Name: Luke Shertzer
Shertzer’s week: Shertzer, a 5-foot-10, 165- pound two-way starter, made six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Richland offense in a 28-0 victory over Penn Cambria last Friday in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals. Shertzer was also highly involved on the defensive side.
The cornerback had one interception and two passes defended while spending the majority of the game locked in man coverage against Nathan Keagy, the Panthers’ 6-6 receiver.
“As a defensive back, we think Luke is as good as they come in (the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference) and District 6,” Richland coach Brandon Bailey said. “His ability to make plays is outstanding. He’s a great player and a great kid.”
Shertzer has 37 receptions for 602 yards and six touchdowns on offense. Defensively, Shertzer has 40 tackles and a team-high five interceptions.
“I really couldn’t decide if I like offense or defense better,” Shertzer said. “I don’t like to be off the field. It bothers me.”
One-handed jump start: Richland wanted to get off to a fast start against Penn Cambria, an opponent the Rams had played two weeks prior, and Shertzer delivered.
On the third play of the game, Shertzer reached out with one hand to catch a Matt Shaffer pass, tipped it to himself and ended up outracing the Penn Cambria secondary for a 58-yard touchdown.
“We needed to get off to a fast start. We wanted to get an early lead,” Bailey said. “Luke’s catch really did get us going.”
The play has already grown in legend during the week as top-seeded Richland (11-0) prepares for defending
District 6 Class AA champion Tyrone on Friday night at Richland High School.
“I just remember sticking my one hand out and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to catch it or not,” Shertzer said. “We watched it on film and it looked better than it felt in person.”
The fun bunch: Shertzer plays basketball and runs track, but for him, there’s nothing like being a part of the first Richland team to win a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship.
These Rams are also the first in team history to win their first 11 games of a season.
Part of that success can be attributed to a high-powered, balanced offense that averages more than 400 yards per game and has topped 40 points on four occasions.
“It’s so much fun being a part of this offense,” Shertzer said. “We’ve all been working hard since the spring, and it created a bond. It also helped us know our roles.”
Name: Luke Shertzer
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Name: Luke Shertzer
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Inside the Richland locker room is a goal-oriented checklist. It doesn’t track all of Tanner Solarczyk’s rushing touchdowns or quarterback Matt Shaffer’s completions to talented receivers Kyle Flick and Luke Shertzer.
It’s a defensive checklist, and it’s filling up as fast as the Rams have lit up the scoreboard this season.
McCort, Richland players garner Point Stadium Awards
A dominating performance by a two-way lineman, a seven-touchdown game, and a multi-purpose outing all led to recognition by the Point Stadium Award Committee.
Bishop McCort veteran lineman Gap Barbin received September Point Stadium Award honors for his contributions on both sides of the ball in the Crushers’ 10-6 victory over Forest Hills in a defensive showcase on Sept. 7.
Richland-Penn Cambria rematch highlights Class AA
Since Richland and Penn Cambria last met, a lot has changed in the football landscape in Cresson and in the District 6 Class AA playoff chase.
Richland left Penn Cambria with a 30-12 victory over the Panthers in what proved to be coach Ernie Fetzer’s last game at Penn Cambria. After Fetzer’s sudden resignation, the Panthers (6-4) rallied to halt a four-game skid to score two straight wins and qualify for the
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Former Richland goalie helps defeat Bishop McCort
Rarely does a high school team in any sport travel 149 miles and feel like it’s right at home, especially when its opponent only had to travel six miles to the same state playoff contest.
Tuesday night’s PIAA Class A girls soccer match proved to be an exception. With goalkeeper Hannah Laslo in tow, York Catholic downed Bishop McCort 2-0 at Richland High School’s Herlinger Field.
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Had Saturday’s District 6 Class A girls soccer championship been determined by offensive opportunities instead of the scoreboard, the District 6-A crown may have come to rest on another head.
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