Cover 2: District 10 News and Notes
Two weeks are now complete in the high school football season, and there has certainly been no shortage of excitement.
District 10 has provided plenty of that, and did so again both on and off the field this week.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories.
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Upon further review
Warren senior quarterback Jake Kupchella broke the Dragons’ single-game passing record in Friday’s 59-38 loss to Fort LeBoeuf. After reviewing the game film, the official total from the Warren coaching staff is 379 yards.
That mark surpasses the 327 of Evan Suppa in a 79-78 win over Meadville in September of 2014.
Through two weeks, Kupchella’s 661 (6 touchdowns, 1 interception) passing yards rank second in Pennsylvania, trailing only Cole DeFranco of Notre Dame-Green Pond (Easton).
Of course, as coach Mark Morelli pointed out after the game, he would gladly have traded the record for a win.
One thing is clear through two games this season for Warren – they are going to score points, probably a lot of them.
What isn’t as clear is what can be expected on the defense side of the ball. Warren was phenomenal in Week 1 against Fairview, but Fort LeBoeuf was able to rack up points and get the win on Friday despite Warren outgaining them.
The Dragons hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to DuBois on Friday.
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Another big game for OC’s Cole,
Pa’s leading rusher
Christian Cole was absolutely dominant in Oil City’s 73-7 drubbing of rival Franklin on Friday, breaking his own school record with 325 yards on the ground. His 592 yards through two games are tops in the state.
The Oilers have arguably made the biggest statement of any team in District 10 through two weeks, soundly beating a Connaeut team that turned around and mercy ruled Meadville.
They are home this week against Girard and are considered a big favorite.
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Hubbard picks Virginia
Sharpsville offensive lineman Ja’Quay Hubbard, a 4-star recruit per Rivals and the top rated high school prospect in District 10, verbally committed to the University of Virginia on Saturday, hours after he helped lead the Blue Devils to a 64-6 win over Iroquois.
Both Pitt and Mississippi State were both considered finalists for Hubbard as well.
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Speaking of Sharpsville….
Unfortunately, the Blue Devils won’t be playing this Friday’s game against Seneca, because the Bobcats, low on numbers and with only five healthy lineman, decided that it was in the best interest and safety of their student-athletes to forfeit.
They are hoping to play again this season, as soon as next week.
The PIAA seems to rule on a case by case basis forfeitures, with Sheffield being told that if they are forced to forfeit at any time this season due to lack of numbers, that they would be done for the season.
It’s an unfortunate situation for the Bobcat players, but more and more small schools in rural areas with declining populations are facing the reality of having to co-op, and thus giving their kids the best opportunity to compete, even if it isn’t for the school they attend.
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Eisenhower doesn’t win, but does bounce back
After a slow start to the season on the offensive side of the ball, the Knights moved up and down the field on Union City, which in turn did the same thing.
It was a classic, back-and-forth game that had to go to overtime before being decided.
Both head coaches were immensely proud of the effort their guys showed.
“I’m unbelievably proud of how we fought,” Eisenhower coach Jim Penley told the WTO’s Brian Hagberg afterwards. “We fought and fought and fought. The guys are beat to hell. Of course, the loss hurts, but the effort was amazing.”
Added UC coach Randy Gunther: “That was a helluva game. Coach Penley always puts out a formidable opponent and he did it again tonight. I tip my cap to them.”
The Knights are home against this Friday when they welcome Mercer.