High School Sports

High school football capsules: Trio of Homecoming games highlight county slate

Centre County football teams endured another rough week, but there were a few bright spots.

State College, Philipsburg-Osceola, Bald Eagle Area and Bellefonte all suffered losses, while Penns Valley topped the Mounties and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy throttled Carson Long Military Academy 70-0.

This week is highlighted by a trio of homecoming games, as Bellefonte hosts Penns Valley, Bald Eagle Area hosts Huntingdon and Central visits P-O.

Here’s a look at those and the rest of this week’s matchups.

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

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: PV — Martin Tobias (20th season); B — Shanon Manning (third season)

Last meeting: Bellefonte 20, Penns Valley 12 (OT), last season

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

The skinny: Bellefonte is looking to rebound from a 42-7 loss to Clearfield.

Clearfield racked up 299 yards, led by two 100-yard rushers, and now the Red Raiders will have another consistent, powerful back to stop: Chase Collison.

Collison led the Rams to a 26-7 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola last weekend, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

Meanwhile, the Red Raiders haven’t generated too much scoring this year, averaging 6.5 points per game.

However, much of their offense comes from running back Austin Jackson, who has scored five touchdowns this season.

Central (5-1) at Philipsburg-Osceola (0-6)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: C — Dave Baker; P-O — Mike Soyster (second season)

Last meeting: Central 40, P-O 7, last season

Players to watch: C — Noah Benton; P-O — Jake Anderson

The skinny: While holding strong the first couple of games, P-O has allowed 42 points per game the last four games.

Now the Mounties will be tasked with stopping Central quarterback Noah Benton. The senior has thrown for 998 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also running for 227 yards and three scores.

P-O will need a few big plays from quarterback Jake Anderson. Anderson showed the capability to do so last week, running for a 27-yard option keeper and breaking off a 36-yard scamper against Penns Valley.

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

Time: 7 p.m.

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

Last meeting: BEA 32, Huntingdon 12, last season

Players to watch: H — Ian Border; BEA — Ryan Guenot

The skinny: The Eagles will have to key in on stopping the run, as Huntingdon boasts a running back capable of getting chunk plays.

Ian Border has 567 rushing yards through six games, not necessarily gaudy numbers. But when Border carries the ball, he makes it count, averaging 7.7 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, BEA could use a shot in the arm offensively. The Eagles have scored just 14 points total in their last three games.

Ryan Guenot could provide a spark. The receiver only has 13 catches on the season, but is averaging 21.5 yards per reception.

BEA could use a play or two downfield to Guenot on Friday.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-5) at Chestnut Ridge (3-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

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

Last meeting: CR 52, SJCA 16, last season

Players to watch: SJCA — Austin Emel; CR — Logan Hauck

The skinny: After five straight losses, SJCA broke through offensively in its 70-point win last week.

The most notable performance was from Austin Emel, who had 165 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries. He also added a 55-yard touchdown reception.

Emel likely won’t have that kind of efficiency against Chestnut Ridge, but he’s worth keeping an eye on.

Chestnut Ridge is coming off a 49-14 loss to Central, but can score points. The Lions hung 51 points on P-O the week prior.

Their offense is led by quarterback Logan Hauck. Just a sophomore, Hauck has posted impressive numbers, throwing for 959 yards and 13 touchdowns.

State College (3-3) at Harrisburg (3-3)

Time: 1 p.m. Saturday

Coaches: SC — Matt Lintal (second season); H — Calvin Everett

Last meeting: Harrisburg 43, State College 29, last season

Players to watch: SC — Drew Friberg; H — Austin Mitchell

The skinny: Look out for Drew Friberg. The 6-foot-5 sophomore could get more action this week after tossing the ball around against Central Dauphin last Friday.

Friberg completed 11 of 15 passing attempts for 115 yards, while season-long starter Tyler Snyder threw for 84 yards, completing 8 of 18 attempts.

Harrisburg will be looking for a big play, and could get another from Austin Mitchell. The senior linebacker scored an 84-yard touchdown on a scoop and score two weeks ago against Central Dauphin.