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November 10, 2013

CORY ISENBERG| Area fans treated to playoff dramas

JOHNSTOWN — Some of the most exciting high school football playoff games over the weekend came courtesy of area squads.

Shade’s hard-fought, dramatic victory over Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A quarterfinal was a stunner, especially for the Black Panthers faithful, who were already planning for Saturday’s playoff game against Tussey Mountain.

Northern Bedford quarterback Blake Over may have been deemed the best athlete on the field last Friday, but Shade proved to be the better team and plays at the Titans’ field.

Forest Hills earned an impressive road win, holding off Mount Union in the District 6 Class AA quarters and will play at Central on Saturday, a rematch of last-year’s first-round matchup. The Scarlet Dragons made no secret of the fact that they are hoping to gain a measure of revenge for the loss that Forest Hills handed them last year.

Somerset, which survived its District 5-6-8-9 subregion contest with previously unbeaten University Prep to win in the playoffs for the first time since 1989, will take on top-seeded Clearfield on Friday night at Hollidaysburg High School in the subregion championship.

Bishop Carroll and Meyersdale were also comeback kids with the Huskies overcoming a 13-point deficit against host Bellwood-Antis in a District 6-A quarterfinal and the Red Raiders providing fourth-quarter heroics to down visiting Windber in a District 5-A quarterfinal game.

Carroll will head to Homer-Center on Saturday. Meyersdale travels up the road to face its nemesis, top-seeded Berlin Brothersvalley, a team the Red Raiders beat in triple overtime in Week 8, on Friday.

Top-seeded Richland will host Tyrone in Class AA and Portage, the top seed in District 6 Class A, hosts Bishop Guilfoyle with both games on Friday.

Also on Friday, Chestnut Ridge and Bedford will play at Northern Bedford with a District 5 Class AA title on the line.

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