Greater Johnstown at Central Cambria
First-year Central Cambria coach Bill Corrente hopes his Red Devils can slow down a Johnstown team coming off a 28-7 victory over Penn Cambria.
Johnstown sophomore quarterback Jeremy Updyke completed passes to five different receivers while going 9 of 15 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Receiver Willie Robinson caught three passes for 90 yards and two TDs.
“Johnstown has team speed. We don’t have that kind of speed so it’s hard to match up in terms of overall team speed,” Corrente said. “They’re big up front. They’re well-coached. They’re just exceptional in terms of speed.
“They have success throwing the ball. They have two great wideouts,” he added. “If you let them get behind you, they’re going to have success. You just can’t isolate on one guy.”
Central Cambria played a veteran Somerset team close before falling 28-6 on the road. The Golden Eagles led 14-6 at halftime.
“They played very well against a tough Somerset team,” Johnstown coach Tony Penna Jr. said. “Coach Corrente has them flying around on both sides of the ball. He’s a sharp football coach with plenty of experience. It’s always tough going up there to play and we expect Friday night to be no different.”
The Devils upset Johnstown in 2010 (14-13) and 2011 (7-6) and were close last season (15-6).
“Our league always comes down to match ups. They’ve always matched up well wiith us,” Penna said. “They played very well against us all three years I’ve been there. We expect no different this time.”
Bedford at Penn Cambria
Bedford made a season-opening statement with a 13-10 victory over visiting Bishop Guilfoyle.
Bisons quarterback Austin Mongomery’s 47-yard run four minutes into the final quarter was the game-winner.
Guilfoyle held Bedford to only three offensive plays in the third quarter to hold a 10-6 advantage.
Penn Cambria looks to get new head coach Jason Grassi his first win while improving an offense that produced 79 yards and had three turnovers against Johnstown.