ERIE, Pa. – Christian Santiago scored on a 1-yard sneak in overtime and McDowell’s defense stifled Bennett on the ensuing possession for a 34-28 Trojan victory.
It’s the second consecutive impressive win in as many weeks for McDowell, which beat Walsh Jesuit in Week 1.
McDowell trailed 28-20, but Ben Moore’s 2-yard touchdown run, coupled with the two-point conversion, tied the game at 28.
Trailing 8-0, McDowell got on the board at the 7:43 mark of the first quarter on a 24-yard run by Moore.
Bennett came down and scored on its next possession, and McDowell countered with a 33-yard field goal from Alex Sontheimer to make it 14-10.
Sontheimer one-upped himself at the first half horn, drilling a 48-yarder to pull McDowell within one at 14-13.
Trailing 22-13, Moore capped a long McDowell drive with a 4-yard strike to Santiago, getting the Trojans within two at 22-20 after Sontheimer’s extra point.
After Bennett scored on the ensuing possession, that set up the late game dramatics for McDowell.
GROVE CITY BOUNCES BACK
GROVE CITY, Pa. – After a tough opening week loss to Avonworth, Grove City’s offense found its footing in a 42-7 win over Northwestern.
Hunter Hohman threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Gavin Lutz (78 yards) and Nathan Greer (60), and Anthony Nemec had a short touchdown run as the Eagles took a 20-0 halftime lead.
Hohman and Lutz connected for a second time in the fourth quarter, this a 36-yard strike, while Clayton Martin added an interception return for a touchdown.
Hohman threw fo 281 yards and three touchdowns, while Nemec had 90 yards on the ground and Lutz 145 receiving.
Lloyd Fountain had 111 yards on the ground for Northwestern.
SUMMERS SHINES FOR SHARPSVILLE
TITUSVILLE, Pa. – Caullin Summers threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns as Sharpsville earned a 40-14 win over Titusville.
Summers tossed a pair of touchdowns to Gavin Levis (95, 13) and one each to Blaze Campbell (32) and Killian Whalen (39).
Braedon Summers also added a touchdown run for Sharpsville, while Levis finished with 130 yards receiving.
Brock Covell had two rushing touchdowns for Titusville and also finished with 151 yards through the air.
HICKORY POWERS PAST FRANKLIN
HERMITAGE, Pa. – Logan Woods accounted for four touchdowns and Keenan Scullin three as Hickory’s defense was dominant in a 62-3 win over Franklin.
Woods and Scullin connected on touchdown passes of 93 and 19 yards, and Scullin also scored on an 85-yard punt return. Woods recovered a fumble in the end zone.
DayMar Trawick got the scoring going for Hickory, which led 27-3 at halftime, on a 13-yard run.
Woods, who finished with 184 yards passing, capped his night with a 13-yard scoring run. Scullin, meanwhile, finished with 112 yards receiving on the two receptions, and Nash Porada had 35 yards on the ground.
Hunter Marsteller had 67 yards passing for Franklin, 51 of which went to Cole Buckley, while Nathan Pfenningwerth kicked a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter.
MEADVILLE AVENGES 2021 LOSS TO BUTLER
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Meadville built a 21-0 halftime lead and held off a Butler rally in the second half for a 21-14 win.
It was a measure of revenge for the Bulldogs (2-0), who lost to the Golden Tornado a year ago.
Brady Walker got the scoring going for the Bulldogs with a 12-yard touchdown run on its opening drive of the game.
Meadville’s defense, which had four consecutive shutouts a year ago, came up big on Butler’s second possession. With the Golden Tornado driving, Nic Williams intercepted a pass at the goalline and raced 99 yards for a touchdown to give Meadville a 14-0 lead.
Walker capped a late scoring drive just before the half, scoring on a 2-yard run to make it 21-0 at halftime.
Mac Schnur got Butler on the board late in the third quarter on a 15-yard rushing touchdown, and, after forcing a Meadville punt, the Golden Tornado got within 21-14 on a Schnur touchdown pass with just under 10 minutes to play.
The Bulldogs’ defense stiffened from there, however, holding on for the win.
EISENHOWER MOVES TO 2-0
RUSSELL, Pa. – Benji Bauer ran for more than 180 yards and the Eisenhower defense completely stifled the Cambridge Springs running game in a 27-14 victory on Friday.
Bauer rushed 23 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns and added an interception and a sack on defense. The individual effort was part of a team performance that saw the Knights run for 337 yards.
Defensively, Eisenhower had all the answers for a team that racked up more than 380 yards a week ago as the Knights held the Blue Devils to minus-28 yards on the ground.
Shawn Pascuzzi was 6-14 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 27 yards and another score. Keegan Eckstrom had 33 yards receiving with a touchdown.
For Cambridge Springs, Morgan Applebee was 13-25 passing for 155 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Both touchdown passes were thrown to Bryce Kania, who finished with 52 yards.
WAGNER OVER 300 YARDS AS REYNOLDS BLANKS MERCER
MERCER, Pa. – Jalen Wagner was at it again and the Reynolds defense was dominant in a 47-0 win over Mercer.
Wagner carried the ball for 304 yards after rushing for 287 a week ago, scoring three touchdowns on runs of 1, 2, and 75 yards.
Wagner and quarterback Brayden McCloskey had rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and Haydin McLaughlin had a 10-yard scoring scamper in the second to make it 18-0 at halftime.
Wagner’s 75-yard run came early in the fourth quarter and McCloskey added a 5-yard touchdown toss to Travis Blackburn. Parker Nay had an 80-yard scoring burst to cap the scoring.
McCloskey threw for 135 yards and Blackburn had 73 yards receiving.
ALLEN, SLIPPERY ROCK OUTLAST MERCYHURST PREP
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Maddox Allen accounted for three rushing touchdowns as Slippery Rock outlasted Mercyhurst Prep, 38-24.
John Sabo and Brett Galcik also added touchdowns for the Rockets, with Galcik’s coming on a 62-yard connection from Zip Mokel.
Allen caught a 33-yard screen pass from Mokel and raced for a touchdown, and Allen also scored on a 43-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
WILMINGTON RALLIES PAST GREENVILLE
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Ben Miller’s rushing touchdown with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave Wilmington its first win of the season, 14-7 over Greenville.
Wilmington was held scoreless until the fourth quarter when Tyler Mikulin broke free for a 69-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.
SHARON BLANKS WARREN
SHARON, Pa. – In a game that was called at halftime due to a power outage, Sharon‘s Jayveerh White scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, part of a 100-yard effort in the Tigers’ 42-0 win over Warren.
Mike Rodriques had a 1-yard touchdown run and also threw a 35-yard scoring strike to Lamont Austin.
Cortez Nixon added a rushing touchdown as well for the Tigers.
FAIRVIEW TOO MUCH FOR HARBOR CREEK
HARBORCREEK, Pa. – Tyler Corbin and Jeremy Frazao hooked up for a second-quarter touchdown to give Fairview a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a 34-15 win over Harbor Creek.
Mike Gennuso had a pair of first-half field goals from 23 and 38 yards.