Mercer County area teams took a break from District 10 rugged region play for non-league encounters that included some rivalry games between local clubs.
Some of those local rivalry clashes were: Grove City knocking Slippery Rock from the ranks of the unbeaten, 34-14; Sharpsville edging Wilmington, 20-14; West Middlesex topping Sharon, 41-21; and Reynolds ripping Kennedy Catholic, 56-21.
In other contests, Mercer fell to Mercyhurst Prep, 28-26; Lakeview rallied to beat Cochranton, 22-16; and Greenville was rocked by Northwestern, 42-7.
Over in Ohio, Brookfield easily remained undefeated with a 49-6 rout of Conneaut.
ä Grove City 34, Slippery Rock 14 — The 2011 District 10 Class AAA titlist Eagles — now playing in AA — thoroughly dominated rival and Region 5AAA leading Rockets (6-1) in front of a homecoming crowd at Forker Field.
Grove City maintained over a 3:1 margin in time of possession — 37:35 to 10:25.
“I told them ‘We’re the returning AAA champs. Let’s not give it up easily,’ ” Grove City coach Jeff Bell said. “This was our shot at a AAA team and we took advantage of it. We did not want to give them the football. Our goal going in was maintain possession (offensively). This is the kind of game we need to play down the road against Wilmington and Hickory (in the playoffs).”
Behind the blocking off the offensive line of Boone Lyons, Jake Graham, Shaun Smoker, Devan Smoker, Ryan Palmer, Grant Craig and Shawn Seybert, the Eagles (6-1) racked up 359 yards rushing and didn’t need to punt or attempt a pass.
“You gotta give our offensive line a lot of credit,” Bell said. “We preached all week about getting off the ball and worked on it all week. We had some real good offensive practices, probably the best we’ve had since Wilmington. We told our backs to trust their linemen.”
Grove City jumped out to a 21-0 lead with just 68 seconds remaining before halftime on two Jared Graham touchdown runs (3 and 1 yards) and a Foster Reznor 8-yard scamper, but the Rockets made it interesting with a 50-yard scoring strike from standout quarterback Ryan Currie — who’s receiving Division II interest as a punter — to sophomore Jake Whitmer just before halftime.
Two more Grove City scores — a Chad Williams 4-yard run and a Graham 13-yard run — sealed the victory, while Joey Meyer also scored for the Rockets.
The Eagles boasted a balanced rushing attack with Harold Price (14 carries for 97 yards), Reznor (19 for 92), Williams (12 for 90) and Graham (15 for 76) finishing with over 75 yards on the ground.
“We preached all week, hit it up in there and get our four or five yards,” Bell said. “Eventually, we’ll get a big run. Against a good team like (Slippery Rock), you’re not going to get home runs, but we had a bunch of nine-yard runs. (The running backs) did a nice job.”
Not to be outdone, the Grove City defense limited the high flying Rocket offense to just 164 yards. Currie was held to minus-5 yards rushing, while speedster Frank Conlon led the Rock offense with 68 yards rushing on 10 totes.
“Our players didn’t play their best game and we, as coaches, didn’t coach our best game,” Slippery Rock coach Brendan Hathaway said. “Their kids wanted it more. We want to run 60 (offensive) plays a game and I think in the first half we had 10. That’s not the type of offense we want to run. Tonight was an absolute turn of events for what we want to do. We have to get back to work tomorrow morning. Life is full of adversity and if you want to be successful in life you have to overcome that adversity. We’ll start doing that (Saturday morning).” — Information submitted by Herald sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
ä Brookfield 49, Conneaut 6 — At Conneaut, Ohio, the unbeaten Warriors of coach Randy Clark continued to roll over their opponents.
The Warriors (8-0) built a 21-0 lead after one quarter and were on top 42-0 at intermission.
Brookfield got on the board first on an 18-yard pass from Jeremy Quinlan to Jimmy Quinlan, the Jeremy Quinlan connected on a 6-yard scoring aerial to Colin Harkulich. Before the first period ended, Jeremy Quinlan tallied on a 2-yard run.
Joe Clark accounted for the next two scores on a 2-yard run and 20-yard pass from Quinlan. Ryan Mosora followed wiith a 15-yard run before half.
The final Warriors TD was a 44-yard sprint by Jeremy Quinlan. For the night, Jeremy Quinlan connected on 6 PAT kicks, while Kasey Tingler booted one.
Conneaut’s lone score was on a 28-yard pass to Tyler Cox from Tony Colucci.
Mosora picked up 156 yards on 10 carries.
ä West Middlesex 41, Sharon 21 — At Big Reds Stadium in West Middlesex, Luke Patten rushed for 226 yards and scored 2 touchdowns and quarterback Trey Staunch threw 2 TD passes and ran for another as the Reds improved to 6-1 with the non-region win over the Tigers (1-6).
Patten scored on runs of 5 and 6 yards. Staunch had a 1-yard TD run and tossed a 10-yard scoring strike to Austin Mirizio and a 7-yarder to Sage Pope. Mirizio also scored on a 20-yard run.
West Middlesex led 21-0 after the opening quarter and 28-14 at halftime. The Big Reds led 34-14 after 3 quarters and both teams scored in the 4th frame.
Staunch was 18-of-23 for 155 yards with the 2 TDs and 1 interception. He also converted 5-of-6 extra-point kicks. Mirizio hauled in 6 catches for 69 yards. WM outgained the Tigers 446-160 in total yards.
Sharon standout quarterback Jesse Rodgers, who was 9-of-14 for 29 yards, scored on a pair of 5-yard runs. Michael Bonner scored on a 14-yard run late in the 4th quarter. Evan Gill booted all 3 PATs for the Tigers.
ä Sharpsville 20, Wilmington 14 — At The Pines in Sharpsville, the Blue Devils won the District 10 crossover contest.
The Class A Blue Devils of coach Paul Piccirilli made a defensive stand on the final play of the game, stopping Class AA Wilmington on the final play — a run from about the 3-yard line.
Wilmington was without the services of starting quarterback Cody Llewellyn.
For Sharpsville (6-1), quarterback Bryan Stafford and fleet Tyler Luchey collaborated 7 times for 113 yards, including 25- and 21-yard scoring strikes. Joey Pagliaroli’s 25-yard run proved decisive for the Blue Devils, who bounced back from a loss to Region 1-A rival West Middlesex last week.
Wilmington (5-2), a tri-leader in Region 3-AA with Hickory and Grove City, was led by Alex Patton’s 13-carry, 88-yard rushing performance and Tyler Donati’s 17-carry, 78-yard effort. Donati and Nicc Pugh produced respective 1- and 17-yard TD runs.
The visiting Greyhounds’ ground game outgained Sharpsville, 226-124; however the Blue Devils had better balance, including 132 yards passing, compared with 63 for Wilmington.
ä Mercyhurst Prep 28, Mercer 26 — At Mercer, a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Mustangs fell short against the northerners.
Mercer trailed 28-7 heading into the final frame. However, Mercer scored on a 20-yard pass from Logan Clarke, a 1-yard run by Clarke and a 46-yard completion from Clarke to Haines. However, a pair of missed extra points left Mercer trailing.
The Mustangs attempted an onside kick after their last TD, but Prep recovered and was able to hold on for the victory.
Prep (5-2) took an early lead in the game on a 5-yard pass from Nick Evanoff to Swanson, but the PAT kick missed. Mercer grabbed the lead a short time later on a 48-yard pass from Clarke to T.J. Peters and a PAT kick by Chase Hoffman.
However, the next three scores were put up by Prep to set up the thrilling comeback by the Mustangs (1-6).
Clarke passed for 255 yards, connecting on 10 of 20 passes, but was also picked off 3 times, twice by Ryan Connor. For Mercer, Walter Haines had an interception.
ä Reynolds 56, Kennedy Catholic 21 — At Transfer, Austin Matthews and Mike Millero scored 3 touchdowns each as the Raiders (5-2) rolled past the Golden Eagles (1-6) in a non-region clash.
Kellen Gursky and Adam Ballish also scored touchdowns for Reynolds.
Jacob Leipheimer had a pair of scores for KC and Jeff Thompkins scored on a 90-yard run.
Stats were not reported to The Herald.
ä Lakeview 22, Cochranton 16 — At Cochranton, the Sailors (5-2) fell behind in the 1st half, but scored 22 unanswered points to rally for the non-region win over the Cardinals (4-3).
Blake Reddick rushed for 146 yards on 17 carries and scored a pair of TDs on runs of 20 and 35 yards for the Sailors. The other score came on a 27-yard pass from Zach Bigley to Zach VanDusen.
ä Northwestern 42, Greenville 7 — At Albion, the northerners were not very gracious hosts as they romped over the visiting Trojans.
The Wildcats (5-2) built a 35-0 lead by halftime and never looked back in knocking off Greenville (3-4).
Brandon Reiser had a pair of scores for the Wildcats on runs of 26 and 28 yards, while Nate Noe scored on a 16-yard pass from Grant Panko and a 4-yard burst. Other scores were: Austin Miczo a 69-yard run; Panko a 20-yard interception return.
Greenville’s lone tally came in the final frame on a 77-yard run by Cody Nellis.
Northwestern amassed 461 yards on the ground, led by Miczo with 192 yards on 16 carries and Reiser 163 yards on 19 totes.
SLIPP.ROCK 0 7 0 7 14
GROVE CITY 7 14 7 6 34
GC — Reznor, 8 run (Motta kick)
GC — Graham, 3 run (Motta kick)
GC — Graham, 1 run (Motta kick)
SR — Whitmer, 50 pass from Currie (McCandless kick)
GC — Williams, 4 run (Motta kick)
SR — Meyer, 3 run (McCandless kick)
GC — Graham, 13 run (run failed)
SLIPP.ROCK GROVE CITY
5 First downs 23
66 Rushing yards 359
98 Passing yards 0
13-5-2 Att-comp-int 0-0-0
164 Total yards 359
0-0 Fumbles-lost 4-2
3-15 Penalties-yards lost 4
Rushing: SLIPPERY ROCK — Conlon 10-68, Whitmer 1-5, McDowell 1-1, Meyer 2-(-3), Currie 6-(-5); GROVE CITY — Price 14-97, WReznor 19-92, Williams 12-90, Graham 15-76, Kosick 1-7, Team 3-(-3).
Passing: SLIPPERY ROCK — Currie 4-9-1 81, Whitmer 1-2-1 17.
Receiving: SLIPPERY ROCK — Whitmer 2-69, Currie 1-17, Reeseman 1-15, Mellott 1-7.
BROOKFIELD 21 21 7 0 49
CONNEAUT 0 0 0 6 6
B — Ji. Quinlan, 18 pass from Je. Quinlan (Je. Quinlan kick)
B — Harkulich, 6 pass from Je. Quinlan (Je. Quinlan kick)
B — Je. Quinlan, 2 run (Je. Quinlan kick)
B — Clark, 2 run (Je. Quinlan kick)
B — Clark, 20 pass from Je. Quinlan (Je. Quinlan kick)
B — Mosora, 15 run (Je. Quinlan kick)
C — Je. Quinlan, 44 run (Tingler kick)
C — Cox, 28 catch (run failed)
15 First downs 7
296 Rushing yards 28
102 Passing yards 91
11-7-3 Att-comp-int 21-10-2
398 Total yards 103
2-2 Fumbles-lost 1-1
11-75 Penalties-yards lost 6-35
Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Je. Quinlan 5-64, Mosora 10-156, Clrk 8-37, Ji.Quinlan 1-6, Necastro 5-(-4), Morrison 6-35, McCormick 2-2; CONNEAUT — Cox 3-3, Colucci 15-(-3), R.J. Nelson 7-1, Distelrath 2-4, Post 1-7.
Passing: BROOKFIELD — Je. Quinlan 7-9-0-102, Necastro 0-2-1-0; CONNEAUT — Colucci 8-17-2-80, Distelrath 2-4-0-11.
Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Ji. Quinlan 2-29, Harkulich 2-22, Clark 2-35, Mosora 1-16; CONNEAUT — Distelrath 1-3, Gerdes 4-49, Nelson 1-30, Luce 1-(-2), Cox 1-28.
M. PREP 6 8 14 0 28
MERCER 7 0 0 19 26
MP — Swanson, 5 pass from Evanoff (kick failed)
M — Peters, 48 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
MP — Barclay, 24 run (Peebles pass from Evanoff)
MP — Swanson, 95 fum. ret. (kick failed)
MP — Higgins, 5 run (Evanoff run)
M — Nan, 20 pass from Clarke (kick failed)
M — Clarke, 1 run (kick failed)
M — Haines, 46 pass from Clarke (Hoffman kick)
M. PREP MERCER
11 First downs 13
157 Rushing yards 73
77 Passing yards 255
9-5-1 Att-comp-int 20-10-3
234 Total yards 328
3-2 Fumbles-lost 2-2
5-40 Penalties-yards lost 4-38
Rushing: MERCYHURST PREP — Barclay 16-86, Evanoff 3-9, Connor 10-23, Higgins 13-39; MERCER — Clarke 14-14, Leonard 9-6, OBrien 6-20, Slagle 6-33.
Passing: MERCYHURST PREP — Evanoff 5-9-1-77; MERCER — Clarke 10-20-3-255.
Receiving: MERCYHURST PREP — Barclay 2-23, Connor 1-23, Higgins 1-16, Swanson 1-5, Peebles 1-20; MERCER — Leonard 3-38, Peters 3-100, Slagle 1-28, Nan 2-43, Haines 1-46.
SHARON 0 14 0 7 21
MIDDLESEX 21 7 6 7 41
WM — Mirizio, 10 pass from Staunch (Staunch kick)
WM — Mirizio, 20 run (Staunch kick)
WM — Staunch, 1 run (Staunch kick)
S — Rodgers, 5 run (Gill kick)
WM — Patten, 5 run (Staunch kick)
S — Rodgers, 5 run (Gill kick)
WM — Pope, 7 pass from Staunch (kick failed)
WM — Patten, 6 run (Staunch kick)
S — Bonner, 14 run (Gill kick)
7 First downs 19
108 Rushing yards 291
52 Passing yards 155
18-10-0 Att-comp-int 23-18-1
160 Total yards 446
0-0 Fumbles-lost 3-2
5-50 Penalties-yards lost 7-85
Rushing: SHARON — Rodgers 12-34, Lampkins 8-18, Smith-Austin 5-46, Hawkins 3-(-5), Mosley 2-(-2), Bonner 2-17; WEST MIDDLESEX — Patten 27-226, Staunch 9-11, Mirizio 4-30, Jancso 1-20, Trippy 1-6, team 1-(-2).
Passing: SHARON — Rodgers 14-9-0-29, Smith-Austin 1-1-0-23, Mosley 3-0-0-0; WEST MIDDLESEX — Staunch 23-18-1-155.
Receiving: SHARON — Hawkins 7-15, Rodgers 1-23, Smith-Austin 1-5, Jacoway 1-9; WEST MIDDLESEX — Mirizio 6-69, Pope 5-38, Fair 3-28, Jancso 2-12, Lucich 2-8.
WILMINGTON 7 0 0 7 14
SHARPSVLE 7 7 0 8 20
W — Donati, 1 run (Pontius kick)
S — Luchey, 25 pass from Stafford (Pagliaroli kick)
S — Luchey, 21 pass from Stafford (Pagliaroli kick)
S — Pagaliaroli, 25 run (kick failed)
W — Pugh, 17 run (Pontius kick)
13 First downs 14
226 Rushing yards 124
63 Passing yards 132
9-3-0 Att-comp-int 17-9-2
289 Total yards 256
4-3 Fumbles-lost 1-0
3-30 Penalties-yards lost 5-35-
Rushing: WILMINGTON — Patton 13-99, Donati 17-78, Pugh 8-43, Miller 1-7, Sotter 1-2; SHARPSVILLE — Llewellyn 13-68, Odem 5-34, Pagliaroli 7-18, Stafford 8-4.
Passing: WILMINGTON — Gargiulo 2-1-0, 25; Patton 3-1-0, 12; Donati 4-1-0, 26; SHARPSVILLE — Stafford 17-9-2, 132.
Receiving: WILMINGTON — Pugh 1-26, Patton 1-25, Watson 1-12; SHARPSVILLE — Luchey 7-113, Llewellyn 1-13, Pagliaroli 1-6.
GREENVILLE 0 0 0 7 7
N’WESTERN 21 14 0 7 42
NW — Reiser, 26 run (Tewell kick)
NW — Noe, 16 pass from Panko (Tewell kick)
NW — Miczo, 69 run (Tewell kick)
NW — Reiser, 28 run (Tewell kick)
NW — Panko, 20 int. ret. (Tewell kick)
G — Nellis, 77 run (Eells kick)
NW — Noe, 4 run (Tewell kick)
6 First downs 21
155 Rushing yards 461
32 Passing yards 30
11-3-1 Att-comp-int 9-2-1
187 Total yards 491
2-2 Fumbles-lost 2-2
4-50 Penalties-yards lost 8-70
Rushing: GREENVILLE — Nellis 8-96, Houpt 6-21, Sulick 2-15, Black 2-14, Peabody 2-7, VanAken 1-5, Eells 1-2, Riffe 1-(-2), Fattman 5-(-3); NORTHWESTERN — Miczo 16-192, Reiser 19-163, K. Panko 4-73, Noe 6-24, G. Panko 1-6, Bird 2-3.
Passing: GREENVILLE — Riffe 3-9-1-32, Jones 0-2-0-0; NORTHWESTERN — Panko 2-8-1-30, J. Clinger 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: GREENVILLE — Fattman 2-16, Houpt 1-16; NORTHWESTERN — Noe 1-16, Reiser 1-14.
LAKEVIEW 8 0 6 8 22
COCHRANTON 8 8 0 0 16
L — VanDusen, 27 pass from Bigley (Reddick run)
L — Reddick, 20 run (pass failed)
L — Reddick, 35 run (Reddick run)
No Cochranton scores submitted
n/a First downs n/a
149 Rushing yards n/a
116 Passing yards n/a
17-4-0 Att-comp-int n/a
265 Total yards n/a
n/a Fumbles-lost n/a
n/a Penalties-yards lost n/a
Rushing: LAKEVIEW — Reddick 17-146, Bigley 5-(-1), Kokoski 1-1, VanDusen 1-1; COCHRANTON — n/a.
Passing: LAKEVIEW — Bigley 4-17-0-101, Reddick 0-1-0-0; COCHRANTON — n/a.
Receiving: LAKEVIEW — VanDusen 3-101, Kokoski 1-15; COCHRANTON — n/a.
Mercer County area teams took a break from District 10 rugged region play for non-league encounters that included some rivalry games between local clubs.
Hickory boys edge WM for D-10 Class AA Track team title
HARBORCREEK — Hickory High co-head coach Mark Slezak referenced the term “exponential” in explaining the four-fold heart-felt feeling of having a relay team qualify for the PIAA Championships.
That sentiment seemed to summarize Mercer County’s performance during Saturday’s annual District 10 Class AA Track & Field Championships.
5 area teams qualify for D-10 baseball playoffs
Five area baseball teams have qualified for the District 10 playoffs — Grove City, Kennedy Catholic, Sharpsville, West Middlesex and Wilmington.
In the Class A semifinals, Kennedy Catholic faces Cochranton at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Northwestern High School. Rocky Grove faces Eisenhower in the other semifinal game.
Hickory, WM boys to collide at D-10 AA Track & Field Championships
For the 2nd time this week, a District 10 track & field team title could be decided by a pair of Mercer County contingents.
Just as Hickory and Grove City girls contested the Class AAA crown Wednesday night, so, too, are the Hickory and West Middlesex boys anticipating vying for Saturday’s AA title.
Roundup: Reynolds baseball tops GC; Sharpsville, Wilmington softball teams win
ä Reynolds 4, Grove City 1 — At Transfer, Neal Engstrom fired a complete-game 3-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks in lifting the Raiders (9-8) past the Eagles (14-6).
Ryan Grace was tagged with the loss for Grove City. He struck out 6 batters, issued no walks and gave up 7 hits in going the distance.
GC girls 3-peat at District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships
HARBORCREEK— Some athletes seeded 1st in four events would feel pressure. For Grove City High senior Daniel Jaskowak, it’s an opportunity for name recognition.
“I kind’ve like it. It’s cool, because people know who you are,” related Jaskowak, who won 3 events during Wednesday’s District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships.
Hickory, GC girls collide at D-10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Cliché though that is, it will be borne out today at the annual District 10 Class AAA Track & Field Championships.
Hickory High girls — the defending PIAA Class AA titlists — will test the best from the biggest. And the Lady Hornets hope to give as good as they get from the 6-county competition.
Local tune up for districts at Mercer County Invite
There’s a difference between a warm-up and a warning.
If Saturday’s annual track & field invitational is any indication, Mercer County’s contingent issued a warning for the remainder of District 10: This could be a big year in area annals.
Roundup: Grace, GC beat Sharon, 4-0, in 5 innings
With an impending storm blowing in above Johnny Pepe Field time was limited, so Ryan Grace greedily gobbled up putouts.
Grove City High’s Grace gave up only 3 base hits, and the visiting Eagles eased to an abbreviated 4-0, 5-inning win over Sharon Friday afternoon.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: County track meet set Saturday at Hickory
The annual Mercer County Track & Field Invitational will be held at Hickory High’s Hornet Stadium Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Competing are all Mercer County teams, Class AAA and AA, as well as Slippery Rock. The meet serves as a warm-up to the District 10 championships set next week at Harbor Creek High.
Roundup: Sharon baseball squad edges Sharpsville, 5-4
It was a tense Tuesday in Tiger-town.
Twenty-four hours removed from a 1-run Region 2-AA loss at New Wilmington, Sharon High’s baseball team could not afford another setback, otherwise its postseason aspirations were alleviated.
Conversely, region pacesetting Sharpsville could have secured the crown with a win, and the Blue Devils dashed to an early 3-0 lead.
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