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November 17, 2013

CORY ISENBERG | Three schools from area remain in football

JOHNSTOWN — Just three area football teams remain alive in postseason play and all three will play in 7 p.m. contests on Friday night.

Showing that it was no fluke the first time around, Chestnut Ridge (9-3) powered its way past Bedford for the second time this season in the

District 5 Class AA championship. The Lions earned a berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite District 9 champ Karns City (11-1), which defeated Kane 49-21 in the title game.

The Gremlins and Ridge will square off at Northern Bedford High School.

The other two area teams will be playing for district crowns – Berlin Brothersvalley in District 5 and Richland in District 6.

In District 5 Class A, the top-seeded Mountaineers survived a second-time meeting with neighboring rival Meyersdale in a 14-7 victory in the semifinals and will face a red-hot Tussey Mountain squad.

The Titans (10-2) ended Shade’s season with a 41-8 win over the Panthers. Tussey Mountain has not lost since October, a narrow 27-25 setback to Class AA Mount Union.

The Titans’ other loss came in the second game of the season to Northern Bedford.

Berlin (10-1) had a blip in its season in Week 8, the first time the Mountaineers faced the Red Raiders, with Meyersdale prevailing 46-38 in triple overtime.

The Mountaineers and Titans will play at Bedford High School.

Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference champ Richland (12-0) defeated Tyrone 43-18 in the semifinals last week and will play Central.

The Scarlet Dragons (10-2) handed Forest Hills its worst postseason loss in a 62-14 setback.

Central and Richland will battle at Mansion Park in Altoona.

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Soccer champs: The Sewickley Academy boys had their focus on avenging last season’s loss to Mountain View all season, and accomplished their goal with a 4-2 win in the Class A title soccer game.

Holy Ghost Prep beat West Allegheny 1-0 in overtime in the Class AA championship while Upper St. Clair shutout Conestoga Valley for the boys Class AAA crown.

The Somerset girls had to be wondering ‘what if?’ The Golden Eagles had Central Valley on the ropes in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs and the Warriors went on to the win. The District 7 champs downed Trinity 2-1 in the title game.

The other girls champions were Greensburg Central Catholic in a 2-1 victory over Southern Columbia in Class A and Neshaminy, a 2-1 victor over Spring Ford in overtime in Class AAA.

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