This Week’s Game: Philipsburg-Osceola (1-6, 0-4 ML) at Huntingdon (2-5, 0-4 ML), 7 p.m.
Last Week’s Game: Huntingdon held once-beaten Bald Eagle scoreless in the first quarter. However, the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the second period and two more in the third, while keeping the Bearcats out of the end zone for the second time this year en route to a 34-0 Mountain League victory.
“I felt we ran the ball well in the first half and when Troha went out, we went run heavy with (Derrick) Fultz,” commented Huntingdon head coach Shane Thomas. “That is something we’ve wanted all year, to see the running game like that, and I was glad to see we got it going. However, the way Bald Eagle played us, our passing game faltered. Bald Eagle just sat back in coverage and forced us to throw it short. We also made mistakes that you can’t afford to make against teams like that because they turn those into points.”
Scouting Report: Philipsburg was held to just 81 yards of total offense, including 10 yards through the air, while visiting North Penn-Mansfield (4-3) turned a 17-point halftime lead into a 31-7 victory. The Mounties have lost their last six games after opening the season with a 41-16 victory at West Branch. Philipsburg is averaging just over seven points a game over the last six games.
“Philipsburg is what I’d term a ‘scrappy’ team,” added Thomas. “They have had to deal with a lot of injuries and have played a lot of people. But, they play hard and give you everything. Offensively, Philipsburg runs a spread offense and tries to balance it, but they run more than pass. They have a tough downhill runner in Kaleb Stamm (5-11, 170, junior) as well as some smaller, quicker guys. We just aren’t certain who we will see at quarterback because they have played six different quarterbacks this year. Defensively, Philipsburg runs a 4-2-5 with mostly man coverage. They try to match their athletes with your athletes. But, I’m liking some of the matchups I’m seeing.
“Our keys will be to continue developing our run game, not make mistakes on both sides of the ball and put four good quarters together. It’s like I told the team, our playoffs start this week. We keep winning, we keep playing.”
Starting Offense: Andrew Miller, wide receiver; Darin Harman, wide receiver; Seth Emel, wide receiver; Myles Baney, left tackle; Mason Somers or Sam Culbertson, left guard; Nick Buckley, center; Isaiah Reed, right guard; Zack Peck, right tackle; Nick Troha, quarterback; Derick Fultz, running back; Chandler Lauer, fullback; Giovan Scaccia, place kicker.
Starting Defense: Isaiah Reed, end; Mason Somers, nose guard; Nick Buckley, end; Seth Emel, outside linebacker; Zack Peck, inside linebacker; Myles Baney, inside linebacker; Braylon Ronk, outside linebacker; Andrew Miller, cornerback; Giovan Scaccia or Nick Troha, cornerback; Derrick Fultz, safety; Darin Harman or Chandler Lauer, safety; Derrick Fultz, punter.
Stat Leaders: Rushing: Derrick Fultz has rushed 62 times for 298 yards and one touchdown, Nick Troha has 68 carries for 166 yards. Passing: Nick Troha has completed 77 of 156 pass attempts for 907 yards and seven TDs with seven interceptions. Receiving: Andrew Miller has caught 33 passes for 407 yards and six scores, Derrick Fultz has 27 grabs for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Darin Harman had pulled in 10 passes for 164 yards.
Last Year’s Result: Huntingdon’s Ryder Kocik rushed for 112 yards, quarterback Andrew Hudy threw for 102 yards and the Bearcats scored eight unanswered touchdowns en route to a convincing 60-7 victory at Philipsburg.
Series: Huntingdon has won seven straight meetings with Philipsburg and leads the series 42-12-4 since it began in 1960. The Bearcats have won the last five encounters by a whopping 275-47 combined score. The Mounties last win over the Bearcats was a 47-14 decision at Huntingdon in 2011.