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Mike Mastovich

September 12, 2012

MIKE MASTOVICH | Movie teams renewing old rivalry




20-something: Bishop McCort is 20-0 against Somerset in a series that dates to 1983, with the Crushers outscoring the Golden Eagles 716-185 in that span.

Both teams are 2-0 entering Friday’s game at Somerset.


Rampage: Richland has been formidable on both sides of the ball through two victories.

The Rams beat Bishop Guilfoyle 35-12 in Week 2 after winning 38-20 at Cambria Heights in the opener.

Richland visits winless Bedford this week. The Bisons have been outscored 74-7 with losses to undefeated Penn Cambria (32-7) and Bishop Guilfoyle (42-0).

Rams junior receiver Kyle Flick has an area-best 277 yards on 16 receptions. Senior Luke Shertzer has seven receptions for 118 yards.

Junior quarterbacks Matt Shaffer (24 of 31, 314 yards) and Nico Pecora (9-13, 179) have provided a two-prong passing threat.

Junior Tanner Solarczyk adds 194 rushing yards to the mix.

Last week the defense limited Bishop Guilfoyle to nine yards and one first down in the opening quarter and the Marauders were scoreless in the first half.


Shine a little light: Now that Blacklick Valley plays under the lights in Nanty Glo, the Vikings are making the most of the power surge.

Bill Zamboni’s 2-0 team will host Purchase Line at McMullen Memorial Field on Friday.

The game originally was going to be played at Point Stadium prior to the installation of Blacklick’s lights.


Magic touch: Ligonier Valley senior back Ryan Torrance collected four touchdowns on four consecutive possessions in last week’s 63-0 Heritage Conference victory over Purchase Line.

Torrance, who ran for 1,221 yards as a junior, has 228 yards on 21 carries through two weeks. He has six touchdowns and 36 points to rank second in the area in scoring.

Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat.


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