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The AAABA in Uniforms

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 03:10:24 UTC

2010-08-25T03:17:03Z

For the longest time, one of my favorite topics in sports has been the uniforms, therefore, one of my favorite blogs is Uni Watch.  In the past I've been lucky enough to write some guest posts on Western PA topics.  I've written on the Steelers, the Pirates and the two sports-related films set in Johnstown.  Today, I was lucky enough...

For the longest time, one of my favorite topics in sports has been the uniforms, therefore, one of my favorite blogs is Uni Watch

In the past I've been lucky enough to write some guest posts on Western PA topics.  I've written on the Steelers, the Pirates and the two sports-related films set in Johnstown

Today, I was lucky enough to have a piece published on the great AAABA tournament.  I hope you enjoy it.





Santonio... or the trade that Twitter helped make

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:00:39 UTC

2010-04-13T10:36:50Z

I say helped make because I don't think Mr. Holmes' twitter account was the sole reason the Steelers traded him to the New York Jets for a 5th round draft pick. Yes, that's what a Super Bowl MVP that is pretty much damaged goods in the off-the-field world fetches these days. A guy that, if you keep the pick...

I say helped make because I don't think Mr. Holmes' twitter account was the sole reason the Steelers traded him to the New York Jets for a 5th round draft pick. Yes, that's what a Super Bowl MVP that is pretty much damaged goods in the off-the-field world fetches these days. A guy that, if you keep the pick and use it, might be able to make a team and cover kicks.

Yes, #10 instructing a hater to find something to drink and "kill urself" was bad. So was the "wake n bake" remark that might have a little something to do with an impending substance-abuse related suspension.

However, I took some screencaps of a funny, albeit short exchange I had with Santonio when the "stuff" first hit the fan. Enjoy.

In my best sarcasm, I posted a statement, complete with the @santonio10 so that he would see it.

Shortly thereafter, my friend Rodney posted a message, concerned that I didn't use the #sarcasm hashtag. This was in reference to a tweet I posted the night before regarding my wanting to rush out and buy Sean Hannity's newest book (anyone that knows me would know that you'd have to pay me to read something like that).

So, a few minutes later, this pops up in my feed.

From this message, I knew Santonio had replied to me, but since he doesn't follow me, it didn't show up in my feed. I had to go to my at replies page, and sure enough, this was waiting for me.

Needless to say, we all had a pretty good laugh at this. Apparently THE Ohio State University isn't too skilled at teaching its students the finer points of sarcasm!




Farewell to my Chiefs

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 04:51:31 UTC

2010-04-01T05:05:11Z

Sometimes the inevitable is still extremely difficult.  When the Johnstown Chiefs recently announced they were moving out of town to Greenville, South Carolina, I felt a large part of not only my childhood, but adult life going with them.  Like the Mayflower vans that snuck the Colts out of Baltimore westward to Indianapolis, countless hours at and memories of the... Sometimes the inevitable is still extremely difficult.  When the Johnstown Chiefs recently announced they were moving out of town to Greenville, South Carolina, I felt a large part of not only my childhood, but adult life going with them.  Like the Mayflower vans that snuck the Colts out of Baltimore westward to Indianapolis, countless hours at and memories of the War Memorial are off to greener pastures.  To a better opportunity.  A chance for the franchise to get out of the red. It seems like for the past ten years "lame duck" status has surrounded the Chiefs.  "Will this be the last season?"  "We better plan to get to some games because this could be it."  A thousand others ways to say it were spat.  Many gave up a long time ago.  Attendance had fallen off something terrible and in the past few seasons, breaking 2,000 was considered a big deal.  Compare this with the early years when the team was averaging well over 3,000 fans a game.  If those figures had been sustained I might not be writing this post. I am too young to remember the Johnstown Red Wings/Wings franchise and was just a bun in the oven when the Jets were skating around and inspiring a cult classic film that would change the way many of us thought of hockey, especially minor league hockey, forever.   I recall quite vividly the Pittsburgh Penguins, in all their utter early 80s awfulness, skating into town for exhibition games.  Those games were merely a blip on the radar in town.  I can remember my brother hearing on WGLU that a bar in Hornerstown had free tickets.  He had no problem walking from our house on Wood Street nearly to Moxham and could have taken as many as he needed (my how times have changed!) Aside from these games and the occasional Johnstown Trojans' game (high school hockey was in its infancy), everything I knew about hockey I knew from TV.  Sure, I got to see the greatness of Gretzky.  The magnificence of Mario.  I even recall the tail end of that great Islanders' dynasty from watching games on WWOR.  But seeing hockey games of any level in person was still a great novelty.   This all changed when the Erie Golden Blades and Virginia Lancers visited the War Memorial in 1987 for an exhibition game that was to gauge interest in the area for a professional hockey club.  The community sensed it was important to give off a good impression and the crowd was large and enthusiastic.  That enthusiasm was rewarded a year later when the now defunct All-American Hockey League had a vacancy and offered the town a franchise. Wow!  The Flood City was back in the hockey business.  After one season in the AAHL, the core of that league, Johnstown along with Virginia and Carolina, left to form the ECHL.  The rest, as they say is history. I was in attendance when Rob Hyrtsak scored the first goal in franchise history on January 13, 1988.  I hope to see the final goals and final win in team history on Saturday, April 4, 2010.  In between all that, a lifetime has passed.  I started rooting for the Chiefs in sixth grade.  During this team's existence I have graduated high school and college, got married and moved out of town.  But home is where the heart is and I always did my best to get to a few games a year, even in these recent lean years.   What follows now are just bullet point memories.  Some of them you might remember.  Some of them you had to be there.  Others might be inside jokes or occurrences that o[...]



Tomlin and the onside kick

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 23:24:13 UTC

2009-12-24T04:32:52Z

Mike Tomlin is unapologetic, and rightfully so, on his decision to go for the onside kick late in the game Sunday after taking the lead.  Feelings of his defense be damned, he knew exactly what he was doing.  There are two schools of thought on this decision obviously.  One from a guy who I really enjoy and the other, not... Mike Tomlin is unapologetic, and rightfully so, on his decision to go for the onside kick late in the game Sunday after taking the lead.  Feelings of his defense be damned, he knew exactly what he was doing.  There are two schools of thought on this decision obviously.  One from a guy who I really enjoy and the other, not so much. First up, Gregg Easterbrook of TMQ on ESPN.com: Tomlin Wins Points with TMQ: After scoring to take a 30-28 lead with four minutes remaining, Pittsburgh attempted an onside kick. On NBC's "Football Night in the Known Universe," Tony Dungy said he was "shocked" by the call. That's the point! The Packers were shocked too -- completely unprepared -- and the gamble might have won the game then and there had Ike Taylor of the Steelers not recovered the ball 1 yard too soon. Football pundits fell all over themselves assailing Tomlin's decision, which TMQ thought was a great call. This is another example of the phenomenon that sports-yak types don't want coaches to make innovative or risky calls (Bill Belichick on fourth-and-2 at Indianapolis and so on). Instead, they want game action to be ultra-predictable -- because the commentators don't want to be taken by surprise. Plus, here were the Green Bay possession results in the fourth quarter: touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. Tomlin knew his defense, especially his secondary, wasn't performing. The onside attempt made eminent sense. Next, the ho-hum predictable opinion of Peter King, the more widely read, but inferior writer of the MMQB column on SI.com: Mike Tomlin was very, very lucky. I feel the same way about onside-kicking with a lead and four minutes left as I did about Bill Belichick's fourth-and-two call last month in Indianapolis: I don't like it. I know why Tomlin did it: He didn't trust his defense, and he wanted Ben Roethlisberger to have a chance to drive the Steelers downfield to win if indeed the Packers scored, and he figured he'd rather take his chances of the element of surprise and recovering the onside kick. But it's still wrong. I don't like telling Dick LeBeau and the reigning defensive player of the year (James Harrison) and one of the all-time proud Steelers warriors, James Farrior, that they're not good enough to keep Aaron Rodgers from going 80 yards. The reason Belichick got killed and Tomlin's simply taking heat is simple: Tomlin's logic, faulty though it may be, did not prevent a Pittsburgh victory. New England didn't convert the fourth-and-two and ended up losing. When a daring play works, it's a smart play; when it doesn't work, it's dumb. I still don't think Tomlin's call was a good one, but the Steelers saved his bacon. I was telling some friends today that PK's you have the best defensive player and a great coach routine is similar to those that are tired of the Steelers passing and want to see them run the ball more often like in the gold old days.  For a guy that gets paid a lot of money to be THE guy for NFL coverage for the nation's most well-known sports magazine, you'd think he'd be a little more in tune with current happenings in the league. Oh, and the guys at The Rookies had a very strong opinion against Troy Aikman's call. [...]



Odds and Ends 12-23-09

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 21:47:04 UTC

2009-12-23T23:12:04Z

What a great year for Dion Lewis.  Who would have thunk Shady would have been easier to replace than McKillop. I'm glad Jamie Dixon has come out against this Pitt to the Big 10 nonsense.  If I could have my cake and eat it too, I'd say stay in the Big East for basketball but move to the Big 10... What a great year for Dion Lewis.  Who would have thunk Shady would have been easier to replace than McKillop. I'm glad Jamie Dixon has come out against this Pitt to the Big 10 nonsense.  If I could have my cake and eat it too, I'd say stay in the Big East for basketball but move to the Big 10 for football.  Of course it's not going to happen, but if Notre Dame can play independent football and Big East basketball, then why not us?! A couple of interesting nuggets here:  first, FORTY people applied for that Quaker Valley job?  Why?  Someone must know something I don't.  The other is check Butler's hot start.  Where are the people that blasted Clement's hire as a political move now? So now the snow is a factor in the PIAA football championship being too late in the year?  Like it couldn't snow the week prior?  I mean, it is December in Pennsylvania after all. Props to the Penn State volleyball team for winning yet another national title.  Seriously, I just don't see why high level volleyball isn't a more popular spectator sport in the US.  And no, I'm not just talking about it because it's attractive girls in short shorts.  The sport is everything Americans like in a game, it's fast paced and has a lot of scoring. Best of luck to Chris Villarial on his new gig at St. Francis.  I think it's a good hire for the Red Flash. Very good column from Mark Madden on the state of Canadian hockey and the olympic program. A good story on Jackie Sherrill in the Beaver County Times.  I know most Pitt fans disagree with me, but I was always a fan of Jackie's despite him leaving Pitt for southern climates.  I even became a closet Mississippi State fan when he was down there. The old McDonalds All-American debate comes up again.  Now that Pitt has one, he's struggling. No matter what side of the political fence you sit on, it was a sad day in Pittsburgh when we lost Hons.  Also, RIP Brittany Murphy.  Gone too soon. This guy makes some valid points, but I can't wait to see the rebuttal letters in the readers' forum. Baseball is a slow game, I'll give you that, but this seems like one of those ideas that looks good on paper but is a failure on the field, kind of like that college football rule a few years ago when the clock started the second the kicker's foot hit the ball. Man, Underwood is taken! In political news, Mayor Luke drops the tuition tax, but he gets what he wanted anyway.  I think he just wanted to see if anyone would call his bluff.           [...]



Odds and Ends 12/15/09

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 05:31:04 UTC

2009-12-17T06:22:15Z

Yes, it's been over a month since I've posted here and rather than give you my lame, life gets in the way excuse, I'm just going to jump into a good old-fashioned O&E link dump! I have to respectfully disagree with Mike White for football season being too long, as he suggests in a recent blog post.  I really... Yes, it's been over a month since I've posted here and rather than give you my lame, life gets in the way excuse, I'm just going to jump into a good old-fashioned O&E link dump! I have to respectfully disagree with Mike White for football season being too long, as he suggests in a recent blog post.  I really don't have a problem with the season ending on December 18th and 19th.  Sure, you could start the season a week before Labor Day but I don't think the prospects of playing in that kind of heat really benefit everyone.  I think the more pressing issue are the amount of teams making the state playoffs.  The WPIAL and District 3 playoffs drag out far too long while teams from District 5 and the City League are handed spots they really don't deserve.  There needs to be a shakeup in the PIAA where we some competitive subregions formed.  I think a great place to start would be Districts 6 and 9 in Class AAA.  I have to agree with Cory Isenberg on this one, State High is a horrible place for a state playoff game. Out in the cold: Local radio station ROCKY 99.1 carried the Crushers win over Tri-Valley on Friday and the announcers were lamenting the cramped conditions at the State College High School facility where there were three radio stations crammed into the small press box.At least they were inside.Co-worker Mike Mastovich and I were on the outside looking in, earning spots in the Little Lions' outside press deck. We shared a pair of propane heaters with other reporters until one of the heaters overheated at halftime and began shooting flames, threatening the wooden structure. If you’ve ever tried to write with a pen in frigid conditions, you could appreciate our circumstances.The people that we dealt with at State College were all very pleasant, but the location for the PIAA semifinal game was not exactly appreciated by many.The battle for parking at the downtown facility was challenging (Mastovich and I at least had a press pass) and fans were told they could use the bathrooms in the administrative office or the church across the streets.McCort fans sitting near us were not impressed. Steve Taneyhill is doing a fine job as a prep coach. Why is it that every coach that wears a visor seems like an A-hole? I just love this clip from the Simpsons this past Sunday: Comments like these make me hate MMA more than I already do.  Johnstown, you're getting ESPN 360.   You're life will NEVER be the same!  Mark Madden, back to his shock jock in a column ways. I dislike Belichick as much as the next guy, but to quote (austin kucker's character in that 70's show after they shaved his moustache to look like Hitler), that's a good burn: "My response would be that's a lot of conversation coming from a team that just lost another game." A Minnesota high school girls' basketball team was shutout recently. Wrenshall coach Michelle Blanchard said the "shots just weren't going in" Thursday for her young, inexperienced team that is 0-5 this season. Ya think?! To female hoops of a higher level, it pained me to see the Pitt Panthers suffer their maiden loss of the season to Penn State, but props to Agnus for telling it like it is regarding the future of this series: Berenato and her team likely won't get a chance to play here again after Penn State decided to "defer" the series for a year. After the game, she made it abundantly clear it wasn't by Pitt's choice. "I don't think so," Berenato said when asked if the series will resume. "Penn State didn't want to play us [...]



LHAC Week Ten Recaps

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 05:08:47 UTC

2009-11-09T05:10:58Z

Bedford 31, Chestnut Ridge 20 Marcus Shippey led the Bisons in this victory over their archrival as he toted the rock 17 times for 177 yards and three touchdown in the win.  These two teams will turn around and play each other again Thursday night for the District 5-AA crown. Forest Hills 43, Somerset 6 There isn't another coach in...

Bedford 31, Chestnut Ridge 20
Marcus Shippey led the Bisons in this victory over their archrival as he toted the rock 17 times for 177 yards and three touchdown in the win.  These two teams will turn around and play each other again Thursday night for the District 5-AA crown.

Forest Hills 43, Somerset 6
There isn't another coach in our region more accomplished than Don Bailey.  His Rangers finish the regular season 10-0 for his ninth undefeated regular season and in the process gave him his 300th career victory. 

Richland 44, Penn Cambria 22
Two teams going in opposite directions right now as Gino Ramires threw for four touchdowns and the Rams will get their first home playoff game in program history.

Southern Huntingdon 38, Bishop Carroll 27
The Huskies end a rough season with a non-conference loss to the Rockets.  In the losing effort, Drew McCabe was 11-of-25 passing for 249 yards while Shawn Perich rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries.

United 22, Bishop Guilfoyle 12
The Heritage Conference champs survived a valiant effort from BG as Kody Oliver scored two touchdowns while Shaquille Howard added another as the Lions advance in the Class A playoffs. 

Westmont 46, Cambria Heights 6
Unfortunately the Highlanders end the 2009 campaign with an 0-10 mark as Ryan Burnheimer scored three touchdowns and the Hilltoppers end their season on a winning note.

Johnstown 41, Central Cambria 3
For the third week in a row, the Trojan defense was stout as they were an Austin Crimmons field goal away from pitching the shutout.  LaQuinn Stephens-Howling rushed for one score and returned a kick for another in the win.




LHAC Week 10 Preview

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 04:02:02 UTC

2009-11-06T04:05:03Z

Chestnut Ridge (5-4) at Bedford (3-6) Big time rivalry game in Bedford.  I give to the edge to the Lions as they are the better team this year, but you never know. Bishop Carroll (2-7) at Southern Huntingdon (4-5) Regular season week ten non-conference finale for both squads. I look for the Rockets to win this home contest.  Bishop Guilfoyle...

Chestnut Ridge (5-4) at Bedford (3-6)
Big time rivalry game in Bedford.  I give to the edge to the Lions as they are the better team this year, but you never know.

Bishop Carroll (2-7) at Southern Huntingdon (4-5)
Regular season week ten non-conference finale for both squads. I look for the Rockets to win this home contest. 

Bishop Guilfoyle (3-6) at United (8-1)
I'm actually at a loss as to why BG would even make their team eligible for this game.  The Lions, reigning Heritage Conference champs, will make easy work of the Marauders.

Forest Hills (9-0) at Somerset (3-6)
Although the Rangers will hit the road, they will come away as a 10-0 team and head into the Class AA playoffs with a full head of steam.  Nick Dudukovich gets a lot of ink for his offensive game, but the Ranger defense has only given up 56 points all season.

Penn Cambria (6-3) at Richland (7-2)
I think some Panther weaknesses were exposed by Johnstown last week.  That combined with the fact that Brandon Bailey's Rams are fighting for a home playoff game for the first time in their program history make this a huge game for them.  I look for them to win a close one. 

Westmont (1-8) at Cambria Heights (0-9)
I hate seeing teams go 0-10 but I am not picking the Highlanders because of that.  I am picking them because they have a potent passing game and Westy can be passed on.  Look for the CH seniors to go out as winners in their last chance. 

Bishop McCort will be the top seed in the Class A playoffs.  They will enjoy a first round bye and will await the winner of the Moshannon Valley-Mount Union game.

Johnstown (6-3) at Central Cambria (5-4)
Look for the high powered offense of the Trojans to come away with a win in Ebensburg and for the fourth year in a row they will finish the regular season with a 7-3 record. 




LHAC Week 9 Recaps

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 02:46:54 UTC

2009-11-05T02:48:06Z

Johnstown 36, Penn Cambria 8 LaQuinn Stephens-Howling rushed for 115 yards while QB Jon Siciliano rushed for 75 yards as both young men enjoyed a great senior night on their last regular season game at Trojan Stadium.  The JHS "D" was particularly stout, holding Zak Newton far below his average yards per game.  Newton had just 15 yards on 12...

Johnstown 36, Penn Cambria 8
LaQuinn Stephens-Howling rushed for 115 yards while QB Jon Siciliano rushed for 75 yards as both young men enjoyed a great senior night on their last regular season game at Trojan Stadium.  The JHS "D" was particularly stout, holding Zak Newton far below his average yards per game.  Newton had just 15 yards on 12 carries.

Bishop Carroll 26, Bishop Guilfoyle 22
Shawn Perich rushed the ball 30 times for 121 yards and in workman-like fashion helped led the Huskies over BG in a close one.  Huey Ehredt had 144 yards for the Marauders in the loss.

Bishop McCort 48, Bedford 13
In what-else-is-new fashion, the Crushers roll, finish their regular undefeated with a share of the LHAC title and will enjoy a first round bye in the Class A playoffs after dismantling the Bisons.  Wearing their all red unis, the Crushers were too much as Josh Seidel (102 yards) and Chaz Merriman (100) led the ground attack for the Crushers.

Central Cambria 17, Somerset 8
Erik Espey scored both Red Devil touchdowns and Austin Crimmins kicked a 33-yard field goal in the CC win.  Dylan Cramer scored a touchdown and two-point conversion with less than a minute left to keep the Golden Eagles from getting shut out.

Richland 52, Cambria Heights 19
Gino Ramires passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams' blowout win over the Highlanders.  In the losing effort, Ian Vescovi had another fine showing with 279 yards passing and 2 touchdowns as CH remains winless.

Forest Hills 46, Westmont 6
The Rangers close out week nine in high style with an afternoon win at Price Field.  Nick Dudukovich scored five touchdowns and had 129 yards rushing as the Rangers stay undefeated on the season.




LHAC Week 9 Preview

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 04:29:16 UTC

2009-10-27T04:30:19Z

Penn Cambria (6-2) at Johnstown (5-3) Game of the week in the LHAC as Ernie Fetzer's Panthers bring their old-school running attack to Trojan Stadium in a showdown with the spread attack of Johnstown.  The team with the better defensive performance will win, I think that will be the Trojans.  Newton will get his yards, but the Panthers may be...

Penn Cambria (6-2) at Johnstown (5-3)
Game of the week in the LHAC as Ernie Fetzer's Panthers bring their old-school running attack to Trojan Stadium in a showdown with the spread attack of Johnstown.  The team with the better defensive performance will win, I think that will be the Trojans.  Newton will get his yards, but the Panthers may be too one-dimensional to get this win.

Bedford (3-5) at Bishop McCort (8-0)
The Bisons travel to Point Stadium for a Friday night showdown with the Crimson Crushers.  Look for McCort to complete its regular season undefeated with an easy win.  The machine keeps rolling.

Bishop Guilfoyle (3-5) at Bishop Carroll (1-7)
I have seen both of these teams in person get destroyed by Johnstown and I honestly do not know which team is better.  I give the slightest of edges to BC as they are home and coming off a nice win over Cambria Heights.

Cambria Heights (0-8) at Richland (6-2)
The two most prolific passing attacks in the LHAC get together at Richland and although Vescovi throws a nice ball for Heights, the Rams' attack not only with Ramires throwing it but Rizzo running it, will be too much for them.  

Central Cambria (4-4) at Somerset (3-5)
Ken Bussard's Red Devils get on the bus and head down 219 to take on Somerset.  They'll come home with a win, but expect a close one, at least through one half.  The Golden Eagles can be pesky at home and their option attack can catch teams off balance.

Forest Hills (8-0) at Westmont (1-7)
Don Bailey's Rangers will march into Price Field and dominate, marching out 9-0.  Expect a big game from Nick Dudukovich, again.




LHAC Week 8 Recap

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 02:08:15 UTC

2009-10-25T02:09:15Z

Johnstown 42, Bishop Guilfoyle 0 Total domination from the Trojans from the start as senior quarterback JOhn Siciliano was 10-of-12 passing for 163 yards and 2 TDs and also rushed for 98 yards and one TD in the win.  Ryan Sisco caught 4 passes for 72 yards for JHS.   Bedford 24, Westmont 6 The Bisons were led by Paul...

Johnstown 42, Bishop Guilfoyle 0
Total domination from the Trojans from the start as senior quarterback JOhn Siciliano was 10-of-12 passing for 163 yards and 2 TDs and also rushed for 98 yards and one TD in the win.  Ryan Sisco caught 4 passes for 72 yards for JHS.  

Bedford 24, Westmont 6
The Bisons were led by Paul Detwiler's 141 yards rushing and one TD as Bedford improved to 3-5.  Cody Lohr had the lone score for the Hilltoppers.

Penn Cambria 16, Somerset 7
Although the Golden Eagles led 7-0 at the half, the ground game of Ernie Fetzer prevailed as Zak Newton had 178 yards on 35 carries and one score in the winning effort.  

Bishop McCort 47, Central Cambria 14
The Crushers easily improve to 8-0 as Josh Seidel carried the ball 20 times for 124 yards and 2 TDs while Dane Domonkos had two rushing TDs as well.  

Bishop Carroll 32, Cambria Heights 13
Craig Sponsky's Huskies get their maiden victory of the 2009 season on the back of senior Shawn Perich who rushed the ball 31 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns.  Caleb Vescovi had two passing TDs in the loss and the Highlanders fall to 0-8.

Forest Hills 23, Richland 9
You wouldn't know it just from the scoreboard but the Rams actually led this game 9-7 after three quarters of play.  The Rangers, now 8-0, were too much though as Nick Dudukovich carried the ball 26 times for 200 yards and three TDs in the win.




LHAC Week 8 Preview

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 04:06:02 UTC

2009-10-21T04:08:03Z

Johnstown (4-3) at Bishop Guilfoyle (3-4) The Trojans make their first regular season trip to Mansion Park since 1990 and should come away victorious against the Marauders.  Look for the speed of Siciliano, Jefferson and Stephens-Howling and the sure hands of Agurs and Sisco to be too much for the BG defense. Bishop McCort (7-0) at Central Cambria (4-3) The...

Johnstown (4-3) at Bishop Guilfoyle (3-4)
The Trojans make their first regular season trip to Mansion Park since 1990 and should come away victorious against the Marauders.  Look for the speed of Siciliano, Jefferson and Stephens-Howling and the sure hands of Agurs and Sisco to be too much for the BG defense.

Bishop McCort (7-0) at Central Cambria (4-3)
The Crushers will head to Ebensburg and remain undefeated on that steady diet of Seidel, Domonkos and Merriman.

Somerset (3-4) at Penn Cambria (4-3)
The Panthers took an undefeated Forest Hills team to the fourth quarter before the Rangers pulled away.  Look for the Coach Fetzer running attack led by Zak Newton to get back on the winning side of the ledger as they host the Golden Eagles in this non-section match-up. 

Westmont (1-6) at Bedford (2-5)
If this game were on Saturday afternoon at Price, I'd pick the Hilltoppers, but Bedford is a tough place to play, mainly because it's the longest bus ride in the conference.  Look for the Bisons to improve to 3-5. 

Bishop Carroll (0-7) at Cambria Heights (0-7)
In the battle of something's-got-to-give, I give the advantage to Cambria Heights based on sheer numbers.  BC only dresses around 25 players these days.  Add that to the passing attack the Highlanders have, I give them the advantage at home at Patton Stadium.

Richland (6-1) at Forest Hills (7-0)
This Bailey Bowl could be the best one yet, as the Rams come in with one loss while the Rangers undefeated.  I still think FH has the more talented team and it front of what will no doubt be a huge home crowd, I give them the edge in a close one.




LHAC Week 7 Recap

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:40:35 UTC

2009-10-19T00:43:54Z

Bishop McCort 40, Johnstown 21 The Crushers' dominance over their in-city rivals continues as for the sixth year in a row they beat the Trojans.  Josh Seidel ran the ball 20 times for 129 yards on the night and broke the 1,000-yard mark on the season as Ken Salem's club also took advantage of nine JHS turnovers to remain unbeaten....

Bishop McCort 40, Johnstown 21
The Crushers' dominance over their in-city rivals continues as for the sixth year in a row they beat the Trojans.  Josh Seidel ran the ball 20 times for 129 yards on the night and broke the 1,000-yard mark on the season as Ken Salem's club also took advantage of nine JHS turnovers to remain unbeaten.

Central Cambria 13, Bishop Guilfoyle 7
Max Michkofsky paced the Red Devils with 101 yards rushing and 1 touchdown on 10 carries as Central Cambria improved to 4-3 on the season.

Forest Hills 27, Penn Cambria 6
Don Baliey's Rangers remain undefeated as they took care of the Panthers.  Zack Glessner was 11-of-18 for 151 yards and 1 touchdown in the victory.  (So much for my upset special!)

Somerset 20, Bishop Carroll 11
Craig Sponsky's Huskies remain winless as Gunnar Smith, Mitchell Merryman and Justin Schrock scored the Golden Eagles' three touchdowns.

Bedford 42, Cambria Heights 24
Paul Detwiler rushed the ball 20 times for 185 yards while teammate Kyle Deneen returned an interception 101 yards for a score in the Bisons' victory.  In the losing effort, CH quarterback Caleb Vescovi was 18-for-36 for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

Richland 42, Westmont 14
Last but not least was the Saturday matinee at Price Field.  Jordan Cinko, in a relief QB effort, rushed 12 times for 107 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Rams rallied in the second half for an easy win over the Hilltoppers.




LHAC Week 7 Preview

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 01:53:18 UTC

2009-10-16T01:54:07Z

Forest Hills (6-0) at Penn Cambria (5-1) Game of the Week in the LHAC for sure as these two will battle it out for Section 1 supremacy.  I look for Ernie Fetzer's Panthers to come up big here and pull off the mildest of upsets and drop the maiden loss of the season on Don Bailey's Rangers.  Either way it...

Forest Hills (6-0) at Penn Cambria (5-1)
Game of the Week in the LHAC for sure as these two will battle it out for Section 1 supremacy.  I look for Ernie Fetzer's Panthers to come up big here and pull off the mildest of upsets and drop the maiden loss of the season on Don Bailey's Rangers.  Either way it should be a good one in Cresson.

Bishop McCort (6-0) at Johnstown (4-2)
The city game has lost a lot of its perceived luster as the Crimson Crushers have won this game for five years in a row and have only lost to the Trojans once since Johnstown joined the LHAC in 2001.  I don't see this changing in 2009 as Ken Salem's juggernaut will have six in a row against the Men of Troy.

Bishop Carroll (0-6) at Somerset (2-4)
The Huskies struggles continue, I look for them to remain winless, albeit in a close on with Somerset, but the in the end, the Golden Eagles' option attack will be too much.  Craig Sponsky's team turns the ball over far too much to be considered a factor.

Cambria Heights (0-6) at Bedford (1-5)
Although the Bisons only have one victory this year, they are coming off a 22-point performance against BG a week ago, I look for them to have a victorius evening at home.

Bishop Guilfoyle (3-3) at Central Cambria (3-3)
Ken Bussard's Red Devils were disappointed a week ago against Forest Hills but I can see them getting back on track against the Catholic school squad from BG.

Richland (5-1) at Westmont (1-5)
The Rams are currently in fourth place in the Class AA standings and I look for them to have a nice close to their regular season.  Their potent offense will have a great day Saturday afternoon at Price Field against a woeful Westy team.




LHAC Week 6 Recap

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 04:55:02 UTC

2009-10-13T04:57:05Z

Bishop McCort 41, Westmont 14 Dane Domonkos had 106 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns and kicked five extra points as the Crimson Crushers beat their rivals from the hilltop.  In the process, Domonkos broke the school record for scoring held by Pete Duranko.  Forest Hills 21, Central Cambria 0 In a mud-caked game, the Rangers improved 6-0 and their...

Bishop McCort 41, Westmont 14
Dane Domonkos had 106 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns and kicked five extra points as the Crimson Crushers beat their rivals from the hilltop.  In the process, Domonkos broke the school record for scoring held by Pete Duranko. 

Forest Hills 21, Central Cambria 0
In a mud-caked game, the Rangers improved 6-0 and their stout defense pitched a shutout.  Anthony Unger had two rushing touchdowns while Zach Glessner ran a QB sneak for a third in the win.

Penn Cambria 38, Cambria Heights 0
More of the ground attack of Ernie Fetzer's Panthers as Adam Zaliznock rushed for 185 yards while Zak Newton pitched in with 156 yards of his own as these backs combined for four TDs (two apiece) as PC shut out the Highlanders.

Richland 29, Somerset 0
Gino Ramires had 109 yards passing while sophomore running back John Rizzo had two touchdowns as the Rams cruised past the Golden Eagles.

Bishop Guilfyole 32, Bedford 22
Big win for the Marauders as Eugene Ehredt had 196 yards and 3 TDs en route to victory.  Quarterback Marcus Shippey had 120 yards passing for the Bisons in the losing effort.

Johnstown 35, Bishop Carroll 0
The rain didn't slow down the Trojans as they took advantage of a plethora of BC turnovers and QB John Siciliano led the way both on the ground and through the air.  The senior signal-caller was 9-for-16 passing for 91 yards and 2 TDs while he rushed the ball 9 times for 84 yards and 2 scores.