These are attempting instances for highschool soccer groups.
Each week is one other matchup with an opponent and one other battle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Heritage Convention has misplaced just one recreation to postponement, which is both a credit score to diligence or simply pure luck and most definitely a mixture of the 2, and as October wears on, and with one other flu season approaching, groups are gearing up for an early playoff season.
That is, normally, the final week of the common season for convention groups as a result of the playoffs are scheduled to start out subsequent weekend. It seems seven of the 9 convention instances have certified for the playoffs. Groups that do no qualify for the playoffs might proceed the common season, if they will discover opponents, and groups might return to the common season as soon as they’re knocked out of the playoffs. Groups are permitted to play 10 regular-season video games via Nov. 28.
On Friday, Penns Manor (5-Zero) and Marion Middle (Four-Zero) lay their unbeaten data on the road. They haven’t met within the common season, and there’s a superb likelihood their Week 10 matchup gained’t be performed. In idea, although, the convention champion may very well be decided after the postseason. Anybody up for Penns Manor vs. Marion Middle on the day after Thanksgiving?
Within the WPIAL, Apollo-Ridge’s extremely anticipated Class 2A showdown at Serra Catholic has been postponed. Serra Catholic postponed earlier this week following a optimistic check by an indivudla who had contact with the soccer workforce. Each groups are Four-Zero and sitting atop the Allegheny Convention.
Apollo-Ridge has performed as soon as up to now three weeks. Its Week Four opponent, Summit Academy, opted out of the season.
Groups could be sensible to stay diligent and comply with the teachings discovered by the NFL in current days when outbreaks led to postponements and shuffling of the schedule.
Within the playoffs, postponements rely as forfeits and a tragic finish to a season that was unsure a pair months in the past.
PENNS MANOR (5-Zero) at NORTHERN CAMBRIA (Four-1): Consistency is spelled in a different way with regards to Heritage Convention soccer: Cometsistency.
Penns Manor has been one of many high groups within the convention over the previous decade, and the Comets are lined up for an additional run in an area-record 14th straight playoff look. They’ve an opportunity to take the highest seed within the Class 1A bracket with a win over Northern Cambria and a Portage (Four-Zero) loss to Berlin (5-Zero).
The Comets can assault from numerous angles, with 4 stable working backs — Dimitri Lieb, Connor Keith, Kevin Baum and Ashton Courvina — and rising sophomore quarterback Max Hill. Final week, Penns Manor put up 74 factors, a single-game space document, in opposition to a depleted Bishop Carroll workforce.
The protection is fairly good, too, and has compelled an area-high 13 turnovers for a plus-10 margin. The Comets lead the convention in complete protection (202.2 yards per recreation).
Northern Cambria is coming off its first loss, 28-7 to Marion Middle.
The Colts have displayed an inclination to play from behind, and so they couldn’t generate key performs at essential instances to maintain tempo with Marion Middle.
Owen Prasko and Issac Noll have mixed for 1,022 yards, and quarterback Mike Hoover has been enjoying on a foul ankle.
Northern Cambria has secured a playoff berth however may vault into the highest 4 and get a house recreation with a win over Penns Manor.
Prediction: Penns Manor, 32-15.
MARION CENTER (Four-Zero) at UNITED (1-Four): United wants a number of assist to make it into the playoffs, and the Lions most likely aren’t going to get it from a Marion Middle workforce on a mission. And the Stingers gained’t get caught napping, nicely conscious that Hunter Cameron and his United brethren have pushed good groups to the wire. Cameron rushed for 415 yards on 35 carries in a 48-34 loss to West Shamokin final week and took over the world dashing lead with 954 yards.
However one Hunter gained’t be sufficient to get in the way in which of Marion Middle playmakers Ty Ryen, Justin Peterson and T.J. Lynn, amongst others.
Marion Middle is poised to take the second seed within the Class 2A bracket, and the Stingers may transfer into the highest spot if Bellwood-Antis (5-Zero) loses to Mount Union (Three-1). First or second actually doesn’t matter in a bracket that’s fairly heavy within the first 5 spots.
Prediction: Marion Middle, 48-14.
PURCHASE LINE (2-Three) at HOMER-CENTER (Three-1): Buy Line has a reasonably good protection, which will probably be examined by Homer-Middle and quarterback Ben Schmidt, the world chief in complete offense with 1,390 yards (667 dashing, 723 passing).
Buy Line has gained two in a row, outscoring Saltsburg and Blairsville by a mixed 81-6. The Purple Dragons additionally discovered some items to enhance Josh Syster, who ranks second within the space in dashing with 759 yards and has been taking snaps within the wildcat.
The Dragons will want a number of wildcat to get previous the Wildcats, but it surely doesn’t appear to be a loss will knock them out of the playoff image.
Prediction: Homer-Middle, 38-20.
BLAIRSVILLE (1-Four) at WEST SHAMOKIN (Three-2): The footballs may very well be flying at West Shamokin. Wolves quarterback Bo Swartz leads the world in completions (83), makes an attempt (128), passing yards (1,263) and landing passes (13). He has throw one interception.
Blairsville starter Zak Artley returned final week after a two-week absence because of a concussion and threw 28 passes.
Swartz has loads of targets. 4 West Shamokin receivers rank within the high 10 within the space in receptions. Owen Stover leads the world with 25 catches and is adopted by Josh Cicero (21), Ezeck Olinger (14) and Lou Swartz (13).
For added incentive, West Shamokin, which dropped to Class 1A this season, is enjoying to safe a house playoff recreation for the primary time at school historical past.
Prediction: West Shamokin, 49-20.
SALTSBURG (1-Four) at BISHOP CARROLL (Zero-5): After going greater than 25 years with out making a playoff look, Saltsburg broke the string throughout final 12 months’s exceptional run. Now the Trojans can return for a second straight 12 months with a win over a younger, injured and winless Bishop Carroll workforce.
This might give and Trojans some confidence they should pull a shock within the postseason.
Prediction: Saltsburg, 47-7.
HAMPTON (Three-2) at INDIANA (2-Three): Two phrases can sum up this one: ball safety.
Indiana dedicated one turnover whereas profitable two straight video games. Youth and inexperience reveals at instances, normally probably the most inopportune ones, like final week when Indiana dedicated seven turnovers and bought thumped.
Highlands has two losses: to Plum (5-Zero) and Mars (Four-1).
Prediction: Hampton, 28-24.
LIGONIER VALLEY (2-Three) at WAYNESBURG CENTRAL (Zero-5): Ligonier Valley had a attempting begin to the season in its return to the WPIAL. The Rams needed to reschedule a duplicate video games when opponents opted out this season, and so they bought a scare this week when final week’s opponent, Serra Catholic, postponed Friday’s recreation in opposition to Apollo-Ridge because of a virus outbreak. Now the Rams have set themselves as much as have a profitable season. In the event that they beat winless Waynesburg Central, they may face Shady Aspect Academy (Zero-Three) subsequent week with an opportunity to complete the season above .500.
Prediction: Ligonier Valley, 49-6.