Ligonier Valley (6-0) at Penns Manor (5-1)
Following a 56-0 win over Saltsburg last week, Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said his Rams would be a decided underdog this week at Penns Manor, which reached the PIAA Class A semifinals.
Not sure people are buying into that notion with the way Ligonier Valley has played, but this Heritage Conference contest is the Rams' toughest test to date and the winner puts itself in position to win the conference title.
The matchup to watch is Ligonier Valley linebacker Stuart Urch, who has 17 sacks for minus-119 yards, against Penns Manor multi-purpose quarterback Danny Ferens.
Ferens has passed for 370 yards and five touchdowns to go with 1,102 rushing yards and 18 scores. Ferens averages 13.6 yards per carry.
Portage (5-1) at Windber (5-1)
A win for Portage not only keeps the Mustangs close to Berlin in the WestPAC standings, it gives Portage a foothold on a second-place finish considering its previous wins over North Star, Blacklick Valley and Shade.
Brothers Cody and Caleb Kephart have been driving forces for Portage. Caleb Kephart, a sophomore, leads a powerful run game with 525 rushing yards. The Mustangs average 277.7 yards per game. Cody Kephart, a senior, has 81 tackles.
A win for Windber helps the Ramblers keep pace with Berlin. Windber's lone loss was in non-conference play against Ligonier Valley.
Junior Devon Tomlinson has done a little of everything for Windber. He's intercepted five passes, rushed for 212 yards and passed for one touchdown in only two attempts. He's also averaging 26.0 yards per punt return.
Greater Johnstown (3-3) at Bishop McCort (4-2)
Records do not matter in this intense rivalry.
Greater Johnstown bounced back from consecutive shutout losses by beating Bedford last week. The Trojans, who've only scored 55 points this season, will want a low-scoring game. That means a ball-control offense and plenty of senior linebacker Dalvin Williams on defense.
Willians is putting together an All-State caliber season. He already has 91 tackles, four sacks, three passes defense, a fumble recovery and a punt block.
Bishop McCort has played well since a Week 3 at Somerset.
An opportunistic defense has been key for the Crushers, who have seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Quarterback Zaine Tomkowski has 957 yards passing.