Meadville Tribune


October 4, 2013

High School Football: Maplewood backs run over Mercyhurst Prep

ERIE — The Tigers had a better idea than watching the Pirates, Penguins and/or Browns on television Thursday night.

Pound Mercyhurst Prep.

Punishing the Lakers with a four-headed rushing attack, Maplewood posted its biggest win in recent history with a dominating 35-14 victory in Region 2 action at Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The “W” moved the Tigers into sole possession of third place in the region with a 3-2 record. Mercyhurst Prep dropped to 2-3.

“This win is huge for our program,” said an elated Maplewood coach Bryan Borkovich. “We are moving in the right direction. I told the boys afterwards this is just one win ... we have more to get.”

Borkovich’s game plan against MP worked to near perfection: run, run and run some more. Racking up 405 yards rushing, the Tigers nearly had four 100-yard runners.

Junior Miller Peters led the way with 130 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Junior quarterback Dane Barker (18 hauls) and junior tailback Tyshaun Johnson (12 hauls) gained 98 yards apiece and freshman tailback Brandon Bishop rushed for 79 on 10 hauls.

Barker would have had 100 yards, but he kneeled down on the Tigers’ last two plays.

“I thought we could run the ball against (them),” said Borkovich. “Our front line did a fantastic job in pushing them back. I was extremely pleased with how we executed on offense.”

Maplewood’s front five plowers: left tackle Marcus Hays, left guard Cody Bryan, center Dustin Delo, right guard Luke McPherson and right tackle Austin Binkert.

After failing on their first series, the Tigers scored on their next three possessions to take a commanding 21-0 halftime lead.

Peters didn’t waste any time going over the 100-yard mark as he broke loose for a 94-yard touchdown romp for the Tigers’ first TD with :21 remaining in the first quarter.

After an interception by Tigers’ defensive back Jeremy Dahl at Mercyhurst’s 35, Maplewood increased its lead to 14-0 three minutes later as Bishop crossed the goal line on a 23-yard run.

On Maplewood’s third touchdown, Barker did the damage. Rushing for 34 yards on three totes and completing a 12-yard pass to Bishop, Barker led the Tigers on a 71-yard, seven-play drive — capped off by his 24-yard touchdown scamper.

On Mercyhurst’s ensuing possession, the Lakers were driving in to score, but the ’Wood laid the wood. On the Tigers’ 5, Lakers’ running back Joe Swanson caught a 2-yard pass, but was hammered by the ’Wood and lost the ball — into the hands of MHS lineman Hays.

“That defensive stand was huge ... right before half,” said Borkovich.

The Tigers stayed on the offensive on their opening series in the second half. Breaking several tackles, Johnson broke free and scored on a 19-yard run to give the Black & Gold a 28-0 lead with 8:57 left in the third quarter.

In other words, the ’Wood delivered its KO punch.

On the opening play in the fourth quarter, Bishop scored Maplewood’s fifth touchdown on a 2-yard run.

Text Only
  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville's magical season comes to an end

    The state run is over for the Meadville Junior League All-Stars.
    Guess they’ll just have to content themselves with a District 1 championship, a Section 1 championship and an incredible turnaround from the year before.

    July 24, 2014

  • AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1

    The Cleveland Browns may soon learn whether they’ll have Josh Gordon this season.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mitchell Wood FCV’s season comes to an end

    The end of an era.
    So it was with French Creek Valley dropping a 5-4 decision to Albion Post 567 in the Region 8 Tournament at Northwestern High School on Wednesday. For several key players, it was the last time they would put on the blue uniform for head coach Brandon Crum.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville falls to NA in Junior League state opener

    The Meadville Junior League All-Stars spent all baseball season perfecting the art of winning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rookie CB Gilbert signs with Browns

    Justin Gilbert’s got his contract with the Browns. Now he needs a starting job.

    July 23, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide