Tyrone (5-0) at Bald Eagle Area (1-4)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: Tyrone — Jason Wilson (first season); BEA — Ron Hoover (first season)
Last meeting: Tyrone 26, Bald Eagle Area 21, District 6 Class AA playoffs, last season
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Players to watch: T — Garrett Hunter, QB; BEA — Mitchell Struble, RB
The skinny: Bald Eagle Area nearly picked up its first win over Tyrone since 1994 in the District 6 Class AA playoffs last year.
The Eagles lost 26-21, and their top playmaker that night — receiver Bryan Greene (seven catches, 220 yards) — has graduated. Bald Eagle Area has relied on its running game rather than big plays this season, and the Eagles have struggled. Running back Mitchell Struble rushed for more than 100 yards against Philipsburg-Osceola and Penns Valley. Last week, he led the team with 29 yards rushing on eight carries.
The Eagles are coming off two straight shutout losses to Chestnut Ridge (26-0) and Central (40-0). Bald Eagle Area turned it over a combined nine times in those losses.
Tyrone is on a roll, picking up three straight blowout wins after a pair of close victories to start the season.
Golden Eagles quarterback Garrett Hunter has completed 31 of 42 passes — 73.8 percent — and thrown for six touchdowns and no interceptions in the last three weeks. Tyrone outscored Huntingdon, Philipsburg-Osceola and Bellefonte 141-31 in those games.
Running back Aleic Hunter leads Tyrone in rushing, averaging 117.8 yards per game and 8.2 yards per carry.
Penns Valley (1-4) at Philipsburg-Osceola (0-5)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: PV — Martin Tobias (19th season); PO — Michael Soyster (first season)
Last meeting: Penns Valley 41, Philipsburg-Osceola 10
Players to watch: PV — Ben Alexander, QB; PO — Jake Anderson, QB
The skinny: All eyes will be on Penns Valley quarterback Ben Alexander one week after a record-setting performance in a 49-44 loss to Huntingdon.
Alexander set the Centre County record for rushing in a game with 384 yards and points in a game with 44. His six touchdowns tied the county record. Alexander carried the ball 32 times in the memorable effort. But it wasn’t enough to lift the Rams to victory. Penns Valley has lost two straight, allowing more than 40 points to Central (41) and Huntingdon. The Rams’ lone win was over Bald Eagle Area in Week 3.
P-O hasn’t had many highlights this season.
After a 30-28 loss to West Branch in the opener, the Mounties have been outscored 168-27 in four more losses. Quarterback Jake Anderson found Tanner Lamb for the team’s lone touchdown in a 48-7 loss to Chestnut Ridge last week. P-O has now lost 24 of its last 25 games spanning three seasons.
Bellefonte (1-4) at Clearfield (3-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: B — Shanon Manning (second season); C — Tim Janocko (30th season)
Last meeting: Clearfield 49, Bellefonte 13, last season
Players to watch: B — Austin Jackson, RB; C — Seth Caldwell, RB
The skinny: Bellefonte was doomed from the start last week in a 47-7 loss to Tyrone.
The Red Raiders allowed Aleic Hunter to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and they trailed 20-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Bellefonte had a similar troubling start in its 49-13 loss to Clearfield last season. Bison running back Tyler Stratton scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes to give Clearfield a 14-0 lead and finished with 204 yards and four scores — in the first half.
Stratton graduated, but Clearfield has a dangerous rushing attack led by quarterback Erik Sellers and running back Seth Caldwell. Caldwell leads the team with 488 yards rushing, highlighted by a 227-yard effort in a win over Huntingdon two weeks ago. Sellers has 446 yards rushing and is coming off a season-high 138 yards rushing to go with three touchdowns in a win over Brockway last week.
Austin Jackson leads Bellefonte in rushing with 343 yards and four touchdowns, but the Red Raiders struggled to get anything going against Tyrone. Jackson had 14 yards on nine carries, part of a 73-yard night on the ground for Bellefonte.
Dillon Kephart accounted for 31 yards rushing on one carry.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-4) at Curwensville (4-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: SJCA — Dave Carson (second season); C — Andy Evanko
Last meeting: Curwensville 25, St. Joseph’s 7
Players to watch: SJCA — Charlie Ross, TE; C — Nick Stewart, RB
The skinny: St. Joseph’s has dropped four straight after a season-opening 31-20 win over Halifax.
Last week against Upper Dauphin, the Wolves didn’t score until late in the fourth quarter of a 31-16 loss. Mike Kresovich completed 20 of 35 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Tight end Charlie Ross led St. Joseph’s with nine catches for 50 yards, and Mike Jabco finished with six receptions for 94 yards.
St. Joseph’s lost eight yards on 24 rushing attempts.
Curwensville is off to a strong start behind its freshman running back Nick Stewart. Stewart has rushed for more than 100 yards in four games and is averaging 150.6 yards per game. He ran for a season-high 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Golden Tide’s first loss to Elk County Catholic last week. Stewart also has nine rushing touchdowns.