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High School Football - Week 6 Summary
Trojans, Vikes, 2 other teams
tied with 1 loss
By Tony Matter, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Line Mountain’s Kenny Boyer flies through a wide-open corridor for scoring paydirt against Halifax Oct. 4. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

Tri-Valley knocked off previously unbeaten Juniata, making the path to the Tri-Valley Athletic Association (aka Tri-Valley League) football championship a lot more interesting going into the regular season’s final stretch of games.

After Week 6 action last weekend,  four teams – each with one league loss – sit atop the leaderboard: former frontrunner Juniata, along with Newport, Upper Dauphin Area and Williams Valley. 

With four weeks to go and several key matchups down the stretch, knowing who will hoist the 2014 league championship trophy is anyone’s guess.

Tri-Valley 18, Juniata 6, Oct. 3. The host Bulldogs pulled off the upset of the season, knocking off previously unbeaten Juniata in methodical fashion.

After scoring touchdowns in each of the first three quarters, the ’Dawgs led 18-0 heading into the final frame. Juniata managed one fourth-quarter touchdown, but in this case it was too little, too late.

Quarterback Hunter Harner scored all three Tri-Valley touchdowns. His 28-yard first quarter touchdown run and second-quarter 1-yard touchdown run gave his team a 12-0 lead at the break. He also added a 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to seal the deal.

Harner ended the game with 180 rushing yards and three scores on 22 carries.  He was zero-for-six through the air.

Tri-Valley, who gained 297 yards on the ground, also got a solid effort from running back Anthony Snyder, who ran for 114 yards on 21 carries.

At 2-2 in the league, and 3-3 overall, Tri-Valley is far from out of the league title picture. The ’Dawgs will try to remain hot this weekend when they travel to Halifax for another league contest Friday, Oct. 10. Game time is 7 p.m.

UDA 41, Pine Grove 7, Oct. 3. The Trojans have been hot and cold throughout the season, but they were 100-percent hot in a trouncing of visiting Pine Grove. 

Coach Brent Bell’s squad came out firing on all cylinders from the first whistle and never looked back, scoring touchdowns in every quarter while compiling 359 yards of total offense.

UDA quarterback Aaron Cleveland connected with tight end Ethan Schell for a 77-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter to give the Trojans an early 6-0 lead.

Cleveland finished three-for-eight for 117 yards and one score.

After the early passing touchdown, UDA got its ground game going. Fullback Cole Reed scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter, and tailback Cameron Fornwald followed it up with a 45-yard scoring run in the same quarter.  Pine Grove sandwiched its only score between Reed’s and Fornwald’s, making the score 20-7 UDA at the half.

Fornwald ran for 110 yards and one touchdown on 15 attempts to lead a Trojan rushing attack that compiled 242 yards.

Peyton Barge got in on the rushing action in the second half, taking his only carry of the game 48 yards for a score in the third quarter to extend the Trojans’ lead.

Defense and special teams finished the scoring for UDA. Shifty Tanner Miller returned a punt 66 yards for a fourth-quarter score and Fornwald recovered a Pine Grove fumble and ran it back 50 yards for the Trojans’ final score of the game.

While Bell’s offense played an almost flawless game, his defense also deserves credit for the victory.  UDA held Pine Grove’s usually potent offense to a mere 119 yards.

UDA will look to keep pace in the league title hunt when it hosts Line Mountain Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Millersburg 31, East Juniata 0, Oct. 3. The Indians dominated host East Juniata, compiling 357 yards of offense in a 31-0 shutout victory. 

Quarterback Christian Wingard was nine-for-18 through the air with three touchdown passes, all to wideout Austin Lehman. Wingard also ran for 69 yards on 12 carries. 

Lehman finished the game with five receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns.  He also returned a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Running back Austin Marks started the scoring for the Tribe with a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Wingard hit Lehman for their first scoring connection later in the first quarter, and Lehman followed it up with a 26-yard punt return that gave Millersburg a 19-0 halftime lead.

Wingard and Lehman connected two more times in the third quarter – for five and four yards respectively – to complete the Indians’ scoring.

Millersburg hosts league-leading Newport Oct. 10  At 3-2 in the league, a victory would keep the Indians in the championship title hunt.

Northern Lebanon 35, Williams Valley 20, Oct. 3. The Vikings led 14-0 early in the second quarter and 14-7 at the half, but could not hold off a late Northern Lebanon charge before falling 35-20 in a non-league contest on Homecoming Night at Viking Stadium. 

The Vikes trailed 21-20 after three quarters, but two fourth-quarter Northern Lebanon touchdowns sealed Williams Valley’s fate.

The Vikings’ star running back, Matt Miller, had another great game in defeat, scoring all three of his team’s touchdowns.  Miller ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. He also ran back the game’s opening kickoff 85 yards for a score.

Williams Valley was outgained 448 yards to 198 yards in the game.

The Vikes will look to rebound and stay in the league race when they travel to Pine Grove for a 7 p.m. game Oct. 10.

Line Mountain 24, Halifax 6, Oct. 4. Running back Kenny Boyer helped make homecoming enjoyable for the Eagles’ crowd. He carried the ball 29 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.  He also caught four passes for 44 yards for the Eagles.

Line Mountain led 17-6 at half before tacking on one more score in the second frame to complete the game’s scoring.

Halifax’s only tally came on a 45-yard pass completion from quarterback Mason Erdman to Eric Johnston.



  

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