High school football capsule
District 6 Class 1A championship
Who: Homer-Center Wildcats (11-1) vs. Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (12-0)
When: Tonight, 7:07 p.m.
Where: Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona
Coaches: Homer-Center — Greg Page (75-45, 11 years). Bishop Guilfoyle — Justin Wheeler (79-14, seven years).
Last meeting: Bishop Guilfoyle, 52-6 (Nov. 25, 2016 — District 6 Class 1A championship)
All-time series: Tied, 2-2 (first met in 1968)
How they got here: Homer-Center — defeated Purchase Line, 25-7; defeated Marion Center, 34-0; defeated Saltsburg, 53-14; defeated Northern Cambria, 28-26; defeated Penns Manor, 40-22; defeated United, 36-0; lost to Ligonier Valley, 35-6; defeated West Shamokin, 35-14; defeated Blairsville, 48-21; defeated Portage, 20-14 (OT); defeated Purchase Line, 41-0, in the quarterfinals; defeated Ferndale, 18-0, in the semifinals. Bishop Guilfoyle — defeated Bedford, 42-6; defeated Westmont Hilltop, 13-7; defeated Bishop McCort, 19-0; defeated Cambria Heights, 35-0; defeated Forest Hills, 24-21; defeated Penn Cambria, 35-0; defeated Bishop Carroll, 58-0; defeated Central Cambria, 49-7; defeated Johnstown, 31-7; defeated Somerset, 55-3; defeated Claysburg-Kimmel, 42-9, in the quarterfinals; defeated Juniata Valley, 59-13, in the semifinals.
When Juniata Valley has the ball: Homer-Center offense — QB Ben Schmidt (fr., 3), RB Jesse Lee (sr., 34), RB Mike “Bassa” McCracken (sr., 35), RB Matt Miles (sr., 20), WR Tim Alcon (sr., 10), TE Logan Hill (sr., 9), T Eric Shirley (sr., 62), T Dom Edwards (sr., 68) or Jason Monko (sr., 77), G Austin Perry (sr., 59), G T.J. Tagliati (jr., 72), C Tyler Dunn (jr., 71). Bishop Guilfoyle defense — DE Charles Patterson (sr., 1), DE Max Sankey (sr., 23), DT Bryant Speck (jr., 71), NT Nick Leamer (sr., 70), LB John Fanelli (sr., 44), LB Josh Yasulitis (sr., 40), LB Luke Wills (sr., 32), LB Paul Liebal (jr., 33), CB Dan Potopa (jr., 8), CB Michael McCall (jr., 6) or Michael Berish (sr., 24), S Michael Berish (sr., 24) or S Tyler Berkheimer (sr., 10), S Mark Conrad (sr., 5).
When Bishop Guilfoyle has the ball: Bishop Guilfoyle offense — QB Mark Conrad (sr., 5), RB Josh Yasulitis (sr., 40), RB Michael Berish (sr., 24), WR Tyler Berkheimer (sr., 10), WR Dan Potopa (jr., 8), TE Charles Patterson (sr., 1), T Daniel Ramsey (sr., 54), T Nick Leamer (sr., 70), G Bryant Speck (jr., 71), G Dominic Georgiana (sr., 71), C A.J. Abraham (jr., 76). Homer-Center defense — DE Logan Hill (sr., 9), DE Mike “Bassa” McCracken (sr., 35), DT Eric Shirley (sr., 62), DT T.J. Tagliati (jr., 72), LB Matt Miles (sr., 20) LB Jesse Lee (sr., 34), LB Garrison Kanouff (sr., 44), LB Trevor Mlakar (jr., 55), CB Nick Schmidt (sr., 19), CB Tim Alcon (sr., 10), S Dakota Sunday (sr., 32).
What’s next: The winner plays either Steelton-Highspire (3-1) or Williams Valley (11-1) on Dec. 1 or 2 at a site to be announced.
Notable: In addition to being a rematch of both last year’s and the 2013 final, this is a matchup of the top two seeds. Guilfoyle is the top seed, and, of course, plays its home games at Mansion Park. … Guilfoyle is looking for its sixth District 6 championship and its fourth in a row in Class 1A. The Marauders won a pair of Class 2A crowns in the 1980s and are 5-2 overall in district finals. … Homer-Center was 3-0 in D6 finals before last season’s loss. … The Marauders haven’t allowed a first half touchdown in seven games. … Guilfoyle is a plus-22 in turnover margin, making 24 interceptions this season — Conrad has an area-leading nine. … Yasulitis, who has a three-game string of rushing for 100 yards snapped last week, needs 26 yards to reach 1,000. … Homer-Center averages 227.3 rushing yards per game. Lee has more than 1,100 yards, and McCracken is closing in on 900. … BG allows 2.9 yards per carry. … Homer-Center started 17 underclassmen in last year’s D6 final, and Sunday transferred in from Blairsville. … Sankey and Speck are new to the Marauder roster this fall as transfers from Altoona and Huntingdon, respectively.
— Philip Cmor