T-D HS Football

Homer-Center heads to 6-A final


HOMER CITY — For the second straight week Bishop Carroll spotted its opponent a big lead. Same start, different result.
The Huskies committed seven turnovers and Homer-Center subdued sixth-seeded Bishop Carroll, 28-7, in a District 6 Class A semifinal football playoff game before more than 2,500 fans at Memorial Field on Saturday.
Ean Lee rushed for a game-high 109 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Aaron Berezansky scored the Wildcats’ other touchdown and connected with Lee for a
64-yard scoring pass on the first play of the second period.
Second-seeded Homer-Center (11-1) faces Bishop Guilfoyle, a 42-10 winner Friday against top-seeded Portage, for the district championship at Mansion Park in Altoona on Saturday.
The Wldcats have not won a district football title since 1994.
Bishop Carroll, seeking its first District 6 championship since 2010, managed only three offensive plays in the first quarter.
Lee’s 6-yard touchdown run on Homer-Center’s first possession put the Wildcats ahead to stay.
“We just didn’t come ready to play football,” second-year coach Greg Snyder said. “We finally started playing some football when we were down
21-0, just like last week. (But) Homer-Center wasn’t going to let us come back. They played their butts off.”
On the flip side, getting out early was only half the battle against the Huskies.
“We got up early. We were fortunate. We got a couple of breaks,” Homer-Center coach Greg Page said. “We took their best punch and we were able to hold them off.”
The Huskies, meanwhile, struggled to generate a running game.
Tyler Janosik managed only 29 yards on 11 rushing attempts.
He scored the only touchdown for Bishop Carroll (7-5), a 1-yard run in the third period that followed Dan Lesney’s 58-yard burst.
Homer-Center outgained the Huskies, 213-194.
Most of the Wildcats’ total yards came in the first half (143).
Bishop Carroll receovered an onside kick that followed Janosik’s touchdown, only to lose the ball on one of six fumbles it lost.
Page admitted he was a bit worried after the Huskies’ bold move.
“I thought, ‘Oh, boy, they did this last week.’,” he said. “I was worried about them coming back. They’ve got a veteran team, they’re well-coached. [But] we held them off.”
“Every time we’d start moving the ball they’d make a couple of great defensive stops,” Snyder said.
The Huskies entered the game with a turnover ratio of only plus-1,
“That’s not (very) good,” Snyrder said, “especally when you’re trying to be a championship team.”
Bishop Carroll graduates 15 seniors from a team that finished the year 7-5.
“I can’t be more proud of these kids,” Snyder said. “My heart goes out to each and every one of (the seniors).”
The Huskies continue to hold the district record for most Class A football championships with seven.