PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
Who: Hickory Hornets (11-1) vs. Central Scarlet Dragons (11-2)
When: Today, 1 p.m.
Where: E.J. Mansell Stadium, DuBois
Coaches: Hickory - Bill Brest (42-8, four years). Central - Dave Baker (24-10 in three years at Central, 150-180-11 in 34 years overall.
Last meeting: First meeting
All-time series: 0-0
How they got here: Hickory - defeated Strong Vincent, 49-7; lost to Greenville, 22-21; defeated Wilmington, 42-6; defeated Grove City, 37-7; defeated Titusville, 70-13; defeated Sharon, 38-7; defeated Farrell, 60-14; defeated Saegertown, 77-0; defeated Reynolds, 43-6; defeated Fort LeBoeuf, 56-7, in the District 10 quarterfinals; defeated Northwestern, 52-14, in the District 10 semifinals; defeated Girard, 21-10, in the District 10 championship. Central - defeated Chestnut Ridge, 33-6; defeated Tyrone, 25-12; lost to Clearfield, 35-20; defeated Penns Valley, 69-41; defeated Bald Eagle Area, 33-14; lost to Fort Hill, Md., 37-21; defeated Philipsburg-Osceola, 54-20; defeated Bellefonte, 63-7; defeated Huntingdon, 42-7; defeated Everett, 42-0; defeated Central Cambria, 42-6, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Forest Hills, 62-14, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Richland, 27-22, in the District 6 championship.
When Hickory has the ball: Hickory offense - QB Matt Voytik (sr., 4), RB Lou Derloni (jr., 11), WR Andrew Pryts (so., 25), WR Anthony Cannone (sr., 24), WR DeQuan Lewis (sr., 23), TE Zack Cirillo (jr., 9), T Anthony Nardone (so., 61), G Nate Aikins (so., 58), C Dylan Brenneman (sr., 53), G Blas Hudson (sr., 50), T Austin Aikins (sr., 57). Central defense - DE Adam Frederick (sr., 86), DT Austin Conrath (sr., 32), DG Tyler Miller (sr., 74), DG Zac Shultz (sr., 66), DT Jared Ponder (sr., 82), DE Nick Hoenstine (jr., 12), LB Zac Emerick (sr., 33), LB Jordan Quarello (so., 31), CB Bradi Moore (sr., 34), CB Austin Cunningham (sr., 2), S Mike Mock (jr., 7).
When Central has the ball: Central offense - QB Austin Cunningham (sr., 2), RB Zac Emerick (sr., 33), RB Bradi Moore (sr., 34), WR Mike Mock (jr., 7), WR Trevor Forshey (sr., 3), TE Adam Frederick (sr., 86), T Tyler Miller (sr., 74), G Austin Smith (sr., 56), C Justin Prokop (sr., 55), G Casey Lythgoe (sr., 61), T Collin Lythgoe (sr., 53). Hickory defense - DE Zack Cirillo (jr., 9), DT Austin Aikins (sr., 57), NT Tyler Reardon (sr., 55), DE Jordan Wombacker (jr., 29), LB Nate Aikins (so., 58), LB Lou Derloni (jr., 11), LB Daulton Linton (sr., 5/52), CB Anthony Cannone (sr., 24), CB DeQuan Lewis (sr., 23), S Kenny Ezi-Ashi (sr., 39), S Andrew Pryts (so., 25).
What's next: The winner plays the winner of the game between South Fayette (7-1) and Karns City (9-1) on Dec. 6 or 7 at a site to be announced.
Notable: Central is making its second trip ever to the PIAA bracket. The Scarlet Dragons were defeated in their first game in 2008, losing to Wilmington in the quarterfinal round at Slippery Rock University. ... Hickory is in the tournament for the third season in a row. The Hornets lost to Tyrone and Richland in the quarterfinals each of the last two years. ... Central has allowed 29 points in the first three quarters of its last six games. The Dragons have outscored opponents 238-29 in the first three quarters the last six weeks. ... Central also only has turned the ball over five times in that span. The Dragons committed 14 times in the first six games. ... The two teams that defeated Central are a combined 25-1. ... Cunningham and Moore have combined for 2,459 yards and 34 touchdowns rushing this season. Both surpassed the 1,000-yard mark. Moore also has 33 receptions. ... The Dragons only have thrown 34 passes in the playoffs. ... Voytik is completing 61 percet of his passes for 1,684 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. ... Derloni is the Hornets' leading rusher with 927 yards, but Voytik and Chuck Carr (fr., 7) both have more than 500, as well. Pryts tops Hickory with 30 receptions. ... Ponder has 12 of Central's 78 tackles for loss. Central can set a school record for wins in a season if it advances beyond this round.
- Philip Cmor