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Football

District playoff capsules

District 6 Class A semisWho: Portage Mustangs (10-1) vs. Blairsville Bobcats (11-0)When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: Memorial Stadium BlairsvilleCoaches: Portage - Gary Gouse (177-67, 23 years). Blairsville - Rick Artley (17-5, two years)Last meeting: Portage, 49-14 (Nov. 14, 2013; District 6 Class A ...

Shoemaker a perfect match for Ridge

LOYSBURG - Max Shoemaker never wanted to stop coaching football at Bedford Area High School.Following the 2003 season, Shoemaker, a principal in the district where he himself went to school, was forced to step down as coach. He just had guided the Bisons to its 10th winning season in 11 years ...

Top seed ready for champions

Central is the defending District 6 Class AA champion. Mount Union is having one of its best seasons ever, a perfect 11-0, and the top-seeded Trojans are hosting tonight's clash at 7 with the fourth-seeded Scarlet Dragons at the Mount Union High School Athletic Field.Mount Union first-year ...

Eagles, Bearcats meeting again

How much is nine weeks worth? Huntingdon Area High School football coach Mike Hudy is hoping the answer to that question is at least 31 points.That was the margin of victory in Tyrone's romp over Hudy's Bearcats back on Sept. 12. The Golden Eagles outgained Huntingdon 435-170 and crushed the ...

H.S. football playoff capsules

District 6 Class AA semifinalsFRIDAYWho: Central Scarlet Dragons (9-2) vs. Mount Union Trojans (11-0)When: Tonight, 7 p.m.Where: Mount Union Athletic Field, Mount UnionCoaches: Central - Dave Baker (33-13 in four years at Central, 159-185-11 in 35 years overall). Mount Union - Matt Young (11-0, ...

B-A faces tall task with BG

Juggernaut.Webster's Dictionary defines the word as "a massive inexorable force, campaign or movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path.''This year, it's also an apt decription of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football team.En route to an 11-0 record this season, the ...

Ridge next test for Bisons’ ‘O’

The 2014 high school football season has been one full of accomplishment for the Bedford offense.The Bisons rank third in the area, scoring 40.6 points per game. They just had a six-game streak of scoring 42 points or more snapped when Forest Hills held them to a modest 28. Quarterback Austin ...

Titans use quick strikes in throttling of Windber

SAXTON - Tussey Mountain coach Josh Smith admitted that all season his team has been more prone to long, clock-eating drives that led to scores.The Titans flipped that script in their District 5 Class A quarterfinal matchup with Windber when they scored eight of their nine touchdowns on the ...

Shade takes advantage of costly NBC mistakes

CAIRNBROOK - Northern Bedford had two early turnovers Saturday night against Shade, but its defense was able to keep Shade off the scoreboard. However, a miscue by its defense set up the first Shade touchdown just before halftime.An offside penalty when Shade was forced to punt gave the ...

Bryja’s pickoff keys Portage win

PORTAGE - Portage senior Michael Bryja is 6-foot-4 and has been blessed with long arms and good leaping ability.He never was happier about that that Saturday night, because he needed all of that to make the big play that sent the Mustangs into the District 6 Class A football semifinals.With the ...

Central avoids upset

ROARING SPRING - After putting up a staunch defensive stand to avoid falling hopelessly behind, Central punched its ticket into next weekend's District 6?Class AA football semifinals with a spirited offensive uprising late in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's quarterfinal-round matchup ...

Blue Devils prep for BG with victory

BELLWOOD - If you were looking for offense, this wasn't the game to see.Bellwood-Antis used a solid defense and two second-quarter touchdowns by Cameron Wood to survive pesky Penns Manor, 14-11, in a District 6 Class A quarterfinal matchup Saturday night at Memorial Stadium."We're happy with ...

Bearcats defense gets the job done

MIFFLINTOWN - In the first half, it was a big play. The second half brought the big drive.But when Huntingdon's defense stepped between a Tyler Clark pass and a receiver in the end zone on the last play of the game, it was a big win.The Bearcats played catch-up on Juniata's first-half lead and ...

Regional football roundup

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Heights belts Colts in Coal Bowl

NORTHERN CAMBRIA - Going by records, the Northern Cambria football team should have had a better chance to beat Cambria Heights for the highly coveted coal bucket.However, the Highlanders put on one of their best offensive performances of the year, racking up 382 yards to beat the Colts 35-7 in ...

Trojans erupt late to foil Rockets’ upset bid

MOUNT UNION - Southern Huntingdon was on the wrong end of a new kind of surprise from Mount Union.It was a bit of a game of cat-and-mouse, and the cat - or wildcat-won this one.B.J. Loner hit for a 44-yard game-tying touchdown out of the Wildcat in the first quarter and caught two more in the ...

Blairsville ousts Black Knights

BLAIRSVILLE - Deion Robinson rushed for four touchdowns as Blairsville rolled to a 35-14 victory against the Moshannon Valley Black Knights in a District 6 Class A quarterfinal football playoff game at Memorial Field on Friday night.The second-seeded Bobcats will play host to the winner of ...

Meyersdale defense strong in 27-0 shutout of Warriors

MEYERSDALE - The Everett Warriors foundation-building season concluded Friday night with a 27-0 loss to Meyersdale in the District 5 Class A football playoff quarterfinals.The one-two combination of quarterback Kyle Sheaffer and running back Jacob Jay had been less successful as the season went ...

Rams too tough for Mountain Lions

MONROEVILLE - It didn't take long for Altoona to learn the reason for all the hype about Pine-Richland's offense and Ram quarterback Ben DiNucci.In fact, it was precisely 13 seconds.DiNucci threw a screen pass that turned into a 65-yard touchdown to Michael Merhaut on the first play from ...

BG sends Pirates home

Friday's District 6 Class A first round game at Mansion Park was the culmination of 24 years worth of struggles paying off in the form of a playoff berth for Williamsburg.For Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, it was the start of what the Marauders hope is a special run to a District 6 title and ...