MSA Sports Saturday’s Scholastic Starz – Week Seven
Sunday, October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Six WPIAL football games played under ideal conditions once again highlighted the seventh Saturday of the 2010 high school campaign. Here are the top six performers who thrived both under the autumn sun and on a crisp Saturday evening.
Ryan Mincher – Shaler
Air Gordon? Great success through the air is not something we are used to seeing from Neil Gordon coached teams, however that was the case on Homecoming Saturday at Shaler where quarterback Ryan Mincher was 21 of 36 passing for 313 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans came back to knock off the Seneca Valley Raiders in a slug-fest 41-33.
Bill Arch – Springdale
Springdale was hoping their offense would explode in their Class A Eastern Conference match-up at historic Graham Field in Wilkinsburg. It was running back Bill Arch who ignited the TNT by collecting 141 rushing yards on just 7 attempts with touchdown runs of 24, 15 and 13 yards, plus on defense Arch intercepted 3 passes, 2 short of the WPIAL recordas the Dynamos jumped out to a 36-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 58-21 victory over the Tigers.
Corey Bickert – Riverview
The numbers were not gaudy for Corey Bickert, but nobody was more valuable for Riverview in their Class A Eastern Conference game with Northgate. Bickert had three receptions for 25 yards, but two of them were scoring catches, plus he shined on special teams with a 25-yard field goal, and extra point, a blocked extra point, a 52-yards kickoff return and a 3-yard punt return to set up a score in the Raiders 16-6 dousing of the Flames.
Chris Walko – Bishop Canevin
Bishop Canevin celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1990 WPIAL Class AA championship team on a night where with a win, they would remain tied for first place in the Class A Eastern Conference. Chris Walko made it a happy night all-around with 209 yards rushing with two touchdowns as the Crusaders smacked around the Leechburg Blue Devils by a score of 56-8.
Aaron Grymes & Anthony Koscuiszko – Shenango
The Cats racked up 548 yards of offense, all on the ground in a 53-12 win over Union on Saturday night. Grymes rushed for 272 yards on 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 64, 79 and 41 yards. Kosciuszko, who played offense for the first time this season after tearing ligaments in his hand before the first scrimmage, ran for 113 yards on 18 carries and scored twice. Shenango is now 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big Seven, the Cats need wins in the last two games to qualify for the playoffs.
Eric Blinn – Western Beaver
The Golden Beavers operated out of the Wildcat formation for most of the afternoon in Industry and Blinn made the most of it, rushing for 183 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown in Western Beaver's 22-6 win over Sto-Rox. Blinn and running mate Jack Balser combined for 260 of the 289 rushing yards for Western. With the win, the playoff heartbeat of the Golden Beavers beats much stronger at 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Seven Conference.
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