Cover 2: District 10 News and notes
The landscape of District 10 is starting to take shape.
While some preseason favorites (Mercyhurst Prep, Farrell, Grove City) have been taking care of business, the district has also seen its share of upsets and disappointing performances.
With a third of the season in the books, a few questions have already been answered. A look at what we know following an exciting Week 3 in D-10.
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Oil City got another big win this week, 41-6 over Girard, and did it without completing a single pass. The Oilers had 370 yards, all rushing. Of course, leading the way again was stud running back Christian Cole. The senior ran for 261 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. He now has 852 yards and 14 TDs on the year. His rushing total has him tops in the state and 17th in the country in rushing yards, according to MaxPreps . . . and he’s played at least one less game than all but two players in front of him. As long as Cole keeps running like this, expect the Oilers passing game to remain grounded.
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In the hunt
Speaking of state leaders in statistical categories, Warren’s Jake Kupchella is currently third in the state in passing yards, according to MaxPreps. He sits just six yards behind the No. 2 man (Elizabethtown’s Cole Patrick) following his 274-yard performance at DuBois. Unfortunately for Kupchella and the Dragons, those guady numbers haven’t translated to wins the last two weeks. Despite throwing for a school record 379 yards against Fort LeBoeuf, the Bison came way with a 59-38 win. His 274-yard performance last week came in a 31-8 loss. Still the senior signal-caller certainly has his opponents’ attention.
“I give all credit to Kupchella,” DuBois coach Justin Miller said after the game. “He’s a good quarterback. We tried to contain him. I just give him all the credit.”
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No game, but not a forfeit
Seneca didn’t play its game against Sharpsville this week. But the Bobcats didn’t forfeit either. Due to a shallow roster and injuries, they ended their game against Harbor Creek early because they ran out of healthy players. Seneca then informed Sharpsville early in the week they would be unable to field a team by Friday night. But because Sharpsville was able to find an alternate opponent, the record books don’t reflect a forfeit.
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Titusville went 0-10 in 2017. The Rockets were just unable to get anything going all season. Already, they’ve won two games this year and, despite being significant underdogs against Mercyhurst Prep this week, have a realistic chance at finishing above .500 for the year.
West Middlesex didn’t fare much better a year ago. The Big Reds won only two games, both against Cochranton, and hired a new head coach, Mark Means. 2018 has looked more like a typical Big Reds season. Behind the powerful running of senior Clayton Parrish (446 yards, 9 touchdowns), West Middlesex is 3-0 and coming off a 41-27 win at Region 2-leading Maplewood. Even a potential setback against top ranked Farrell this week shouldn’t do much to derail the Reds.
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Unpredictability and game-winning plays are often part of what makes high school football fun. There wasn’t much of either last week in District 10. Only two of 22 games played were decided by seven points or less (McDowell’s 24-21 win over St Joe’s (N.Y.) and Mercer’s 19-13 win at Eisenhower). Hopefully, this week will be a little more even.