Location, location, location.
Youngsville's reward for a perfect 10-0 regular season was a short trip for Friday's District 10 Class A quarterfinal playoff opener.
The Region 2 champion Eagles - fresh off a 48-22 trouncing of Saegertown - will play at Corry Area High School when the journey for a D-10 championship gets underway at 7 p.m. Friday. When the game begins, it will be Youngsville's first appearance in the D-10 playoffs since a 28-0 loss to Mercer in 1994.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Youngsville’s Jordan Gurdak (23) grabs hold of Saegertown’s Kyle Wise and refuses to let him get away during Friday’s Region 2 football game at Mike Shine Field. The Eagles open the District 10?Class A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Corry Area High School against the West Middlesex Big Reds.
Lining up across from the Eagles will be the West Middlesex Big Reds. The Big Reds are the fourth seed out of Region 1 and finished the season with an overall record of 5-4. West Middlesex and Farrell actually tied for the third and fourth seeds in Region 1, but Farrell held a tiebreaker with a head-to-head win over West Middlesex during the regular season.
In other quarterfinal matchups, Farrell will square off with Mercyhurst Prep, Mercer draws Saegertown and Region 1 champion and undefeated Sharpsville will face Region 2's fourth seed, the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils.
A Youngsville victory on Friday would pair the Eagles up with the winner of Mercer and Saegertown in the semifinals.
Youngsville won't be the only county team competing in postseason competition this weekend as the Sheffield Wolverines will play in the District 9 playoffs for the first time in school history.
It's not an easy draw for the Wolverines who will square off with the unbeaten Moniteau Warriors in the District 9 Class AA semifinals at 5 p.m. Saturday at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium. If Sheffield could win, they would play the winner of Karns City and Brookville in the D-9 Class AA title game.
Sheffield (4-6) started the season 0-3, but rallied to win four of its final seven games and clinch the school's first ever postseason berth in football.
For the complete District 9 and District 10 football pairings, see page B-3 of today's Times Observer.