The league powers are starting to prove themselves after only three weekend of high school football.
Following are game reports or Mercer County area teams:
— Lakeview 34, Mercer 20 – At Stoneboro, the defending Region 1-A champions, showed once again that they aren’t about to give up the throne easily.
The Sailors, playing with a chip on their shoulders after an Erie paper predicted they wouldn’t win a game this year, rattled off their third straight victory, including a second straight in league play.
Running behind an experienced front line, the Sailors racked up 288 yards on the ground, led by Marquis Spence who rambled for 208 yards on 24 carries. He scored 4 touchdowns on totes of 7, 80, 1 and 6 yards.
Also hitting paydirt for Lakeview was Jake Doddo on an 80-yard kickoff return,
Conversely, while Lakeview stuck with the ground game (0 for 2 in the air), the Mustangs (0-2, 1-2) unleashed their usual aerial assault on the strong arm of Logan Clarke.
Clarke passed for 281 yards, connecting on 28 of 36 passes, including two scores to Jonathan Wegrzynek for 26 yards and Brayton Edwards for 10 yards. Clarke also scored on a 4-yard run.
The Mustangs were hampered by four turnovers – one interception and three lost fumbles.
This weekend, Lakeview puts its unbeaten record on the line at Farrell, while Mercer tries to get untracked at Sharpsville.
— Sharpsville 39, Reynolds 0 – At McCracken Field in Sharpsville, the Blue Devils (1-0, 3-0) shut down Reynolds standout running back Mike Millero and cruised in their home- and Region 1-A opener.
Sharpsville took a 6-0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 23-yard run by Tyler Wansack. The extra-point kick by Nick Henwood failed.
The state’s 5th-ranked Blue Devils went up 14-0 in the 2nd quarter on a 2-yard run by Wansack and a 2-point conversion catch by Dayne Smith.
Coach Paul Piccirilli’s Blue Devils tacked on 2 more scores in the 2nd quarter on a pair of Luke Henwood TD passes to lead 27-0 at halftime.
Luke Henwood fired a 37-yard TD pass to Popatak and a 13-yarder to Mitch Fyffe. Nick Henwood converted the PAT after the Popatak score.
Sharpsville scored touchdowns in both the 3rd and 4th quarters to make it 39-0 on a 20-yard TD run by Khaliq Ragster and Tyrin Peavy’s 6-yard run. The extra-point kick failed following both scores.
Ragster rushed for 83 yards while Wansack had 74 and George Keck tallied 71 for Sharpsville. Luke Henwood was 7-of-12 for 99 yards. Fyffe pulled in 2 passes for 45 yards.
Millero only rushed for 15 yards on 12 carries for Reynolds, which only compiled 60 yards in total offense.
— Sharon 41, Titusville 8 – The Tigers of Coach Jim Wildman may be young, but they appear to be growing up fast.
At Sharon Tigers Stadium Friday, the Tigers rolled to their first victory after two shutout losses to Jefferson, Ohio, and Hickory. They raised their record to 1-1 in Region 3-AA,
Against the Rockets (0-2, 1-2), the hosts built a 34-2 lead at halftime and coasted home.
Sharon quarterback Andrew Tomko had an outstanding night, hitting 14 of 24 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
Zach Meszaros was on the receiving end of two of the TD aerials, good for 30 and 50 yards. Ali A’Royal pulled in the other from 11 yards out.
Tomko also hit paydirt on a 1-yard run, while Da’Mon Rudolph scored on a 1-yard burst and Jeremiah Norris on an 11-yard sprint. Norris, a freshman, gained 102 yards on 6 carries. Chris Hartnagle kicked 5 extra points.
Titusville had a safety, then scored on the final play of the game on a 30-yard bomb from Brown to Seins.
Sharon returns to league action next Friday at Corry.
— Hickory 42, Corry 0 – In Hermitage, the Hornets of Coach Bill Brest pitched their third straight shutout of the season and moved to 2-0 in Region 3-AA.
Hickory scored 21 points in each half.
Andrew Pryts scored a pair of touchdowns on a run and pass from Nick Cannone. Cannone carried for one score, while Chuck Carr scored on a run. Cirillo caught a TD pass from Cannone. (No scoring details were submitted).
Jordan Wombacker was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra point boots.
Pryts had a big night with 188 yards gained on 32 carries.
— Greenville 35, Warren 6 – At Stewart Field in Greenville, coach Brian Herrick’s Trojans improved to 1-1 in Region 3-AA and 2-1 overall with the win over the Dragons (1-1, 1-2).
Gage Gladysz went 5-of-9 for 63 yards and threw 3 TD passes to lead the way for Greenville.
The Trojans took a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 26-yard TD pass from Gladysz to Andy Jones. Casey Eells tacked on the PAT.
Greenville exploded for 3 scores in the 2nd quarter to lead 28-0 at the break.
Aaron Emmett hauled in a 6-yard TD pass from Gladysz, Hunter Hause broke loose for a 30-yard TD run and Gladysz and Emmett hooked up again from 3-yards out. Eells added the kicks.
Greenville went up 35-0 in the 3rd quarter on a 38-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Nick Black and Eells nailed the extra-point kick.
Black led Greenville in rushing with 86 yards on 11 carries. Jones pulled in 2 passes for 36 yards.
— West Middlesex 47, Farrell 20 — Some football teams, in short-yardage situations, employ a tight end as a pseudo extra tackle for blocking purposes.
But when the Big Reds’ run game is rolling, Trey Staunch is usually out front. After all, the West Middlesex High quarterback is probably the biggest of the Big Reds.
Staunch and his “linemates” launched Eric Lucich’s game-high 22-carry, 230-yard, 4-touchdown performance Friday night, as West Middlesex (1-1, 1-2) manhandled Farrell, 47-20, in a Region 1-A contest.
Left tackle Mike Bachetti, left guard Chris Mulkerin, center Tommy Lewis, right guard Jeffrey Spencer and right tackle Gator Thompson teamed with the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Staunch in leading Lucich up through the line. Then Lucich, the senior speedster “looked for green grass” once he broke into the second level.