Dis­trict play­offs to be played to­day

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Dis­trict of­fi­cials de­cided Thurs­day to move Fri­day’s high school foot­ball play­off games due to rain.

When the rain fell — and a lot of it fell — the de­ci­sion seemed a wise one.

What hav­ing no foot­ball on Fri­day does, how­ever, make for a very busy day to­day.

The only game match­ing lo­cal squads is the Dis­trict 11 Class A cham­pi­onship game be­tween Wil­liams Val­ley and Tri- Val­ley. That game will be played at 7 p. m. at Schuylkill Haven’s Ro­tary Field.

North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Mount Carmel and Shamokin will also be in post­sea­son ac­tion to­day.

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SYRA­CUSE, N. Y. — Moe Neal rushed for a ca­reer- best 159 yards and two touch­downs, quar­ter­back Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for an­other, and No. 13 Syra­cuse took ad­van­tage of five Louisville mis­cues to rout the Car­di­nals 54- 23 on Fri­day night.

The Or­ange ( 8- 2, 5- 2 ACC, No. 13 CFP) scored 27 points off five Louisville ( 2- 8, 0- 7 ACC) er­rors, rushed for 292 yards and ac­cu­mu­lated 518 yards of to­tal of­fense. Syra­cuse fin­ished the sea­son un­beaten in six games in the Car­rier Dome for the fourth time since the build­ing opened in 1980.

The Car­di­nals were pe­nal­ized 17 times for 125 yards, and Syra­cuse picked off two Louisville passes. Louisville also lost two fum­bles and their quar­ter­backs, un­der pres­sure most of the game, were sacked five times.

The win sets up a show­down for the Or­ange next Sat­ur­day against No. 3 Notre Dame at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

Syra­cuse has scored 50 or more points in five games this sea­son and tal­lied 30 points in the sec­ond quar­ter alone to put the game out of reach with a 37- 7 half­time lead.

Jarveon Howard gave the Or­ange a 7- 0 lead, scor­ing on a 1- yard run fol­low­ing a 50- yard field goal at­tempt by Blan­ton Creque that was blocked by nose tackle Josh Black.

An in­ter­cep­tion by An­dre Cisco, his fifth pick of the sea­son, set up a 2- yard touch­down run by Dungey.

Neal scored from two yards out fol­low­ing an in­ter­cep­tion by linebacker Kielan Whit­ner.

An­dre Szmyt hit field goals of 39 and 35 yards fol­low­ing two more Car­di­nal mis­takes.

The win was the fourth straight for the surg­ing Or­ange while Louisville lost its sev­enth straight. The eight wins tied the most vic­to­ries for Syra­cuse in a reg­u­lar sea­son since 1998.

The lop­sided mar­gin was pay­back for the Or­ange, who were outscored by Louisville 118- 38 the last two sea­sons.

Dungey, play­ing in his fi­nal home game, was 14- of- 27 for 192 yards and gained 62 yards on the ground. His rush­ing touch­downs gave him 12 for the sea­son.

Louisville’s three quar­ter­backs were a com­bined 14- of31 for 210 yards.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Louisville: The Car­di­nals head home for their fi­nal two games of the year, but the sea­son is lost. Big changes loom for the Car­di­nals and the fu­ture of coach Bobby Petrino is very much in doubt.

Syra­cuse: Th­ese are great times for Or­ange foot­ball. Six wins and a bowl game would have been con­sid­ered a suc­cess­ful sea­son, but Syra­cuse now has loftier goals. Next Sat­ur­day’s matchup against No. 3 Notre Dame is the pro­gram’s big­gest game in years, and the Or­ange’s high­pow­ered of­fense gives them a chance for an up­set.

UP NEXT

Louisville: The Car­di­nals host North Carolina State on Sat­ur­day. The No. 22 Wolf­pack will be smart­ing from their loss to Wake For­est.

Syra­cuse: The Or­ange travel to Yan­kee Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day to play Notre Dame in a game that will go a long way in de­ter­min­ing Syra­cuse’s — and Notre Dame’s — post­sea­son des­ti­na­tion.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Syra­cuse run­ning back Jarveon Howard ( 28) crosses the goal line for a touch­down dur­ing the first half of Fri­day night’s game against Louisville. Syra­cuse won 54- 23.

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