Meyersdale at North Star
North Star (4-2) wants to build momentum after last week’s shutout at Shade. Meyersdale (5-1) looks to continue its climb back after suffering its lone loss in Week 4.
The Cougars dropped their opener at Portage 41-0 but ran off three straight wins until a relatively close 26-12 loss to Berlin.
North Star’s Thomas Miller is among the area’s leading rushers with approximately 800 yards.
On paper, Meyersdale has won two straight, including a forfeit over Ferndale in Week 5 and a 54-0 rout over visiting Conemaugh Valley last week. Gavin Berkley has a team-high 546 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for the Red Raiders.
Windber at Portage
Portage (4-1) has scored 136 points in its past three games, all wins.
The Mustangs’ lone loss was in Week 2 at Berlin (28-14).
Windber (4-2) beat rival Conemaugh Township 42-35 last week after falling at Ligonier, 33-26, in Week 5.
“Windber has four great athletes,” Portage coach Gary Gouse said. “We know them from other sports. Both Tomlinsons (Devon and Dan), Matt Barkley is an outstanding receiver and a threat all the time. Their backfield is back from last year. The (Dustin) Blough boy runs hard. They have a lot of weapons on offense. They can score at any time from anywhere on the field. We’re trying to prevent the big play. If they’re going to score, we’ve got to make them earn it.”
Portage also has multiple threats, with quarterback Michael Bryja’s passing and Caleb Kephart and Luke Dividock’s running. The Mustangs have rushed for 1,479 yards despite having a bye in Week 5.
“Bryja has thrown the ball very well. They have a lot of weapons on offense,” Windber coach Matt Grohal said. “They’ve got a whole lot of play-action plays in the arsenal. We know we need to stop the run because we haven’t done that all year. But they throw the ball well too.”