On Friday night, the Berlin Mountaineers hosted the Meyersdale Red Raiders in the District 5 Class A semifinals, and Berlin came out the winner.
The Raiders got on the board early, but two late Tyler DeArmitt touchdowns helped the Mountaineers come back for the 14-7 victory.
Second opportunities don’t come along very often, especially not in a championship game against an arch-rival.
Bedford High School coach Kevin Steele and his players will seek redemption and some hardware against Chestnut Ridge in the District 5-8 Class AA subregion championship game at Northern Bedford’s Panther Community Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
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.
Gavin Berkley bristled after one of the few mistakes he made in Saturday’s District 5 Class A football quarterfinal.
The Meyersdale senior running back lost a fumble that gave rival Windber possession at the Red Raiders’ 25-yard line. The Ramblers had a three-point advantage with 8 minutes, 35 seconds left.
Meyersdale’s ascent back into the upper echelon of WestPAC and District 5 football makes its foray into the postseason tonight when the Red Raiders host county rival Windber in one of four playoff games involving area teams.
The Red Raiders (8-2, fourth seed in District 5 Class A) bounced back from a one-win season a year ago, toppling conference powers Windber, North Star and Berlin Brothersvalley along the way.
Tussey Mountain built a two-touchdown lead at halftime and went on to defeat host Meyersdale 27-13 in a Week 10 game between District 5 Class A contenders.
Tussey Mountain’s Daniel Taylor rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Darrin Sipes gained 105 yards and rushed for a score on 23 carries as the Titans effectively moved the ball on the ground.
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.