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High School Sports

October 3, 2013

Unbeatens Somerset, Richland to clash in LHAC


— Greater Johnstown at Bedford

Bedford has outscored its past two opponents a combined 103-10.

Kody Blevins had a big role in last week’s 54-10 win at Westmont. Blevins returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half, a potential 14-point swing that put the Bisons on the winning track.

Blevins also had a long rushing touchdown and a pass reception for a score for the 4-1 Bisons.

“He certainly ran the ball extremely well and obviously with the interception as well,” Steele said. “He’s building confidence and coming into his own. We have several ballcarriers that we feel are doing a nice job for us so it’s not like defenses can key on one player.”

Johnstown has dropped two straight to slip to 2-3. Last week the Trojans couldn’t handle Somerset’s running game in the second half, and Johnstown was hurt by 18 penalties for more than 140 yards.

Trojans sophomore quarterback Jeremy Updyke has completed 41 of 82 passes for 559 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He threw for 227 yards against Somerset.

Johnstown has scored only two touchdowns in the past two weeks after scoring seven TDs at Westmont in a Week 3 victory.

“Success breeds success and we’re happy to be 4-1,” Steele said. “We take it one week at a time. Certainly Johnstown presents a lot of challenges.”

Penn Cambria at Cambria Heights

Heights (1-4) has lost three straight since its dramatic 36-35 win over Westmont in Week 2. During the losing streak, the Highlanders have scored only one touchdown and 10 points. Last week Forest Hills blanked Heights 42-0.

Penn Cambria (0-5) is winless, including shutout losses the past two weeks against Bishop Guilfoyle (36-0) and Bishop Carroll (21-0).

Opponents have outscored the Panthers 121-22.

Central Cambria at Forest Hills

The Red Devils have won four straight since a season-opening loss at now undefeated Somerset, including three straight hard-fought, close victories over Bishop Carroll (17-7), Cambria Heights (10-7) and Penn Cambria (16-13).

Central Cambria has rushed for 922 yards, with three different runners gaining at least 200 yards. Junior quarterback Will Seymour has 273 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, despite being slowed by a nagging injury last week. He’s passed for 429 yards and a pair of scores.

Forest Hills has won the past six meetings of the teams, including two playoff games, and the Rangers are 19-2 against the Devils since 1996. Central Cambria posted wins in 2007 and 2008.

The Rangers (3-2) beat Cambria Heights 42-0 last week, but were routed 40-14 at Bishop Guilfoyle two weeks ago.

Quarterback Joe Donoughe has passed for 776 yards and five touchdowns, and he’s rushed for 313 yards and seven scores.

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