Six of the eight remaining games on the schedule Friday night were key District 10 region games.
In Region 1-A, West Middlesex beat Farrell, 38-6; Sharpsville defeated Conneaut, 30-27 and Kennedy Catholic stunned the Mustangs in Mercer, 18-13.
In Region 3, Grove City posted a 20-6 win over Reynolds; Sharon suffered a tough loss to Titusville, 35-33, and Greenville routed Saegertown, 42-6.
In non-region action, the Franklin Knights ended a 14-game losing streak with a 28-24 win over Lakeview and Brookfield topped Struthers, 26-13, in a battle of previously-unbeaten programs.
The following were reported to The Herald:
ä Kennedy Catholic 18, Mercer 13 — At Mercer, the visiting Golden Eagles unleased a powerful aerial attack to pull off the key Region 1-A victory.
The combination of junior quarterback Brennan Wassil and senior running back Jeff Thompkins accounted for two touchdowns of 40 and 64 yards. In all Thompkins had 5 catches for an amazing 172 yards.
The other KC touchdown also came through the air as Wassil connected with Jacob Feeney on a 15-yard scoring pass.
For Mercer, quarterback Logan Clarke scored on a 5-yard run and also fired a 5-yard pass to Vik Rymniak.
For the Golden Eagles of coach Archie Donofrio, it was a welcome victory after a tough 6-0 loss at Farrell last weekend when the Golden Eagles saw several scoring attempts stymied deep in Farrell territory.
Kennedy is 1-1 in the region and 1-2 overall. Mercer falls to 0-2, 1-2.
ä Grove City 20, Reynolds 6 — At Forker Field in Grove City, coach Jeff Bell’s Eagles (2-0, 3-0) scored a pair of touchdowns in the 1st quarter and went on to win the Region 3 clash against the Raiders (1-1, 2-1).
GC took a 7-0 lead in the 1st frame on a 7-yard touchdown run by Harold Price and Dylan Motta.
The Eagles went up 13-0 later in the quarter on a 35-yard TD pass from Jared Graham to Foster Reznor. The extra-point kick failed.
Reynolds cut the lead to 13-6 in the 2nd quarter on a 2-yard TD run by Michael Millero. The PAT failed.
GC extended its lead to 20-6 in the 3rd quarter on an 11-yard run by Graham and Motta’s extra-point kick.
Graham was 5-of-6 for 115 yards for GC and Price led the team in rushing with 71 yards on 11 carries.
ä West Middlesex 38, Farrell 6 — The host Big Reds had lost 5 straight games to the Steelers, but early on Friday the Reds showed that streak was coming to an end. West Middlesex built an early 14-0 margin, moved to 25-6 at intermission and never looked back.
West Middlesex was sparked by speedster Luke Patten who tallied 4 touchdowns on a 52-yard pass reception from Try Staunch, runs of 13 and 27 yards and a 30-yard pick-six. Patten finished the day with 141 yards on 16 carries.
The other TD for the Big Reds came on a 19-yard pass from Staunch to Sage Pope. The Reds amased 383 yards of offense in dominating fashion.
Not to be outdone, the Big Reds defense forced a pair of safeties.
Farrell’s lone score came in the second quarter on a 58-yard spring by Dewayne Burns.
The victory lifted coach Jason McElhaney’s Reds to 1-0 in Region 1-A and 2-1 overall, while Farrell fell to 1-1 and 2-1.
ä Sharpsville 30, Conneaut 27 — At McCracken Field in Sharpsville, the Blue Devils (2-0, 3-0) held a 22-0 lead after the 1st quarter and held on for the Region 1-A win in a thriller against Conneaut (0-2, 1-2).
Sharpsville went up 6-0 in the 1st on a 4-yard run by Derrick Odem. The extra-point kick failed. Ross Llewellyn then scored on a 20-yard run and quarterback Bryan Stafford added a 59-yard run. Tyler Luchey and Stafford tacked on 2-point conversions after those scores for the 22-0 lead.
Conneaut cut the lead to 22-13 by halftime with a pair of 2nd-quarter TDs by QB Jon Onderko (18-yard run) and Elijah Anderton (2 run).
In the 3rd, Conneaut trimmed the lead to 22-20 on a 4-yard pass from Onderko to Tyler Bartlett and a PAT.
Coach Paul Piccirilli’s Blue Devils extended the lead to 30-20 in the 4th quarter on a 9-yard run by Llewellyn, who then scored on a 2-point conversion run.
Conneaut closed out the scoring on a 59-yard run by Bartlett and an extra-point kick.
Odem rushed for 113 yards on 22 carries while Stafford was 4-of-5 for 54 yards and 1 pick. Anderton had 136 yards rushing on 26 totes for Conneaut.
ä Titusville 35, Sharon 33 — At Sharon, the visiting Rockets shocked the home squad with a late-game rally in the Region 3-AA clash.
Sharon built a 27-16 halftime lead and appeared en route to a second straight league victory. However things didn’t go well from there.
Still, Sharon had a chance late in the game. The Tigers pulled off a flea-flicker play with Rodgers pitching back to Carnell Hawkins who then fired a strike to Kwentel Teague for a play good for a 56-yard score that cut the Rockets margin to 35-33. However, a game-tying pass for points after failed and Sharon fell to 1-1 in the region and 1-2 overall.
Tigers quarterback Jesse Rodgers scored three touchdowns in the contest on runs of 25, 58 and 21 yards. He also hooked up with Hawkins on a 67-yard pass play.
For Titusville (1-1, 2-1), Xavier DeRose tallied 3 TDs on runs of 3, 6 and 22 yards. Jayce Corklin scored on a 27 yard run and Stearns kicked a 20-yard field goal. Titusville also recorded a pair of safeties which contributed heavily to the victory.
For Sharon defensively, Troy Hejazi had 2 fumble recoveries and an interception, while Smith-Austin also had an interception.
ä Brookfield 26, Struthers 13 — At Wildcat Stadium in Struthers, Ryan Mosora rushed for 178 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns as the Warriors (4-0) topped the Wildcats (3-1) in a battle of previously-unbeaten teams.
Struthers took a 6-0 lead in the 2nd quarter on a 22-yard TD pass from Gary Muntean to Tommy Kimbrough. The extra-point attempt failed.
Brookfield cut the lead to 7-6 prior to the break on an 11-yard scoring strike from Jeremy Quinlan to Jimmy Quinlan. Jeremy booted the PAT for the slim lead.
Brookfield took control in the 3rd quarter with a pair of scores by Mosora. The senior running back scored on runs of 5 and 24 yards. The PAT attempts failed on both TDs.
Coach Randy Clark’s Warriors then went up 26-6 in the 4th frame on a 30-yard interception return by Jeremy Quinlan. He added the PAT after his pick-6.
Struthers’ Kimbrough returned a kickoff 85 yards to close out the scoring for both teams.
Quinlan had 109 rushing yards on 19 carries and was 8-of-13 for 55 yards passing.
The Brookfield defense shut down Struthers standout senior RB David Stewart. He only had 41 yards on 15 totes.
ä Greenville 42, Saegertown 6 — At Saegertown, the Trojans of coach Brian Herrick looked impressive in the first victory of the season.
The win lifted Greenville to 1-1 in Region 3-AA and 1-2 overall. Saegertown is 0-2, 0-3.
Tyler Fattman and and Luke Houpt each scored a pair of touchdowns for Greenville. Fattman tallied on runs of 60 and 5 yards while Houpt hit paydirt form 3 and 44 yards. Jacob Riffe scored on a 13-yard sprint and Cody Nellis on a 21-yard run for Greenville.
Lance Neuscheler tallied on a 20-yard run for Saegertown’s lone points.
ä Franklin 28, Lakeview 24 — At Franklin, the Knights (1-2) notched the program’s first win in 2 seasons.
Former Farrell High standout Forrest Wested was instrumental, rushing and passing for touchdowns and also hauling in another.
Wested’s 1-yard plunge with 15 ticks to play proved decisive.
Wested forged Franklin’s first win after 14 consecutive setbacks with a 10-carry, 95-yard rushing effort, 6-for-13, 45-yard passing performance, and a half-dozen receptions for another 73 yards.
Lakeview speedster Blake Reddick roared to a game-high 17-carry, 178-yard rushing outing that included 64-, 35- and 50-yard scoring sprints. However, reportedly Reddick sustained an injury, the extent of which was not known as of press time.
Also fo Lakeview (2-1), Zach VanDusen rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries, including a 6-yard 4th-quarter TD that staked the Sailors to a short-lived 24-14 lead.
KENNEDY 0 6 12 0 18
MERCER 0 6 0 7 13
KC — Thompkins, 40 pass from Wassil (kick failed)
M — Clarke, 5 run (pass failed)
KC — Thompkins, 64 pass from Wassil (kick failed)
KC — Feeney, 15 pass from Wassil (kick failed)
M — Rymniak, 5 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
10 First downs 19
92 Rushing yards 195
212 Passing yards 140
11-8-0 Att-comp-int 17-8-1
304 Total yards 335
0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-0
4-45 Penalties-yards lost 4-30
Rushing: KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Thompkins 11-3, Leipheimer 8-27, Wassil 14-63, Bernat 1-(-5), Cathey 1-4; MERCER — Clark 15-40, Leonard 9-86, O’Brien 10-27, Slagle 8-34, Nan 1-8.
Passing: KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Wassil 8-11-0-212; MERCER — Clark 8-17-1-140.
Receiving: KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Thompkins 5-172, Leipheimer 1-10, Feeney 2-30; MERCER — Rymniak 2-22, Leonard 2-47, Nan 2-45, O’Brien 2-26.
REYNOLDS 0 6 0 0 6
GROVE CITY 13 0 7 0 20
GC — Price, 7 run (Motta kick)
GC — Reznor, 35 pass from Graham (kick failed)
R — Millero, 2 run (kick failed)
GC — Graham, 11 run (Motta kick)
REYNOLDS GROVE CITY
8 First downs 8
135 Rushing yards 151
23 Passing yards 115
8-3-1 Att-comp-int 6-5-0
158 Total yards 266
3-3 Fumbles-lost 0-0
4-20 Penalties-yards lost 9-70
Rushing: REYNOLDS — N/A; GROVE CITY — Price 11-71, Reznor 11-46.
Passing: REYNOLDS — N/A; GROVE CITY — Graham 6-5-0-115.
Receiving: REYNOLDS — N/A; GROVE CITY — Reznor 1-35, Price 1-34, Trinch 2-13.
FARRELL 0 6 0 0 6
MIDDLESEX 14 9 13 2 38
WM — Patten, 52 pass from Staunch (Staunch kick)
WM — Pope, 19 pass from Staunch (Staunch kick)
F — Burns, 58 run (kick failed)
WM — Patten, 13 run (Staunch kick)
WM — Safety
WM — Patten, 30 interception return (Staunch kick)
WM — Patten, 27 run (kick failed)
WM — Safety
8 First downs 17
95 Rushing yards 234
53 Passing yards 149
17-7-1 Att-comp-int 15-10-1
148 Total yards 383
3-0 Fumbles-lost 3-2
10-68 Penalties-yards lost 9-72
Rushing: FARRELL — Burns 6-81, Jackson 5-24, Johnson 7-12, Phillips 2-6, Graham 1-4, Pinkins 1-2, Goudy 7-8, Holloway 1-0, Gavins 1-0; WEST MIDDLESEX — Patten 16-141, Gladysz 4-50, Mirizio 7-29, Staunch 5-14, Trippy 2-11, Lucich 2-6, Pape 1-0, Rust 1-0.
Passing: FARRELL — Goudy 7-11-1; WEST MIDDLESEX — Staunch 10-15-1-149.
Receiving: FARRELL — Hyman 4-25, Graham 2-23, Burns 1-5; WEST MIDDLESEX — Pope 4-45, Patten 2-62, Jancso 2-4, Fair 1-28, Pape 1-10.
CONNEAUT 0 13 7 7 27
SHARPSVLE 22 0 0 8 30
S — Odem, 4 run (kick failed)
S — Llewellyn, 20 run (Luchey catch)
S — Stafford, 59 run (Stafford run)
C — Onderko, 18 run (kick good)
C — Anderton, 2 run (kick failed)
C — Bartlett, 4 pass from Onderko (kick good)
S — Llewellyn, 9 run (Llewellyn run)
C— Bartlett, 59 run (kick good)
11 First downs 18
287 Rushing yards 278
16 Passing yards 54
5-2-0 Att-comp-int 5-4-1
303 Total yards 332
1-1 Fumbles-lost 3-3
5-59 Penalties-yards lost 3-15
Rushing: CONNEAUT — Onderko 13-83, Anderton 26-136, Sherman 1-9, Bartlett 1-59; SHARPSVILLE — Odem 22-113, Stafford 8-74, Llewellyn 13-86, Luchey 1-5.
Passing: CONNEAUT — Onderko 4-2-0-16, Bartlett 1-0-0-0; SHARPSVILLE — Stafford 5-4-1-54.
Receiving: CONNEAUT — Miller 1-12, Bartlett 1-4; SHARPSVILLE — Luchey 2-41, Williams 1-11, Odem 1-2.
TITUSVILLE 7 9 16 3 35
SHARON 21 6 0 6 33
S — Rodgers 25 run (kick failed)
S — Rodgers 58 run (Gill kick)
T — Xavier DeRose, 3 run (Stearns kick)
S — Hawkins, 67 pass from Rodgers (Rodgers run)
T — Safety
T — Jayce Corklin, 27 run (Stearns kick)
S — Rodgers, 21 run (kick failed)
T — Safety
T - DeRose, 6 run (Stearns kick)
T - DeRose, 22 run (Stearns kick)
T - Stearns, 20 field goal
S - Teague, 56 pass from Hawkins (pass failed)
NA First downs 5
NA Rushing yards 171
NA Passing yards 128
NA Att-comp-int 14-6-1
NA Total yards 299
NA Fumbles-lost 3-1
NA Penalties-yards lost 6-35
Rushing: TITUSVILLE — NA; SHARON — Lampkins 7-60, Rodgers 15-116, Mosley 1-(-5).
Passing: TITUSVILLE — NA; SHARON — Rodgers 5-13-1-72, Hawkins 1-1-0-56.
Receiving: TITUSVILLE — NA; SHARON — Teague 1-56, Hawkins 4-75, Smith-Austin 1-(-3).
BROOKFIELD 0 7 12 7 26
STRUTHERS 0 6 0 7 13
S — Kimbrough, 22 pass from Muntean (kick failed)
B — Ji. Quinlan, 11 pass from Je. Quinlan (Je. Quinlan kick)
B — Mosora, 5 run (kick failed)
B — Mosora, 24 run (kick failed)
B — Je. Quinlan, 30 interception return (Je. Quinlan kick)
S — Kimbrough, 85 kickoff return (Kish kick)
12 First downs 7
291 Rushing yards 71
55 Passing yards 125
14-8-0 Att-comp-int 20-9-2
346 Total yards 196
1-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
9-71 Penalties-yards lost 2-20
Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Mosora 25-178, Je. Quinlan 19-109, Clark 1-4; STRUTHERS — Stewart 15-41, Pollifrone 5-16, Muntean 3-13, Witkowski 1-1.
Passing: BROOKFIELD — Je. Quinlan 13-8-0-55, Mosora 1-0-0-0; STRUTHERS — Muntean 19-9-1-125, Stewart 1-0-1-0.
Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Harkulich 2-18, Mosora 2-17, Ji. Quinlan 2-17, Clark 2-3; STRUTHERS — Kimbrough 5-76, Stewart 1-22, Pollifrone 2-14, Fandozzi 1-13.
GREENVILLE 27 8 0 7 42
SAEGERTOWN 0 0 6 0 6
G — Fattman, 60 run (Eells kick)
G — Houpt, 3 run (Eells kick)
G — Houpt, 44 pass from Jones (run failed)
G — Fattman, 5 run (Eells kick)
G— Riffe, 13 run (Houpt pass from Riffe)
S — Neuscheler, 20 run (kick good)
G — Nellis, 21 run (Eells kick)
N/A First downs N/A
N/A Rushing yards N/A
N/A Passing yards N/A
N/A Att-comp-int N/A
N/A Total yards N/A
N/A Fumbles-lost N/A
N/A Penalties-yards lost N/A
Rushing: GREENVILLE — N/A; SAEGERTOWN — Humes 12-43, Wise 7-22, Neuscheler 4-21, Reagle 4-21, Mondi 2-15, Crum 5-13, Taylor 5-11.
Passing: GREENVILLE — N/A; SAEGERTOWN — Kirdahy 1-4-0-11, Wise 1-5-0-0.
Receiving: GREENVILLE — N/A; SAEGERTOWN — Nuescheler 1-0, Carter 1-11.
LAKEVIEW 6 12 6 0 24
FRANKLIN 7 0 21 0 28
L — Reddick, 63 run (run failed)
F — Wested, 39 pass from Ritchey (Mooney kick)
L — Reddick, 35 run (run failed)
L — Reddick, 50 run (pass failed)
F — Cooley, 41 pass from Ritchey (Mooney kick)
L — VanDusen, 6 run (run failed)
F — Kahle, 25 pass from Wested (Mooney kick)
F — Wested, 1 run (Mooney kick)
10 First downs 13
325 Rushing yards 113
40 Passing yards 279
13-3-0 Att-comp-int 37-21-0
365 Total yards 392
0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1
4-17 Penalties-yards lost 10-65
Rushing: LAKEVIEW — Reddick 17-178, VanDusen 19-115, Bigley 4-23, Kokoski 4-7. Spencer 1-2; FRANKLIN — Wested 10-95, Ritchey 7-18, Rutherford 1-10, Henry 1-1, Matthews 5-(-1).
Passing: LAKEVIEW — Bigley 13-3-0, 40; FRANKLIN — Ritchey 24-15-0, 234, Wested 13-6-0, 45.
Receiving: LAKEVIEW — VanDuzen 3-40; FRANKLIN — Cooley 7-129, Wested 6-73, Kahle 2-32, Rutherford 2-11, Henry 1-32, Highton 1-4, Herman 1-0, Matthews 1-(-2).
Six of the eight remaining games on the schedule Friday night were key District 10 region games.
Herald-Tamie junior tourney set Thursday-Friday
THEY SAY THAT “The best things in life are free.” Well, one of those “best things” is the annual Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championships every summer.
The event, which has been free to boys and girls in the Shenango Valley since it’s inception in 1949, will be held Thursday and Friday at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage.
It has been the premier youth tournament for decades and some of the top players ever to come out of this area have participated. But you don’t have to be a great young golfer to take part. It’s a wonderful opportunity for every youngster to get a free round of golf on a great course, which is in immaculate shape this season.
Hickory lists 2013 scholar-athlete award winners
Hickory High Athletic Director Barb Dzuricsko recently announced that a total of 213 students (grades 9-12) earned Don McKay Scholar-Athlete awards.
To be eligible, students must maintain an A (93 percent or higher) grade-point-average through the academic year’s third 9-week grading period and compete in a PIAA-sponsored sport.
A total of 375 students competed in athletics this past year, Dzuricsko noted, meaning almost 57 percent qualified for the McKay Scholar-Athlete Award. Since the award’s inception, this is the highest total number of students to earn the honors, she reported.
SCHOLASTIC NOTEBOOK: Hearns to continue golf career in college; Petty to be honored
RECENT HICKORY High alumna Rosy Hearns will continue her education and golf careers at the State University of New York-Albany. Hickory links coach Craig Antush said Hearns recently signed a letter-of-intent.
Hearns’ Hickory career concluded as one of the finest on the links — male or female — in Mercer County annals.
Bowlers compete in Senior Games
The bowling portion of the annual Mercer County Senior Games was held Wednesday at Grove City Bowlodrome. That followed horseshoes and shuffleboard competitions earlier in the week.
Following is the rest of the schedule:
COLLEGIATE NOTEBOOK: Ex-Hickory great Richards has great spring track season
FORMER HICKORY HIGH standout Morgan Richards enjoyed a successful spring season for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte track & field team. The female 49ters won the Atlantic 10 Conference outdoor track & field team title.
“Morgan kept her stride as she transitioned into the outdoor season, running top times in several events among (Atlantic 10) freshmen and on Charlotte’s all-time top 10 lists,” assistant coch Edwin T. Schlichter wrote in a recent e-mail to The Herald. “Morgan finished just one spot (9th) out of scoring at the 2013 A-10 Championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase, despite this being her first year ever attempting the event, and running 11:02.22 which was 2nd among all freshmen in the A-10 and 5th all-time for UNC-Charlotte.”
SPORTVIEW: Hickory tri-athletes deserve special recognition
EVERY YEAR we receive a photo from the Hermitage School District of a group of student-athletes that I am thrilled to receive and run in the paper.
The photo is of Hickory High School “tri-athletes,” boys and girls who participate in sports during each of the fall, winter and spring seasons. But there is more to it than that. Each of these athletes also must maintain an 85 percent B average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the year.
TIDBITS: Scurpas make college choices; Matthews, Norris, Bonner part of great Clarion recruiting class; Lewis earns national medal
SHARPSVILLE HIGH volleyball standouts Kristen and Paige Scurpa, who are cousins, will continue their education and athletic careers at California University of Pa. and Penn State-Behrend, respectively.
The duo, both of whom were named to the All-State team in Class A by the Pa. Volleyball Coaches Association, led the Blue Darlings to the District 10 title game in November. Sharpsville, Region 1 champs the past 4 years, suffered a 3-1 loss to Cochranton in that match and finished the season 16-4.
Sharpsville falls in D-10 title game
SLIPPERY ROCK — Monday was a pretty good day for Saegertown High School.
Just mere hours after the Lady Panthers won the District 10 Class A softball championship, the Saegertown baseball team (19-2) captured its third straight D-10 Class AA title with a convincing 10-3 victory over Sharpsville (15-6) at Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park.
“We knew going into the game that Saegertown’s a pretty good team and they’ve been a pretty good team for the past few years,” Blue Devils coach Mike Sikorski said. “I think they’ve been in the District 10 Championship the past four years. They’re a solid team, a very good team. They’re very patient at the plate and when they get their pitches, they hit them.”
STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: WM seniors leave legacy of greatness
WEST MIDDLESEX High always has had a proud athletic heritage, and this past weekend’s PIAA Class AA Track & Field championship will only add lustre to that legacy.
According to available archives at The Herald, only the 1954 boys’ basketball team and Coach Bob Morris’ boys’ cross country team from earlier this decade previously had won commonwealth crowns.
Allen wins 4 gold medals to lead WM to PIAA team title
SHIPPENSBURG — Clay Allen said he had to explode out of the starting blocks for his 100-meter dash showdown with Hickory’s DeShawn Coleman. But Allen — all afternoon — was getting the jump on his competitors during the annual PIAA Track & Field Championships.
By approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Shippensburg University, Allen annexed 4 gold medals — 100- and 200-meter dashes, long jump, and as part of the sprint-relay. The workload West Middlesex High’s senior exhibited enabled the Big Reds to record the Class AA commonwealth crown.
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