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October 9, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Lakeview rolls past Farrell

Grove City, Slippery Rock win; Mercer bows

MERCER COUNTY AREA — At Farrell’s Anthony J. Paulekas Stadium/Lou Falconi Field, the Lakeview Sailors under head coach Dan York improved to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the conference with a big 39-10 Region 1-A victory over the Farrell Steelers.

The win left the Sailors tied at the top of the region standings with West Middlesex.

Senior Blake Reddick led the ground assault for the Sailors as he continued to produce big games. Reddick carried the ball 29 times for 259 yards. For the season he has 1,279 on 111 totes to lead all Mercer County rushers after 6 games.

“Blake (Reddick) is playing great for us. He had a fantastic night (Friday) and has a lot to be proud of,” York said of his star running back.

Defensively, the Sailors, led by big tackles from Sam Breese and Brandon Rice, shut down the Steelers’ offense and kept them to only 273 yards on the night.

“Our defense played great (Friday),” York said. “We shut down their run so it forced them to throw the ball. I couldn’t be more proud of these boys.”

The Steelers put the first points on the board when quarterback Rob Guelledge threw a short pass to Brandon Gavins that he took to the house for an 86-yard touchdown in the middle of the first. Senior Austin Pickens kicked the extra point.

The Sailors quickly responded when quarterback Zach Bigley threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior Zach VanDusen. VanDusen kicked the PAT following  his own touchdown to tie the game 7-7.

The Sailors kept the ball rolling at the start of the second quarter when senior Marquis Spence ran 2 yards for a touchdown. Van Dusen tacked on the extra point to give the Sailors a lead they would never look back from.

The last scoring play for the Steelers came with three minutes to play in the first half when Pickens kicked a 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10. Freshman Tanner Reddick picked up a Steelers fumble during a last minute drive by the hosts in the final seconds of the second quarter.

Midway through the third quarter, Bigley had a 12-yard run for a touchdown to kick off four unanswered touchdowns for the visitors. Spence had three more touchdown runs of 1, 3, and 15 yards during the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Sailors.

In addition to Reddick’s impressive running game, Bigley and Spence had 49 and 48 rushing yards on the night, respectively.

Farrell was led by Gavins, who had 100 yards on 10 carries and 99 yards on two complete catches. Senior Dewayne Burns caught three passes for 51 total receiving yards.

The Steelers will host Hickory, who defeated Sharon 38-7 last weekend, this coming Friday in an interregion clash. The Sailors will welcome non-conference Cochranton (4-2) on Friday in their homecoming game.

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