Football playoffs: St. Vincent-St. Mary, Manchester prepare for tough tests

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

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St. Vincent-St. Mary wide receiver Fransohn Bickley (cq) runs in for a touchdown past Walsh Jesuit defensive back Crissean Caver (cq) during the second quarter of their game at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 in Akron, Ohio. (Karen Schiely /Akron Beacon Journal)

Larry Scott emerged on the football scene last year as a freshman running back.

This year, Scott, a Hubbard sophomore, will be St. Vincent-St. Mary’s problem in a Division III, Region 9 semifinal at Austintown Fitch Falcon Stadium on Saturday.

Scott, who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, led Hubbard (8-3) to a 39-27 victory over host Niles McKinley last week with 203 yards on 23 carries.

He rushed for a 3-yard touchdown and also scored touchdowns on a 70-yard interception return and a 70-yard kickoff return.

“They are big and pretty physical,” St. V-M coach Dan Boarman said. “They have a big offensive line, and a good running back. He is only a sophomore. They are going to run the ball against us. That is their forte. That is their strength and we have to stop it.”

Scott has gained 1,467 yards on 140 carries and rushed for 22 touchdowns this season for coach Brian Hoffman. He has 25 total touchdowns.

Hubbard senior Brandon Harb is an efficient quarterback with 13 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns. Harb has completed 86-of-145 passes for 1,423 yards, and rushed for 796 yards on 146 carries

His top target is junior receiver Darnell Tate, who has 32 receptions for 568 yards. He has also rushed for 433 yards on 35 rushes, and has 16 total touchdowns.

Junior linebackers Dante Booker and Newman Williams guide a St. V-M (9-2) defense that also includes junior linemen Aaron Adkins and Travonte Junius.

The Fighting Irish also have plenty of playmakers on offense and showed it last week with a 49-23 win over host Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.

Senior quarterback Clayton Uecker and senior center Nick Karipides lead the Irish offense.

Uecker has completed 131-of-218 passes for 2,146 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Senior receivers Jordan Hargrove (56 receptions, 882 yards, 11 touchdowns) and Fransohn Bickley (34 receptions, 733 yards, eight touchdowns) both are capable of big plays every time they touch the ball.

Junior Parris Campbell and sophomore Vince Lockett are the top rushers for the Irish. Campbell has 928 yards and 19 touchdowns on 115 carries, and Lockett has 533 yards and eight touchdowns on 100 carries.

Harb and junior Alex Mosora are leaders on a Hubbard defense that also includes seniors Mike Beem and Tyler Korenyi-Both and sophomores Isaiah Scott and Tyler Taafe.

“They have a good, physical defense,” Boarman said. “They have several kids going both ways. We have to be able to do the things that we have done all season. We can run the ball and throw the ball.

‘‘We like to be a balanced offense and take what the defense gives us.”

Panthers meet Warriors

Manchester (8-3) faces its own daunting task against Brookfield (11-0) tonight at 7:30 at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium in a Division IV, Region 13 semifinal.

Senior Ryan Mosora rushed for four touchdowns last week to lead the Warriors to a 38-14 win over Ashtabula Edgewood. He has 25 touchdowns this season. Senior twin brothers Jeremy Quinlan and Jimmy Quinlan are also playmakers for Brookfield.

“They are a really physical team,” Manchester coach Jim France said. “They average 47 points per game and they only give up 11. They came in first in the region. They are, as most teams are at this point in the season, a really good football team. They have two really good runners, a running back and a quarterback. They also have a really good offensive line and defensive line.”

Senior Nick Peyakov leads Manchester at quarterback, kicker and punter. Junior two-way lineman Jake Hanzel and senior receivers Jamar Dukes and Chad Robertson are other Panthers to watch.

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