District 6 playoff capsules
District 6 Class 3A semifinals
Who: Central Scarlet Dragons (8-3) vs. Forest Hills (9-1)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: G.H. Miller Stadium, Sidman
Coaches: Central — Dave Baker (66-21 in seven years at Central; 192-191-11 in 37 years overall). Forest Hills — Don Bailey (364-119-8, 44 years).
Last meeting: Central, 35-6 (Nov. 11, 2015 — District 6 Class 2A quarterfinals)
All-time series: Forest Hills, 7-3 (first met in 2001)
How they got here: Central — lost to Hollidaysburg, 30-20; defeated Tyrone, 31-14; defeated Clearfield, 42-14; defeated Penns Valley, 51-8; defeated Bald Eagle Area, 35-7; lost to Chestnut Ridge, 42-2; defeated Philipsburg-Osceola, 55-0; lost to Bellefonte, 49-22; defeated Huntingdon, 14-10; defeated Eastern York, 41-0; defeated Tyrone, 21-10, in the quarterfinals. Forest Hills — defeated Westmont Hilltop, 36-0; defeated Somerset, 20-7; defeated Johnstown, 29-28; defeated Bishop Carroll, 41-7, lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 24-21; defeated Cambria Heights, 15-0; defeated Central Cambria, 46-20; defeated Penn Cambria, 33-6; defeated Richland, 27-6; defeated Bedford, 47-7.
When Central has the ball: Central offense — QB Preston Karstetter (sr., 10) or Noah Muthler (jr., 3), RB Jared Smith (sr., 32), RB Trysten Detwiler (sr., 2), WR Brady Bolatto (sr., 1) or Spencer Smith (sr., 7), WR Thad Albright (jr., 31), TE Austin Garner (sr., 44), T Taylor Wenger (jr., 75), T Dominik Emerick (sr., 50), G Brandon “Buser” Mock (sr., 53), G Tyler Vollkommer (sr., 76), C Conner Nicewonger (jr., 55). Forest Hills defense — DE Shane Sikora (sr., 34), DE Nick Peretin (sr., 75), DT Aidan Balasco (jr., 65), or Mason Rogers (jr., 58), DT Jensen Bowen (sr., 67), NG Luke Williams (sr., 71),LB Eric Elgin (sr., 24), LB Jason Wissinger (jr., 32), CB Jon Long (sr., 10), CB Evan Kundrod (sr., 14), S Adam Cecere (jr., 12), S Jake Shope (jr., 5).
When Forest Hills has the ball: Forest Hills offense — QB Adam Cecere (jr., 12), RB Eric Elgin (sr., 24), WR Jon Long (sr., 10), WR Evan Kundrod (sr., 14), WR Jake Shope (jr., 5), WR Forrest Wolfhope (jr., 21), T Aidan Balasco (jr., 65), T Zack Vitko (so., 51), G Jensen Bowen (sr., 67), G Luke Williams (sr., 71), C Nick Peretin (sr., 75). Central defense — DE Casey Walters (jr., 14), DE Zach Parks (jr., 4), DT Austin Garner (sr., 44), DT Doug Shade (sr., 74), DG Damien Kocher (sr., 67), DG Dominik Emerick (sr., 50), LB Jared Smith (sr., 32), LB Ben Kurtz (jr., 42), CB Trysten Detwiler (sr., 2), CB Noah Muthler (jr., 3), S Preston Karstetter (sr., 10).
What’s next: The winner plays Huntingdon on Nov. 17 at Mansion Park.
Notable: Forest Hills is seeded second, Central third. … This is the fourth time the teams have squared off in the playoffs the last 10 years. Central has won three of the four. … The Dragons are seeking a third straight district championship, and they’ve reached the state final four in 2015 and 2016. … Detwiler has rushed for at least 120 yards in four of the last five contests and enters the game with 1,329 rushing yards. … Cecere has committed to Wake Forest for baseball.
District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals
Who: Juniata Valley Green Hornets (7-3) vs. Northern Cambria Colts (7-3)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Duffy Daugherty Memorial Field, Northern Cambria
Coaches: Juniata Valley — Bill Musser (20-22, four years). Northern Cambria — Sam Shutty (7-3 in one year at Northern Cambria; 11-19 in three years overall).
Last meeting: First meeting
All-time series: 0-0
How they got here: Juniata Valley — defeated Tussey Mountain, 38-13; lost to Mount Union, 47-20; defeated West Branch, 39-18; defeated Williamsburg, 39-33; lost to Southern Huntingdon, 48-21; defeated Northern Bedford, 24-7; lost to Claysburg-Kimmel, 29-25; defeated Moshannon Valley, 48-12; defeated Glendale, 21-14; defeated Everett, 49-6. Northern Cambria — defeated Penns Manor, 41-12; defeated United, 28-12; lost to Ligonier Valley, 44-0; lost to Homer-Center, 28-26; defeated Blairsville, 47-20; lost to Purchase Line, 20-6; defeated Marion Center, 35-14; defeated Saltsburg, 48-27; defeated West Shamokin, 27-24; defeated Windber, 37-20.
When Juniata Valley has the ball: Juniata Valley offense — QB Quinn Zinobile (jr., 1), RB Jaxson Rand (jr., 12), RB Alec Hess (sr., 9), RB Nathan Richner (sr., 27), WR Seth Derugen (sr., 42), WR Caden Rupert (so., 2), T Hunter Benson (sr., 50), T Elliott Showalter (so., 65), G Garrett Funk (jr., 55), G Seth Kurtz (so., 64), C Alan Thompson (sr., 74). Northern Cambria defense — DE Hanry Dumm(jr., 36), DE Joe Rezk (so., 58), DT Zach Malicky (jr., 52), DT Nicholas Sifford (jr., 75), LB Mark Marino (jr., 17), LB Scott Yingling (sr., 34), LB John Paronish (sr., 38), LB Jacob Sodmont (sr., 53), CB Ben Vasil (jr., 31), CB Bryce Carroll (jr., 41), S Xzavier Jackson (sr., 22).
When Northern Cambria has the ball: Northern Cambria offense — QB Mark Marino (jr., 17), RB Henry Dumm (jr., 36), RB Ben Vasil (jr., 31), RB Scott Yingling (sr., 34), WR Xzavier Jackson (sr., 22), TE John Paronish (sr., 38), T Joe Wagner (so., 71), T Nicholas Sifford (jr., 75), G Zach Malicky (jr., 52), G Joe Rezk (so., 54), C Jacob Sodmont (sr., 53). Juniata Valley defense — DE Quinn Zinobile (jr., 1), DE Grant Musser (so., 3), DT Hunter Benson (sr., 50), DT Seth Kurtz (so., 64), LB Elliott Showalter (so., 65), LB Alec Hess (sr., 9), LB Garrett Funk (jr., 55), CB Gabe Brower (so., 5), CB Jayton Greene-Heverly (so., 18), S Nathan Richner (sr., 27), S Seth Derugen (sr., 42).
What’s next: The winner plays Bishop Guilfoyle at a site and date to be announced.
Notable: Northern Cambria is the No. 4 seed, while Juniata Valley is No. 5 — both teams received a bye last week because only 11 teams entered a playoff field bracketed for 12 after Glendale opted out of the playoffs. … Yingling, Vasil and Marino each have more than 668 yards rushing. … Rand needs 10 yards rushing to reach 1,000, while Zinobile only has been intercepted once in 166 pass attempts. … Northern Cambria is seeking a second straight trip to the district semifinals. All three of the Colts’ losses have come against teams still alive in the playoffs. … Juniata Valley advanced past the first round of playoffs last year for the first time since 2006.
District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals
Who: Ferndale Yellow Jackets (8-3) vs. Portage (8-2)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Portage Area Stadium, Portage
Coaches: Ferndale — Don Robertson (13-20, three years). Portage — Gary Gouse (204-76, 27 years).
Last meeting: Portage, 42-15 (Oct. 21)
All-time series: Portage, 29-12-2 (first met in 1926)
How they got here: Ferndale — defeated Blacklick Valley, 24-0; defeated Shade, 28-14; defeated Conemaugh Township, 29-12; defeated Meyersdale, 25-14; lost to Windber, 27-20; lost to Berlin Brothersvalley, 7-0; defeated Conemaugh Valley, 21-0; defeated North Star, 38-22; lost to Portage, 42-15; defeated Penns Manor, 15-8 (OT); defeated Blacklick Valley, 41-21, in the first round. Portage — defeated Conemaugh Township, 55-13; defeated Meyersdale, 35-14; defeated Conemaugh Valley, 63-6; defeated Blacklick Valley, 52-7; defeated North Star, 66-12; defeated Windber, 42-8; lost to Berlin Brothersvalley, 30-26; defeated Ferndale, 42-15; lost to Homer-Center, 20-14.
When Ferndale has the ball: Ferndale offense — QB Hunter Kinsey (sr., 4), RB John Herring (sr., 5), RB Anthony Riblett (jr., 6), WR Nate Pudliner (sr., 21), WR Tyrique Rozier (jr., 1), TE Devon Newcomer (sr., 7), T Tashawn Moore (71), T Blake Sarver (sr., 66), G Damian Bartis (jr., 53), G Noor Quraishay (sr., 50), C Maxx Jones (jr., 58). Portage defense — DE Austin McCabe (sr., 70), DE Albert Koenigsberg (jr., 81), DT Luke Chobany (sr., 61), DT Barry Crum (sr., 60), LB Cole Sossong (jr., 31), LB Richard Llewellyn (sr., 75), LB Ian Thrower (so., 59), CB Connor Price (so., 5), CB Logan Shaffer (sr., 2), S Gabe Forst (so., 18), S Tommy Randazzo (sr., 11).
When Portage has the ball: Portage offense — QB Connor Price (so., 5), RB Zach Wiggins (sr., 37), RB Logan Shaffer (sr., 2), RB Tommy Randazzo (sr., 11), WR Dom Gallo (sr., 27), TE Austin McCabe (sr., 80), T Luke Chobany (sr., 61), T Mitchell Miko (so., 74), G Richard Llewellyn (sr., 75), G Domini Davis (jr., 54), C Barett Wiggins (sr., 70). Ferndale defense — DE Noor Quraishay (sr., 50), DE Blake Sarver (sr., 66), DT Tashawn Moore (sr., 71), DT Sean Norman (sr., 62), LB Hunter Kinsey (sr., 4), LB John Herring (sr., 5), LB Anthony Riblett (jr., 6), LB Noah Korenoski (so., 3), CB Nate Pudliner (sr., 21), CB Tyrique Rozier (jr., 1), S Brennan Mitchell (sr., 27).
What’s next: The winner plays Homer-Center on Nov. 18.
Notable: Portage is seeded third, Ferndale sixth. … Both teams are members of the WestPAC. Portage has beaten Ferndale in 17 consecutive meetings; Ferndale’s last victory was in 1998. … Portage is trying to punch its ticket into the district semifinals for the fifth year in a row. … The Mustangs average 359.8 rushing yards per game. Zach Wiggins leads the team with 1,381, but both Price and Randazzo also have more than 600. … This is Ferndale’s most wins in a season since it was D6-1A champion in 1995. Kinsey has 2,355 yards passing.
— Compiled by Philip Cmor