District 6 Class AA semifinals
Who: Tyrone Golden Eagles (8-3) vs. Richland Rams (11-0)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Herlinger Field, Johnstown
Coaches: Tyrone - Steve Guthoff (27-53, eight years). Richland - Brandon Bailey (61-55, 11 years).
Last meeting: Tyrone, 46-21 (2011 District 5-6 Class AA championship game)
All-time series: Tyrone, 1-0
How they got here: Tyrone - lost to Bellwood-Antis, 22-15; lost to Central, 28-0; defeated Huntingdon, 71-6; defeated Philipsburg-Osceola, 60-7; defeated Bellefonte, 48-10; defeated Bald Eagle Area, 54-6; lost to Clearfield, 14-13; defeated Central Mountain, 26-18; defeated Penns Valley, 42-14; defeated Johnstown, 26-6; defeated Cambria Heights, 14-7, in the district quarterfinals. Richland - defeated Cambria Heights, 38-20; defeated Bishop Guilfoyle, 35-12; defeated Bedford, 62-14; defeated Johnstown, 42-0; defeated Bishop McCort, 17-10; defeated Somerset, 47-0; defeated Westmont Hilltop, 51-23; defeated Penn Cambria, 30-12; defeated Central Cambria, 35-7; defeated Bellwood-Antis, 14-7; defeated Penn Cambria, 28-0, in the district quarterfinals.
When Tyrone has the ball: Tyrone offense - QB Erik Wagner (jr., 4), RB Corey Snyder (sr., 7), RB James Oliver (jr., 24), WR Charles Wilson-Adams (sr., 6), WR Hayden Zook (sr., 8), TE Lucas Woomer (sr., 11), T Ryan Fink (sr., 63), T Justin Reader (sr., 64), G Seth Welch (sr., 53), G Maverick Mills (sr., 50), C Seth Umholtz (jr., 73). Richland defense - DE Sam Finotti (jr., 90), DE Elijah Metzgar (jr., 44) DT Josh Dininny (sr., 75), DT Derek Crawford (sr., 64), OLB Ben Verhovsek (jr., 58), MLB Jacob Urban (jr., 35), OLB Jared Hoover (jr., 15), CB Luke Shertzer (sr., 3), CB Kyle Flick (jr., 8), S Nico Pecora (jr., 2), S Nick Naglic (jr., 34).
When Richland has the ball: Richland offense - QB Matt Shaffer (jr., 12), RB Tanner Solarczyk (jr., 20), WR Luke Shertzer (sr., 3), WR Kyle Flick (jr., 8), WR Mario Rizzo (jr., 11), TE Elijah Metzgar (jr., 44), T Josh Dininny (sr., 75), T Travis Niel (sr., 72), G Ben Verhovsek (jr., 58), G Nick Rager (sr., 50), C Derek Crawford (sr., 64). Tyrone defense - DE Seth Welch (sr., 53), DE Justin Reader (sr., 64), DT Maverick Mills (sr., 50), DT Seth Umholtz (jr., 73), OLB Cory Snyder (sr., 7), OLB Ben Makdad (sr., 12), MLB Eli Sleeth (so., 33), CB Charles Wilson-Adams (sr., 6), CB Erik Wagner (jr., 4), S Josh Fetters (sr., 3), S Nicholas Getz (so., 13).
What's next: The winner plays the winner of the game between Forest Hills and Ligonier Valley in the District 6 championship game on Nov. 23 at Altoona's Mansion Park.
Notable: Rematch of last year's championship game. Both teams return seven players that started in that game. ... Tyrone is seeded fourth, Richland first. ... Tyrone is 13-6 in district semifinal contests. Richland is 1-1. ... Oliver is leading the area in with 1,849 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns and 164 points. ... Shaffer is completing just under 64 percent of his passes for 1,539 yards. Flick and Shertzer have 77 catches between them. ... Solarczyk has 1,514 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground. ... Tyrone hasn't given up a point in the first quarter in four consecutive games. ... The Eagles have made more interceptions (19) than turnovers they have committed (15) and are a plus-8 in turnover margin. ... After allowing more than 200 yards rushing in each of their first two games, Tyrone has held eight of their last nine opponents to fewer than 190 yards rushing.
District 6 Class A semifinals
Who: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Marauders (9-2) vs. Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils (10-1)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bellwood
Coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle - Justin Wheeler (10-10, two years). Bellwood-Antis - John Hayes (276-89-2, 33 years).
Last meeting: Bellwood-Antis, 37-7 (2008 District 6 Class A first round)
All-time series: Bellwood-Antis, 21-18-1 (first met in 1925)
How they got here: Bishop Guilfoyle - defeated Bedford, 42-0; lost to Richland, 35-12; defeated Cambria Heights, 17-7; defeated Forest Hills, 14-0; defeated Penn Cambria, 14-8; defeated Bishop Carroll, 28-0; defeated Central Cambria, 33-0; defeated Westmont Hilltop, 41-14; lost to Bishop McCort, 37-0; defeated United, 40-0; defeated Juniata Valley, 31-14, in the district quarterfinals. Bellwood-Antis - defeated Tyrone, 22-15; defeated Moshannon Valley, 35-14; defeated West Branch, 54-20; defeated Juniata Valley, 47-34; defeated Mount Union, 21-0; defeated Everett, 41-14; defeated Southern Huntingdon, 39-3; defeated Northern Bedford, 20-0; defeated Glendale, 41-13; lost to Richland, 14-7; defeated Glendale, 40-14, in the district quarterfinals.
When Bishop Guilfoyle has the ball: Bishop Guilfoyle offense - QB Pat Irwin (sr., 2), RB Cody Rossman (sr., 28), RB D.J. Kitt (so., 40), RB Brandon Chadbourn (so., 15), WR Damon Rickens (jr., 11), TE Matt Gormley (so., 17), T Brian Norris (sr., 68), T Morgan Fochler (st., 52), G Nick Ceschini (sr., 54), G Brendan Sweeney (sr., 55), C John Taddei (jr., 61). Bellwood-Antis defense - DE Ian O'Shea (sr., 86), DE Ethan Hunter (jr., 75), DT Keith Shawley (sr., 64), DT Kyler Maceno (jr., 50), LB Haden DeGennaro (sr., 44), OLB Tanner Snyder (jr., 26), ILB Dan Beech (sr., 33), ILB Tyler Campbell (sr., 36), CB Casey Gray (jr., 34), CB Cameron Worthing (sr., 84), S Seth Worthing (sr., 7).
When Bellwood-Antis has the ball: Bellwood-Antis offense - QB Seth Worthing (sr., 7), RB Tyler Campbell (sr., 36), RB Casey Gray (jr., 34), SB Haden DeGennaro (sr., 44), WR Cameron Worthing (sr., 84), TE Ian O'Shea (sr., 86), T Ethan Hunter (jr., 75), T Ryan Snyder (jr., 71), G Nick Torsell (jr., 58), G Keith Shawley (sr., 64), C Kyler Maceno (jr., 50). Bishop Guilfoyle defense - DE Nick Little (jr., 24), DE Nick Ceschini (sr., 54), DT Mike Pleva (sr., 77), DT Jextin Pugh (sr., 62), OLB D.J. Kitt (so., 40), OLB Owen Wolf (so., 25), ILB Cody Rossman (sr., 28), ILB Robby Luciano (jr., 51), CB E.J. Madey (sr., 9), CB Sam McCloskey (so., 22), S Pat Irwin (sr., 2).
What's next: The winner plays the winner of the game between Northern Cambria and Bishop McCort in the District 6 championship game on Nov. 24 at Altoona's Mansion Park.
Notable: Meeting of the first and fifth seeds. The Blue Devils were a district finalist in 2011. ... Bellwood has prevailed in 15 of its last 18 games against the Marauders, the more recent two coming in the postseason. The teams met in the semifinals in 2007. ... The Blue Devils are 13-1 in this round of the district playoffs. ... Gray has rushed for 1.395 yards and 20 touchdowns. ... Guilfoyle hasn't given up more than 189 yards rushing in a game. ... Rossman tops Guilfoyle on the ground with 771 yards, but four other Marauders have run for at least 245. Both teams are very good in the turnover department: Guilfoyle is plus-16, while Bellwood is plus-nine. ... BG has nine players starting who are at least 210 pounds. B-A has three, with Shawley the biggest at 225. The Devils are outscoring opponents 195-56 in the first quarter. They also have a 107-21 edge in the third quarter. ... S. Worthing qualified for the PIAA meet in four track events last spring. ... Pugh is a Division I baseball recruit heading to Binghamton.
District 5 Class A semifinals
Who: North Star Cougars (9-2) vs. Northern Bedford Black Panthers (9-1)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Panther Community Stadium, Loysburg
Coaches: North Star - Stacy Schmitt (70-39, 10 years). Northern Bedford - Jeff Batzel (39-14, five years).
Last meeting: North Star, 36-20 (2010 District 5 Class A championship)
All-time series: North Star, 2-1 (first met in 2004 playoffs)
How they got here: North Star - lost to Portage, 13-10; defeated Ferndale, 30-0; defeated Conemaugh Valley, 42-7; defeated Saltsburg, 40-7; lost to Berlin Brothersvalley, 28-19; defeated Shade, 3-0; defeated Meyersdale, 32-7; defeated Rockwood, 42-0; defeated Blacklick Valley, 36-22; defeated Conemaugh Township, 14-12; defeated Shade, 28-0, in the district quarterfinals. Northern Bedford - defeated Glendale, 20-13; defeated Tussey Mountain, 35-6; defeated Everett, 21-8; defeated Claysburg-Kimmel, 28-7; defeated Southern Huntingdon, 40-7; defeated Mount Union, 28-7; defeated West Branch, 33-6; lost to Bellwood-Antis, 20-0; defeated Williamsburg, 42-7; defeated Punxsutawney, 27-21.
When North Star has the ball: North Star offense - QB Joey Berkebile (jr., 2), RB Dalton Rice (jr., 47), RB Shawn Costas (so., 20), WR Tony Strasiser (sr., 4), WR Brantley Rice (sr., 11), TE Rusty Miller (sr., 83), T Josh Timilak (sr., 65), T Cole McGunigale (sr., 68), G Derek Mullen (sr., 72), G Parker Buchanan (jr., 58), C Kevin Horner (jr., 61). Northern Bedford defense - DE Wes Foor (se., 55), DT Andrew Cronrath (sr., 58), DT Duelin Douglas (sr., 64), DT Devin Wright (sr., 75), OLB Caleb Ebersole sr., 28),OLB Zach Pressel (sr., 17), ILB Talyer Pressel (sr., 82), ILB Drew Gartland (sr., 26), CB Jourdan Miller (sr., 24), CB Justin Baker (sr., 84), S Kyler Diehl (jr., 21).
When Northern Bedford has the ball: Northern Bedford offense - QB Blake Over (jr., 10), RB Caleb Ebersole (sr., 28), RB Conner Kagarise (sr., 27), WR Kyler Diehl (jr., 21), WR Zach Pressel (sr., 17), TE Tayler Pressel (sr., 82), T Andrew Cronrath (sr., 58), T Toby Quarry (jr., 74), G Duelin Douglas (sr., 64), G Wes Foor (sr., 55), C Jesse Claar (so., 51). North Star defense - DE Brady Shroyer (sr., 39), DE Shane Supanik (jr., 82), DT Dalton Rice (jr., 47), DT David Saylor (sr., 21), NT Rusty Miller (sr., 83), OL Zack Matse (fr., 41), OLB Austin Connor (sr., 67), MLB Levi Albright (jr., 59), CB Tony Strasiser (sr., 6), CB Tevin Mostoller (so., 1), S Brantley Rice (sr., 11).
What's next: The winner plays the winner of the game between Windber and Berlin Brothersvalley in the District 5 championship game on Nov. 23 at a site to be announced.
Notable: All three previous meetings have come in the playoffs. ... Northern Bedford is the No. 1 seed. The Black Panthers are seeking to return to the district final after getting sidelined in the semifinals last season. ... Northern Bedford's last district title came in 1995. That's also the last time a Bedford County team won 5-A. ... North Star is a two-time defending champion in the classification and has won district titles three of the last four years, including one in double-A in 2008. ... Three of the top five receivers in the area are from Northern Bedford: Diehl (47 catches), T. Pressel (32) and Z. Pressel (30). Over has thrown for 1,733 yards and 14 touchdowns. ... Strasiser has 42 receptions for 741 yards and seven touchdowns. ... The Panthers are holding opponents to 197.9 yards per game. Other teams only have thrown for 454 yards all year against the Panthers. Eight Cougar starters (D. Rice, Miller, Timilak, McGunigale, Albright, Supanik, Saylor and Horner) tip the scales at at least 220 pounds.
- Philip Cmor