By Madeline Williams
Allied News Sports Correspondent
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.
ä Conneaut Area 21, Mercer 14 — At the County Seat Mercer, the Mustangs suffered a tough loss to Conneaut that will make the drive for the Class A playoffs a little tougher.
Coach Pat McClearn’s Mustangs dropped to 3-2 in Region 1-A and 4-2 overall. Conneaut, which is actually an AAA school, went to 1-3 and 3-3.
Conneaut was powered by Hunter Merritt, who rushed for 260 yards on 33 carries and scored all 3 TDs on runs of 10, 35 and 17 yards.
Mercer scores came on a 1-yard run by Luke Leonard and an 8-yard pass to T.J. Peters from Logan Clarke. Clarke passed for 255 yards, hitting on 19 of 40 passes.
Late in the game the Mustangs drove to the Conneaut 20, but turned the ball over on a fumble.
ä Grove City 82, Saegertown 14 — At Forker Field in Grove City, Jared Graham fired a 55-yard touchdown pass to Foster Reznor only 15 seconds into the game and coach Jeff Bell’s Eagles were off and running as GC (3-2, 4-2) routed the winless Panthers (0-5, 0-6) in a Region 3-AA contest.
Graham, who was 5-of-6 for 196 yards, also fired TD passes of 47 yards to Nick Davies, a 16-yarder to Jesse Hodge and a 65-yard scoring strike to Justin Thompson. The junior quarterback also scored on an 81-yard run.
Other touchdowns for GC were a 38-yard run by Reznor, an 80-yard kickoff return by Davies, a 6-yard run by Jared Sample, a 1-yard run by Tanner Lucido, a 69-yard run by D’andre Byers, Donny Sevin broke loose for a 71-yard TD run, and Israel Lawrence pounced on a Saegertown fumble in the end zone for a score.
Dylan Nelson booted 5 PATs and Cole Latimer converted 6 extra-point kicks for Grove City, which led 27-0 after the 1st quarter and 61-0 at halftime.
Casey Fetzner scored on a 4-yard run for Saegertown and James Taylor had a 1-yard TD run.
ä Slippery Rock 55, Warren 7 — At Warren, the red-hot Rockets blasted the hapless home team in a Region 5-AAA contest to set up a big meeting this Friday with backyard rival Grove City.
Slippery Rock is 6-0 on the season and leads the region with a 3-0 mark.
Coach Brenden Hathaway’s Rockets, the highest scoring team in District 10, continued the offensive onslaught Friday. Travis Lauster (runs of 1 and 11 yards) and Jared McDowell (runs of 50 and 55 yards) each scored a pair of TDs for Slippery Rock.
Other tallies came from: Ryan Lauster, 70-yard run; Brandon mcKnight, 14-yard run; and Chris Reeseman, 37-yard pass from Jake Whitmer. Mark Cessar booted 3 field goals (34, 29 and 36 yards) as well as 4 extra point kicks.
Ryan Lauster rushed for 236 yards, while McDowell picked up 153 to lead the offense that produced 622 yards on the ground.
The lone score for Warren came on a 16-yard pass from D.J. Fehlman to Tanner Stanz.