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Uneven play carries Steelers to victory
Watching the second quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 37-27 win over the Detroit Lions was a lesson in how lethal the Detroit offense can be.
It was also 15 minutes of “Same old Steelers.” At least the Steelers team that has stumbled more than it’s succeeded this season.
CORY ISENBERG | Three schools from area remain in football
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.
CORY ISENBERG| Area fans treated to playoff dramas
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.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Shaffer revitalizes Richland's passing game
Two years ago, Brandon Bailey saw potential in a tall, strong-armed quarterback looking to establish himself in the Richland High program.
Matt Shaffer was a sophomore splitting the quarterback duties with classmate Nico Pecora back then.
Clear the aisles! I’m back in the saddle again
Study this face carefully. If you ever … EVER … see me in your checkout line (with my walker or an electric cart), RUN … do not walk … RUN the other way.
CORY ISENBERG | Fall sports coming to an end
The autumn leaves are cascading to the ground and the fall high school sports are moving right along.
Conference and district champions have already been crowned in golf, which heads to PIAA regional action this week.
The West Region Class AA championships are set for Wednesday at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville.
ERIC KNOPSNYDER | Resilience resonates with Bucs
The key word in the Pirates’ locker room after their 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday was resiliency.
As in, the Pirates showed a lot of resiliency in getting the victory. They showed a lot of resiliency in coming back from a 9-1 drubbing in Game 1 of their National League division series to take the next two games over the National League Central Division champion Cardinals. And they showed a lot of resiliency during the regular season, when they won 94 games to snap the longest stretch of futility in North American professional sports history.
MIKE MASTOVICH | Berlin's Fochtman rushing into lead
Braden Fochtman always seems to be in a rush on the football field.
How else do you explain his area-best 1,042 rushing yards through five weeks of the scholastic season?
But the Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore back actually has been a much more patient runner this season, and that’s made a significant difference to the undefeated Mountaineers’ success.
CORY ISENBERG| Ferndale going week by week
Ferndale’s football game against Shade on Friday was halted at halftime when the Yellow Jacket ranks fell to just 11 available players.
According to Athletic Director Steve Clawson, the decision of whether to play Saturday’s game against Meyersdale will be determined today.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Experienced players valuable for Meyersdale
Gavin Berkley will make his 34th career start when undefeated Meyersdale hosts once-beaten Portage on Friday night.
The Red Raiders senior two-way standout has experienced plenty of highs and lows during the past three-plus seasons.
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