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September 23, 2009

Smolinsky delivered in big-time game

A recap of Week 3 from across the state:

Most Valuable Player:
Todd Smolinsky, North Penn


It was a big-time game, and Todd Smolinsky delivered a big-time performance.

Quarterbacking his team to a 28-14 victory over St. Joseph's Prep on Saturday night, Smolinsky contributed to all four North Penn touchdowns, throwing for three and rushing for one.

His run came on a 7-yard scamper around the right side in the first half and gave the Knights a 14-0 lead.

His most impressive score, however, came after a long drive that milked a good portion of the clock in third quarter and culminated in a touchdown toss to a wide-open Ralph Reeves on the first play of the fourth quarter .

Smolinsky finished the game 11-for-18 and 144 yards in the air, and 74 yards on the ground.

But most importantly, his team finished the game with a perfect 3-0 record and the top ranking in the state.


Top Individual Performance:
Andrew Nicholson, Methacton


Andrew Nicholson came up big ... not once but twice ... in two huge plays against Pottstown.

With the score deadlocked in the second overtime period, Nicholson scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. But he wasn't done yet.

In the game's third overtime, Nicholson made the game-winning tackle on the conversion attempt, giving Methacton a 35-34 triple overtime win.


Best Comeback Performance:
Paul Jones, Sto-Rox


It doesn't look like quarterback Paul Jones has any lingering effects after an offseason ankle injury.

Jones, the Penn State recruit, returned to the field for the first time since breaking his ankle during basketball season last year and resumed play right where he left off.

He was 18-of-33 for 273 yards and three touchdowns as Sto-Rox drilled Quaker Valley, 42-15.


Still the Depressing Statistic of the Week:
West Shamokin still scoreless


It hasn't gotten any better for the boys from West Shamokin.

After being shutout 111-0 in the first two weeks of the season, the Wolves were once again blanked in Week 3 by Valley, 43-0.

West Shamokin hosts Kittanning (1-2) this weekend in hopes of scoring its first points of the year.


Top Five Biggest Shutouts of the Week:

North Penn-Blossburg 61, South Williamsport 0
McKeesport 55, Connellsville 0
Selinsgrove 55, Milton 0
Lewisburg 54, Wellsboro 0
Mercer 54, Kennedy Catholic 0

Compiled by PaPreps correspondents and staff writers Andrew Chiappazzi, Daniel Krieg, and Carla Swank.


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