USC looking for fifth shutout in a row

Published Oct 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm (Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm)

Upper St. Clair (5-0) looks for its fifth shutout in a row when the Panthers host Butler (1-4) at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

After outlasting Woodland Hills, 16-10, the Panthers have outscored the opposition, 183-0, including last week’s 44-0 shutout against Baldwin.

Against the Highlanders, Trevor Morrow rolled up 161 yards rushing and two touchdowns, measuring six yards in length. The senior tailback leads USC with 461 yards on 75 carries this autumn. He averages 5.9 yards per carry.

Mac Pope, who is averaging 7.2 yards per carry, racked up three scores against the Highlanders. After Morgan Lee ignited the offense with his 9-yard touchdown in the first frame, Pope strolled into the end zone on jaunts of 4 and 3 yards, staking USC to a 20-0 halftime lead. Pope added a 3-yard TD in second-half action.

Max Herold completed the scoring when he kicked a 19-yard field goal in the final frame. He also converted six extra points. Herold shares kick-off duties with Connor Brennan and the duo average 54.5 and 49 yards respectively.

While the Panthers boast a potent rushing attack, they also benefit from the protection provided by Zack Morris, Ben Huss, Robert Plummer, Joe Pateras, David Dougherty and Rori Blair on the offensive line to establish a strong aerial assault on the opposition. Joe Repischak calls the signals. He connected on 6 of 12 passes for 120 yards against the Highlanders. For the season, Repischak has completed 29 of 53 aerials for 496 yards and one score. His top targets include: Pope (6, 119), Lee (7, 118) and Ben Haus (6, 65). Mike Kreen, Guiseppe Orsini, Ben Southorn, J.J. Conn, Saracco, Deonte Johnson and Morrow are also pass receptors for Repischak and his back up Gunnar Lund this season.

Because Stephen Mackowick, Marcus Galie, Phil Saracco and Kevin Chrissis have all carried the ball more than 10 times and all average over 5 yards per carry, the Panthers have rarely punted this season. However, Jesse Slinger has been outstanding in that department. Although USC has had to punt only six times, Slinger averages 45.3 yards an attempt.

While Pope (54), Morrow (36), Repischak (24) and Herold (24) lead in the scoring department, Lee, Mackowick and Chrissis have all contriubuted 12 points each. Galie, Rori Blair and Brennan complete the scoring for USC, which has 183 points.

Lebo at CM

Canon-McMillan looks for its second straight win in a row when the Big Macs host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Canonsburg Memorial Stadium.

The Big Macs wasted no time securing their first win of the 2013 campaign and first triumph during the Ron Coder coaching era. They charged to a 17-0 lead and defeated Plum, 17-7, in Southeastern Conference action.

Jules Gdovic led the uprising against the Mustangs. He rushed for 73 yards and had 65 more receiving, 37 of which came on a TD reception to start the scoring in the first frame.

Tanner Piechnick proved a weapon on both sides of the ball. He intercepted two passes on defense and grabbed a 5-yard scoring strike from Jordan Smith.

Luke Starcevic converted the extra points as well as a 33-yard field goals for the 1-4 Big Macs.

Meanwhile, Lebo fell to 1-4 overall after dropping a 49-10 decision to Woodland Hills. Miles Sanders dominated the Blue Devils, rolling up 133 yards rushing and two scores. The Wolverines, who had 319 yards of offense, limited Lebo to 98 yards of offense, 48 on the ground and 50 through the air.

The lone highlights in the loss were an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Troy Apke and a 41-yard field goal by Rob Costantino.

BP at Penn Hills

Bethel Park recorded its second straight shutout and third of the season when the Hawks dispatched Peters Township, 17-0, during Homecoming festivities last weekend.

Now the Hawks travel to Penn Hills for a critical Southeastern Conference clash at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Both teams are 4-1 overall but the Indians are 3-1 in the conference. Hence, the Hawks find themselves in second place in the division behind unbeaten Upper St. Clair, the club responsible for PH’s defeat.

Alex Minton leads BP’s attack. The senior tailback rushed for 124 yards against Peters. He scored on a 32-yard ramble and also hauled in a 32-yard TD strike from Levi Metheny. Metheny plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard TD.

Danny Christenson kicked the extra points as well as a 25-yard field goal to complete the scoring action for the Hawks against Peters.

While they again will face a team nicknamed the Indians, BP encounters a Penn Hills club that possesses plenty of speed and features the versatile Billy Kisner. He spearheaded the squad’s 21-17 win last week against North Hills. Kisner rushed for a 5-yard touchdown. Plus, he tossed a 21-yard scoring strike to Mike Anthony. Kisner has thrown for well over 200 yards and rushed for over 600.

Isaiah Jones, who had 78 yards rushing on 13 carries, is another top rushing threat for Penn Hills. He has 529 yards on 50 carries for the season, that’s an average of 10.5 yards per carry. While Kisner and Jones are the leading scorers for the Indians, Te’Shan Campbell, Cody Allen, and Anthony are threats to put it in the end zone.

The Hawks, however, have made teams work for their points. They have allowed 41 points this season.

Plum at PT

Peters Township looks to recover from its loss to Bethel Park, 17-0, when the Indians host Plum at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. PT, which managed just 167 yards of offense against the Hawks, is 2-3 overall while the Mustangs are 0-5.

CV at Montour

The Colts dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the Parkway Conference after dropping a 47-12 decision to New Castle (3-1, 4-1). Chartiers Valley now must face Montour, which defeated Ambridge, 42-35, to even its conference record to 2-2. The Spartans are 3-2 overall.

In the loss to the Hurricanes, Thomas Kovach kicked field goals of 24 and 25 yards while Mike Roper added a 5-yard touchdown for the Colts.

KO at South Park

After a 54-15 loss to Beaver Falls, Keystone Oaks is still looking for its first win of the 2013 campaign. The Golden Eagles travel to South Park for a 7:30 p.m. kick off in this Century Conference contest Oct. 4. The Eagles are 3-2 overall but 3-1 in the league.

In the loss to the Tigers, Braydon Griffiths caught two TD aerials of 25 and 14 yards from Kobe Phillippi. Griffiths had six receptions in the game for 68 yards.

John Beveridge contributed an extra point and Phillippi combined for Cody Cerminara for a two-point conversion to complete KO’s scoring.

CH at Carlynton

After dropping a 47-21 decision to Brentwood, Chartiers-Houston battles Carlynton in a critical Black Hills Conference clash set for 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Honus Wagner Field in Carnegie. The two teams are tied for fourth place in the league with 3-2 slates. They both are 4-2 overall.

Miles Williamson and Kaleb Susko are the Buccaneers’ 1-2 punch. Though a top rusher with more than 250 yards, Williamson returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown against Brentwood.

A top signal caller with over 450 yards passing, Susko rushed for a 1-yard TD against the Spartans. He also completed a 2-point conversion pass to A.J. Meyers.

Derek Hull also rushed for a 44-yard touchdown in the loss to Brentwood.

Isiah Canton is a primary concern for the Bucs. He rushed for three scores and 172 yards in Carlynton’s 35-6 win over Westinghouse in last week’s action. For the year, he has 649 yards and 12 TDs.

Fort Cherry at Canevin

Also, in Black Hills Conference action this Friday, Oct. 4, Bishop Canevin hosts Fort Cherry at 7:30 p.m. at Dormont Stadium. The Rangers are tied for first place in the division with Clairton and Monessen. All are 4-1 overall.

The Crusaders are 1-4 in the conference after dropping a 40-6 decision to the Greyhounds. In the loss, Kellan Gustine grabbed 13-yard TD pass from Reed Relosky for the Crusaders’ only score.

The Rangers also are coming off a defeat, falling to Clairton, 36-28. The win was the Bears first since Monessen snapped their 66-game winning streak. The Bears are four-time state champions.

Koltan Kobrys leads Fort Cherry. With 207 yards rushing against Clairton, he has is 24 shy of 1,000 for the season. With two scores, he has 11 touchdowns this fall.

Burgettstown at SLS

Seton-La Salle looks to recover from its first loss of the season when the Rebels host winless Burgettstown at 7 p.m. at Chartiers Valley Stadium.

The Rebels are coming off a 45-3 loss to South Fayette in Century Conference action. Dom DelGreco had SLS’s lone points on a 32-yard field goal. Tom Rizza recovered a fumble and Rick Mellick intercepted a pass for the only other highlights for the Rebels.

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