Football

Mountain Lions look to add meaning to last two games

Some area high school football teams are gearing up for the postseason, which begins in a couple of weeks. For the Altoona Area Mountain Lions, Nick Felus says that time is now. “We want to approach this week and the week after,” Felus said, “as a playoff week.” The Lions won’t ...

Friday night will carry playoff implications

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com There certainly is a lot riding on Friday night’s game at Roaring Spring Athletic Field. If Central can upend Huntingdon, the Scarlet Dragons will likely force a three-way tie with the Bearcats and Bellefonte for the Mountain League championship. ...

BG awaits Trojan challenge

The matchup Game: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Marauders (8-0) vs. Greater Johnstown Trojans (7-1) Where: Trojan Stadium, Johnstown When: Friday, 7 p.m. The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Justin Wheeler (75-14, seventh year); Johnstown — Tony Penna Jr. (58-32, eighth year); Series ...

Kratzer-Drass connection aids Tigers

TYRONE — Garrett Kratzer connected with Ben Drass for two touchdown passes to lead Hollidaysburg to a 30-12 win over Tyrone Monday night in junior varsity football action. Hunter Barr and Trent Paddock scored on runs for the Golden Tigers. Tyler Gunsalus ran for a TD and threw for one to ...

Heights sets sights on playoffs

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com EBENSBURG — Cambria Heights is plotting a course to the District 6 Class 2A football playoffs, and the Highlanders are preparing for liftoff Heights took another step in the right direction on Saturday night. Alex Hite registered the first 100-yard ...

Walters’ passing, running propel Golden Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers might have taken Tyrone a little lightly, but once Brady Walters got going there was no stopping them. Walters passed for 184 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 141 yards and two TDs as Hollidaysburg rolled over Tyrone, 38-7, Friday night ...

Blue Devils nip Trojans

MOUNT UNION — The battle for football supremacy in the Inter-County Conference between Bellwood-Antis and Mount Union was well worth the price of admission. Two blocked extra points and a rally in the fourth quarter propelled the Blue Devils to a come-from-behind 35-34 victory over the ...

Bishop Guilfoyle keeps rolling

EBENSBURG — Earlier this week, Central Cambria coach Shane McGregor remarked that there is virtually no margin for error when playing Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic. McGregor’s Red Devils turned the ball over three times on first-half interceptions — one of which went for a touchdown — and ...

Altoona routed by Vikes

PITTSBURGH — Another long bus ride with nothing to show. The losses continue to pile up for the Altoona football team, whose only two victories this season have come at Mansion Park Stadium by a single point each time. You could always blame the coach for the Mountain Lions’ ...

Juniata Valley uses big plays for easy victory

By Ty R. States For the Mirror Fireworks before the game ended up being one of the highlights for Moshannon Valley Friday on its senior night. Two touchdowns apiece from Seth Derugen and Quinn Zinobile led Juniata Valley to a 48-12 win in Houtzdale. The Hornets (5-3) benefited from the ...

Clouse’s defense saves the day

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com CLAYSBURG — His coach, Garry Black, thinks Garett Clouse is the best safety in the Inter-County Conference. With Friday’s conference road game hanging in the balance, Clouse made the kind of play one would expect of someone receiving those kinds ...

Yingling keys Warriors win

By Tyler Kolesar For the Mirror MORRISDALE — Williamsburg went into Friday night’s game at L.T. Drivas Memorial Field seeking their second win of the season, but instead it was West Branch that snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way, downing the Blue Pirates, 48-14 thanks, in ...

Portage proves run can be better than pass

PORTAGE — Friday night in Portage the run proved to be mightier than the pass. The Mustangs rumbled for 471 yards rushing on 68 carries, led by Zach Wiggins’ 257-yard, six-touchdown effort. Shade quarterback Brady Fyfe racked up 397 yards through the air and four touchdowns on ...

Regional football roundup

Northern Cambria 48 Saltsburg 27 NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Ben Vasil opened the scoring by returning the game’s first kickoff 87 yards for a score, and Northern Cambria never looked back in a win over Saltsburg. Vasil carried the ball 22 times for 191 yards and scored another touchdown on a ...

Tussey savors first win

FLINTON — Even though Tussey Mountain was 0-7 coming into Friday night’s game at Dr. Roy F. Baker Athletic Field, coach Josh Smith had never seen his team moping about its performances “No, that’s one thing I can say about our team,” he said. “Our kids have never hung their heads ...

Another win as ’Cats trek towards perfection

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror HUNTINGDON — Other than a malfunctioning scoreboard, most everything went right for Huntingdon Friday night against Philipsburg-Osceola in its drive to an undefeated regular season for the first time since 2003. The Mounties proved to be little more than a ...

Safety spurs Bisons’ big rally

SOMERSET — Bedford used a 10-point swing to end the third quarter and went on to defeat LHAC opponent Somerset, 34-24, Friday in high school football. Trailing 24-14, the Bisons (3-5) forced a safety when Somerset quarterback Cam Coddington was called for intentional grounding in the end ...

Panthers gain some respect from Forest Hills

CRESSON — In unspectacular fashion, Forest Hills was able to take advantage of short fields in the first half to build a comfortable lead. The Rangers led 25-0 at halftime after scoring once on special teams and twice thanks to brilliant starting field position. Penn Cambria was able to ...

Bellefonte’s time well spent in win

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com ROARING SPRING — Though it’s not impossible, it makes it awfully hard to win a football game if a team’s offense not only can’t get on the field, but can’t manage to stay on it when it does. What makes the task even more difficult is ...

Friday night scoreboard

Pittsburgh Central Catholic 59, Altoona 14 (final) Somerset 24, Bedford 34 (final) Bellefonte 49, Central 22 (final) Mount Union 34, Bellwood-Antis 35 (final) Bishop Guilfoyle 49, Central Cambria 7 (final) Blacklick Valley 35, Conemaugh Township 19 (final) State College 34, C.D. East 14 ...