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October 18, 2013

Berlin, Meyersdale clash in WestPAC



Conemaugh Valley at Blacklick Valley

Conemaugh Valley (1-5) is coming off a bye in Week 7, which originally had Rockwood on the schedule.

Blacklick (1-5) beat winless Ferndale 44-19 at The Hive.

The Vikings have beaten the Blue Jays seven straight times since Conemaugh Valley’s most recent win in the series, 28-2 in 2005. Blacklick Valley outscored the Jays 211-54 in those seven wins.

Sophomore Brandon Galasso leads the Blue Jays with 467 rushing yards and a touchdown on 123 carries. He gains 3.8 yards per run. Junior Anthony Hutzell has 56 carries for 256 yards and a score, an average of 4.6 a carry.

Blacklick Valley senior Garrett Smith has 81 carries for 348 yards, 4.3 per run, and freshman Isaiah Scott has 288 yards on 60 attempts, a 4.8 average.

Portage at Conemaugh Township

Portage (5-1) has won four straight while scoring 173 points.

The Mustangs mix the run and the pass, with Caleb Kephart’s 830 rushing yards ranking third in the area, and quarterback Michael Bryja’s 567 passing yards ranking ninth. Kephart has 11 touchdowns and 70 points.

Conemaugh Township (1-6) has dropped two straight since winning its first game of the season against Blacklick Valley. Sophomore Austin Meyers has a team-best 413 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 109 carries. Senior Kody Ofsanko averages more than six yards per carry, with 392 yards and six touchdowns on 65 attempts.

Ferndale at Windber

Ferndale (0-6) returned to the field last week after 2 1/2 weeks off. Blacklick beat the Yellow Jackets 44-19, though Ferndale held the lead in the contest.

The Jackets lineup was healthy enough to play after the team had halted a game at Shade at halftime due to injuries and forfeited to Meyersdale. Ferndale had another off day during Week 6 because that was the original date of the Rockwood game prior to the Rockets dropping their program.

Windber (4-3) fell 37-12 at Portage a week after a dramatic 42-35 victory at Conemaugh Township. The Ramblers have rushed for 1,544 yards, an average of 220.6 a game, with Dustin Blough (74-575) and Dan Tomlinson (43-405) leading the ground game. Devon Tomlinson completed 52 of 90 passes for 939 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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