Chestnut Ridge (2-1)
at Bald Eagle Area (1-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: CR— Max Shoemaker; BEA— Ron Hoover (first season)
Last meeting: Chesnut Ridge 23, Bald Eagle Area 10, last season
Players to watch: CR— Matt Wiley FB/LB; BEA— Mitchell Struble, RB
The skinny: If Bald Eagle Area players remember anything about last season’s loss to Chestnut Ridge, they’ll certainly remember Matt Wiley.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder rushed for 176 yards and two scores in the 23-10 triumph. On defense, he was in on 12 tackles and assisted on a sack.
He forms a formidable duo in the backfield and on defense with his cousin Tyler Wiley, who has taken over at quarterback this season for the defending District 5 Class AA champs. Tyler Wiley ran for two scores and threw for another in last week’s 33-14 victory over Allegany, Md.
BEA will be looking to bounce back from a 28-6 loss against Penns Valley in the annual Iron Bell clash. Mitchell Struble’s 107 yards on the ground was the bright spot for the Eagles, who had 252 yards in offense.
BEA will be looking to stem a turnover problem that boiled over against the Rams. Penns Valley scored twice on a pair of fumble returns to break open the game and a blocked punt led to another short touchdown drive.
at Philipsburg-Osceola (0-3)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: T— Jason Wilson (first season); PO— Michael Soyster (first season)
Last meeting: Tyrone 57, Philipsburg-Osceola 21, last season
Players to watch: T— Aleic Hunter, RB; PO— Jake Anderson, QB
The skinny: It’s been a decidedly different season for two first-year coaches.
Jason Wilson inherited a perennial power and the Golden Eagles have picked right up. They won two tight clashes against Bellwood-Antis (18-14) and Central (20-13) before blasting Huntingdon 52-21 last week.
The Tyrone offense is led by the speedy Aleic Hunter, who is averaging 120 yards per game. Quarterback Garrett Hunter has thrown for four touchdowns and run for five more. The Golden Tigers have been shaky on extra points, making just 6 of 12 kicks.
Defensively, Tyrone has made a living in the opposing backfield with 19 tackles for loss.
Michael Soyster inherited a program that has struggled the two previous seasons and that has continued. The Mounties were thumped 36-0 last week by Bellefonte in the Luther Trophy clash, extending their losing skid to 10 games.
The P-O offense netted just seven first downs against the Red Raiders and turned the ball over three times. After a miserable first half, the Mounties did hold the Red Raiders scoreless for the final two quarters.
Bellefonte (1-2) at John Marshall, W. Va. (2-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: JM— Rick Goodrich; B— Shanon Manning (second season);
Last season: First meeting
Players to watch: JM— Chase Gump, RB; B— Austin Jackson, RB
The skinny: Bellefonte’s 19-game skid came to a grinding halt as the Red Raiders thumped Philipsburg-Osceola.
The ground game fueled the offense. Austin Jackson raced 75 yards for a score during his 111-yard evening. Four different Raiders rushed for touchdowns and Mark Armstrong’s lone completion went for a 24-yard score.
The Red Raider defense, which held P-O to 53 yards on 30 carries, will get a test from John Marshall. The Monarchs ran the ball on 29 of their last 30 plays, scoring 34 of their points in a 41-6 romp against Buckeye Local.
Chase Gump had 144 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries as John Marshall gained 301 yards on the ground in the win.
This is the second series the team from Glen Dale has played against Centre County teams. State College defeated the Monarchs 65-0 in 2008 and 56-20 in 2009.
Penns Valley (1-2) at Central (2-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: PV— Martin Tobias (19th season); C— Dave Baker (fourth season)
Last meeting: Central 69, Penns Valley 41, last season
Players to watch: PV— Colton Treaster, LB; C— Mike Mock, QB
The skinny: The Rams are coming in on a high from knocking off BEA 28-6 in the Iron Bell game. Linebacker Colton Treaster had the big game, returning fumbles 16 and 70 yards for touchdowns to break the game open.
The Ram defense is going to face an even bigger challenge against Central. The Dragons are coming off a wild 35-28 win over Clearfield. Central led 21-0, fell behind 28-21, had an extra point blocked to trail 28-27, then scored the game-winning touchdown with 28 seconds left.
Mike Mock threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winner from two yards out to Alex Hoenstine. Mock threw for 179 yards while splitting time at quarterback with Noah Benton, who threw for 111. Central was held to minus-1 yards on the ground by the Bison.
Wyatt Sharp and Ben Alexander will test the Dragon run defense. Sharp has 213 yards and Alexander has 156. Luke Bitsko’s 25 tackles pace the Ram defense.
Purchase Line (1-2) vs.St. Joseph’s (1-2) (Saturday)
Time: 1 p.m., at Bishop Guilfoyle, Altoona
Coaches: PL—Brandon Overdorff; SJ— Dave Carson (second season)
Last meeting: First meeting
Players to watch: PL— Grant Syster, RB; SJ— Mike Jabco, QB/DB
The skinny: After winning its season opener, St. Joseph’s has fallen on hard times. The Wolves have dropped their last two by a combined 62-8 score.
Last week, Penns Manor racked up 303 rushing yards in a 47-6 romp. The lone offensive highlight for the banged-up Wolves was a 14-yard strike from Mike Jabco to Mike Kresovich.
Purchase Line is looking to rebound from a 27-6 loss to unbeaten Blairsville. Grant Syster had 100 yards on the ground in that loss. The Red Dragons gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground.