The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 26, 2013

Stat leaders starting to separate from pack


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There is little doubt that the Richland Rams have the ability to put points on the scoreboard.

In fact, through the first four games of the season, the high-flying offense has generated an area-high 192 points, or an average of 48 points a game while sprinting out to its 4-0 mark.

Richland’s offensive prowess is balanced a little more toward the run with the Rams averaging 211.8 rushing yards a game while passing for an average of 165.3 per game.

Points-wise, Berlin Brothersvalley is next in line having scored 158 points in its 4-0 start.

Meyersdale may have had its first setback last week against Portage, but its offense was still potent and the Red Raiders are third with 153 points. The Mustangs are fourth with 148 and Windber is fifth with 131.

The other three teams that have put up more than 100 points in their first four games include Ligonier Valley (127), Northern Cambria (126) and Somerset (115).

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Defense: It’s not exactly a huge revelation that the top teams in the area also possess the defenses that are the most potent.

But what might be a surprise is that the stingiest defense thus far has been Bishop Carroll

(3-1). The Huskies have allowed just 27 points this season with 24 of those against Somerset in the team’s loss in Week 2.

That’s a meager 6.75 points a game allowed by Carroll, which has shutouts in its last two games against Forest Hills and Penn Cambria.

Next is Richand with 31 points yielded followed by Ligonier Valley with 32, Berlin Brothersvalley with 34 and Somerset with 36.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at


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