 7-0 going into the fourth on the strength of a Matt Cassidy 4-yard touchdown run.

Oil City took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a Carl Chelton 38-yard touchdown run that, coupled with the 2-point conversion, made it 8-7 Oilers.

Cassidy responded, returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to give Harbor Creek (1-4) the lead back.

Cassidy finished with 41 yards on the ground to lead Harbor Creek.

HICKORY 55, MERCYHURST PREP 13

HERMITAGE, Pa. – Logan Woods threw for 233 yards and five touchdowns as Mercyhurst Prep rolled past Hickory.

Jackson Pryts caught three passes – all of which went for touchdowns, as the Hornets built a 28-7 halftime advantage.

Keenan Scullin and Ty Holland had the other touchdown receptions, while Ramarion Whitehead had a punt return for a touchdown.

Nakeem Jones capped the scoring for Hickory (3-2) with a 2-yard plunge.

David Bahm threw for 100 yards for Hickory, including a touchdown pass to Dewey Byrd.

SHARON 40, FORT LEBOEUF 27

SHARON, Pa. – Mikey Rodriques threw for four touchdown passes as Sharon toppled Fort LeBoeuf, 40-27.

Ja’on Phillips was on the receiving end of three of those touchdown strikes, covering 22, 10 and 49 yards. Lamont Austin had the other touchdown reception.

Most of the scoring was done in the first half, as Sharon (4-1) led 34-20 at halftime.

Aaron Lichtinger had a big game for the Bison, scoring on a 52-yard run and he was also on the receiving end of a 40-yard scoring toss from Isaac McGuire.

Aiden Lesik also had a pair of scoring runs for the Bison (3-1)

TITUSVILLE 28, NORTH EAST 24

TITUSVILLE, Pa. – Garrett Knapp’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Brock Covell with 2:21 to play lifted Titusville to a 28-24 win over North East.

The Rockets (2-1) overcame a big game from North East’s Casey Burch, who rushed for 180 yards and a pair of scores.

Knapp had a big game of his own, throwing for 249 yards and three scores to Antonio Malave (43 yards), Jaxon Covell (20 yards) and Covell.

Knapp had a 30-yard touchdown run to open the scoring as well.

Malave led the Rockets with 119 yards receiving.

SAEGERTOWN 35, UNION CITY 28

SAEGERTOWN, Pa. – Four different Saegertown players scored rushing touchdowns as the Panthers built a 35-14 lead en route to a 35-28 win over Union City.

Aaron Shartle, Keenen Schaaf, Henry Shaffer and Zach Yoder all scored on touchdown runs for the Tigers.

Shaffer also had a touchdown pass covering 75 yards to Schaaf.

The Panthers  (1-2) overcame a big game from Union CIty’s Kyler Shaffer, who had 250 yards of total offense (120 passing, 130 rushing). Shaffer scored four touchdowns, all of which came on the ground.

Clay Thomas added 65 yards on the ground for the Bears (0-4).

CONNEAUT (OHIO) 42, REYNOLDS 22

CONNEAUT Ohio – Zack RIce accounted for five touchdowns as Conneaut (Ohio) upended Reynolds, 42-22.

It was a high-scoring affair right from the get-go, as Conneaut (3-3) led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.

Kiefer Mandagelo threw four touchdown passes, three of which went to Rice on plays of 24, 49 and 51 yards. Mandagelo also connected with Chase Carpenter on a 44-yard scoring strike.

Rice scored on runs of 14 and nine yards. He finished with 136 yards receiving and 106 yards rushing, while Mandagelo had 216 yards through the air.

Jalen Wagner had a big game for Reynolds (2-2) in the loss, rushing for three touchdowns on runs of 62, 35 and five yards. He finished with 136 yards on the ground.

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