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Week 5 D10 Football: Big Games in Region 3, 5, Intriguing Non-Region Slate on Tap

Cathedral Prep's Carter Barnes.

We’ve hit Week 5, and there are region races are starting to heat up in District 10 football.

Big games dot the schedule in Region 3 and Region 5 this week, as Hickory (2-2) battles Farrell (3-1, Slippery Rock (3-1) travels to Grove City (2-2) and General McLane and Fort LeBoeuf look to keep winning as well.

There is also an intriguing slate of non-region games, as the likes of Prep and McDowell look to keep rolling.

Sharpsville, Meadville, Oil City, and Eisenhower seek to remain unbeaten, with Meadville and Oil City staring at a showdown with each other next week.

           

Let’s dig into the full slate.

REGION 1

Cochranton (1-2) at Mercer (2-2)

Both teams come in at 1-1 in region play, with Mercer coming off its best offensive output of the season in a 42-24 win over Saegertown. The Mustangs get nearly all of their offensive production on the ground, as Daemyin Mattocks leads the way with 271 yards and five touchdowns, while Carter Addison has 206 yards on the ground through four games.

Cochranton, meanwhile, is looking to get its offense back on track following a 22-0 loss to Kennedy Catholic. The Cardinals’ lone win on the season came in overtime against Saegertown, 22-20 on Sept. 9.

Maplewood (2-2) at Reynolds (3-1)

           

In Reynolds’ three wins, they have allowed just 12 points, as they look to match Lakeview at 3-0 in region play. They continue to be a well-balanced offense, led by Jalen Wagner, one of the top backs in District 10, who has rushed for 929 yards and 11 touchdowns through four games. Brayden McCloskey has thrown for 587 yards and five scores, while Haydin McLaughlin has 327 yards receiving and four scores.

Maplewood sits at 1-2 in region play following a 24-7 loss to Lakeview. Ben Gilberto has been a workhorse at running back, rushing for 619 yards and five scores.

REGION 3

Greenville (0-4) at Sharpsville (4-0)

Sharpsville has been impressive in getting off to its perfect start, including a 28-14 win over previously unbeaten Slippery Rock last week. The offense has been humming behind quarterback Caullin Summers, who has thrown for 987 yards and 11 touchdowns and also rushed for 387 yards and four more scores. Garen Levis is the big-play threat at receiver, accounting for 455 yards and four touchdowns. The Blue Devils have allowed 14 points or less in three of their four wins.

Greenville has been competitive in every game despite its record, including last week’s loss to Farrell. Nick Solderich has thrown for 317 yards, while Jase Herrick has 185 yards receiving and Malachi Hyde 259 yards on the ground.

           

Sharon (2-2) at Wilmington (3-1)

Wilmington is coming off a thrilling 22-21 win over Hickory in which Ben Miller scored the go-ahead touchdown and 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Miller has 290 yards and six touchdowns on the season, while quarterback Tuff McConahy has thrown for 271 yards and three scores. The Wilmington defense hasn’t yielded more than 23 points in any game this season.

Sharon, meanwhile, looks to right the ship following a 41-25 loss to Grove City. The Tigers’ Mikey Rodriques has been a true dual-threat, throwing for 384 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for 223 yards and four more touchdowns. Jayveerh White leads the rushing attack with 343 yards, while Mister Ham and Lamont Austin are both over 100 yards receiving.

Slippery Rock (3-1) at Grove City (2-2)

After a tough game against Farrell in Week 3, Grove City got back on track with its win over Sharon. Quarterback Hunter Hohman had the offense rolling and has thrown for 544 yards and four touchdowns through four games. Gavin Lutz is the big-play threat in the receiving game, accounting for 289 yards and three touchdowns, while Anthony Nemec has four touchdowns on the ground.

           

They will be facing a Slippery Rock team that is coming off its first loss of the season to Sharpsville. The Rockets’ William Mokel is one of D-10’s top quarterbacks, throwing for 946 yards and seven touchdowns through four games. John Sabo (270 yards, 3 touchdowns) is the top target, while Maddox Allen has 156 yards receiving and two scores out of the backfield while also rushing for 265 yards and four touchdowns.

Hickory (2-2) at Farrell (3-1) – Saturday

Farrell has been rolling since its 40-38 loss to Ursuline in Week 2, putting up 46 points each in wins at Grove City and Greenville. The defense, meanwhile, has yielded just 22 points over that span. Kylon Wilson is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, accounting for 220 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and 378 yards and four scores receiving, while also accounting for touchdowns on defense and in the return game. Kabron Smith has 792 yards passing, Lamont Samuels four touchdowns receiving, and Brandon Chambers 325 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Hickory, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from its heartbreaking loss to Wilmington. The Hornet defense hasn’t allowed more than 28 points in any game, while the offense continues to be solid under the direction of quarterback Logan Woods, who has thrown for 834 yards and six touchdowns. Keenan Scullin has 255 yards and two touchdowns receiving, while Sean Kennedy has a pair of rushing touchdowns.

REGION 4

Meadville (4-0) at Conneaut (0-4)

The Bulldog defense (just 27 points allowed in four games) as well as the running game have been dominant. Khalon Simmons has rushed for 596 yards and 11 touchdowns and also thrown for a touchdown, doing so in just three games. Brady Walker, meanwhile, has 441 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground as the Bulldogs sit atop first place in Region 4 along with Oil City.

Conneaut, meanwhile, came close to picking up its first win of the season last week, falling 10-7 on a last-second field goal against Warren.

REGION 5

General McLane (3-1) at Corry (1-3)

The GM defense has allowed just 13 points during its three-game win-streak, while the offense continues to beat teams in multiple ways. Dylan Sheeder has thrown for 347 yards and six touchdowns (three to Landon Laskey and two to Kyle Birkmire), while also rushing for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Six different Lancers have scored touchdowns on the ground through four games. Laskey also has 3.5 sacks on defense and Jace Walls a pair of interceptions (GM has seven as a team).

Corry is also riding high coming off its first win of the season, 20-7 over Harbor Creek. Mason Savitz leads the ground game, while Nolan Carey directs the passing attack.

North East (0-4) at Fort LeBoeuf (3-1)

The Bison have bounced back with a pair of wins after their lone loss of the season to McLane, including 21-7 last week over Fairview. As usual, they are getting it done on the ground, with Justin Leuschen and Connor McChesney, the latter of whom scored a critical touchdown in the second half of last week’s win over Fairview.

North East hung tough with McLane last week but fell 21-6 to drop its record to 0-4. When they are going well, it starts with Jackson Humes at quarterback, who has a three-touchdown game under his belt in the Week 3 loss to Oil City.

Girard (1-2) at Harbor Creek (1-3)

Harbor Creek is looking to right itself after a 20-7 loss to Corry last week. Lance Brown leads the ground game with 373 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, the Huskies have yielded just 30 points total in three of their four games (the other was a 34-15 loss to Fairview).

Girard, meanwhile, was off last week following a 50-28 loss to Warren in Week 3. They are led offensively by quarterback Gabe Messmer and running back Gunner Bax and Jeremiah Colon.

REGION 6

Butler (3-1) at Erie (1-3)

Butler’s offense has been firing on all cylinders, averaging 39 points per game in its three wins (their lone loss was 21-14 to Meadville in Week 2). Mac Schnur directs the high-powered attack, throwing for 504 yards and six touchdowns, while DeShawn Cox is their leading rusher and receiver.

They will be facing an Erie High team that is looking to get its offense on track, having not accounted for more than 14 points in any game this season.

NON-REGION

Iroquois (0-4) at Cambridge Springs (2-2)

Cambridge Springs looks to get back on track following a 46-6 loss to Class 1A favorite Reynolds. In fact, the Blue Devils’ two losses have come to the Raiders as well as Eisenhower, considered by most to be the top contenders in Class 1A. Morgan Applebee has thrown for 373 yards and six touchdowns and also has four touchdowns on the ground.

Iroquois, meanwhile, has been held to single-digits in three of its four losses.

Cathedral Prep (3-1) at St. Francis (1-1)

The Ramblers have been rolling since a 47-14 loss to Archbishop Hoban to open the season, including a 49-14 win over Solon last week. They have given up just 37 points in that span. Suhtaun Lewis has rushed for 447 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Carter Barnes has a plethora of weapons to throw to, including Wakeem Page and Camiryon Bridges. Cole Constable is also a weapon in the kicking game, booting a school-record 51-yard field goal last week.

St. Francis (NY) is coming off a 47-28 win over Rush-Henrietta. Ricardo Kidd is averaging 166 yards per game on the ground and has three touchdowns, while Steve Otremba Jr. has thrown for 358 yards and three scores.

Eisenhower (4-0) at Lakeview (3-1)

Eisenhower’s Benji Bauer is coming off a performance in which he rushed for a school-record five touchdowns. On the season, he has 675 yards and 10 scores, while Keegan Eckstrom has 232 yards on the ground. Shawn Pascuzzi has thrown for 356 yards and three scores, with two of those going to Wyatt Lookenhouse. They will look to get back on track defensively after allowing more points against Seneca (34) than they have in their previous three wins combined.

Lakeview has been a pleasant surprise, rattling off three-straight wins since a 40-13 loss to the very same Seneca team, including 24-7 over Maplewood last week. Danick Hinkson (389 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Mitchell Tingley (306 yards) lead the ground game. The Sailors also had six interceptions on defense last week, including three from Evan Sanford.

Saegertown (0-4) at Union City (2-2)

Union City is coming off its second win of the season, 29-8 over Iroquois. Clay Thomas has rushed for 530 yards and four touchdowns, while Skylar Olmstead has 329 yards and three scores.

Saegertown, meanwhile, looks to pick up its first win behind quarterback Sully Zirkle and Hank Shaffer.

Oil City (4-0) at Northwestern (2-2)

You know the numbers by now. Ethen Knox has rushed for 1,575 yards and 21 touchdowns, an average of 393.8 yards per game which leads the nation. Carl Chelton was also over 100 yards on the ground for the Oilers in their blanking of Franklin last week. Brayden McFetridge has been a monster on defense, accounting for 34 tackles (8.5 for loss) as well as eight sacks, while Knox has three interceptions and Dane Ley two.

Northwestern is coming off a tough 28-21 loss to Mercyhurst Prep. In their two wins, they have combined to score 87 points. Ben Campbell and Landon Wayne lead the rushing attack, while Lloyd Fountain directs the passing game, with his favorite target, Logan Stagl.

Seneca (2-2) at Titusville (1-3)

Seneca put up 34 points in its game against Eisenhower last week. Junior quarterback Nolan Seabury, in his third year as the starting quarterback, is a true dual-threat, with Collin Libra his favorite target and Ryan Miller leading the rushing attack. Brock Covell has thrown for 488 yards and rushed for 150 for the Rockets, with Kameron Mong (231 yards) his top target.

Canada Prep at McDowell (3-1)

McDowell had a nice bounce-back win following its tough loss to North Allegheny, coming back to beat Erie, 52-14. Artis Simmons has rushed for 683 yards and six touchdowns behind a strong offensive line led by Penn State commit Cooper Cousins. Quarterback Ben Moore has rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns and has thrown for 560 yards and seven touchdowns. Ray Jackson and Christian Santiago have been the top pass catchers, accounting for five total touchdowns receiving.

St. John’s Catholic (2-1) at Kennedy Catholic (1-3) – Saturday

Kennedy Catholic got defensive last week, shutting out Cochranton 22-0 for its first win of the season. Simeir Wade has emerged as one of District 10’s most exciting players, rushing for 654 yards and eight touchdowns and passing for 305 yards and two scores, with Jermaine Dunlap his top target.

They will be facing a St. John’s (Maryland) team that is led by running back Drew Hutchins, who has 252 yards rushing and four touchdowns. They are coming off a 41-0 win over Central Maryland Christian.

Mercyhurst Prep (2-2) at Franklin (0-4) – Saturday

The Lakers are 2-2 coming off back-to-back wins over Seneca and Northwestern. David Bahm has been doing it all for Mercyhurst, accounting for 727 yards passing and eight touchdowns and rushing for 338 yards and five scores. His top targets are Stephen Grayson (202 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Ja’son Ellman (329 yards, 4 touchdowns).

Fairview (2-2) at Warren (2-2) – Saturday

Fairview is looking to bounce back, having dropped back-to-back games to Meadville and Fort LeBoeuf after starting the season 2-0. In their two wins, they allowed just 22 combined points. Charlie Chevalier (245 yards) and Jared Gennuso (147 yards) lead the ground game, while quarterback Tyler Corbin has thrown for 236 yards, 184 of which and two scores have gone to Jeremy Frazao.

Warren, meanwhile, is also 2-2, with Gavin Rex’s game-ending field goal giving them a 10-7 win over Conneaut last week. Tommy Nyquist (360 yards) and Ethan Senz (284 yards) lead the ground game, while quarterback Eric Dippld has thrown for 481 yards and six touchdowns, with 245 of those yards and four touchdowns going to Cayden Wright.

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