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October 12, 2012

Johnstown-Bishop McCort a key matchup


JOHNSTOWN — Somerset at Bedford

Somerset (4-2) must recover from a 47-0 shutout loss to visiting Richland a week ago. The Golden Eagles are tied for second in the 6-AAA rankings with 380 points, 10 in front of Punxsutawney in the fourth and final spot.

The Eagles’ quarterback Tanner Stull is a playmaker with 742 passing yards and 443 rushing yards. But last week he left with an injury. Zach Baker has 12 receptions for 251 yards, and Doug Berkebile has nine catches for 161 yards.

Bedford (1-5) fell 20-7 at Johnstown last week after posting its first victory over Westmont in Week 5.

Playmaker Luke Campbell returned to the team and has 12 catches, 222 receiving yards and three touchdowns in three games. Quarterback Aaron Henry has thrown for 425 yards.

Bedford edged Somerset 12-7 last season.

Bishop Carroll at Cambria Heights

The Highlanders (4-2) produced back-to-back signature victories with last week’s 27-20 battle at Penn Cambria and a 24-6 win against Forest Hills in Week 5.

Heights will be the favorite against a winless Bishop Carroll (0-6) squad. The Highlanders can’t afford to look past the Huskies. Heights is tied for fourth in the District 6-AA rankings with Bald Eagle Area (490 points).

The Highlanders Tyler Crawford has rushed for 538 yards and seven touchdowns on 100 carries. Quarterback Nathan Bearer completed 26 of 55 passes for 460 yards and seven touchdowns. Andrew Brawley caught 13 passes for 293 yards and five scores.

Marty Lessard leads Carroll with 216 rushing yards on 54 carries.

Last season Cambria Heights won 40-20.


Ligonier at Penns Manor

This marquee conference match up pairs undefeated Ligonier and once-beaten Penns Manor (5-1), a team on a five-game winning streak since a stunning season-opening upset loss to Northern Cambria.

Plenty of stars will be on the field as well as two stifling defenses.

Ligonier (6-0) has outscored opponents by a combined 299-33 with four shutouts, including a 56-0 rout over Saltsburg last week. Ryan Torrance has gained 898 yards on 92 carries to rank second in the area. Torrance averages 149.7 rushing yards a game and 9.8 yards a carry. The senior leads the area with 112 points on 18 touchdowns.

Rams junior quarterback Scott Fennell has thrown for 441 yards (22 of 44) with six touchdowns and only one interception.

Penns Manor has outscored opponents 257-84 and the Comets have collected 42 or more points in each of their past five games, the most recent a 42-28 win over Blairsville.

Quarterback Danny Ferens has lived up to expectations, gaining 1,102 yards on the ground and throwing for 370 yards, five touchdowns and one interceptions. The senior rushed for 262 yards in a win over United and had 191 yards against Marion Center and 199 yards against Blairsville. He led the Comets to last year’s Class A state semifinals.

Ligonier won last year’s game 28-0 ending a string of three straight Penns Manor victories from 2008-10.

Since the teams began playing regularly in 2000, Ligonier Valley leads the series 8-4.

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