BG goes for district title Saturday at home

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School will play for its first district football title since 1987 on Saturday night on its home field – Mansion Park – District 6 football chairman Ralph Cecere announced early Sunday morning.

Central will try to claim District 6 gold at the same venue on Friday night.

The Marauders, who are on a 10-game winning streak, will face 11-1 Homer-Center for the 6-A championship. BG, which is 10-2, is seeded fifth. Homer-Center is the second seed.

Guilfoyle has never won a title in Class A – its two previous district championships were in double-A. The Marauders lost to Saltsburg in their only trip to the 6-A finals in 1991.

Central, 10-2, will try to unseat defending Class AA district champion Richland. Richland is undefeated and seeded first. The Scarlet Dragons entered the tournament as the third seed; Central is in the finals for the first time since winning it in 2008.

Both games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.

A pair of area teams will be playing close to their Bedford County homes on Friday night as they endeavor to keep their seasons going. District 5-8 Class AA champion Chestnut Ridge (9-3) will face District 9 champion Karns City (11-1) in a rematch of their 2012 PIAA first round game at Panther Community Stadium in Loysburg, while third-seeded Tussey Mountain (10-2) will try to win its first District 5 championship since 1988 in the Class A final against top-seeded Berlin Brothersvalley (10-1) at Bedford’s Bison Stadium.

Both games involving District 5 teams also are slated for 7 p.m.

The PIAA Class AAAA first round playoff game between District 6-9 champion Mifflin County and District 8-10 champion McDowell will be at DuBois’ Mansell Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday while District 4 champion Jersey Shore will play District 6-9 champ Clearfield at the same site Friday at 7 p.m.

– Philip Cmor