High School Sports

High school football: Week 7 previews

Bellefonte (1-5) at Penns Valley (2-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: B— Shanon Manning (second season); PV — Martin Tobias (19th season)

Last meeting: Penns Valley 21, Bellefonte 7, last season

Players to watch: B— Austin Jackson, RB; PV— Chase Collison, RB

The skinny: Penns Valley still has an outside shot at landing one of the eight playoff spots in District 6 Class AA so a win against Class AAA and Centre County rival Bellefonte is critical. The Rams are currently 11th, 110 points out of the eight spot.

Bellefonte’s road show continues. The Red Raiders are playing away from home for the fourth straight week and the sixth time in seven games.

Last week’s travels took them to Clearfield, where they lost 41-6 to the Bison. Shanon Manning said that despite the lopsided score he saw some progress from his young squad and that the game was closer than the final score.

To get back into the win column, the Red Raiders are going to have to stop the run. Clearfield racked up 439 yards on the ground last week.

They’ll certainly get a test from the Rams, who have gone over 40 points the past two weeks. Ben Alexander followed up his record-setting 384-yard rushing game against Huntingdon, with 103 more in a 49-21 romp against Philipsburg-Osceola. Chase Collison rumbled for 116 yards and two scores.

Alexander, who has now rushed for 694 yards and nine touchdowns, is no one-trick pony. He passed for 208 yards and three scores against the Mounties. His favorite target is Sean Beamesderfer, who caught four passes for 100 yards and two scores last week.

Austin Jackson has been the Bellefonte offense, thus far. Jackson rushed for 129 yards on 10 carries against Clearfield, including a 71-yard touchdown jaunt. For the season, Jackson has 472 yards on just 47 carrries and five scores. He has gone over 100 yards three times.

The game will be televised live on WHVL, Comcast Channel 14.

Bald Eagle Area (1-5) at Huntingdon (3-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: BEA— Ron Hoover (first season); H— Mike Hudy (third season)

Last meeting: Bald Eagle Area 49, Huntingdon 47, last season

Players to watch: BEA— Jason Jones, QB; H— Jon Wagner, RB/LB

The skinny: Bald Eagle Area lit up the scoreboard last season against the Bearcats, but that probably won’t happen this time.

In their last four games, the Eagles have scored just 12 points. A late touchdown last week prevented a third consecutive shutout loss as BEA fell 41-6 against Tyrone. Since beating Philipsburg-Osceola 42-17 in Week 2, the Eagles have been outscored by a combined 136-12.

Huntingdon enters on a two-game winning streak, both thrillers. They outscored Penns Valley 49-44 two weeks ago and knocked off Ligonier Valley 20-17 last week in overtime. The two wins have moved the Bearcats up to fifth in the Class AA playoff chase.

Huntingdon is led by Jon Wagner, a force on both sides of the ball. The junior has rushed for 608 yards on 85 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He also leads the Bearcats with 59 tackles from his linebacker spot.

Jason Jones threw to Cody Scholl for BEA’s touchdown last week.

Philipsburg-Osceola (0-6) at Central (4-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: PO— Michael Soyster (first season); C—Dave Baker (fourth season)

Last meeting: Central 54, Philipsburg-Osceola 20, last season

Players to watch: PO— Jake Anderson, QB; C— Justin Helsel, WR

The skinny: Things don’t get any easier for the Mounties, who have been outscored 217-48 in their last five games.

They catch a team that suffered an upset loss last week. Central rallied to go ahead on running back Alex Hoenstine’s option pass to Chase Smith with six minutes left only to have the Chestnut Ridge score with 33 seconds left for a 15-12 triumph.

The Scarlet Dragons had been averaging close 37 points per game in a three-game winning streak prior to that loss. Quarterbacks Mike Mock and Noah Benton alternate and give teams different looks. Both can run and throw. Mock has eight TD passes and just one interception and has rushed for three scores. Benton has thrown for five TDs. Their favorite target is Justin Helsel who has seven touchdown catches.

The Mounties will be looking to throw against the Central defense. Quarterback Jake Anderson threw for a season-high three touchdowns in a 49-21 loss to Penns Valley. Two of his scores went to Tanner Lamb.

Chestnut Ridge (5-1) vs. St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-5) at Bishop Guilfoyle

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: CR— Max Shoemaker; SJCA— Dave Carson (second season)

Last meeting: Chestnut Ridge 24, St. Joseph’s 2, last season

Players to watch: CR— Tyler Wiley, QB; SJ— Mike Kresovich, QB.

The skinny: St. Joseph’s small roster has remained scrappy this season, but it is up against the hottest opponent it has faced this season.

Chestnut Ridge is enjoying facing District 6 area teams. The Lions have knocked off Bald Eagle Area, Philipsburg-Osceola and Central in consecutive weeks.

Last week, it was a thrilling upset against Central. After falling behind 12-7 on the Dragons’ touchdown with six minutes left, quarterback Tyler Wiley marched Chestnut Ridge 67 yards on 14 plays. His sneak with 33 seconds left gave the Lions the victory.

Chestnut Ridge’s pass defense held Central quarterbacks Mike Mock and Noah Benton to a combined 5 of 24 passing

St. Joseph’s did all of its scoring last week in the air. Mike Kresovich threw for three scores, two to Mike Jabco.