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Scranton's high-powered offense shattered school records in the regular season on its way to the Lackawanna Football Conference Division I title and the No. 1 seed for the District 2-11 Class AAAA subregional playoffs.
Wide receiver Karlon Quiller continues to build on his school single-season records of 43 receptions for 1,084 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. The senior also holds the Scranton career records with 95 catches for 2,009 yards and 27 receiving touchdowns.
Counting his one season spent at Scranton Prep, Quiller has 108 catches for 2,225 yards with 31 touchdowns.
Scranton sophomore running back Jake McCarthy will begin the District 2-11 Class AAAA subregional playoffs with 1,432 yards with a school-record 21 rushing touchdowns and school-record 24 touchdowns overall.
And quarterback Marlinn Waiters enters the subregional playoffs owning the single-season record for touchdown passes with 22. He also has 3,065 yards passing and 38 touchdowns in leading the Knights to 18 wins in the last two seasons.
Scranton is 10-0 for the first time since 2003 and will host East Stroudsburg South on Saturday night at 7.
• Two Wyoming Valley Conference teams will get a shot at redemption in the District 2 playoffs. In Class AA, top-seeded Wyoming Area hosts No. 4 Lake-Lehman on Friday night. In Week 3, Lake-Lehman beat the Warriors, 15-14. In Class AAA, Dallas, winner of seven straight games, visits Berwick on Saturday afternoon. In Week 3, Berwick beat Dallas, 50-14.
• Jimmy Strickland did it again. For the second time in three games, the Holy Redeemer quarterback threw for more than 400 yards. This time he threw for 447 yards and five touchdowns in the Royals' 46-7 win at Pottsville Nativity.
• Old Forge senior running back Brian Tomasetti has run for 1,522 yards and is closing in on a school record for yards in a season. Ryan Marsico ran for 1,684 yards in 2001. Fueled by Tomasetti's 32 touchdowns and 196 points, Old Forge set a school record with 446 points. That surpassed the mark of 415 set in 2009 when the Blue Devils went 10-0 in the regular season before losing in the first round of the District 2 Class A playoffs to Riverside. Old Forge hosts Riverside on Friday night at 7 in the District 2 Class A semifinals.
• Riverside senior quarterback Nick Dranchak had a record-setting regular season that he will hope carries into a showdown with unbeaten Old Forge on Friday night. In his third season as a starting quarterback, Dranchak threw for 2,500 yards in the regular season to break the Riverside single-season yards record. Jay Velehoski held the mark of 2,312 set in 2008. Dranchak also owns the school record for yards passing in a career with 5,165.
• Delaware Valley senior quarterback Bryan Schor, who has verbally committed to Miami (Ohio), will start the postseason with 2,001 yards passing. He has a school-record 5,934 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career as he leads the Warriors into the District 2 Class AAAA subregional against Whitehall on Saturday night at 7.
• Schuylkill Valley has the rematch it was waiting for when previously unbeaten Berks Catholic lost to Wyomissing, 14-0, and dropped to No. 4 in the District 3-AA power ratings. Schuylkill Valley, at No. 5, lost to Berks Catholic, 21-20, in Week 6 when its bid for a two-point conversion in the final minute was snuffed.
• Wilson wrapped up its unprecedented fifth straight perfect run through Section 1 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League with a 28-0 win over Warwick. It was the Bulldogs' fourth shutout. They allowed just five TDs in seven league games. The win, coupled with a loss by top-ranked Central Dauphin, allowed Wilson to finish No. 1 in the District 3-AAAA power ratings for the first time since 2008. That's also the last time they won the title.
• Governor Mifflin claimed its fifth Berks Football League Section 1 title in six seasons with a convincing 56-30 win over Conrad Weiser. The teams entered the season finale unbeaten in league play. Sophomore QB Jan Johnson came up big for Mifflin, running for three TDs and throwing two.
• Muhlenberg's Brock Stoudt was in the right place at the right time in a 28-20 victory over Reading High. The sophomore linebacker recovered four fumbles on defense, a rare feat.
• Lancaster Catholic senior running back Roman Clay is closing in on the Lancaster-Lebanon League's all-time leading rushing mark. Heading into the Crusaders' District 3-AAA first-round game on Friday at home vs. Hershey, Clay is sitting on 5,407 career rushing yards, including 1,964 yards this season. Clay needs 256 yards to pass former Lebanon Catholic standout Tommy Long, who rushed for 5,662 during his prep days. Clay is No. 2 on the L-L League list.
• Garden Spot was the lone Lancaster-Lebanon League team to register a 10-0 regular season. The Spartans won the Section 3 title with a 6-0 mark in their first year down from Section 2. They'll get a familiar Section 2 foe in the first round of the District 3-AAA playoffs, when Manheim Central visits New Holland. One of the keys to Garden Spot's success: Forcing turnovers. The opportunistic Spartans forced a league-high 33 turnovers during the regular, and Garden Spot's plus-21 turnover ratio was tops in the league through 10 weeks.
District 5 and 6
• Despite being outgained 302-167, Richland edged Bellwood-Antis on the road in a battle of unbeaten teams that had already clinched top seeds in the District 6 playoffs. Kyle Flick's 37-yard interception return with 4:53 left in the third quarter wound up being the difference, as Bellwood had one drive end on a fumble at the Ram 1 and had another drive end at the same spot when time ran out on the Devils in the first half.
• Northern Bedford clinched the top seed in District 5 Class A with a little help from Windber. The Ramblers upended previously undefeated Berlin Brothersvalley, 28-20, while Northern Bedford came back in the fourth quarter to defeat District 9 Class AAA school Punxsutawney.
• Separated archrivals Northern Cambria and Cambria Heights had a tight battle in front of a standing-room only crowd before the Colts emerged with a District 6 Class A playoff clinching victory that snapped Heights' six-game winning streak, 29-20. The Highlanders drove 70 yards — all on the ground — to start the game, but Northern Cambria outscored Heights 22-6 over the last three quarters.
• Portage continued its roll into the playoffs by winning, 20-14, at Homer-Center to secure the second seed in District 6 Class A. The Mustangs did it without coach Gary Gouse, who had to have emergency abdominal surgery earlier in the day.
• The state's No. 1 team in Class A, three-time defending PIAA champion Clairton (10-0), cruised to a WPIAL first-round win over Frazier, and Division I prospect Tyler Boyd put on a show. He rushed for 238 yards and scored six times to give him 101 touchdowns for his career. He has a chance to break the state record of 123 if the Bears continue their march toward another state title. Clairton plays Black Hills Conference rival Brentwood in the WPIAL quarterfinals Friday.
• Washington junior Shai McKenzie rushed for 260 yards and six touchdowns in Friday's WPIAL first-round win over Shady Side Academy and now has 2,162 yards and 36 scores as District 7's leading rusher and scorer. He's also kicked 10 extra points. He has scholarship offers from Pitt, Duke, Purdue, Toledo and Youngstown State and is receiving interest from Alabama, Florida, George Tech, Illinois, Ohio State, Temple and Wisconsin.
• Robert Foster won the battle against fellow Division I prospect Dorian Johnson in the WPIAL first-round Friday night, even if he wasn't on the field. Foster's Central Valley team scored a 17-16 victory over Johnson's Belle Vernon team. Foster was suspended after being ejected in a week 9 game. He will be back on the field Friday when Central Valley plays Hopewell in the quarterfinals. Both Foster, a wide receiver prospect, and Johnson, a dominating offensive lineman, will visit Pitt on Nov. 16.
• Cornelio Coates booted a 27-yard field goal in overtime to give Perry its 17th Pittsburgh City League title Saturday, as the Commodores edged USO, 9-6. Coates had just started kicking the week before. Perry (8-2) gets this week off before opening PIAA tournament play next week. USO (5-3) hosts Somerset (5-5) in the PIAA regional playoffs Friday night at Cupples Stadium.
• The District 9 Class A playoffs, set to begin Friday, likely will add another chapter to the ongoing battle for supremacy between the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference and the Allegheny Mountain League. Port Allegany (10-0), champion of the AML, received the No. 1 seed in the seven-team Class A bracket, while Clarion (10-0), winner of the KSAC, earned the No. 2 spot. Port Allegany defeated Clarion, 35-34, in the district title game a season ago to become the second straight AML representative to claim the championship. Clarion is the last KSAC team to win a Class A title; it defeated Coudersport, 7-0, in 2009. Dating back to 2000, AML teams have won nine Class A championships, while KSAC teams have claimed three. There were four finals that included two AML teams and none that involved two KSAC programs.
• Cathedral Prep star quarterback Damion Terry became District 10's all-time passer Friday with 106 yards and one touchdown in a 47-0 rout of General McLane. Terry has 6,116 career passing yards, taking the record from Oil City graduate Mark Kulinski (6,045). Terry is also the D-10 record holder with 73 career touchdown passes. The Michigan State recruit is also a career 1,000-yard rusher and has put together one of the top all-around careers in District 10 history. His current and future teammate Delton Williams proved the Ramblers also have a strong rushing attack with 204 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries against the Lancers. Prep and McLane could meet in three weeks for the D-10 Class AAA championship
• Mercyhurst Prep is red hot as the District 10 Class A playoffs begin. The Lakers have won six in a row and forced seven turnovers in a 14-7 upset win over Class AA Northwestern Friday. Cornelius Barclay reached 4,000 career rushing yards in the win and is in range of the school record. Aaron Horton, who is the D-10 single-season rushing record holder with 2,444 yards in 2010, has the Mercyhurst career record with 4,182 yards. Barclay's career total stands at 4,013 yards with a showdown against playoff nemesis Farrell on Friday in the D-10 quarterfinals. Mercyhurst becomes only the third D-10 school to have two 4,000-yard rushers in program history. Sharon, which has three, and Kennedy Catholic are the other two.
• District 10 is down to 23 teams in the playoffs this week. Cathedral Prep, McDowell and Slippery Rock will get the week off with the other 20 teams competing. McDowell, the D-10 representative in the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs, will take on Perry on Nov. 16 at Fairview's Keck Field. The winner gets the District 6-9 subregion winner in the PIAA first round. Prep gets the Conneaut-Warren winner and Slippery Rock gets the General McLane-Oil City winner. Conneaut is making its first playoff appearance in its first year of existence.
• The most intriguing matchup of the weekend could be Hickory-Northwestern in the D-10 Class AA quarterfinals. The two teams met last fall in the same round with the Hornets pulling out a 33-12 win after leading only 13-12 at the half. Both teams were upset with bracket released by D-10. Both Hickory and Northwestern thought the Hornets would be a higher seed and neither expected to meet in the first round. Grove City, Hickory and Wilmington finished as tri-champions of Region 3, while Corry and Northwestern were co-champions in Region 4. Hickory running back DeShawn Coleman, a West Virginia recruit, is in line to win the D-10 scoring title for the second straight year.
• Two of District 11's most successful Class 4A football programs will meet Saturday when the Districts 2-11 4A subregional playoffs start. No. 3 seed Easton and No. 6 Parkland have combined to win six of the last 10 District 11 4A championships. They were two of the three teams to tie for the Lehigh Valley Conference title this season, with Whitehall the third. Easton won its regular-season meeting with Parkland, 35-28, in Week 2, but it will not have sophomore running back Shane Simpson available this week. He suffered a season-ending leg injury Monday against Nazareth, finishing his sophomore season with 1,147 rushing yards. Parkland should get its top runner, senior Jarel Elder, back this week. He sat out Saturday's game against Emmaus with a sprained ankle.
• Allentown Central Catholic running back Colin McDermott broke the school's single-game rushing record and also established a Lehigh Valley Conference single-game rushing record with his 422-yard effort in last week's 42-7 win over Bethlehem Catholic. Parkland's Austin Scott held the old LVC mark, running for 402 yards against Bethlehem Freedom in 2002. McDermott enters this week's District 11 Class 3A semifinal with 2,114 rushing yards this season, an Allentown Central Catholic single-season record. The Vikings are seeking their fourth straight district title.
District 12 and 1
• The Philadelphia Catholic League goes by the PCL. The P should stand for predictable. No surprises at all in Class AAAA as league champion St Joe's Prep thumped Archbishop Ryan, 29-6, and La Salle pasted Roman Catholic, 42-13. La Salle will face Prep on Saturday afternoon for the PCL title. During the regular season, St Joe's defeated La Salle, 24-16. There was no drama at the Class AAA level, either. Archbishop Wood handled Cardinal O'Hara and Monsignor Bonner shutout Lansdae Catholic. Wood and Bonner will meet for the title Saturday night.
— Contributions from Kevin Keating, Pottsville Republican; Jeff Reinhart, LLLeagueSports.com; Tom Reisenweber, Erie Times-News; Mike Drago, Reading Eagle; Dan Morehouse, WNPV Radio; Stephen Miller, Allentown Morning Call; Joby Fawcett, Scranton Times; Phil Cmor, Altoona Mirror; Jim Reeser, Wilkes-Barre Citzens Voice; Andrew P. Shay, The Patriot-News; Bill West, Leader Times, and Bill Hartlep, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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