Football: North Feature Athlete - Northgate's Surron Adams

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Name: Surron Adams
School: Northgate
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Running back/Defensive end

Background: A 5-foot-6, 165-pound running back, Adams rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns on just eight touches last week against Western Beaver. Adams scored on runs of 27, 48 and 1 yards in the Flames' 55-0 Big Seven Conference blowout. Through seven games this season, Adams has rushed for a team-high 767 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's averaging 12.4 yards per carry.


Football: Backfield has special chemistry at Northgate

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Drew Karpen profiles the Northgate football team.

"Through three games, Northgate is 3-0, averaging 46.3 points per game and allowing only eight points per game.

Everything is clicking for the Flames. It almost seems like their chemistry is comparable to the twin effect ... and with good reason.

Twin brothers Stefon and Surron Adams have been the catalyst for the Flames' early success. Northgate is ranked No. 4 in Class 1A and tied with No. 3 Rochester for first place in the Big Seven Conference.

"They are very dynamic and explosive," said coach T.J. Wiley, who is in his second year of his second stint at Northgate. "They both will give you headaches in the backfield."


Football: Northgate off to a hot start

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Early-season success is something Northgate's football program has not experienced in the past few seasons. This year, however, is a different story. The Flames are hot right now and enter Week 4 undefeated with a perfect 3-0 mark in the Class 1A Big Seven Conference.

Last year, Northgate narrowly missed the WPIAL playoffs and finished 5-4 overall with a 3-4 mark in Class A's Black Hills Conference after suffering a 50-49 loss to Avonworth in the final game of the regular season. The Flames began 2015 losing three of their first four games before winning four straight. That experience, however, seems to be paying off this season.

Northgate, which last qualified for the postseason in 2011, returned seven starters on both sides of the ball and is off to its best start since 2012 when the Flames opened their schedule with four consecutive victories. They picked up their third straight win last week with an impressive 58-12 decision over Shenango.


Football: Northgate grad enjoying a 'flow-for-all' season at Westminster

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Joe Bendel profiles Northgate graduate Mac Quinn, who is a standout football player at Westminster.

"In reviewing game film, the Westminster College coaching staff regularly notices the flowing locks and double-XL white gloves of senior linebacker Mac Quinn dominating the screen.

So much so that it earned the Northgate High School graduate a nickname.

"They call me, 'Hair and Gloves,'" said Quinn, a mighty tackler who amassed 113 stops last fall and has 13 this season. "You see those two things showing up so much. I like to be all over the place, in the middle of it all."

For the Titans (2-0), Quinn is the man in the middle of one of the top defenses in Division III football."


Alumni Update - Jonathan Gusew (Edinboro)

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference today released its preseason coaches poll for men's cross country.  TheGusew Boro 16-team PSAC Men's Cross Country Coaches Preseason poll features Shippensburg as the preseason favorite, with Edinboro sitting in fourth place.


Shippensburg garnered 12 of the 16 first-place votes, with Lock Haven picking up the other four first-place votes. A year ago, Lock Haven won the PSAC championship with Shippensburg finishing second. Indiana(Pa.) is picked to finish third, with the Fighting Scots in fourth. Slippery rock rounds out the top five.  


Edinboro will be under the direction of first-year head coach Ryan Foster, who previously served as an assistant coach at Penn State. He takes over a Fighting Scots team which finished fifth a year ago at the PSAC Championships, but then came in third at the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional to earn a spot at the NCAA Division II National Championships.


Foster can rely on a pair of All-PSAC performers in his first season. Senior Jonathan Gusew earned second team honors for the second straight year thanks to a 21st place finish.

The Northgate graduate went on to earn All-Region accolades for the first time thanks to a 16th-place showing.


(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)