MERCER COUNTY AREA —
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.