Huntingdon (1-3) at Penns Valley (1-3)
They played well early last week against Central, leading 6-0 after a quarter.
Quarterback Ben Alexander and running back Wyatt Sharp have proven to be a good compliment. Sharp provided the power and Alexander has the speed, especially when running the option. Alexander capped a 90-yard touchdown drive with a six yard option run against Cemtral.
The Rams’ secondary did not fare well later. Noah Benton and Mike Mock combined for four TD passes in Central’s 41-12 win.
The Rams have forced just four turnovers this season.
Huntingdon led Clearfield in the second quarter but gave up 395 yards on the ground in a 30-14 loss
The Bearcats are led by running back Jon Wagner, who had a 60-yard touchdown run against the Bisons. Wagner had 322 yards and four scores on the ground. He also is dangerous returning kicks.
State College (2-2) at Chambersburg (0-4)
It’s hard to see the potential for another classic battle at Chambersburg on Friday night. The winless Trojans have been shut out twice and are averaging just five points per game. Running back Darius Johnson has been Chambersburg’s top playmaker, catching nine passes for 104 yards and rushing for 94 yards on 32 carries. He was held without a yard on 11 carries in a loss to Lower Dauphin.
The Little Lions’ defense is coming off a dominant performance in a 37-8 win over Carlisle last week. State College linebacker Stan Martin led the way with 11 tackles and a sack. Running back Jordan Misher is averaging 141 rushing yards per game.
Bellefonte (1-3) at Tyrone (4-0)
The Red Raiders trailed 9-7 going into the fourth quarter of a 31-7 loss to Jersey Shore. They mounted a fourth-quarter comeback in a 28-20 loss to Huntingdon a week before beating Philipsburg-Osceola 36-0.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 13-0 lead last week, but John Marshall pounded Bellefonte 49-20 behind its rushing attack.
John Marshall finished with 475 rushing yards. The Red Raiders’ defense is in for another challenge this week against unbeaten Tyrone.
Golden Eagles running back Aleic Hunter ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries in a 42-3 win over Philipsburg-Osceola last week. He’s averaging 7.3 yards per carry and carried the load for Tyrone in close wins over Bellwood-Antis and Central.
Bellefonte running back Austin Jackson has proven to be a big-play threat so far. He ripped off an 80-yard run against Huntingdon and a 75-yard run against Philipsburg-Osceola. Jackson also broke a 60-yard run to help the Red Raiders take a 13-0 lead last week at John Marshall.
Philipsburg-Osceola (0-4) at Chestnut Ridge (3-1)
The Mounties are still searching for their first win after a 42-3 loss to Tyrone last week. Philipsburg-Osceola’s only offense came after two big passing plays by Jake Anderson led to a 41-yard field goal by Aaron Boumerhi.
The Mounties take on a Chestnut Ridge team that just picked up a 26-0 win over Bald Eagle Area.
The Lions are led by cousins Matt and Tyler Wiley. Matt, a fullback, leads the team in rushing with 330 yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries. Tyler, the quarterback, has rushed for 268 yards and six touchdowns on 71 carries.
Against Bald Eagle Area last week, Matt ran for 93 yards on 11 carries, and Tyler scored three touchdowns.
Bald Eagle Area (1-3) at Central (3-1)
They were blanked last week by Chestnut Ridge thanks to their own troubles holding onto the ball. They turned it over six times — three fumbles and three interceptions.
That won’t do against the Dragons. Central, led by quarterbacks Mike Mock and Noah Benton, is averaging 171 yards passing and 131 yards on the ground each game. Benton completed 5 of 6 passes, three for scores, in a 41-12 triumph over Penn Valley last week.
Linebacker Jordan Quarello and defensive back Alex Hoenstine have 40 tackles apiece for the Dragon defense.
St. Joseph’s (1-3) at Upper Dauphin
Garrett Walters provided some thrills with a 75-yard kickoff return. Michael Kresovich ran for one score and threw for another.
Upper Dauphin is coming off a 20-3 loss against Williams Valley.
The Trojans do most of their damage on the ground. Cameron Fornwald has rushed for 347 yards and three scores, while Cole Reed has added 244 yards and three TDs.
Reed is also a standout on defense, leading the Trojans in tackles.