#TribHS: Week 1 football recap


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The WPXI Skylight Spotlight and my Saturday column, Holl in the family at Seneca Valley, focuses on how Raiders coach Don Holl is looking forward to coaching his son, QB-LB T.J., in his senior season after his older brother, Donny, lost most of his senior year to injury. T.J.’s campaign got off to a rocky start.

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Pittsburgh Trib: Trueman sparks North Allegheny’s 14-0 victory over Seneca Valley, by Chris Harlan.

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Greensburg Trib: Pevarnik scoring binge leads GCC to victory over Monessen, by Paul Schofield.

Valley News Dispatch: Valley edges emotional Burrell on OT field goal, by Bill Beckner Jr.

McKeesport Daily News: Behind Austin Kemp, Thomas Jefferson runs past Ringgold, by Mark Kaboly.

Kittanning Leader Times: Tipton accounts for 4 TDs in Apollo-Ridge’s 41-21 victory over West Shamokin, by Matt Grubba.

Connellsville Daily Courier: Southmoreland thrills home crowd with 25-24 victory over Charleroi, by Jason Black.

Sanders, Woodland Hills roll to victory, by Josh Yohe.

Penn Hills takes advantage of turnovers, routs Upper St. Clair, by Ed Phillipps.

Team effort pushes Penn-Trafford past Kiski Area, by Doug Gulasy.

Tigers’ Hudson sets career high in McKeesport rout of Connellsville, by Dave Mackall.

Late 98-yard pick-six seals Norwin’s shutout win over Latrobe, by Andrew Erickson.

Sophomore RB Coxon leads Plum to lopsided victory, by Wes Crosby.

North Hills defeats Fox Chapel.


Greensburg Salem shocks Gateway in opener.

Seniors lead Central Valley past Montour, by Brian Duermeyer.

Knoch’s third-quarter surge leads to victory, by Dave Yohe.

Humbert wins Belle Vernon debut, by Jeremy Sellew.

Yough, Elizabeth Forward fall in openers.


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Jackson brothers show the way as Highlands rolls in Class AA debut

Murray runs wild in Steel Valley victory, by David Whipkey.

Mt. Pleasant edges McGuffey in high-scoring affair, by Bill West.

QB leads Kittanning to season-opening victory over Deer Lakes, by D.J. Vasil.

Behind Moore’s six TDs, South Allegheny bounces Sto-Rox


Jeannette rips Riverview in Class A debut, by Les Harvath.

California victim of Clairton’s statement, by Bill Hughes.

Frazier finds its offense, by Jeff Oliver.

Springdale eases past Serra, by Ray Judy.

Class AAAA

1. Woodland Hills (1-0) beat Peters Township, 27-0
2. Central Catholic (1-0) beat Bethel Park, 41-0
3. Seneca Valley (0-1) lost to North Allegheny, 14-0
4. Penn-Trafford (1-0) beat Kiski Area, 42-7
5. McKeesport (1-0) beat Connellsville, 36-7
Class AAA
1. West Allegheny (1-0) beat New Castle, 55-7
2. Central Valley (1-0) beat Montour, 48-28
3. Mars (0-1) lost to Indiana, 29-26
4. Thomas Jefferson (1-0) beat Ringgold, 49-6
5. Gateway (0-1) lost to Greensburg Salem, 9-6
Class AA
1. South Fayette (1-0) beat East Allegheny, 49-6
2. Aliquippa (1-0) beat Mohawk, 47-12
3. Seton-La Salle plays South Park today
4. Washington (1-0) beat Derry, 48-6
5. Kittanning (1-0) beat Deer Lakes, 42-0
Class A
1. C.W. North Catholic (1-0) beat Northgate, 63-19
2. Clairton (1-0) beat California, 70-0
3. Neshannock (1-0) beat South Side Beaver, 53-13
4. Avonworth (1-0) beat Chartiers-Houston, 37-13
5. Greensburg C.C. (1-0) beat Monessen, 15-12


273 — Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland (16 of 25)
261 — Zach Royba, Beaver (8 of 15)
253 — Zach Chandler, Avonworth (15 of 21)
248 — Matt Carr, Charleroi (13 of 24)
211 — Amos Luptak, Quaker Valley (11 of 15)
207 — Daniel Walters, Hempfield (19 of 27)
192 — Phil Petit, Valley (10 of 23)
192 — Ryan Williams, Clairton (8 of 14)
189 — Kobe Phillippi, K. Oaks (16 of 24)
188 — John George, Central Valley (8 of 11)
185 — Brett Brumbaugh, S. Fayette (13 of 18)
180 — Alec Ferrari, Char-Houston (11 of 22)
178 — Randall Labrie, Montour (22 of 32)
178 — Brett Laffoon, Penn-Trafford (7 of 8)
164 — Frank Antuono, Neshannock (8 of 16)
346 — Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport
325 — Grant Syster, Purchase Line
295 — Jacob Meyers, Elizabeth Forward
249 — Austin Kemp, Thomas Jefferson
215 — Curtis Moore, South Allegheny
209 — Anthony Welsh, Beth-Center
203 — Mirko Loncar, Hopewell
178 — Alvin Ross, Frazier
174 — DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley
171 — Elijah Jackson, Highlands
170 — Donovan Florence, New Brighton
170 — Braydon Toy, Kittanning
148 — Hunter Cenname, Waynesburg
146 — Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley
144 — Terence Stephens, West Allegheny
141 — Harrison Dreher, Clairton
139 — Rocco Ruscitto, Baldwin
139 — Khalil Saunders, Brashear
137 — Nick Coxon, Plum
137 — Trevor Salopek, Mt. Pleasant
223 — Darius Wise, Beaver (4 catches)
167 — Michael Merhaut, Pine-Richland (7 catches)
158 — Chris Conlan, Quaker Valley (9 catches)
145 — Dante Luther, Hempfield (9 catches)
102 — DeAndre Williams, Carlynton (6 catches)

Friday’s results
Class AAAA
Quad Central

Mt. Lebanon 40, Canon-McMillan 0
Penn Hills 31, Upper St. Clair 13
Woodland Hills 27, Peters Township 0
Quad East
McKeesport 36, Connellsville 7
Norwin 16, Latrobe 0
Penn-Trafford 42, Kiski Area 7
Plum 45, Hempfield 19
Quad North
North Allegheny 14, Seneca Valley 0
North Hills 34, Fox Chapel 7
Pine-Richland 42, Shaler 0
Altoona 28, Butler 10
Central Catholic 41, Bethel Park 0
Class AAA
Big 9

Belle Vernon 44, Trinity 14
Laurel Highlands 14, Elizabet Forward 13
Thomas Jefferson 49, Ringgold 6
West Mifflin 38, Uniontown 33
Greater Allegheny
Greensburg Salem 9, Gateway 6 (OT)
Knoch 22, Franklin Regional 7
Hollidaysburg 31, Yough 6
Indiana 29, Mars 26
Central Valley 48, Montour 28
Chartiers Valley 27, Hopewell 21
Moon 20, Blackhawk 6
West Allegheny 55, New Castle 7
Baldwin 10, Ambridge 0
Hampton 56, Albert Gallatin 0
Class AA

Apollo-Ridge 41, West Shamokin 21
Highlands 37, Ford City 14
Kittanning 42, Deer Lakes 0
Shady Side Academy 23, Freeport 7
Valley 3, Burrell 0
Quaker Valley 25, Keystone Oaks 19
South Allegheny 40, Sto-Rox 18
South Fayette 49, East Allegheny 6
Steel Valley 41, Carlynton 12
Mt. Pleasant 45, McGuffey 39
Washington 48, Derry 6
Waynesburg 33, Burgettstown 6
Southmoreland 25, Charleroi 24
Aliquippa 47, Mohawk 12
Beaver Falls 39, Freedom 21
New Brighton 27, Laurel 20
Beaver 54, Brownsville 0
Class A
Big 7

Neshannock 53, South Side Beaver 13
Union 26, Rochester 22
Greensburg C.C. 15, Monessen 12
Jeannette 48, Riverview 6
Springdale 41, Serra Catholic 7
Ohio Valley
Avonworth 37, Chartiers-Houston 13
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 63, Northgate 19
Fort Cherry 27, OLSH 26
Tri-County South
Beth-Center 34, Mapletown 6
Carmichaels 30, Bentworth 13
Frazier 43, Avella 0
Jefferson-Morgan 14, West Greene 0
Brentwood 42, Vincentian 28
Clairton 70, California 0
District 6

Homer-Center 39, Penns Manor 21
Marion Center 35, United 7
Northern Cambria 15, Ligonier Valley 12
Purchase Line 58, Saltsburg 19
District 8
City League

Brashear 26, Carrick 7
Blairsville 28, Westinghouse 14
Wheeling C.C. 30, Allderdice 13

Saturday’s schedule
Class AA

South Park at Seton-La Salle, 1 p.m.
Ellwood City at Summit Academy, 12:30 p.m.
Class A
Big 7

Shenango at Western Beaver, 12:30 p.m.
Leechburg at Wilkinsburg, 1 p.m.
Riverside at Bishop Canevin, 7 p.m.; Slippery Rock at Perry, 1 p.m.


#TribHS: Week 1 LIVE Blog


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From Bill Beckner Jr. at Valley’s Memorial Stadium, Burrell and Valley are tied at 0-0 and headed to overtime. … Eugene Bailey intercepts Burrell’s Max Garda on first play of OT. Valley’s ball at the 10. … Rory Baker’s 18-yard field goal gives Valley a 3-0 OT victory over Burrell. FINAL: Valley 3, Burrell 0 (OT).

From Wes Crosby at Hempfield’s Mustangs Stadium, Plum’s Nick Coxon has rushed for 117 yards with a touchdown and 65 yards receiving and another score. The Mustangs lead Hempfield, 31-13, through three quarters. … Nick Coxon had 137 yards rushing and 2 TDs on 16 carries, while Wil Fuhrer was 6 of 9 for 124 yards passing with 2 TDs for Plum. FINAL: Plum 45, Hempfield 19.

From Ray Judy at Serra Catholic’s Eagle Stadium, Springdale scored on a 1-yard run by Austin Kline, a 32-yard pass from Adam Lock to Michael Banachoski, Lock’s 47-yard fumble return, Kline’s 2-yard run and a 5-yarder by Ben Sowinski for a 35-7 lead over Serra, which got a 56-yard pass from Jason Cerniglia to Joe Satira. … Springdale’s Kline runs 42 yards on first play from scrimmage in second half, follows it up with 18-yard touchdown run for 41-7 lead. FINAL: Springdale 41, Serra Catholic 7.

From Josh Yohe at Peters Township Stadium, Miles Sanders scores to give Woodland Hills a 7-0 lead. … Art Thompkins adds an 85-yard interception return for a 14-0 Woody High lead. … Sanders scores on a 30-yard, and has eight carries for 93 yards and 2 TDs with 7:36 left in second quarter. … Sanders, a Penn State recruit, rushed for touchdowns of 23 and 30 yards but lost a 100-yard game because he was credited with a 32-yard loss following a botched snap in the in third quarter. FINAL: Woodland Hills 27, Peters Township 0.


From Gary Horvath at Dormont Stadium, Keystone Oaks QB Kobe Phillippi scores on a 4-yard run and Ben Canty’s kick gives the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead. .. Amos Luptak’s 54-yard pass to Chris Conlan cuts it to 7-6, but the kick fails. … Luptak’s 25-yard pass to Blake Lipke gives the Quakers a 12-7 lead, but the two-point run failed. … Phillippi scores on a 5-yard keeper with 4:41 to play in the 3rd to put the Golden Eagles up 13-12 after a blocked PAT. … Aaron Cunningham scores on a 27-yard run to give QV an 18-13 lead after the failed 2-point conversion. … Leo Palmer catches a 2-yard pass from Phillippi with 2:11 remaining and KO leads, 19-18, after a failed two-pt conversion. … Luptak, a sophomore filling in for the injured Dane Jackson, caps a 72-yard drive with a 7-yard run with one second remaining to give QV a 25-19 lead over KO. FINAL: Quaker Valley 25, Keystone Oaks 19.

From Ed Phillipps at Penn Hills’ Andrew Yuhas Stadium, Thomas Vissman scored on a 1-yard run to give Class AAAA No. 5 Upper St. Clair a 7-0 lead over No. 9 Penn Hills after one quarter. … Penn Hills’ Christian Randall-Posey scoops up a fumble and returns it 53 yards to tie Upper St. Clair at 7-7. … Te’Shan Campbell scores on a 1-yard run to give Penn Hills a 14-7 lead with a minute to go before halftime. … Penn Hills leads 17-7 at halftime. Fumbles on three consecutive series by USC led to 17 second-quarter points for Penn Hills. … Penn Hills leads, 24-13, at the end of third quarter. Penn Hills QB Billy Kisner scored on an 8-yard run, and USC answered with Adam Bartusiak’s 68-yard catch and run. … Campbell runs 53 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. FINAL: Penn Hills 31, Upper St. Clair 13.

From Chris Harlan at Seneca Valley’s NexTier Stadium, North Allegheny’s Johnny Sumpter intercepts T.J. Holl in the end zone on second-and-goal at the 11 on the opening drive. … Seneca Valley’s Corbin Kessler intercepts a Jeff Clemens pass at the Raiders’ 4 to end another long drive. … Holl throws another interception, and NA has the ball at the Seneca Valley 28. … NA was hurrying to kick about a 31-yard field goal when the first-half ended but referees threw a flag, waved off flag, said time expired and it’s a scoreless tie at halftime. … Still scoreless in the third quarter, as penalties are killing Seneca Valley. … Seneca Valley’s Mason Dehart fumbles at the goal line for a touchback, as game remains scoreless with 2:00 left in the third. … AFTER THREE: North Allegheny 0, Seneca Valley 0. … North Allegheny takes 7-0 lead over Seneca Valley on a 3-yard run by QB Jeff Clemens at 10:33 of the fourth quarter. … A third interception thrown by Holl, this one picked by Riley Truman in the end zone at 8:45 of fourth. … Clemens scores on an 8-yard TD run at 1:59 of the fourth to give NA a 14-0 lead. … Corbin Kessler has replaced Holl, who is on crutches on the sidelines, at QB for Seneca Valley. FINAL: North Allegheny 14, Seneca Valley 0.


From Mark Kaboly at Thomas Jefferson Stadium, Braden Pahanish scores on a 10-yard run, as TJ runs seven consecutive times. On the ensuing play, Nico Law throws an 82-yard touchdown pass to Mayson Atkinson but the kick is blocked. TJ leads, 7-6. … Austin Kemp scores from 1 yard out to give TJ a 21-6 lead over Ringgold with 10:26 left in the second quarter. Kemp has carried the ball 15 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars are yet to throw a pass in the game. … First pass of the game for TJ (on the 29th play of game), and Kemp throws a 12-yard TD pass to Russell Siess for a 28-6 TJ lead with 47 seconds left until the half. … Kemp scores on a 3-yard run with 2:30 left in third. Kemp has 29 carries for 192 yards, 3 TDS. TJ has 300 yards rushing. … Kemp rushes for 225 yards and 3 TDs on 31 carries. TJ has 40 runs, 1 pass. … Austin Kemp scores on a 10-yard run to give TJ a 42-6 lead with 10:19 left. Kemp has 33 carries for 249 yards, 4 TDS with one TD pass. FINAL: Thomas Jefferson 49, Ringgold 6.

From Dave Mackall at McKeesport’s Weigle-Schaeffer Memorial Stadium, Khaleke Hudson scores on a 44-yard run to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead over Connellsville. … Caleb Schork hits a field goal from 34 yards out to give the Tigers a 16-0 lead with two seconds left in the half. … Hudson scored from 2 yards out midway through the third quarter to put McKeesport up, 23-0. Hudson followed that up with a 52-yard TD — his fourth of the game — to put the Tigers ahead, 30-0. Hudson has 266 yards on 14 carries. … Hudson scores on a 76-yard run. The 6-foot, 210-pound junior has scored five TDS and rushed for 342 yards on 16 carries. … Connellsville scores on Braden Hone’s 30-yard run, and Corey Fogle’s kick cuts it to 36-7. … Hudson unofficially with 342 yards rushing on 16 carries and 5 TDS for McKeesport. He played just 3 quarters. FINAL: McKeesport 36, Connellsville 7.

From Doug Gulasy at Kiski Area’s Davis Field, Chris Stanford scores on a 2-yard pass from Brett Laffoon to give Penn-Trafford a 7-0 lead over the Cavaliers at 5:25 of the first quarter. … Laffoon (4-4 for 120 yards, 2 TDs) hits Timmy Vecchio with a 40-yarder to make it 14-0. … Laffoon adds another, with a 30-yarder to Devin Austin for a 21-0 lead at 2:17 of the first. … Cam Turner’s 23-yard pass from Chad Kuhn puts Kiski Area on the board, 21-7, with 6:41 left in the half. … Laffoon scores on 12-yard run for 28-7 lead at 3:02 of second quarter. … Jonah Lisbon scores on a 23-yard run for a 35-7 Penn-Trafford lead over Kiski Area with 8:50 left in the third quarter. … Penn-Trafford takes a 42-7 lead on Joe Peduzzi’s 52-yard run with 4:40 left in the third. FINAL: Penn-Trafford 42, Kiski Area 7.

From Jeremy Sellew at Trinity’s Hiller Stadium, the Matt Humbert era starts with a bang as Belle Vernon’s Marcel McCaskill scores on a 96-yard kickoff return to give the Leopards a 7-0 lead over Trinity. … Anthony Levis scores on a 3-yard run to give Belle Vernon a 13-0 lead at 7:50 of the first quarter. … Travis Snyder hits Derek Verkleeren for a 16-yard touchdown to give Leopards a 25-0 lead. … Trinity’s Sam Cappuzano scores on 13-yard pass from Forrest Cullings, cuts it to 25-7 at the half. FINAL: Belle Vernon 44, Trinity 14.

From David Whipkey at Steel Valley’s William V. Campbell Field, DeWayne Murray’s 55-yard scoring run gives the Ironmen a 7-0 lead over Carlynton in the Century Conference. … Steel Valley goes off, with two Murray touchdowns, a pick-six by Kennedy Smith and a 45-yard run by Ty Freeman for a 35-0 lead late in the second quarter. … Zac Spate scores on a 10-yard run to give Belle Vernon a 19-0 lead at the end of first quarter. … Call it a night for Murray, who finishes with 174 yards, four TDs for the Ironmen, who have a 41-6 lead in the fourth quarter. FINAL: Steel Valley 41, Carlynton 12.


From Paul Schofield at Greensburg Central Catholic’s Centurions Stadium, Centurions take advantage of a short field and Brian Pevarnik gives GCC a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run. … Monessen ties it at 6-6 on Demond Jordan’s 2-yarder following an interception by Nathan Ciepley at the GCC 33. … The Centurions reclaim the lead, 12-6, on Pevarnik’s 10-yard run after a 30-yarder by Jassan Eubank. … Lavalle Rush scores on a 17-yard pass from Noah Rullo to tie it at 12-12, but two-point pass is intercepted by Steven Johns. …Pevarnik boots a 26-yard field goal with 1.8 seconds left to give Greensburg Central Catholic a 15-12 victory. FINAL: Greensburg Central Catholic 15, Monessen 12.


From Matt Grubba at West Shamokin’s Jack E. Boyer Field, Jonah Casella takes advantage of an odd play, scoring a 41-yard touchdown run when everyone thought he was down and stopped play. The Vikings lead West Shamokin, 7-0. … QB Duane Brown adds a 70-yard TD run to give Apollo-Ridge a 14-0 second-quarter lead. … West Shamokin answers with a 62-yard pass from Alex Lasslo to Andrew Wingard to set up Brandon Stover’s 5-yard run. Apollo-Ridge leads, 14-7. … Wingard’s 83-yard reception from Lasslo ties it at 14-14, but Brown’s 8-yard reception from Tre Tipton gives Apollo-Ridge a 21-14 edge. … Zac Horner scores on an 18-yard run in the final minute for West Shamokin to make it 21-21 at halftime. … Pitt recruit Tipton returns the opening kickoff of second half 78 yards for 28-21 Apollo-Ridge lead. … Casella scores on a 50-yard run to give Apollo-Ridge a 35-21 lead at 1:18 of the third. … Tipton’s 71-yard TD catch from Brown gives Apollo-Ridge a 41-21 lead with 6:30 left. FINAL: Apollo-Ridge 41, West Shamokin 21.

From Jason Black at Southmoreland’s Russ Grimm Field, Jake Pisula scores on a 7-yard run to give the Scotties a 7-0 lead over Charleroi. … Rashaad Hairston scores on a 20-yard pass from Matt Carr to give Charleroi a 7-6 lead. … Brock Shannon scores on a 6-yard run to give Charleroi a 14-6 lead. … Southmoreland scores on a 4-yard run by Mataeo Garner but the two-point run fails. Charleroi leads, 14-12. … Shannon opens second half with an 83-yard kickoff return for a 21-12 Charleroi lead. … Brennan Brunner’s 3-yard run cuts it to 21-18. … Sean Cole’s 32-yard field goal gives Charleroi a 24-18 lead late in the third. … Tommy Pisula scores on a 4-yard run to give Southmoreland a 25-24 lead with 2:58 left. FINAL: Southmoreland 25, Charleroi 24.


From D.J. Vasil at Deer Lakes’ Lancers Stadium, Braydon Toy scores on a 65-yard run to give Kittanning a 7-0 lead over Deer Lakes. … Braydon Toy rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 133 yards and two touchdowns as #5 ranked Kittanning blew by Deer Lakes in Allegheny Conference action. Zane Dudek scored from 14-yards out and also had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown. Pitt recruit Nick Bowers recorded five catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. FINAL: Kittanning 42, Deer Lakes 0.


From Brian Duermeyer at Montour’s Birko Stadium, Central Valley’s John George escapes pressure to score on a 39-yard run and a 7-0 lead over Montour. … George scores his second rushing touchdown on a 5-yarder to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. … George connects with B.J. Powell for a 63-yard touchdown to give Central Valley a 21-0 lead. … Montour recovers a Jordan Whitehead fumble, scores on a 13-yard pass from Randall Labrie to Stephen Fedyshyn to cut it to 21-7. … Whitehead makes up for it on the next play, scores on a 60-yard run for a 28-7 Central Valley lead. … Montour scores two second-half touchdowns to cut it to 35-21. … Preston Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run gives Central Valley a 41-21 lead in the fourth. FINAL: Central Valley 48, Montour 28.

From Jeff Oliver at Frazier Field, Hunter Patterson scores on a 3-yard sweep on fourth-and-goal to give the Commodores a 7-0 lead over Avella. Patterson adds a 15-yard scoring run on a sweep left for a 14-0 Frazier lead with 4:15 left in the first. … LA Ross scores on a 51-yard run to give Frazier a 21-0 lead at 6:18 of the second. … George finds Powell again, this time from 16 yards for a 35-7 lead. … At the half, Ross has seven carries for 115 yards, as Frazier leads, 28-0. FINAL: Frazier 43, Avella 0.

From Bill West at Mt. Pleasant’s Viking Stadium, McGuffey takes opening kickoff and marches 76 yards downfield with a no-huddle spread option offense. Steven Clemens runs 43 yards in first play from scrimmage. QB Nate Whipkey scores six plays later on a 5-yard scramble. Extra point kick is short. McGuffey leads Mt. Pleasant, 6-0, with 8:30 left in first quarter. … Running back Trevor Salopek carries the ball twice for 32 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run, to give Mt. Pleasant a 7-6 lead over McGuffey with 6:43 left in first quarter. Mt. Pleasant ran the ball five times for 52 yards. … Salopek now has three carries for 104 yards after going 72 yards down sideline for his second touchdown of the game. Vikings lead McGuffey, 14-6, with :38 left in first quarter. No passing yards for either team yet. Mt. Pleasant doing just fine in its Wing-T, though, and McGuffey not struggling much in its spread option. … It’s the Salopek show here at Mt. Pleasant. Senior goes 47 yds for a pick-6. Vikings lead McGuffey, 31-6, w/ :23 left in 1st half. … A wild final minute of the first half between Mt. Pleasant and McGuffey, as Salopek had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. Steven Clemens then returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a score to help McGuffey cut its deficit. Mt. Pleasant headed to the locker room with a 31-13 lead, thanks to Salopek, who also had four carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns. FINAL: Mt. Pleasant 45, McGuffey 39.

From Mike Love at Gateway’s Pete Antimarino Stadium: An inauspicious start to Gateway coach Tom Nola’s debut, as the Gators fumble on their first possession at Greensburg Salem’s 30. The Golden Lions picked up a first down but were forced to punt from their own 43 with 5:44 left in the first quarter. Gateway forced to punt from Salem 35 with 2:00 left in first quarter. … Gateway’s Malik Burks returns a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown to give the Gators a 7-6 lead with 7:41 to go in fourth quarter. Greensburg Salem has more than 200 yards rushing. … CORRECTION: Point-after was no good on Gateway touchdown. The game is tied 6-6. … Greensburg Salem’s Ryan Collette misses a 29-yard field goal with 30 seconds left. Gateway and Greensburg Salem remain tied 6-6. This game appears headed for overtime. … Ryan Collette boots a 21-yard field goal in overtime to lift Greensburg Salem to a 9-6 victory over Gateway. FINAL: Greensburg Salem 9, Gateway 6.


Look for my Saturday column on Seneca Valley coach Don Holl and QB-LB T.J. Holl enjoying their final season together. Here’s a photo by Chris Harlan of the father-son combination at Seneca Valley’s NexTier Stadium.

Don Holl TJ Holl

From Bill Beckner Jr. at Valley’s Memorial Stadium, A touching tribute by Valley football players, who are wearing white jerseys with the No. 70 in baby blue — the number worn by Noah Cornuet, the Burrell sophomore who died on the first day of heat acclimation practices. Valley plays arch-rival Burrell tonight.

Valley wearing Burrell shirts

The Burrell Bucs also are leaving Cornuet’s name and number on their roster all season.

“He’s still a part of this team,” Burrell coach Kevin Horwatt said.

Cornuet on roster


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Trib Total Media high school sports staff (left to right): Bill Hartlep, Trib Total Media high school sports editor; Bill Beckner Jr., Valley News Dispatch local sports editor; Nathan Smith, The Signal-Item/Norwin Star/Penn-Trafford Star; Bill West, Pittsburgh/Greensburg Tribune-Review; Mike Love, Plum Advance Leader/Times Express/Murrysville Star; Jeff Oliver, Valley Independent local sports editor; Marty Stewart, The Herald; Jason Black, The Connellsville Daily Courier local sports editor; Jeremy Sellew, Valley Independent; Kevin Gorman, Trib Total Media columnist; Jerry Clark, Pine Creek Journal/Hampton Journal/Shaler Journal/Cranberry Journal; Gary Horvath, Sewickley Herald/Bridgeville Area News; Paul Schofiled, Greensburg Tribune-Review; Matt Grubba, Kittanning Leader Times; Chris Harlan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Doug Gulasy, Valley News Dispatch; Dave Mackall, McKeesport Daily News; Ray Fisher, South Hills Record.


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WPIAL champions wall unveiled at Heinz Field, by Andrew Erickson.

WPIAL teams value rare, Week 1 nonconference games, by Bill West.

Previewing Week 1 football matchups.

Football pedigree runs deep with Valley receiver, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Connellsville’s Knopsnider ready to lead by example, by Jason Black.

Boys soccer preview: Riverview boys have title aspirations, by Doug Gulasy.

Girls soccer preview: Valley girls playing to win, by Doug Gulasy.

Experienced squad returns for South Allegheny girls soccer, by Dave Mackall.


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A season-long suspension gave Tim Storino perspective, if not answers.

My Thursday column focuses on how Storino’s suspension proved to be a leap of faith for Vincentian and its football program.

Storino doesn’t want to be the center of attention, even though he returns to the sidelines for a game for the first time since being suspended by the WPIAL for recruiting violations, which was upheld by the PIAA.

But he’s still smarting over a suspension for recruiting at Catholic elementary school when he believes he was simply promoting a Catholic school with a new football program.

“Still, to this day, if you asked me if I did anything wrong, I’d tell you I did not,” Storino said, “and if I would do it again, I’d say ‘yes.'”

Interesting enough, Storino isn’t bitter about his program being hammered in Year 2, when nearby Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic won WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships.

“I don’t look at the Catholic schools as rivals; I look at them as allies,” Storino said. “I want to see them succeed, as with other schools in the Diocese.”

Vincentian Academy, however, isn’t associated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh but rather the Sisters of Nazareth. Its president, John Fedko, was a sportscaster for WPXI-TV and has been supportive of Storino.

“They’ve been great. They’ve been loyal. They know how difficult it was to get this thing off the ground,” Storino said. “John Fedko loves football.”

The Royals have eight players who have been with the program all three years — “they’re some of our best kids,” Storino said — and have endured the growing pains of the inaugural season and the transition to Todd Hazlett as interim coach last year. One of the top players is junior tackle Steve Succop, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder who also stars in lacrosse. Storino also is high on his middle linebackers, senior Anthony Tommarello and junior Paul Adams, who have combined for 350 tackles the past two seasons.

The difference in Storino is that he isn’t yelling as much as the first season, partly because of his new perspective on football and partly because the Royals understand the game much better now.

“It’s actually a relief, especially for some of the older kids,” Tommarello said. “The first year, all he could do was yell. He didn’t have too much to work with. He knows the game really well.”

Senior quarterback Mike Tappe said Storino’s new perspective has given Vincentian a positive outlook.

“He realized that it’s not all about winning,” Tappe said. “I really like that. It’s not just about winning games but building character for life. And what better place than football? I’m realizing that football is a great sport but it builds character throughout life.”


Trib Total Media’s weekly football previews, GAMEPLAN, runs every Thursday.

Pick up a copy to see these stories:

PTR trend

#TribHS trend story: WPIAL coaches, QBs have concerns about newly approved footballs, by Paul Schofield .


#TribHS Pittsburgh Game of the Week: Quad North neighbors North Allegheny, Seneca Valley set for opener, by Chris Harlan.

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#TribHS Pittsburgh Q&A with Mars RB Josh Schultheis, by Bill West.

#TribHS Greensburg Q&A with Julian Batts, by Bill West.

#TribHS Valley News Dispatch Q&A with Apollo-Ridge WR-DB Duane Brown, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS McKeesport Daily News Q&A with McKeesport OT-DE Kameron Bostic, by Dave Mackall.

#TribHS Connellsville Daily Courier Q&A with OT-DE Dylan McCrae, by Jason Black.

#TribHS Kittanning Leader Times Q&A with LB Logan Thimons, by Matt Grubba.

PTR capsules


#TribHS Greensburg Game of the Week: GCC, Monessen matchup of contrasting styles, by Paul Schofield.


#TribHS Valley News Dispatch Game of the Week: Heavy-hearted Burrell to take on rival Valley, by Bill Beckner Jr.

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#TribHS McKeesport Daily News Game of the Week: Big 9 rival Ringgold to test Thomas Jefferson, by Dave Mackall.

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#TribHS Connellsville Daily Courier Game of the Week: Connellsville faces tough opening test with McKeesport, by Jason Black.

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#TribHS Kittanning Leader Times Game of the Week: Allegheny Conference newcomers Apollo-Ridge, West Shamokin are familiar foes, by Matt Grubba.


Daily Courier tab cover

Southmoreland seeking first playoff appearance in 35 years, by Jason Black.

Daily Courier cover story


PennLive state football rankings


Class AAAA Record
1. St. Joseph’s Prep* (12) 13-3
2. Woodland Hills (7) 10-3
3. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) 15-1
4. La Salle College HS (12) 8-4
5. North Penn (1) 10-4
6. Coatesville (1) 9-2
7. Seneca Valley (7) 9-2
8. Parkland (11) 12-2
9. Pennsbury (1) 10-2
10. McKeesport (7) 10-1
Class AAA Record
1. Archbishop Wood* (12) 13-2
2. Bishop McDevitt (3) 14-2
3. West Allegheny (7) 13-1
4. Cathedral Prep (10) 13-1
5. Central Valley (7) 11-2
6. Imhotep Charter (12) 12-3
7. Bethlehem Catholic (11) 8-5
8. Mars (7) 9-2
9. Gateway (7) 8-3
10. Manheim Central (3) 13-1
Class AA Record
1. South Fayette* (7) 16-0
2. Aliquippa (7) 12-1
3. Berks Catholic (3) 14-1
4. West Catholic (12) 9-3
5. Southern Columbia (4) 12-1
6. Seton-La Salle (7) 8-3
7. North Schuylkill (11) 8-4
8. Slippery Rock (10) 10-1
9. Dunmore (2) 11-1
10. Hickory (10) 12-2
Class A Record
1. North Catholic* (7) 16-0
2. South Williamsport (4) 10-2
3. Clairton (7) 9-2
4. Schuylkill Haven (11) 10-4
5. Steel-High (3) 12-2
6. Wellsboro (4) 10-1
7. York Catholic (3) 8-4
8. Sharpsville (10) 8-5
9. Neshannock (7) 9-3
10. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 10-3
* denotes 2013 PIAA champion. Number in parentheses is PIAA district.


Will Rowan ever play for Pitt?


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Maverick Rowan is a Pitt basketball fan.

I can say that without equivocation, given that I covered the Panthers the past two seasons and saw Rowan at countless games at Petersen Events Center. He also was a regular at the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Summer League, as well as Midnight Madness. And when I talked to him about Pitt, he was genuinely excited about playing for the Panthers.

My Wednesday column on how Mav’s move hurts WPIAL hoops came after a conversation with his father, Ron Rowan, about his transfer from Lincoln Park charter school to Cardinal Gibbons, a Catholic high school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

And it left me wondering whether Rowan would ever play for the Panthers.

Rowan had a standout summer playing AAU ball in the adidas circuit, where his stock soared. But Ron Rowan, who starred at Beaver Falls before playing at Notre Dame and St. John’s, said the move wasn’t strictly about the lack of basketball competition in WPIAL Class A. He has a chance to play 16 games in a high-caliber fall league, and play against tougher competition prior to the state playoffs.

“It had nothing to do with it, not for this move,” Rowan said, adding that it was a quality of life decision. “He could have went to Monteverde, IMG, Huntington Prep — they all wanted him. It was part of the equation, but not everything. If it was just about Maverick, I would have sent him to Monteverde.”

The Rowans are planning to move to the south end of Pompano Beach, as Ron Rowan has accepted a position as a South Florida rep for adidas. Ron and his wife, Tara, have two younger sons, Mylan and Mason. Ron, 51, said he wants to be able to enjoy the warmer weather.

“It was everything combined,” Rowan said. “It’s a family decision, for the whole family. Our family has always been together and will stay together until it’s his time for him to go to college.”

Whether that will be at Pitt remains to be seen.

Aliquippa’s Herb Pope and Jeannette’s Terrelle Pryor both committed to the Panthers as sophomores, only to play elsewhere. Rowan could reopen his recruitment, as verbal commitments are non-binding. He also could re-classify as a senior, which would make him eligible to sign a national letter of intent in November. Rowan was held back in eighth grade and will turn 18 next July 14 — he was within PIAA guidelines for eligibility his senior year — so it’s not out of the question that Rowan could return to Western Pennsylvania.

“The key to any kid is you have to feel comfortable with where you go, whether it’s close to home or not,” Ron Rowan said. “I don’t think it’s a done deal that if he’s going to the South he’s going to stay down South. … The only thing he has to worry about right now is becoming a better student and player. Those are only things on my mind right now.”

Rowan isn’t ruling out playing for Pitt.

Just don’t hold your breath.


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Peters Township girls soccer still has target on its back, by Bill West.

#TribHS highlight reel: Mt. Lebanon coach wins gold medal.

New head coach focusing on team depth for Latrobe boys soccer, by Kevin Ritchart.

Riverview benefits from McCombs’ versatility, by George Guido.

Guido: Friday nights provide many intriguing storylines.

West Shamokin QB perfect maestro for wing-T attack, by Matt Grubba.

Clay Waldron a do-everything back for Yough, by Ed Phillipps.

Finally, purely for your entertainment, a look at some of the goofy pictures by the Bucknell football team, which includes former WPIAL stars Brandon Farrell and Louis Taglianetti (Central Catholic) and Matthew Steinbeck (North Allegheny).


Amos about to become famous


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John Tortorea was watching his alma mater, Central Catholic, in the 2011 WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals when the opponent lost a Division-I recruit at quarterback and was forced to turn to his backup.

Pete Coughlin replaced the injured Dakota Conwell and turned in a spectacular performance to lead the Panthers past Central Catholic to the 2011 WPIAL final.

Now, Tortorea is hoping to see a sequel.

My Tuesday column is about how the Quaker Valley coach will be without his star quarterback, Pitt recruit Dane Jackson, for at least the first five weeks of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Quakers will rely upon Amos Luptak, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore who Tortorea compares favorably to Jackson.

“He’s a great athlete. He’s a playmaker himself,” Tortorea said. “He can do everything Dane can — he has the escapability, arm and savvy — he’s just not as big, strong or fast as Dane is.”

No one will be pulling more for Luptak than Jackson.

“Amos, he’s a great kid,” Jackson said. “He’s young but he’s also had some varsity time. I think he’ll do a great job and continue to be a leader of the offense and, hopefully, get a chance on defense, as well. … “He knows the system. He’ll do great things in our offense.”

Luptak won’t have to do everything. The Quakers still have weapons in senior running back Trewon Marshall and receiver Chris Conlan, along with fullback-linebacker Aaron Cunningham. But Jackson was a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, cornerback and return specialist who made them contenders in the ultra-competitive Century Conference.

Quaker Valley plays Keystone Oaks, South Park, South Allegheny, Carlynton and Sto-Rox the first five games. They finish with Steel Valley, Seton-La Salle, East Allegheny and defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champion South Fayette. So, the schedule is more favorable for Jackson’s injury.

“It’s not easy,” Tortorea said, “but if it was flipped around and we were opening up with the state champs that would be difficult.”


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In the #TribHS notebook, Southmoreland wrestler ruled ineligible and injury sidelines Quaker Valley’s Jackson.

In the #TribHS highlight reel, Comcast announces game of the week schedule.

Mitchell latest in line of West Mifflin star running backs, by Josh Yohe.

Steel Valley pitcher commits to Radford, by Mark Kaboly.

Unified Plum football team eager to bounce back from 2013, by Mike Love.

Quartet of junior wide receivers catching on quickly for Redbank Valley, by Matt Grubba.

Siblings to play key role for Laurel Highlands defense, by Dave Stofcheck.

Mt. Pleasant golf features experienced lineup, by Dave Stofcheck.


Comcast announces football schedule


Comcast announced today that it will telecast Western Pennsylvania high school football for the 12th consecutive season with its Xfinity High School Sports Game of the Week, a 12-game WPIAL schedule that includes three playoff games.

The games will feature Chris Shovlin on play by play and color commentary from Ellis Cannon and former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, with sideline reporter Sarah Servetnick conducting Fan of the Game interview and the Comcast Spirit Award, given to teams whose fans, marching bands and cheerleaders show the most school spirit.

Xfinity television subscribers with Digital Starter and above packages get free access to the games through Comcast’s “Get Local” and “Sports” folders on their On Demand menu the day after the game is played. More than 60 teams have appeared on Comcast the past seven seasons.

2014 Xfinity High School Sports Game of the Week Schedule

Aug. 29: Ringgold at Thomas Jefferson

Sept. 5: Gateway at West Mifflin

Sept. 12: Beaver at Beaver Falls

Sept. 19: Seton-La Salle at Steel Valley

Sept. 26: Kiski Area at Plum

Oct. 3: Franklin Regional at Hampton

Oct. 10: Penn-Trafford at Shaler

Oct. 17: Peters Township at Bethel Park

Oct. 24: North Hills at North Allegheny

Oct. 31: WPIAL first round

Nov. 7: WPIAL quarterfinals

Nov. 14: WPIAL semifinals


Ready for some futbol?


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sports staff just got younger and more athletic.

Meet Bill West , a great addition to the high school staff.

Bill West head shot

And just in time for soccer season.

West, 28, is a Scott Township native and 2004 Chartiers Valley graduate who played the sport for travel teams from second through eighth grade. He was a teammate and classmate of Travis McKenzie, a former Chartiers Valley star who is now an assistant coach under his brother, Garrett, on a staff that includes their brother Derek and father, Dave, who played for the Pittsburgh Spirit of the MISL. West switched to football in high school, where he played wide receiver and linebacker, and was a midfielder for the Colts’ lacrosse team.

West, however, is a familiar name to Trib Total Media readers. After graduating with a communications degree from Syracuse University, he wrote for the Kittanning Leader Times starting in August 2010 and then joined the Valley News Dispatch staff in May 2013. He has a passion for high school sports, and will be providing coverage for both the Pittsburgh and Greensburg editions now that Jason Mackey is on the Penguins beat.

West, 28, now lives in West View with his new bride, Lauren — they were married in June — and spends his down time working with dogs at Camp Bow Wow on McKnight Road and home-brewing craft beers. He also plays for a post-collegiate men’s lacrosse team sponsored by the William Penn Tavern in Shadyside.

“It’s more difficult now,” West said, “because I’m often working more than I’m playing.”

That’s good for us at the Trib, as well as our readers.

A look at West’s boys’ and girls’ soccer previews in Sunday’s editions:

2014 ptr soccer preview page

Upper St. Clair boys seek soccer three-repeat but will have to do so with an interim coach Mike Blatz.

Defending champ Central Valley downplays wealth of talent.

2014 gtr soccer preview page

Norwin boys will lean on skill, strategy.

Despite graduations, Greensburg Central Catholic confident it will contend for third PIAA title.


My story on Mitch Adams, facing charges of harassment and making terroristic threats, resigning as Gateway’s boys’ basketball coach.

Knoch’s Dan Farinelli primed for big season after working with QB guru Walt Harris, by George Guido.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge edition


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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a phenomenal movement – not just a viral video sensation – that is raising unprecedented awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It’s one that hits home for those of us from Baldwin, where I know two families who lost loved ones to this deadly disease. So when I was issued a challenge (actually, six), I wanted to do something more than just dump a bucket of ice on my head or make a $100 donation.

I’m doing both, and using this platform to show how you can help, too.

So I asked Baldwin football coach Pete Wagner if his Fighting Highlanders would contribute to the cause, knowing that one of Baldwin’s assistant coaches lost his mother to ALS.

Chris Bluemle, a 1999 Baldwin graduate, is now a volunteer assistant coach for the Fighting Highlanders. His mother, Karen Bluemle, died Aug. 24, 2005 – nine years ago this Sunday – after a 2 ½-year battle.

The Bluemles knew another Baldwin family, who also lost their mother, A.M. Susan, to ALS. Chris Bluemle is a friend of fellow Baldwin grad Joe Susan, so they joined together to host an annual charity golf outing for ALS, Golf Fore ALS. I went to high school with several members of the Susan family and played basketball with Mark Susan. I also covered Chris’ brother, Ben Bluemle, for the Trib when Ben was Baldwin’s starting quarterback.

You can donate through golfforeals.com or cure4als.org, as proceeds from both benefits the ALS Association’s Western Pennsylvania chapter, on which Chris Bluemle is on the board of directors. The money raised helps provide patient care and services while giving a portion of proceeds to the national foundation for research for a cure.

Since July 29, the Ice Bucket Challenge has helped raise $53.3 $62.5 $70.2 $79.7 million in donations to the ALS Association, compared to $2.2 million in the same span last year.

That moves Bluemle to tears.

“It’s been really emotional,” Bluemle said. “These last few weeks have been and will be transformative to ALS.”

Here’s to finding a cure.

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