Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 22
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 22

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Monday, September 17, 1990
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CD D) TO Q_ CO O O CM CO CD .0 E CD CO TO T> CO Apollo-Ridge Blacklick Valley Ba.rsville Derry Homer-Center Indiana Laurel Valley Purchase Line SaRsburg Indians back in underdog role By BILL BALINT Gazette Sports Writer One of the best things that could be said for Indiana High's 49-25 loss to Kiski Area last season is that the Indians survived it even after the brutal clubbing the Cavaliers dished out for two quarters. Indiana lost four players with first-half concussions and trailed 35-6 before making the final score respectable with a second-half rally. Indiana again finds itself the underdog as it faces the Cavaliers a week after having suffered a bitter loss to Latrobe. But mere are some big differences this time around. Kiski was 3-0 at this point a year ago and is Indiana (2-1) at Kiski Area (1-2) Kkkoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Kiski Area will decide Friday morning if the game will be moved to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matchup: Indiana and Kiski Area are coming off two-point losses in their WPIAL Quad South Conference openers. Last week: Indiana lost to Latrobe 19-17. Kiski Area lost to Penn-Trafford 20-18. Last year: Kiski Area won 49-25. Key stats: Indiana quarterback Jason Shirey remains the area rushing leader with 453 yards on 53 carries, an 8.6-yard average. Shirey has completed 9 of 23 passes for 196 yards. Fullback Josh King is (31 carries, 165 yards) is out for a second straight game and is being replaced by Josh Brennan (20 carries, 74 yards). Chad Blystone is the leading receiver with 63 yards on three receptions. Lucas Kasubick leads the area in kick scoring with 11 points. The Indians lead the area in total offense with 345.7 yards per game. The defense gave up 288 total yards to Latrobe last week. Kiski Area quarterback Adam Gunn has completed 12 of 24 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Justin Wray is the leading rusher with 326 yards on 34 carries for a 9.6-yard average. Anthony Cellitti has six receptions for 126 yards. Next week: Indiana plays host to Franklin Regional. BRENNAN "Both teams could be 3-0 with a break here and there. Kiski is very strong physically. They will run right at you with a two-back set and a power running game." — Mark Zilinskas. only 1-2 thus far in 2003. By contrast, Indiana is 2-1 after having been 0-3 last year. More importantly, both teams are 0-1 in the WPIAL Quad South Conference after dropping two-point losses last week. The Cavaliers fell to Penn-Trafford 20-18, and Indiana absorbed a 19-17 loss to Latrobe. The game's outcome should have a notable impact on the Quad South playoff race. With Franklin Regional and Plum (despite a 2-1 overall record) in rebuilding phases, the other five teams are expected to consume the four playoff spots. The loser of this contest will be 0-2 in the conference and a prime candidate to be one of the three schools left out of the postseason party. "We both need a win very badly, and it's a team we feel we are capable of beating," said Indiana coach Mark Zilinskas. "We had never gone into a big game at 2-0 before, and I think it is requiring us to adjust a little. "We went back to basics this week, starting with a Monday practice in full pads, which we hadn't done. I wanted us to get back to doing what we do best, which is to go out and work hard. It was a great practice followed by our best film session of the year." Kiski is a team of big names and big plays. University of Pittsburgh prize recruits Adam Gunn and Scott McKillop are the marquee players, and running back Justin Wray and wideout Anthony Cellitti supply impact plays. McKillop is the brother of Pitt freshman Chris McKillop, who scored one of Kiski's seven touchdowns in Indiana last year. Scott McKillop is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound fullback/linebacker who scored twice. Gunn added one score running and one passing. The Cavaliers rolled up more than 500 yards of total offense against a depleted Indiana defense. However, Kiski has not been the same team since that impressive showing. The Cavaliers were just 2-4 to finish 2002 and are 1-2 this year. Indiana actually owns a better record (4-5) than Kiski (3-6) does since their meeting last year. The Cavaliers opened with a 17-10 win over Butler, with Butler's only touchdown coming on a long interception return. Wray PREVIEW igauer Valley • Marion Center Northern Cambria Perms !• Limed West Shanokm High school One year 1 ' ago: "Homer-^Cerrter* shut touchdowns Jhe. secbnd'came OTiJf daz ? down Northern Carto/ a/team aye<ag- ,zBng,'78wd;l?ursV Sa^.'HS e*»ch-,Dan ,, ing '39,7 Jiolritsr petgarne," en-foutetp'an ^ Cardone; f He$>':y^apon_,, but w^hadn t 80 victory at MemcHlarHeld. Jonathan been able to busrhtnrf loose^-We Jhou^lt Bugger returned"- a second^uarter inters - we were'one btodc away,-- and **$&?•„ - , ceptfdri 98 yards for the' only 'score. ^Said 26 years ago: U nrpaten Blacklidc Vaj^ ----- "- as Cofts coach'Frank Paronish, "That-was ueniuiK«iBy.^uifDiiKiv.».. i ,™,v,7-YK," ~r just huge for fliem.-" tt;s not often that'you -Skip Cook passed.Tor 242 yards and tap. cah'make a big defensive ;stand and score ' touchdowns and ajso ran for a score. Ted .L~-- -_^__»—i—i~._v-:« *_J« ^i-^," . Worthingtoh. augmented -th'e attack by rushing for .11.1 ygrds on" only eight carries,' scoring) three touchdp,wns-and kicking the winning touchdown in brie play.' Five years ago: Northern Cambria won " 18-8 at'Homer-Center" to improve to 4 : P, ,...*,, ---,,..the Colts' best-start in 19 years. Senior . two" extra points.'His-49-yard TD dash in; 'tailback Chris Waugh rushed 22 times for the first quarter triggered the rout. *._ _ 120 yards" and two first-quarter touchdowns and senior fullback Paul -Taranto added 86"yards on.,16 carries." Jason Bodek sealed the verdict with a 59-yard punt return TD. 10 years ago: Uoyd demons rushed 14 times for a school-record 235 yards and three touchdowns as Indiana pounded New Castle at Fifth Street Stadium, ,33-6. demons put IHS ahead to stay to stay with a 24-yard TD run in the second quarter. He eclipsed the record of 220 yards set by Gus Mancuso against Elders Ridge in 1346. - " -. • 15 years .ago: Indiana beat Highlands 13-7 in its Greater Allegheny Conference opener behind Geary Peoples, 'who rushed ,15 times for 119-yards and two. 25 years ago: Indiana throttled the' Clearfleld offense en route to a 24« CEN- PAC victory "at Fifth-Street StadiumVThe, Indians forced four turnovers 'and limited the visitors'to minusW?, yards-rushing arid 63 yards-total, 58 coming "on one-play. Said IHS coach ,-Bemie McQuown, in something of an understatement, "We kind of dominated them." * ..." '50 years ago; Sam' Johnson ran for'five touchdowns and added an extra point to ".spea'rhead a 47-18 Elders Ridge rout of ShannodcValley.The Ridgers bolted into a 20-0 first-quarter lead and never "looked back.-Johnson boosted his season totals "after four-games to 71 points and 563 yardsTrushing."'-, Injury forces Indians to reshuffle, page 20 ran for 205 yards. A 58-yard strike from Gunn to Cellitti accounted for Kiski's lone score in a 13-7 loss to Baldwin. Cellitti's long touchdown run on a fake punt and Wray's 52-yard scoring run were highlights a week ago. The clear defensive star is McKillop, who had 124 tackles and forced Gve fumbles in 2002. He had 13 tackles in the loss to Baldwin. "Kiski lost two close football games," said Zilinskas. "Both teams could be 3-0 with a break here and there. Kiski is very strong physically. They will run right at you with a two-back set and a power running game. (Wray) also gives them an explosive tailback that adds concern. "They have a lot of seniors that maybe didn't play that much behind the guys they had. But they are still very mature, even if they aren't overly experienced in some places." Indiana will attempt to counter with a more balanced offensive attack than it has shown in its initial three games. The Indians easily lead the area in rushing offense, gaining 274 yards per game. Senior quarterback Jason Shirey spearheads the ground game, having gained 458 yards and scored five touchdowns on 53 carries (8.6 average). But the remainder of the running game has seen only limited success, and the passing game has been inconsistent, accounting for just 215 yards through the air this season. : The Indians did get some production out of the crucial flanker positions last week, with junior Tom Simmons picking up a 39- yaid touchdown run'. Veteran Chad Blystone accounted for 78 combined yards from the other flanker slot. Senior Josh Brennan remains the fullback as Josh King misses his second consecutive game. "We're going to set aside more time for passing this week," said Zilinskas. "It's more of a concentration and focus thing. If you look at the end of last week's game, we make two big pass plays in a row when we had a sense of urgency. We need to bring that to every play. "Once you become competitive with teams, then you realize that close games come down to a half-dozen or so key plays. If you want to win instead of just being competitive, you have to be on the right of most key plays." Directions to Kiski Area Take Route 422 West to Route 156 South at Shelocta. Follow 156 eight miles to Route 56 at Shady Plain. Follow 56 into Vandergrift. Once you cross over the bridge in Vandergrift, make a right at the light The stadium is on the left

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