Football

Altoona trying to build off momentum of shutout victory

Following a quick start against Hollidaysburg, Altoona’s defense struggled to stop the Golden Tigers and a 42-27 final dampened some of the excitement about the Mountain Lions getting out of the WPIAL and starting fresh in the Mid-Penn League. A 38-0 thrashing of a Williamsport team that ...

Scholastic football Week 3 at a glance

FRIDAY Allderdice (0-2) at Altoona (1-1), 7 p.m. Notable: Allerdice is the only team on this year’s schedule Altoona played last year. The Mountain Lions won, 35-34. Bellwood-Antis (1-1) at Juniata Valley (1-1), 7 p.m. Notable: Teams have not played since 38-28 Blue Devils’ victory ...

Gripp helps Tyrone go 2-0

Name: Damon Gripp School: Tyrone Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Gripp intercepted four passes and returned one of them for a touchdown in Tyrone’s victory over Central. Season update: Tyrone is 2-0 and Gripp has four catches for 77 ...

Marauders lose first regular-season contest since 2013

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s first offensive play Saturday night was disastrous. Westmont Hilltop’s Lee Santee stepped in front of Daniel Carrieri’s pass for an interception that gave the Hilltoppers the ball at the BG 13. Four plays later, Hudson Holbay ...

Altoona dominates Millionaires

Now in his third year as head coach of the Altoona Mountain Lions, Nick Felus hasn’t had many nights to celebrate. He certainly hasn’t had many occasions to celebrate a mercy-rule victory. However, Friday was one of those rare times when Felus was able to feel good about a victory — a ...

Tyrone topples Dragons

ROARING SPRING — Tyrone coach Jason Wilson had seen a performance like he got from defensive back Damon Gripp Friday night at Central’s Roaring Spring Athletic Field before. That was until Gripp surpassed Wilson’s older brother Jerry’s performance in a 2000 District 6 Class 2A ...

Line clears path for Hollidaysburg

LEWISTOWN — Hollidaysburg quarterback Brady Walters combined for 327 yards of total offense to lead Hollidaysburg to a 39-28 defeat over a scrappy Mifflin County squad Friday night at Mitchell Field. Walters passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards and a score as the ...

Blue Devils erupt in 2nd quarter for rout

BELLWOOD — For the first quarter, and part of the second quarter, Bellwood-Antis found itself in a tussle with Glendale on Friday in the second game of the high school football season for both clubs. However, a Shawn Wolfe 53-yard punt return for a touchdown opened up the floodgates for the ...

C-K’s Bilchak gets first victory

CLAYSBURG — There is no doubt that every coach remembers his first win, as different memories of the night will last in the mind for years to come. Count Claysburg-Kimmel’s Matt Bilchak among that group, and the memory for him is going to be extra special and a little peculiar at the same ...

High-powered Titans score another win

By Ty R. States For the Mirror SAXTON — Instead of a game that was forecasted to be a good one to watch, Tussey Mountain made sure it would be better for its fans. The Titans didn’t give visiting Everett a chance in a 32-13 win Friday. Everett (1-1) did nothing to slow down the ...

Green Hornets close strong, rally past MU

ALEXANDRIA — Juniata Valley experimented with playing quarterback Quinn Zinobile at wingback and backup Caden Rupert at QB to start Friday night’s game against Mount Union. JV coach Bill Musser, though, ended the experiment in the final minutes of the second quarter, and Zinobile returned ...

Warriors take down Knights

By Rich Murawski For the Mirror MORRISDALE — After showing the ability to take over a game in last week’s win over Philipsburg-Osceola by scoring 26 straight, fourth-quarter points, the West Branch football team was at it again Friday night at L.T. Drivas Memorial Field. Trailing 13-7 ...

PC grinds out win over rival

By Calem Illig For the Mirror EBENSBURG — Derek Brown’s three rushing touchdowns were more than enough to give Penn Cambria the edge over Central Cambria, 32-3, Friday night in a battle of backyard rivals. Coming off a memorable win last week that broke a 15-game losing streak dating ...

Missed opportunities costly for Heights

By Rob Longo For the Mirror PATTON — After last week’s 6-0 loss at Penn Cambria, Cambria Heights knew it needed to get off to a much better start than the week before, especially against a high-powered, up-tempo offense like Richland. The Highlanders got the quick start it needed, ...

Delay doesn’t hurt Rangers

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com BEDFORD — Torrential, unrelenting rain and strikes of lightning forced a nearly two-hour delay in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference game between Forest Hills and Bedford at Bison Stadium Friday night. The game was stopped with 4:47 left ...

Ridge tops Trojans in shortened game

By Nate Cobler For the Mirror NEW PARIS — Friday night was the first matchup between Chestnut Ridge and Johnstown on the gridiron. It’s safe to say it could be the most memorable, too. “This is a very strange night,” Trojans coach Tony Penna Jr. said. “We just didn’t think ...

BEA’s defense comes up big in beating P-O

By Ron Bracken For the Mirror PHILIPSBURG — Bald Eagle Area’s potent offense gets most of the attention but it was the Eagle defense, that turned in the key play in Friday night’s 46-14 win over Philipsburg-Osceola. The Mounties had driven to the BEA 1 late in the first quarter when ...

Portage has its way in win over North Star

By Hunter Muro For the Mirror BOSWELL — It was an all-around game to forget for the North Star Cougars on Friday as they were beat in all facets of the game by a Portage Mustangs team that dominated from start to finish and cruised to a 62-0 victory. “Last week, we played okay, but we ...

Regional football roundup

Clearfield 56 Penns Valley 42 SPRING MILLS — In a game that featured 998 yards of combined total offense, Clearfield used five touchdown runs from Caleb Freeland to outlast Penns Valley. Freeland finished with 133 yards on 16 carries in a game that was tied, 21-all, at the break. A ...

Friday night football scoreboard

BLAIR COUNTY Bellwood-Antis 47, Glendale 6 (final) Hollidaysburg 39, Mifflin County 28 (final) Tyrone 33, Central 13 (final) Claysburg-Kimmel 28, Williamsburg 0 (final, called due to weather) Altoona 38, Williamsport 0 (final) Westmont Hilltop at Bishop Guilfoyle (Saturday) AREA Bald ...