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HS football notes: WHS, Carthage to do fundraising event

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Tonight’s Watertown at Carthage Class A National game is not only the homecoming game for the Comets and the annual Friendship Cup Game, it is also a Team 24 fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

Coaches Vince Williams of Watertown and Sam Millich of Carthage have both agreed, along with their players, to participate in the yearly event. Both teams will wear a “Two Teams, One Cause” tee shirt under their uniforms. The shirt will have both teams helmets on the front with a Friendship Cup date, with Two Teams One Cause on the back.

Tees will be available at the game as well as a donation table, with all proceeds going to the ACS. Additionally, both teams will be addressed by Carthage assistant coach Kirk Ventiquattro, a prostate cancer survivor, about the importance of early prostate cancer screening for men.

Quarterback brutality

The Pennsylvania quarterback who beat an opponent on the head last week with that player’s own helmet may be in even more trouble.

The district attorney in Berks County is examining a video that shows Hamburg (Pa.) High player Joey Cominsky repeatedly throwing a football at a teammate, apparently at the direction of his coach, according to media reports.

The tape shows Cominsky throwing a football at full speed at a teammate pressed against a wall behind a table. Cominsky hit the teen in the chest with his pass, leaving him to crumple in pain. Media reports said the action was reportedly orchestrated by Hamburg head coach Joe Sinkovich, who actively encourages Cominsky.

That follows the on-the-field episode this month in which videotape shows Cominsky pulling the helmet off an opposing lineman and striking him in the head. Authorities are investigating that episode, and Cominsky sat out his team’s game last weekend due to a mandatory one-game suspension connected with his ejection.

Longest streak over

The nation’s longest active football winning streak ended Friday night as Monessen defeated Clairton 42-24 in a matchup of Pennsylvania schools. The loss ended Clairton’s 66-game streak.

Monessen raced to a 28-0 lead and fought off Clairton’s comeback attempts.

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