Welcome to Week 9 of the iPreps LIVE blog, where we will provide commentary, WPIAL football game updates and the running Twitter feed from the #TribHS sports staff on your right.
— Kevin Gorman (@KGorman_Trib) October 24, 2014
To get ready for pre-game, listen to the podcast of today’s The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring guests John Fedko of WPXI Skylights previewing Friday’s top games, the Trib’s Chris Harlan to discuss the Game of the Week between West Allegheny and Central Valley and interviews with Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak and RB Austin Kemp:
Bethel Park 26, Baldwin 13
Penn Hills 22, Woodland Hills 15
Upper St. Clair 49, Mt. Lebanon 14
Altoona 42, Connellsville 6
McKeesport 48, Kiski Area 7
Penn-Trafford 49, Norwin 0
Plum 42, Latrobe 7
Central Catholic 55, Butler 14
North Allegheny 31, North Hills 7
Seneca Valley 41, Shaler 12
Hempfield 56, Fox Chapel 21
Pine-Richland 48, Peters Township 21
Belle Vernon 35, Elizabeth Forward 11
Laurel Highlands 49, Albert Gallatin 21
Ringgold 49, Trinity 14
Thomas Jefferson 52, West Mifflin 20
Franklin Regional 35, Gateway 10
Indiana 21, Hollidaysburg 7
Knoch 44, Yough 0
Mars 20, Hampton 14
Ambridge 40, Chartiers Valley 35
Central Valley 28, West Allegheny 17
Montour 34, Moon Area 6
New Castle 49, Hopewell 0
Blackhawk 21, Canon-McMillan 13
Greensburg Salem 35, Uniontown 21
Apollo-Ridge 64, Burrell 20
Freeport 39, Valley 30
Highlands 41, Shady Side Academy 36
Kittanning 43, Ford City 6
West Shamokin 34, Deer Lakes 20
East Allegheny 18, Carlynton 0
Seton-La Salle 20, Keystone Oaks 7
South Fayette 40, Quaker Valley 21
South Park 48, Sto-Rox 8
Steel Valley 49, South Allegheny 7
Burgettstown 28, Brownsville 7
Mt. Pleasant 45, Southmoreland 8
Washington 27, McGuffey 14
Waynesburg 28, Derry 19
Aliquippa 56, Beaver Falls 6
Beaver 49 at Ellwood City 12
Laurel 63, Summit Academy 20
New Brighton 42, Mohawk 27
Freedom 28, Charleroi 18
Neshannock 48, Union 19
Riverside 52, Vincentian Academy 14
Clairton 54, Leechburg 6
Jeannette 36, Greensburg Central Catholic 0
Serra Catholic 38, Wilkinsburg 36
Avonworth 24, Northgate 7
Brentwood 43, Bishop Canevin 19
Chartiers-Houston 31, Fort Cherry 28
Avella 62, West Greene 15
Beth-Center 48, Bentworth 7
Frazier 34, California 12
Jefferson-Morgan 12, Carmichaels 0
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 49, Shenango 16
Mapletown 24, Monessen 6
Rochester 46, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 13
Allderdice 40, Carrick 12
Blairsville 49, United 13
Homer-Center 19, Ligonier Valley 14
Northern Cambria 24, Saltsburg 14
Penns Manor 28, Purchase Line 19
St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 36, Marion Center 16
From Kevin Gorman at D.L. Clark Building (Trib HQ):
After an early scare, No. 1 in WPIAL Class AA survives:
— Gary Horvath (@GHorvath_Trib) October 25, 2014
UPSET ALERT: One of the unbeatens falls, as Mars defeats Hampton, 20-14, in overtime in the Greater Allegheny. This should seal the notion that two Parkway Conference teams will be among the top three seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, regardless of the Central Valley-West Allegheny game.
CLAIRTON, FOR THE RECORD: David Whipkey reports from Neil C. Brown Stadium that Clairton has taken a 48-6 lead over Leechburg late in the second quarter, making the Bears the first team in state history to score 600 points in a nine-game regular season. This, despite star WR Aaron Mathews sitting out with a minor knee injury.
— Gary Horvath (@GHorvath_Trib) October 25, 2014
1st half stats: SF-Brumbaugh 22-31-210 yds 2 TDs. Hayes 6 car 60 yds TD. QV-Jackson 5-9-72 yds, 12 car 69 yds 2 TDs, Marshall 9 car 55 yds
— Gary Horvath (@GHorvath_Trib) October 25, 2014
Video of former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis gives a motivational speech to Derry High School Football Team http://t.co/skUUGydroR
— Barry Reeger (@blreeger) October 24, 2014
IT’S TIME FOR RIVALRY WEEK!
Updates from our #TribHS reporters:
Penn Hills at Woodland Hills
From Ed Phillipps at Turtle Creek Stadium (aka Wolvarena): No score at the Wolvarena after the first quarter. The Indians put together a nice drive highlighted by a 44-yard run by QB Billy Kisner, but the Wolverines’ Amon Baldwin-Youngblood stuffed Te’Shan Campbell on a fourth-and-1 at the Woodland Hills 33 to halt the threat. … At halftime, the score is tied 7-7. The Wolverines got on the board first when Penn State recruit Miles Sanders punched it in from 2 yards out. Penn Hills answered with a 41-yard strike from Kisner to Christian Randall-Posey. … The Wolverines have a 15-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. Kisner hit Greg Hoolahan for a 19-yard score to give the Indians a lead. With 15 seconds remaining in the quarter, Sanders broke loose for a 52-yard run and Jo-El Shaw ran in the conversion. … Milan Smith scores on a 1-yard run to finish off an 11-play, 66-yard drive to provide the game-winning points, 22-15. … Cody Allen stripped Wolverines quarterback Jeremiah Jones of the ball and Greg Hoolahan recovered with 2:23 remaining to seal the win. FINAL SCORE: Penn Hills 22, Woodland Hills 15.
It’s a Pink Out at Newman Stadium for North Allegheny-North Hills:
Little bit of everything here at NA. Sr Night. Pink Out. Tigers, North Hills warming up. Kickoff at 7:30. pic.twitter.com/wnv8PsWdku
— Bill West (@BWest_Trib) October 24, 2014
North Hills at North Allegheny
From Bill West at Newman Stadium: North Allegheny converts on back to back third downs, the latter of which is an 8-yard TD pass from Jeff Clemens to Paul Blendinger and the Tigers lead North Hills, 7-0, with 1:52 left in the first quarter. … In a methodical first quarter, Clemens completed 4 of 9 pass attempts for 57 yards. A 29-yard throw converted a third-and-18 at North Hills’ 38, and an 8-yard completion led to a touchdown on third down. North Hills managed just 16 yards of offense and no first downs in the opening quarter. … NA’s Clay Byerly returns an interception 42 yds to the North Hills 2, and Mike Pope scores on 2-yd run. Then NA pulls off 2-point conversion for a 15-0 lead with 6:37 left in the half. … North Allegheny about to possibly put North Hills in a big hole. NA at NH’s 2 following a 76-yd screen pass to RB Josh Bergman. North Allegheny moved backward from there but still came away with a 24-yard field goal by Seth Mancuso. … North Allegheny QB Clemens sneaks for 1-yd TD and Tigers lead North Hills 25-0 w/ 5:17 left in 3rd qtr. Key to NA’s 65-yd TD drive was a 38-yd run by Mike Pope. Pope fumbled at end of run, but ball went out of bounds at North Hills’ 11. … North Hills wildcat QB Kindhal Taylor w/ a 22-yd keeper to end NA’s shutout bid. Tigers lead 31-7 w/ 4:18 left. FINAL SCORE: North Allegheny 31, North Hills 7.
— Nathan Smith (@NSmith_Trib) October 24, 2014
Norwin at Penn-Trafford
From Nathan Smith at Warrior Stadium: Devin Austin scores on a 1-yard run. Penn-Trafford up 7-0 in the first quarter. … Austin runs it in from 15 yards out for his 2nd score of the night. Penn-Trafford leads Norwin 14-0 late in the 1st quarter. … Jonah Lisbon puts Penn-Trafford up 21-0 early in the 2nd quarter with a 5-yard run. Norwin has yet to get a first down. … Austin scores his 3rd touchdown of the game and we’re not even halfway through the 2nd. Penn-Trafford up 28-0. … Tim Vecchio returns an interception 35 yards to extend the Penn-Trafford lead over Norwin to 35-0. … Brett Laffoon finds Austin Zegarelli in the end zone for another score. Penn-Trafford leads Norwin 42-0 with 3:31 until halftime. FINAL SCORE: Penn-Trafford 49, Norwin 0.
— Chris Harlan (@CHarlan_Trib) October 24, 2014
Central Valley’s C.J. Powell makes a catch
Powell and West Allegheny’s Christian Stout fight for the ball
West Allegheny at Central Valley
From Chris Harlan at Sarge Albert Stadium: Parkway Conference rivals waited 11 months for this rematch of last season’s WPIAL Class AAA championship … won by West A, 16-6. … West Allegheny leads 14-0 early in the first quarter after two quick touchdowns. The first, a 30-yard run by Chayse Dillon, came after Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead fumbled the opening kickoff. Tyler Scanlon added a 55-yard touchdown catch with 7:44 left in the first quarter. … Between West A’s scores, Whitehead had a 69-yard touchdown run negated by an illegal procedure penalty. … CV’s B.J. Powell caught a 14-yard TD from Johnny George with 5:10 left in the first quarter. The teams have combined to score on three of the first four possessions. … Central Valley ties it 14-14 with a 39-yard TD run by George with 1:55 left in the first quarter. … WA’s DJ Opsatnik kicks a 43-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead at 5:15 2Q. … Central Valley 21, West Allegheny 17: Whitehead runs 8 yards for a score, giving the Warriors their first lead at 6:39 3Q. … On third-and-8, Central Valley tries a flea flicker. Whitehead spins out of the grasp of a West Allegheny defender to throw a desperation pass into the arms of George at the 1. The Warriors score on Preston Johnson’s 1-yard run for a 28-17 lead with 1:06 left. FINAL SCORE: Central Valley 28, West Allegheny 17.
West Mifflin at Thomas Jefferson
From Mark Kaboly at Thomas Jefferson Stadium: TJ star tailback Austin Kemp, who dislocated his left shoulder last week at Franklin Regional, is dressed. … On the game’s second play, West Mifflin star DiAngelo Mitchell goes 69 yards for a touchdown. (Mitchell entered the game 52 yards behind Kemp for the WPIAL regular-season rushing lead). … Kemp doesn’t start the game for the Jaguars. … Ryan Scanlon’s 2-yard run caps a nine-play, 68-yard drive to tie it at 7-7 with 6:45 left. Scanlon ran eight times for 52 yards on the drive. … Following a Kevin Garbark interception return of 55 yards, Karlyn Garner scores on a 3-yard run to give Titans a 14-7 lead with 3:29 left in the half. … Scanlon scores on a 53-yard run to tie it at 14-14 with 1:10 left in the first. Scanlon now has 12 carries for 124 yards and a TD. No sign of Austin Kemp yet. … Quinton Hill scores on a 39-yard run to give TJ a 21-14 lead with 9:52 left in the half. TJ already has 208 yards rushing. … Hill scores on a 1-yard run for a 28-14 TJ lead. Kemp signals to TJ coach Bill Cherpak with the ball at the WM 1 to go in, but is ignored. … Hill scores on a 54-yard run for a 35-14 lead with 2:54 left in the half. Scanlon has rushed for 137 yards, Hill for 115, as TJ has 300 yards rushing. … At halftime, Thomas Jefferson 38, West Mifflin 14. Hill has 13 carries for 139 yards and 3 TDs, while Scanlon has 15 for 137 and 2 TDs. Mitchell has 6f for 86. Total yards: TJ 324, WM 121. … Hill scores his 4th TD of game for a 45-14 TJ lead. Hill has 197 yards, Scanlon 137 before leaving in the 2nd quarter (shoulder) as TJ has 406 yards rushing. 524 left in 3rd. NO KEMP. … TJ leads, 52-14, as Hill has 221 yards, Scanlon 137 and Pahanish 97. FINAL SCORE: Thomas Jefferson 52, West Mifflin 20.
Gateway at Franklin Regional
From Michael Love at Franklin Regional HS Stadium: Jacob Ross goes 32 yards for a touchdown with 9:20 left in the first quarter, as Franklin Regional takes a 7-0 lead over Gateway. … The Gators answer with 1:18 to play in the first quarter as Larry Thompson finds John Horner in the end zone on a 15-yard TD hookup to tie the game, 7-7. The touchdown was set up by a 75-yard punt return from Malik Burks. … Ross does it again. He rambles 57 yards for a touchdown at the 11:14 mark of the second quarter. James Young’s PAT kick makes it 14-7 Franklin Regional over Gateway. … Franklin Regional turns an interception by Panthers defensive back Jordan Kestler into a touchdown. Brett Zanotto goes in from 1 yard with 8:03 left until halftime. Young’s PAT makes it 21-7. … Note: On Gateway’s touchdown in the first quarter, Michael Loffredo was the quarterback who threw the TD pass. There was a uniform change, and Loffredo is wearing No. 13 this evening. … Gateway’s Arrington Johns makes a leaping one-handed interception of Franklin Regional quarterback Santino Birty in the end zone. Gators move down the field, and Jordan Washington boots a 36-yard field goal with 19 seconds left until halftime. Franklin Regional 21, Gateway 10. … Dom Giannangeli scores on a 24-yard touchdown run at 6:19 of the third quarter. Franklin Regional leads Gateway, 28-10. Scoring drive set up by a Zanotto interception of Gateway’s Roy’Quez McNair at the Gateway 41. FINAL SCORE: Fraklin Regional 35, Gateway 10.
Beaver Falls at Aliquippa
From Brian Duermeyer at Carl A. Aschman Stadium (aka The Pit): Aliquippa fumbled a short opening kick and Beaver Falls recovered, but Stephon McGinnis made a one-handed interception in the end zone (his second in as many weeks since being ruled eligible to play after transferring from Ambridge). … Kaezon Pugh scores on a 9-yard run for a 7-0 Quips lead. … Beaver Falls answers, as Neshaud Akins scores on a 22-yard run but the conversion fails and Quips lead, 7-6. … Darrien Fields throws a 27-yard TD pass to Chris Banks to give Aliquippa a 14-6 lead. … Aliquippa recovers a Beaver Falls fumble, and DiMontae Bronaugh scores on a 21-yard run for a 21-6 lead. … Beaver Falls fumbles again, this time inside the Quips’ 10. Beaver Falls now has three turnovers (an interception in the end zone and two fumbles). … Fields hits Patrick Anderson for a 27-yard scoring pass to give Quips a 28-6 lead with 1:01 left in the half. … McGinnis scores on a 74-yard punt return as time expires to give Aliquippa a 34-6 halftime lead. If you’re keeping track at home, the Ambridge transfer now has two picks and a punt return for a TD in six quarters. … Bobby Cashaw scores on a 36-yard pass from Fields for a 41-6 lead to get the mercy rule clock running. … Bronaugh scores on a 27-yard run for a 48-6 lead with eight minutes left. … Bronaugh finishes with 103 yards and two TDs for MVP honors. FINAL SCORE: Aliquippa 56, Beaver Falls 6.
Southmoreland at Mt. Pleasant
From Jason Black at Vikings Stadium: Mt. Pleasant takes a 7-0 lead on a 59-yard pass from Johnny Yester to LJ Sutton. … Trevor Salopek scores on an 86-yard run for a 14-0 Vikings lead, quickly putting Southmoreland’s hopes of making the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 1979 in jeopardy. … Chris Wagner’s 1-yard run gives Mt. Pleasant a 21-0 lead. … Sutton scores on a 28-yard pass from Yester for a 28-0 lead. … Bednar kicks a 28-yard field goal for a 31-0 lead. … Kyle Halterman’s 40-yard run makes it 38-0. … Halterman’s 24-yard run gives Mt. Pleasant a 45-0 lead. … Southmoreland’s Jake Pisula scores on an 85-yard run to cut it to 45-8. FINAL SCORE: Mt. Pleasant 45, Southmoreland 8.
In the final game between Ford City and Kittanning, which will merge to form Armstrong High…
Nick Bowers in uniform and warming up for Kittanning. His left leg is fully wrapped, but he is going through a complete warm-up.
— Matt Grubba (@Grubba_Trib) October 24, 2014
Didn't see who is for Ford City, but Kittanning assistant Brad Bowers (Nick's dad) is mic'ed up for the SI video cameras tonight.
— Matt Grubba (@Grubba_Trib) October 24, 2014
Ford City at Kittanning
From Matt Grubba at Ullom Field: Kittanning players were waiting for Ford City players as they ran onto the field. No problems but definitely some words and bumps exchanged. Rivalry time! … The man for whom the field is named, David “Red” Ullom, is standing with Kittanning players for the ceremonial coin toss. The Wildcats will receive. … Braydon Toy to Logan Slagle for a 20-yard touchdown on fourth-and-8 to give Wildcats a 7-0 lead. … Dawson Porter strikes back for the Sabers, scoring on an 84-yard kick return. The PAT is blocked, so Kittanning leads, 7-6. … Zane Dudek scores on a 13-yard run for a 14-6 Kittanning lead, and the Wildcats recover the ensuing squib kick. … Dudek scores again, this time on an 11-yard run, for a 22-6 lead. … Nick Bowers comes in for the red zone chance and catches a 5-yard TD. 29-6, Kittanning. … Dukek scores on a plunge before the half, giving Kittanning a 36-6 lead. The Wildcats have a 398-86 edge in yards at the half. … Slagle’s second TD catch gives Kittanning a 43-6 lead with 6:08 remaining in the third. FINAL SCORE: Kittanning 43, Ford City 6.
Sparse crowd at Highlands. That is SSA side, but empty seats on Highlands side, too. pic.twitter.com/Z6r48bkZt1
— Bill Beckner (@BillBeckner) October 24, 2014
Shady Side Academy at Highlands
From Bill Beckner at Golden Rams Stadium: Highlands can become 4th team in school history to win conference undefeated. Would be first time in AA. … Highlands’ Elijah Jackson not on the field for Rams’ opening series. Apparently pulled up lame on kickoff. Moving well on sidelines. … Shady Side blocks Highlands punt. 1st and goal SSA from Highlands’ 5. Shady Side Academy settles for 23-yard field goal by Mac Ference. SSA leads Highlands, 3-0, 4:44 1Q. … Jackson returns for Highlands, taped-up ankle though. … Jeremy Jackson catches a tipped pass (intended for Blake Leri) in end zone for 20-yard Highlands TD. Rams leads SSA, 7-3, 10.4 seconds 1Q. … Speedster Louis Berry darts left and goes 57 yards down sideline for Shady Side TD. SSA 10, Highlands 7, 11:49 2Q. … Elijah Jackson looked pretty healthy on that 49-yard TD run for Highlands. Rams leads SSA, 14-10, 11:25 2Q. … Sam Elliott drills a 32-yard field goal for Highlands, increases Rams lead to 17-10, 28.8 to go first half. … Highlands wastes no time. Very first play of second half is a 60-yard TD run by Jackson. Rams 24, SSA 10, 11:40 3Q. … Another field goal for Elliott, this one from 26 yards. Highlands 27, Shady Side Academy 10, 6:54 3Q. … Jeremy Jackson has 4.5 speed and shows it off –again — by taking kickoff back 69 yards for TD. Highlands leads SSA, 34-23, 20.4 3Q. … Berry goes 40 yards for his 3rd rushing TD. Two-point run no good. Highlands 34, Shady Side 29, 7:45 to play. Berry has 144 yards, 3 TDs on 19 carries. … Elijah Jackson 17-yard touchdown for Highlands gives some breathing room for Rams, who lead Shady Side, 41-29, 3:15 to play. … Perfect delivery, Doc Szlachetka 34-yard pass to Berry. Szlachetka runs in TD for SSA. Highlands lead down to 41-36, 1:38 to play. … FINAL SCORE: Highlands 41, Shady Side Academy 36.
Sunset over McKee Stadium pic.twitter.com/zcKfdnxubv
— J. Paul Schofield (@Schofield_Trib) October 24, 2014
— Steph A Chambers (@StephChambers76) October 25, 2014
Greensburg Central Catholic at Jeannette
From Paul Schofield at McKee Stadium: Zack Altieri scores on a 3-yard run to give Jeannette a 7-0 lead over GCC. … Julian Batts scores on 1-yard run to extend Jeannette’s lead over Greensburg Central Catholic to 14-0. … Swede Redman boots a 25-yard field goal to extend Jeannette lead to 17-0 . Redman set up the score with a 33-yard interception return. … Redman caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Batts with 38 seconds left in the half for a halftime score of Jeannette 24, Greensburg Central Catholic 0. … Terrel Canady scores on an 8-yard to give Jeannette a 30-0 lead over GCC. FINAL SCORE: Jeannette 36, Greensburg Central Catholic 0.