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New MNF crew to size up Steelers

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Steelers fans get their first experience with their team playing on the revamped “Monday Night Football” this week, and it should be an enjoyable broadcast — even if it might not be an enjoyable result. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore really enjoys the “MNF” assignment and all that ...

West Virginia crushes KSU

National Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn’t worried about quarterback Will Grier being overwhelmed by the attention and pressure that comes with being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Grier has thrown far too many passes. Played in far too many games. Diagnosed far too many ...

Pitt should just focus on itself

Voice of the Fan

I loved the letter from Byron Ferg in last week’s PSU Mailbag (Sept. 14 Gameday), lamenting the Pitt-PSU rivalry demise. After almost 25 years and Joe Paterno’s death, Ferg is still balling and sniffling about PSU not playing Pitt. Penn State is in the Big Ten, not the ACC. Isn’t ...

Once again, PSU rallies in second half

PSU

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Penn State shockingly found itself trailing huge-underdog Illinois early in the third quarter Friday night, leading to much frustration in the Nittany Nation. But this script has played out before over the past couple of years. ...

With OSU next, real Lions must stand up

PSU

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bring on Ohio State. Game of the year. Do you think Penn State is ready? The answer is a resounding no — if it’s the Nittany Lion team that looked uninspired and got run over defensively by woeful Illinois for the first two quarters and five minutes of the third ...

Mtn. Lions fall short in overtime

Local Sports

HARRISBURG — Shawn Brown came very close to blocking a 25-yard field goal by Altoona kicker Andrew Eisel as time expired in regulation Friday night at Landis Field. The CD East junior, who did a little bit of everything for the Panthers in this Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division battle, ...

PSU-Illinois notebook

PSU

Friday night deal: Year two of six CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Big Ten introduced Friday night football games last season, and Penn State had to take its first turn in the rotation with the trip to Illinois. It’s unclear when the Nittany Lions will have to play on a Friday again. Big Ten ...

Guilfoyle throttles Johnstown

Local Sports

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Marauders appear to be hitting their stride, and that could be bad news for the rest of the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference. Guilfoyle dominated all phases of the game Friday night and mercy-ruled Greater Johnstown, 42-6, in a LHAC contest at Mansion ...

Sentinels cash in on Tiger TO’s

Local Sports

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Playing against a team that has put up 40- and 50-plus points on them a majority of the time in the past, the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers caught the Fort Hill (Md.) Sentinels in probably their most vulnerable stage ever in the history of the series between the two ...

JV ‘D’ tightens in upset victory

Local Sports

THREE SPRINGS — Backed up in its own territory late in the first half, Juniata Valley gambled and went for it on fourth down trailing by just one touchdown. Taking over at the 43 with just 46 ticks to go before halftime, Southern Huntingdon made the Green Hornets pay and turned it into a ...

Mills, Akers lift Warriors

Local Sports

EVERETT — Standing 6-foot-4 and possessing basketball jumping skills, Everett sophomore wide receiver Brandon Mills makes an inviting passing target for talented senior quarterback Macen Akers. “I tell Akers, if you see Brandon downfield, put air under it,’’ Everett coach Winston ...

Lieb shines in Rams’ victory

Local Sports

SPRING MILLS — Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias spoke to sophomore Mason Lieb and told him to be humble before speaking to the media. That is a lot to ask from a young athlete, especially after playing a key role in the Rams’ 35-18 win over Huntingdon on Friday night. It was only the ...

Central can’t keep up with BEA

Local Sports

ROARING SPRING — The Bald Eagle Area Eagles are flying high. The Eagles soared to their fifth victory in as many games by beating Central, 54-28, Friday night in a Mountain League game at the Roaring Spring Athletic Field. Central led by one point (21-20) at halftime, but Bald Eagle ...

Tyrone knocked from unbeaten ranks

Local Sports

WINGATE — Like two fighters in a championship bout, the Tyrone football team, bringing in an undefeated 4-0 record, went toe-to-toe with Bellefonte, which had the same record. The matchup did not disappoint as the two teams battled through three-and-a-half quarters of strong defensive ...

Ridge rallies past Highlanders

Local Sports

PATTON — Jared McGill rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Logan Pfister ran for the other as unbeaten Chestnut Ridge outlasted Cambria Heights, 23-8, in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference football game on Friday night. McGill rushed for a game-high 59 yards. Both of his touchdowns came ...

Leonard passes 5-0 Titans past Pirates

Local Sports

SAXTON — Tussey Mountain picked a specific weakness and went to work on it Friday against visiting Williamsburg. Matthew Leonard threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, and the Titans moved to 5-0 with a 44-0 throttling of the Blue Pirates. The Titans came out with ...

Arnold helps turn the tide in Bedford win

Local Sports

BEDFORD — Central Cambria coach Shane McGregor referred to Bedford’s Dylan Arnold as a battering ram following Friday night’s game between the two schools. It’s an appropriate description. The senior running back plowed through the middle of the Red Devils defense for 164 yards and ...

Kick return sparks Huskies

Local Sports

EBENSBURG — Coming into the second half up only three points over Philipsburg-Osceola and looking for more, Bishop Carroll’s Maverick Farabaugh provided the spark the Huskies needed to gain some leverage. Lined up to return the second half kickoff, Farabaugh collected the kick and ran 90 ...

Turnovers haunt Portage in loss to Shade

Local Sports

CAIRNBROOK — Friday’s game between Portage and Shade had 95 points scored. The Mustangs had 470 yards rushing, including a player over 200 yards rushing and another over 150 yards rushing. Shade’s quarterback had 241 yards rushing and 252 yards passing. However, it was a couple ...

Wolfe swings game for Devils

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HOUTZDALE — Moshannon Valley was within nine points of once-beaten Bellwood-Antis in the third quarter on Friday night, and the winless Black Knights seemed to have the momentum. Then senior Blue Devil quarterback Shawn Wolfe took off running on the first play of B-A’s second series of ...