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When are they going to start handing out the “I survived Hurricane Isabel” T-shirts? The sports world, and especially high school football was thrown all akilter by what was supposed to be. In the end, the kids all got a day off and the football games, whether played on Thursday, Saturday or Monday got just about the same amount of rain, or more than if they would simply have been played on Friday as originally scheduled. When you stop and think about that’s the way it always is. Trust Mother Nature to stick it to you in the end. Or wherever else you happen to be.
The Pitt-Toledo game got all of the pickers this week. John Harlow had the best week with a 9-1 card, missing only with the Panthers. Our guest picker Eleanor Feltenberger and Sports Editor Bob Miller tied with 8-2 marks. Both erred on the Pitt game and the Chestnut Ridge win over Penns Valley. The two hottest early pickers, Chris Lash and Kerry Webster tied with 7-3 marks to fall into a first place tie with Harlow and the guests overall with 32-8 logs after four weeks. Kerry Naylor went 6-4 to record a 26-14 overall. Miller is two games back of the jammed up group of leaders at 30-10.
This week our guest picker is Mike Blaska, Tyrone sports enthusiast and Sales Representative for General Mills. Good luck Mike!
This week promises to include a coupe of tough picks for the panel.
Tyrone at Bald Eagle Area: Tyrone is starting to really get in gear for the stretch run in October and November. Coach John Franco has settled on Leonard Wilson at quarterback and Brice Mertiff, Ben Gummo and freshman Brinton Mingle form a trio of very dangerous running backs for the Orange and Black. BEA started strong with consecutive wins in the first two weeks, but losses to Sharpsville and Indian Valley have brought them back to earth. Take into account the losses are to two schools with solid football programs.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 30-7, John Harlow Tyrone 21-10, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 42-6, Kerry Webster Tyrone 35-7, Chris Lash Tyrone 21-10, Mike Blaska Tyrone 27-13.
Bellwood-Antis at Southern Huntingdon: The Blue Devils have come through a four-game homestand to begin the season with a 2-2 mark. B-A seems to be leaning toward more passing than John Hayes teams are comfortable with, but Dan Houser is doing his best to remedy the situation. Its seems that maybe Shawn Weiand’s passing might loosen up opponents for the run, rather than the other way around. Look for a game with a lot of offense. Southern Huntingdon is averaging 309 yards of total offense per game, but is giving up 278 yards to their opponents per game.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 27-24, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 14-10, Kerry Naylor Southern Huntingdon 12-7, Kerry Webster Southern Huntingdon 28-7, Chris Lash Southern Huntingdon 30-28, Mike Blaska Bellwood-Antis 20-7.
Bishop Guilfoyle at Huntingdon:The first of the tough picks. Two 4-0 teams battle at War Vets Field. Huntingdon has one more A in their classification and most importantly have Geoff Kozak in the lineup, which should give them the Triple-A Bearcats an edge in any close contest. The Double-A Marauders have beefed up their schedule and this should be a severe test Bishop Guilfoyle.
The picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Huntingdon, Kerry Naylor Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Huntingdon, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Mike Blaska Bishop Guilfoyle (upset of the week).
West Branch at Penns Valley: West Branch finally picked up a win last weekend, but that was over Tussey Mountain. Penns Valley is 1-3 with losses to some heavy hitters in Bishop Guilfoyle, Philipsburg-Osceola and Chestnut Ridge. On paper, this looks like a no-brainer.
The picks: Miller Penns Valley (if I keep picking the Rams, sooner or later, they have to win?), John Harlow Penns Valley, Kerry Naylor Penns Valley, Kerry Webster Penns Valley, Chris Lash Penns Valley, Mike Blaska Penns Valley.
Indian Valley at Philipsburg-Osceola: Tough pick II mentioned above. Indian Valley is 2-2 with losses to Clearfield, who will be in the expanded Big 8 next year 37-22 and West Perry 27-22. Philipsburg lost for the first time last week against Huntingdon 34-16 with Geof Kozak (see above) doing everything except selling tickets or playing in the band at halftime. Indian Valley coach Gawen Stoker has produced winners anywhere he has coached in District VI.
The picks: Miller Indian Valley, John Harlow Indian Valley, Kerry Naylor Indian Valley, Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola, Chris Lash Philipsburg-Osceola, Mike Blaska Philipsburg-Osceola.
Chestnut Ridge at Glendale: Chestnut Ridge lost to Bishop Guilfoyle in the season opener to dash hopes for ICC gold, but still has District VI-A playoffs and a winning season among their goals. John Kutz is attempting to turn the long slide at Glendale around, but has had little success or luck this year.
The picks: Miller Chestnut Ridge, John Harlow Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Naylor Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Webster Chestnut Ridge, Chris Lash Chestnut Ridge, Mike Blaska Chestnut Ridge.
Moshannon Valley at Everett: Tough pick III. With not a loss between them, these two schools are pointing toward ICC titles in their respective divisions Everett (Southern) edged Bellwood-Antis by always being in the right place with the right people. Moshannon Valley (Mountain) has been running over everybody thus far, but their schedule, in the first four weeks has been questionable. Whoever wins, this should be a big test.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Everett, Kerry Naylor Everett, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Everett, Mike Blaska Everett.
Pitt at Texas A & M: Was Pitt bitten by the preseason hype last weekend at Toledo? The Panthers, ranked in the top 10 for the first time in 20 years, quickly proved to be overrated. In last year’s Texas A & M game at Heinz Field, turnovers were Pitt’s biggest problem. A & M will be well rested after playing last Thursday night, hanging tough against Virginia Tech. The question remains, are they able to turn on the burners after idling against the soft competition of the early season, including Toledo?
The picks: Miller Pitt 24-21, John Harlow Pitt 17-14, Kerry Naylor Pitt 24-21, Kerry Webster Pitt 24-17, Chris Lash Pitt 30-24, Mike Blaska Pitt 24-17.
Minnesota at Penn State: Is Minnesota going to be able to maintain their high-powered offense against Big 10 teams like they did against the likes of early-season foes in 40-point wins over Tulsa, Troy State, Ohio University and Louisiana-Lafayette? Will Penn State receivers catch the ball this week? The Nittany Lions rushing defense ranks last in the Big 10. Joe Paterno will coach in his 600th game at Penn State since coming to PSU as an assistant in 1950.
The picks: Miller Penn State 27-24, John Harlow Minnesota 21-10, Kerry Naylor Penn State 17-10, Kerry Webster Penns State 32-24, Chris Lash Minnesota 28-13, Mike Blaska Penn State 31-20.
Tennessee at Steelers: Will the Steelers defense continue to play like they did against the Bengals? Pittsburgh needs “the Bus” to run like he did in the second half on Sunday to take some of the pressure off Tommy Maddox and give the defense some time on the sideline. Titans’ quarterback Steve McNair is always a handful for any defense-as big as a running back and as elusive when linemen are trying to chase him down. This should be a real test for Pittsburgh.
The picks: Miller Steelers 35-28, John Harlow Tennessee 21-17, Kerry Naylor Steelers 31-24, Kerry Webster Tennessee 21-17 (no, he didn’t check with John before making his selection), Chris Lash Steelers 31-24, Mike Blaska Sreelers 34-31 (in OT).
Thank you Eleanor Feltenberger for consenting to be our guest picker for Week 4.
Good Sports: Tyrone Area grad Josh Gurekovich, is beginning his first season as an athletic assistant with the Westminster men’s and women’s swimming programs. Gurekovich is a 1999 Westminster grad who was a four-year member of the Titan swim team, earning All-America honors and twice qualifying for the national meet.
Although the Juniata College football team dropped a 23-18 decision to Delaware Valley in MAC action, B-A grad Matt Garner had 10 tackles, his third straight game in double figures in tackles for the Eagles. Juniata running back Craig Moshier of Coudersport tied a school record with 40 carries for 185 yards as Juniata came from 20 points behind (23-3)in the third quarter to fall just short in a comeback attempt.

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The biggest question for this week’s football games might be how many will survive Hurricane Isabel? Several of the high school games as well as some college games and some of the activities normally scheduled for the NASCAR weekend at Dover. Some high schools have decided to delay their games a day until Saturday.
Everybody must have been out really polishing their crystal balls for last week. Four of the six pickers, including guest picker Cary Simpson missed only one game, easily the best showing of the young season by the panel.
Kerry Webster, who missed only the Bellwood-Antis-Everett contest, used his 9-1 mark to tie Daily Herald General Manager Chris Lash for the overall lead. Lash, who went 7-3, and Webster are 25-5. The guest pickers, who won last year’s poll, are just one game back at 24-5, thanks in part to Simpson’s effort. John Harlow improved to 23-7 with his 9-1 week. Sports Editor Bob Miller used his 9-1 to move out of the cellar for the first time, with a 22-8 mark overall, while Kerry Naylor now occupies the basement going 6-4 for a 20-10 slate overall after three weeks of picking and choosing.
This week our guest picker is a return from last year. Eleanor Feltenberger. Eleanor missed just one of 10 picks during week Eight during the 2002 season. Welcome back and lots of luck, Eleanor.
Bellefonte at Tyrone: Bellefonte has been known for defense under coach Ron Gravish, but are young and inexperienced this year. The Red Raiders yielded 500-plus yards rushing in their opening loss to Penns Valley, then gave up almost 300 more in game two. Tyrone has it’s running game in mid-season form with junior teammates Brice Mertiff (391 yards) and Ben Gummo (184). If the game is pelted by Isabel, and the outcome comes down to who can run the football, that would only be even more in the Golden Eagles favor.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 32-7, Harlow Tyrone 27-0, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 36-6, Kerry Webster Tyrone 28-7, Chris Lash Tyrone 28-7, Eleanor Feltenberger Tyrone 27-14.
Mount Union at Bellwood-Antis: Bellwood-Antis had undefeated Everett on the ropes and let them off. The young and inexperienced Blue Devils get Mount Union for the final game of a four-game homestand to begin the 2003 season. Mount Union, 0-2 after a season opening massacre (44-0) was outgunned by Chestnut Ridge (33-20) and hammered by Moshannon Valley (28-0) The Trojans have just 20 players on their roster. B-A must get something going on the ground if they are to accomplish anything this year. The key will be the lineplay for both teams on offense and defense.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 25-14, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 21-10, Kerry Naylor Mount Union 21-14, Kerry Webster Bellwood-Antis 35-6, Chris Lash Bellwood-Antis 16-14, Eleanor Feltenberger Bellwood-Antis 21-18.
Bald Eagle Area at Indian Valley: BEA (2-1) jumped out to a 2-0 start before dropping a close 17-12 decision to Sharpsville last week. Indian Valley (1-2) is playing their first Big 8 opponent after testing the non-conference waters. Warrior head coach Gawen Stoker will have his Indian Valley squad ready, you get bet on that. Bald Eagle Area hasn’t had a good season since Stoker left to coach in the WPIAL before coming back to District VI three years ago.
The picks: Miller Indian Valley, John Harlow Indian Valley, Kerry Naylor Bald Eagle Area, Kerry Webster Indian Valley, Chris Lash Bald Eagle Area, Eleanor Feltenberger Indian Valley.
Southern Huntingdon at Williamsburg: Southern Huntingdon has won two straight after a season opening loss to still undefeated Moshannon Valley. The Rockets can’t afford to look past Williamsburg to next week’s foe-Bellwood-Antis. Wiliamsburg won their first two games of the year first time they have won two in a row since Sept. 1999. Blue Pirates are averaging 262 yards rushing per game.
The picks: Miller Southern Huntingdon, John Harlow Southern Huntingdon, Kerry Naylor Southern Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Southern Huntingdon, Chris Lash Southern Huntingdon, Eleanor Feltenberger Southern Huntingdon.
Allegheny-Clarion Valley at Bishop Guilfoyle: A quick pickup when Columbia (not the number one ranked Class A powerhouse Southern Columbia) dropped out to play a game closer to home. A-C Valley (0-3) was shelled 22-0 and 27-7 in their first two games, before losing a 38-34 shootout last week against West Shamokin. Bishop Guilfoyle, ranked as a team to watch by PA Football News, has continued to ride their two stud running backs, Josh Destefano and Matt Georgiana to a dozen straight victories over the ;last two seasons, including three this year. The BG defense has shutout the opposition in 11 of 12 quarters this year and recorded back-to-back shutouts in their last two games.
The picks: Miller Bishop Guilfoyle, John Harlow Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Naylor Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Webster Bishop Guilfoyle, Chris Bishop Guilfoyle, Eleanor Feltenberger Bishop Guilfoyle.
Penns Valley at Chestnut Ridge: Both teams have lost to undefeated BG- Penns Valley 19-0 in week two, Ridge 20-14 in the season opener. Chestnut Ridge has hammered Mount Union (33-0) and Claysburg. The Rams upset Bellefonte (32-20) and was edged by undefeated Philipsburg-Osceola last week 16-14.
The picks: Miller Penns Valley, John Harlow Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Naylor Penns Valley, Kerry Webster Penns Valley, Chris Lash Penns Valley, Eleanor Feltenberger Penns Valley.
Huntingdon at Philipsburg-Osceola: Philipsburg-Osceola is undefeated, while Huntingdon has squeaked through a pair of close wins. Both have played Bellefonte. P-O struggled 17-14 in week two, while Huntingdon shut the Red Raiders out 27-0 last week. Any team with Huntingdon’s Geoff Kozak is a team worth betting on. He finds a way to beat you.
The picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Huntingdon, Kerry Naylor, Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Eleanor Feltenberger Huntingdon.
Pitt at Toledo: Pitt continues its soft first portion of the schedule with the short trip to Toledo (not the one in Spain where the famous swords come from). Rod Rutherford and his offensive mates should have another picnic in the park. Hopefully Doug Roseberry will see some action in this one. If this seems like a repeat request. It is. If it doesn’t sound familiar, refer to this column last Thursday!
The picks: Miller Pitt 48-7, John Harlow Pitt 24-10, Kerry Naylor Pitt 28-24, Kerry Webster Pitt 48-14, Chris Lash Pitt 36-6, Eleanor Feltenberger Pitt 28-14.
Kent State at Penn State: After giving up 370 yards rushing last week, can the Nittany Lion defense stop a quarterback who runs first and passes when necessary? Will JoPa decide on a quarterback and give him the ball 20-25 times a game. Will the Penn State offensive line jell to form a productive unit that can help a defensive unit that despite the yardage Nebraska got last week, hasn’t been that bad? Maybe Kent State will be just the right medicine before State begins their Big 10 schedule.
The picks: Miller Penn State 30-14, John Harlow Penn State 10-7, Kerry Naylor Penn State 31-10, Kerry Webster Penn State 24-12, Chris Lash Penn State 28-10, Eleanor Feltenberger Penn State 21-7.
Steelers at Cincinnati: Pittsburgh has been running less and passing more in a turnaround from the old run-Cowher-run atmosphere at Heinz Field and Three Rivers Satdium before that. Thank Tommy-gun Tom Maddox and the best receiving corps (Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress, Antuaan Randle El, Jay Remiersma et al) in pro football. The Steeler defense must do something to contain Jon Kitna, who looked like an All-Pro quarterback last year against the Pittsburgh defense.
The picks: Miller Steelers 35-20, John Harlow Steeles 24-10, Kerry Naylor Steelers 34-17, Kerry Webster Steelers 35-18, Chris Lash Steelers 28-21, Eleanor Feltenberger Steelers 17-13.
Good Sports: At IUP, Tyrone grad Tyler Mertiff may get into the action sooner than expected. Tyler suufered a foot bruise in training camp and the coaches were thinking of red shirting him this year. Now, the foot is better and Tyler could be in action before the year is out as the backup quarterback. IUP plays at New Haven in West Haven Conn. on Saturday.
B-A grad Matt Garner has been a terror on defense at Juniata College. From his strong safety position, Garner has been a strong run supporter, with a team-best 27 tackles, a pass defended and a fumble recovery. Juniata College hosts MAC opponent Delaware Valley on Saturday. B-A grad Duane Ehredt has seen action on special teams for the Eagles.
Dan Grazier is on the second defensive unit at inside linebacker at Westminster, which hosts Mansfield University on Saturday. Reportedly the Titan coaches are very happy with Grazier’s progress, although the only freshman to see action in their first game at Walsh University was a placekicker.

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Week three of the football season is on us folks. Once the season gets started, it seems like the time speeds up until it goes by in a blur with little distinguishable between the weeks. The kids are in school and people go through the same routine at work. Maybe that’s the reason for high school football. Think about it.
Many thanks to George “Scoop” Sample who was our guest picker last week. This time out, our special guest is Cary Simpson, president of the Allegheny Mountain Network and long-time familiar local WTRN radio personality.
Our guest Scoop Sample and Daily Herald General Manager Chris Lash tied for the best score last week. Each went 8-2. Lash who holds the early overall lead with an 18-2 mark, missed the Huntingdon overtime win and the Penn State loss to Boston College. Sample missed the Penn State game and his Huntingdon County loyalty pick of Mount Union over Chestnut Ridge. The guests are 15-5 after two weeks.
Kerry Webster (16-4) maintained his hold on second place going 7-3 this week missing on Penns State, Mount Union and Lewistown. Bob Miller (13-7) and John Harlow (14-6) each went 7-3, while Kerry Naylor (14-6) was 6-4 last week.
Tyrone at Lewistown: Lewistown beware! The Golden Eagles are coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to Big 8 rival Huntingdon. Tyrone controlled most the Bearcats for most of the game. The one player the Eagles and everybody else will have trouble with in 2003, is do-everything quarterback Geoff Kozak, who runs, passes and throws like a machine. Even when knocked silly and not remembering an entire half like in the Tyrone game. Unfortunately, the Orange and Black remember. Lewistown is 0-2 and will be lucky to win a game all year.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 39-0, John Harlow Tyrone 27-0, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 42-0, Kerry Webster Tyrone 29-10, Chris Lash Tyrone 28-10, Cary Simpson Tyrone 20-7.
Everett at Bellwood-Antis: The Blue Devils rebounded with a vintage B-A performance against Mercyhurst Prep on Saturday night. Can Bellwood-Antis continue on the way to a successful season against Everett. Will the B-A defense, with their lack and size and experience be able to stop the Warriors huge Wade Grimes, a heavyweight wrestler who doubles as a fullback in Everett’s Wing-T offense that features the fullback as the major runner in the backfield. Everett is 2-0, but has gotten off to slow starts against both Glendale and Claysburg-Kimmel, before coming on strong in the second half.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 25-14, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 17-10, Kerry Naylor Bellwood-Antis 26-12, Kerry Webster Bellwood-Antis 18-12, Chris Lash, Bellwood-Antis 16-14, Cary Simpson Everett 20-14.
Bellefonte at Huntingdon: Huntingdon is not all Geoff Kozak, but it helps coach Jim Zauzig knowing he is thereto run the offense. He has had a part in some way in every Bearcat score in the first two games. Bellefonte (0-2) dropped a three-point decision to undefeated Philipsburg-Osceola last week after stumbling to Penns Valley in week one.
The picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Huntingdon, Kerry Naylor Huntingdon, Kerry Webster Huntingdon, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Cary Simpson Huntingdon.
Bishop Guilfoyle at West Branch: BG had some doubts at the beginning of the season about their offensive line and quarterback and receivers. Their greatest strength-running backs Josh Destefano and Matt Georgiana, has been everything that was expected and the rest of the team has shouldered the load. Defense has done their job, although the passing attack hasn’t been needed. It won’t be needed this week either. West Branch has had trouble scoring-only a single TD in each of two losses.
The picks: Miller Bishop Guilfoyle, John Harlow Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Naylor Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Webster Bishop Guilfoyle, Chris Lash Bishop Guilfoyle, Cary Simpson Bishop Guilfoyle.
Penns Valley at Philipsburg-Osceola: These two schools started playing each other a couple of years ago. Next year both will be a part of the Nittany Division of the revamped Big 8 Conference which goes to two divisions of six teams each. P-O is undefeated for the first time in a long time. Penns Valley is trying to bring back the glory years when the Rams plowed through their opposition each week with ease, after several down years. Penns Valley lost to BG 19-0 last week to stall hopes of an ICC title, but has high hopes for the district playoffs.
The picks: Miller Philipsburg-Osceola, John Harlow Philipsburg-Osceola, Kerry Naylor Philipsburg-Osceola (this one will show if the Mounties are for real or not), Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola, Chris Lash Philipsburg-Osceola, Cary Simpson Philipsburg-Osceola.
Mount Union at Moshannon Valley: Mo Valley has opened the season with two wins and has only one regular season loss (to Bellwood-Antis in the mud and rain) in the last two years. The Knights have looked tough on both sides of the line of scrimmage in wins over Southern Huntingdon and West Branch. Mount Union killed Carson Long (44-0), then was outscored and outplayed by Chestnut Ridge.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Mount Union, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Cary Simpson Moshannon Valley.
Chestnut Ridge at Claysburg-Kimmel: Ridge (1-1) lost to undefeated Bishop Guilfoyle by six in their opener then put Mount Union away with the game not as close as the 33-20 final score with the Trojans scoring two late TDs after the Lions built up a 33-6 lead. Claysburg piled up 320 yards in defeating Tussey Mountain, then played Everett tough for the first two quarters, before getting hit by a three TD barrage in the third quarter.
The picks: Miller Chestnut Ridge, John Harlow Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Naylor Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Webster Chestnut Ridge, Chris Lash Claysburg-Kimmel, Cary Simpson Chestnut Ridge.
Ball State at Pittsburgh: Pitt will have Rod Rutherford all the way this time. Rutherford was on the bench for being stupid off the field in an incident where he did something he shouldn’t have done, at a place where he shouldn’t have been. It didn’t mater last week against Kent State and it won’t matter this week either, although the Panther offense will have the full compliment of starters at least to begin. Here’s hoping Doug Roseberry gets some time on the playing field.
The picks: Miller Pitt 49-7, John Harlow Pitt 47-3, Kerry Naylor Pitt 34-14, Kerry Webster Pitt, 48-6, Chris Lash Pitt 38-10, Cary Simpson Pitt 48-6.
Penn State at Nebraska: The Nittany Lions struggled in a win against Temple, then had their hats handed to them early last week against Boston College. This week, they have to travel into the lair of the Corn Huskers of Nebraska. Last year Nebraska was surprised by Penn State bad. This year, it won’t be a surprise, but the shoe is on the other foot. The question is not so much whether the Lions can win, but can they get their offense in gear enough to stay close?
The picks: Miller Nebraska 27-20, Harlow Nebraska 24-3, Kerry Naylor Penn State 27-17 (this one will show if last week was an anomaly, or if last year was), Kerry Webster Nebraska 29-7, Chris Lash Nebraska 28-14, Cary Simpson Nebraska 30-17.
Steelers at Kansas City: Kansas City running back Priest Holmes is back to normal following some fears after his injury and rehabilitation during the offseason. Hot Tommy Maddox and his receivers carried the game for Pittsburgh last week in the opener against the Ravens. The Steeler defense was able to hand rookie Kyle Boller lots of “rookie moments.” Can they bedevil Trent Green in the same way? The Chiefs defense shut out San Diego in their opener.
The picks: Miller Kansas City 30-28, John Harlow Kansas City 21-7, Kerry Naylor Steelers 38-31, Kerry Webster Kansas City 35-19, Chris Lash Steelers 34-30, Cary Simpson Steelers 28-14.
K. Talmadge Cupp wrote to the Daily Herald this week that he and Francis Givler witnessed a heart-warming conclusion to the Tyrone-Huntingdon football game.
“Coming off the field, distraught and upset by the series of events, Brandon Maceno had his teammates and coaches wrap their arms around his, giving their support and comfort to overcome this loss and move on through the remainder of the season. That fans, is confidence and faith in one another as a team.
“Their will be a few fumbles in life after football for many of these young men, but the character they showed after the football game ended, I am sure they will succeed in their future endeavors on and off the field. Their motto of “Team, Toughness, Tyrone” was very evident Friday night.”

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The first week of the football season is history. Some of us are glad to see it gone because it didn’t turn out the way we wanted and some have a solid beginning on which to continue building up bragging rights.
In the head-to-head battle of the brainiacs picking at the Herald, General Manager Chris (I’ll jump out to a big lead) Lash backed up his words with a perfect 10-for-10 to jump into the early lead as advertised. Newcomer Kerry Webster made his first week a tough act to follow going 9-1. Webster missed only on the Penns Valley win over Bellefonte, which was a stumbling block for everyone, except Lash. Kerry Naylor missed only the Penns Valley win and Southern Cal-Auburn games to finish 8-2. John Harlow and Week One guest Ted Beam both missed three games to finish 7-3. Sports Editor Bob Miller brings up the rear with a 6-4 mark during the first week.
The second week of the season brings more potential landmines with seven high school games, two college picks and the Steelers opening game.
Guest picker for this week is Huntingdon native and Daily Herald publisher George “Scoop” Sample (otherwise known as the man who signs our paychecks).
Huntingdon at Tyrone: Tyrone ripped up Bellwood-Antis 27-0 in their season opener, taking advantage of whatever they were given. Eagles coach John Franco had a well-developed plan as usual. The Orange and Black must do a better job at being two-dimensional against Huntingdon after going just 0-for-3 passing. Huntingdon slipped by Laurel highlands 20-18 last week, building up a 20-6 lead and holding on while Highlands scored two fourth-quarter TDs to close the gap. Tyrone needs to stop or considerably slow down Bearcat QB Geoff Kozak, who had a hand in all three Huntingdon scores.
The picks: Miller Tyrone 21-19, John Harlow Tyrone 21-17, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 14-10, Kerry Webster Huntingdon 28-14, Chris Lash Tyrone 21-20, Scoop Sample Huntingdon 22-21.
Mercyhurst Prep at Bellwood-Antis: Bellwood-Antis needs a win to help their young inexperienced personnel to continue to grow. Neither offense nor defense was able to do much against Tyrone, although field position played a big part in the determination. Head coach John Hayes needs someone to step up and become a leader. This could be the week that the young Blue Devils go a long way toward becoming a team that down the road will need to be reckoned with. Mercyhurst Prep, a private school from the Erie area has been down for the past few seasons, since challenging for the district title three years ago.
The picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 27-7, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 49-0, Kerry Naylor Bellwood-Antis 7-0, Kerry Webster Bellwood-Antis 16-3, Chris Lash Bellwood-Antis 20-7, Scoop Sample Bellwood-Antis 21-7.
Philipsburg-Osceola at Bellefonte: Philipsburg-Osceola routed Lewistown in their opener last week. Rumors are flying, that this is the best P-O football squad in a long time. The first thing opponents are going to have to do is stop Adam White, who rambled for 282 yards and four TDs in the opener. Bellefonte is coming off their first opening season loss to Penns Valley in quite a while, but has home field advantage if that is a factor. Don’t count on it.
The picks: Miller Philipsburg-Osceola, John Harlow Philipsburg-Osceola, Kerry Naylor Philipsburg-Osceola, Kerry Webster Philipsburg-Osceola, Chris Lash Philipsburg-Osceola, Scoop Sample Philipsburg-Osceola.
Penns Valley at Bishop Guilfoyle: As mentioned above, Penns Valley, which has played a lot underclassmen for the last three seasons, had no trouble dispersing of Bellefonte last week, jumping way up on the Red Raiders before settling for a two TD win. BG has two big running backs in Matt Georgiana (154 yards) and Josh Destefano (53 yards) and received offensive help from new junior QB Adam Trybus (two short TD runs). This one is a real tough choice.
The picks: Miller Penns Valley, John Harlow Penns Valley, Kerry Naylor Penns Valley, Kerry Webster Bishop Guilfoyle, Chris Lash Bishop Guilfoyle, Scoop Sample Bishop Guilfoyle.
Lewistown at Bald Eagle Area: Lewistown was pummeled by P-O last week. The Panthers haven’t seen the plus side of .500 at the conclusion of a season since the 1970s. BEA has been on a down slide in recent years, but is the home team and opened the year last week by edging Milton 12-8.
The picks: Miller Bald Eagle Area, John Harlow Bald Eagle Area, Kerry Naylor Bald Eagle Area, Kerry Webster Lewistown, Chris Lash Bald Eagle Area, Scoop Sample Bald Eagle Area.
Chestnut Ridge at Mount Union: Big things have been predicted for Ridge in the ICC, but Section I hopes flew out the window in the season opener when BG broke out early 20-0 on the way to a 20-14 win over the Lions. Mount Union was a huge winner (44-0) over Carson Long in their opener, but does that really mean anything? Mount Union has only 20 players on the roster, so the available talent is extremely thin. Look for Chestnut Ridge to begin their climb toward a playoff berth.
The picks: Miller Chestnut Ridge, John Harlow Chestnut Ridge, Kerry Naylor Mount Union, Kerry Webster Mount Union, Chris Lash Chestnut Ridge, Scoop Sample Mount Union.
Moshannon Valley at West Branch: Mo Valley started with a win over Southern Huntingdon last week, while West Branch was dropping a surprising 14-7 decision to Juniata Valley. Moshannon Valley showed a strong rushing attack with P. J. Keith running for 206 yards for the Knights and scoring three TDs, as Moshannon Valley was just shy of 300 yards rushing. West Branch took the early lead and had more total yards, but gave up two big plays each resulting in a score.
The picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Moshannon Valley, Kerry Webster Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Scoop Sample Moshannon Valley.
Kent State at Pitt: It’s the season opener for Pitt. The question is can the Panthers get past all the distractions and concentrate on playing football for coach Walt Harris. A player’s death over the summer and QB Rod Rutherford’s indiscretions are only part of the problems that must be put aside for what is the most anticipated season in 20 years at Pitt. Kent State should provide only a minor speedbump in progress toward the Panthers’ ambitions as long as Pitt doesn’t get sidetracked.
The picks: Miller Pitt 30-7, John Harlow Pitt 35-10, Kerry Naylor Pitt 25-12, Kerry Webster Pitt 35-19, Chris Lash Pitt 34-17, Scoop Sample Pitt 35-12.
Boston College at Penn State: You don’t have to go any further than State College, PA, to remember that an ambush is always possible in the earlygoing. The Nittany Lions have been caught by several small-time opponents in recent years before State even gets up steam for the rough and tumble Big 10 season. Boston College owns at least one of those wins and shouldn’t be dismissed lightly this season either. JoPa says he was satisfied with the line against Temple, but a 10-point victory over a school known for its basketball prowess isn’t very assuring.
The picks: Miller Penn State 30-17, John Harlow Boston College (Hollywood’s upset pick of the week) 27-21, Kerry Naylor Penn State 24-8, Kerry Webster Penn State 48-21, Chris Lash Penn State 21-14, George Sample Penn State 21-7.
Baltimore at Steelers: The Steelers have decided to go with “Famous” Amos Zereoue over Jerome Bettis. Does that mean “The Bus” is permanently parked in the garage? In a battle of “8s” will “Slinging” Tommy Maddox be able to outgun rookie Kyle Boller? Will Ravens’ super linebacker ray Lewis be able to get back to his All Pro caliber play following an injury and long recovery process? Can Lewis team with rookie Terrell Suggs to become an effective force against the Steelers passing combination of Maddox to Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress, Antwaan Randle El and Jay Riemersma?
The picks: Miller Steelers 30-27, John Harlow Baltimore 17-7, Kerry Naylor Steelers 17-7, Kerry Webster Steelers 16-3, Chris Lash Steelers 24-21, George Sample Steelers 17-14.
If you find yourself with nothing to do this Saturday aftrenoon, why not take a short drive to Loretto or Huntingdon and enjoy a small college football? Both St. Francis and Juniata play at home this weekend.
St. Francis, with Bellwood-Antis freshman Dan Graham as the Red Flash placekicker opens their season at the Pine Bowl against Gannon at 1 p.m.
Juniata, with former Blue Devils Matt Garner and Duane Ehredt open at Knox Stadium against Dickinson, the lone non-MAC opponent on the Eagles schedule at 1:30 p.m. Ehredt is a freshman running back and Garner, a junior, is the starter on defense at strong safety.