Weekend Matchups Purchase Line (1-7) at Saftsburg (2-6) Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. Matchup: Purchase Line looks for its second win of the season and Saltsburg aims to finish with its second win in three games in a Heritage Conference game. Last week: Purchase Line lost to Marion Center 39-0, and Saltsburg lost to LigonierValley 26-14. Last meeting: Purchase Line won 33-20 last year. Key stats: Purchase Line averages 164.9 total yards per game and allows 324.3 total yards and 40.4 points per game. Quarterback Derek Chura is 30- for-57 for 447 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Nick Engle has 552 yards on 116 carries and has scored four touchdowns. Saltsburg ranks just ahead of Purchase Line in total offense at 177.3 yards per game. The Trojans give up 238.8 yards and 19.0 points per game. Quarterback Greg Ewing is 21-for-48 with 429 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions in five games. Rick Spallone has 18 receptions for 358 yards and has scored six touchdowns. Dan Dunlap has 195 yards on 42 carries. Next week: Purchase Line plays host to West Branch on Friday, and Homer-Center will visit Curwensville on Friday. LigonierValley (6-2) at Northern Cambria (4-4) Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. Matchup: Ligonier Valley aims to wrap up a first-round home game in the District 5-6 Class AA playoffs, and Northern Cambria looks to secure a winning season under first-year coach Frank Paronish. Last week: Ligonier Valley defeated Saltsburg 26-14, and Northern Cambria lost to Laurel Valley 27-20. Last meeting: Northern Cambria won 26-16 last year. Key stats: Ligonier's Josh Reese leads the area in rushing with 879 yards on 217 carries. He has scored 10 touchdowns. Brock Weaver leads the area in receptions with 27 for 602 yards, a 22.3-yard average. Brian Burkey is the area's second-ranked passer at 47-for-89 for 890 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Northern Cambria ranks second in the area in total defense at 178.8 yards per game. MattTrybus has 510 yards on 112 carries, and Leo Magulick has 369 yards on 77 carries. Magulick has .scored eight touchdowns. Quarterback Tim Brawley is 28-for-88 for 416 yards with five touchdowns and 11 interceptions. BradWeakland has 11 receptions for 221 yards. Next week: Ligonier opens the District 5-6 Class AA playoffs, and Northern Cambria visits Cambria Heights on Friday in the annual Coal Bowl. Tyrone (5-3) at Punxsutawney (5-3) Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. Matchup: Punxsutawney, which has already clinched a District 9 Class AAA playoff berth, looks to enter the postseason on a high note. Tyrone needs a victory to shore up its ranking in the District 5-6 Class AA playoff race. Last week:Tyrone beat Indian Valley 34-14, and Punxsutawney lost to This week's games Fox Chapel at Indiana Laurel Valley at Blairsville Purchase Line at Saftsburg Ligonier Valley at Northern Cambria Marion Center at United Homer-Center at Penns Manor Tyrone at Punxsutawney Ford Ctty at Apollo-Ridge Derry at Greensburg Salem Kams City at West Shamokin Lock Haven at IUP Penn State at Ohio State Boston College at Pitt Steelers at Ravens Joe Deemer Last week: 10-3 Record: 77-31 Fox Chapel Blairsville Saltsburg Ligonier Valley Marion Center Homer-Center Tyrone Ford City Greensburg Salem Karns City IUP Penn State Boston College Steelers Out on a limb John Smathers Matthew Burglund Tony Coccagna Last week; 10-3 Last week: 10-3 Last week: 9-4 Record: 77-31 Record: 76-32 Record: 72-36 Indiana Blairsville Saltsburg LigonierValley Marion Center Homer-Center Punxsutawney Apollo-Ridqe Greensburg Satem Karns City IUP Ohio State Pitt Steelers Fox Chapel Blairsville Salisbury Northern Cambria Marion Center Homer-Center Tyrone Apollo-Ridqe Greensburq Salem Karns City IUP Ohio State Pitt Steelers Indiana Blairsville Saltsburg LigonierValley Marion Center Penns Manor Tyrone Ford City Greensburg Salem Karns City IUP Ohio State Boston College Ravers Bill Balint Last week: 1 0-3 Record: 71-37 Fox Chape! Blairsville Saltsburg LigonierValley Marion Center Homer-Center Tyrone Apollo-Ridqe Greensburg Salem Karns City IUP Ohio State Pitt Steelers Rick Weaver Last week: 10-3 Record: 67-41 Indiana Blairsville Saltsburq Liqonier Valley Marian Center Penns Manor Tyrone Apollo-Ridge Greensburg Salem Karns City IUP Ohio State Pitt Steelers -o a> CO <D ro o I H 3- u> 3. CD O 3 o cr CD —t ro *>. ro o o to Brookville 28-21. Last meeting: Tyrone won 25-14 last year. Key stats: Tyrone's Tyler Mertiff has completed 79 of 136 passes for 1.274 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Brice Mertiff, his cousin, has 727 rushing yards on 125 carries and has scored nine touchdowns. Ben Gummo has 458 yards on 101 carries and has scored nine touchdowns. Aaron Jeffries has 39 catches for 746 yards and has scored nine touchdowns. Tom Crow! has 18 catches for 191 vards. Punxsutawney quarterback Joe Martin leads the area in passing yardage with 1,327 yards on 74 of 134 passing. He has thrown 13 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Dustin Guidash has 844 total yards from scrimmage, with 485 receiving and 359 rushing. He has scored eight touchdowns- Zack Bernat has 361 yards on 56 carries, and Kyle Barilar has 260 yards on 20 receptions. Next week: Punxsutawney opens the District 9 Class AAA playoffs, probably at home against Bradford. Ford City (5-3) at Apollo-Ridge (5-3) Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Matchup: Apollo-Ridge needs a victory and a Deer Lakes upset of Mars to make the Class AA playoffs out of the WPIAL Allegheny Conference. Last week: Ford City defeated Deer Lakes 38-7, and Apollo-Ridge defeated Burrell 28-20 in overtime. Last meeting: Apollo-Ridge won 2723 last year. Key stats: Ford City's Rich Bennett has 920 yards and 12 touchdowns on 128 carries. Cyril Haponski 568 yards and 11 touchdowns on 85 carries. He also leads the team in receiving with 238 yards on 17 receptions. J.J. Bartolovic is 43-for-82 for 696 yards and has thrown 10 touchdowns. Apollo-Ridge quarterback Luke Hill has completed 40 of 72 passes for 615 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Adam Ross has 22 receptions for 306 yards. He also shares the area lead with four interceptions. Mike Girdano has 208 yards on nine receptions. Jarrod Miller has 510 rushing yards on 142 carries, and Frank Colwell has 488 yards on 81 attempts. Next week: Apollo-Ridge plays only if it clinches a playoff berth. Derry (2-6) at Greensburg Salem (5-3) Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Matchup: Derry takes on Greensburg Salem, which has clinched a Class AAA playoff berth in the WPIAL Keystone Conference. Last week: Derry lost to Montour 29-0, and Greensburg Salem defeated Yough 41-7 Last meeting: Derry won 27-20 last year. Key stats: Derry stats do not reflect last week's game. Dom Oliver has 484 yards on 101 carries, and Dewey Schmitt has completed 24 of 57 passes for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Matt Johns has 14 receptions for 120 yards. Greensburg Salem quarterback Chris Marsh has completed 44 of 107 passes for 490 yards with two touchdowns and nine inierceptions. Brandon Sticca has 709 yards and nine touchdowns on 152 carries. Tyheef Thomas has 248 yards on 48 carries. Mike Bonanno has 13 receptions for 158 yards. Kams City (7-1) at West Shamokin (2-6) Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. Matchup: West Shamokin will try to upset Karns City, which has clinched a District 9 Class AA playoff berth, in the Keystone Shortway Conference finale for both teams. Last week: Karns City defeated Union 31-3, and West Shamokin tost to Meadville 63-30. Last meeting: Karns City won 52-12 last year. Key stats: Karns City running back Matt Carnahan has 874 on 11 carries and has scored 18 touchdowns. Quarterback Erik Fuhrer is 53-for-102 for 723 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Noll Steiner has 20 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns. West Shamokin statistics do not include last week's game. Steve Cupec has 446 yards on 123 carries. Quarterback Trevor Henderson is 20-for-60 for 248 yards. Next week: West Shamokin will play host to Springdale on Friday, unless Springdale clinches a WPIAL Class A playoff berth with a win over Riverview. Otherwise, the Wolves will likely play host to Penns Manor. Marion Center (5-3) at United (0-8) Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. Matchup: Marion Center must win over winless United to secure a District 5-6 Class AA playoff berth. Last week: Marion Center defeated Purchase Line 39-0, and United lost to Homer-Center 28-6. Last meeting: Marion Center won 24-14 last year. Key stats: Marion Center averages 245.8 total yards and 19.1 points per game. Sophomore Theo Rapach is the area's second-leading rusher with 727 yards on 121 carries. He has scored eight touchdowns. Greg Reinbold has 66 carries for 447 yards. Quarterback Mike Hill has completed 40 of 72 passes for 615 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Kevin Houser has 15 receptions for 291 yards. Jason Ratay has nine receptions for 51 yards and 282 yards on 85 carries. United averages 142.0 total yards and 4.5 points per game and allows 274.8 yards and 29.0 points per game. Stephen Oleksa has 412 yards on 123 carries, and Adam Jones has 265 yards on 48 carries. Quarterback Andrew Clevenger is 23-for-66 for 214 yards with one touchdown and nine interceptions. Next week: With a win, Marion Center will play in the District 5-6 Class AA playoffs, most likely on the road- Homer-Center (5-3) at Penns Manor (4-4) Kickoff: Saturday. 7 p.m. Matchup: Penns Manor can assure its first .500-or-better season in 12 years against Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference game. Last week: Homer-Center defeated United 28-6. and Penns Manor lost to Blairsville 45-32. Last meeting: Homer-Center won 20-14 in overtime last year. Key stats: Homer-Center averages 238.0 total yards and 18.9 points per game and allows 181.9 total yards and 10.0 points per game. The Wildcats lead the area in passing defense al 37.5 yard sper game. Quarterback Aaron Pierce is 42-for-94 for 730 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Jeremy Barber has 16 receptions for 403 yards for an area-high average of 25.2 yards per catch. Ryan Buchner has 411 yards on 88 carries, and Eric McCombie has 263 yards on 48 carries. Jonathan Buggey shares the area lead in interceptions with four. Penns Manor leads the conference in passing offense at 136.5 yards per game. ChrisTwigg is 44-for-118 for 779 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions, and Todd Trimble is 20- for-41 for 313 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Brandon Smith has 17 receptions for 315 yards. Jake Altemus has 364 yards on 13 receptions, and Andy Lopacinski has 210 yards on 16 receptions. Lopacinski has 471 rushing yards on 99 carries. Next week: Penns Manor was trying to schedule a 10th game, possibly at West Shamokin on Friday.
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