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Chasing 1,000: Several running backs have positioned themselves to surpass the 1,000-yard mark.
Shade’s Brock Medva leads the area with 973 rushing yards. Ligonier’s Ryan Torrance (898), Berlin’s Drew Glotfelty (864), Richland’s Tanner Solarczyk (791) and Blacklick Valley’s Johnny Sheesley (766) round out the top-5.
Passing lane: McCort’s Zaine Tomkowski quietly moved into the area’s top passing spot with 957 yards (67 of 121 pass attempts, seven touchdowns, four interceptions).
Richland’s Matt Shaffer (844) and Ferndale’s Chad Eisenhuth (808) also have more than 800 passing yards. Shaffer had led the statistics most of the year, but the undefeated Rams’ diverse offense has really established the running game behind junior Solarczyk during the past two weeks. Solarczyk had five touchdowns in a win at Somerset last week, and he had both TDs in a narrow 17-14 win over McCort in Week 5.
Scoring machine: Ligonier’s Ryan Torrance leads the area with 18 touchdowns and 112 points. Glotfelty is second with 13 TDs and 78 points.
Ligonier’s Maddy Grimm has an area-high 31 kicking points.
Win column: It wasn’t easy, but Ferndale snapped a
24-game losing streak on the field with a dramatic 34-32 overtime victory against visiting Rockwood on Saturday.
The Jackets had built an 18-0 advantage only to watch the Rockets storm back and force OT.
Ferndale technically had a forfeit win over Freedom Academy during Week 9 in 2010.
The victory helped the Jackets, especially their seniors, celebrate homecoming.
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.