Maplewood and Reynolds’ last meeting in the playoffs was a interesting one with four Maplewood players and one Reynolds player ejected due to extra-curricular activities during the game.
But when the two teams met just a few weeks ago, it was all business. The Tigers wound up avenging that 36-0 loss to the Raiders in the playoffs with a 25-14 victory. Coincidentally, Maplewood also took the regular season meeting a year ago before falling in the playoffs.
Round 4 is tonight. Kickoff in the District 10 Class 1A semifinal is set for 7 p.m. at Meadville Area Senior High School’s Bender Field.
Which kind of game will it be? That remains uncertain. But it ought to be a good one just as it was on Sept. 20 in Guys Mills.
Maplewood enters tonight’s tilt at 9-0 on the year and as the top seed out of Region 2. The Tigers received a bye in the quarterfinal round when Cochranton opted out. Reynolds, meanwhile, is 7-3 and the No. 2 seed from Region 1. The Raiders advanced to the semifinals with a 43-7 win over Eisenhower a week ago.
In this year’s first meeting between Maplewood and Reynolds, it was the Tigers who struck first and in a big way when Kaleb Donor ran 51 yards for a touchdown. Maplewood added a second score — this one on a 1-yard run by J.D. McFadden to make it a 12-0 game.
Reynolds did get on the board before the end of the quarter. But every time the Raiders scored, Maplewood answered. Donor and McFadden each had two scores in the game. Both of Donor’s TDs were from 51 yards out and he finished the game with 21 carries for 194 yards total.
Cole Toy paced the Raiders with 108 yards on 17 carries.
On the season, Toy — a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior — has 1,061 yards rushing on 146 carries. He is averaging 7.2 yards per carry and has 12 touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce McCloskey — a 5-11, 190-pound senior — is 50 of 77 for 733 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
For the Tigers, Donor — a 5-9, 180-pound junior — has had quite a season. He has 135 carries and 1,545 yards — an average of 11.4 yards per tote. He has scored 22 touchdowns on the ground. J.D. McFadden, meanwhile, has completed 74 of 119 pass attempts for 1,599 yards. He has thrown 17 TD passes to just three interceptions.
Jesse McFadden is J.D.’s favorite hookup. They have connected for 30 catches for 603 yards and six touchdowns.
The winner of tonight’s game advances to the District 10 title game to face either Farrell or West Middlesex. Date, time and location are yet to be determined.