State College (3-5) at Cumberland Valley (6-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: SC — Matt Lintal (first season); CV — Michael Whitehead (second season)
Last meeting: Cumberland Valley 39, State College 26, last season
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Players to watch: SC — Jordan Misher, RB; CV — Tim Spinelli, FB
The skinny: State College needs a win this week to avoid a losing record in the regular season.
The Little Lions lost their third, falling 14-12 to Central Dauphin East last week. State College kept pace with the Panthers, but a missed extra point left them trailing all night.
The Little Lions travel to Mechanicsburg to take on Cumberland Valley on Friday.
The Eagles are coming off a 7-0 win over previously unbeaten Central Dauphin. State College lost 10-7 to Central Dauphin three weeks ago.
State College and Cumberland Valley have both also played Bishop McDevitt. The Little Lions lost 34-14 in Week 2, while Cumberland Valley fell 6-3 in Week 3.
The Little Lions defense kept them in close losses to Central Dauphin and CD East, and they’ll likely need a big night from that unit to beat the Eagles on the road. Cumberland Valley has allowd just 12.8 points per game and limited an explosive Harrisburg team to seven points in a win.
State College is led by running back Jordan Misher who has rushed for 906 yards and eight touchdowns. Fullback Tim Spinelli has rushed for more than 100 yards the last three games to power the Eagles’ offense.
Bald Eagle Area (2-6) at Jersey Shore (8-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: BEA — Ron Hoover (first season); JS — Tom Gravish (third season)
Players to watch: BEA — Mitchell Struble, RB; JS — Levi Lorson, RB
The skinny: A week after Bald Eagle Area rushed for a season-high 334 yards against Huntingdon, the Eagles couldn’t get anything going in a loss to Clearfield.
It’ll be a challenge for Bald Eagle Area to find its rhythm against an unbeaten Jersey Shore team this Friday. The Bulldogs, led by former Bellefonte coach Tom Gravish, have allowed just 8.1 points per game this season. They’ve recorded two shutouts and limited opponents to just one touchdown in three games.
Bald Eagle Area’s rushing attack is led by Mitchell Struble, who has rushed for more than 100 yards three times this year. Struble piled up 252 yards and ran for four touchdowns in a 32-12 win over Huntingdon two weeks ago. He was held to 29 yards rushing on 17 carries in a 49-14 loss to Clearfield last week.
Jersey Shore moved to 8-0 and clinched the Heartland Athletic Conference I title with its 16-10 win over Selinsgrove last week. The Bulldogs held Selinsgrove scoreless in the first half and relied on running back Levi Lorson to power their offense.
Lorson finished with 112 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Lorson has rushed for 1,242 yards this season. He’s accounted for more than 100 yards on the ground in all but one game, and he’s surpassed the 200-yard mark three times.
Chestnut Ridge (7-1) at Bellefonte (2-6)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: CR — Max Shoemaker; Bel — Shanon Manning (second season)
Players to watch: CR — Matt Wiley, FB; Bel — Dillon Kephart, RB
The skinny: Bellefonte proved to be no match for Central in a 41-7 loss last week.
The Dragons scored the first 41 points before the Red Raiders’ Gaven Daneker punched in a 3-yard run to avoid the shutout late in the fourth quarter. Bellefonte’s Dillon Kephart led the team in rushing with 46 yards on 11 carries. Kephart also paced the rushing attack with eight carries for 59 yards the previous week in the Red Raiders’ comeback 20-12 overtime win over Penns Valley.
Bellefonte quarterback Mark Armstrong completed a season-high eight passes on 15 attempts against Central.
Chestnut Ridge owns wins over Bald Eagle Area, Philipsburg-Osceola, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Penns Valley.
The Lions also beat Central 15-12 three weeks ago.
Matt Wiley has rushed for eight touchdowns, including three against Penns Valley last week. Quarterback Tyler Wiley has thrown for eight touchdowns and rushed for 12 touchdowns this year.
Tyrone (7-1) at Penns Valley (2-6)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: T — Jason Wilson (first season); PV — Martin Tobias (19th season)
Last meeting: Tyrone 43, Penns Valley 21, last season
Players to watch: T — Aleic Hunter, RB; PV — Ben Alexander, QB
The skinny: Tyrone bounced back from its first loss with an emphatic 61-0 win over Central Mountain last week.
The Golden Eagles, who fell 26-14 to Clearfield the previous week, got three rushing touchdowns from running back Aleic Hunter. Hunter has found the end zone in five consecutive games. He’s scored 12 touchdowns rushing and one receiving. Tyrone has scored more than 40 points in five games.
Penns Valley suffered a 42-0 loss to Chestnut Ridge last week.
The Rams played without Ben Alexander, who was injured against Bellefonte two weeks ago.
Alexander completed 13 of 19 passes for 126 yards and rushed for 84 yards against the Red Raiders. Alexander has rushed for 11 touchdowns and passed for five touchdowns this season.
Philipsburg-Osceola (0-8) at Clearfield (6-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: P-O — Michael Soyster (first season); C — Tim Janocko (30th season)
Last meeting: Clearfield 56, Philipsburg-Osceola 7, last season
Players to watch: P-O — Jake Anderson, QB; C — Erik Sellers, RB
The skinny: Philipsburg-Osceola has been overmatched in its last seven games.
Since a season-opening two-point loss to West Branch, the Mounties have lossed by an average of 33 points. Six opponents have scored at least 40 points during that stretch.
Clearfield, meanwhile, has ripped off five straight wins — including a 26-14 victory over previously unbeaten Tyrone two weeks ago. The Bison have scored at least 26 points in every game this year and are coming off a 49-14 win over Bald Eagle Area last week.
Clearfield boasts a balanced rushing attack.
Erik Sellers leads the way with 802 yards, Seth Caldwell has rushed for 759 yards and Corey Shimmel is averaging 8.6 yards per carry in limited action. Bison quarterback Cody Spaid put together his best performance of the season last week, completing 7 of 9 passes for 131 yards and three scores in a 49-14 win over Bald Eagle Area.
Philipsburg-Osceola quarterback Jake Anderson completed 10 of 19 passes in addition to rushing for 91 yards on 19 carries in a 42-13 loss to Huntingdon last week.
Marion Center (2-6) vs. St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-7) at Bishop Guilfoyle
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: MC — Dave Malicky; SJCA — Dave Carson (second season)
Players to watch: MC — Craig Irvin, QB; SJCA — Charlie Ross, TE
The skinny: St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Marion Center both head into this week’s game looking to snap losing streaks.
The Wolves have lost seven straight, while the Stingers have dropped five in a row.
St. Joseph’s fell 42-12 to Line Mountain last week.
The Wolves trailed 27-0 at halftime and 42-0 before St. Joseph’s quarterback Michael Kresovich found Charlie Ross for a 40-yard touchdown. Ross grabbed nine passes for 158 yards. Kresovich finished 12 of 23 for 153 yards.
It was the second straight week St. Joseph’s went scoreless in the first half.
Marion Center hasn’t won a game since beating Saltsburg 54-24 on Sept. 12.
The Stingers lost its last two games to Purchase Line and Northern Cambria, respectively, by a combined 11 points.
Marion Center quarterback Craig Irvin rushed for two touchdowns against Northern Cambria.