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Previewing Week 10 of Centre County High School Football

by and on October 27, 2017 1:25 PM

With Week 10 of the high school football season coming up and four of the six county teams playing their season finales — including the big Curtin Bowl game at BEA — it would be easy to overlook the events of Week 9.

Which, come to think of it, would not be an entirely bad thing.

All five Centre County teams suffered losses to varying degrees last week, and all of them, except for St. Joe’s on a bye week, will be eagerly turning their heads toward Week 10, and perhaps beyond.

Here’s the schedule:

Bellefonte (7-2) at Bald Eagle Area (4-5)
Friday, Oct. 27

Bellefonte went into Chestnut Ridge on Oct. 20 looking to improve to 8-1 in what would be essentially an even-up game against the Lions, who were also 7-1.

Down by just 12-7 at halftime, things were working, though not perfectly, but the Raiders let their eyes wander in the second half. A busted play, a tipped pass and CR’s all-everything quarterback Logan Hauck tipped the game toward the Lions in the third quarter, and Bellefonte couldn’t answer.

Hauck was held relatively in check before halftime, but the senior made up for it in second half, running for two touchdowns and throwing for two more in a 41-21 Chestnut Ridge win.

Hauck finished with over 300 yards of total offense, 155 running, and he accounted for all six of the Lions’ touchdowns.
The win moved CR’s record to 8-1, while Bellefonte fell to 7-2 with the loss.

The Raiders, however, will not have much time to decry their performance because the loss does not eliminate them from any of their major goals. Not only that, but BEA and the Curtin Bowl Trophy loom in the very near future.

BEA also suffered a one-sided loss Oct. 20, 31-7, to a very physical and defensive-minded team from Jersey Shore.

The Bald Eagles scored first in this game, but Bulldog running back Kyle Tomb, quarterback Elijah Shemory and the defense took over from there. Jersey Shore scored the final 31 points of the game unanswered and along the way snuffed out any offensive spark BEA tried to ignite.

The Curtin Bowl will likely come down to a clash of two offenses. BEA is in transition because of injuries to its starting quarterback Jaden Jones and having to go with receiver/running back Derek Henry. Henry had a strong performance in the Eagles’ win at Clearfield, but he struggled against Jersey Shore. And now with Jones possibly coming back this week, it is up in the air how BEA will align its offense.
Bellefonte has no such problem. Quarterback Dylan Deitrich has been outstanding all season, and even in a 20-point loss, the Raiders chalked up just short of 300 yards in offense and 215 yards rushing.

The challenge for the Eagles, then, is to try to contain Deitrich and move the ball enough to keep the Raider offense on the bench. Scoring some points early wouldn’t hurt either.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Chambersburg (0-8) at State College (6-2)
Friday, Oct. 27

The State College Little Lions ran into a Harrisburg team Oct. 20 that is deep, talented and on a mission.

SC went in and battled through the first half down just 21-13. But the Harrisburg trio of DE/running back Micah Parsons, receiver Shaquon Anderson-Butts and quarterback Yahmir Wilkerson were too much in the second half, as the Cougars pulled away in a 51-28 win.

That’s tame compared to what Harrisburg did to this week’s SC opponent, winless Chambersburg. On Oct. 6, the Cougars ran pretty much all over the field in an 82-3 win in Chambersburg.

There is no question that the Harrisburg game was the low point for the Trojans, but so far this season there have not been any high ones.

Since that night, Chambersburg lost to Cedar Cliff, 35-14, and Central Dauphin, 44-7. And now, the Trojans will be visiting State College to face a still very good team on the rebound and gearing up for its final two games. Not a pleasant assignment.

Look for SC to make some attitude corrections going into its season finale against arch-rival Central Dauphin.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Memorial Field.

Philipsburg-Osceola (1-8) at Curwensville (7-2)
Friday, Oct. 27

Philipsburg-Osceola played its first game on the newly completed stadium on the P-O campus on Oct. 20 against Clearfield.

The stadium, the field, the atmosphere and the weather were all nearly perfect. The game itself, for the Mountaineers, not so much.

The Bison scored on their first play from scrimmage with a long pass and then again less than three minutes later on another bomb. By halftime it was 35-0, and it ended at 49-7. P-O scored on a 2-yard run by Bubba Slogosky, but that was far too late to affect the outcome.

Curwensville is 7-2 coming into this game of close neighbors, and the Golden Tide has wins over Cameron County, Smethport, Sheffield, Port Alleghany, Brockway, Ridgway and Elk County. The two losses came at Kane, 59-0, and to Bradford on Oct. 20 by a score of 23-14.

Curwensville piles up over 320 yards of offense per game and is led by senior quarterback Bryce Timko. Timko’s completed 73 of 145 passes for 1,151 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017.

In the backfield with him is senior Nick Steward, a 1,000-yard rusher who has scored 18 touchdowns, and the two combine for more than 270 yards of offense per game.

Curwensville can score points, something P-O has shown flashes of this season but not with any consistency. The Mounties have played against bigger schools and had a tougher schedule, so it will be interesting to see what effect that might have on this game.

On paper, Curwensville has a definite advantage.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Penns Valley (2-7) at Cowanesque Valley (2-7)
Friday, Oct. 27


Penns Valley marched up and down the field against Tyrone on Oct. 20, outgained the Eagles by over 120 yards, but couldn’t put it into the end zone.

Five times the Rams paraded into the red zone came away with nothing, and Tyrone, consequently, was able to escape with a 28-6 win.

Sophomore quarterback Aaron Tobias passed for 335 yards on 30 completions, and the Rams added another 145 rushing, but all those yards led to only one second-quarter touchdown. Tyrone, on the other hand, took full advantage of three Brandon Loose scores and held on for its third win of the season.

Penns Valley will now finish its regular season at 2-7 Cowanesque Valley in Westfield on Friday, Oct. 27.
The Indians have not had a good year offensively, gaining just over 160 yards per game, and they have lost their last four games in a row.

Their last win was at Wyalusing Valley on Sept. 22.

Going in, the Rams will certainly be concentrating on their red-zone offenses against a team that they seem to match up well against.

PV has had an unrelenting, and somewhat unlucky, schedule this season, and this game may be a chance for the Rams to show their growth throughout the year. That could be especially true in the passing game with an improving Tobias.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at [email protected]
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