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Football

Highlanders lose stunner to Hilltoppers

JOHNSTOWN - The future looks bright for the Cambria Heights High School football team.But the future isn't now, and, on Saturday, the Highlanders endured the most excruciating of growing pains.On the cusp of gaining the upper hand over host Westmont Hilltop several times, Heights lost two ...

Rangers breeze past Bishop McCort

JOHNSTOWN - Forest Hills came into Saturday's season opener with a high-powered offense as the defense would have to answer some questions early in the season.The Rangers' defense passed its first test as they shut out Bishop McCort in a Laurel Highlands intersection matchup. They received big ...

Eagles make final stand

TYRONE - A reporter mistakenly asked Tyrone first-year coach Jason Wilson at 29 years old how much did the final drive of the Backyard Brawl between the Golden Eagles and Bellwood-Antis age him?"I'm 28, but I might have aged to 29 on that last drive," Wilson said with a laugh.With the Eagles ...

Mountain Lions’ offense clicks early

Everyone in the WPIAL understands that Altoona's Kevin Givens is an explosive player.For a quarter at least, Givens helped show the Mountain Lions' big-play potential as a team.The Pitt recruit, who said after the game he remains "100 percent committed" to the Panthers, scored just minutes into ...

Marauders get off to big start

JOHNSTOWN - Brandon Chadbourn knows there is a big difference between being the team that sneaks up on everyone and the team that everyone has come to topple."We're staying humble and working hard like we're the underdog every week," Chadbourn said after his Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders' 61-12 ...

Johnstown run, passes its way past Red Devils

JOHNSTOWN - A balanced Johnstown offense that featured several speedy playmakers was too much for Central Cambria in Friday night's season-opener as the Trojans came away with a 28-14 triumph over the Red Devils.Running back Terrell Jones rushed for a game-best 169 yards on 16 carries and ...

Panthers unable to stop Bisons’ ‘O’

BEDFORD - As the third quarter wrapped up in Friday night's Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference matchup with Penn Cambria, the Bedford High School football team had just about used up all the momentum it had garnered from two first-half scores.With the last play of the second quarter and no ...

Distractions don’t hinder Golden Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG-Considering the week the Hollidaysburg football team had, it was anyone's guess how the Golden Tigers would respond Friday night in their season opener at home with Yough.Surviving a team misconduct scandal that depleted Hollidaysburg of players who were either suspended or kicked ...

Balanced Dragons beat Tussey

SAXTON - A pair of defending district champions was the draw to be at the season opener in Saxton Friday. District 6 Class AA champ Central took on the District 5-A title holders and displayed a well-balanced offense in beating the Tussey Mountain Titans, 34-12, at Dick L. Hess Stadium.Central ...

Big plays are key in Portage victory

PORTAGE - The Portage football team wasted no time in displaying its explosive offense for the 2014 season Friday night.On the first offensive play of the game, Caleb Kephart rumbled 74 yards to get the Mustangs in full gear. Minus the final drive of the first half, Portage scored touchdowns in ...

Pirates answer Bulldogs’ challenge

WILLIAMSBURG - Williamsburg jumped out to a 13-0 lead over Claysburg-Kimmel, but Blue Pirates coach Bob Hearn knew the game was far from over.He was right.Claysburg responded with a pair of touchdowns, the second giving the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead early in the third quarter.Williamsburg had an ...

Somerset scores early, often in season-opening win over BC

SOMERSET - Bishop Carroll had a steep mountain to climb against Somerset, but was unable to in a 41-0 loss Friday night in both team's season opener.Following a 46-yard return by Bishop Carroll's Ben Ratchford on the opening kickoff, the Golden Eagle's defense was put to the test and forced a ...

Ridge rallies for win

NEW PARIS - One can only wonder what might have happened in the Looney Toons cartoon with the Roadrunner and the Wile E. Coyote if the coyote had a sidekick to help him catch the Roadrunner.On Friday night, Everett had the task of trying to outrun and outsmart the Wileys of Chestnut Ridge.While ...

Black Panthers display strong running game

FLINTON - Gone are the flash and dash from the Northern Bedford County High School football team. As best symbolized by the large mouse beneath Austin Heck's left eye, these Black Panthers are all about the ground and pound.One thing has stayed the same, though: winning.Heck carried the ball 24 ...

Colts prevail

NORTHERN CAMBRIA - Joe Olish hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Pershing in the third quarter as Northern Cambria edged Ligonier Valley, 15-12, Friday in a Heritage Conference game.SCORE BY QUARTERSLigonier Valley6 0 0 6-12Northern Cambria0 8 0 7-15First quarterLV-Keller 5 run (kick ...

Walker’s big night propels Trojans over ’Cats

MOUNT UNION - Huntingdon endured its share of opening-game rust.Mount Union's passing attack, led by gifted senior quarterback Trevon Walker, was in midseason form.The result was a 53-20 Trojans' rout Friday night in the kickoff of the 2014 season for the two county archrivals at the Mount ...

Green Hornets beaten by Rockets

THREE SPRINGS - Even in defeat, Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser is taking a lot of positives from the fourth quarter of his head coaching debut.The Green Hornets (0-1) went on an 18-point rally in the game's final frame, before falling to Southern Huntingdon (1-0), 28-18, Friday night at ...

Regional football roundup

Moshannon Valley27Bald Eagle Area7WINGATE - Eric Sherkel shined by throwing for 157 yards and three touchdown passes as Moshannon Valley picked up a road win to open the season.Sherkel threw for touchdowns of 25, 15 and 12 yards and also intercepted a pass.The Black Knights' defense allowed ...

Wood’s 73 leads Tigers

HUNTINGDON - Medalist Isaac Wood's shot a 73 to lead Hollidaysburg to an easy victory over three other teams (Huntingdon, Central Mountain and Clearfield at the Huntingdon Country Club (par 71) Thursday in high school boys golf action.Grant Delozier shot a 74, Jesse Ottaway had a 75 and Danny ...

BG facing its first obstacle in Richland

If there is a rallying cry for the 2014 Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football team, it might very well be "the devil is in the details."It seems pretty clear that Marauders coach Justin Wheeler believes his team could be trying to defend the District 6 Class A championship instead of ...