Korner\’s Scholastic News and Notes

CLEARFIELD — Several scintillating performances made it difficult for D9Sports.com editors to select the District 9 Football Player of the Week for Week 4, and they narrowed it down to a pair of backs the Clearfield defense faced the first two weeks of the season, with Max Kutz of Brookville edging Taylor O\’Brien of Bradford.

Kutz amassed a school-record 321 yards on just 13 carries, scored four touchdowns and was credited with four tackles on defense in Brookville\’s 46-20 victory over St. Marys. O\’Brien, a 5-6, 195-pound junior, couldn\’t have done much more for the Owls, rushing for 212 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries and making 10 tackles, one a sack, on defense.
    
O\’Brien was named Player of the Week after Bradford\’s 56-35 win at Clearfield on opening night, racking up 124 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries and making six tackles, including a sack. The Bisons held Kutz to 81 yards on 14 carries the following week in a 39-35 victory.
     
Also considered for the Week 4 honor were Redbank Valley sophomore Alex Bladel, 18 carries for 177 yards and three TDs, and a 39-yard TD reception in a 35-20 win over Clarion, and Ridgway junior Jerico Weitzel, 12 carries for 142 yards and four TDs, completing his lone pass for 32 yards and catching two passes for six yards in a 48-16 win over Sheffield.
     
Joining Bladel and Weitzel among the 15 players on the Honor Roll were Clearfield quarterback Andrew Janocko and end Doug Kephart and Curwensville quarterback Shawn Sopic and Nick Sipes. Janocko connected on 16 of 25 passes for 244 yards and two TDs and Kephart turned six receptions into 157 yards and two TDs as the Bisons topped Bellefonte 21-17. Sopic uses his legs to help key the Golden Tide\’s 6-29 victory over Cameron County, piling up 156 yards on nine carries and scoring twice, while Sipes carried 29 times for 121 yards and three TDs, kicked a 39-yard field goal and three PATs and ran for a pair of two-point conversions for a 28-point night.


Six District 9 teams, including Curwensville, have been recognized by The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, and the Pennsylvania Football News in their state rankings.
The Golden Tide (3-1) is on The Patriot-News Class A honorable mention list with unbeatens Johnsonburg and Redbank Valley. Coudersport (4-0) is No. 10, down from seventh last week.Bradford (4-0) in Class AAA and Karns City (4-0) and Moniteau (4-0) in Class AA also are honorable mention.

The PFN has Bradford in AAA, Karns City in AA and Coudersport and Redbank Valley in A on its \”Others To Watch\” lists.

 
Two District 6 teams are ranked, State College ninth by The Patriot-News and 10th by PFN in Class AAA and Tyrone sixth in both ratings in Class AA.


Clarion-Limestone has been one of the top Class A teams in District 9 the last six seasons, winning or sharing the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference title League standings the last four years and grabbing the district crown in 2002 and 2003 en route to 12-1 records before losing 41-8 to Curwensville in the 2004 championship game. Its overall record 58-11 over that span.
    
Last week, C-L forfeited to North East the injury-depleted squad lost two more players were declared ineligible and Coach Todd Smith was concerned about the safety of his starters, for seven would have been freshmen. Because several of the frosh are in new positions, school officials decided to forfeit Friday\’s game against Brookville, too.
  
Athletic director Rick Beggs told D9Sports.com that C-L intends to resume its schedule against Keystone on Oct. 6. 
     


League standings, with overall records in parentheses:
District 9 League — Bradford 2-0 (4-0), Brookville 2-1 (3-1), Clearfield 1-1 (3-1), Punxsutawney 1-1 (1-3), St. Marys 0-1 (0-4), DuBois 0-2 (0-4).

Allegheny Mountain League South Division — Johnsonburg 4-0, Curwensville 3-1, Brockway 2-2, Elk County Catholic 2-2, Kane 2-2, Ridgway 2-2.

Allegheny Mountain League North Division — Coudersport 4-0, Cameron County 2-2, Port Allegany 2-2, Otto-Eldred 1-3, Sheffield 0-4, Smethport 0-4.


Undefeated Wilmington, coached by Curwensville Joint High School graduate Terry Verrelli, rolled to a 34-0 lead through three quarters and defeated Greenville 34-7 in District 10 Region 3 action Friday for its fourth victory. The Greyhounds had a 346-112 bulge in total offense. Greenville is 2-2.
Shaler, coached by Clearfield Area High School graduate Jacque DeMatteo, finished WPIAL non-conference play with a 3-1 record, its best start since 2001, by topping high-scoring 2-2 Canon-McMillan 28-21. The Titans open WPIAL Class AAAA North play by hosting North Hills (3-1), rated No. 5 in the WPIAL by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  
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