Chandler Edwards

Meadville’s Chandler Edwards carries the ball during a game against Mercyhurst Prep last week at Mercyhurst University’s Saxon Stadium. The Bulldogs, who beat the Lakers 42-40, are looking to start a winning streak when they host rival Conneaut Area today at 7 p.m. at Bender Field.

Football’s opening weekend for the local teams was highlighted by a few close wins, a couple close losses, and the Meadville Bulldogs breaking a long losing streak.

This week features local rivalries and some big-time Region 2 battles. Here’s a look at this week’s local contests:


Conneaut (0-1) at Meadville (1-0)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Bender Field

The always interesting CASH-MASH Bash adds even more intrigue as it features some family ties. Meadville head coach Ray Collins is tasked with figuring out a way to stop Conneaut Area quarterback Tanner Niemann, his stepson. 

In Week 1, the Bulldogs put last season’s 0-9 record to bed immediately with a 42-20 road win over Mercyhurst Prep. 

The Bulldogs ran all over the Lakers and didn’t need one passing yard to win. Hayden Parks and Aryan Cotterman led the way. Parks had the most yards with 164 and scored one touchdown. Cotterman helped with 156 yards and three TDs. Chandler Edwards added two touchdowns and 61 yards.

The Bulldogs ended up with 397 team rushing yards.

The hard-running ’Dogs match up against the pass-happy Eagles.

Conneaut suffered a tough loss at the hands of Oil City in Week 1. The Oilers fended off a fourth quarter comeback and won 28-24.

Niemann had a solid passing day throwing for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 95 rushing yards.

Nate Bortnick caught two TD passes and tallied 57 yards. Noah Richardson added a touchdown catch and 83 yards.

In last season’s non-region meeting, it was all CASH. The Eagles outgained the Bulldogs 444-97 en route to a 48-6 win.


Maplewood (1-0) at Cochranton (0-1)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Cochranton Stadium

Maplewood enters its first Region 2 matchup of the year riding high after a crushing 40-0 win over Lakeview. The Tigers now have their first road test traveling the short way down to Cochranton.

Maplewood has dual-threat senior quarterback J.D. McFadden, who can give them a boost either on the ground or through the air. McFadden went 7-for-12 for 118 yards and a touchdown while adding two more scores on the ground and 58 yards rushing.

His favorite target against the Sailors was Clay Cox, who reeled in four passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Wright led the ground attack with 107 yards on 13 carries. Kaleb Donor rushed seven times for 71 yards and two TDs.

Jesse McFadden also returns this week for Maplewood and can make plays at the receiver spot.

Cochranton lost a close matchup with Mercer in Week 1 14-12. Now the Cardinals hope to send the fans home happy with a region win.

Wyatt Barzak had his first start at quarterback and delivered a decent outing. He went 10-for-19 for 104 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception.

That touchdown went to Kendrick Hostetler from 21 yards out.

Jon Gallo carried the ground attack for the Redbirds. He rushed for 72 yards on 11 touches and scored once.

Dustin Halsey led the defense with 11 total tackles. He’s tasked with leading the Cards against a potent Maplewood attack.

In last year’s meeting, Cochranton trailed Maplewood 28-8 going into the second half. The Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Maplewood held them off to win 35-28. 


Cambridge Springs (1-0) at Saegertown (0-1)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Canon Memorial Stadium

Cambridge Springs had arguably the most exciting win of Week 1. The Blue Devils stormed back from a 20-12 deficit in the fourth quarter against Girard when quarterback Trent Wheeler ran in from four yards out. Cambridge then converted on the 2-point try to tie the game and send it to overtime.

In OT, the Blue Devils scored and got the 2-point conversion. Then, after Girard scored a touchdown on its OT possession, the Blue Devils’ defense got the stop on the PAT, sealing the 28-26 win.

Wheeler accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing and one passing) to lead the Blue Devils offense. Jared Taylor added a one-yard rushing score.

Dylan Gibbons hauled in the touchdown pass from Wheeler.

Saegertown faltered in its opener at Titusville, 35-0.

Jacob Reisinger led the Panthers with 65 rushing yards. 

Quarterback Alex Kightlinger had 23 rushing yards and 14 passing yards in the loss.

Last year’s Region 2 clash went Cambridge Springs’ way, 32-8. 


Eisenhower (0-1) at Union City (0-1)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Bears Stadium

Both Eisenhower and Union City dropped their openers last week. Both were shut out by Mercer County opponents. One has to get some points the win this week up in Union City.

The defending Region 2 champion, Union City traveled to Reynolds and left with a humbling 41-0 loss.

The Bears’ option attack was limited by the Raiders, but Logan Kesselring still managed 67 yards rushing on 15 carries. Tallin Henry carried the rock seven times for 32 yards and Caleb Stull tallied 25 yards.

West Middlesex beat Eisenhower in their opening contest 32-0

Sophomore running back Cael Black was the lone bright spot for the Knights. He carried the ball 13 times for 69 yards in the loss.

Quarterback Owen Trumbull was held to 15 yards passing on five completions.

This Region 2 meeting was a high-scoring affair last season, with Union City pulling things out in overtime, 46-44. Trumbull passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns during the game. 


West Middlesex (1-0) at Lakeview (0-1)

Saturday, 7 p.m.

at Lakeview Stadium

Last week, Lakeview traveled to Maplewood and was shut out 40-0. Things don’t get any easier in the home opener as the Sailors host the Big Reds from West Middlesex in non-region action.

In his first start, Lakeview quarterback Gavin Murdock went 2-for-11 for 41 yards and an interception. He added 11 yards on the ground.

Kendall Crocker led the rushing attack with 41 yards on just five carries.

Dalton Kerr hauled in a 27-yard catch and Kiefer Guthrie had one grab for 14 yards in the loss.

West Middlesex’s stingy defense stuffed Eisenhower and the Big Reds won their opener 32-0.

West Middlesex lost star tailback Clayton Parrish to graduation, but Jason Davis filled right in. He ran the ball just eight times but compiled 154 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Ty Tate and running back Ian Smith also tallied rushing scores.

Zeb Rubaker hauled in a receiving touchdown from Tate and racked up 40 receiving yards in the win.

Connor Haddon was a defensive nightmare for the Big Reds accounting for 13 solo tackles against the Knights.

In their 2018 meeting, West Middlesex beat Lakeview 47-0.

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