High School Sports

High school football: Week 5 previews

Huntingdon (1-3) at Penns Valley (1-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: H—Mike Hudy (third season); PV— Martin Tobias (19th season)

Last meeting: Huntingdon 34, Penns Valley 28, last season

Players to watch: H— Jon Wagner, RB; PV— Ben Alexander, QB

The skinny: The Rams are looking for their second-ever victory against Huntingdon.

They played well early last week against Central, leading 6-0 after a quarter.

Quarterback Ben Alexander and running back Wyatt Sharp have proven to be a good compliment. Sharp provided the power and Alexander has the speed, especially when running the option. Alexander capped a 90-yard touchdown drive with a six yard option run against Cemtral.

The Rams’ secondary did not fare well later. Noah Benton and Mike Mock combined for four TD passes in Central’s 41-12 win.

The Rams have forced just four turnovers this season.

Huntingdon led Clearfield in the second quarter but gave up 395 yards on the ground in a 30-14 loss

The Bearcats are led by running back Jon Wagner, who had a 60-yard touchdown run against the Bisons. Wagner had 322 yards and four scores on the ground. He also is dangerous returning kicks.

State College (2-2) at Chambersburg (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: SC — Matt Lintal (first season); C — Mark Saunders

Last meeting: State College 35, Chambersburg 34, last season

Players to watch: SC— Stan Martin, LB; C — Darius Johnson, RB

The skinny: State College edged Chambersburg in thrilling contests the last two seasons. In 2012, the Little Lions scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to win 30-28. Last season, a State College field goal with 15 seconds left completed a shocking second-half comeback in a 35-34 win.

It’s hard to see the potential for another classic battle at Chambersburg on Friday night. The winless Trojans have been shut out twice and are averaging just five points per game. Running back Darius Johnson has been Chambersburg’s top playmaker, catching nine passes for 104 yards and rushing for 94 yards on 32 carries. He was held without a yard on 11 carries in a loss to Lower Dauphin.

The Little Lions’ defense is coming off a dominant performance in a 37-8 win over Carlisle last week. State College linebacker Stan Martin led the way with 11 tackles and a sack. Running back Jordan Misher is averaging 141 rushing yards per game.

Bellefonte (1-3) at Tyrone (4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: B — Shanon Manning (second season); T — Jason Wilson (first season)

Last meeting: Tyrone 53, Bellefonte 6, last season

Players to watch: B — Austin Jackson, RB; T — Aleic Hunter, RB

The skinny: Bellefonte has been competitive for parts of every game this season.

The Red Raiders trailed 9-7 going into the fourth quarter of a 31-7 loss to Jersey Shore. They mounted a fourth-quarter comeback in a 28-20 loss to Huntingdon a week before beating Philipsburg-Osceola 36-0.

The Red Raiders jumped out to a 13-0 lead last week, but John Marshall pounded Bellefonte 49-20 behind its rushing attack.

John Marshall finished with 475 rushing yards. The Red Raiders’ defense is in for another challenge this week against unbeaten Tyrone.

Golden Eagles running back Aleic Hunter ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries in a 42-3 win over Philipsburg-Osceola last week. He’s averaging 7.3 yards per carry and carried the load for Tyrone in close wins over Bellwood-Antis and Central.

Bellefonte running back Austin Jackson has proven to be a big-play threat so far. He ripped off an 80-yard run against Huntingdon and a 75-yard run against Philipsburg-Osceola. Jackson also broke a 60-yard run to help the Red Raiders take a 13-0 lead last week at John Marshall.

Philipsburg-Osceola (0-4) at Chestnut Ridge (3-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: PO — Michael Soyster (first season); CR — Max Shoemaker

Last meeting: Chestnut Ridge 24, Philipsburg Osceola 7, last season

Players to watch: PO — Jake Anderson, QB; CR — Matt Wiley FB

The skinny: Philipsburg-Osceola has been outscored 120-20 in its last three games.

The Mounties are still searching for their first win after a 42-3 loss to Tyrone last week. Philipsburg-Osceola’s only offense came after two big passing plays by Jake Anderson led to a 41-yard field goal by Aaron Boumerhi.

The Mounties take on a Chestnut Ridge team that just picked up a 26-0 win over Bald Eagle Area.

The Lions are led by cousins Matt and Tyler Wiley. Matt, a fullback, leads the team in rushing with 330 yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries. Tyler, the quarterback, has rushed for 268 yards and six touchdowns on 71 carries.

Against Bald Eagle Area last week, Matt ran for 93 yards on 11 carries, and Tyler scored three touchdowns.

Bald Eagle Area (1-3) at Central (3-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: BEA— Ron Hoover (first season); C—Dave Baker (fourth season)

Last meeting: Central 33, Bald Eagle Area 14, last season

Players to watch: BEA— Hunter Hockenberry, RB; C— Noah Benton, QB

The skinny: The Eagles, a playoff team last season, are reeling on offense. Throw out a 42-17 win over winless Philipsburg-Osceola and the Eagles are averaging 4.3 points per game in three losses.

They were blanked last week by Chestnut Ridge thanks to their own troubles holding onto the ball. They turned it over six times — three fumbles and three interceptions.

That won’t do against the Dragons. Central, led by quarterbacks Mike Mock and Noah Benton, is averaging 171 yards passing and 131 yards on the ground each game. Benton completed 5 of 6 passes, three for scores, in a 41-12 triumph over Penn Valley last week.

Linebacker Jordan Quarello and defensive back Alex Hoenstine have 40 tackles apiece for the Dragon defense.

St. Joseph’s (1-3) at Upper Dauphin

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: SJ— Dave Carson (second season). UD— Brent Bell

Players to Watch: SJ— Garrett Walters, RB; UD— Cameron Fornwald, RB/DB

The skinny: The Wolves nearly pulled off an 80-yard late march, but came up three yards shy in the finals seconds of a 33-27 loss to Purchase Line.

Garrett Walters provided some thrills with a 75-yard kickoff return. Michael Kresovich ran for one score and threw for another.

Upper Dauphin is coming off a 20-3 loss against Williams Valley.

The Trojans do most of their damage on the ground. Cameron Fornwald has rushed for 347 yards and three scores, while Cole Reed has added 244 yards and three TDs.

Reed is also a standout on defense, leading the Trojans in tackles.

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