MSA Sports Saturday’s Scholastic Starz – Week Eight

Sunday, October 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Only four games were featured on the eighth Saturday of the WPIAL football season, however all featured playoff implications of some sort. Here are the fabulous four performances that either clinched playoff spots, helped in postseason positioning or kept alive hopes for a ride on the Highway to Heinz.

Reggie Mitchell – Shady Side Academy

After a scoreless first half in which the offense showed little, Shady Side Academy came out with a fired determination in the second half to succeed in the running game led by junior quarterback Reggie Mitchell. Mitchell rushed for 100 yards on the button and even tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to lead the Indians to a fourth straight Class AA Allegheny Conference playoff berth and a 14-0 win over the Summit Academy Knights.

Eric Blinn – Western Beaver

There are players that have big games…some that have huge games…then there is what Eric Blinn of Western Beaver did against rival South Side Beaver on Saturday. Blinn rushed for 173 yards, had 106 yards in receptions, added 59 yards passing and even chipped in 37 yards in returns for 375 yards in total yards with three touchdowns in the Golden Beavers 46-23 victory over the Rams.

Andrew Broaddus and Ricky Lawniczak – Avonworth

For some runners, it takes over 20 carries to break the century mark in rushing in a game. That was hardly the case for Ricky Lawniczak and Andrew Broaddus of Avonworth who made the most of their select carries. Lawniczak rushed for 103 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown while freshman Andrew Broaddus was even more impressive in gaining 113 yards on only TWO carries, both of which went for touchdowns of 41 and 72 yards in the Antelopes 54-6 whacking of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers to keep the Lopes tied for first in the Class A Eastern Conference.

Josh and Zach Mundell – Carmichaels

The Mundell's had quite a day in Connellsville on Saturday as the Mighty Mikes took one BIG step closer to the playoffs. Josh ran for 117 yards on 17 carries and the first score of the game on a 25-yard run while Zach ran for 77 yards on 17 carries and found the end zone twice on scores of two and one yards as the Mighty Mikes beat Geibel 29-7 in a Tri-County South Conference battle that snuffed out the Gators postseason hopes.

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