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October 16, 2013

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The Replacements: This week, both North Star and Berlin found replacements for their scheduled games against Rockwood in Weeks 8 and 9, respectively. Five of Rockwood’s first nine opponents have played or will play alternative teams in place of the Rockets.

Shade was scheduled to play Rockwood in Week 10. The Panthers are exploring two options, both on the road, according to Shade Athletic Director Mike Pribish.

“If Ferndale wouldn’t play Glendale in Week 10, we could play Glendale,” Pribish said. “Another possibility is AC Valley in District 9. They’re supposed to play a WPIAL team, but if that team  wins Friday, they’d be in the playoffs and AC Valley would have an open date.”

Both Glendale (1-6) and Allegheny-Clarion Valley (0-7) have senior night events scheduled in Week 10. Allegheny-Clarion Valley is located in Foxburg, Clarion County.

North Star (4-3) will play at WPIAL West Greene (1-6) in Waynesburg on Friday.

Berlin (7-0) will host Pittsburgh City League team Westinghouse (1-6) during Week 9.

Other replacement games included United’s Week 1 loss to visiting Bishop Canevin (31-3); Windber’s dramatic win over WPIAL Brentwood in Week 3 (35-20); and Conemaugh Township’s loss to WPIAL Chartiers Houston in Week 4 (31-16).

Blacklick (Week 2), Portage (Week 5), Ferndale (Week 6) and Conemaugh Valley (Week 7) did not play on dates when Rockwood was originally on the schedule.

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Twitter universe: Among the notable items on Twitter this week was a MaxPreps Tweet about a state-record, 60-yard field goal booted by 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore Tyler Pack of Johnson Central High, Paintsville, Ky.

Kicking a 60-yard field goal is impressive enough. So is breaking a state record. But Pack set the mark in an unusual manner.

The article posted on MaxPreps said Johnson Central implemented a “rarely-used field goal tactic” and “capitalized on a rule that allows a team that has just made a fair catch to attempt a free kick from the spot of the catch.”

Local fans might remember Ferndale using the obscure rule to successfully kick a field goal during a 1994 game against Windber at The Hive. The Yellow Jackets made the kick immediately following a first-half fair catch. Those three points loomed large in Ferndale’s 16-14 Week 8 win over the Ramblers. That was Windber’s lone regular-season loss in a

9-2-1 season. Ferndale finished 8-1 and missed the playoffs.

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