Alex Achenbach, Williams Valley, jr., RB/DB: Achenbach flashed terrific form as Williams Valley battled Loyalsock before tumbling 35-29. In addition to rushing 26 times for 156 yards and two scores, Achenbach caught four passes for 72 yards and another TD as the Vikings rallied from a 27-6 halftime deficit to make things really, really interesting.
Eric Striba, Bangor, sr, QB: Striba did a little bit of everything for the Slaters Friday night against Wilson Area, tossing a pair of touchdowns to wideout Greg Campbell and rushing for another pair on 10 totes for 131 yards in a 34-7 victory against the Warriors.
Luke Stevenosky, Minersville, jr, RB/LB: Stevenosky reached pay dirt three times for the Battlin’ Miners Friday night in a 41-21 victory against Panther Valley. On 14 carries, he topped 100 yards–a 7.1 yards-per-carry average. His effort helped Minersville improve to 4-1 overall
Isaac Whiteash, Williams Valley, sr., QB/DB: Whiteash had a busy night on both sides of the football, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Vikings dropped a 35-29 verdict to Loyalsock – despite trailing 27-6 at halftime. Whiteash completed nine of his 22 throws for 136 yards and one touchdown – he was picked off once – but he also paced Tim Savage’s club with his 15 tackles defensively. Thirteen of those 15 stops were solos.
Ben Dempster, Shenandoah Valley, jr, QB: This is one Dempster will remember for a long time. The junior was a perfect 12-of-12 passing for 253 yards and 6–yes, 6–touchdowns in a 51-20 victory against Hancock.
Jake Scheib, Tri-Valley, sr., RB/DL: Scheib rumbled 14 times for 87 yards and a 10-yard score as Tri-Valley remained unbeaten by fending off Executive Education 19-18. Scheib also came up big defensively, posting his lone quarterback sack on fourth down as the visiting Raptors were knocking on Tri-Valley’s goal line in the final minutes. He also posted five tackles.
Layne Yoder, Tri-Valley, jr., WR/DB: Yoder caught two passes for 28 yards on the offensive side, but he also intercepted a pair of Executive Education passes, returning one 24 yards for a score that played large in Tri-Valley’s 19-18 victory. Yoder’s pick-six, in fact, provided the game-winning points since the Bulldogs were leading 19-12 at that point.