Somerset High’s defense has been the foundation of the Golden Eagles’ success throughout a 10-1 season.
The middle of the defense – with senior nose guard Matt Boyer, junior middle linebacker Logan Eller and junior tackle Colton Slayback – often forms an impenetrable wall.
Nick Naglic had a simple explanation for his momentum-swaying, pick-six early in Friday’s District 6 Class AA playoff game at Herlinger Field.
The Richland High senior defensive back put himself in the right place at the right time. The speedy Naglic then bolted 62 yards for a touchdown that gave the top-seeded Rams a 15-point advantage and put Richland on track to a 46-6 victory over No. 8 Ligonier Valley.
You couldn’t blame Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel if he thought he was seeing double here Friday night.
In a way, he was because Bald Eagle Area’s Greene brothers, twins Bryce and Bryan, combined for all six Eagle touchdowns in a 45-6 rout of the Rams, avenging a pair of losses at Ligonier Valley last season in the regular season and in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals.
Richland’s 25 seniors will be recognized tonight for extraordinary contributions to a program that has emerged as an area powerhouse the past two seasons.
Those seniors will have one more huge challenge as they try to make history this regular season.
The Rams (9-0) face another perennial District 6 power Bellwood-Antis (8-1) at Herlinger Field, with a chance to notch back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, something that hasn’t been done at Richland since the 1957, 1958 and 1959 teams each finished 9-0.
Penn Cambria’s Arlee Simendinger and Westmont Hilltop’s Hannah Dorian were first-time champions at Saturday’s District 6 Cross Country Championships, but the winning tradition is something that the Central Cambria team is very familiar with.
“This is the ninth consecutive district championship and the 12th in my 14 years,” said Red Devils coach Randy Wilson after his team claimed the Class A crown. “This has to be one of the sweetest. We have no seniors on the team in the top seven.
Bedford’s Will Kachman won his first District 6 Class AA individual cross country title on Saturday at the Forest Hills Middle School.
But the talented sophomore, who won in 16:18.6 and will make his second trip to the state championships set for Saturday in Hershey, had a little left in the tank at the end of the run.
Bishop Carrol’s Brody Shuty began the season catching passes for the Huskies.
Now, the senior captain is throwing them.