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2006 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’s opponent is 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 (2006-08) is 242. The school district’s website can be viewed at www.pcam.org.

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

LAST SEASON: Penn Cambria was 6-4 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, Westmont, Johnstown and Richland.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 the Trojans are 2-1 against the Panthers. Last year was the first time PC beat the Trojans. JHS has outscored PC 50-22 in three meetings with an average margin of victory of 21 points.

LAST MEETING: The upstart Panthers defeated the Trojans 22-8 a year ago.

WEATHER FORECAST: Bring an umbrella or a poncho as there is a 70% chance of rain in the forecast at kickoff time according to weather.com. It will be 65 degrees with winds from the ENE at 12 mph. Could be a very interesting night. Thanks Ernesto!!!

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'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 (2006-08) is 274. 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 second year at the controls of the CC program.

LAST SEASON: Central Cambria was 2-7 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 Richland, Bishop Carroll and Somerset. They will also play Westmont in a week ten contest.

LAST WEEK'S RESULT: Both squads started off the season with a win. JHS defeated Penn Cambria 14-6 while Central Cambria beat Somerset 27-7.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 2-1 against the Red Devils since they joined the LHAC in 2001. The Trojans have outscored the Red Devils by a slim 76-70 points. The Trojans’ average margin of victory against CC has been 17 points.

LAST MEETING: Last year JHS beat CC on Senior Night and won 35-21. Antwuan Reed had 12 carries for 137 yards, Aaron Brezovic had 3 sacks and Ben Landis was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points in the win.


WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will be 69 degrees and partly cloudy at kickoff. Winds will be from the southwest at 3 MPH and there is 0% chance of rain. MUCH nicer than last week!

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 (2006-08) is 268. The school district’s website can be viewed at http://westy.jtwn.k12.pa.us/

COACH: The Hilltoppers are coached by Darren McLaurin.

LAST SEASON: Westmont was 6-4 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 Forest Hills, Cambria Heights, Central and Penn Cambria. They also have a week ten game against Central Cambria.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Both squads won a week ago, the Trojans trounced Central Cambria 46-27 and Westy had an easy time with Cambria Heights, 39-0.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001, they are 2-3 against Westmont. The Trojans have been outscored by the Hilltoppers 106-100. The average margin of victory in the two Trojan wins is 16 points. The average margin of defeat in the two loses is 12.66 points.

LAST MEETING: The Hilltoppers beat the Trojans for the second year in a row last season as they won 27-14 on a PCN game of the week. Nick McCloskey had 186 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns while Brad Kanuch rushed for 115 yards, scored on a 75-yard run and a 73-yard pass reception to lead the way for Westy. Brandon Hody was 12-for-21 passing for 141 yards and 1 touchdown. He was picked off once as well.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to weather.com there will be a 30% chance of rain at kickoff. The temperature should be around 67 degrees with winds from the north a 4 MPH.

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 take to short trip to Richland.

SCHOOL: Richland is a Class AA 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 (2006-08) is 209. The school’s athletic website is www.richlandrams.org.

COACH: The Rams are coached by Brandon Bailey

LAST SEASON: The Rams were 4-6 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, Central Cambria, Cambria Heights and Central. They’ll also play Freedom Village (NY) in week ten.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Richland defeated Bishop Carroll 22-14 while Johnstown beat Westmont 14-8.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001, the Rams have yet to beat the Trojans. They are 0-5 against JHS and have been outscored 150-33, losing each meeting by an average of margin of defeat of about 23.4 points. The average score of the contest is JHS 30, Richland 6.6.

LAST MEETING: Last year the Trojans beat the Rams 40-14 at Trojan Stadium. Antwuan Reed carried the ball 10 times for 111 yards and 1 touchdown. He also returned an interception for a touchdown on defense for the Trojans.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will be 63 degrees and mostly cloudy at kickoff with 20% chance of showers and winds out of the south, southeast at 7 MPH.

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 (2006-08) is 376. 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 0-9 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, Cambria Heights, Central Cambria and Bedford. They are also slated to play Indian Valley on week ten.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: Somerset lost 29-12 to Westmont while JHS beat Richland 40-13.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 they have had their way with Somerset. The Golden Eagles are 0-5 all-time against JHS in LHAC play. They have been outscored by the Trojans 181-41, losing each meeting by an average margin of defeat of 28 points. The average score is JHS 36.2, Somerset 8.2.

LAST MEETING: JHS beat Somerset 35-14 at Trojan Stadium last year. Brandon Hody hit Xavier Thomas twice on touchdown passes. Adonis Jackson returned a kickoff 96 yards to the house and Antwuan Reed returned a fumble 65 yards for touchdown in the rout. Kicker Ben Landis was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points.

WEATHER FORECAST: It will be 53 degrees with a 20 percent chance of rain at kickoff Saturday night. Winds will be from south, southeast at 8 MPH.

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 sees the Trojans host 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 (2006-08) is 100. Only three schools have a lower enrollment in District 6 (Ferndale and Blacklick Valley with 85 and Williamsburg with 76). The school’s website can be viewed at www.bishopcarroll.com.

COACH: The Huskies are coached by Craig Sponsky.

LAST SEASON: Bishop Carroll was 12-1 last season.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: DeGol Stadium, St. Francis University

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 lost to Westmont 42-7 while the Trojans won big against Somerset unit 47-19.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 1-4 against the Huskies since joining the LHAC. The Huskies have outscored the Trojans 103-61 in five meetings thus far. The average score of the game has been BC 20.6, JHS 12.2. BC’s margin of victory in their four wins has been 19.25 points.

LAST MEETING: BC beat JHS 24-0 in a game played at Penn Cambria Stadium. It was the first time the Trojans were shutout since 2002. Brock Lauer was the star for BC. The QB threw for 3 touchdowns and ran the other one in on the ground as he executed the Huskies’ spread offense to near perfection.

WEATHER: At kickoff it will be a tad chilly, Weather.com is calling for 46 degrees and mostly sunny at 7pm in Johnstown. Just a 10% chance of rain and winds from the northeast at 7 mph.

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: Point Stadium

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, Bedford and Forest Hills.

LAST WEEK’S RESULT: McCort beat Westmont 36-0 while the Trojans defeated Bishop Carroll 35-9.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: Since JHS has joined the LHAC in 2001 Bishop McCort has the upper hand, winning four of the teams’ five meetings. However, the Trojans-Crushers rivalry pre-dates JHS’ entry in to the conference. All-time, JHS is 15-6-1 against Bishop McCort. All-time, the Trojans have outscored the Crushers 544-213 however since 2001 the Crushers have outscored the Trojans 86-47.

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. Crusher QB Mike Sheridan was 11-for-17 for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. Myron Coleman returned a punt 81 yards for a score for the Trojans in the loss.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will be 40 degrees and clear at kickoff with only a 10% chance of rain. Winds will be from the southwest at 16 mph.

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 has JHS taking on the Bisons of Bedford.

SCHOOL: Bedford is a District 5 Class AA school with a male enrollment of according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2006-08) is 301. 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 7-3 last year.

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, Bishop Carroll and Somerset. They also play Chestnut Ridge on week ten.

LAST WEEK'S RESULT: Bedford beat Cambria Heights 40-13 while Johnstown lost 30-0 to Bishop McCort.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans have yet to beat the Bisons since they joined the LHAC in 2001. They are 0-3 all time, losing by a combined score of 90-34. The Bisons average margin of victory has been 18.66 points. The average score has been Bedford 30, JHS 11.333.


LAST MEETING: The Bisons destroyed the Trojans 40-6 on a rainy night in Bedford a year ago. Kyler Ford and Jesse Feaster each had 2 touchdowns for the Bisons.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will 59 degrees with a 40% chance of rain at kickoff. Winds will be 6 MPH from the south, southwest.

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 take on the Forest Hills Rangers.


SCHOOL: Forest Hills is a Class AA school located in Sidman with a male enrollment of according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2006-08) is 337. They are the highest enrolled school in District 6-AA and were just one boy away from being in Class AAA for the current period.


COACH: The Rangers are coached by Don Bailey.

LAST SEASON: FH was 11-2 last year. They were eliminated from the PIAA playoffs by eventual state champions South Park.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: G.H. Miller Memorial Field

COLORS: Forest Green and Gold

LHAC SECTION AND FUTURE OPPONENTS: Forest Hills plays in Section 1 with Cambria Heights, 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: Forest Hills beat Somerset 39-13 while Johnstown beat Bedford 20-14.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 1-2 against the Rangers. FH has outscored JHS 59-12. Their average margin of victory is 29.5 points.

LAST MEETING: These two teams did not play last year, their last meeting was the season opener in 2003. JHS beat FH 12-0 that year. LaRod Stephens-Howling, then a junior, rushed for 219 yards in the victory that stunned many of the Forest Hills faithful. At the time, it was only their third home shutout loss since 1989. They had only lost nine times had home since 1990 at the time of that game.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will 37 degrees with an 80% chance of rain at kickoff.


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

 

Tale of the Tape #10

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week ten wraps up the regular season and takes JHS on the road to face Tyrone.

SCHOOL: Tyrone is a Class AA school with a male enrollment of according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2006-08) is 254.

COACH: John Franco coaches the Golden Eagles

LAST SEASON: Tyrone was 10-1 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Gray Veteran’s Memorial Field

COLORS: Orange and black

CONFERENCE: Tyrone plays in the Nittany Division of the Mountain Athletic Football Conference. Their conference mates are Philipsburg-Osceola, Bellwood-Antis, Bald Eagle Area, Bishop Guilfoyle and Penns Valley. The Nittany Division is the small school division of the MAFC (Class AA and A schools). The Seven Mountains Division is the large school division (AAA). They played Huntingdon, Lewistown, Indian Valley and Bellefonte as non-division games.

LAST WEEK'S RESULT: Bedford beat Somerset 35-0 while Johnstown lost to Forest Hills 20-14.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 2-0 all-time versus Tyrone. Tyrone has never scored a point against Johnstown, but those games are ancient history. JHS beat Tyrone 26-0 in 1933 and 34-0 in 1934.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will 32 degrees and
cloudy at kickoff.

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

 

Tale of the Tape #11

Each week on Friday Trojan Nation will give statistics and facts on the opponent the Trojans will face. Week eleven is the first round of the District 6-AAA playoffs. Johnstown hosts Hollidaysburg.

SCHOOL: Hollidaysburg is a Class AAA school with a male enrollment of according to the PIAA for the current classification period (2006-08) is 532. They are the largest AAA team in District 6.

COACH: John Barton coaches the Golden Tigers

LAST SEASON: Hollidaysburg was 3-7 last year.

HOME FIELD/STADIUM: Tiger Stadium

COLORS: Navy Blue and White

CONFERENCE: Formerly a member of the Mid-Penn Conference, Commonwealth Division, the Tigers dropped from AAAA to AAA in 2006 and played an independent schedule this year. Next year they will be part of the MAFC’s expansion. They will join the Seven Mountains Division while Central will join the Nittany Divison. Bishop Guilfoyle will leave the MAFC and join the LHAC.

LAST WEEK'S RESULT: Hollidaysburg beat Chambersburg 42-16 while Johnstown lost to Tyrone 35-7.

HISTORY AGAINST JOHNSTOWN: The Trojans are 3-1 all time against Hollidaysburg. Their last meeting was in 1989 in the District 6-AAAA Championship Game. The Tigers beat the Trojans 24-0 that game. The previous games were in 1922-1924.

WEATHER FORECAST: According to Weather.com it will be 44 degrees with a 70% chance of rain at kickoff. Winds will be 17 MPH from the west, northwest.

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

 

 

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