— In high school football action Friday night, Grove City and Lakeview both rattled off wins.
Grove City routed Oil City 70-22 on the road, while Lakeview picked up a 24-19 win over visiting Eisenhower.
- Grove City 70, Oil City 2 - At Oil City, the Eagles stayed unbeated with another big win in Region 5-AAA.
Wes Phipps ran for four of Grove City’s nine TDs while rushing for a game-high 140 yards. Foster Reznor added another pair of scores to pace head coach Jeff Bell’s Eagles, who improved to 7-0.
Oil City, which had met Grove City in a thriller a year ago at Forker Field, tallied just the two points on a safety in the second frame. The Eagles held the Oilers to only 144 yards of total offense.
- Lakeview 24, Eisenhower 19 - In Stoneboro, the Sailors (3-4) ended a skein of three straight setbacks with a pair of game-saving plays in the final minutes.
Trailing 19-16 with 36 seconds to play, Lakeview quarterback Zach Bigley hit Zac VanDusen with a 20-yard touchdown pass to take the lead on the Knights. Blake Reddick followed the score with a run for the conversion that put the Sailors up by 5.
VanDusen then pilfered a Knights’ pass on Eisenhower’s ensuing possession to seal the win with 26 seconds to go.
Reddick finished with another big night for the Sailors, running for 162 yards and a pair of TDs and, defensively, picked another Knights’ pass earlier in the tilt.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
GROVE CITY 14 28 21 7 70
OIL CITY 0 2 0 0 3
G - Phipps, 2-yard run (Murone kick).
G - Phipps, 19-yard run (Murone kick).
G - Phipps, 13-yard run (Murone kick).
G - Williams, 12-yard run (Murone kick).
O - Team safety.
G - Phipps, 2-yard run (Murone kick).
G - Reznor, 3-yard run (Murone kick).
G - Reznor, 11-yard run (Murone kick).
G - Trinch, 31-yard interception return (Murone kick).
G - Rodeymoyer, 1-yard run (Murone kick).
First downs – 13
Rushing yards – 399
Passing yards – 24
Att-comp-int – 5-2-0
Total yards – 423
Fumbles-lost – 2-0
Penalties-yards lost – 5-27
First downs - 7
Rushing yards - 41
Passing yards - 103
Att-comp-int - 25-8-3
Total yards - 144
Fumbles-lost - 3-1
Penalties-yards lost - 1-5
Rushing: Grove City - Phipps 11-140, Reznor 7-122, Price 9-54, Williams 3-38, Dagres 5-14, Record 2-13, DePeal 2-10, Graham 1-4, Rodeymoyer 4-4; Oil City - Owoc 8-20, Klena 7-16, Stamm 11-9, Thompson 1-(-4).
Passing: Grove City - Dagres 5-2-0-24; Oil City - Stamm 23-7-3, Zdarko 2-1-0-4.
Receiving: Grove City - Price 1-13, Reznor 1-11; Oil City - Rankin 5-70, Switzer 2-29, Thompson 1-4.
EISENHOWER 7 0 6 6 19
LAKEVIEW 8 0 8 8 24
L - Reddick, 1 run (Bigley run).
L - Reddick, 1 run (Zappia run).
L - VanDusen, 20 pass from Bigley (Reddick run).
First downs - N/A
Rushing yards - 185
Passing yards - 76
Att-comp-int - 7-3-1
Total yards - 261
Fumbles-lost - N/A
Penalties-yards lost - N/A
Rushing: Lakeview - Reddick 41-162, Kokoski 3-9, Bigley 4-14.
Passing: Lakeview - Bigley 6-3-1-76, VanDusen 1-0-0-0.
Receiving: Lakeview - VanDusen 3-76.
*Eisenhower statistics and some from Lakeview were not submitted not Allied News.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Up and down week for Sodeman
LAST FRIDAY I headed south to add I-77 Raceway Park to my track attended list, which made for 162nd track all-time. I-77 is located south of Ripley, West Virginia just off Interstate 77. This season, I-77 moved from the crowded Saturday night line-up to Friday night racing and teamed up with Ohio Valley Speedway. I-77 normally runs Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, E-Mods, Mod Lites, and 4-Cylinder Mini Stocks. With the Sprint Cars on the schedule, I decided to make the trip and they were joined by the Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, and E-Mods.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Blaney still running hot on area tracks
LAST THURSDAY I headed southwest to Atomic Speedway, formerly known as KC Raceway. The 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval is located an hour south of Columbus, Ohio just off Route 23 near Alma. It was my first visit in a couple years. A big crowd turned out on Independence Day Eve as the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars were back along with the Super Late Models and E-Mods. The Ohio Speedweek event the week before drew a huge 62-car field and Thursday’s event drew 33.
After an astounding Speedweek winning the final three races and four of six, Dale Blaney returned to the track that he last got defeated at. On the Speedweek show, Jac Haudenschild made the winning pass of Blaney, while Blaney finished second. Last Thursday, even a seventh starting spot didn’t derail Blaney for long. The Hartford, Ohio racer worked his way to the front and made the winning pass of race-long leader Tim Shaffer on lap 16. One caution three laps from the finish was all that slowed Blaney’s run to another $5,000 payday. It was Blaney’s fourth straight win, sixth of the season, and all-time leading 105th of his career with the All Stars.
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While he certainly did not turn the tide by himself, he turned the wheel. His swagger sometimes didn’t play well with management, but even the Buc brass had to appreciate the new culture that Burnett helped his teammates create.
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