It’s now September and the local teams are getting a feel for how their seasons could go and how they can change their circumstances, or how they can keep the good times rolling. With only one region contest for the area teams, there’s also a look at some unfamiliar foes. Regardless, Week 3 provides some intrigue and fun. Here’s a look at this week’s games for the local teams.

 

Meadville (1-1, 0-0 Region 7) at

General McLane (1-1, 1-0 Region 7

Today, 7 p.m.

at Linden Field

Meadville is the last team in Region 7 to face off with a region opponent. The Bulldogs at last get their shot by traveling to Linden Field to take on General McLane.

The Bulldogs suffered a humbling defeat to Conneaut Area last week and now have to shake off the disappointment against a strong Lancer team.

The two-pronged attack of Hayden Parks and Aryan Cotterman has led Meadville thus far. Don’t expect much to change. Parks leads the ’Dogs with 249 rushing yards. He’s added a touchdown. Cotterman has tallied three scores and has 244 rushing yards. Chandler Edwards factors in with 122 yards on the ground and two TDs.

The Lancers go as far as Ben Howe-Jones takes them. The running back averages 9.7 yards a carry and has totaled 329 yards and four touchdowns through two games.

Jared Iavarone-Campbell added two rushing touchdowns in those contests.

Matt Leehan is steady at quarterback. He’s 10-for-20 for 206 yards and has a touchdown pass to Nate Jones.

In last year’s meeting, McLane came away with a 35-8 win.

 

North East (0-2) at

Conneaut Area (1-1)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Conneaut Area Field

After a Week 1 loss, Conneaut Area bounced back with a convincing 40-7 road win at Meadville last week. Now the Eagles  soar back to their friendly confines for a Week 3 home opener against North East.

Quarterback Tanner Niemann has been electric for Conneaut this season. He’s thrown for 377 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

He’s also found his favorite target in Noah Richardson. The tight end has hauled in 17 passes this year for 226 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, Niemann has added 251 yards and three scores.

Devin Neal has been a strong compliment in the backfield. He’s scored a touchdown rushing and receiving.

The Grapepickers also like to sling the ball around with quarterback Keyen Skrekla. He’s 33-for-55 for 448 yards. He’s tossed four touchdowns to just one interception.

Catching most of the ball for Skrekla is Dylan Sayers and Austin Craig. Sayers has 169 yards and a touchdown while Craig has tallied 137 and a score.

CASH won this meeting 60-25 last year.

 

Maplewood (2-0) at

West Middlesex (2-0)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Big Reds Stadium

Maplewood gets a big road test in Week 3 against West Middlesex. Both the Tigers and the Big Reds enter this game at 2-0.

Maplewood’s offense has been a well-oiled machine. J.D. McFadden has thrown for 302 yards and three touchdowns while adding two rushing scores.

Jesse McFadden, Levi Butryn and Clay Cox all hauled in touchdown passes.

Kaleb Donor paces the ground game with 220 yards and five scores. Sam Wright adds 133 yards.

The Big Reds, in contrast, have a stingy defense, only allowing nine total points in their first two games.

Offensively, Middlesex goes to the run game often. Jason Davis leads with 201 yards and four TDs. Zeb Rubaker follows with 167 yards and two scores. Ian Smith also factors in with 112 yards and a touchdown.

Middlesex won this meeting last season, 41-27.

 

Saegertown (0-2) at

Reynolds (2-0)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Reynolds Stadium

Saegertown enters Week 3 still searching for that winning recipe, but there have been flashes for the Panthers on offense.

Jacob Reisinger has been the spark for Saegertown thus far. He’s rushed 26 times for 162 yards and a rushing score. The running back also plays a role in the pass game, catching three passes for 90 yards.

Quarterback Alex Kightlinger adds 76 rushing yards and 40 passing yards this season.

Meanwhile, Reynolds has been rolling right along with wins over Union City and Slippery Rock.

The Raiders have a balanced offense with Bryce McCloskey at quarterback. He’s thrown for 321 yards and three TDs.

Marketis Stevens is McCloskey’s favorite receiver, hauling in five passes for 173 yards and all three TDs.

Cole Toy (176 yards, 2 TDs) and Sean O’Hara (151 yards, 3 TDs) lead the ground attack.

Last year, Reynolds beat the Panthers 40-7.

 

Titusville (2-0) at

Cochranton (0-2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Cochranton High School

Cochranton has yet to tack one in the win column and now faces an undefeated Titusville team.

Jon Gallo is the focal point of the Cardinals’ attack. He’s carried the ball 27 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. He’s added 42 receiving yards.

Wyatt Barzak is 13-for-28 at QB for 122 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

Titusville replaced star running back Parker Harvey with Charlie Nicholson and early on Nicholson has filled in flawlessly. He’s toted the rock 56 times for 359 yards and four touchdowns in two games.

Garrett Knapp has two passing touchdowns and a rushing score from the quarterback spot.

Titusville won a close 14-0 decision over Cochranton last year.

 

Keystone (1-1) at

Cambridge Springs (2-0)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Baird Memorial Field

Cambridge Springs puts its unblemished record on the line against Keystone of District 9.

Cambridge quarterback Trent Wheeler has been a solid dual-threat. He’s thrown for 284 yards and two touchdowns while adding a pair of TDs on the ground.

Jared Taylor factors in both running and receiving. He has 95 yards on the ground and 74 catching the ball.

Landon Byrne had two big catches against Saegertown last week for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Keystone likes to throw it with quarterback Isaak Jones. He’s gone 19-for-34 for 289 yards and three TDs .

Jayden Blazosky gets open for him, hauling in eight passes for 129 yards and two TDs.

Taylor Altman averages five yards a carry out of the backfield.

 

Union City (1-1) at

Farrell (0-2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Falconi Field

Union City bounced back from an opening week loss to Reynolds with a dominating win over Eisenhower. Now the Bears match up with the defending state champion Farrell, who is surprisingly out to an 0-2 start.

Austin Jaquith has been a strong option quarterback early on this season. He’s rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns.

Logan Kesselring is the top back for Union City. He’s carried the ball 34 times for 226 yards and a touchdown.

Caleb Stull added another rushing score.

Farrell has been led on offense by sophomore running back Anthony Stallworth, who’s got 224 yards on 31 carries.

The Steelers however have only managed two touchdowns all year. One was a run from junior quarterback Christian Hartley and the other was a pass from Hartley to Jaden Harrison.

In last season’s game, Farrell rolled to a 70-6 win.

 

Lakeview (0-2) at

Conneaut, Ohio (1-0)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Joslin Field

Lakeview’s offense has struggled thus far this season, accounting for only one touchdown through two games. 

That touchdown came late in the third quarter against West Middlesex when Gavin Murdock called his own number and ran to pay dirt.

Murdock is Lakeview’s leading rusher along with Kendall Crocker. Both have 46 yards on the ground. Murdock is 8-for-22 passing for 56 yards and one interception.

Conneaut ran all over Edgewood in its opener en route to a 49-0 shutout win. Quarterback Rylan Davison tallied 183 yards on six carries while adding two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass.

He was complemented by Seth Fedor, who rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman tailback Zack Rice added 134 yards on the ground.

Lastseason, this game was all Spartans, 69-0.

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