Cover 2: District 9 News and notes

It’s three weeks into the District 9 football season, and we’re starting to see some separation at the top.

There were also some incredible performances from Week 3.

Let’s check in.

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Three teams at 3-0 in large school division

Clarion, Brockway and Ridgway are all 3-0, and the biggest surprise, to me anyway, is Brockway.

They started the season with an impressive 27-24 comeback win over Karns City, followed that up with a 28-25 win over preseason favorite Brookville (minus Jack Krug and Bryan Dworek) and easily handled St. Marys, 34-7.

Ridgway, has has become a staple, is off to its strong start thanks to a dominant defense that has yielded just 20 points in wins over St. Marys, Kane and Moniteau.

Clarion, meanwhile, opened with a pair of blowout wins over Punxsutawney and Moniteau and followed that up with a 21-7 win over Karns City, whom they had lost 15 of their last 18 meetings against.

This is a true 10-team division where everyone plays one another, and I do think there are two more teams that you have to keep in mind.

Bradford is a legitimate contende as well.

Bradford’s only loss was a 69-60 shootout to Brookville in Week 1, and they are off a 43-14 comeback win over Kane in which they dominated the second half.

They square off with Ridgway this week in what will be a critical game in the Large School race.

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Separation in the Small School divisions as well

Coudersport, Smethport and Otto-Eldred are all 2-0 in the North, while Redbank Valley and Clarion-Limestone are 2-0 in the South.

The Falcons have cruised to a 3-0 start, including an impressive 28-6 win over Elk County Catholic, and have a crossover showdown looming at C-L on Friday.

The Hubbers also have an early season signature win over C-L, while Otto-Eldred’s lone loss came to Redbank Valley.

The three games that will decide the North all come later in the season – O-E at Coudersport (Oct. 5), Smethport at Coudersport (Oct. 19) and Otto-Eldred at Smethport (Sept. 21).

In the South, I think Redbank Valley has established itself as the team to beat through three weeks.

RBV had its toughest test to date against Elk County Catholic last week, and were able to survive the comeback bid by the Crusaders, 24-20.

If they are able to beat C-L at home this week, they go from favorite to a near slam dunk to win the division.

Of course, the Lions will have a lot to say about that as well, and a win by them would make this a race right down to the wire.

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