Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cambria Heights not fighting history against Tyrone

When it comes to postseason success, there aren't many, if any, programs in District 6 with a better resume than Tyrone.

The Golden Eagles played for the PIAA Class AA football championship last year and won it all in 1999. They're regulars to the postseason picture.

Cambria Heights, meanwhile, is the polar opposite of Tyrone.

When it comes to the playoffs, the Highlanders have, well, they're the No. 5 seed in this year's District 6 Class AA bracket. They're playing at Tyrone on Saturday.

Both teams sport the same 7-3 records, but only one team can advance to the semifinals.

"I've said this numerous times: We don't feel like we're fighting history," Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis said.

What Camrbia Heights is battling is Tyrone team with a standout runner in junior James Oliver, who has 1,669 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns (27 total).

Being able to stop Oliver is more important to Camrbia Heights' chances of advancing to the semifinals than postseason history and tradition. Another thing that should help the Highlanders is the return of senior Ben Myers, who's been out since breaking a thumb against Forest Hills on Sept. 28.

"Every team is so different," Lewis said. "I don't think there's a huge benefit to what Tyrone has done in the past against our history. It's going to be a football game. The past doesn't matter."

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