Forest Hills at Somerset
Somerset (6-1) shrugged off the effects of a last-minute loss at Richland in Week 6 by winning another tough game against Bedford, 35-27, in Week 7.
The rugged stretch continues with a matchup against Forest Hills (4-3). The Rangers beat Penn Cambria on the road last week, 22-6.
Somerset’s defense has set the tone for the Golden Eagles throughout the season, holding four of the first five opponents to single-digit scoring. The 55 combined points scored by Richland and Bedford are more than the 43 Somerset allowed in the first five weeks. Somerset’s Bryce Mostoller had an area-high eight sacks, and Logan Eller ranks third in the area with 94 tackles.
Forest Hills quarterback Joe Donoughe is third with 1,156 passing yards. Donoughe rushed for 472 yards and eight touchdowns.
Penn Cambria at Richland
Undefeated Richland (7-0) rolled over Westmont Hilltop last week as quarterback Matt Shaffer broke the District 6 career touchdown pass mark with his 66th.
Shaffer was 8 of 8 for 188 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half. Nico Pecora had three first-quarter touchdowns as the Rams led 36-0 after one quarter. Shaffer leads the area with 1,414 passing yards, and back Tanner Solarczyk is seocnd with 937 rushing yards.
Penn Cambria (1-6) lost 22-6 to Forest Hills last week after picking up a 32-22 victory at Cambria Heights in Week 6.
Ligonier Valley at Homer-Center
Ligonier Valley (6-1) will play undefeated Homer-Center (7-0) in the Rams’ second straight game against a Heritage Conference frontrunner. Ligonier Valley fell to Penns Manor on the last play in a Week 7 battle of unbeaten teams.
The Rams mounted a comeback behind the pass-catch combination of quarterback Scott Fennell to end Alec Bloom as Ligonier took a lead with 35 seconds left. But Penns Manor got off its final play with only :01 on the clock and scored on a 36-yard pass-run play to win 31-29.
Homer-Center pounded Conemaugh Township 38-12 in a nonconference road game last week.
Fennell has thrown for 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns, with Bloom making 36 catches for an area-best 677 yards and nine touchdowns. Last week the duo was nearly unstoppable as Bloom hauled in 10 receptions for 201 yards and a pair of scores. The Rams rushed for 1,275 yards, 182.1 a game.
Homer-Center has outscored opponents 263-67. The Wildcats have scored 34 or more points in six of seven games, while holding opponents to single digits three times. No team has scored more than 16 points against Homer-Center.