With only three regular season games left on the schedule, each game is crucial for playoff qualification and positioning.
All Progressland teams are still in the postseason hunt, but getting there is a lot easier for some.
Clearfield, Progressland’s only remaining undefeated team 7-0, have already won the Mountain League title and a spot in the District 9 Class 3A Championship. It just remains to be clarified whether the bison traveling to Huntingdon this week is seed # 1 or # 2.
Curwensville and Glendale also look pretty solid for a postseason berth. Both go into this week’s games 4-3.
Curwensville is currently fifth in the D-9 Class A rating with 500 points, but the tide is a full 100 points behind number 4 in the seeded Union. The top 4 seeds host a quarter-final playoff game. The Golden Tide travels to Southern Huntingdon, which is also in the middle of its respective playoff race. Southern is sixth in the D-6 Class 2A classification.
Glendale is fifth in the D-6 Class A but the Vikings won’t be able to make up ground this week as they had to cancel their game in the Juniata Valley due to low numbers. Glendale finished last week’s 15-12 win over Mo Valley with just 14 healthy players. While the Vikings are likely to fall after this week’s games, they have been in pretty good shape since qualifying for the top 12.
West Branch and Mo Valley are both 2-5 but are still in the playoff pursuit in D-6 Class A in 10th and 11th respectively.
The Warriors host Blacklick Valley, which ranks 13th in the D-6 Class A, while the Knights greet Tussey Mountain at CNB Bank Stadium.
Philipsburg-Osceola looks into District 6 Class 3A from the outside. The Mounties are 12th overall with 220 points, but a win over Tyrone’s visit would get them into the top 8 conversation. Penns Valley is number 8 this week with 370 points.
Here are capsule previews for all five games:
Clearfield (7-0) at Huntingdon (0-7)
ALL-TIME SERIES: Clearfield leads 17-13-1. The bison have won three in a row and eleven of the last twelve.
LAST MEETING: Clearfield scored six TDs in the first half and built a 42-0 lead on the way to a 42-14 win last season. Oliver Billotte threw three TD passes for the bison while the Clearfield defense intercepted the Bearcats three times.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Clearfields Oliver Billotte, Hayden Kovalick, Mark McGonigal and Nate Natoli. Huntingdons Myles Baney, Briar Deline, and Daren Harman.
LAST WEEK: CLEARFIELD 30, TRINITY 0: The bison defense has completed its third shutout in a row. Billotte threw for 161 yards and a score and McGonigal led the ground attack with 62 yards and a TD. BELLEFONTE 40, HUNTINGDON 7: The Bearcats allowed 437 yards to the Red Raiders, who hit three times on the ground, twice through the air, and on a fumble recovery return. Huntingdon has only got 33 points all season.
COACH’S KEY TO THE GAME: “Every game is important all along the way,” said Clearfield head coach Tim Janocko. âEvery game is important to the playoff implications. We just want to get better every week and expand on what we’ve been doing all season. “
Curwensville (4-3) near Southern Huntingdon (4-3)
LAST MEETING: This is the first meeting between the programs.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Curwensville’s Thad Butler, Dan McGarry, Jake Mulllins, and Ty Terry. Dawson Booher, Nate Myers, and Owen Winter of Southern Huntingdon.
LAST WEEK: CURWENSVILLE 24, PURCHASE LINE 22: The Golden Tide scored 17 points in the third quarter and took the lead 24-8 before fending off the Red Dragons, who failed on a 2-point conversion towards the end of the fourth quarter. SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON 21, TUSSEY MOUNTAIN 14: Myers threw 164 yards and three touchdowns, adding 154 yards on the ground in the Rockets’ 7-point win.
COACH’S KEY TO THE GAME: Keys on the defensive should continue to do better in a duel, “said Curwensville head coach Jim Thompson. âWe have to follow football with the same urgency as we did last week. On the offensive, we have to eliminate pre-snap penalties and not flip the ball as much as last week. “
Tussey Mountain (1-5) in the Moshannon Valley (2-5)
ALL-TIME SERIES: Mo Valley leads 24-9 but Tussey has won three in a row with an average score of 53-9.
LAST MEETING: The Titans amassed 448 yards on the ground and scored eight dazzling touchdowns in a 64-6 win last season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Aaron Day of Tussey Mountain, Landon Myers and Isaiah Sosak. David Honan, Levi Knuth and Connor Williams from Mo Valley.
LAST WEEK: SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON 21, TUSSEY MOUNTAIN 14: The Titans had a balanced offensive attack with 150 yards of pass and 153 yards on the ground, but they couldn’t contain Rockets QB Nate Myers, who totaled 318 yards for the win. GLENDALE 15, MO VALLEY 12: Knuth stormed for 288 yards and a score, but the Knights were kept out of the end zone twice after driving deep into Glendale territory, and the Vikings kicked off TD at the end of the fourth quarter.
COACH’S KEY TO THE GAME: “We’re focusing on the Red Zone offensive this week, âsaid Mo Valley head coach Michael Keith. âBlocking backs and the O-line will be key. We have to bring it to the end zone when the opportunity arises and continue to defend it solidly. “
Tyrone (3-4) near Philipsburg-Osceola (2-5)
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tyrone is leading 46-21 and has won 16 in a row.
LAST MEETING: The Golden Eagles defeated the Mounties 22-16 in 2019.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Tyrones Corey Beck, Keegan Gwinn, Brady Ronan and Ashton Walk. Josiah Kephart, Matt Martin and Dominic Shaw from Philipsburg-Osceola.
LAST WEEK: Bald Eagle Area 49, PO 0; BEA quarterback Carson Nagle threw for 207 yards and four TDs and the Mountie offensive was only 107 yards in the shutout. TYRONE 28, PENNS VALLEY 18: The Eagles QB rotation of Gwinn and Walk combined into three TD passes and the Tyrone Defense forced three turnovers to victory.
COACH’S KEY TO THE GAME: “You pass the ball, we have to read our keys and be in proper cover,” said PO head coach Jeff Vroman. âWe have to curb the running game. It all starts at the very front of the line of scrimmage.
Blacklick Valley (1-6) at West Branch (2-5)
LAST MEETING: First meeting between the programs.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Nathan Schilling and Kolten Szymusiak from Blacklick Valley. Tyler Biggans, Billy Bumbarger, and Wyatt Schwiderske from West Branch.
LAST WEEK: CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP 29, BLACKLICK VALLEY 7: Township QB threw for 168 yards and scored two and ran for 94 yards and one more TD in victory. Schilling collected 22 tackles for Blacklick. BELLWOOD-ANTIS 49, WEST BRANCH 0: The Devils scored a goal on interception and punt returns and limited the Warriors to just 30 yards, who stormed in the shutout.
COACH’S KEY TO THE GAME: “We have to re-establish the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” said West Branch head coach Kevin Hubler. âTake the ball offensively and you can stop the run defensively. If we do that, limit our mistakes, we’ll be fine. “