Chestnut Ridge (2-2) at Philipsburg-Osceola (1-3)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: P-O — Jeff Vroman, 12th season; CR — Max Shoemaker
Last meeting: Chestnut Ridge 34-7, last season
Key players: P-O — Curtis Matsko, QB; CR — Beau Bosch, QB; Matt Wiley, RB
The skinny: After losing 57-21 to Tyrone last week, Philipsburg-Osceola hosts Chestnut Ridge on Friday, a team fresh off its upset over previously unbeaten Bald Eagle Area.
The Lions stifled the Eagles’ fast-paced attack and won 23-10. A similar defensive effort could mean trouble for the Mounties after they lost quarterback Curtis Matsko to injury last week.
Whether Matsko plays or not, the key for the Mounties (1-3) is ball security. P-O has lost 5 of 9 fumbles on the season to go with two interceptions.
Last week, three drives ended in the first quarter from high snaps. A similar effort will spell trouble against a rushing attack that put up 256 yards and three scores last week.
Junior Matt Wiley rushed 19 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns against BEA, which hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher.
In contrast, every opponent has managed a 100-yard rusher against P-O this season.
Line Mountain’s Cory Warford rushed for 198 yards in Week 1, BEA’s Dakota Bartley rushed for 127 in Week 2, Bellefonte’s Doylan Deitrich had 122 in Week 3 and Tyrone’s James Oliver and Aleic Hunter ran for 139 and 132 yards respectively last week.
Another porous defensive effort will add pressure to the P-O offense.
Quarterback Jake Anderson, a sophomore, went 7 for 11 for 159 yards and a score filling in when Matsko went down. Anderson also added a rushing score, as did Dustin Shuey, P-O’s leading rusher on the season.
However, the Mounties netted just 49 rushing yards. In the team’s Week 3 win over the Red Raiders — the Mounties’ first since 2011 — Shuey rushed eight times for 149 yards and three touchdowns.