December 3, 2006

Prospects play under the lights.

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The Southern Columbia Tigers (14-0) breezed past Shenandoah Valley Friday night by a score 61-15. The Tigers led 42-7 at the half. The "mercy rule" has been in effect in all but one of Southern Columbia's wins this year. Pitt commitment Henry Hynoski rushed for 210 yards on only 15 carries. Hynoski ran for 3 touchdowns. He also caught 3 passes for another 52 yards. One reception was a 30-yard screen passes which went for a fourth score touchdown. Hynoski told the Pantherlair, "I only got to carry the ball in one series in the second half." Hynoski has now rushed for 6,827 yards which places him eighth on the all-time Pennsylvania list. He passed Bishop McDevitt's LeSean McCoy and Williamsport's Darrell Blackman in the process. Ahead of Hynoski is Jerry Marks (7,075) who also played at Southern Columbia. Hynoski now has a school record 108 touchdowns in his career which is a school record.

Next up for Southern Columbia is a PIAA Class A semi-final game with Bellwood-Antis 11-2) who beat Steelton-Highspire 28-7 Friday night. The game will also be played at Shamokin High School which was the site of the Tigers last win. Hynoski told the Pantherlair, "We still have unfinished business." The Tigers are trying to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Class A state championship. Hynoski said, "I am scheduled to make my official visit to Pitt on January 12th. I think that Dom DeCicco is also scheduled for that weekend."

No. 2 Don Bosco Prep (12-0) dominated No. 1 St. Peter's (11-1) before a crowd of 16,024 at the Meadowlands for the New Jersey Group IV non-public school championship. The score was only 7-0 at the half but Don Bosco broke the game wide open with a 21-point third quarter. Don Bosco Prep is led by quarterback Matt Simms who is headed to Louisville. Simms was 6 of 8 for 135 yards and one touchdown. The game reversed a win by St Peter's in the championship game a year ago and ends a 23 game winning streak by St. Peter's. Don Bosco kept running back Shariff Harris and the rest of the St Peter's offense under control. Shariff Harris is scheduled to visit Pitt this coming weekend. Coming into the championship game St. Peter was ranked No. 10 in the country and Don Bosco was No. 13 in the nation.

The Jeannette Jayhawks showed Friday night that they know how to run the football. The Jayhawks kept the ball on the ground on a windy night and pounded Brookville (11-2) 32-7 in a game played at Offutt Field in Greensburg. Jeannette running backs Jordan Hall ran for 118 yards and Jerry Harris for another 113 yards. Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor guided the attack and added 95 yards. Pryor also caught a 41-yard touchdown pass. The gifted junior also had an interception. Jeannette will meet Wilmington (14-0) which defeated Bishop McCort 13-6 in a Class AA semi-final game. The game will be played Friday night at Hempfield High School.

Thomas Jefferson (14-0) took a big step toward a state title when they beat Selinsgrove (13-1) 27-14. Pitt commit Dom DeCicco (6'3" 206) led the Jaguars' attack. DeCicco ran for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also hooked up with tight end Chris Drager on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Next up for Bill Cherpak's team is General McLane(11-2) out of District 10 who beat Oliver 14-6 to advance. The PIAA AAA semifinal game will be played Friday night at North Allegheny High School.

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