Meadville Tribune


September 26, 2013

H.S. FOOTBALL: Key Region 2 games highlight tonight’s action

MEADVILLE — Week 5 could be a pivotal one in Region 2 as a handful of teams in the top half of the standings go head-to-head with possible playoff implications on the line.

Included in those marquee matchups are Cochranton and Maplewood. Both teams are tied for third in the region standings at 2-1. And both have an interesting test ahead of them.

Cochranton faces an important battle with Eisenhower tonight at home. And Maplewood is hoping to maintain its edge with a homecoming win over Iroquois.

Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

Cards look to climb ladder

Cochranton comes into tonight’s game looking up at Eisenhower in the standings. The Knights are currently tied with Cambridge Springs for first place in the Region 2 with a 3-0 record (3-1 overall).

Following an opening-week loss to Mercer (41-13), the Knights have pulled off consecutive victories over Maplewood (33-6), Iroquois (42-18) and Mercyhurst Prep (29-26).

The only opponent the two teams have shared so far is Mercyhurst. Cochranton downed the Lakers 32-21 in Week 3.

“(Eisenhower is) a very good football team,” said Cochranton head coach Nate Liberty. “They play very well. They’re big inside. They have a great quarterback and great running backs.”

Eisenhower possesses a pretty good offensive balance in the air and on the ground. Led by senior quarterback Rob Wilston, the Knights are averaging 126.0 yards per game through the air and have scored seven touchdowns via pass. Meanwhile, they’ve gained an average of 207.5 yards and have scored 10 touchdowns on the ground. Senior Alex Johnson is the team’s top rusher with 444 yards and seven TDs on 49 carries.

Cochranton has been pretty effective in both phases of offense too. And they will try to maintain that balance even as injuries have caused some shuffling in the lineup.

The main loss for Cochranton is senior quarterback Chad Eisenhooth, who will likely miss his second straight game due to injury.

“Yeah, probably, Chad’s out,” Liberty said. “We’ll see what happens. We’ve moved some people to cover that. The last game, we had four freshmen playing against Union City and they did very well.”

Under center will likely be freshman Nate Slawson. Starting against Union City last week, he completed three of four passing attempts for 42 yards and a TD.

The Cards will still field a healthy compliment of running backs, which includes the likes of Jamar Moody, Garrett Adams, James Groover and Jake Yarnell. Together, they’ve helped the Redbirds average 228.3 rushing yards per game.

“I feel we’ll do well,” said Liberty. “We’ve had a great week of practice. The kids seem pumped up. We’ve just got to prove it (tonight).”

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