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2005 Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape #1

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week One is also the home opener at Trojan Stadium against Central.

SCHOOL: Central is a Class AA school located in Martinsburg which is about 55 miles east of Johnstown and little bit over an hour drive. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 252. The school district’s website can be viewed at http://springcove.schoolnet.com/

COACH:

The Scarlet Dragons are coached by A.J. Hoenstine who is in his second season in charge.

LAST SEASON: Central was 2-8 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Roaring Spring Athletic Field

COLORS: Scarlet and grey

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Central plays in Section 1 with Forest Hills, Central Cambria, Bedford, Cambria Heights and Penn Cambria. Aside from JHS, their other non-section opponents are Westmont, Bishop Carroll and Richland.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: JHS looked strong in a scrimmage at Cambria Heights last week.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 JHS has had its way with the Scarlet Dragons. They are 0-3 against the Trojans and have been outscored 80-22, losing each meeting by an average of margin of defeat of 29 points. The average score of the contest is JHS 26.7, Central 7.3.

LAST MEETING: JHS won 30-0 a year ago in a game that took place at Trojan Stadium. LaRod Stephens carried the ball 31 times for 186 yards and 3 TDs. The other touchdown was a 40-yard Devin Carosi-to-Reggie Farrior pass.

WEATHER FORECAST: In light of all the rain we got as the aftermath of Katrina, weather forecast are calling for dry, sunny conditions. According to the Weather Channel the high will be 77 and the low is 55 so it should be a comfortable night to watch football. It should be 70 at kickoff with only a 20% chance of rain and winds out of the west-north-west at 13 MPH.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 21.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

 

Tale of the Tape #2

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week two takes us to Cresson and the Penn Cambria Panthers.

SCHOOL: Penn Cambria is a Class AA school located in Cresson. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 255. The school district’s website can be viewed at www.pcam.org.

COACH: Ernie Fetzer is in his first year as Head Coach of the Panthers. He previously coached at Johnstown Vo-Tech, Westmont Hilltop and Somerset.

LAST SEASON: Penn Cambria was 1-8 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Penn Cambria High School Stadium

COLORS: Columbia Blue and Black

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Penn Cambria plays in Section I of the

LHAC along with Central Cambria, Bedford, Central, Cambria Heights and Forest Hills. Their non-section games this year are against Bishop Carroll, Somerset, Johnstown and Richland.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Penn Cambria beat Somerset 14-0 while the Trojans beat Central 34-28.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 the Trojans have had their way with the Panthers. In two meeting, JHS has not been scored upon by PC. The Trojans outscored the Panthers in those two contests 42-0, thereby achieving an average 21-point margin of victory

LAST MEETING: The Trojans shut out the Panthers last year at Penn Cambria Stadium in the penultimate game of the regular season 14-0. LaRod Stephens and Andre Morrison scored touchdowns in a game marred by poor field conditions and fog. Stephens eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for rushing yards in his career that night.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Yahoo Weather: Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 76F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

DIRECTIONS: Follow the directions on this link. The field is on the school campus according to the secretary I talked to at the school yesterday.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 14

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

 

Tale of the Tape #3

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 4-5 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, Bedford, Forest Hills and Cambria Heights.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Both the Hilltoppers and Trojans will be looking to rebound from week two losses. JHS fell 22-8 at Penn Cambria while Westmont fell 30-3 to Forest Hills.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001, they are 2-2 against Westmont. The Trojans have outscored the Hilltoppers 86-79. The average margin of victory in the two Trojan wins is 16 points. The average margin of defeat in the two loses is 12.5 points.

LAST MEETING: In an early season upset, Westmont beat JHS last year 30-26. It was JHS’ first loss ever at Trojan Stadium. Brad Kanuch had 129 yards on 20 carries and QB Joe Ozbold was 13-for-23 with 247 yards and one touchdown. LaRod Stephens had a typical LaRod Stephens night with 247 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns in the loss.

WEATHER FORECAST: Rain is in the forecast so bring an umbrella. 70% chance of showers and 70 degrees at kickoff. (Source: www.weather.com)

PREDICTION: Trojans by 4.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

Tale of the Tape #4

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week four sees the Trojans returning home to take on Richland.

SCHOOL: Richland is a Class A school located in suburban Johnstown. Their home field is very close to the UPJ campus, making it an easy 10-minute drive from the city. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 194. They are the largest school in Class A in District 6 and are only one below the AA minimum. The school’s athletic website is www.richlandrams.org.

COACH: The Rams are coached by Brandon Bailey

LAST SEASON: The Rams were 2-8 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: F. W. Herlinger Field

COLORS: Royal Blue and Red

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

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Richland was defeated by Bishop Carroll 34-19 while Johnstown lost to Westmont 27-14.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001, the Rams have yet to beat the Trojans. They are 0-4 and have been outscored 110-19, losing each meeting by an average of margin of defeat of about 22.75 points. The average score of the contest is JHS 27.5, Richland 4.75.

LAST MEETING: In a game delayed by a power outage, the Trojans beat the Rams 33-0. Devon Carosi was 6-for-10 passing for 185 yards and one touchdown. He also added a touchdown on the ground. Xavier Thomas had an 84-yard touchdown catch. JV players played most of the second half for JHS.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will be 70 degrees and mostly cloudy at kickoff with 20% chance of showers and winds out of the north, northeast at 9 MPH.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 14.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

Tale of the Tape #5

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week five keeps JHS home to take on the Somerset 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 first-year coach Steve Costea.

LAST SEASON: Somerset was 3-6 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 Forest Hills, Penn Cambria, Central Cambria and Bedford.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Somerset lost 33-6 to Westmont while JHS beat Richland 40-14.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 they have had their way with Somerset. The Golden Eagles are 0-4 all-time against JHS in LHAC play. They have been outscored by the Trojans 146-27, losing each meeting by an average margin of defeat of 29.75 points. The average score is JHS 36.5, Somerset 6.75.

LAST MEETING: JHS beat Somerset 42-7 in Somerset last year. LaRod Stephens had 131 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 80 yards and 1 touchdown receiving. Devin Carosi was 9-for-12 with 166 yards and 2 touchdowns, one to Stephens and the other to Xavier Thomas. The other Trojan touchdown was scored by Reg Farrior, as he picked off a pass and returned all the way for a 40-yard return.

WEATHER FORECAST: The forecast at kickoff looks cool and dry. 58 degrees with a 20% chance of rain. Great fall night for a football game.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 28.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

Tale of the Tape #6

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week six is the Trojans are back on the road against the Bishop Carroll Huskies.

SCHOOL: Bishop Carroll is a Class A Catholic School located in Ebensburg which is about a half hour from Johnstown. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 109. The school’s website can be viewed at www.bishopcarroll.com.

COACH: The Huskies are coached by Craig Sponsky.

LAST SEASON: Bishop Carroll was 9-3 last season.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Central Cambria Stadium or Penn Cambria Stadium

COLORS: Navy Blue and White

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Bishop Carroll is in Section II with Johnstown, Westmont, Bishop McCort, Richland and Somerset. Their non-section games this year are with Central Cambria, Cambria Heights, Central and Penn Cambria.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: The Huskies beat Westmont fort 21-13 while the Trojans won big against Somerset unit 35-14.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 1-3 against the Huskies since joining the LHAC. The Huskies have outscored the Trojans 79-61 in four meetings thus far. Last year‘s Trojans were the first group to defeat the Huskies.

LAST MEETING: In a game in front of a packed house at Trojan Stadium and a PCN “Game of the Week” audience across the entire state, the Trojans absolutely destroyed BC 35-0, making amends for the bitter 7-6 loss in 2003. The Trojan defense held star RB Paul Forcellini in check and LaRod Stephens had an outstanding performance on both sides of the ball during the homecoming game. He scored on runs of 47, 91 and 51 yards and picked off two passes from his safety position on defense.

PREDICTION: Huskies by 14.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

Tale of the Tape #7

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 (2006-08) is 189 which actually qualifies them as a Class A team but the school ops to “play up“ to AA. 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 9-3 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 Cambria Heights, Central Cambria, Bedford and Forest Hills.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: For the second year in a row Bishop McCort had its way with Westmont, this year, they beat them 45-0. Johnstown on the other hand dropped a tough one to Bishop Carroll, losing 24-0.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 Bishop McCort has the upper hand, winning three of the teams’ four meetings. However, the Trojans-Crushers rivalry pre-dates JHS’ entry in to the conference. All-time, JHS is 15-5-1 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.

LAST MEETING: Last year, Bishop McCort beat the Trojans at Trojan Stadium for the second year in a row, this time by a tally of 21-14.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will 60 degrees and partly cloudy at kickoff. There is only a 10% chance of rain in the forecast.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

 

Tale of the Tape #8

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week eight's opponent is Central Cambria.

SCHOOL: Central Cambria is a Class AA school located in Ebensburg. Their male enrollment according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 270. They are the next to the largest school in Class AA
in District 6 (only Forest Hills is bigger at 313). The school district's website can be viewed at http://www.cchs.k12.pa.us/.

COACH: The Red Devils are coached by Mike Terek. He is in his first year at the controls of the CC program.

LAST SEASON: Central Cambria was 6-5 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Central Cambria Stadium

COLORS: Red and Black

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: CC plays in Section 1 with Forest Hills, Central Cambria, Bedford, Central and Penn Cambria. Aside from JHS, their other non-section opponents are Bishop McCort, Bishop Carroll and Somerset.

LAST WEEK'S RESULT: Central Cambria lost to Central 26-6 while JHS dropped a 21-14 contest to Penn Cambria.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 1-1 against the Red Devils since they joined the LHAC in 2001. Last year’s meeting was the first meeting between the two clubs since that inaugural LHAC campaign for the Trojans. In the two contests, Central Cambria has outscored JHS 49-41.

LAST MEETING: Last year JHS hosted CC on Senior Night and won 34-14. LaRod Stephens scored all five touchdowns for the Trojans in the victory while the Trojan defense held Matt Mesaros in check. Mesaros was only 6-for-19 for 79 yards passing.


WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will be 51 degrees with a 30% chance of showers and winds out of the north at 4 MPH.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 14.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

Tale of the Tape #9

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week nine takes JHS on the road to finish the regular season at Bedford.

SCHOOL: Bedford is a Class AA school with a male enrollment of according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2004-06) is 260. The school district’s website can be viewed at http://www.bedford.k12.pa.us/default.aspx.


COACH: The Bisons are coached by Wes Swaim.

LAST SEASON: Bedford was 9-1 last year. They were the only LHAC team to finish the regular season undefeated, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Bison Stadium

COLORS: Royal Blue and White

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Bedford plays in Section 1 with Forest Hills, Central Cambria, Bedford, Central and Penn Cambria. Aside from JHS, their other non-section opponents are Bishop McCort, Westmont and Somerset.

LAST WEEK'S RESULT: Bedford beat Somerset 35-0 while Johnstown beat Central Cambria 35-21.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans have yet to beat the Bisons since they joined the LHAC in 2001. They are 0-2 all time, losing by a combined score of 50-28. JHS hasn’t played Bedford, a non-section opponent, since 2002. They did play against the Bisons last year in the team’s first preseason scrimmages.

LAST MEETING: These two teams did not play last year, their last meeting was in 2002. Bedford beat JHS 28-12 in week one at Bison Stadium that year.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will 44 degrees and
cloudy at kickoff with a 0% chance of rain.

PREDICTION: Trojans by 7.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

 

Tale of the Tape #10

Tale of the Tape #10

11/4/04

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week ten is the first round of the District 6-AAA playoffs 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 8-1 this year, they were 6-5 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 Bald Eagle Area 34-12 a week ago, while the Trojans fell 40-6 to Bedford.

LAST MEETING: JHS beat Bellefonte last year 35-7 to win their first District 6 title in school history. The Trojans also triumphed over the Red Raiders 40-12 in 1995 at Point Stadium and 32-28 in 1994 at Bellefonte.

WEATHER FORECAST: It will be 57 degrees and partly cloudy at kickoff. There will be a 0% chance of rain with winds out of the southwest at 5 MPH.

PREDICTION: Bellefonte by 14.

Doug Keklak can be reached at doug.keklak@trojannation.net.

 

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