State College and Bellefonte are the area’s top-2 teams this season, so it’s no surprise the Little Lions and Red Raiders own some of the top statistical achievements through six weeks.
Their quarterbacks continue to put together brilliant efforts and lead the county in a variety of categories. And their wide receivers and running backs are among the area’s leaders, too.
Here’s a look at this week’s leaders:
Let’s start with State College quarterback Tommy Friberg this week.
Friberg leads the county in completion percentage (68.9) and passing touchdowns (13) while throwing just two interceptions.
Friberg picked apart the Carlisle defense during last Friday’s 70-14 win, finishing 9 for 13 for a season-high 183 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions — his second straight effort with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Friberg ranks fourth in the area with 632 passing yards in five games, but his average per game (126.4) isn’t far off from leading passer Daniel Slogosky of Philipsburg Osceola (817 yards; 136.2 per game).
While Friberg has put up eye-popping numbers for the Little Lions (5-0), Dylan Deitrich has done the same for Bellefonte (5-1).
In addition to leading the county in rushing, Deitrich has thrown for 129.2 yards per game in five games at quarterback. He made big plays in the passing game despite completing just 3 of 8 passes in last week’s 55-28 win over Clearfield. Deitrich finished with 97 yards passing, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to spark the Red Raiders’ 35-point second half.
It could be tough for the rest of the county’s top rushers to catch Deitrich after a memorable performance last week.
Deitrich finished with 203 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns on 19 carries against Clearfield, improving his area-best totals to 687 yards rushing and 13 rushing touchdowns. Penns Valley’s Ryan Ripka ranks second in the county with 437 yards rushing, while Bellefonte wide receiver Cade Fortney and State College running back Isaiah Edwards are tied behind Deitrich with eight rushing/receiving touchdowns.
Deitrich, who is averaging 114.5 rushing yards per game, has scored a touchdown every week this season.
Edwards, meanwhile, has found the end zone in four straight games. The Little Lions leading rusher ranks fourth in the area this week after Ripka leaped from No. 5 to No. 2. Ripka’s big jump came after a 115-yard night against Philipsburg-Osceola, while BEA’s Gage McClenahan (50 yards), Bellefonte’s Dexter Gallishaw (23 yards) and Edwards (26 yards) finished with modest totals.
Fortney is still the No. 1 receiver in the county after making a pair of big plays in Bellefonte’s win over Clearfield.
Fortney hauled in a 38-pass from Deitrich that set up the Red Raiders’ second touchdown and pulled down a 54-yard pass from Nick Paloskey that led to another score just before the half.
The two-catch, 92-yard night keeps him ahead of Bald Eagle Area’s Matthew Reese (No. 2; 327 yards) and Penns Valley’s Cole Breon (No. 3; 303 yards).
Breon moved to No. 3 after one of the county’s top performances last week, hauling in nine catches and one touchdown for 119 yards.
State College’s wide receivers have yet to break into the county’s top 5, but they’ve still put up some notable numbers.
Brandon Clark has hauled in 11 passes for 187 yards — and seven of his 11 catches have been for touchdowns — after making five grabs for a season-high 101 yards last week. Cohen Russell leads the Little Lions with 201 yards receiving on eight catches, good for a 25.1 yard average.
Area stat leaders
1. Daniel Slogosky, P-O, 817
2. Jaden Jones, BEA, 730
3. Dylan Deitrich, Bel, 646
4. Tommy Friberg, SC, 632
5. Aaron Tobias, PV, 467
1. Dylan Deitrich, Bel, 687
2. Ryan Ripka, PV, 437
3. Gage McClenahan, BEA, 413
4. Isaiah Edwards, SC, 381
5. Dexter Gallishaw, Bel, 349
1. Cade Fortney, Bel, 394
2. Matthew Reese, BEA, 327
3. Cole Breon, PV, 303
4. T.J. Thompson, P-O, 229
5. Kael Gardner, BEA, 220