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High School Football - Week 8 Summary
Vikes stay tied for 1st place in TVAA
By Tony Matter, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Williams Valley maintained its share atop the Tri-Valley Athletic Association (aka Tri-Valley League) standings with a Week 8 win over 0-8 newcomer Susquenita. 

The Vikes currently are tied with Juniata and Newport at 5-1 in the league.  Upper Dauphin Area and Tri-Valley fell two games back of the three front runners with losses, while Line Mountain won its third consecutive game to continue its recent hot streak.

Williams Valley 35, Susquenita 7, Oct. 18. Williams Valley scored all its points before Susquenita crossed the goal line in a convincing victory that saw star Viking tailback Matt Miller eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.

Miller rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries to pace the Viking offensive attack.

The Vikings’ first score came on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Nick Rodichok to wideout Albert Wolfgang in the first quarter. Rodichok finished the game eight-for-14 for 169 yards and one touchdown.  Williams Valley wideout Cody Miller was Rodichok’s primary target, catching four passes for 97 yards.

Miller scored the Vikes’ next two touchdowns – the first, a one-yard run in the first quarter and the second, a 74-yard scamper in the second quarter.

Viking sophomore running back Ryan Harris scored his team’s last two touchdowns. Harris, who finished the game with 96 rushing yards on six carries, scored on runs of 31 yards and 29 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively.

The Viking offense totaled 494 yards while its defense limited Susquenita to just 99 yards of total offense. 

Juniata 45, Millersburg 21, Oct. 17. The host Indians jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Juniata’s high-octane rushing attack was ultimately too much for the locals to handle in a 45-21 loss.

Quarterback Christian Wingard scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter to put Millersburg on top. Wingard finished with 17 rushing yards and one score. He was also 12-for-24 for 252 passing yards and one touchdown.

Wingard connected with wideout Cole Shomper for a 34-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Shomper had five receptions for 80 yards and a score. Fellow Indian wideout Ethan Troutman was Millersburg’s leading receiver, catching five passes for 155 yards.

Robbie Burger scored Millersburg’s third touchdown, a one-yard run in the second quarter that got Millersburg within one score (29-21) at halftime.

It was all Juniata after the break. The Indians outgained Millersburg 491 yards to 291 yards.  Of Juniata’s yards, 417 came via the ground, led by running back Chantz Swartz?s game-leading 285 rushing yards. The visitors scored 16 second-half points to run away with the victory.

Newport 49, Upper Dauphin Area 13, Oct. 17. The Trojans were no match for the size and speed of Newport in a 49-13 thrashing in Perry County.

Coach Brent Bell’s squad struggled to move the ball all night. Newport outgained UDA 385 yards to 191 yards.

Trojan quarterback Aaron Cleveland accounted for both of his team’s touchdowns and 76 percent of the overall offensive production.  Cleveland was five-for-14 for 69 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions through the air.  He also ran the ball 15 times for 77 yards and one score.

Backup signal-caller Drake Lenker caught two Cleveland passes for 46 yards. One of those catches was a 37-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Line Mountain 42, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, 12, Oct. 17. The host Eagles won their third game in a row thanks to a dominating rushing attack and strong defensive effort.  Line Mountain scored the game’s first 42 points.

Eagle running back Kenny Boyer, who rushed for more than 230 yards a week earlier against UDA, had another stellar game for Line Mountain. Boyer ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdown runs of five, one and six yards all came before halftime.

Line Mountain quarterback Ryan Reed added two rushing touchdowns for the Eagles. Reed ran the ball five times for 105 yards.  He scored on runs of 55 and 39 yards, respectively.

The Line Mountain defense sacked the St. Joseph quarterback in the third quarter for a safety, and wideout David Quinn scored the Eagles’ final touchdown on a 39-yard reception from Kurt Mace in the fourth quarter.

Pine Grove 19, Tri-Valley 8, Oct. 17. The Bulldogs led 8-0 at halftime, but the Cardinals scored 18 unanswered second-half points to leave Hegins with a victory.

Quarterback Hunter Harner threw a 15-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to Tyler Lucas for the Dawgs’ only score of the game. Harner finished two-for-11 for 19 yards, one TD and one INT.  He also had 54 rushing yards on 15 attempts.

The Cardinals limited Tri-Valley to 94 yards of total offense. 

East Juniata 20, Halifax 7, Oct. 17. The Wildcats almost matched their hosts’ 274 yards of offense with 268 yards of their own, but Halifax had trouble finding the end zone.

Quarterback Mason Erdman scored Halifax’s only touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter with his team already down 20-0.

Running backs Jake Paul and Eric Johnston had solid games for Halifax. Paul finished with 79 rushing yards on eight carries, while Johnston added 68 yards on 14 carries.


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