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Penn Cambria's Jon Mulhearn rushed for 101 yards last week in a win over Forest Hills.

Ernie Fetzer doesn’t expect a letdown after Penn Cambria’s dramatic victory at LHAC rival Forest Hills last week.

Too much is riding on the Panthers’ Friday night game at Richland’s Herlinger Field.

“We still have a lot at stake,” Fetzer said of his 6-1 team that is ranked fourth in District 5-6 Class AA. “At this stage of the game, with the playoffs, every game is vital. It was a great win last week, but we still have a lot of things to do.”

Penn Cambria clinched the LHAC Section I crown as the only 5-0 team. Last week’s 34-30 win at Forest Hills secured the title and improved the Panthers’ chances in the district playoff chase.

Forest Hills led 12-0 on its home field until Penn Cambria bounced back to lead 26-12. Penn Cambria held off a late Forest Hills charge en route to its sixth consecutive win after losing in Week 1 to Johnstown.

“On tape they look pretty imposing,” said Richland coach Brandon Bailey, whose 3-4 Rams have dropped four straight. “It certainly will be a challenge for our injury-riddled team. We finished the game on Friday without any seniors on the field defensively. Some of them will be back and some of them won’t.

“Penn Cambria is big and they’re physical. They execute very well. They only run seven plays, but they run those seven plays really well.”

Penn Cambria’s Matt Holsberger has an area-best 144 points, including 20 touchdowns. The senior has rushed for 854 yards on 142 carries. On defense, he made a team-best 81 tackles.

Last week, Jon Mulhearn had a team-high 101 rushing yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Quarterback George Klayko, who has 543 passing yards, tossed touchdown passes of 5 yards to Luke Geisbrecht and 38 to Bobby Glenn in the win at Forest Hills.

“I think our offense starts with Matt Holsberger,” Fetzer said. “He’s certainly an outstanding running back. The other kids have really stepped it up, even some of the younger underclassmen. I think our whole team is really playing well.”

Junior quarterback Marco Pecora leads Richland with 1,362 passing yards and 216 rushing yards. The Rams’ Dan Fenton tops the area with 578 receiving yards on 36 catches.

“Pecora is a great quarterback and a great athlete,” Fetzer said. “That’s the thing that’s really scary when you face them. He has the ability to run and throw the ball. He’s got an incredibly strong arm. They have some good receivers.”

With 740 points, Penn Cambria trails Tyrone (950), Bishop McCort (830) and Marion Center (760) in 5-6 Class AA. The Panthers’ closest threats are Philipsburg (640), Bedford (630), Forest Hills (630) and Westmont (460). Richland is 12th with 310 points.

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