T-D HS Football

Three area teams in playoff games tonight

The Shade Panthers entered the District 5 Class A playoffs with upsets on their mind. After dispatching second-seeded Northern Bedford, 42-36, the Panthers (6-5) travel to another higher seed tonight when they visit third-seeded Tussey Mountain in a 5-A semifinal.
The clash is one of three playoff games featuring area squads tonight.
In the other pairings, sixth-seeded Bishop Carroll takes on No. 2 Homer-Center in 6-A, reviving an old Appalachian Conference rivalry. In 6-AA No. 7 Forest Hills battles Central in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal game won by the Rangers.
Shade rushed for 322 yards in its win over Northern Bedford, scoring six touchdowns on the ground against the Black Panthers. Logan Glessner toted the ball 16 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Shade attack.
Shade, which has rushed the ball 407 times as a team in 11 games, relies on a multipronged ground game led by senior Tyler Kline (635 yards), Nash Walker (526) and Glessner (491). Running the ball has accounted for 27 of Shade’s 29 offensive touchdowns.
The Titans (9-2) eliminated North Star to reach this point. Tussey Mountain has accrued nearly 4,800 yards of offense with two 1,000-yard rushers – Darren Sipes and Daniel Taylor – paving the way.
Sipes has 1,397 yards and 16 touchdowns to his name. Taylor has reached the end zone 18 times while collecting 1,181 yards.  Quarterback Quinn Barnett has thrown for 1,237 yards and 12 touchdowns to supplement an offense that has averaged 37.4 points per game this season.
In today’s other action: 
District 6 Tournament
Class AA – Semifinal
Forest Hills at Central
The Rangers (7-4) stunned second-seeded Mount Union while Central singed Central Cambria in the 6-AA quarterfinals.
Junior Joe Donoughe preserved Forest Hills’ 14-13 win over the Trojans with a red-zone interception late in the fourth quarter as Mount Union staged its comeback attempt.
On the season, Donoughe’s gifts on offense have led him to throw for 1,601 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 573 yards and 12 scores.
The Rangers’ leading rusher and receiver, Sharif Blough, has 622 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground with 476 receiving yards and two touchdowns as a pass-catcher.
The Scarlet Dragons (9-2) showed no signs of slowing down their high-scoring attack against Central Cambria last week, maintaining their 40-point-per-game average in the win over the Red Devils.
Quarterback Austin Cunningham has thrown for 1,164 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also leads Central on the ground with 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns. Bradi Moore (967 yards) supplies the scoring punch, having seen the end zone 18 times on the ground and five times through the air.
Forest Hills took last year’s meeting 21-7.
Class A – Semifinal
Bishop Carroll
at Homer-Center
The Huskies (7-4) rallied for 33 unanswered points in last week’s upset of defending 6-A champion Bellwood-Antis. Tyler Janosik’s 102 yards led the rush-heavy Huskies past the Blue Devils.
Janosik has 1,118 yards and 15 touchdowns for Bishop Carroll, which carries a two-game winning streak into tonight’s game.
The Wildcats (10-1) promptly dispatched of Juniata Valley in their first-round matchup.
Homer-Center, behind 144 yards from Ean Lee, totaled 285 yards against the Green Hornets en route to a 42-6 win. A 20-point outburst allowed the Wildcats to distance themselves from the seventh-seeded Green Hornets.

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