Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 20
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* Key matchups set in District 5-6 races From Staff Reports Notebook There are a number j 5-6 games on tap this.l area postseason mate" ley, Marion Center« The top eight teamsj jo the playoffs, with s ceiving quarterfinal- The field is all but s the places are up for \_ linked ninth and wot win over undefeated nportant District i that will impact jjffor Ugonier Val"Ue. ch class advance Ip four seeds re|home games. s AA, although : Richland (3-5) is eed a huge upset est Hills (8-0) to State rankings Pennsylvania high school football rankings from the Patriot-News of Harrlsburg, with school's district in parentheses, followed by the record and last week's ranking. NR means not ranked. Honorable mention teams listed alphabetically. CLASS AAAA 1. Central Dauphin 2. Bethlehem Catholic 3. Penn Hills 4. Woodland Kills 5. Bishop McDevitt 6. Downingtown 7. Parkland S.Wilson 9. Upper St. Clalr 10. Reading Honorable mention: Attoona Jljf7-1, Central Bucks West (1)6-2, Gateway (7) 6-2, Ha2leto*<£) 7-1, Neshaminy (1) 62. North Hills (7) 6-2, North Pen* (1) 5-2, Ridley (1) 7-1. Scranton (2) 7-1, Williamsport (4) 7-1. GLASS AM <£Strath Haven 2. Perry 3. Thomas Jefferson 4. Pottstown 5. Pine-Richland 6. Hopewell 7. Huntingdon 8. Upper Meiion 9. Mifflinburg 10. Shamokin Honorable mention: Belle tomon (7)7-1. Blue Mountain (11) 7-1, East Pennsboro (3),7-t, Knoch (7) 8-0, Lower Dauphin (3) 8-0, Northern (3) ; ?-1. Sellnsgrove (4) 6-2, Sun Valley (1) 8-0, Titusville (10) £1. Upper Perkiomen (1) 7-1, Warren (10) 8-0, West Al!eghj£|(f.t) 6-2, Wyoming Area (2) (D (8) (7) (1) (7) (7) (6) (1) (4) (4) 8-0 8-0 8-0 7-0 8-0 7-1 8-0 8-0 8-0 7-1 1 2 3 4 7 G 8 NR 10 NR 7-1. CLAMM 1. Mount Carmel v-^V (4) 8-0 1 2. Aliquippa '~. ; - (7) 8-0 2 3. Trinity .'. (3) 8-0 4 }. Jeannette (7) 8-0 5 5. Forest Hills - " (6) 8-0 6 6. Northern Lehigh (11) 7-1 10 7. PenArgy] (11) 7-1 8 '* Northwestern Lehigh (11) 6-2 7 9. Seton LaSalle (7) 8-0 9 10. Beaver (7) 7-1 NR Honorable mention: Bedford (5) 6-2, Bishop McCort (6) 7-1. Catasauqua (11) 7-1, Girard (10) 6-2, Hanover Area (2) 6-2. Karns City (9) 7-1, Lakeland (2) 7-1. Meyers (2) 7-1, Northwestern (10) 7-1, Shenango (7) 7-1, Springfield-Mont- Co (1) 7-1, Tyrone (6) 5-3, Waynesburg (7) 6-2. CLASS A 1. Rochester (7) 7-1 1 2. Schuylkill Haven (11) 8-0 2 3. Marian Catholic (11) 6-2 4 4. Farrell (7) 5-3 3 5. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 8-0 5 6. Clarion-Limestone (9) 8-0 8 7. Bellwood-Antis (6) 7-1 NR 8. Southern Columbia (4) 6-2 7 9. Windber (5) 8-0 9 10. Bishop Carroll (6) 7-1 10 Honorable mention: Blairsville (6) 8-0, Bristol (1) 6-2, Camp Hill (3) 6-2, Carmichaels (7) 8-0, Duquesne (7) 7-1, Fort Cherry (7) 6-2, Halifax (3) 7-1, Millersburg (3) 7-1. lonaca (7) 6-2, Moshannon Valley (6) 8-0, Pius X (11) 5-3, Portage (6) 7-1, upset the plan. Eighth-ranked Central Cambria (4-4) visits No. 2 Bishop McCort (7-1) in the other game with the most direct implication. In other key Class AA games outside the area, No. 3 Bedford (6-2) visits Westmont- Hilltop, and No. 6 Penns Valley (6-2) entertains Class A powerhouse Bishop Guilfoyle (8-0). No. 5 Tyrone (5-3) faces Class AAA Punxsutawney (5-3). No. 4 Ligonier Valley (6-2) must defeat Northern Cambria and have Punxs'y knock off Tyrone in order to maintain home-field advantage, but the Mounties have clinched a playoff spot. Seventh-ranked Marion Center (5-3) will clinch with a win over United (0-8). The Stingers will likely advance even with a loss. All the qualifiers are set in Class A. Blairsville (8-0) must defeat Laurel Valley to assure itself of a first-round home game. Fellow unbeatens Bishop Carroll (8-0), Windber (8-0), Bishop Guilfoyle (8-0) and Moshannon Valley (8-0) could lock the Bobcats out of a home game, if they lose. No. 5 Moshannon Valley visits No. 6 Bellwood-Antis (7-1) in a key battle. No. 3 Bishop Guilfoyle also has a tall task with that encounter at Class AA Penns Valley. In other action, top-ranked Bishop Carroll plays host to Cambria Heights, No. 7 Portage (7-1) welcomes winless Ferndale (0-8), No. 4 Windber travels to face Berlin, and No. 8 Northern Bedford entertains Williarnsburg. In District 9, Punxsutawney has wrapped up a Class AAA playoff berth. Clearfield (62), which handed Punxsutawney (5-3) its first of three losses, has clinched the top seed. Punxsutawney is second and will likely play host to Bradford (4-4) next Friday in a first-round game. The top seed receives a bye and takes on next week's winner for the district championship. The championship game will be played on a neutral field. No way to go Even though Laurel Valley could still finish in the top eight in the District 5-6 Class A rankings with an upset win over Blairsville on Friday night, the Rams can't qualify for the playoffs. When Districts 5 and 6 merged their playoff brackets several years ago, a stipulation was that two of the eight Class A berths would be reserved for District 5 schools. Windber (8-0) has clinched the top District 5 position. Northern Bedford (6-2) is the second District 5 school, but it is ranked just eighth with 820 ranking points. Laurel Valley stands 10th with 710 points and would gain a minimum of 190 points with an upset over the Bobcats. Should Northern Bedford suffer an upset loss against Williamsburg (1-7), it would drop behind Laurel Valley but would still qualify because of the protection for District 5. In, not in? There has been confusion in the race for the final WPIAL Quad South Conference playoff berth. Various media outlets have reported conflicting statements concerning Indiana's chances for advancing. It remains possible that Penn-Trafford, Latrobe, Plum and Indiana could all tie for fourth place in the conference with 2-4 section records and more likely that Indiana will be involved in' a three-way tie. "We are trying to win football games no matter who they put in front of us next week," said Indiana coach Mark Zilinskas. "But Fox Chapel is the only thing I'm think- High school almanac This week in history One year ago:Tim Brawtey returned a punt 75 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown that erased a one-point deficit and propelled Northern Cambria to a 33-23 victory over previously unbeaten Purchase Une,,"VVe had our dwK»towinthesame1&-14r saidPLcoach Dave Small, whose Dragons dropped to 8-1. " "Then they got that punt return and rt was a whole new baflgame. I'll probably be seeing that pfay.Dn my head} for the rest of my fife." - Rwe years ago: Purchase Line's Vince Smith rushed 46 times for 272 yards and .three touchdowns and added a pair of two- point conversion runs to equal -Saltsburg's scoring output in a season-ending 40-22 vfc- , tory. Both teams entered the finale wrth 0$ records.-Dana Neely blocked a punt and Andy Kauffmarr recovered it'iri the end zone, triggering the Dragons', g5rrie-dinchlnc|" - 1&iootnt, burst in the fourth quarter. _/" J ..*• 10 years a^TH-Vattey upended Indiana 2T- 20 at Frftri Street Stadium, smothering trie IrV-. Vtfians' fast-minute conversion attempt to snap' \ a 31-garne winfess "streak (0^30^1). LJoyd,"': Gfernons scored on a - "Vyard diye wrtti 32 sec-,',; ends left, but he was butfed'under a swarm of '"."• Griffins defenders, on-the ensuing two-pofnr run. "AM 60 of us screwed up big-time taraght." said IHS coach Bffl Warycfe "We iet one get away.that we should have put away." 15 years ago: United clobbered >Horher- _Center 52-0 as Tony Hatok scored on punt returns of 57 and 64 yards and intercepted two passes. The Lions defense aHowed only 31 total yards and one first down, that coming on the game's next-to-test play, "i don't know that I've ever had a better performance from a group of kids," said United coach' Frank Krevetski. "They just put it aB together today." 20 years ago: Homer-Center powered past Marion Center 26-6 as Mark Rebovich rushed 32 times for 264 yards and two tcwcMowns. Greg Greczek and Steve Horchar ateo scored on runs,for the WBdcats, who p«ted,upJ358 yards on the ground. The Stingers averted a shutout or* trie game's final play, an &yardTD run fay Scott Lohr. , - ", -. ' "" 25 years ago: Perns Manor beat Saltsburg 14^13 with a second-chance two-pofrrt conversion Sri the fourth quarter. Dave Fbrnari scored on a furrtbte recovery if* the "end zone to, pull the Comets 'within appoint, but'Kferc Paulina was stuffed on the conversion af- tempt ", . --*"--' ,~ However, Perms Manor was granted anoth-- ,er opportunity after the Trojans were whistled for having 12 defenders on the fieid.Thts tirr)e Paulina cashed in. - ,_- , : > • 50 years ago: Sattsburg upended Derry ^Bofo "12-7 as.Ftogers. Fra'ssenei,scored on a pair of touchdown runs; the second erasing a 7-6 deficit with less than five minutes remaining. Derry drove to the Trojans* 10-yard Ijhe in the waning moments before SaltsburgXUim Ambrose recovered a fumbte, to end 'the threat " - - - / •-"'/-' • " - r >^-: -'' • ' - " -. — Bofeftrftoh ing about. We are able to fight through some adversity now, and that gives you some confidence." Twice as nice Indiana High has been particularly strong during the second half over the past two games, and extended conditioning can only receive part of the credit. The Indiana coaching staff has been slowly adopting a two-platoon system in recent weeks, and the benefits could be paying off. "It was not intentional at all," said Indiana coach Mark Zilinskas. "When guys got hurt early, we put other guys in to take their place, and some of those replacements got the job done. It created competition, and that began to allow us to specialize with some guys. It wasn't a goal, but it has helped a lot." Zilinskas rarely substitutes in his option offense. Plays are called in using a split end, but the other 10 players are locked in, with few exceptions. But few of those players still see extended time on defense. A pool of about 19 players, including 15 that play almost exclusively defense at the varsity level, allow that unit to be well rested. Quarterback Jason Shirey and flanker Chad Blystone are being rested more often in the secondary, and they are rarities in that they each sees significant playing time on both sides of the ball. "If two guys compete for a position and they both get the job done, we will play them both," said Zilinskas. One more game Several area teams that have traditionally scheduled only nine games are seeking a 10th game this season. Penns Manor hopes to play West Shamokin, if the Wolves' scheduled opponent, Springdale, makes the WPIAL playoffs. Otherwise, Penns Manor hopes to find another team to play, possibly from the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, which includes most of the former Appalachian Conference teams. Homer-Center will visit Curwensville for its 10th game. Purchase Line, which has played a 10th game in the past, will play host to West Branch next Friday. The game was scheduled at the start of the season. Northern Cambria also has a regularly scheduled game next weekend. The Colts travel to Cambria Heights for the Coal Boal, which has been interupted in the past when one or both teams made the district playoffs. Indiana will play a 10th game, either in the WPIAL playoffs, or more likely against another Quad-A team that does not make the playoffs. Albert Gallatin is the likely opponent, b ut no site has been determined. The WPIAL mandates that all Quad-A teams that do not make the playoffs must play another team with a similar record. A 10th game on the schedule of area teams might become the norm in coming years. District 5-6 Class A teams, in particular, are seeking a 10th game because of the limited number of playoff berths available. There are 32 teams in Class A, with only eight qualifying for the playoffs. DISTRICT RANKINGS DISTRICT 6 Class AAAA Attoona Hollidaysburg State College Central Mountain Class AAA Huntingdon Indian Valley Johnstown Penn Cambria Bellefonte Lewistown Somerset DISTRICT 5-6 Class AA Forest Hills Bishop McCort Bedford Ligonier Valley Tyrone Penns Valley Marion Center Central Cambria Richland Chestnut Ridge Bald Eagle Area Westmont-Hilltop Philipsburg-Qsceola Cambria Heights Central Purchase Line United 990 750 530 200 950 730 410 390 350 200 90 1120 920 810 710 700 640 590 500 390 280 260 240 140 110 130 100 0 DISTRICT 5-6 Class A Blatrsville Bishop Carroll Bishop Guilfoyle Windber Moshannon Valley Bellwood-Anlls Portage Northern Bedford Claysburg-Kimmel Laurel Valley Homer-Center Conemaugh Valley Conemaugh Township Southern Huntingdon Penns Manor Northern Cambria Meyersdale Blacklick Valley Everett West Branch Berlin Saltsburg Shade Turkeyfoot Valley Tussey Mountain Glendale North Star Mount Union Juniata Valley Williamsburg Ferndale Johnstown Vo-Tech Rockwood 1150 1150 1120 1090 1050 970 950 820 740 710 660 630 620 620 540 510 500 490 490 490 340 270 240 240 230 220 220 210 120 110 0 0 0

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