It’s sectional semifinal week which means sectionals for Class 5A and 6A get underway after a week off. There are few players that should be fully rested and ready to shine, while there are others in the lower classes who excelled last week are prepared to do it again to propel their team into a sectional title game.
Here are five players to watch this week:
Camden Herschberger, Carroll vs. Penn
The Chargers cruised to an SAC title and did so with a powerful offense. Herschberger’s production out wide helped make this a very dangerous offense. As one of Jimmy Sullivan’s favorite targets, Herschberger finished the regular season with 40 receptions, 556 yards and five touchdowns. The Kingsmen defense has allowed 20 or more points three times this season and gave up a touchdown or less in the final four weeks of the season. It might be the best defense Carroll has faced all season, so the Sullivan-Herschberger combination better be locked in and ready to go.
Tobias Tippmann, Bishop Dwenger vs. Snider
When the Saints and Panthers met in Week 8, Tippmann was one of very few highlights on offense for Bishop Dwenger in a 28-0 loss. He rushed for 65 yards on 13 carries. Tippman is the team’s leading rusher with 375 yards and six scores. Dwenger needs its running game to get going to give themselves a better chance to take down Snider this time around.
Brock Schott, Leo vs. East Noble
The Lions survived a scare from South Side in the first round. Schott was the one who came up huge for Leo’s defense. He finished with a game-high four sacks. Schott also made an impact on offense with a 29-yard touchdown reception right before halftime to put the Lions up eight. Schott excelled on both sides of the ball against the Knights earlier this season. He finished with four tackles, a sack and three receptions.
Ryan Tester, Adams Central vs. South Adams
Tester had his best game of the year against the rival Starfires in their first matchup during the regular season, which ended in a 49-20 win for the Flying Jets. In the victory, Tester rushed for a game-high 174 yards on eight carries with a touchdown. Tester is just one of many options for Adams Central who can have a big running night, and the Jets rushed for 460 yards against South Adams last time. Tester can break off a huge gain any time the ball is put in his hands.
Robert Koskie, Garrett vs. Yorktown
The Railroaders made strides towards the end of the season and Koskie has big reason why they are still playing football into late October. He surpassed the 1,200 yards for the season after rushing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns against Bellmont last week. Koskie had six games in which he’s rushed for over 100 yards, and he has a total of 14 touchdowns. Garrett is a big underdog tonight against the Tigers, so they’ll need another big night from Koskie to keep their season alive.