Welcome to the iPreps WPIAL semifinals playoff LIVE blog, where the #TribHS staff provides the most comprehensive coverage of high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Follow our writers on Twitter for game updates, analysis, scores and more.
Start by listening to the podcast of The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, featuring breakdowns of top playoff games by Chris Harlan and Jason Black and interviews with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Jason Gildon and Trojans QB Erick Taylor:
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FINAL: Thomas Jefferson 34, Franklin Regional 21. The Jaguars had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Quinton Hill (39-199) and Braden Pahanish (10-113).
From Dave Mackall: Franklin Regional scores on a Jacob Ross 51-yard reception from Santino Birty to cut it to 34-21 with 3:17 remaining
FINAL: Jeannette 22, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 14.
We have another Aliquippa-South Fayette rematch in the WPIAL Class AA final:
From Dave Mackall: Franklin Regional cuts Thomas Jefferson’s lead to 27-14 on Santino Birty’s 6-yard pass to Jake Lauer, but the Jaguars answer with a Quinton Hill 20-yard run for a 34-14 edge with 3:28 left.
Jeannette’s GioVonne Sanders has taken over this game. The Jayhawks QB ran for 34 yards deep into Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic territory, then scored on a 10-yard run for a 21-14 lead with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. Sanders has 66 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and 90 yards passing with another score. Swade Redman just converted the PAT from 35 yards to make it 22-14.
Big turn of events here at Valley: Jeannette gets a safety to make it 14-2, a touchdown pass to cut it to 14-9, then recovers a fumble inside the 10. On third-and-goal at the 4, QB GioVonne Sanders rolled right to pass but found a wall of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic defenders. Near the far sideline, he reversed field and ran left. Sprung by a big block by Mark Womack, Sanders scored to give the Jayhawks a 15-14 lead with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
PIAA FINAL: McDowell 42, Brashear 2.
From Dave Mackall: Franklin Regional is on the board. The Panthers score on a 38-yard pass from Stephen Johns to Adam Grajewski to make it 20-7 at the half.
From Dave Mackall: Thomas Jefferson increases its lead to 20-0 on Quinton Hill’s 12-yard run at 1:23 of the second quarter.
From Dave Mackall at Hempfield: Bobby Kelley throws his second TD pass, this one to Jake Giegerich for 15 yards and a 14-0 Thomas Jefferson lead over Franklin Regional at 7:22 of the second quarter.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic takes a 7-0 lead over Jeannette on a swing pass from Erick Taylor to Mario Latronica on a fourth-and-16. Latronica bursts down the left sideline for a 24-yard touchdown.
From Dave Mackall at Hempfield: Zane Zandier caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Kelley, followed by Tommy Campbell’s kick, to give Thomas Jefferson a 7-0 lead at 11:54 of the second quarter.