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Week 9 D10 FB: Running Kings – Ike’s Bauer, Reynolds’ Wagner, Oil City’s Knox Break Program Rushing Records in Wins

Eisenhower's Benji Bauer.

LAWRENCE PARK, Pa. – Benji Bauer broke the school single-season rushing record and Eisenhower clinched the Region 2 title outright with a 48-6 win at Iroquois.

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Bauer ran for 145 yards on 10 carries to give him 1,621 yards for the season. That broke the school’s previous record of 1,586 set by Steve Witte in 1991. This is the second rushing record Bauer has set this season. He scored five rushing touchdowns in the Knights’ win over Seneca.


He also scored three touchdowns and ran in a 2-point conversion in the win at Iroquois.

Eisenhower (9-0 overall, 5-0 Region 2) had secured at least a share of the region crown with its last week but won the title outright with the victory over the Braves (0-9, 0-5).

Tucker Lindell had another solid game on the ground with four carries for 73 yards and a 2-point conversion. Keegan Eckstrom had five carries for 58 yards and two TDs and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass.

Shawn Pascuzzi was 4-8 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also had a pick-six defensively.

The region title is Eisenhower’s second in three years. The Knights won the Region 5 crown in 2020.



TRANSFER, Pa. – Jalen Wagner became Reynolds’ all-time leading rusher as the Raiders earned a 42-14 win over Lakeview to wrap up the Region 1 title.

Wagner finished with 237 yards on the ground, to break the previous career record held by Ron Park. He now sits at 4,588 yards.

Brayden McCloskey also had a big game for the Raiders, accounting for 183 yards through the air and a touchdown, as well as 85 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Wagner scored on runs of 5, 9, 7, and 1 yards for the Raiders, while McCloskey also scored on a 20-yard run.

Mitchell Tingley scored a pair of touchdowns for Lakeview, one on a 1-yard run and the other on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Pence.


OIL CITY, Pa. – Ethen Knox did a little bit of everything in Oil City’s 30-14 win over Titusville, becoming the school’s all-time ans single-season rushing king in the process.

Knox accounted for 395 yards and four touchdowns and also had a pair of interceptions on defense. He needed just 62 yards to set the career mark and 69 to set the single-season mark coming into the game, and now has 5,177 yards in his career, 3,352 of which have come this season.

Knox scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards in the first quarter, but Titusville made a game of it, trailing just 14-7 at halftime after Ian McDonald’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Covell with 2:13 to go in the first half.


Midway through the third quarter, Knox busted off a 37-yard touchdown run and added a 30-yard scoring scamper early in the fourth quarter.

McDonald threw his second touchdown pass of the game late in the fourth quarter, a 53-yard strike to Drew Wheeling.

McDonald finished with 185 yards through the air, 93 of which went to Jaxon Covell and 53 of which went to Brock Covell.


WARREN, Pa. – Khalon Simmons accounted for six touchdowns as Meadville rolled to a 76-7 win over Warren, wrapping up the Region 4 title and improving to 8-1 in the process.

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Simmons scored on a 45-yard punt return to open the scoring and also had touchdown runs of 1, 27, 13, and 1 yards, while also scoring on a 63-yard pass from Gavin Longstreth that began a run of three touchdowns in the final 33 seconds for the Bulldogs.

Simmons scored on a 13-yard run after Warren was unable to recover the ensuing kickoff, and Ruric Douglas had a 34-yard fumble return to close the half.

Simmons talked about the win afterward:


Meadville scored every which way possible, as Jacoby Thompson also had an interception return for a touchdown.

Brady Walker, Amarii Lewis, and Jordan Lawrence also had rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Ethan Senz scored on a 21-yard run for Warren. Senz finished with 61 yards on the ground.


FARRELL, Pa. – Kylon Wilson was at it again for Farrell, accounting for 215 yards receiving and four total touchdowns as Farrell blanked Wilmington, 41-0.

The Steelers (8-1) defense limited Slippery Rock quarterback William Mokel, who threw for five touchdown passes last week, to 19 yards passing in the game.

That Farrell defense also scored a touchdown courtesy of leading tackler Marion Norris, who had a short fumble return for a touchdown.

Kabron Smith and Wilson were in rhythm all game long, with Smith throwing for 275 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to Wilson.

Wilson scored on runs of 3, 7, and 72 yards.

Smith also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Danny Odem III.

Brandon Chambers finished with 64 yards on the ground for Farrell, while Sal Mineo had 30 yards rushing for Slippery Rock.


BUTLER, Pa. – Artis Simmons ran for 128 yards and four touchdowns as McDowell built a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 48-24 win over Butler.

Simmons scored on runs of 6 and 9 yards in the first half and 14 and 12 yards in the second half for the Trojans, the last of which gave them a 42-18 lead late in the third quarter.

Ben Moore’s third touchdown pass of the game, a 13-yarder to Ray Jackson, put the finishing touches on another strong night for the McDowell (7-2) offense.

Moore finished with 193 yards through the air, with Jackson accounting for 96 yards. Trey Goodwine was on the receiving end a 53-yard touchdown pass from Moore in the first half and a 30-yarder in the second half, part of a 91-yard effort.

The Trojans overcame a big night for Butler’s Mac Schnur, who threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns in the loss, with 280 yards and three of those touchdowns going to Braylon Littlejohn.


GREENVILLE, Pa. – Sharon (5-4) opened up a 35-6 halftime lead on its way to a 47-6 win over Greenville.

Javeerh White and Mikey Rodriques had two rushing touchdowns each in the first half for Sharon, with Cortez Nixon adding the other.

Nixon scored his second rushing touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.

White finished with 140 yards on the ground and Rodriques 65. Rodriques also threw for 82 yards.

Aden Sasala scored on a 1-yard run for Greenville.


NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Grove City will begin its District 10 Class 3A title defense on a strong note, finishing the regular season 6-3 after a 35-6 win over Wilmington.

Hunter Hohman had another big game for GC, throwing three touchdown passes, including an 88-yarder to Nathan Greer, and he also added a rushing touchdown.

It was actually Wilmington that led 6-0 after one-quarter courtesy of a Ben Miller 4-yard touchdown run.

It was all Eagles after that, however, as Gavin Lutz also hauled in a 7-yard pass from Hohman as GC took a 14-6 lead into halftime.

Hohman scored on a 1-yard run to start the second half, while Lutz hauled in his second of the game from Hohman, a 13-yarder later in the quarter.

Anthony Nemec, who finished with 35 yards rushing, capped the scoring with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Hohman finished with 262 yards through the air, 148 of which went to Greer and an additional 114 to Lutz.

Miller had 90 yards on the ground for the Greyhounds.


HERMITAGE, Pa. – Sharpsville jumped out to a 21-0 lead en route to a 28-21 win over Hickory, snapping its 2-game skid in the process.

Caullin Summers led the way for Sharpsville, accounting for three rushing touchdowns, as well as a 66-yard touchdown pass to Garen Levis.

Summers scored on runs of 4, 5, and 5 yards, the last of which gave the Blue Devils (7-2) a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Hickory’s Logan Woods responded with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Luke Nevil, but Sharpsville was able to hold off the Hornets (4-5).

Summers had 110 yards rushing and 172 yards passing.

Woods threw for 185 yards and also added a rushing touchdown.


ERIE, Pa. – Luke Costello threw for three touchdowns and RJ Roberts accounted for three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving) as Cathedral Prep blanked Erie, 44-0.

Roberts scored on a pair of touchdown runs in the first quarter, and his 14-yard scoring reception from Costello made it 24-0 at the half.

Costello opened the second half with a bang, connecting with Camariyon Bridges on a 45-yard scoring strike and followed that up with a 39-yarder to DeMario Crawford.

The Ramblers (7-2) also had a defensive touchdown, as Eric Cox recovered a fumble in the end zone.


COCHRANTON, Pa. – Maplewood stopped Noah Cummings 1-yard short of the end zone on the final play of the game to hold on for a wild 22-18 win over Cochranton.

Cochranton led 6-0 at halftime on Cummings 3-yard pass to David Peterson in the second quarter and went ahead 12-0 on Cummings’ 1-yard run midway through the third quarter.

Maplewood came storming back, however, as Ben Gilberto followed with a 10-yard touchdown run to get them back within five at 12-7.

Gilberto’s 67-yard run with just over 10 minutes to play gave the Tigers a 15-12 lead, but Cochranton responded and AJ Proper also had an 84-yard bomb to Ethan Peterson for the Tigers in the fourth quarter.

Gilberto had another big game on the ground for the Tigers, rushing for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Proper also had 20 yards rushing for the Tigers.


UNION CITY, Pa. – Ja’son Ellman accounted for three first-half touchdowns as Mercyhurst Prep earned a 44-0 win over Union City.

Ellman scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 11 yards and also took a punt return 57 yards to the house, helping Mercyhurst Prep to a 37-0 halftime advantage.

Jeremy Ganska also had two touchdowns in the first half, scoring on runs of 5 and 2 yards.

David Bahm added a 20-yard touchdown pass in the second half for the Lakers (5-4).


ALBION, Pa. – Nolan Seabury accounted for three touchdowns and also had a key interception on defense as Seneca improved to 7-2, holding off Northwestern 34-28.

Seabury’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Collin Libra in the third quarter gave Seneca a 21-13 lead, a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Ryan Miller and Seabury also had touchdown runs in the second half, with Seabury’s giving Seneca a 34-20 lead.

Lloyd Fountain scored on a QB sneak with 28 seconds to play to get Northwestern back within three, but Seneca was able to close it out.

Logan Stagl also had a touchdown run for Northwestern.


WATERFORD, Pa. – Fort LeBoeuf scored touchdowns on back-to-back plays in the second quarter to take control in a 28-6 win over Corry.

Connor McChesney’s 11-yard touchdown run got LeBoeuf on the board, but he appeared to get dinged up on the play

Fort LeBoeuf recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Isaac McGuire, on in relief of McChesney, took it in on a 30-yard run on the next play to make it 14-0.

That score held until the third quarter when Corry quarterback Nolan Carey threw a 16-yard scoring strike to David Parrett on fourth down.

LeBoeuf answered, however, as McGuire threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Garett Skinner with 1:57 to go in the third quarter.

Justin Leuschen added a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Bison, who also forced four turnovers in the win.


NORTH EAST, Pa. – Michael Gennuso delivered his second walk-off field goal of the season, this one a 25-yarder as Fairview beat North East, 31-30.

North East was attempting to run out the block but gave the Tigers the ball back with three seconds left. Gennuso reached the 100 career points milestone in the win as well.

North East trailed by a pair of scores in the second quarter, but two Mertis Crosby touchdowns runs gave the Pickers a 22-20 halftime advantage.

Jackson Humes also threw a touchdown pass for North East.

Charlie Chevalier and Tyler Corbin had rushing touchdowns for the Tigers.


CONNEAUT, OHIO – Zach Rice had 84 yards rushing, 46 yards receiving and a receiving touchdown as Conneaut (Ohio) beat Harbor Creek, 13-6.

Max Gleason’s 15-yard touchdown run with just over 10 minutes to go in the second quarter made it 7-0 Conneaut.

Brandon Konieczki hit a 35-yard field goal to get Harbor Creek on the board with 2:53 left before halftime.

Gleaton connected with Rice from 44 yards out just 1:20 later and it was 13-3 Conneaut at halftime.

Konieczki added a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter for the Huskies, who fell to 2-7 with the loss.


CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. – Van Jones scored on touchdown runs of 74 and 9 yards in the second half to help Cambridge Springs to a 32-22 win over Mercer.

Jones aounted for 132 yards on the ground.

Daemyin Mattocks had a pair of rushing touchdowns for Mercer and Nate Haines also scored on a 1-yard plunge.


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