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2004 Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape #3

9/17/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week three’s opponent is the Westmont Hilltoppers.

SCHOOL: Westmont is a Class AA school located in suburban Johnstown. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 234. The school district’s website can be viewed at http://westy.jtwn.k12.pa.us/

COACH: The Hilltoppers are coached by Stan Skowron.

LAST SEASON: Westmont was 1-8 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Price Field

COLORS: Scarlet and Gray

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Westmont plays in Section 2 along with Johnstown, Bishop McCort, Bishop Carroll, Somerset and Richland. Their non-section games are Central Cambria, Bedford, Forest Hills and Cambria Heights.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Westmont lost 14-12 to Bedford on a last second field goal. JHS on the other hand, shut out Central 30-0.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001, they are 2-1 against Westmont. The Trojans have outscored the Hilltoppers 60-49. The average margin of victory in the two Trojan wins is 16 points. Westy won the initial contest in 2001 35-14, but dropped the next two.

LAST MEETING: The Trojans destroyed Westmont last year in a Saturday afternoon game at Price Field. LaRod Stephens had three touchdowns and 261 yards on only
seven carries.

WEATHER FORECAST: Bring an umbrella; there is a 70% chance that it will be raining at kickoff. It should be 62 degrees with winds from the northeast at 8 mph. (Source: HYPERLINK "http://www.weather.com" www.weather.com)

 

PREDICTION: Trojans by 17.

Doug Keklak can be reached at trojannation@yahoo.com

Tale of the Tape #5

10/1/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week five takes us to Somerset to face the Golden Eagles.

SCHOOL: Somerset is a Class AAA school located about a half hour away from Johnstown. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 345. They are the next to the smallest school in Class AAA in District 6 (only Huntingdon is smaller at 330) and are only over the AAA minimum by 20. The school district’s website can be viewed at www.somerset.k12.pa.us/

COACH: The Golden Eagles are coached by Ernie Fetzer who is in his first year at Somerset but has had a distinguished career at both Johnstown Vo-Tech and Westmont

LAST SEASON: Somerset was 4-6 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Somerset High School Stadium

COLORS: Orange and Black

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Somerset plays in Section 2 with Johnstown, Bishop McCort, Bishop Carroll, Westmont and Richland. Their non-section opponents this year are Central, Penn Cambria, Central Cambria and Bedford.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Somerset dropped a tough one to Westmont, 21-14 while JHS blanked the Richland Rams 33-0.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 they have had their way with Somerset. The Golden Eagles are 0-3 all-time against JHS in LHAC play. They have been outscored by the Trojans 104-20, losing each meeting by an average margin of defeat of 35-7. The average score is JHS 35, Somerset 7.

LAST MEETING: JHS played its last game in the Point Stadium against Somerset, dropping them 41-6. LaRod Stephens had154 yards rushing on only 6 carries and scored 2 TDs. Devin Carosi threw for 124 yards and 2 TDs and Xavier Thomas was 3-for-7 for 43 yards through the air. The Trojan defense held Josh Simmons to only 19 yards on 15 carries. Greg Nash also had a big night for the Trojans, catching 4 passes for 76 yards and a TD as well as having 66 return yards. He also scored a 6-yard TD on a reverse run.

WEATHER FORECAST: Kickoff will be three minutes after sunset. It will be a beautiful night for Football. It will be 63 degrees with no chance of rain and winds from the southeast at 9 mph.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 14.

Doug Keklak can be reached at trojannation@yahoo.com

Tale of the Tape #7

10/15/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week seven is against city rival Bishop McCort.

SCHOOL: Bishop McCort is a Class AA Catholic school located in Johnstown on Osborne Street. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 211. The school’s website can be viewed at www.mccort.org. Also, their athletics website (http://www.mccort.org/athletics/index.html) is a very nice looking site.

COACH: The Crushers are coached by Ken Salem.

LAST SEASON: Bishop McCort was 6-4 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: The Crushers call historic Johnstown Point Stadium home, however, this year due to construction they are renting Trojan Stadium for their games.

COLORS: Crimson and Gold

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: BM plays in Section II with Johnstown, Bishop Carroll, Westmont, Richland and Somerset. Their non-section opponents this year are Penn Cambria, Central Cambria, Bedford and Forest Hills.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Bishop McCort “crushed” Westmont last Saturday at Price Field 49-7. Johnstown also won big, 35-0 against Bishop Carroll.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 Bishop McCort has the upper hand, winning two of the teams’ three meetings. However, the Trojans-Crushers rivalry pre-dates JHS’ entry in to the conference. All-time, JHS is 15-4-1 against Bishop McCort. McCort did not beat JHS until 1989 (28-14 win at the Point). Although the Trojans own the all-time bragging rights, recent history has been on McCort’s side. The two teams only met 3 times before JHS’ entrance in the LHAC; the above mention 1989 game, a 14-14 tie in 1991 and a 28-14 McCort win in 1992. Last year’s 14-9 win for the Trojans was their first against the Crushers since they triumphed 14-12 in 1973.

LAST MEETING: Bishop McCort was Johnstown’s guest for the inaugural game at Trojan Stadium a year ago. The Trojans were rude hosts as they beat the Crushers 14-9.

LaRod Stephens gained 203 yards on 28 carries and had one touchdown. The Trojans took a 7-0 lead on Stephens’ score but the Crushers came back. Marc Domonkos made a 23-yard chip shot to close the gap to 7-3. Before the half, Jeff Schellhammer blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt by Domonkos and a couple of plays later, Greg Nash took a reverse 35 yards for the score, making in 14-3 Trojans at the half. The Crushers made it close early in the fourth quarter with a one-yard QB sneak by Chris Roberts. Their two-point conversion was good and closed out the scoring, setting the final at 14-9

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will 54 degrees with a 10% chance of rain at kickoff. Winds will be 7 MPH out of the SW.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 4.

Doug Keklak can be reached at trojannation@yahoo.com

Tale of the Tape #10

11/5/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week ten, the first round of the playoffs, takes us to Central Mountain High School.

SCHOOL: Central Mountain is a Class AAA school located in Mill Hall. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 504, which is the highest of all the Class AAA teams in District 6. The school is in its first year at Class AAA as they formally played up in Class AAAA. The school is a consolidation of the former Lock Haven and Bald Eagle Nittany High Schools and started play in 1999. The school district’s website can be viewed at http://www.kcsd.k12.pa.us/cmsid/ftball.htm.

COACH: The Wildcats are coached by Steve Turchetta.

LAST SEASON: Central Mountain is 4-5 this year, and was 4-7 a year ago.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: J. Arlington Painter Stadium

COLORS: Royal Blue and White

CONFERENCE: Central Mountain plays an independent schedule.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Central Mountain beat Jersey Shore 42-20 a week ago, while the Trojans took care of Central Cambria 34-14.

LAST MEETING: JHS has never played Central Mountain before.

WEATHER FORECAST: Bundle up, it will be 36 degrees at kickoff time in Johnstown tomorrow night, there is no chance of rain but there will be some strong winds (15 mph out of the west).

PREDICTION: Trojans by 20.

Doug Keklak can be reached at trojannation@yahoo.com

Tale of the Tape #11

11/12/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week eleven is the District 6-AAA Championship against Bellefonte.

SCHOOL: Bellefonte is a Class AAA school with a male enrollment of 380 according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06). The school district’s website can be viewed at www.woodshedfootball.com.

COACH: The Red Raiders are coached by Tom Gravish.

LAST SEASON: Bellefonte is 6-4 this year, they were 3-7 a year ago.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Rogers Stadium

COLORS: Red and White

CONFERENCE: Bellefonte plays in the Mountain Athletic Football Conference in the Seven Mountains Division. This is the large classification division as all teams are Class AAA. The Red Raiders are division foes are Clearfield, Huntingdon, Indian Valley, Punxsutawney and Lewistown. Their non-division games, that is opponents from the small school Nittany Division of the MAC, were Philipsburg Osceola, Tyrone, Penns Valley and Bald Eagle Area.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Bellefonte beat Huntingdon 28-14 a week ago, while the Trojans took care of Central Mountain 27-0

LAST MEETING: JHS last played Bellefonte in 1995, a 40-12 for the Trojans at Point Stadium. The Trojans also triumphed over the Red Raiders in 1994 at Bellefonte, winning 32-28. Let’s hope this semi-recent trend continues.

WEATHER FORECAST: It will be 36 degrees and cloudy at kickoff at beautiful Mansion Park in Altoona. There will be a 10% chance of rain with winds out of the north at 7 MPH. Hopefully the surface will stay dry for maximum speed from LaRod and the rest of the athletic Trojans.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 14.

Doug Keklak can be reached at trojannation@yahoo.com

Tale of the Tape #12

11/19/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week twelve (can you believe it TWELVE!) is the first week of inter-district playoffs as the Trojans take on District 4-AAA champions Selinsgrove.

SCHOOL: Selinsgrove is a Class AAA school with a male enrollment of 399 according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06). The town is 3 to 3 hours away from Johnstown near the Susquehanna River. The team’s website (bookmark this one because it’s a good one) can be viewed at www.selinsgrovefootball.com.

COACH: The Seals are coached by Bill Scott. Scott is in his 33rd year at the helm and has a career mark of 231-138-1.

LAST SEASON: Selinsgrove is 10-1 this year and were 10-2 a year ago.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Harold L. Bolig Memorial Field

COLORS: Red, white and blue.

CONFERENCE: Selinsgrove plays in the Central Susquehanna Conference (CSC), Division 1. The Seals’ divisional foes are Danville, Montoursville, Shikellamy, Mifflinburg, Milton and Jersey Shore. Their non-division games were against Berwick, Lebanon, Shamokin, and Mount Carmel.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Selinsgrove beat Shikellamy for the second time this year, this time for the 4-AA Championship, by a count of 48-12. JHS beat Bellefonte 35-7 in the 6-AAA title tilt.

LAST MEETING: These two teams have never met.

WEATHER FORECAST: It will be 49 degrees with showers at kickoff in Selinsgrove. Winds will be out of the southeast at 5 mph.

PREDICTION: Seals by 9.

Doug Keklak can be reached at trojannation@yahoo.com

 

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