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Week 10 D10 Football Recaps: Ike Caps Unbeaten Regular Season; Simmons Sparks McDowell; Sharpsville Tops LeBoeuf

Eisenhower's Benji Bauer. Photo by Steve Younger.

GIRARD, Pa. – A pair of fourth-quarter interceptions helped Eisenhower secure a perfect regular season with a 13-7 win at Girard on Friday.

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Caleb Penley wrestled Gabe Messmer’s pass away from Zach Lowe on the possession after Eisenhower took the lead. Then, with Girard driving and a minute left to play, Tucker Lindell stepped in front of Gunner Bax for what would prove to be the game-winner.

           

“They came out, they fought a really hard game,” Lindell said. “We were ready for them, made some adjustments, made some plays, and got the win.”

See Lindell’s full postgame interview here:

It’s already been a record-setting season for Eisenhower, and the Knights added to that history with the win over the Yellowjackets. Eisenhower finished the regular season 10-0 for the first time in school history. This was the Knights’ sixth undefeated regular season overall, the last was in the COVID-shortened 2020 season when Eisenhower went 7-0.

“Nobody’s ever done it before, in the 70-some-odd years we’ve been playing football,” Penley said. “It feels really amazing.”

           

See Penley’s full postgame interview here:

Running back Benji Bauer set two more school rushing records along the way as well. Bauer’s 138 yards (unofficial) moved him past Johnny Pascuzzi (2009-2012) to the top of the Knights’ career-rushing list. He now has 3,227 rushing yards and counting. Pascuzzi finished his career with 3,198 yards.

Benji Bauer runs for positive yards against Girard. Bauer broke two more school rushing records in the win. Photo by Steve Younger.

Bauer’s 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Knights the lead for good, and gave him 21 for the season, which puts him atop the single-season list. Jeff Benedict scored 20 rushing touchdowns in 1979.

“It feels great,” Bauer said. “But it’s our whole team, and we’re not finished yet.”

           

See Bauer’s full postgame interview here:

To get to 10-0, the Knights had to get past a game Girard (2-7).

After trading punts, Eisenhower was able to get the offense moving. A 23-yard pass from Shawn Pascuzzi to Kris Bunk set the Knights up inside the Yellowjackets’ 10.

           

Four plays later, Pascuzzi found Bunk again, this time for a 4-yard touchdown that gave the Knights a 7-0 lead with two minutes to play in the first quarter.

Both defenses clamped down for most of the second quarter, but Girard was able to break through with just over four minutes left in the half.

Messmer found Lowe on the sideline. Lowe made a man miss, headed down the sideline, then cut back inside for a 50-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.

The Knights thought they had retaken the lead with a 61-yard Keegan Eckstrom run, but a holding penalty negated the play. Pascuzzi hit Bauer on an 18-yard screen pass to make a third-down conversion easier. The Jackets held and Bauer looked to have picked up the first down on a fake punt.

Another holding penalty wiped out the play and the Knights were forced to punt, sending the teams to the fourth quarter tied at 7-7.

Eisenhower used several Pascuzzi keepers to help create space for Bauer. The strategy paid off when Bauer broke off the 30-yard TD run with 9:34 to play.

Penley got his interception on the ensuing possession, and the teams traded punts until Lindell got the game-sealing pick.

Mason Kalicky led Girard with 32 rushing yards on six carries. James Kibbe ran twice for 18 yards and Messmer had six carries for 18 yards.

Messmer was 8-19 passing for 149 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Lowe finished with three catches for 69 yards and a score. Bax had four receptions for 40 yards.

Bauer finished with 138 yards on 18 carries. He also had two catches for 42 yards.

Pascuzzi ran 10 times for 44 yards and was 8-11 through the air for 79 yards and a touchdown. Bunk had three catches for 29 yards and a TD.

The Knights now await their playoff fate. The District 10 selection committee meets Saturday to determine the seeding for the postseason. Eisenhower is vying with Reynolds (9-1) for the top seed. With D10 likely to take only six teams in Class 1A, both teams would get a bye regardless of which is the No. 1 seed.

MCDOWELL 42, ST. FRANCIS (NY) 28

ERIE, Pa. – Artis Simmon ran for 268 yards and three touchdowns as McDowell put the finishing touches on an 8-2 regular season with an impressive 42-28 win over St. Francis (NY).

Simmons scored on runs of 43 and 46 yards in the first quarter, and his 21-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter broke a 28-all tie.

The two teams traded body blows in the first half, with McDowell leading 21-14 at halftime and going up 28-14 on Ben Moore’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Christian Santiago.

St. Francis rallied to tie the game, with Terrence Pendergrass scoring on a 3-yard run and E’Ryan Lawrence hauling in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Steve Otremba Jr.

After Simmons’ touchdown gave the Trojans the lead, Moore’s second touchdown pass of the game, a 43-yarder to Ray Jackson put the finishing touches on the win.

Bobby Blue also had a 1-yard touchdown run for McDowell in the second quarter. Moore finished 10-of-19 through the air for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while Jackson had six receptions for 90 yards.

Ricardo Kidd had 161 yards rushing and two touchdowns for St. Francis.

SHARPSVILLE 35, FORT LEBOEUF 28

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Sharpsville built a 35-14 lead over Fort Leboeuf and held off a late Bison rally for a 35-28 victory.

Kalvin McCullough’s late interception sealed the win for the Blue Devils.

Garen Levis had a monster game for Sharpsville (8-2), scoring on passes of 25 and 55 yards from Caullin Summers while also returning an interception for a touchdown.

Summers threw three touchdown passes, the other of which went to Killian Whalen (10 yards). Braedon Summers also had a rushing touchdown for Sharpsville.

Justin Leuschen scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 50 yards for Sharpsville in the fourth quarter and finished with 139 yards on the ground.

Caullin Summers finished with 225 yards through the air, 136 of which went to Levis.

Ryan Welka hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Isaac McGuire in the first half for the Bison.

MERCYHURST PREP 49, MERCER 0

ERIE, Pa.- David Bahm threw for two touchdowns, Jeremy Ganska ran for two more and Mercyhurst Prep blanked Mercer, 49-0.

Ganska scored on runs of 7 and 8 yards in the first half, finishing with 33 yards on the ground.

Bahm, meanwhile, connected with Malakiah Riley on a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and a 19-yard scoring strike to Ja’son Ellman in the third quarter.

Jesse Jong and Craig Buckner added second-half rushing touchdowns for the Lakers, who also added a blocked punt touchdown late in the game.

Bahm threw for 174 yards in the win.

NORTHWESTERN 31, FAIRVIEW 28

FAIRVIEW, Pa. – Landon Wayne’s 5-yard touchdown run with 1:27 to play in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Northwestern rallied for a 31-28 win over Fairview.

Fairview led 28-14 after a 42-yard touchdown run from Jared Gennuso, but a safety helped start the Northwestern rally.

Ben Campbell’s touchdown run made it 28-23 with seven minutes to go before Wayne’s late score.

Fairview led 20-14 at halftime, as Justin Truitt got the scoring going with a 1-yard touchdown run, with Lloyd Fountain’s 4-yard run tying the game at 7-7.

Tyler Corbin’s touchdown pass to Jeremy Frazao to Jake Stalzits gave Fairview a 14-7 lead, but Campbell’s 2-yard scoring plunge tied the game at 14.

Corbin scored on a 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter to give the Tigers their halftime advantage.

In the win for Northwestern, Fountain became the program’s single-season passing leader with 1,697 yards, breaking the mark of 1,565 set by Ryan Tewell a season ago.

CATHEDRAL PREP 40, CANISIUS (NY) 6

ERIE, Pa. – Dajoure Hollingsworth scored four first-half touchdowns as Cathedral Prep jumped out to a 33-0 halftime lead on its way to a 40-6 win over Canisius (NY).

Hollingsworth scored on runs of 7, 2, 39, and 37 yards for the Ramblers finishing with 146 yards on the ground.

Luke Costello connected with Camariyon Bridges on a 69-yard scoring strike with 30 seconds left in the first half to make it 33-0, and Carter Barnes added a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

LAKEVIEW 35, FRANKLIN 8

STONEBORO, Pa. – Five different Lakeview players scored in a 35-8 win over Franklin.

Sean Cole and Luke Klonski had touchdown runs in the first quarter of 21 and 18 yards.

In the second quarter, Cameron Pence threw a touchdown pass to Evan Sanford and also scored on a 12-yard run to make it 28-0 at halftime.

Brendan Malone scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Lakeview.

Hunter Marsteller threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Trystin Boocks in the fourth quarter for Franklin.

Cole Buckley finished with 99 yards receiving for the Knights and also caught Marsteller’s two-point conversion pass.

CORRY 39, TITUSVILLE 14

CORRY, Pa. – Ethyn Allen scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as Corry rolled to a 39-14 win over Titusville.

Mason Savitz, Nathan Lesher, and Allen all scored on short touchdown runs of 1, 1, and 3 yards in the first half for Corry.

After Ian McDonald’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Brock Covell with 1:04 to go in the second quarter got Titusville on the board, Nolan Carey quickly marched the Beavers down the field and connected with Rylan Smith on a 36-yard touchdown pass just before halftime to make it 27-7.

Nolan Carrey scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter for the Beavers and Allen a 6-yard run.

Jaxon Covell added a late rushing touchdown for Titusville.

GENERAL MCLANE 37, WARREN 16

EDINBORO, Pa. – Warren led 16-15 in the third quarter, but General McLane rattled of the final 22 points of the game to win their ninth in a row, 37-16.

Eric Dippold’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Nyquist, coupled with the same duo hooking up for the two-point conversion made it 16-15 Dragons, who trailed 15-0 at halftime.

It was all Lancers after that, however, as Kyle Birkmire scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Dylan Sheeder capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Cousins.

Birkmire scored on runs of 2 and 8 yards for the Lancers.

General McLane intercepted Dippold four times, including three in the second half. Sheeder also had a 57-yard touchdown run in the first half for the Lancers.

Nyquist finished with 171 yards on the ground for Warren.

SENECA 40, MAPLEWOOD 13

GUYS MILLS, Pa. – Ben Gilberto scored two touchdowns and became Maplewood’s all-time leading rusher, but it was visiting Seneca that picked up its eighth win of the season, 40-13.

Nolan Seabury got the Bobcats on the board with a 19-yard scoring strike to Ryan Miller to get the scoring going, and Seneca never looked back.

Seabury added a touchdown pass to Collin Libra, while Miller scored two more touchdowns on the ground, giving him 29 for the season.

MEADVILLE 48, ERIE 7

ERIE, Pa. – Khalon Simmons accounted for four touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) as Meadville scored the final 41 points in a 48-7 win over Erie.

Simmons had touchdown runs in the first and fourth quarters and threw touchdown passes of 34 yards to Nic Williams and 33 yards to Brighton Anderson in the first half to help the Bulldogs take a 27-7 halftime lead.

Keon Summerville’s interception return for a touchdown tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter, but it was all Meadville after that, as Amarri Lewis also scored on a 50-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs in the first half.

Brady Walker (10 yards) and Tahlir McClure (14 yards) scored second-half rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

REYNOLDS 26, NORTH EAST 20, OT

NORTH EAST, Pa. – Brayden McCloskey’s 6-yard touchdown run in overtime sent Reynolds past North East, 26-20.

McCloskey’s game-winning touchdown came after Reynolds had a goal-line stand on North East’s overtime possession.

Jalen Wagner, who last week became Reynolds’ all-time leading rusher, scored on runs of 23 and 1 yards for the Raiders.

North East quarterback Jackson Humes threw a pair of touchdown passes, one each to Zane Strong and Steffan Lynch.

GREATER LATROBE 28, BUTLER 14

LATROBE, Pa. – Robert Fulton accounted for over 200 yards of total offense and two touchdowns as Greater Latrobe earned a 28-14 win over Butler.

Fulton had 184 yards rushing and a touchdown and 40 yards receiving and a score.

Mac Schnur threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Butler.

SAEGERTOWN 49, IROQUOIS 6

LAWRENCE PARK, Pa. – Sully Zirkle threw a pair of touchdown passes and Hank Shaffer added two scores on the ground as Saegertown earned a 49-6 win over Iroquois.

Shaffer hauled in one of those touchdown passes and scored on runs of 6 and 13 yards.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 37, UNION CITY 0

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. – Van Jones scored on a pair of touchdown runs and Morgan Applebee had a passing and rushing touchdown as Cambridge Springs blanked Union City, 37-0.

Jones scored on runs of 12 and 36 yards, with Applebee connected with Ethan Counasse on a touchdown pass and also scored on a 1-yard plunge.

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