Name: Luke Shertzer
Shertzer’s week: Shertzer, a 5-foot-10, 165- pound two-way starter, made six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Richland offense in a 28-0 victory over Penn Cambria last Friday in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals. Shertzer was also highly involved on the defensive side.
The cornerback had one interception and two passes defended while spending the majority of the game locked in man coverage against Nathan Keagy, the Panthers’ 6-6 receiver.
“As a defensive back, we think Luke is as good as they come in (the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference) and District 6,” Richland coach Brandon Bailey said. “His ability to make plays is outstanding. He’s a great player and a great kid.”
Shertzer has 37 receptions for 602 yards and six touchdowns on offense. Defensively, Shertzer has 40 tackles and a team-high five interceptions.
“I really couldn’t decide if I like offense or defense better,” Shertzer said. “I don’t like to be off the field. It bothers me.”
One-handed jump start: Richland wanted to get off to a fast start against Penn Cambria, an opponent the Rams had played two weeks prior, and Shertzer delivered.
On the third play of the game, Shertzer reached out with one hand to catch a Matt Shaffer pass, tipped it to himself and ended up outracing the Penn Cambria secondary for a 58-yard touchdown.
“We needed to get off to a fast start. We wanted to get an early lead,” Bailey said. “Luke’s catch really did get us going.”
The play has already grown in legend during the week as top-seeded Richland (11-0) prepares for defending
District 6 Class AA champion Tyrone on Friday night at Richland High School.
“I just remember sticking my one hand out and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to catch it or not,” Shertzer said. “We watched it on film and it looked better than it felt in person.”
The fun bunch: Shertzer plays basketball and runs track, but for him, there’s nothing like being a part of the first Richland team to win a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship.
These Rams are also the first in team history to win their first 11 games of a season.
Part of that success can be attributed to a high-powered, balanced offense that averages more than 400 yards per game and has topped 40 points on four occasions.
“It’s so much fun being a part of this offense,” Shertzer said. “We’ve all been working hard since the spring, and it created a bond. It also helped us know our roles.”
Name: Luke Shertzer
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Richland, Central to vie for district title
The score of Central’s PIAA District 6 Class AA semifinal victory over Forest Hills certainly caught Brandon Bailey’s attention.
The Scarlet Dragons put up 62 points against Forest Hills while allowing the Rangers only 14.
CORY ISENBERG | Three schools from area remain in football
Just three area football teams remain alive in postseason play and all three will play in 7 p.m. contests on Friday night.
Showing that it was no fluke the first time around, Chestnut Ridge (9-3) powered its way past Bedford for the second time this season in the District 5 Class AA championship. The Lions earned a berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite District 9 champ Karns City (11-1), which defeated Kane 49-21 in the title game.
CORY ISENBERG| Area fans treated to playoff dramas
Some of the most exciting high school football playoff games over the weekend came courtesy of area squads.
Shade’s hard-fought, dramatic victory over Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A quarterfinal was a stunner, especially for the Black Panthers faithful, who were already planning for Saturday’s playoff game against Tussey Mountain.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Shaffer revitalizes Richland's passing game
Two years ago, Brandon Bailey saw potential in a tall, strong-armed quarterback looking to establish himself in the Richland High program.
Matt Shaffer was a sophomore splitting the quarterback duties with classmate Nico Pecora back then.
Annual Santa Fund Soccer Classic will return
The third annual Santa Fund Soccer Classic, featuring all-star seniors from Cambria and Somerset Counties, will be held as a boys and girls doubleheader on Nov. 23 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
Campbell, Solarczyk nominated for Point award
Delweld pick-up player Nate Campbell and Richland running back Tanner Solarczyk earned Point Stadium Award monthly nominations for August and September, respectively.
A center fielder, Campbell laced a one-out double to deep right field, driving in a pair of runs that provided the margin of victory in the Johnstown representative’s 12-10 victory over Chicago Metro in the AAABA Tournament.
Richland’s Moran leads D6 golf qualifier
Richland's Connor Moran was the overall winner at Tuesday's District 6 golf qualifier at Summit Country Club.
LHAC coaches pick Bishop Carroll
Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference girls volleyball coaches selected Bishop Carroll as the team to beat in conference play this fall.
The LHAC held its girls volleyball media day on Friday at Bishop Carroll. All conference teams except Johnstown attended the inaugural event, which included a vote by coaches on the top teams.
Carbaugh comes back big after surgery
Richland’s Bobby Carbaugh began his summer baseball season with a dominating performance in the AAABA League at Point Stadium.
Almost three months later, the 6-foot-4 right-hander finished with an even more impressive feat while winning a championship with the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Four from Richland committed to UPJ
For Sabrina Wingard, the opportunity to play collegiate soccer with her sister, Savanna, was too great an opportunity to skip.
For Bobby Colvin, Curt Colvin and Ismail Ahmad, the idea of playing highly competitive soccer next to their high school campus made for an easy choice.
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