DuBOIS — The No. 2 Ridgway football team will be looking to get back to the D-9 Class A Championship game again when they take on No. 6 Coudersport at Mansell Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
While the Elkers had a bye last week, the Falcons upset No. 3 Clarion-Limestone, 44-40. No. 1 Curwensville and No. 5 Redbank Valley will play in the other Class A semifinal on Saturday evening.
Ridgway, which went 7-3 in the regular season, beat Coudersport, 29-8, to open the 2017 campaign.
The Falcons (6-4) actually took the lead in that game on a Jared Green 13-yard touchdown pass to David Burd early in the second quarter. Chase Whitman ran in the two-point conversion to give Coudy an 8-0 lead.
But the Elkers scored 29 unanswered points from there, with Ridgway quarterback Johnny Mitchell scoring twice from one yard in the second quarter. Neil MacDonald ran in a two-point conversion in that second quarter.
MacDonald also added touchdown runs from 3 and 62 yards in the fourth quarter to put away the victory for Ridgway.
MacDonald ended that game with 138 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Mitchell added 91 yards on 14 carries.
The Ridgway defense held the Falcons to 36 rushing yards in that Week 0 contest.
For Coudersport, in last week’s win over C-L, the Falcons were down 20-0 after a quarter, only to rally back in the second quarter and tie it at halftime. Coudy also took a 36-26 lead after three quarters before holding on to win.
Stevie Kelly ran for 97 yards on 14 carries in the game, while Green had 105 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception. Hayden Keck had a 71-yard touchdown reception.
Coudersport, which has won six of its last seven, has rushed for 1,857 yards this year. Kelly leads the way with 748 yards and eight touchdowns, while Keck has 320 yards and 3 TDs.
Green has thrown for 401 yards and four touchdowns. On the receiving end, Derek Keglovits leads the way with 156 yards and 2 TDs on 13 catches.
In last year’s district semifinals, the Elkers blanked Curwensville, 33-0, before dropping Elk County Catholic, 42-13, in the championship game. They were downed by Farrell, 20-7, in the PIAA quarterfinals.
For the season, MacDonald has 921 rushing yards to go with 12 touchdowns, and 235 receiving yards with five scores. Mitchell has added 343 rushing yards.
Mitchell, a senior, has 764 passing yards with 10 touchdowns for the year. Andy Breier leads the receivers with 250 yards on eight catches and five touchdowns. Josh Thorwart has added 161 yards receiving on 11 receptions, including one touchdown.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Mansell Stadium. The night game between Curwensville and Redbank Valley will kick off at 6 p.m.