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Turning point: On paper, Week 5 looks as if it will reveal a lot about the area’s top contenders.
In the LHAC, undefeated Richland hosts 3-1 Bishop McCort on Friday.
The Rams have been nearly unstoppable on offense and stingy on defense. The Crushers are coming off a big road win in Bedford.
Forest Hills and Cambria Heights each are 2-2 entering their game at Patton. The Rangers were dealt a tough blow when quarterback Joe Donoughe, then the area’s leading passer, went down with an injury in last week’s 14-0 loss to Bishop Guilfoyle.
Heights blanked Central Cambria 34-0 and is hoping to live up to somewhat lofty preseason expectations for a team that had struggled during a long stretch prior to a solid 2011 season.
Both Johnstown (2-2) and Somerset (3-1) will try to shrug off the effects of disappointing losses.
Previously winless Westmont used a late field goal and a turnover near the goal line to edge visiting and previously undefeated Somerset 17-14 on Saturday.
Richland piled up yardage and points in a 42-0 win over visiting Johnstown.
The Trojans visit the Eagles on Friday in a game that probably will have huge implications in the standings and psychologically for both the winner and loser.
Unbeaten Penn Cambria and Guilfoyle (3-1) play another marquee game on Saturday night at Mansion Park.
The Marauders have been impressive only one year removed from a disappointing season.
Former Panthers assistant coach Justin Wheeler has done a great job and will face one of his mentors in Panthers veteran coach Ernie Fetzer.
WestPAC powers North Star (3-1) and Berlin (4-0) will meet at the Snyder Complex on Friday. Conemaugh Township
(2-2) and Blacklick (3-1) clash in Nanty Glo.
An intriguing non-conference battle of unbeatens pits Heritage Conference frontrunner Ligonier Valley against WestPAC co-leader Windber at Windber Stadium.
The Ramblers have scored 125 points in the past three weeks.
Ligonier has three shutouts while outscoring the opposition by a combined