Schenley (10-1) has been on an absolute tear since their week three loss against Brashear. Since then they have won seven in a row, including an impressive 34-32 double-overtime win against an Oliver team who had won eight of their previous nine.
Not fazed by the task, Schenley traveled north of Pittsburgh to DuBois, Pa. last Friday to take on Punxsutawney High School in the play-in round of the PIAA state playoffs. Schenley took care of business by shutting out the Chucks, 54-0.
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They advanced and will play Cathedral Prep High School at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Erie, Pa., Nov. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“We have a different group of kids here,” said Schenley head coach Jason Bell. “They understand what it is that they’re doing and (most importantly) why they are here. Our guys are confident and prepared for many different situations and also recognize how make the best of them.”
Schenley’s Jaron Brown began the assault on special teams with a 22-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Then, DeAndre Black went the length of the football field with a season-long 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. To cap off the first half, senior running back Jerome Mathews scored on 7-yard run to send the Spartans into the locker room with a 20-0 halftime lead.
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“We’ve got our fair share of athletes on this team,” said Bell. “We can run with just about anyone and our goal is to continue to prove that in our play from week to week.”
Schenley showed the same amount of intensity as what they went in with as they continued to pound away at their opponent.
Mathews scored on a 31-yard run and added on the two-point conversion. Then, one of the heroes of the City championship game, Darren Jackson, scored on a four-yard run to add to the embarrassment of the favored Punxsutawney team.
Shawn Davis showed up from Schenley’s defense to take a fumble recovery 45 yards into the end zone for the Spartans’ second score on that side of the ball.
But once again, Mathews would prove why he is such important part of this Schenley team. He scored for the third time on a 69-yard run in the forth quarter to solidify the largest margin of victory for the Spartans all season. He finished the game with 16 carries for 166 yards.
“They’re really shocking people,” said Bell. “We have a lot of seniors on our team that are making an impact and really carrying the load and teaching our younger guys how to win.”
Brown would add the exclamation point for Schenley in the final minutes on a four-yard touchdown run. In scouting Cathedral Prep the Spartans plan to do nothing out of the ordinary.
“It will be nothing different for our team this week,” said Bell. “We will work hard and get ready to play a tough team. Cathedral Prep has a great program that is (cohesive) due to the fact they start playing together since middle school. Their methods are something in which I wish the City would take after just to give our students the same familiarities of one another as well as our system as a whole.”
Bedford 29, Westinghouse 6
Despite having two players with more than 100 yards, Westinghouse was only able to muster one score in this game. Ron Tyler provided the Bulldogs’ lone points on a 56-yard run in the second quarter to make the score a manageable 14-6 deficit going into halftime.
Westinghouse, however, had problems with Bedford’s running back Paul Detwiler who got two of his three scores in the second half on touchdown runs of seven and 17 yards.
Darrel Cosby ended his high school career as the Bulldogs’ signal-caller in which he completed four of 12 passes for 114 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
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