A week after earning its eighth District 3 title, Delone Catholic will seek to take out the District 6-A champion on Friday night.
The Squires (9-3) will travel to Altoona's Mansion Park to take on Bellwood-Antis (12-1) in PIAA Class A state quarterfinal contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Bellwood will have a decided advantage in travel time. Mansion Park is about 10 miles from the Bellwood-Antis campus, while Delone will have a 125-mile journey from McSherrystown.
Bellwood-Antis won its first nine games this season before losing to Richland, 14-7. Richland (13-0) is competing in the state AA playoffs.
Bellwood-Antis' explosive offense (33.5 points a game) features the pass combination of the Worthing brothers, Seth and Cameron, and the running of Casey Gray. Seth Worthing, the Blue Devils' quarterback, has thrown for 1,173 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cameron Worthing, a wide receiver, has grabbed 18 passes for 356 yards (19.8 average). Gray, meanwhile, has racked up 1,695 rushing yards.
Delone Catholic also has an impressive points-per-game average (34.4). The Squires count on a ground game by committee, with three players, Matt Guiffreda, Lance Reneker and Brett Smith, accounting for 1,851 yards. Smith, a veteran quarterback, has delivered 1,077 passing yards and 15 TD passes.
Bellwood-Antis head coach John Hayes, who's in his 33rd season, has 278 career victories for the Blue Devils. Delone head coach Steve Wiles, who also coached at Hanover High School, is an impressive 93-52 at the two schools.
In latest state Class A rankings by the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Bellwood-Antis was ranked No. 5, while Delone Catholic was No. 10.
Delone has never won a state playoff game.
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org.