Football

Clarion rallies past Ridge in fourth quarter

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com WINDBER — For two straight years, Chestnut Ridge won the District 5 Class 2A championship only to fall in the first round of the state playoffs to District 9 champion Karns City. This year, with a large group of seniors that had been starting ...

Third-quarter scoring flurry lifts Little Lions

DANVILLE — Now that’s what you call getting things done in a hurry — especially with things looking kind of grim. Yet when you get to postseason play, it’s not about how it looks. It’s all about who comes out on top. Down two scores early in the second half, State College scored ...

NBC holds heads high after loss

SLIPPERY ROCK — Senior Jourdan Townsend is a two-way standout at wideout and cornerback for the Farrell High School football team and is attracting attention from major college football programs. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Townsend is being recruited by Kansas State University, although he ...

No debate: Golden Tigers are champs

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com CLYMER — Patrick Young took the handoff from Brady Walters to the left, sidestepped a defender, then assumed the characteristics of a human pinball, bouncing off three would-be tacklers, spinning and bounding into the end zone. He wouldn’t be ...

Rangers edge ’Cats for title

Huntingdon players consoled each other with hugs and pats on the helmet. Some of the Bearcats couldn’t hold back the tears. Bearcat senior running back Ian Border still had his chinstrap on as he watched Forest Hills players being announced after the Rangers captured the District 6 Class 3A ...

Friday night football scoreboard

Bishop Guilfoyle 59, Juniata Valley 13 (final) Forest Hills 32, Huntingdon 25 (final) Hollidaysburg 30, Grove City 27 (final) Clarion 20, Chestnut Ridge 14 (final) Farrell 34, Northern Bedford 19 (final) State College 21, Delaware Valley 14 (final) Ridgway 9, Curwensville 7 ...

Grove City at end of long wait for Tigers

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com It’s apparently become a rite of fall: The Hollidaysburg Area High School football team gathers steam to finish the regular season only to have its postseason start delayed at the station. It happened in 2016, and the Golden Tigers never were able ...

Hudy trying to keep ’Cats focused only on Rangers

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Huntingdon Area entered the 2017 football season with dreams of a Mountain League championship, a District 6 Class 3A title and maybe even an undefeated regular season. The Bearcats came close, but a late-season upset loss at Central robbed them of ...

Valley getting its chance to derail history

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com By any account, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football program has been a juggernaut over the past four seasons. Since losing the District 6 Class 1A championship game to Homer-Center in November 2013, the Marauders have reeled off ...

Chestnut Ridge trying to take the extra step

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com The third time wasn’t the charm for the Chestnut Ridge High School football program. Neither was the fourth — the Lions last season fell to District 9 champion Kane in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs, the fourth time Ridge had seen ...

Panthers’ defense will be key against Farrell

In Jarrett Samuels’ 10 years as the Farrell High School Steelers’ head football coach, the program has put together quite a resume. The Steelers have won six District 10 titles, reached the Final Four among Class 1A teams in the state five times and lost to Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic in ...

Mountain League OKs BC football

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic High School announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with the members of The Mountain League for football for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In addition, Bishop Carroll will become an associate member of the league in 2020. All other Bishop Carroll ...

Last-ditch effort lifts Rangers, sinks Scarlet Dragons

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com SIDMAN — The two-minute drill is a staple of most successful offensive units for last-ditch situations in both the National Football League and major college football. Forest Hills showed Saturday night that the two-minute drill can be run ...

Q rating for Valley is huge

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com NORTHERN CAMBRIA — One could say that of the three squads on the field at Duffy Daugherty Stadium on Saturday, it was the ones in the striped shirts that came out on top. Juniata Valley, though, was no worse than second, and that’s all that ...

Portage season ends at home

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com PORTAGE — Three weeks ago, Portage and Ferndale squared off in a Week 9 matchup with the Yellow Jackets taking the slight lead at halftime only to have the Mustangs come stampeding back to earn a blowout win. The script appeared like it may be ...

Slow start no problem for BG

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic was off its game a little. Coach Justin Wheeler thought so. Some of the players agreed. Perhaps the week off had something to do with it. Or the cold weather. Nonetheless, the Marauders overcame a sluggish start and rolled over Claysburg-Kimmel, 42-9, in a ...

Live high school football scoreboard

Northern Cambria 14, Juniata Valley 19 (Final) Ferndale 14, Portage 12 (Final) Central 14, Forest Hills 17 (Final) Bishop McCort 35, Westmont Hilltop 14 (Final) Grove City 35, Meadville 14 (Final)

Ridge captures district title

WINDBER — Chestnut Ridge had a hard time holding onto the ball at frigid Windber Stadium on Friday night in the District 5-8 Class 2A football championship game. The Lions sure have a vice grip on the district championship trophy, though. Overcoming three turnovers that allowed Berlin ...

Bearcats blow out Juniata

HUNTINGDON — Gary Klingensmith, who has coached at Juniata for 49 years, had a predicament going into Friday night’s District 6 3A semifinal against Huntingdon at War-Vets Field. His defense had to either focus on the Bearcats’ leading rusher, Ian Border, or their best receiver, ...

Unbeaten Ligonier Valley ends Highlanders’ season

LIGONIER — Ligonier Valley High School senior Jackson Daugherty is a do-it-all type of football player who contributes to the Rams’ offense in almost every conceivable way. Daugherty is a wideout by trade, but also takes some snaps at the quarterback position. Along with being an ...