Roundup: Hounds roll past Sailors, 54-22; GC boys 2nd at PIAA Foundation Race

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Sep. 26—NEW WILMINGTON — While Wilmington wasn't flawless for a full 48 minutes, the Greyhounds' gridders' great 1st half was more than enough.

Wilmington went for more than 400 total yards during the first 24 minutes en route to a 54-0 margin at intermission and eventual 54-22 Region 1 rout of Lakeview.

During Saturday's matinee at Greyhounds Stadium, Luke Edwards and Cole McCallister each tallied a pair of TDs and Tuff McConahy tossed 2 touchdowns and ran for a 3rd.

Wilmington's wealth of weapons included Edwards (114 yards rushing, including 36- and 5-yard scores); McCallister, who collected McConahy's scoring strikes of 18 and 32 yards, and McConahy, Gage DeCaprio, Ben Miller and Tyler Mikulin, who mustered respective 10-, 13-. 11- and 11-yard TD runs.

The reigning 5-time District 10 Class 2A champion Greyhounds (3-0 Region 1, 3-1 overall) scored on all 8 of their 1st-half possessions en route to 411 total yards on 30 first-half snaps.

Hounds' Head Coach Brandon Phillian related, "The challenge we issued to our team was, 'It's about us. We know there's no such thing as a perfect football game, but how close, how near-perfect can we be in our play with our assignments on both sides of the ball, with limiting the penalties, the turnovers?' I was very, very pleased with the first half of football that our team came out and played (Satur)day.

"That's one of the things in our offense," Phillian continued. "The more versatility we have, the more guys who are touching the ball, I think the harder it is (for opponents) to prepare for it. In our season thus far, Luke Edwards has been very consistent every, single game, and he's off to a great start this season ... against Greenville, Gage DeCaprio had a big game ... now, to see our complement of weapons on display I think is a great thing for our football team as we move forward."

Edwards, now a senior captain, embraces his leadership role.

"I'm just trying to do the best I can with it," Edwards explained. "I remember when I was a freshman, guys like Cam Marett and Robert Pontius, I learned from them a lot. If I can have that same impact on the other guys (on the 2021 team), that's just what I'm trying to do."

"My (personal) numbers don't matter if we don't get the 'W' at the end of the game. Honestly, that's what matters at the end of the day," Edwards continued. "If we were an oh-and-eight team, no one would care about me or what I do on the offense. ... Coach (Sean) McConahy and Coach Phillian are doin' a great job puttin' me in position to make plays, that's all it is.'

Tuff McConahy completed all 5 of his pass attempts for 108 yards, 3 of which went to McCallister for 61 markers. They were competing for the starting signal-caller's spot in preseason camp, and Phillian noted,

"To me, they're such a great story. ... Cole's out wide catchin' the ball from Tuff. Honestly? Even when they both were workin' at quarterback, there was such a chemistry there. I just have so much respect for the way both of those young men handled everything. And now, to see Tuff-to-Cole twice for touchdown passes is just awesome, and a real compliment to the two of them."

Lakeview (0-3, 1-3) actually won the 2nd half.

Sailors' senior speedster Gavin Murdock manufactured a 44-yard scoring sprint and collaborated with Aiden Osborne on a 54-yard scoring strike. Later, 5-foot-5, 110-yard frosh QB Leyton Zacherl zipped a 49-yard TD toss to Sean Cole. Zacherl completed all 3 of his pass attempts for 73 yards for Sailors' skipper Bill Hickman. Murdock mustered 84 yards rushing and 68 passing despite constant pressure from the Hounds Hammer defense.

Wilmington's win was its 2nd straight, and Edwards assessed, "I think we're trending upwards. That Week-2 bye (against Oil City) was not ideal, 'cause I think we need to play — we're a young team, we have a lot of underclassmen in the starting rotation. I just think the more we play, the better we're gonna get. We're just takin' it week-by-week, practicing each week. I think, honestly, every day at practice, every game we're getting better with more reps.

" ... We're just tryin' to continue the tradition, and win games one week at a time." Edwards added.

Notes: Skyler Sholler and Willie Moore registered sacks for Wilmington, while Buddah Book pilfered a pass. ... Lakeview's Karson Cropp was credited with blocking 2 PAT attempts.


In other fall sports:


* Greenville 50, Kennedy Catholic 14 — At Butala Stadium in Hermitage, Mason Dickens had 3 touchdown runs and Levi Swartz ran for a pair as the Trojans (2-3, 2-3) defeated the Golden Eagles (0-3, 0-4) in the Region 1 contest.

Greenville led 16-0 at the end of the opening quarter and 36-8 at halftime.

Aden Sasala and Swartz scored for the Trojans in the 1st quarter. Sasala had a 9-yard TD run and Swartz reached the end zone from 2 yards out. Dickens and Jase Herrick added 2 point conversion runs.

KC cut the lead to 16-8 early in the 2nd quarter on a 42-yard TD pass from Simier Wade to Elijah Smith and a 2-point conversion pass from Rayvion Wilbon-Venable to Blaze Campbell.

Greenville pulled away with 3 touchdowns before halftime — a pair of TD runs by Dickens (40 and 26 yards) and a 56-yard run by Swartz.

Dickens (47 run) and Preston Bowser (1 run) tacked on Trojan TDs in the 3rd quarter.

KC closed out the scoring late in the game on a 40-yard TD pass from Wilbon-Venable to Campbell.

Swartz rushed for 139 yards (11 carries) and Dickens compiled 113 yards (6 totes). Trojans' QB Jalen Ritzert went 1-for-1 for 10 yards with that pass going to Herrick.

For KC, Wilbon-Venable was 11-of-19 for 124 yards and rushed for 54 yards on 11 carries. Wade was 2-for-2 for 44 yards. Campbell caught 2 passes for 62 yards.

*Conneaut (Ohio) 42, Reynolds 22 — At Joslin Field in Conneautville Friday, junior running back Zack Rice scored 5 touchdowns to lead the Region 3 Spartans (3-2) past the Region 1 Raiders (2-2).

Rice caught 3 TD passes and ran for a pair of scores. He compiled 106 rushing yards on 19 carries and caught 4 passes for 136 yards.

Conneaut senior quarterback Kiefer Mandagelo was 9-of-13 for 216 yards with 4 TD passes and 1 interception.

Reynolds' Jalen Wagner carried the ball 19 times for 186 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. He had 62- and 36-yard TD runs in the 1st quarter and a 5-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter.

Raiders' QB Brayden McCloskey went 8-of-19 for 60 yards and converted a 2-point conversion run. Clayton Rhoades caught 4 passes for 46 yards.

* Brookfield 20, Crestview 13 — At Columbiana Friday night, Coach Randy Clark's Warriors (2-0, 4-1) picked up a big Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference road win over the Rebels (2-1, 3-3).

Brookfield quarterback Donovan Pawlowski had a big night — scoring all three touchdowns for his team. He scored on runs of 7, 1, and 15 yards. His 15-yard run late in the 4th quarter sealed the win for the Warriors.

Pawlowski was 13-of-20 for 154 yards and rushed for 33 yards on 8 carries. Teandre Craig led Brookfield's ground game with 13 carries for 74 yards.

David Pawlowski caught 5 passes for 69 yards and Isaiah Jones hauled in 5 catches for 55 yards.


PIAA Foundation Meet

Coach Mike Sample's Grove City High boys squad captured an impressive 2nd-place finish on Saturday in the Class 2A race with 94 points. Northwestern Lehigh won the team title with 89 points. Hickory (435) finished 14th.

Junior Joshua Jones led the way for GC by placing 8th in a time of 17:18 while freshman MJ Pottinger (17:44) and sophomore Quinn McKnight (17:44) were 18th and 19th, respectively.

Other finishers for the Eagles: Senior Caleb Hawke 22nd (17:48), junior Justy Brown 27th (17:59), sophomore Wyatt Shepson 44th (18:32), and freshman Isaiah Stauff 45th (18:32).

Senior Thomas Hunyadi placed 11th in a time of 17:27. Also for the Hornets: freshman Caden Riethmiller 53rd (18:52), senior Justin Winslow 117th (20:11), freshman Logan Rodgers 124th (20:17), junior Ben Swanson 159th (20:58), and senior Samuel Chlpka 171st (21:17).

Ringgold sophomore Ryan Pajak won the 2A boys title in a time of 16:21.

In the Class 1A boys race, Winchester Thurston senior Lance Nicholls clocked in at 17:18 to finish 1st overall and led his team to the title with 102 points.

* Mercer junior Willow Myers finished 9th in 21:37 in the Class 1A girls race. Elk Lake senior Krista Jones took 1st in 20:02.

OLSH (117) captured the team title. Sharpsville was 19th (458).

Sharpsville junior Lyndzie Springer led the Devils by placing 80th (24:58). Also for Sharpsville: Sophomore Ava Hurl 90th (25:52), sophomore Joanne Chiavazza 110th (26:54), freshman Haley Chalupka 132nd (28:14), freshman Meredith Reiter 135th (28:24), sophomore Ava Combine 137th (28:45), and junior Lauren Aiello 143rd (29:13).

In the Class 2A girls race, Grove City (385) finished 16th. Villa Maria Academy (81) were the team champs.

Blue Mountain senior Olivia Haas finished 1st in 18:42. Grove City senior Abby Steffler placed 13th in 21:11 while Sharon junior Natalie Ostheimer took 21st in 21:23.

Sharon junior Abby Douglas placed 54th in 22:58. Other Grove City finishers: Abigail Nichols 73rd (23:25), sophomore Phoebe Graham 92nd (24:08), junior Alayna Bishop 112th (24:45), junior Savannah Pottinger 154th (26:36), sophomore Emmaleah Riddle 158th (26:46), and senior Zoey Beck 174th (28:26).

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Blue Devil Invitational

The 20th annual Sharpsville Blue Devil Invitational was held at Buhl Park on Saturday.

Moon Area (76) captured the boys team title while Conneaut Area (134) finished 2nd. West Middlesex (323) led the local teams with an 11th-place finish.

Lakeview (350) was 13th, Slippery Rock (508) 18th, Jamestown (608) 22nd, Wilmington (649) 24th, Reynolds (653) 25th, Sharpsville (729) 26th, Hickory (877) 32nd, Commodore Perry (925) 34th, Sharon (1,066) 39th, and Greenville (1,200) 40th.

Moon Area's Jacob Puhalla (16:11) finished 1st while Quaker Valley's Matthew Otto (16:13) was runner-up.

Colson Jenkins of Lakeview led the local runners with a 7th-place finish in a time of 16:53. Jamestown's Riley Runyon (17:38) and Savana Curtis (17:39) were 23rd and 24th.

Reynolds' Johnny Bresnan (17:55) was 41st, Lakeview's Carter Williams (17:59) placed 44th, West Middlesex's Giovanni Rococi (18:00) finished 45th and Viktor Zahn (18:03) of Slippery Rock was 48th.

* Greater Latrobe (133) captured the girls varsity team championship while Norwin (191) finished 2nd.

Lakeview (281) placed 7th, Slippery Rock (398) 12th, Hickory (433) 15th, Jamestown (463) 16th, West Middlesex (483) 18th, Wilmington (488) 19th, Reynolds (571) 23rd, and Commodore Perry (725) 33rd.

Anna Cohen of Quaker Valley clocked in at 18:51 to win the title. Jamestown's Claire Anderson (19:12) was runner-up and teammate Karis McElhaney placed 4th in 19:28.

Wilmington's Emma Mason (19:58) finished 10th and Ava Shearer (20:34) was 22nd. West Middlesex's Lia (20:04) and Ella (20:58) Bartholomew finished 13th and 33rd, respectively.

Bethany Litwiler of Reynolds placed 18th in 20:23.86. Lakeview's Kady Alexander (21:01) was 34th, Mikayla Montgomey (21:09) 38th, and Abby Mellon (21:13) took 41st.

Jillian White of Hickory placed 36th in 21:03 and Greenville's Megan Ickes (21:20) finished 46th.

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* Grove City 12, Franklin 1 — At Forker Field in Grove City, Pierson Badowski fired in 4 goals and had 2 assists as the Eagles routed the Knights.

Jimmy and Jacob Irani added 2 goals each while Hayden Glenn, Ben Donnelly, Landon Haggart, and Caleb Baumgartner had the other goals.

Jimmy Irani and Glenn each collected a pair of assists. Jacob Irani, Donnelly, Alec Ball, and Brody Pennazi had 1 assist each for GC.

Gage Haniwalt scored the lone goal for Franklin.

* Greenville 2, Seneca 2 (2OT) — At Snyder-Stone Stadium in Greenville, the Trojans and Bobcats played to a 2-all tie.

Logan Lentz and Nathan Stuyvesant had goals for Greenville while Lee Hoover and Jack Pikiewicz scored for Seneca.

Stuyvesant was credited with an assist for the Trojans and Conner DeFazio and Bobby Yost recorded assists for the Bobcats.


LAKEVIEW 0 0 14 8 22

WILMINGTON 28 26 0 0 54

Scoring plays

W — Edwards 36 run (kick failed)

W — McCallister, 18 pass from McConahy (Miller run)

W — DeCaprio, 13 run (Winters kick)

W — Miller, 11 run (Winters kick)

W — McCallister, 32 pass from McConahy (kick failed)

W — McConahy, 10 run (Saterlee kick)

W — Edwards, 5 run (kick failed)

W — Mikulin, 11 run (Winters kick)

L — Murdock, 44 run (pass failed)

L — Osborne, 54 pass from Murdock (Wilkins pass from Murdock)

L — S.Cole, 49 pass from Zacherl (Skiles pass from Zacherl)

Team stats


8 First downs 18

79 Rushing yards 346

145 Passing yards 108

17-6-1 Att-comp-int 5-5-0

224 Total yards 454

2-1 Fumbles-lost 3-1

8-65 Penalties-yards lost 4-30

Individual stats

Rushing: LAKEVIEW — Murdock 14-84, Cole 2-0, Zacherl 2-(-1), Wilkins 1-(-2), Osborne 2-(-2). WILMINGTON — Edwards 9-114, Miller 6-72, DeCaprio 6-65, Mikulin 3-36, Gardner 6-22, Rossi 6-22, McConahy 1-10, Jones 6-10, Mendenhall 1-(-3), Team 1-(-2).

Passing: LAKEVIEW — Murdock 14-3-1, 68; Zacherl 3-3-0, 73; WILMINGTON — McConahy 5-5-0, 108.

Receiving: LAKEVIEW — Cole 3-82, Osborne 1-54, Skiles 1-6, Wilkins 1-3; WILMINGTON — McCallister 3-61, Edwards 1-48, Miller 1-0.


GREENVILLE 16 20 14 0 50

KENNEDY 0 8 0 6 14

G — Sasala, 9 run (Dickens run)

G — Swartz, 2 run (Herrick run)

KC — Smith, 42 pass from Wade (Campbell catch)

G — Dickens, 40 run (R.Stefanowicz kick)

G — Dickens, 26 run (run failed)

G — Swartz, 56 run (R.Stefanowicz kick)

G — Dickens, 47 run (R.Stefanowicz kick)

G — Bowser, 1 run (R.Stefanowicz kick)

KC — Campbell, 40 pass from Wilbon-Venable (pass failed)

Team stats


13 First downs 11

316 Rushing yards 86

10 Passing yards 168

1-1-0 Att-Comp-Int 21-13-0

326 Total yards 254

1-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1

4-34 Penalties-yards 11-81.5

Individual stats

Rushing: GREENVILLE — Swartz 11-139, Dickens 6-113, Solderich 5-22, Sasala 3-21, Herrick 2-10, Rottman 1-3, Bowser 1-1, Philson 4-(-3), Ritzert 1-(-9); KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Wilbon-Venable 11-54, Yeager 4-23, Friday 5-14, Campbell 2-0, Wade 3-(-5).

Passing: GREENVILLE — Ritzert 1-1-0-10; KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Wilbon-Venable 19-11-0-124, Wade 2-2-0-44.

Receiving: GREENVILLE — Herrick 1-10; KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Campbell 2-62, Smith 3-40, Wade 4-34, Dunlap 2-12, Yeager 2-9.


REYNOLDS 14 0 8 0 22

CONNEAUT 21 7 7 7 42

C — Rice, 25 pass from Mandagelo (Carpenter kick)

R — Wagner, 62 run (Small kick)

C — Rice, 49 pass from Mandagelo (Carpenter kick)

C — Rice, 15 run (Carpenter kick)

R — Wagner, 36 run (Small kick)

C — Rice, 45 pass from Mandagelo (Carpenter kick)

C — Carpenter, 50 pass from Mandagelo (Carpenter kick)

R — Wagner, 5 run (McCloskey run)

C — Rice, 15 run (Carpenter kick)

Team stats


N/A First downs N/A

246 Rushing yards N/A

60 Passing yards N/A

20-8-0 Att-comp-int 13-9-1

306 Total yards N/A

0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1

7-80 Penalties-yards 8-46

Individual stats

Rushing: REYNOLDS — Wagner 19-186, McLaughlin 11-32, Rhoades 5-28; CONNEAUT (OHIO) — Rice 19-106, Mandagelo 11-93.

Passing: REYNOLDS — McCloskey 19-8-0-60; McLaughlin 1-0-0-0; CONNEAUT (OHIO) — Mandagelo 13-9-1-216.

Receiving: REYNOLDS — Rhoades 4-46, McLaughlin 2-16, Miller 1-4, Wagner 1-(-6). CONNEAUT (OHIO) — Rice 4-136.


BROOKFIELD 12 0 0 8 20

CRESTVIEW 6 7 0 0 13

Scoring plays

B — Do. Pawlowski, 7 run (kick failed)

C — 18 pass (kick failed)

B — Do. Pawlowski, 1 run (run failed)

C — 22 pass (kick good)

B — Do. Pawlowski, 15 run (Do. Pawlowski run)

Team stats


14 First downs 11

115 Rushing yards 89

160 Passing yards 110

21-13-0 Att-Comp-Ints 16-11-0

275 Total yards 199

0-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0

10-91 Penalties-yards 6-39

Individual stats

Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Craig 13-74, Do. Pawlowski 8-33, Davis 6-8. CRESTVIEW — N/A.

Passing: BROOKFIELD — Do. Pawlowski 20-13-0-154, I.Jones 1-0-0-0, no name submitted 2-1-0-6. CRESTVIEW — N/A.

Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Da. Pawlowski 5-69, I.Jones 5-55, Witherow 2-25, Laverty 1-6. CRESTVIEW — N/A.




Team Standings: Moon Area (76), Conneaut Area (134), Eden Christian Academy (177), Gen. McLane (222), Quaker Valley (225), Harbor Creek (256), Baldwin (260), DuBois Area (262), Ft. LeBoeuf (318), Greater Latrobe (320), West Middlesex (323), Norwin (327), Lakeview (350), Warren (357), Cochranton (415), New Castle (420), Union City (487), Slippery Rock (508), Erie (574), Iroquois (576).

Individual Standings: 1. Jacob Puhalla (Moon Area) 16:11; 2. Matthew Otto (Quaker Valley) 16:13; 3. Sean Aiken (Eden Christian) 16:13; 4. Ethan Haring (Eden Christian) 16:47; 5. John Yanosick (Moon Area) 16:51; 6. Dominick Ditoro (Baldwin) 16:53; 7. Colson Jenkins (Lakeview) 16:53; 8. Simeon Hunter (Conneaut Area) 17:00; 9. Sam Hetrick (Saegertown) 17:11; 10. Ben Schrumpf (Ft. LeBoeuf) 17:13; 11. Logan Byerly (Harbor Creek) 17:15; 12. Joseph Foradora (DuBois Area) 17:17; 13. Tyler LaChapelle (Moon Area) 17:18; 14. Kyler Woolstrum (Cochranton) 17:20; 15. Astacio Deemer (DuBois Area) 17:20; 16. Hunter Spaid (Cambridge Springs) 17:21; 17. Clark LaLomia (Quaker Valley) 17:21; 18. Andrew Barrett (Baldwin) 17:23; 19. Hugh Harrison (Warren) 17:24; 20. Landon Myer (Union City) 17:27; 21. Jordan Kullen (Conneaut Area) 17:27; 22. Dylan Fletcher (Conneaut Area) 17:38; 23. Riley Runyon (Jamestown) 17:38; 24. Savana Curtis (Jamestown) 17:39; 25. Hayden Santo (Moon Area) 17:40.


Team Standings: Greater Latrobe (133), Norwin (191), Boardman (197), Steele (202), Quaker Valley (228), Moon Area (247), Lakeview (281), Titusville (313), DuBois Area (326), Mercyhurst Prep (330), Baldwin (357), Slippery Rock (398), Eden Christian Academy (403), Harbor Creek (430), Hickory (433), Jamestown (463), Gen. McLane (477), West Middlesex (483), Wilmington (488), Warren (511).

Individual Standings: 1. Anna Cohen (Quaker Valley) 18:51; 2. Claire Anderson (Jamestown) 19:12; 3. Morgan Roemer (DuBois Area) 19:17; 4. Karis McElhaney (Jamestown) 19:28; 5. Chiara Golomb (Moon Area) 19:31; 6. Emerson Skatell (Greater Latrobe) 19:34; 7. Sydney Bayle (Gen. McLane) 19:40; 8. Lydia Valeriano (Northgate) 19:46; 9. Gabby Vennetti (Boardman) 19:54; 10. Emma Mason (Wilmington) 19:58; 11. Lauren Bero (Boardman) 20:00; 12. Lexie Planinsek (Greater Latrobe) 20:01; 13. Lia Bartholomew (West Middlesex) 20:04; 14. Marisa Del Valle (Steele) 20:11; 15. Mackenzie Hirt (Baldwin) 20:20; 16. Katie Beyer (Warren) 20:23; 17. Morgan Russo (Boardman) 20:23; 18. Bethany Litwiler (Reynolds) 20:23; 19. Shyann Rulander (Warren) 20:26; 20. Veronica Brewer (Harbor Creek) 20:27; 21. Sara Sweet (Mercyhurst Prep) 20:28; 22. Ava Shearer (Wilmington) 20:34; 23. Sidney Beers (DuBois Area) 20:34; 24. Hope Haring (Eden Christian) 20:36; 25. Clara Herr (Greater Latrobe) 20:37.

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