The county’s football teams face a tough slate this week.
Bald Eagle Area and Bellefonte face a pair of Mountain League powers on the road. Penns Valley hosts Chestnut Ridge, and Philipsburg-Osceola plays at Huntingdon. State College hosts Central Dauphin East.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy takes on Line Mountain.
Here’s a look at this week’s matchups.
Bald Eagle Area (1-6) at Clearfield (6-1)
The Eagles, who are on a five-game losing streak, have been held scoreless in three of their last four games. Chestnut Ridge, Central and Huntingdon each recorded shutouts against BEA, and it doesn’t get any easier for the Eagles this week at Clearfield.
The Bison are on a six-game winning streak, boasting impressive wins over Central (6-1) and Tyrone (5-2).
Seth Caldwell has been steady at running back for Clearfield, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the team’s six victories. Cody Spaid has been efficient at quarterback, throwing for eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bellefonte (2-5) at Central (6-1)
It will be a challenge to build on that victory as the Red Raiders face league power Central this week.
Austin Jackson provided the spark in the win over the Rams, returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score and rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Bellefonte’s defense held Penns Valley scoreless in the final three quarters.
The Red Raiders will now face a Central offense that is averaging 49 points during a four-game winning streak. Running back Alex Hoenstine has been explosive in the last three wins, averaging at least 11.7 yards per carry and scoring at least two touchdowns in three blowouts.
Last week, Hoenstine returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on four carries and hauled in a touchdown pass in a 58-0 win over Philipsburg-Osceola.
Chestnut Ridge (4-3) at Penns Valley (2-5)
Hauck has completed 81.6 percent of his passes and thrown for nine touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Bald Eagle Area, Philipsburg-Osceola and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.
Now, he’ll lead the Lions into their game against the Rams.
Running back Chase Collison was limited to 14 yards rushing on seven carries in Penns Valley’s loss to Bellefonte a week ago. Collison is the Rams’ leading rusher and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
Philipsburg-Osceola (0-7) at Huntingdon (4-3)
The Mounties remain winless heading into their matchup with Huntingdon, which has won two of its last three games.
Jon Wagner powers the Bearcats offensively. Wagner has rushed for 880 yards and is averaging 8.3 yards per carry. He’s also rushed for 15 touchdowns.
Central Dauphin East (5-2) at State College (4-3)
The Little Lions and Panthers are tied in the standings behind Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley.
Jordan Misher has set the tone offensively for State College.
The senior running back surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season last week, and he’s rushed for 16 touchdowns. At quarterback, Tyler Snyder and Drew Friberg have split time the last two weeks and helped the Little Lions to a 37-20 win over Harrisburg on Saturday.
Central Dauphin East quarterback Jahad Neibauer is coming off one of his best games of the year. Neibauer completed 12 of 17 passes (70.6 percent) for 206 yards and threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 42-3 win over Chambersburg.
He’s also rushed for more than 100 yards twice this season.
Line Mountain (2-5) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-6)
Line Mountain’s Brent Osman has been a key factor in his team’s wins the last two weeks. Osman carried the ball 27 times for 137 yards and a touchdown in a win over Halifax two weeks ago. He then ran for 109 yards and a score on 29 carries in a victory over Upper Dauphin last week.
St. Joseph’s lost to Halifax in its season opener and lost to Upper Dauphin early this month.