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Week 8 D9 football: Five non-playoff games on tap

Otto-Eldred's Cole Sebastian leads his team in Friday night's game against Bradford. (Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here)

Five games make up the non-playoff schedule on this week’s football schedule as District 9 teams not playing for a title try to get another game in before the end of the season.

Here’s a closer look at the games:

DuBois (3-4) at Punxsutawney (0-7)

It’s a rematch from Week 3 when the Beavers blanked the Chucks, 24-0. The Beavers will try to make it two wins in a row and three out of their last four.

Beavers quarterback Cam-Ron Hays is closing in on 1,000 yards passing (75-for-128, 879 yards, 4 TDs, 8 Ints.). For the Chucks, Kameron Falgout has rushed for a team-high 434 yards while passing for 351 yards.

Bradford (0-6) at Otto-Eldred (2-3)

The Owls head to Duke Center to face the Terrors, who are coming off a 41-34 win over Kane. Otto’s other win was a 40-30 shootout over Port Allegany which just beat the Owls 30-6 last week.

For the Terrors, senior quarterback Cole Sebastian (85-for-149, 1,007 yards, 9 TDs, 5 Ints.) leads the way. He’s also the team’s top rusher (52-324, 4 TDs). Ethan Smith (31-380, 4 TDs) is his top receiver.

Bradford’s Austen Davis (50-for-123, 568 yards, 4 TDs, 2 Ints.) and receiver Dalton Dixon (19-356, 2 TDs) lead the Owls.

Cameron County (0-5) at Port Allegany (2-4)

The Gators host the Red Raiders looking to make it three wins in a row after beating Bradford last week. The winning streak started with a 40-8 win in Emporium two weeks ago.

Port quarterback Drew Evens (72-for-133, 968 yards, 7 TDs, 7 Ints.) looks to get over 1,000 yards passing for the season. Trey Ayers (31-524, 4 TDs) is his top receiver.

The Red Raiders have lost 18 straight games. They’ve scored 28 points all year, half coming in last week’s 42-14 loss to Elk County Catholic. Both TDs last week went from quarterback Dylan Baney to Devin Streich and Gannon Horning.

Moniteau (2-5) at Warren (3-3)

It’s the Warriors heading north to face the Dragons of District 10. Moniteau ended a four-game losing streak with their second win of the year over Punxsutawney (28-14) last week.

The Warriors’ run-heavy offense is led by Mason Mershimer (117-719, 6 TDs) and J.D. Dessicino (77-306, 4 TDs).

Warren, coached by former Ridgway and Cameron County head coach Mark Morelli, is looking for its third straight win after beating Titusville (45-13) and Corry (52-21) the past two weeks. The Dragons beat Franklin (35-12) earlier and have lost to Conneaut Area (28-0), Oil City (61-0) and Meadville (45-6). James Swanson (63-698, 6 TDs) is the team’s top rusher. Quarterbacks Landon Douvlos and Micah Passmore have combined for 703 yards passing with five TDs and two interceptions.

Curwensville (1-4) at West Branch (2-5)

The Golden Tide head to Allport to face the Warriors looking for a second straight win coming off  a 36-0 shutout of Bucktail. Curwensville had scored 30 points in its first four games.

Quarterback Dan McGarry (64-for-111, 2 TDs, 5 Ints.) and receiver Ty Terry (24-263, 1 TD) lead the Golden Tide.

The Warriors ended their four-game losing streak with a 34-30 win over Glendale last week. Freshman quarterback Tyler Biggans (35-for-79, 609 yards, 7 TDs) and running back Will Herring (78-509, 5 TDs) lead the offense.

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