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Mustangs turn it up a notch in second half

JOHNSTOWN — On a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, Portage turned up the defensive heat in the second half and pulled away from Ferndale to earn a 42-15 victory. The Mustangs (8-1) trailed by nine in the first quarter and faced a 15-14 deficit at the break as Yellow Jacket quarterback Hunter ...

Huskies overpowered

EBENSBURG — Senior night started with excitement and promise for the Bishop Carroll Catholic football team, but Westmont Hilltop quickly extinguished the good mood. The Hilltoppers scored three first quarter touchdowns on their way to a 56-14 mercy-rule victory Saturday night at the Bishop ...

Flash beaten by Duquesne

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — A fumble recovery and a Tommy Stuart touchdown pass rallied Duquesne out of an early hole to defeat Saint Francis, 24-7, in a meeting of teams undefeated in the Northeast Conference on Saturday. Stuart completed 15-of-22 passes for 142 yards and the ...

Juniata falls short again

HUNTINGDON — For the second straight game, Juniata College let a lead slip away in the fourth quarter, and the result was its fifth loss in the last six games. Moravian kicker Jon Miller booted a 19-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in regulation, giving the Greyhounds a 20-17 victory in ...

Rep. Shuster lends aid as campaigns begin

Amid continuing rumors that other candidates might take an interest in his seat, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District has yet to firmly state his 2018 plans. That hasn’t stopped him from taking an active role for many other 2018 hopefuls, however. Shuster has organized at least one ...

BG passes another test

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football coach Justin Wheeler insists that he and his Marauders don’t look ahead during the season, or circle certain dates on the calendar, or do anything other than focus on one game at a time. Nonetheless, if the truth be told, the ...

Tigers don’t let late start hinder them

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A fiery crash on Route 80 Friday afternoon delayed the arrival of the Central Mountain High School football team by more than an hour, but the waiting game didn’t tax the Golden Tigers’ patience. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned in life,” Hollidaysburg coach ...

Bethel Park overpowers Mtn. Lions

It was another long night for the Altoona Mountain Lions. Bethel Park’s balanced offense rolled up 429 yards and scored in every quarter en route to a 42-3 victory over Altoona in a WPIAL Southeastern Conference game Friday night at Mansion Park. Tanner Volpatti ran for 121 yards and two ...

Dragons down Bearcats

ROARING SPRING — The trick play turned into a real treat for the Central High School football team. With almost nothing going right, Scarlet Dragon offensive coordinator reached into his bag of goodies and pulled out a double pass midway through the second quarter. The play resulted in a ...

Ridge beats Bellefonte in battle of 7-1 teams

NEW PARIS — With matching 7-1 records, dual-threats at quarterback and a host of other players capable of striking from any part of the field, the Chestnut Ridge-Bellefonte matchup had the makings of a competitive contest. It was close, but only for a half. Leading 12-7 at the break, Ridge ...

Cambria Heights dominates against Bedford

BEDFORD — Cambria Heights traveled to Bedford having never scored a victory in 22 contests against the Bisons, but the Highlanders dominated on both sides of the ball to score a 42-7 decision Friday night. “The kids played great tonight. Offense, defense, special teams, it was just a ...

Somerset holds off Panthers

SOMERSET — Penn Cambria came up just short in its bid for its first win of the season in a close 15-6 loss against Somerset on Friday night. On Somerset’s first drive, Ryan Funa took the handoff for a gain of 30 yards into Penn Cambria territory. However, the drive was abruptly shut down ...

Tyrone topples PV

TYRONE — Tyrone surrendered 477 yards of total offense, including 334 passing yards to sophomore quarterback Aaron Tobias, but made five stops inside the red zone to seal a 28-6 victory over Penns Valley and snap a two-game losing streak. Tobias completed 30 of 50 passes but was ...

McCort shuts out Red Devils

EBENSBURG — After a scoreless first quarter, Bishop McCort started to pull away from a gritty Central Cambria squad. The Crimson Crushers capped off a 16-play drive and scored on a punt return in the second quarter to lead 14-0 at halftime. A costly turnover on its first second-half ...

Friday night football scoreboard

Chestnut Ridge 41, Bellefonte 21 (final) Bethel Park 42, Altoona 3 (final) Bishop Guilfoyle 31, Johnstown 7 (final) Bishop McCort 28, Central Cambria 0 (final) Cambria Heights 42, Bedford 7 (final) Hollidaysburg 52, Central Mountain 18 (final) Claysburg-Kimmel 49, Tussey Mountain 40 ...

Mountain Lions look to add meaning to last two games

Some area high school football teams are gearing up for the postseason, which begins in a couple of weeks. For the Altoona Area Mountain Lions, Nick Felus says that time is now. “We want to approach this week and the week after,” Felus said, “as a playoff week.” The Lions won’t ...

Steelers try to fix red-zone problems

PITTSBURGH — The drive that put the NFL’s last unbeaten team on notice started three feet from the Pittsburgh Steelers own end zone. Over the course of the next five minutes, the Steelers put their considerable offensive talents on display. They literally pushed the Kansas City Chiefs ...

Ready to air it out: McSorley prepared for challenge ahead

UNIVERSITY PARK — The answer to the age-old question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object may finally be determined in Beaver Stadium Saturday when Saquon Barkley — the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards per game — runs full force into the Michigan ...

PSU vs. Michigan best of Big Ten this week

Some things to watch during Week 8 of Big Ten play, with 12 teams in action: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0). Forget the playoffs. If Michigan wants to remain a factor in the East division race, it’ll almost certainly have to upset the ...