High School Sports

High School football: Local teams look to rebound from last week’s losses

In last season’s showdown, Penns Valley’s Ben Alexander scored six rushing touchdowns in a loss to Huntingdon.
In last season’s showdown, Penns Valley’s Ben Alexander scored six rushing touchdowns in a loss to Huntingdon. CDT file photo

State College triumphed last week, while local squads Philipsburg-Osceola, Bald Eagle Area, Penns Valley, Bellefonte and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy all fell.

However, a collection of home games perhaps will give local teams an edge this week. State College hosts Chambersburg for its homecoming, while Bellefonte holds its Senior Night when it welcomes Tyrone to Rogers Stadium. BEA plays host to Central, P-O gets Chestnut Ridge at home, and St. Joseph’s has Upper Dauphin.

The lone away game is Penns Valley at Huntingdon.

Here’s a look at the matchups this week.

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

Time: 7 p.m.

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

Last meeting: State College 42, Chambersburg 6, last season

Players to watch: C — Hunter Leedy; SC — Jordan Misher

The skinny: Chambersburg was overmatched last week, losing to Central Dauphin 42-7 and managing just 87 yards of offense.

If the Trojans are going to score against State College, it might come from Leedy. The quarterback replaced Kaden Hoover in the second quarter of last week’s game, and he threw Chambersburg’s lone score of the game.

Meanwhile, State College shouldn’t have much trouble running on the Trojans, who allowed three rushing touchdowns and 6.9 yards per rushing attempt against Central Dauphin last week.

Cue Misher, who racked up 217 yards and five touchdown runs in State College’s 40-21 win over Carlisle last week. In four games this year, Misher has averaged 7.4 yards per rush. Expect that to continue, if not increase, against Chambersburg.

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

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: C — Dave Baker (fifth season); BEA — Ron Hoover (second season)

Last meeting: Central 40, BEA 0, last season

Players to watch: C — Noah Benton; BEA — Tanner Kresovich

The skinny: BEA have definitely been watching film of Benton, Central’s quarterback. And they’re familiar with the signal-caller.

In last year’s blowout loss, Benton was efficient, completing 10 of 15 passes for 150 yards.

That effectiveness has continued into this year, on display as recently as last week. In Central’s 47-14 defeat of Penns Valley, Benton converted 22 of 29 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Kresovich, BEA’s quarterback, will have to take care of the ball. In the Eagles’ last two losses, they’ve scored just seven points, and Kresovich threw two interceptions in 32-20 loss to Penns Valley.

Chestnut Ridge (2-2) at Philipsburg-Osceola (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: CR — Max Shoemaker; P-O — Mike Soyster (second season)

Last meeting: CR 48, P-O 7, last season

Players to watch: CR — Logan Hauck; P-O — Jake Anderson

The skinny: Chestnut Ridge defeated BEA last week 26-0, who defeated P-O just weeks earlier by two touchdowns.

Hauck has been domineering in the pocket, most recently picking apart BEA with 170 yards and two touchdowns while completing 14 of 20 passing attempts.

Chestnut Ridge also balanced its attack against BEA, totaling 112 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, P-O has scored just 21 points all season on two touchdowns and a field goal. Both touchdowns have been scored by Anderson, one throwing and one rushing.

The rushing touchdown was a 53-yard scramble, and his throw was a 71-yard scoring toss, so Anderson is capable of big plays. He’ll need a few of those on Friday.

Penns Valley (1-3) at Huntingdon (2-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: PV — Martin Tobias (20th season); H — Mike Hudy (third season)

Last meeting: H 49, PV 44, last season

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

The skinny: Alexander will be hoping for a similar game to last year. The senior all-purpose threat scored six rushing touchdowns in last season’s close defeat to Huntingdon.

Alexander is coming off a week in which he wasn’t really utilized, running the ball four times for zero yards and being held without a catch against Central.

Huntingdon has been successful running the football with a pair of backs. Wagner had 18 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns last week, while Ian Border had 16 rushes for 99 yards and a score.

Earlier this year when Huntingdon defeated Bellefonte 27-6, Wagner posted 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Upper Dauphin (1-3) at St. Joseph’s (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: UD — Brent Bell (third season); SJCA — Dave Carson (third season)

Last meeting: UD 31, SJCA 16, last season

Players to watch: UD — Aaron Cleveland; SJCA — Adam Watkeys

The skinny: Upper Dauphin has only one win on the year, but in that game, Cleveland had his best performance of the young season. The quarterback totaled 141 yards and a touchdown on 7 of 14 passing in Upper Dauphin’s 28-27 win over Halifax.

On the season, Cleveland has 358 passing yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions.

St. Joseph’s has yet to get a win this year, but it’s best chance to on Friday is the big play ability of Watkeys. He returned the opening kickoff last week 75 yards for a touchdown, hauled in a 67-yard touchdown, and recorded an interception.