Landon Beck

Meadville’s Landon Beck tries to run around a Franklin defender during a Region 7 football game on Friday at Bender Field. Beck had a big night, accounting for four touchdowns, and the ’Dogs’ defense had six interceptions as Meadville cruised past the Knights 56-13.

Welcome to October, football fans!

Now it’s crunch time for all the football teams in District 10 trying to string a few wins together and begin preparations for the playoff push. For local teams, a pair of region battles, along with a number of compelling non-region matchups, highlight a schedule jam packed with implications. Among those game is this huge showdown:

 

Meadville (5-1, 4-0 Region 7) at

Oil City (6-0, 4-0 Region 7)

Tonight, 7 p.m.

at The Oil Field

The pair meet up for a huge game that ultimately could

decide the Region 7 title. Both teams are 4-0 in region play as they prepare for another battle in the storied rivalry.

The defending Region 7 champion Oilers crushed Meadville 58-8 last season behind star running back Christian Cole. Now the Oilers have a variety of weapons and still boast a strong offense.

Noah Petro and Cameron Russell combine to power the Oilers rushing attack. Petro has 816 yards and 12 touchdowns while Russell’s scored six times and rushed for 620 yards.

Holden Stahl is 11-for-23 for 296 yards with five passing touchdowns. He adds 265 on the ground and four rushing scores.

Meadville’s attack is potent as well led by District 10’s leading rusher Aryan Cotterman. He has 992 yards on 100 carries along with 12 touchdowns.

Hayden Parks adds 507 rushing yards along with 309 receiving yards and eight total TDs. Chandler Edwards adds some speed with 419 yards and six rushing scores.

Landon Beck is steady with 328 passing yards, five touchdowns and just two interceptions.

 

Conneaut Area (4-2, 1-1 Region 5) at Slippery Rock (3-3, 0-2 Region 5)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Slippery Rock Stadium

Conneaut lost last week to Sharon, but the biggest loss for the Eagles is that they’ll be without quarterback Tanner Niemann the rest of the way.

Niemann threw for 937 yards and 11 touchdowns and added nine rushing touchdowns and 649 yards in his six games at quarterback.

Now CASH needs to find new ways to score. There’s no shortage of talent to fill the void. Noah Richardson has nine total touchdowns along with 541 receiving yards.

Devin Neal has 556 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Nate Bortnick could be slotted in at quarterback. He went 2-for-11 for 49 yards and a touchdown in relief last week.

Slippery Rock won convincingly over CASH in 2018 42-20. Now, the Rockets hope to protect the Rock led by the ground game.

Nathan Hyatt leads the way with 466 yards and seven TDs. David Duffalo compliments Hyatt well with 349 yards and two touchdown runs. 

Vito Pilosi is a dual-threat quarterback with 642 yards passing and 342 yards rushing. He has 10 total touchdowns.

 

Cambridge Springs (2-4) at West Middlesex (3-3)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Big Reds Stadium

West Middlesex powered past the Spa last season with a shutout 28-0 win. The Blue Devils hope to find their offense in this year’s matchup.

Trent Wheeler found his groove last week throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another last week. He’s now 40-for-118 for 660 yards with six touchdowns and nine picks. The QB also has 167 rushing yards with three touchdowns.

Jared Taylor is a pass-catching running back with 298 yards on 15 receptions with two TDs. He’s also rushed for 151 yards and another touchdowns.

Garrett Hodak adds 154 yards on the ground.

For the Big Reds, it’s a trio of backs that get things done offensively. Jason Davis averages 8.5 yards a pop with five rushing TDs. Ian Smith is the workhorse with 78 carries for 294 yards and three scores. Zeb Rubaker adds 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Chase Tomko and Ty Tate both have played some quarterback for the Big Reds.

 

Cochranton (1-5) at Farrell (4-2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Falconi Field

Farrell rolled past Cochranton in 2018 with a 76-12 win. Now the Cardinals got their first win of the year and will try to leave Falconi Field with an upset over the Steelers.

Wyatt Barzak’s return to quarterback last week helped Cochranton get off the losing skid. He’s now 37-for-67 for 445 yards with five touchdowns and four picks in just three games.

His return allowed Jon Gallo to get back to the running back spot. He now has 264 rushing yards and 165 receiving yards and five total scores. Kendrick Hostetler adds a big play weapon at receiver. He has 334 yards and three scores on just 18 receptions.

Farrell’s won four straight behind the arm of Raymond Raver Jr. He’s 26-for-36 for 358 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception.

Anthony Stallworth bolsters the ground attack with 543 yards and four TDs. Jaden Harrison tallies 275 yards and has four TDs as well.

Brice Butler has hauled in 259 yards and four touchdowns at wide receiver.

 

Maplewood (6-0) at Franklin (2-4)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Franklin Stadium

Maplewood and Franklin are ready to air it out on Friday night with two of the top arms in District 10 going head-to-head. Last season, it was defensive with Franklin hanging on for a 21-17 win.

Franklin boasts the all-time District 10 passing leader in Ian Haynes. The gunslinger has 1,830 yards this season with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

He’s flanked in the backfield by Eli Stewart, who has 326 yards on the ground with two scores.

Dalton Buckley is his top receiver with 898 yards and eight touchdowns. Cade Adams follows with 647 yards and four TDs.

For Maplewood, J.D. McFadden is 45-for-77 for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns. He still hasn’t surrendered an interception.

Running back Kaleb Donor is District 10’s top scorer with 13 rushing touchdowns and 885 yards.

Jesse McFadden has 316 receiving yards to lead the Tigers. Levi Butryn has four receiving touchdowns. Clay Cox has two scores.

 

Mercer (2-4) at Saegertown (0-6)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Canon Memorial Field

Mercer shutout the Panthers a season ago 28-0, but now Saegertown plays in front of the home fans hoping to get the first win of the year.

Mercer’s offense revolves around Aiden Bright, who leads the Mustangs in rushing and receiving. He has 282 rushing yards and 187 receiving yards with two total TDs.

Ethan Wiley is Mercer’s quarterback with 276 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air.

Saegertown played well this past week despite another loss. As a team, the Panthers racked up 341 total yards in a 46-24 defeat to Cochranton. And that includes a bad third quarter in which they were outscored 16-0. Tariq Barnes ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. And Jacob Reisinger scored on a 40-yard run.

Both players are among the District 10 leaders. Barnes has completed 15-of-28 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Reisinger has toted the rock  58 times for 293 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

 

Mercyhurst Prep (3-3) at Union City (3-3)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Bears Stadium

Last year, Mercyhurst Prep cruised past Union City 42-12. Now the Bears have home-field advantage against the Lakers.

The Bears roll with a quartet of rushers. Logan Kesselring leads the group in yards with 518. Quarterback Austin Jaquith has the most touchdowns with six while adding 420 yards. Tallin Henry has 404 yards on 65 carries and Caleb Stull posts 235 yards on just 24 carries.

Mercyhurst has had two weeks to prepare after Fairview had to forfeit last week’s game. 

The Lakers are bolstered by Steve Smith at running back. Smith is averaging 10 yards per rush for 783 yards and nine touchdowns.

Quarterback Matt Luce is 34-for-49 for 320 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

 

Lakeview (1-5) at Northwestern (4-2)

Today, 7 p.m.

at Rogers Field

Last season, the Sailors and Wildcats battled in a defensive slugfest with Northwestern holding on for the 11-3 win.

For Lakeview, the offense starts with quarterback Gavin Murdock. He has 186 passing yards and adds 204 on the ground to lead the Sailors in both categories. Murdock’s scored four times rushing.

Then, Lakeview divides carries between Kendall Crocker, Ryan O’Polka and Domanic Leonard. All three have over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown run.

Austin Swift is having a year for Northwestern. The running back has 518 yards and four touchdowns on just 57 carries. 

Derek Albert leads the passing game with 234 yards, four touchdowns and one interception this season.

 

Jordan Hansgen can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at jhansgen@meadvilletribune.com

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