Bald Eagle Area (2-7) at Bellefonte (2-7)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: BEA — Ron Hoover (first season); Belle — Shanon Manning (second season)
Last meeting: Bald Eagle Area 57, Bellefonte 12, last season
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Players to watch: BEA — Cody Scholl, WR/DB ; Belle — Dillon Kephart LB/RB
The skinny: In its last four triumphs against Bellefonte, BEA has scored at least 40 points.
But, whoever scores first Friday could be the winner in this Curtin Bowl matchup.
Both Bald Eagle Area and Bellefonte have struggled offensively this season and both are coming in having been shut out last week.
Defense could play a critical role in helping out the sputtering offenses.
Bellefonte’s defense is led by linebacker Dillon Kephart, who has amassed a team-high 72 tackles this season. Lineman Isiah Hahn has four of the team’s 14 sacks.
Linebacker Colton Comly has 59 tackles, including six for losses, to pace the Eagle defense.
On offense, BEA will be looking to spring Mitchell Struble loose. Struble has 726 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Jason Jones has thrown four fives scores. Jones’ favorite target is Cody Scholl with 25 catches for 173 yards and two scores.
Kephart (427 yards) has been the Red Raiders’ biggest ground threat recently.
Mifflin County (1-8) at State College (3-6)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: MC — George Miskinis; SC — Matt Lintal (first season);
Last meeting: Mifflin County 27, State College 26, last season
Players to watch: MC — Brice Christine, QB; SC — Kellin Valentine, WR
The skinny: It’s been five weeks since State College’s last win.
The Little Lions have been competitive in every game during a four-game losing streak — they’ve been outscored 32 total points and lost two games by three or fewer points.
State College is coming off a 13-0 loss to Cumberland Valley last week. The Little Lions threatened early but missed a field goal and couldn’t break through against an Eagles defense that recorded a shutout against Central Dauphin the previous week. State College was also playing without leading rusher Jordan Misher.
The Little Lions are looking to get back on track against the Huskies, who have lost seven straight.
Mifflin County suffered a 47-0 loss to Central Dauphin last week. The Huskies played without their leading rusher Jadon Boyer. Boyer has rushed for 710 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Mifflin County ended State College’s season a year ago with a 27-26 win in the District 6-9 Class AAAA playoffs. The Little Lions beat the Huskies 26-21 during the regular season.
Penns Valley (2-7) at Mount Union (9-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: PV — Martin Tobias (19th season); Matt Young (first season)
Last meeting: Mount Union 46, Penns Valley 36, last season
Players to watch: PV — Wyatt Sharp, LB; MU — B.J. Loner, RB
The skinny: A brutal stretch of opponents to end the season for the Rams ends possibly with the best one, yet. The Rams fell to once beaten Chestnut Ridge (42-0) and Tyrone (41-7) the past two weeks, but face unbeaten Mount Union in the finale.
Last week, Mount Union trailed 41-21 with 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter against Tussey Mountain with quarterback Trevon Walker having been knocked out of the game. The Trojans rallied behind running back B.J. Loner, who moved to quarter. Loner rushed for 338 yards on 12 carries, including a game-winning, 90-yard touchdown run.
Mount Union is excellent on the ground, with four players with more than 400 yards rushing. If he plays, Walker is a threat in the passing game with 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Penns Valley’s defense got a lift with the return of linebacker Wyatt Sharp two weeks ago. Sharp was in on seven tackles against Tyrone.
The offense has sputtered since quarterback Ben Alexander went down with a left hand injury that he suffered in an overtime loss to Bellefonte. Andrew Tobias is running the offense. Chase Collison (349 yards) has been the top ground threat recently.
Philipsburg-Osceola (0-9) at Bellwood-Antis (7-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: P-O — Michael Soyster (first season); B-A — John Hayes
Last meeting: Philipsburg-Osceola 34, Bellwood-Antis 6, in 2007
Players to watch: P-O — Jake Anderson, QB; B-A — Cameron Wood, RB
The skinny: Philipsburg-Osceola’s struggles continued last week against Clearfield.
The Mounties, who have faced the mercy rule seven times, were overpowered once again in a 50-3 loss, and they’ve allowed at least 40 points to opponents in six straight weeks.
Philipsburg-Osceola is now 1-28 over the last three seasons. Bellwood-Antis has won four straight games, including a 47-6 victory over Glendale.
The Blue Devils are led by running back Cameron Wood who has rushed for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s rushed for seven touchdowns in the last three games. Wood ran for 154 yards on 11 carries last week.