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Crusaders play host to Gators Friday in 9-A playoffs

November 11, 2010

Elk Catholic’s Ricky Pearsall, 3, is shown following his blockers. File photo by Jim Mulcahy

The Elk County Catholic Crusaders football team will open play in the District 9 Class A playoffs Friday night by playing host to the Port Allegany Gators.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Dutch Country Stadium.
The Crusaders of coach Travis Skrzypek enter the playoffs as the second-ranked team out of the Allegheny Mountain Football League (AML) with a 7-2 record.
The Crusaders opened the season with a six-game winning streak, having defeated Cameron County 34-12, Otto-Eldred 56-16, Coudersport 26-21, Port Allegany 27-20, Johnsonburg 34-8 and Kane 27-13.
Elk then lost two straight, 35-14 to Brockway and 28-6 to Curwensville, before closing out their regular season with a 41-0 victory over the Ridgway Elkers.
The Gators enter Friday’s contest as the fourth-ranked team out of the AML, with a 5-4 record.
Port opened the season with a 55-14 victory over the Ridgway Elkers. They then lost to Brockway, 49-34, Curwensville 35-6 and Elk Catholic 27-20.
The Gators went on a three-game winning streak by defeating Otto-Eldred 44-6, Smethport 20-12 and Sheffield 50-6. They lost a 27-21 overtime decision to Cameron County before closing out the regular season with a 39-8 win over Coudersport.
Admission to all District 9 football playoff games is $5 for adults and $2 for students.
For more on this story see the Nov. 11 edition of The Daily Press.

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