It’s gut-check time in District 10 and that is especially true for some of the local teams. Meadville dropped a heartbreaker last week to Oil City and now looks to get back to winning ways. Maplewood held on against Franklin and can clinch the Region 2 title this week with a road win. Rivalry games also highlight this week’s schedule. Here’s a closer look at the local listing of games:
Maplewood (7-0, 3-0 Region 2)
at Eisenhower (2-5, 2-1 Region 2)
Today, 7 p.m.
at Riley Memorial Field, Russell
Maplewood can clinch the Region 2 title tonight with a win in Russell. The Tigers handily defeated Eisenhower a year ago, 30-8, and haven’t suffered a loss to the Knights since 2015.
The Tigers also have enjoyed a great 2019 season with an undefeated record behind a stellar offense.
Quarterback J.D. McFadden has 1,183 yards passing with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has 390 rushing yards with eight TDs.
Kaleb Donor averages 11.5 yards per carry for a total of 1,143 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jesse McFadden is the top receiver at Maplewood with 23 catches for 465 yards and four TDs. Levi Butryn also has four TD receptions while Clay Cox has two touchdown catches.
Eisenhower has a chance to spoil things for Maplewood and hopes to do it in front of the home crowd.
Quarterback Owen Trumbull has quietly had a tremendous season for the Knights. Trumbull is 98-for-148 for 1,123 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.
A big reason for Trumbull’s success is reliable receiver Dominic Benson. The wideout has 673 yards and seven TDs.
The Knights haven’t had as much success running the ball with just 3.4 yards per carry as a team. Their leading rusher is Zane Alexander, who has 370 yards and four touchdowns.
Cambridge Springs (2-5, 1-2 Region 2) at Cochranton (1-6, 1-2 Region 2)
Today, 7 p.m.
at Cochranton Stadium, Cochranton
Cochranton held on for an 8-0 win in an old-school battle with Cambridge Springs last season. There may be another defensive battle in store for tonight’s matchup between these two Crawford County rivals.
Cochranton’s offense got a boost when Wyatt Barzak returned to the quarterback spot. He’s completed 52.4 percent of his passes for 472 yards, five TDs and four interceptions.
Jon Gallo has moved back to running back. He’s averaging 3.6 yards per rush for 281 yards and three touchdowns. As a pass-catcher, he adds 177 receiving yards and two TDs.
The top Cardinals’ receiver is Kendrick Hostetler with 18 catches for 334 yards and three TDs.
Cambridge is led by Trent Wheeler at quarterback. Wheeler is 40-for-119 for 660 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also has three touchdown runs.
The top playmaker is Jared Taylor at running back. He has 298 receiving yards and 151 rushing yards with three touchdowns.
Garrett Hodak leads the Spa in rushing with 171 yards.
Saegertown (0-7, 0-3 Region 2) at Union City (3-4, 2-1 Region 2)
Today, 7 p.m.
at Bears Stadium, Union City
Reigning Region 2 champion Union City rolled past Saegertown 43-14 last season with their option attack. Now the Bears hope to keep pace with Maplewood and Eisenhower near the top of the standings by beating the Panthers once again.
Saegertown has switched around quarterbacks a few times this season. Tariq Barnes, with 298 yards, two TDs and three picks; and Henry Shaffer, with 265 yards with three interceptions; have been the most common options as of late.
What’s steady for the Panthers is Jacob Reisinger. The running back has 411 yards on 72 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Panthers in both rushing and scoring.
Alex Kightlinger has 186 yards on 55 rushes and Ethan Hayes has 140 yards on 40 touches.
For Union City, quarterback Austin Jaquith has racked up 639 yards on 80 carries with eight rushing scores along with two passing touchdowns and 147 passing yards.
The Bears’ option attack is still dangerous, with Logan Kesselring averaging 6.0 yards per rush for 518 total and three TDs; Tallin Henry adding 494 yards and four touchdowns ; and Caleb Stull contributing 235 yards and five scores on just 24 touches.
DuBois (0-7, 0-5 Region 7) at Meadville (5-2, 4-1 Region 7)
Today, 7 p.m.
at Bender Field, Meadville
Meadville recovers from a heartbreaking loss at Oil City last week, 34-33, that put Oil City in the driver’s seat for the Region 7 titke. The Bulldogs’ rebound game is a home matchup with DuBois. History suggests that this game could get wild.
Back in 2015, Journey Brown, now at Penn State shattered records with 720 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns against the Beavers in a 107-90 Meadville win.
In 2018, it was less dramatic with DuBois handling the Bulldogs’ attack to get a 27-12 win in DuBois.
Now the Bulldogs want a home win to get back in victory lane. Fullback Aryan Cotterman is the engine for Meadville with 127 rushes for 1,166 yards, an incredible 9.2 yards per attempt. He also has found the end zone 14 times.
Wingback Hayden Parks adds 591 rushing yards with 342 receiving yards and eight total TDs. Chandler Edwards has tallied 423 yards rushing and six scores from the other wingback spot.
Quarterback Landon Beck is 17-for-39 for 393 passing yards with five TDs and two interceptions. He’s rushed for 233 yards and six scores as well.
DuBois, although winless on the year, had a potent passing game with senior quarterback Alex Kovalyak at the helm.
Kovalyak is, however, done for the season after an injury in last week’s game. He finished with a 57.7 completion rate with 1,593 yards, 11 touchdown passes and 12 picks. Zach Shilala relieved him at quarterback and went 2-for-8 for 13 yards and a touchdown. However, freshman Cam-ron Hays is slotted to start tonight.
There are four impact wideouts for the Beavers. Nick DiLullo leads the way with 474 yards and four scores. Shilala follows with 348 yards and three TDs. Dale Kot has three TDs as well with 332 yards. Chase Husted adds two TDs and 339 receiving yards.
Adian Castro is the top rusher for DuBois with 228 yards and five touchdown runs.
Grove City (5-2, 1-2 Region 5) at Conneaut Area (4-3, 1-2 Region 5)
Today, 7 p.m.
at CASH Field, Linesville
Conneaut is trying to right the ship after quarterback Tanner Niemann’s season-ending injury a couple weeks ago, as well as injuries to several other key players that kept them out of last week’s 48-14 loss to Slippery Rock. The Eagles face another tough region test this week against Grove City. Grove City dominated the last meeting 46-14 in 2018.
Conneaut has gone back to running the ball often with Devin Neal rolling for 673 yards on 117 attempts with four rushing scores.
Nate Bortnick moved over to quarterback and has one passing touchdown and one rushing score added to his four TD catches.
Noah Richardson is a big playmaker for CASH with five rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores. He has 545 receiving yards to with with 106 more running the ball. However, he was one of those players whose duties were limited last week due to injury.
For the Eagles of Grove City, quarterback Logan Breese is one of the top passers in Mercer County. He’s thrown for 1,304 yards with 12 touchdown passes. He’s also tossed eight interceptions.
His top receiver is Jake Reddick, who has hauled in 29 catches for 549 yards and six touchdowns.
Colby Nelson is also having a strong season at tailback. He has 818 yards on 159 carries with 10 touchdowns. Curtis Hovis offers a change of pace to the run game and has 337 yards and four scores.
Greenville (4-3, 1-1 Region 4) at Lakeview (1-6, 0-2 Region 4)
Today, 7 p.m.
at Lakeview Stadium, Stoneboro
Lakeview fell to Greenville in 2018 40-13 at Greenville High School.
The Sailors attempt to exact some revenge tonight. Quarterback Gavin Murdock remains the top playmaker in Stoneboro. He has 180 rushing yards with four touchdowns on the ground. With throwing the ball, Murdock is 26-for-80 for 195 yards with one passing score and four interceptions.
The Sailors also have a trio of backs: Ryan O’Polka, Kendall Crocker and Domanic Leonard. All three have one touchdown and over 100 yards rushing this year.
The Trojans also play run-first offensively. A pair of runners Levi Swartz and Isaac Sasala lead the way. Swartz has 325 yards and four TDs while Sasala adds 274 and two scores.
Jonathan King has a 50 percent completion percentage for 231 yards with two TDs and two picks.