Both teams trying to build off big wins last week, Brookville and Clarion-Limestone head into their sixth games of the season.
Friday night, the Raiders (2-3) host Moniteau for their annual homecoming game while the Lions (4-1) go out of the division again with a road trip to Otto-Eldred (3-2).
Because of problems scheduling officials, the Lions-Terrors matchup was moved to Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
And with the regular season going past the midway point, a glance at the District 9 playoff standings has the Lions in the No. 2 spot with 520 power points behind the lone Class 1A unbeaten Smethport.
Up to eight teams in Class 1A will make up the playoff bracket. Redbank Valley (4-1) is third followed by Coudersport (4-1), Curwensville (3-2), Elk County Catholic (3-2) and Otto-Eldred (3-2) to make up a field of seven teams with winning records. The eight spot is currently held by both Union/A-C Valley and Cameron County at 1-4 with the same total of power points.
If the Class 1A playoffs began today, the Lions would face ... Otto-Eldred at home.
In Class 2A, the playoff field will be up to eight teams, meaning all eight of the district’s teams could enter if it desired. Ridgway (5-0) and Clarion (5-0) are 1-2 followed by Brockway (4-1) and Moniteau (3-2) with winning records.
The Raiders, Keystone (2-3), Karns City (1-4) and Kane (1-4) round out the standings. If the playoffs started today and the Raiders entered, they would travel to Moniteau.
Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s games:
Moniteau (3-2) at
It’s a Homecoming Night matchup with the Warriors with a tailgate party scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with kickoff back to the regular time of 7 p.m.
As in recent years, the community is invited to enjoy food, games and a dunking booth with the Homecoming Queen and King to be crowned before the game begins to allow for players on the football team to participate.
At halftime, the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame class — the late Al Lefevre and Robert Himes — will be recognized. The Senior High Homecoming Dance is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Raiders host a resurgent Warriors team thats coming off a 12-7 win over Bradford while the Raiders rallied to beat Karns City 35-28 last week.
Obviously, both teams share some common opponents to date. The Raiders needed a shootout to beat the Owls, 69-60, in the season-opener while Moniteau rallied to beat Karns City, 20-14, two weeks ago.
The Warriors opened with a tight 14-13 win at Kane before losing at home to Clarion (34-14) and on the road at Ridgway (36-14). The Raiders lost at Clarion (28-15) two weeks ago.
First-year head coach Robert Rottman is the third Warriors coach in as many years and he has the team playing a physical style of football.
The Warriors outgained the Owls last week, 314-253, with most of it coming on the ground with senior quarterback Chance Nagy running for 110 yards on just five carries, most of it coming on his 81-yard TD run. Senior Cody Wise ran for 80 yards on 17 carries.
For the season, Moniteau averages 190 yards per game on the ground with Nagy throwing just 47 passes in five games, completing 16 for 282 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
So the Raiders will be challenged again in the trenches. Wise (62-398, 2 TDs) leads the Warriors in rushing with Nagy (41-273, 4 TDs) nearby.
Linebackers Wise (8.2 tackles per game) and Nick Martino (6.8) and lineman James Parenti (6.0) lead the defense.
The Raiders worked hard and long to end their three-game losing streak, surviving a storm delay and rallying to beat Karns City last week after building a big early lead.
Quarterback Robert Keth, the fourth different Raider to take a snap behind center this year, shared last week’s D9Sports.Com Player of the Week award with Clarion’s Archer Mills after throwing for 446 yards and three touchdowns.
Bryan Dworek posted huge receiving numbers as well with his school-record 17 catches for 240 yards. That put him over 2,000 career receiving yards and he’s now at 2,129 yards on 132 catches, both of them school records. For the year, in just two games, he’s at 25 catches for 305 yards and a touchdown. Cabe Park (33-582, 8 TDs), Ian Thrush (16-348, 5 TDs) and Kyle MacBeth (10-76) are the other top pass-catchers.
Defensively, Cole LaBenne (6.8), Trenton Gilhousen (6.8), Colby Whitehill (6.4) and Addison Singleton (5.6) are the Raiders’ leading tacklers. Last week, Elliot Park and Addison Singleton led the Raiders with 12 and 11 tackles respectively.
Last year, the Raiders ended a three-game losing streak to Moniteau with a 64-28 rout. The Raiders led 41-12 by halftime as Jack Krug and Tyler Ohls combined to throw for 304 yards and five touchdowns.
The Raiders lead the all-time series, 23-13.
C-L (4-1) at
One could call it a trap game for the high-flying Lions, but considering the last time they went north, it’s doubtful that head coach Dave Eggleton will stand for it.
But a trap game might not be giving the Terrors enough credit, since they dropped a 22-20 decision at Smethport last Friday night. The Hubbers beat the Lions (28-18) in McKean County back on Aug. 31.
The Terrors have some playmakers — the Sebastian brothers in sophomore Cole and senior Chase, juniors Cameron Magee and Coltin Gietler, and senior Chris Connelly.
Cole runs much of the offense, completing 79 of 128 passes for 999 yards and 12 touchdowns against five interceptions. He was also the team’s leading rusher going into the Smethport game.
Gietler was the second-leading rusher while Magee led the team with 22 receptions for 275 yards prior to the Hubbers loss. Chase Sebastian, Connelly and Gietler all had 10 or more catches.
For the Lions, their running game churned out over 400 yards against Redbank Valley, which beat Otto-Eldred in New Bethlehem 31-8 back on Aug. 31. Junior Austin Newcomb, with his 275 yards against the Bulldogs, shot closer to 1,000 for the season. He’s at 905 on 106 carries with eight touchdowns to go along with 14 catches for 422 yards and three TDs.
Teammate Ayden Wiles has solid numbers as well on the ground (67-405, 6 TDs) and receiving (14-131).
Quarterback Colby Himes has completed 31 of 60 passes for 595 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
It’s the first meeting between the Lions and Terrors since their 2016 playoff opener won by the Lions, 26-16, at the C-L Sports Complex. Himes made an interception for the Lions on defense in that game.