DuBOIS — The Curwensville and Ridgway football teams cruised through the District 9 Class A semifinals of the District 9 Class A tournament on Saturday, and the two teams will meet on Friday evening for the district championship at DuBois’ Mansell Stadium.
The top-seeded Tide eliminated No. 5 Redbank Valley, 47-13, in the nightcap of the semifinal doubleheader at Mansell, while the No. 2 Elkers throttled Coudersport, 47-6.
Ridgway will be looking to repeat as the Class A champions. They beat Elk County Catholic, 42-13, last year in Brockway for the Class A title. Curwensville will be looking for their first title since 2010 when they beat Port Allegany, 37-21.
The two teams met at Riverside Stadium in Curwensville back in Week 6 with the Tide coming away with a 14-11 win. The Elkers held an 11-7 lead at halftime in that game as they took advantage of a Curwensville bad snap into the end zone for a safety.
Ridgway quarterback Johnny Mitchell also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Neil MacDonald with 28 seconds left in the first half, and also got the ball back with Aaron Hinton drilling a 39-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
The key play of that game, however, came in the third quarter as the Tide blocked a field goal, and Nick Stewart returned it 77 yards for a touchdown.
None of the key players on either squad put up their best numbers of the season in that game. MacDonald carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards, while Mitchell was 11-for-22 passing with 113 yards, the touchdown to MacDonald and three interceptions. He also added 12 rushing yards on seven carries.
Stewart ran for 85 yards on 26 carries, while quarterback Bryce Timko was 7-for-18 with 75 yards through the air.
The Tide are also on the cusp of two single-season records. Timko, which has 1,413 passing yards for the year, needs 114 yards to break the school record, set by Jake Terry in 2015.
Josh Terry, Jake’s younger brother, has 632 receiving yards for the season. He needs 150 yards to break the receiving record, set by Quamone Newkirk in 2015.
For the season, Stewart has 1,628 yards with 21 touchdowns.
For the Elkers, MacDonald is only a yard away from getting to the 1,000-yard plateau, finishing the semifinal game against Coudy with 999 yards on the ground.
Mitchell has 787 yards passing to go with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Andy Breier leads the way with 250 yards on eight catches with five scores, while MacDonald has also been a big factor in the receiving game with 235 yards and five touchdowns on 19 receptions.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday from Mansell Stadium.
The winner of the game will advance to the PIAA quarterfinals where they will take on the winner of District 10 champion Farrell and District 5 champion Northern Bedford. Ridgway fell to Farrell, 20-7, in last year’s state quarterfinals.