Grove City continued it’s drive for the playoffs with a 46-14 rout of Conneaut Area Friday.
At Forker Field, the undefeated and state-ranked Eagles (4-0, 8-0) closed out the home portion of its 2018 season and won the Region 5 title outright with the lopsided victory on senior night.
With the win, the 16-member senior class improved to 30-12 with a pair of region championships and one District 10 title during their high school careers. Grove City is 29-3 over the past 3 years.
Grove City quarterback Brady Callahan – who moved past 1993 graduate Brian Cavanaugh (3,534) into second place all-time for career passing yards in GCHS history behind Kameron Patterson (5,886) and now has 3,883 for his career – matched his career high with 5 touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 368 yards.
Callahan threw scoring strikes to Logan Lutz (26 and 50 yards), A.J. Miller (79 yards), Landon Hedglin (18 yards) and Colby Nelson (10 yards) as the Eagles rolled up 562 yards of offense on the night – one yard short of matching their season high from a week ago.
Tyler Greer (4 yards) and Nelson (6 yards) also posted rushing touchdowns for Grove City.
Lutz led all receivers with 8 catches for 130 yards, while Miller had 3 receptions for a career-high 97 yards. Greer led all groundgainers with 81 yards rushing on just 8 totes.
For Conneaut Area (1-3, 4-4), Tanner Neimann led the way with 20 carries for 80 yards, while completing 11-of-16 passes for 96 yards. Peyton Hearn managed 71 yards and both CASH scores on 22 rushes – Information submitted by Herald Sports Correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
• Slippery Rock 28, Hickory 17 – At Slippery Rock, the host Rockets wrapped up a District 10 playoff spot with the victory in a hard-fought battle.
The win lifted Slippery Rock to 2-2 in the region and 6-2 overall. The loss dropped Hickory to 0-4, 2-6, and ended all playoff hopes.
The first half was a back-and-fourth affair that ended in a 14-14 deadlock at intermission.
Hickory’s Kuldera Delgros scored both TDs for the Red and Black on runs of 1 and 2 yards.
The Rockets hit paydirt on an 80-yard pass hook-up from QB Vito Pilosi to David Duffalo and a 2-yard run by Kaleb Kamerer.
Hickory’s Sam Scarton and SR’s Nathaniel Willison were both 2-for-2 on PAT kicks.
In the third quarter, there was no scoring until 21 seconds left when Scarton drilled a 35-yard field goal to put Hickory up 17-14 at the fourth-quarter turn.
But it didn’t take long for the Rockets to jump ahead in the final frame. Pilosi burst 20 yards for a score with only 45 seconds gone in the period and Willison’s kick made it 21-17.
Hickory had some chances in the last quarter, but the home team iced it with 39 seconds left when Kamerer scored from 30-yards out and Willison added his 4th PAT kick.
Kamerer had 156 yards on 19 carries, while Pilosi added 114 on 21 totes. Pilosi also passed for 194 yards with David Duffalo pulling in 5 aerials for 130 yards. – Information by Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.
• Greenville 40, Lakeview 13 – On Homecoming at Greenville Friday, Brady Gentile rushed for 240 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Trojans (1-2, 3-5) past the Sailors (0-3, 1-7) in the Region 4 contest.
Greenville led 20-0 at the end of the opening quarter and 33-0 at halftime. The Trojans made it 40-0 before Lakeview scored its first touchdown.
Gentile scored on runs of 11, 3, 6 and 6 yards. He has rushed for 873 yards this season.
Greenville quarterback Jon King had a 1-yard touchdown run and fired a 40-yard TD pass to Blair Paxton.
Also for the Trojans, Justin Stuyvesant booted 4 extra-point kicks.
For Lakeview, Logan McFadden scored on an 8-yard run and Gavin Murdock threw an 11-yard TD pass to Burton Brocklehurst.
• West Middlesex 35, Mercer 0 – At Mercer, the Big Reds of Coach Mark Means closed out the Region 1 play with the shutout at the county seat.
WM moved to 7-1 overall while going 3-1 in the region, the only loss on the year coming against the state’s top-ranked Farrell Steelers. The Big Reds could be headed for a playoff rematch with Farrell at the end of the year.
Friday night, Jake Bowen put the first two scores on the board for the Big Reds on runs of 18 and 13 yards. He then connected with Kaz Hoffman for a 60-yard tally.
Clayton Parrish, who rushed for 173 yards on 16 carries, added a 2-yard TD, while Bowen had a Pick-6 on a 30-yard return.
The West Middlesex defense had a strong game as well, holding Mercer to only 122 total yards.
Mercer fell to 0-3, 3-5 with the loss.
• Wilmington 48, Sharpsville 14 — Perhaps that’s why they’re called the Greyhounds.
Friday night’s Region 4 showdown in Sharpsville started out like a track meet, as the teams traded 4 scores in the game’s opening 10 minutes. But visiting Wilmington’s Hounds hurdled an early 14-7 deficit en route to a 48-14 rout.
Under James McCracken Field’s pines, Cameron Marett manufactured a game-high 17-carry, 190-yard rushing performance that included a 75-yard scoring sprint, which was 3 yards longer than one produced by Robert Pontius in the 3rd period.
Pontius passed for 141 yards, including a 30-yard, 2nd-stanza scoring strike to Ethan Susen, and also rushed for 91 yards. Garret Guth garnered a 76-yard TD in the 4th frame, but it was negated an an illegal downfield block.
Sharpsville secured a 14-7 lead on a 71-yard TD toss from Nick Alexander to Kobe Joseph with 2:01 remaining in the opening frame. On Wilmington’s initial play from scrimmage on its ensuing series Marett mustered his 75-yard response, aided by McConahy’s downfield block.
From that juncture – with approximately a minute-and-a-half remaining in the 1st quarter –- the howling Hounds harvested 41 unanswered points. And the Hounds Hammer defense shut out Sharpsville for the final 3 periods, converting a pair of turnovers into scores.
In improving to 7-1 overall, Wilmington won the Region 4 crown with 6th straight win, 3rd in the circuit.
For Sharpsville (3-1, 6-2), Joseph joined with Alexander on a 3-yard scoring strike in the 1st frame. Alexander annexed a 20-for-30, 240-yard, 2-TD passing performance, though he was picked off by Marett. Luke Levis led all receivers with 8 catches for 69 yards. — By ED FARRELL, Herald assistant sports editor.
• Farrell 54, Reynolds 8 – At Transfer, the state’s top-ranked Steelers rolled to close out Region 1 play at 3-0 and lift their season mark to 8-0.
Scoring for Coach Jarrett Samuels were: Christian Lewis on a 9-yard pass from Kyi Wright and runs of 15 and 69 yards; Jourdan Townsend on a 54-yard aerial from Wright and 1-yard run; Tymir Green on a 20-yard fumble return and 1-yard run; and Brian Hilton Jr. on a 29-yard pass from Wright.
Lewis rushed for 126 yards on 9 carries and moved into second place in career rushing yards in Farrell history with 3,010, just slightly behind record-holder Braxton Chapman 3,067.
• Sharon 27, University Prep 20 – At Tiger Stadium, Coach Jim Wildman’s Sharon High Tigers (5-3) held off UP (4-4) for the win.
Sharon led 27-8 at halftime. UP scored a pair of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Tigers’ QB Lane Voytik was 14-of-25 for 144 with 2 TD passes and one interception. He threw touchdown tosses to Ty Eilam and Frank Shaffer.
Sharon bruising running back Jordan Wilson rushed for 131 yards (21 carries) and had a 15-yard TD run. He has 967 rushing yards this year.
Warren Nixon also picked off a pass and returned it 50 yards for a score