The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 12, 2013

Ligonier Valley, Blairsville clash in Week 3


Somerset at Bishop McCort

McCort scored its first touchdown of the season late in the fourth quarter to take its first lead of the game at Forest Hills. But the Rangers rallied to score in the final minute to win in Sidman.

Still, after the close setback, the Crushers appeared to regain some of their swagger. Sophomore quarterback Blake Wade efficiently led the offense, and junior running back Marc Smith ran for more than 100 yards and scored the team’s lone touchdown. Punter Braden Junker twice pinned the Rangers inside their own 5-yard line, leading to a pair of momentum-swaying, fourth-quarter safeties.

Undefeated Somerset has one of the conference’s top quarterbacks, senior Tanner Stull, who has completed 18 of 31 passes for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also rushing 29 times for 195 yards and two scores. Stull averages 6.7 yards a run. Raven Beeman caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Bishop Guilfoyle at Cambria Heights

Bishop Guilfoyle has had difficulty scoring points through two winless weeks. The Marauders tallied 10 against Bedford (13-10 loss) and 14 against Richland (43-14 loss).

Damon Rickens has completed 14 of 34 passes for 132 yards and four interceptions. The Marauders have used seven different ball carries to rush for 267 yards on 72 attempts, a 133.5 average per game and 3.7 per run.

Heights dropped its opener at Richland (48-7) but bounced back with a dramatic one-point victory over visiting Westmont Hilltop (36-35). Highlanders senior Josh Fees has a team-high 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and Dennis Link has 98 yards on 23 carries.

Central Cambria at Penn Cambria

Central Cambria raced to a four-touchdown advantage early and stunned visiting Greater Johnstown last week. The Red Devils look to carry momentum into winless Penn Cambria.

Red Devil Scott Bauer ranks fifth in the area with 206 rushing yards. Junior Will Seymour completed 10 of 19 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and the quarterback has rushed for 119 yards. Sophomore Kerry Kirsch ran for 121 yards in two games.

Penn Cambria has been held to a touchdown or less in two losses. Quarterback Chad Tsikalas has completed 13 of 28 passes for 152 yards and three interceptions. Michael Kost carried seven times for a team-high 71 yards, and Tyler Strasser had a team-high 19 carries for 66 yards.

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