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October 9, 2009Friday's headlines from across the state:
Corry Area head coach Homer DeLattre knew that despite their seemingly palpable 3-2 record, the Colonels from Erie Strong Vincent were not a team to be taken lightly.
And Strong Vincent proved that on Thursday night at Erie Veterans Stadium, knocking off the previously undefeated Beavers, 41-18.
The Strong Vincent running back trio of Emari Tangle, Brandon Akins-Jones and Kevin Green scored a total of six touchdowns and tallied 289 yards on the ground, according to a report in the Erie Times-News.
"I don't know if Corry has seen that kind of speed this year," SV coach Tom Cacchione told the Times-News.
Corry Area, which entered the game at 5-0 having outscored its opponents, 209-44 on the year, knew that SV would be its toughest opponent thus far in the season.
"(Strong Vincent's) three victories have been 157-6, and their two losses (to General McLane and Erie Cathedral Prep) are to probably the two best teams in District 10," DeLattre told the Corry Journal prior to the game. "They may be the third best team in the district."
With the win, Strong Vincent improved to 4-2 and back into the thick of the District 10 Class AAA playoff hunt. Corry fell to 5-1.
Teams learn schools slated to close
Right around the time evening practices were underway for two Philadelphia-area Catholic schools, an announcement was made.
Their schools - Cardinal Dougherty and North Catholic - are now scheduled to close at the end of the school year.
And as Ted Silary reports in the Philadelphia Daily News, it caused both teams to rethink what is now their final seasons.
"I still don't think we've grasped it," Cardinal Dougherty senior running back Tarik Morris told the Daily News. "We didn't see this coming. We're all so disappointed."
"Now we have even more reason to try to win states," North Catholic senior running back Eugene Byrd told the paper. "We want to go out being remembered. And this season's important to our underclassmen so they can get some exposure before they move on to their next school."
Cardinal Dougherty is 4-1 this year in Class AA and will face Philadelphia's Bishop McDevitt on Saturday.
North Catholic is 2-3 in Class AAA, and has had its game this weekend against Archbishop Carroll canceled due to a suspected outbreak of swine flu at Carroll, according to North Catholic's football Web site.
Illnesses force game to be moved
Hazleton and Pittston will play on Monday night, according to a report today in the Hazleton Standard-Speaker.
Apparently a large number of students have come down with illnesses in the Pittston Area schools, forcing the district to cancel all extracurricular activities for the weekend.
The game will be played at 7 p.m. Monday.
Also, because of the Monday night game, Hazleton has moved its game against Wyoming Valley West from next Friday night (Oct. 16) to next Saturday (Oct. 17) at 1 p.m.
What happens when No. 5 doesn't exist?
The officials from last week's Council Rock South - Bensalem game are under fire from the PIAA after misidentifying an ejected player, the Bucks County Courier Times is reporting.
During a third quarter skirmish, officials ejected Bensalem's No. 75, Brandon Gattilli, and CR South's No. 5.
The problem? No one on the CR South sideline was wearing No. 5.
According to PIAA rules, any player ejected from a game is immediately suspended for the following game.
PIAA spokesman Robert Lombardi told the Courier Times that the officials should have clearly identified the player before allowing play to resume.
As a result, CR South has said that they are not suspending a player for this weekend's game because the player at fault could not be identified.
"It was a big pile and we couldn't pick anybody out," CR South athletic director Buff Radick told the Courier Times. "If we saw somebody doing something, we would have taken action."