Devin Neal

Conneaut Area running back Devin Neal (5) hits the hole during a game against North East on Sept. 6. Tonight, Neal and the rest of the Eagles will open up play in Region 5 when they host Hickory at 7 p.m. at CASH Field.

In Week 4, many of the local teams are back in region play where each game just seems to mean a bit more. There’s familiarity between the schools and the rivalries sometimes run deep. We’re all in store for another strong week of high school football. Here’s a look at this weekend’s games:

 

Hickory (3-0, 1-0 Region 5) at Conneaut Area (2-1, 0-0 Region 5)

Today, 7 p.m.

at CASH Field, Linesville

Last season, Conneaut traveled down to Hermitage and held the Hornets to just 10 points of offense. The Eagles held on for a 26-10 win.

This season, the Eagles have bounced back from an opening week loss to Oil City with two convincing wins over Meadville and North East. CASH outscored those two opponents 92-19.

A big reason for the success is the prolific passing attack. Quarterback Tanner Niemann is 51-for-74 for 612 yards. He leads District 10 with nine passing touchdowns and has just two interceptions.

Noah Richardson has caught 24 passes for 337 yards and three TDs. Nate Bortnick adds 12 catches for 132 yard and four TDs.

On the ground, Niemann leads CASH again with 381 yards and four touchdowns. Devin Neal has two TDs and 157 yards on 33 carries.

After going 2-7 a year ago, Hickory, under new head coach Bill Dungee, seems to have rebounded. The Hornets enter this matchup undefeated, posting wins over Sharpsville, Sharon and Mercyhurst Prep.

Quarterback Michael Henwood is the X-factor of the lineup. He has 335 passing yards and 339 rushing yards on the year, throwing four TD completions and rushing for five more.

Hunter Stoots has 21 carries for 164 yards with two TDs. Kam Fisher adds 145 yards and one touchdown rushing. Nathan Richards is the top Hornets’ receiver with 110 yards and two scores.

 

Cambridge Springs (2-1, 1-0 Region 2) at Maplewood (3-0, 1-0 Region 2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Maplewood Stadium, Guys Mills 

Tonight a PENNCREST rivalry gets renewed as Maplewood hosts Cambridge Springs. Both squads are 1-0 in Region 3, but Cambridge is fresh off a loss to Keystone 56-7. Maplewood, meanwhile, crushed West Middlesex 39-12.

Last year, the Tigers got the best of the Spa, 36-0. 

This season, quarterback Trent Wheeler has led the Devils in both passing and rushing. He’s tallied 374 yards through the air and 98 more on the ground. He’s also accounted for four scores.

Jared Taylor is a dual-threat option at running back. He has 96 yards rushing and 120 catching passes. 

Maplewood’s offense has been dynamite through three games. Kaleb Donor has 352 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, complimenting well with the passing game of J.D. McFadden. McFadden is 20-for-38 for 399 yards and four touchdowns. He’s added four TDs rushing and 241 yards on the ground.

Jesse McFadden leads ‘Wood in receiving with 183 yards. Clay Cox has 112 and Levi Butryn has 82 yards.

 

Cochranton (0-3, 0-1 Region 2) at Union City (1-2, 1-0 Region 2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Bears Stadium, Union City

In 2018, Cochranton and Union City battled in an offensive shootout with the Bears eventually pulling away 63-36.

This time it may be the defenses that shine.

Both Cochranton and Union City have been shut out twice this year — Cochranton to Maplewood and Titusville, Union City to Reynolds and Farrell.

Both offenses hope to switch things around and light up the scoreboard.

For Cochranton, Jon Gallo is the focal point running the ball. He’s carried the rock 39 times for 151 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals’ top receiver is Kendrick Hostetler, who has caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, it’s clear that UC coach Randy Gunther likes to run the ball with his option attack.

Logan Kesselring leads the Bears with 244 yards on 43 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Austin Jaquith has four rushing scores and 187 yards. Tallin Henry adds 119 yards on 28 carries.

The Bears have 123 rushing attempts to just six attempted passes this season.

 

Saegertown (0-3, 0-1 Region 2) at Eisenhower (0-3, 0-1 Region 2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Riley Memorial Field, Russell

Something’s got to give in this Region 3 battle. Both Saegertown and Eisenhower enter the contest winless. One team is leaving Riley Memorial Field victorious.

Last season, Eisenhower eased past Saegertown 52-6, but this year’s Panthers are a tougher bunch.

Saegertown has a strong running game led by Jacob Reisinger. The junior has toted the rock 37 times for 225 yards and a touchdown. Alex Kightlinger at quarterback adds 106 yards and Tariq Barnes also has a rushing score.

Eisenhower will counter with a pretty good passing attack. Quarterback Owen Trumbull is 28-for-45 for 327 yards. He’s tossed four touchdowns to just one interception.

Dillon Benson is proving to be Trumbull’s favorite target. Benson has 10 receptions for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

Leading the Knights’ ground game is Cael Black with 137 yards on 28 carries.

 

Wilmington (3-0) at Lakeview (0-3)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Lakeview Stadium, Stoneboro

An undefeated Wilmington travels up to Stoneboro to take on the Lakeview Sailors, who are still searching for their first win of the season.

Last season, the Greyhounds cruised past Lakeview at home 67-0.

This season, Wilmington has outscored opponents 108-28 and looks primed for another run at states.

The Greyhounds have displayed a nicely balanced attack on offense this season. Quarterback Caelan Bender has 262 passing yards and four touchdowns thus far. Meanwhile, Ethan Susen adds 314 yards on 43 yards and five touchdowns from the running back spot. Darren Miller has complimented Susen with 235 yards and three TDs. And Junior McConahy has led the receiving corps with eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown catch.

For Lakeview, Gavin Murdock has 97 rushing yards and 71 passing yards. He’s added two touchdowns on the ground. Kendall Crocker has carried the ball 13 times for 77 yards this year.

 

Hickory (3-0, 1-0 Region 5) at Conneaut Area (2-1, 0-0 Region 5)

Today, 7 p.m.

at CASH Field, Linesville

Last season, Conneaut traveled down to Hermitage and held the Hornets to just 10 points of offense. The Eagles held on for a 26-10 win.

This season, the Eagles have bounced back from an opening week loss to Oil City with two convincing wins over Meadville and North East. CASH outscored those two opponents 92-19.

A big reason for the success is the prolific passing attack. Quarterback Tanner Niemann is 51-for-74 for 612 yards. He leads District 10 with nine passing touchdowns and has just two interceptions.

Noah Richardson has caught 24 passes for 337 yards and three TDs. Nate Bortnick adds 12 catches for 132 yard and four TDs.

On the ground, Niemann leads CASH again with 381 yards and four touchdowns. Devin Neal has two TDs and 157 yards on 33 carries.

After going 2-7 a year ago, Hickory, under new head coach Bill Dungee, seems to have rebounded. The Hornets enter this matchup undefeated, posting wins over Sharpsville, Sharon and Mercyhurst Prep.

Quarterback Michael Henwood is the X-factor of the lineup. He has 335 passing yards and 339 rushing yards on the year, throwing four TD completions and rushing for five more.

Hunter Stoots has 21 carries for 164 yards with two TDs. Kam Fisher adds 145 yards and one touchdown rushing. Nathan Richards is the top Hornets’ receiver with 110 yards and two scores.

 

Fort LeBoeuf (1-2, 1-0 Region 7) at Meadville (2-1, 1-0 Region 7)

Saturday, 7 p.m.

at Bender Field, Meadville

Heading into a Saturday night contest at home, Meadville is fresh off a thrilling win at General McLane. Chandler Edwards scored the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute left to beat the Lancers 35-28.

Now the Bulldogs host Fort LeBoeuf. The Bison edged the ‘Dogs last season 18-12.

The Bulldogs wing-T is as effective as ever through three games. Meadville has 891 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as a team this year.

Fullback Aryan Cotterman has 344 yards and four touchdowns. Halfback Hayden Parks adds 269 yards and a score. And Edwards, also a halfback, contributes four touchdowns and 176 yards. Quarterback Landon Beck tallied 85 yards and two scores through the first three weeks.

The Bison have had to deal with the fallout of quarterback Alex Blose’s season-ending hip injury back in Week 1. 

The Bison have turned to its run game to fill the void. Ben Turi leads the team with 36 rushes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Jack Rimpa is the complimentary back with 118 yards and a touchdown. Tristin Harris adds 99 yards and a touchdown run.

Max Endres has filled in for Blose under center. He is 9-for-13 for 143 yards.

 

 

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