It’s hard to believe, but we’re already into Week 8.
Playoff and region races are heating up, and in Region 2, Class 1A Eisenhower, D10’s lone remaining unbeaten, will face a stiff test on Saturday at Northwestern.
Eisenhower along with Reynolds appears to be the top two teams in Class 1A, while Farrell has established itself in Class 2A. Class 3A, meanwhile, appears to be wide open with a number of contenders, including but not limited to Sharon, Slippery Rock, Grove City, Oil City, and General McLane.
Here’s a look at how the games shape up for Week 8.
Eisenhower (7-0) at Northwestern (5-2) – Saturday
The Knights put their unbeaten record on the line when they travel to Albion to take on Northwestern with a chance to put away the region title. Eisenhower has won every game by double-digits, including a 35-18 win over Saegertown last week. Benji Bauer leads Ike with 48 tackles as well as 1,255 yards and 16 touchdowns. Shawn Pascuzzi has thrown for 809 yards and six touchdowns, with Wyatt Lookenhouse (292 yards) and Kris Bunk (242 yards) his go-to receivers.
Northwestern owns several big wins this season, including 21-20 over Oil City. Lloyd Fountain leads the passing game, while Ben Campbell and Landon Wayne power the rushing attack. Wayne and Logan Stagl are the top receiving targets, with Stagl recording a program-record 23 tackles in the win over Oil City.
Iroquois (0-7) at Mercyhurst Prep (3-4)
Mercyhurst Prep is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, having lost to Eisenhower and Warren. When the Lakers are going good on offense, it starts with David Bahm, who has thrown for 1,310 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bahm also has 427 rushing yards and five touchdowns, with Ja’son Ellman (541 yards, 6 touchdowns) his top receiver. Iroquois is still in search of its first win after getting shut out the past two weeks.
Union City (2-4) at Seneca (5-2)
The Seneca offense is firing on all cylinders, having scored 46 points during its three-game winning streak. Nolan Seabury has thrown for 683 yards and eight touchdowns and has also rushed for 590 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ryan Miller, meanwhile, is having a big season on the ground with 1,307 yards and 20 touchdowns. Collin Libra has 392 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
Union City is coming off a 56-18 loss to Northwestern. Clay Thomas has 568 yards and five touchdowns on the ground for UC.
Reynolds (6-1) at Saegertown (1-6)
Reynolds is coming off a forfeit win over Cochranton and is 6-1. They haven’t given up more than six points in any of their wins, with their only loss coming to Region 3 Sharpsville, 41-27 in Week 3.
Jalen Wagner has put together one of the finest seasons for a running back in D10. In just six games, he has rushed for 1,498 yards and 22 touchdowns. Brayden McCloskey has thrown for 850 yards and nine touchdowns, while Haydin McLaughlin has 466 yards receiving.
Sully Zirkle and Hank Shaffer lead a Saegertown offense that scored 18 points against unbeaten Eisenhower last week.
Cochranton (1-5) at Cambridge Springs (4-3)
Cochranton is back in action after being forced to cancel last week’s game against Reynolds due to low numbers and safety. Cambridge Springs, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back following a 41-14 loss to Lakeview. Cambridge Springs hasn’t allowed more than 19 points in any of its wins. Morgan Applebee has thrown for 648 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Blue Devils and rushed for four touchdowns, while Bryce Kania has 238 yards receiving and four touchdowns, with Brett Kania having 405 yards and three scores rushing.
Kennedy Catholic (1-6) at Maplewood (2-5)
A pair of teams are in search of their second Region 1 games that are led by their rushing attacks. Ben Gilberto is closing in on 1,000 yards for Maplewood with 952 and four touchdowns. Simeir Wade, meanwhile has rushed for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Golden Eagles, who are coming off a loss to Mercer.
Lakeview (5-2) at Mercer (5-2)
Lakeview’s only losses have come outside the region to Seneca and Eisenhower. The Sailors are coming off a 41-14 win over Cambridge Springs and have scored at least 35 points in four of their five wins. Mitchell Tingley is coming off a 200-yard game on the ground and has 989 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, while Danick Hinkson has seven rushing touchdowns as well and Cameron Pence six. Pence has also thrown for three touchdowns.
Mercer’s only loss in the region has come at the hands of Reynolds in the first game of the season. The Mustangs have won four straight and have scored at least 40 points in three of those games, including a 43-7 win over Kennedy Catholic last week. Daeymin Mattocks has rushed for 579 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Carter Addison has 382 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Cathedral Prep (5-2) at Butler (4-3)
Prep is coming off a 55-7 win over Benedictine and hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in any of its five wins. Dajoure Hollingsworth stepped in for a banged-up Suhtaun Lewis last week and accounted for five total touchdowns. Lewis has 714 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the season, while Luke Costello has thrown for 720 yards and eight scores. Wakeem Page (25 receptions, 386 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Camariyon Bridges (15 receptions, 277 yards, 6 touchdowns) are the top receivers.
Butler is coming off a 39-6 loss to Westinghouse, the No. 2 Class 2A team in the state in the latest rankings. Mac Schnur has thrown for 1,074 yards and 14 touchdowns, while DeShawn Cox has 398 yards rushing and 269 yards receiving.
Farrell (6-1) at Sharon (4-3)
The Steel Bowl is back. Farrell has been rolling, winning five straight with all of those wins by at least 29 points. They have also allowed just 42 points during those five games, with Marion Norris leading the team in tackles from his linebacker spot. Offensively, they have scored at least 40 points in four of those five games. Kylon Wilson and Brandon Chambers were both over 100 yards on the ground in last week’s win over Sharpsville. Chambers has 567 yards and five touchdowns, while Wilson has 384 yards and 10 touchdowns and also has 574 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Lamont Samuels Jr. also had six touchdowns receiving. Quarterback Kabron Smith has 1,316 yards passing and 16 touchdowns.
Sharon is coming off an impressive 20-6 win over Slippery Rock and hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in any of its four wins. Jayveerh White has had a big season on the ground with 915 yards and five touchdowns. Mikey Rodriques has gotten it done with both his feet and legs, accounting for 407 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing and 697 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. Lamont Austin (212 yards, 2 touchdowns), Mister Ham (153 yards, 2 touchdowns), and Bishop Root (138 yards, 1 touchdown) are his top targets.
Greenville (1-6) at Hickory (3-4)
After a number of close losses (four by one possession), Greenville took out its frustrations on Iroquois last week, picking up its first win, 50-0. Malachi Hyde has rushed for 503 yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Solderich has thrown for 531 yards, 324 of which have gone to Jase Herrick. Greenville has allowed 14 points or less in four of its seven games.
Hickory snapped its three-game losing streak with an impressive 24-14 win over Grove City last week. Logan Woods has thrown for 978 yards and seven touchdowns, while Keenan Scullin, Luke Nevil, and Will Acrie all have between 270-305 yards receiving with a combined seven touchdowns.
Grove City (4-3) at Sharpsville (6-1)
Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses, including Sharpsville’s first of the season, 48-7 at the hands of Farrell. The Blue Devils seek to get their high-powered offense back on track. Caullin Summers has thrown for 1,457 yards, rushed for 581 yards, and has 22 total touchdowns. Braeden Summers has seven rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns, while Garen Levis has 687 yards and seven touchdowns receiving.
Hunter Hohman has thrown for 876 yards and eight touchdowns and also rushed for four touchdowns. Anthony Nemec leads the ground game with 567 yards and five scores, while Nathan Greer and Gavin Lutz have combined for 47 receptions and 700 yards receiving, and eight touchdowns.
Wilmington (3-4) at Slippery Rock (4-3)
Both teams are looking to get on the right path, with Wilmington seeking to snap a three-game losing streak after losing in the final minute to General McLane last week. The Greyhounds have given up single-digit points in two of their three wins. Tyler Mikulin and Ben Miller have combined for 750 yards on the ground and nine total touchdowns, while Tuff McConahy has thrown for 465 yards and five touchdowns, with Budda Book (18 receptions, 256 yards) his top target.
Slippery Rock is coming off a 20-6 loss to Sharon. William Mokel and John Sabo have formed one of the top QB-WR duos in District 10. Mokel has 1,437 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns, with 449 of those yards and five touchdowns going to Sabo. Maddox Allen has 540 yards rushing and four touchdowns, while Mokel has three rushing touchdowns.
Oil City (5-2) at Conneaut (0-7)
Oil City snapped its two-game losing streak with a 38-21 win at Hollidaysburg last weekend. In each of their five wins, Ethen Knox has rushed for over 400 yards. It is believed to be the first time a back has ever rushed for 400 yards in a game five times, per MaxPreps, breaking a tie with the old record which was shared with current Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry for Yulee (Fla.). Knox is up to 2,513 yards on the ground. Kevin Pearsall (57 tackles, 9 TFL, 6 sacks), Brayden McFetridge (55 tackles, 15 TFL, 11 sacks) and Carl Chelton (50 tackles, 9 TFL, 5 sacks) lead the defense.
Franklin (0-7) at Meadville (6-1)
The Region-leading Bulldogs look to get back on track following their first loss of the season at the hands of Class 6A McDowell. The Bulldogs had shutouts in three of their last four wins prior to the McDowell game, led by Brady Walker (44 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks), Brighton Anderson (40 tackles, 6 TFL), Rhoan Woodrow (36 tackles, 5 TFL) and Justice Esser (10 TFL, 3 sacks). Offensively Khalon Simmons and Walker have been a lethal 1-2 punch on the ground. Simmons has rushed for 1,112 yards and 22 touchdowns, while Walker has 850 yards and 11 scores.
Titusville (3-4) at Warren (4-3)
Warren has won four of its last five since an 0-2 start. The Dragons have yielded seven or fewer points in three of those four wins. Nick Pennucci has led that defense to the tune of 71 tackles (15 TFL). Offensively, Tommy Nyquist has done a little bit of everything, rushing for 637 yards and four touchdowns, with 328 yards receiving and three scores. Eric Dippld has thrown for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns, with his top target Cayden Wright (374 yards, 6 touchdowns). Ethan Senz also has 394 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Titusville, meanwhile, has notched back-to-back wins over Conneaut and Maplewood. They have not allowed more than 14 points in any of their three wins. Brock Covell has thrown for 673 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 200 yards and five touchdowns. Jaxon Covell has 355 yards on the ground and five scores, while Kameron Mong has 319 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
Fairview (4-3) at General McLane (6-1)
General McLane can clinch the region title with a win. The Lancers have won six straight, having allowed no more than 20 points in any of those games, including a 22-19 win over Wilmington last week. Dylan Sheeder scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with a minute to play to help the Lancers to the win last week and has over 1,000 combined yards rushing and receiving.
Michael Gennuso’s walk-off field goal lifted the Tigers past Girard last week, 27-24. Tyler Corbin has thrown for 537 yards, rushed for 329 and has 10 total touchdowns. Charles Chevalier has 478 yards on the ground, while Jeremy Frazao had 433 receiving yards and four touchdowns and also has three interceptions on defense.
Corry (3-4) at Girard (1-5)
Corry comes in hot, winners of back-to-back games over Fairview and North East. Quarterback Nolan Carey is a threat with both his arms and his legs, while Mason Savitz leads the ground game, and Rylan Smith is the top receiver.
Girard, meanwhile, is looking to snap its four-game losing streak.
Harbor Creek (2-5) at North East (1-6)
North East has been competitive in almost every single game despite its 1-6 record. Jackson Humes has thrown for 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns, with Jamari Curlett (347 yards, 5 touchdowns) and Zane Strong (328 yards, 5 touchdowns) as his top receivers.
Harbor Creek is coming off a 28-17 loss to Fort LeBoeuf. Lance Brown has rushed for 527 yards and three touchdowns, while Heath Betza has 696 yards and eight touchdowns through the air.
Fort LeBoeuf (6-1) at St. Clairsville (6-2)
The 6-1 Bison head to Ohio to take on St. Clairsville. Justin Leuschen leads a powerful rushing attack for the Bison, who haven’t allowed more than 21 points in a game during their 5-game winning streak.
St. Clairsville, meanwhile, is riding a 3-game winning streak.
West Toronto Prep (0-3) at McDowell (5-2) – Saturday
McDowell had a nice bounce-back win following its loss to Cathedral Prep, knocking off previously unbeaten Meadville, 49-19. Ben Moore has thrown for 777 yards and eight touchdowns, while Artis Simmons eclipsed 1,000 yards last week (1
,025), accounting for eight touchdowns. Moore also has five rushing touchdowns. His top receivers are Ray Jackson (264 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Christian Santiago (113 yards, 2 touchdowns).