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Week 9 D10 Football: Teams Jockeying for Playoff Position Coming Down the Home Stretch

Farrell's Kylon Wilson.

Everyone team atop its respective standings has clinched at least a share of its region title as we hit Week 9 in the District 10 football schedule.

Reynolds (Region 1), Eisenhower (Region 2), Farrell (Region 3), Meadville (Region 4), General McLane (Region 5), and Cathedral Prep (Region 6) all sit atop the standings.

Eisenhower is the lone remaining unbeaten team in District 10 at 8-0, with all the teams atop the standings unbeaten in region play. Eisenhower and Reynolds figure to be the top two seeds in the Class 1A playoffs, as does Farrel in Class 2A. Class 3A is a little more wide open, with Meadville and Corry the only teams in Class 4A, as his Prep in Class 5A.

This week will put the finishing touches on the regular season for some, while others still have a Week 10 date. Nevertheless, this is the final week of games to count toward playoff seeding.

           

Here. We. Go.

REGION 1

Mercer (6-2) at Cambridge Springs (5-3)

Mercer has won five-straight games and will no doubt be a part of the Class 1A playoff field. Nate Haines clinched a 15-13 win over Lakeview for the Mustangs with his late touchdown run and the following interception on defense. It was the only game in the run for the Mustangs that was decided by single digits. Daeymin Mattocks has rushed for 604 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Carter Addison is over 400 yards on the ground for the Mustangs.

Cambridge Springs, meanwhile, has won three of its last four, including a 35-6 win over Cochranton last week. Brett Kania leads the ground game with 405 yards, while Van Jones has 332 yards. Morgan Applebee has thrown for 648 yards and 10 touchdowns, with Preston Gorton and Bryce Kania (4 touchdowns) his top receivers.

Maplewood (3-5) at Cochranton (1-6)

           

The Tigers are coming off a 31-22 win over Kennedy Catholic, and to say it was a big game for running back Ben Gilberto would be an understatement. Gilberto rushed for 369 yards and four touchdowns in the victory and on the season has 1,331 yards and 11 touchdowns, with the Tigers snapping a 5-game losing streak with the win over KC.

They will be facing a Cochranton team that has found tough sledding this season after appearing in the D10 Class 1A title game a year ago. They are coming off a 35-6 loss to Cambridge Springs.

Lakeview (5-3) at Reynolds (7-1)

The Raiders have rattled off 5-straight wins since a 41-27 loss to Sharpsville, including a forfeit win over Cochranton. They haven’t given up more than 12 points in any of those games. Brayden McCloskey (passing), Hayden McLaughlin (receiving) and Jalen Wagner (rushing) were all over 200 yards last week in a 78-12 win over Saegertown. Wagner is the No. 2 rusher in District 10 with 1,822 yards and 26 touchdowns, while McCloskey has thrown for 1,070 yards and 11 TDs and McLaughlin has 679 yards receiving and eight scores.

Despite the late loss to Mercer last week, it’s been a strong regular season for Lakeview, which was coming off back-to-back wins over Cochranton and Cambridge Springs. Mitchell Tingley eclipsed the 1,000-yard milestone rushing last week and now has 1,085 yards and eight touchdowns, while Cam Pence has eight rushing scores and Danick Hinkson seven.

Saegertown (1-7) at Kennedy Catholic (1-7) – Saturday

           

Despite a 1-7 record, it’s been a big season for Kennedy’s Simeir Wade, who has 1,029 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Damian Harrison has a big game last week at quarterback and has 472 yards on the season. Jermaine Dunlap has added three scores receiving.

Saegertown has been led on the offensive side of the ball by Sully Zirkle, Hank Shaffer, Aaron Shartle, and Wyatt Burchill.

REGION 2

Eisenhower (8-0) at Iroquois (0-8)

Eisenhower has scored at least 30 points in all but one game this season, including a 31-25 win over Northwestern last week, a game in which they led 31-13. The Knights have featured one of the top rushing attacks in District 10 to get to 8-0, led by a strong, experienced offensive line and the running of Benji Bauer, who has 1,466 yards and 17 touchdowns, while quarterback Shawn Pascuzzi has eight touchdowns rushing and 810 yards passing. Wyatt Lookenhouse (292 yards) and Kris Bunk (242 yards) are his top targets. The Knights own a pair of shutouts this season and have given up more than 20 points just twice.

           

Mercyhurst Prep (4-4) at Union City (2-5)

Mercyhurst Prep hasn’t lacked for offense this season, including in last week’s 67-0 win over Iroquois, snapping a 2-game skid. David Bahm has put together a strong season at quarterback with 1,403 yards and 16 touchdowns and also has 457 yards and six touchdowns. Ja’son Ellman has 623 yards and eight touchdowns.

Union City is looking to snap a 3-game losing streak. Clay Thomas has rushed for 658 yards and five touchdowns.

Seneca (6-2) at Northwestern (5-3)

Seneca’s offense has been racking up the numbers, including running back Ryan Miller, who was over 400 yards on the ground in last week’s 40-0 win over Union City. The Bobcats have scored at least 40 points during their 4-game winning streak. Miller is now up to 1,714 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season, while Nolan Seabury has rushed for 598 yards and 11 scores and thrown for 737 yards nine scores. Colin Libra has 405 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

Northwestern has been a dangerous team this season, giving unbeaten Eisenhower all they could handle last week as well as beating Oil City earlier this season Lloyd Fountain has been a threat both through the air and on the ground this season, while Ben Campell is the Wildcats’ leading rusher and Landon Wayne and Logan Stagl the top receivers.

REGION 3

Slippery Rock (5-3) at Farrell (7-1)

The Steelers have been impressive in a very tough Region 3, including a 42-14 win over Sharon in the Steel Bowl last week. The Steelers have scored at least 35 points in every game during their 6-game winning streak and haven’t allowed more than 15 points in any game during that span. Kylon Wilson has accounted for over 1,000 yards of total offense and 19 touchdowns, while Brandon Chambers has rushed for 700 yards and seven scores, while Kabron Smith has 1,373 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Slippery Rock’s passing attack has been prolific, including last week in a 41-13 win over Wilmington when William Mokel threw for five touchdowns, three of which went to John Sabo. Mokel has thrown for 1,720 yards and 17 touchdowns, with Sabo accounting for 574 yards and eight scores. Maddox Allex has 678 yards rushing and five scores.

Sharon (4-4) at Greenville (1-7)

Sharon has alternated losses over the past since Week 3, including its loss to Farrell last week. Mikey Rodriques has thrown for 697 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 537 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jayveerh White is closing in on a 1,000-yard rushing season with 935 yards and five touchdowns.

Greenville is coming off a 45-12 loss to Hickory. Malachi Hyde has rushed for 536 yards and five touchdowns, while Nick Solderich has thrown for 594 yards and three scores.

Grove City (5-3) at Wilmington (3-5)

Grove City has won four of its last five games, including a 38-22 win over Wilmington, a game in which quarterback Hunter Hohman accounted for five total touchdowns. On the season, Hohman has thrown for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for six more touchdowns. Anthony Nemec has 718 yards, while Gavin Lutz (411 yards) and Nathan Greer (375 yards) are the top receivers.

Wilmington has dropped four-straight since a 3-game winning streak, including a 41-13 loss to Slippery Rock last week. Ben Miller (433 yards) and Tyler Mikulin (409 yards) have rushed for over 800 combined yards, while Tuff McConahy has thrown for seven touchdowns.

Sharpsville (6-2) at Hickory (4-4)

Hickory is on a bit of a roll as they compete for a playoff spot in Class 3A, notching a 24-14 win over Grove City, followed by a 45-12 win over Greenville. Logan Woods has thrown for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns, with Keenan Scullin (387 yards), Luke Nevil (334 yards), and Will Acrie (300 yards) his top target. Sean Kennedy has rushed for 248 yards and four touchdowns.

Sharpsville, meanwhile, has dropped back-to-back games to Farrell and Grove City since starting the season 6-0. When the Blue Devils are rolling, their passing game is leading the way. Caullin Summers has thrown for 1,640 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Garen Levis has 824 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

REGION 4

Meadville (7-1) at Warren (5-3)

Meadville bounced back from its lone loss of the season against McDowell, beating Franklin 77-0. The Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in six of their seven wins, and also own four shutouts. Khalon Simmons has rushed for 1,392 yards and 25 touchdowns, while Brady Walker has 925 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Warren is 5-1 since an 0-2 start, coming off a 42-17 win over Titusville in which Tommy Nyquist (204 rushing yards, 80 receiving yards, 4 total touchdowns) accounted for nearly 300 yards of offense on his own, as the Dragons had over 500 as a team. Nyquist has 841 yards rushing and 408 receiving, while Eric Dippold has thrown for 1,178 yards and 13 touchdowns, with Cayden Wright accounting for 512 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

Titusville (3-5) at Oil City (6-2)

Ethen Knox and the Oil City rushing attack roll into a home date with Titusville. Knox’s season has been well-documented, as he has rushed for a nation-leading 2,957 yards and 33 touchdowns, rushing for at least 400 yards in six of eight games (Warren and Meadville were the only games he didn’t). Defensively, Kevin Pearsall, Brayden McFetridge, and Carl Chelton all have double-digit tackles for loss.

Titusville is coming off a 42-17 loss to Warren. Ian McDonald has taken over the reins at quarterback, having thrown for four touchdowns, with Jaxon Covell and Kameron Mong the top rushing and receiving threats.

Conneaut (0-8) at Franklin (0-7)

Someone will get their first win of the season when Conneaut battles Franklin. Conneaut has played better in recent weeks, including battling Oil City last week, trailing by just one score at halftime in what was ultimately a 34-7 loss.

Franklin, meanwhile, was blanked by Meadville, with Hunter Marsteller, Cole Buckley, and company looking to get the offense back on track.

REGION 5

General McLane (7-1) at Girard (2-5)

The Lancers haven’t looked back since a season-opening loss to Slippery Rock, rattling off seven wins in a row. They haven’t given up more than 20 points in any of those wins. Dylan Sheeder has thrown for 634 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 694 yards and six touchdowns. Eight different GM players have scored rushing touchdowns this season. Kyle Cousins leads the team with 50 tackles, while Landon Laskey has 6.5 sacks, and Jace Walls has five interceptions.

Fairview (4-4) at North East (2-6)

Fairview has alternated wins and losses since a 34-14 win over Warren on Sept. 24. Tyler Corbin has thrown for 613 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 409 yards and seven touchdowns. Charlie Chevalier leads the ground game with 419 yards, while Jeremy Frazao has 480 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

North East has turned it on in the second half of the season with wins over Conneaut (Ohio) and a 25-0 blanking of Harbor Creek last week. Jackson Humes has thrown for 1,279 yards and 13 touchdowns, with Zane Strong, Jamari Curlett, and Steffan Lynch all between 300 and 400 yards receiving.

REGION 6

Cathedral Prep (6-2) at Erie (1-7)

Cathedral Prep has scored at least 40 points in five of its six wins. They have won three straight, including 40-14 over Butler last week when they scored 26 unanswered points. Dajoure Hollingsworth has stepped in for a baned up Suhtuan Lewis the last two weeks at running back, for 572 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Luke Costello has thrown for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns. Camariyon Bridges has seven receiving touchdowns and DeMario Crawford four, with Bridges accounting for 330 yards and Wakeem Page 431 yards.

McDowell (6-2) at Butler (4-4)

McDowell has bounced back nicely since its loss to Prep with a 49-19 win over Meadville and a 61-0 win against West Toronto Prep. Artis Simmons is over 1,000 yards rushing on the season, while Ben Moore has eclipsed 1,000 yards through the air.

Butler battled Prep for a half last week before falling, 40-14. Mac Schnur has thrown for 1,298 yards and 16 touchdowns, while DaShawn Cox has 447 yards rushing and 354 yards receiving with five total touchdowns.

NON-REGION

Harbor Creek (2-6) at Conneaut, Ohio (7-2)

Harbor Creek is looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Lance Brown leads the offense, rushing for 527 yards and three touchdowns.

Conneaut is coming off back-to-back wins, with Zach Rice accounting for over 1,000 yards on the ground.

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