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#TribHS Football: Week Zero recap


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GORMAN: For Central Catholic, it all starts up front

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Central Valley's Aris Tatalovich brings down South Fayette's Mikey Speca after a catch during the WPIAL Week Zero matchup

Central Valley’s Aris Tatalovich brings down South Fayette’s Mikey Speca after a catch during the WPIAL Week Zero matchup

South Fayette tops Central Valley in battle of WPIAL runners-up, by Chris Harlan.

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Hempfield gets running start against Greensburg Salem, by Paul Schofield.

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Young offensive line paves way for Burrell, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Olentangy Liberty edges host North Allegheny on late conversion, by Andrew Erickson.

Third-quarter kickoff return puts Canon-McMillan ahead for good in win over Kiski Area, by Doug Gulasy.

Solid ground game helps Penn-Trafford rally for win against rival Norwin, by Nathan Smith.

Woodland Hills tops Gateway in season opener, by Michael Love.

Derry claims ‘Backyard Brawl’ over Latrobe, by Dave Mackall.

Mars rushes to shutout victory over Hampton, by Jerin Steele.

Jeannette clicks on all cylinders, routs East Allegheny, by Les Harvath.

Apollo-Ridge RB Brett Coleman

Apollo-Ridge running back Brett Coleman

Apollo-Ridge beats Leechburg behind senior RB Coleman, by George Guido.

Westinghouse routs GCC in season opener, by William Whalen.

#TribHS notebook: Charleroi tops rival to snap losing streak

Friday’s results
Western Pennsylvania Football Classic
At North Allegheny

Olentangy Liberty, Ohio 30, North Allegheny 29
Altoona 43, Allderdice 0
Apollo-Ridge 27, Leechburg 14
Armstrong 35, Karns City 22
Bentworth 40, West Greene 12
Burrell 33, Springdale 20
California 40, Brownsville 7
Canon-McMillan 42, Kiski Area 22
Charleroi 23, Monessen 21
Chartiers-Houston 34, Jefferson-Morgan 8
Connellsville 21, Uniontown 7
Derry 28, Latrobe 20
Franklin 21, Brashear 7
Hempfield 28, Greensburg Salem 21
Hopewell 36, Freedom 34
Jeannette 42, East Allegheny 7
Laurel 18, Union 8
Mars 28, Hampton 0
Mt. Lebanon 44, Fox Chapel 13
Mt. Pleasant 45, Laurel Highlands 21
North Hills 28, Shaler 7
Penn-Trafford 17, Norwin 14
Peters Township 21, Chartiers Valley 13
Serra Catholic 42, Mapletown 12
South Fayette 28, Central Valley 17
Sto-Rox 42, Vincentian Academy 22
West Mifflin 46, South Allegheny 0
Western Beaver 14, Avella 6
Westinghouse 41, Greensburg Central Catholic 14
Wheeling Park, W.Va. 41, Perry 20
Woodland Hills 37, Gateway 21
District 6
Heritage Conference

Homer-Center 48, Purchase Line 44
Ligonier Valley 49, Marion Center 0
United 14, Saltsburg 8
Penns Manor at Northern Cambria (n)
West Shamokin at Blairsville (n)

Saturday’s schedule
Geico ESPN High School Football Kickoff
At Lakeland, Ohio

Pine-Richland at St. Edward, Ohio, noon
Tri-County Kickoff Classic
At New Castle

Aliquippa at New Castle, 8 p.m.; Neshannock vs. Farrell, 5 p.m.
Western Pennsylvania Football Classic
At North Allegheny

Central Catholic vs. St. John’s College, D.C., noon; McGuffey vs. Frazier, 3:30 p.m.; Penn Hills vs. Canada Prep Football Academy, 7 p.m.


#TribHS Football: Week Zero LIVE blog


From Michael Love: Woodland Hills leads Gateway, 24-8, at halftime in a game described as “bowling shoe ugly.”

From Dave Mackall: Derry scores three unanswered touchdowns to lead Latrobe, 20-9, with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Tyler Balega ran for 68 and 2 yards, and Owen Whitacre scored on an 80-yarder.

An interesting Twitter battle between two of the top DBs in the WPIAL — and nation — following Steel Valley’s scrimmage against Clairton:


#TribHS Football: Previewing the New Coaches



#TribHS preview by position: Coaches replacing two of the best, by Chris Harlan.

Albert Gallatin coach Shawn Liotta

Albert Gallatin coach Shawn Liotta

GORMAN: Liotta has a point to prove

Listen to The Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, breaking down Week Zero with #TribHS writers Andrew Erickson and Chris Harlan and interviews with Metro Index scouting director Joe Butler and Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten.

Greensburg Salem set to honor pair who share a piece of college football history, by Paul Schofield.

So far this decade, Greensburg Salem has slipped from second to fourth on the WPIAL list of all-time football wins:
School Year started Record
New Castle 1892 719-390-69
Jeannette 1902 709-312-48
Aliquippa 1910 687-318-22
Gburg. Salem 1894 681-365-39
Washington 1901 662-364-56
Monessen 1905 653-349-47
Clairton 1914 651-351-41
Beaver Falls 1904 635-399-52
Rochester 1906 631-398-52
McKeesport 1900 625-394-47


Kiski Area freshman quarterback Bryson Venanzio

Kiski Area freshman quarterback Bryson Venanzio

A-K Valley football notebook: Kiski Area chooses starting quarterback, by Bill Beckner Jr.



#TribHS Football: Week Zero GAMEPLAN


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GROUND ZERO: Coaches wrestle with decision to play games or scrimmage in Week Zero, by Andrew Erickson.


Monessen coach Joe Salvino

Monessen coach Joe Salvino

GORMAN: Week Zero gives teams chance to renew rivalries


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review GAME OF THE WEEK: WPIAL runners-up Central Valley, South Fayette to square off, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS notebook: Sto-Rox celebrates 50 years of football, by Chris Harlan.


Don’t-miss matchups in Week Zero


Westmoreland Tribune-Review GAME OF THE WEEK: Neighboring Hempfield, Greensburg Salem set to square off after four-year hiatus, by Paul Schofield.


Valley News Dispatch GAME OF THE WEEK: Burrell, Springdale set to play for first time in 31 years, by Bill Beckner Jr.


VND Q&A: Kiski Area’s Noah Clayton, by William Whalen.


#TribHS Football: Previewing the Kickers-Punters


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#TribHS preview by position: Pressure-tested kickers return, by Chris Harlan.

West Allegheny's DJ Opsatnik 3

West Allegheny’s D.J. Opsatnik

GORMAN: West A’s Opsatnik an ace on kicks


Valley's Kane Piroch

Valley tight end Kane Piroch

Dad’s advice helps Valley tight end earn D-I offer, by George Guido.

Valley twins Jarrett and Jonus Fair

Valley twins Jarrett and Jonus Fair

Valley football notebook: Twin tackles display musical talents, by George Guido.


#TribHS Football: Previewing the Safeties



#TribHS preview by position: Top safety Ford joins new team, by Chris Harlan.

Ligonier Valley's Collin Smith

Ligonier Valley’s Collin Smith

GORMAN: Ligonier Valley safety a big hitter



Springdale linebacker Ben Sowinski

Springdale’s Ben Sowinski

Springdale ball carries rely on their physicality, by William Whalen.

Springdale football notebook: Ex-coaches Wagner, Boulton to be honored, by William Whalen.

Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba

Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba

Alle-Kiski teams split on Week Zero, by Bill Beckner Jr.


North Allegheny's Anna Li

North Allegheny’s Anna Li

North Allegheny’s Li hopes to help guide Tigers to fourth straight tennis title, by Joe Sager.



#TribHS Football: Previewing the CBs



#TribHS preview by position: Clairton’s Lamont Wade among nation’s best, by Chris Harlan.

Clairton's Lamont Wade (2)

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

GORMAN: Clairton’s Wade only wants one thing: a state title

North Allegheny's Niko Mermigas

North Allegheny’s Niko Mermigas

GORMAN: North Allegheny’s Mermigas a versatile star



Leechburg's Cory Nulph talks with Blue Devils coach Mark George

Leechburg’s Cory Nulph talks with Blue Devils coach Mark George

Leechburg football aims for first winning season since 1991, by Jerin Steele.

Leechburg football notebook: Solid offensive line crucial to Leechburg’s prospects, by Jerin Steele.

Valley's Kane Piroch

Valley’s Kane Piroch

Valley’s Piroch commits to St. Francis (Pa.), by Bill Beckner Jr.


#TribHS Football: Previewing the LBs



#TribHS preview by position: Central’s Adams leads strong linebacker unit, by Chris Harlan.

GORMAN: An inside job for Mars’ Chizmar

Kiski Area's Cam Mika

Kiski Area’s Cam Mika

Mika, seasoned O-line anchor Kiski Area’s hopes, by Doug Gulasy.

Kiski Area coach Dave Heavner

Kiski Area coach Dave Heavner

Kiski Area football notebook: Coach: New system benefits Cavaliers, by Doug Gulasy.


#TribHS Football: Previewing the DL


Defensive line

Central Catholic's Kurt Hinish 2

Central Catholic’s Kurt Hinish

Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter

Beaver Falls’ Donovan Jeter

Montour's Mason Cholewa

Montour’s Mason Cholewa

#TribHS preview by position: Big offers for top defensive linemen, by Chris Harlan.

GORMAN: McKeesport’s Harper has high hopes

Apollo-Ridge's Duane Brown

Apollo-Ridge running back Duane Brown

Apollo-Ridge star RB Brown vows to return this season, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Highlands' Mitch DeZort

Highlands’ Mitch DeZort

Highlands senior DeZort hopes to draw looks from Division I recruiters, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Highlands' Dom Martinka

Highlands’ Dom Martinka

Highlands football notebook: Martinka seeks breakout year, by Bill Beckner Jr.


#TribHS Football: Week 1 Scrimmages


Week 1 scrimmages
Saturday’s schedule
(All games at 10 a.m., unless noted)
Aliquippa at Blackhawk
Allderdice at North Allegheny (9 a.m.)
Altoona at Hollidaysburg
Ambridge at Burrell
Apollo-Ridge at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Armstrong at Sharon
Avella at Cornell
Beaver Falls at Mars
Bentworth at Sto-Rox
Berlin Brothersvalley, Chestnut Ridge at Ligonier Valley
Blairsville, Johnstown at Central Cambria
Bishop Canevin at Carlynton
Brashear at Keystone Oaks
Brentwood at South Allegheny
Butler at Woodland Hills
California at Charleroi
Carmichaels at Brownsville
Carrick at Shady Side Academy
Canon-McMillan at Baldwin
Central Catholic at McKeesport
Conemaugh Township at United
Deer Lakes at Riverview
East Allegheny, Yough at Burgettstown
Elizabeth Forward at South Allegheny
Ellwood City at New Brighton (9:30 a.m.)
Farrell at Union
Fort Cherry at Avonworth
Fox Chapel at Bethel Park
Franklin at Mohawk
Franklin Regional at Norwin
Freedom at Western Beaver
Gateway at Belle Vernon
Greensburg Central Catholic at Derry
Hampton at Highlands
Indiana at Mt. Pleasant
Jeannette at Valley
Jefferson-Morgan at Beth-Center (11 a.m.)
Kiski Area at Knoch
Latrobe at Greensburg Salem
Laurel Highlands at Fort Hill, Md.
Marion Center at Clarion (10:30 a.m.)
McGuffey at Connellsville
Monessen at Frazier
Moniteau at Laurel
Montour at Ringgold
Mt. Lebanon at West Allegheny
Neshannock at Sharpsville
Northgate at Leechburg
Penn Hills at Hopewell (11 a.m.)
Penn-Trafford at Hempfield
Perry at North Hills
Peters Township at Upper St. Clair
Pine-Richland at McDowell (11 a.m.)
Punxsutawney, Union-Rimersburg at West Shamokin
Rochester at Beaver
Seneca Valley at New Castle
Serra Catholic at OLSH
Seton-La Salle at Central Valley
Shaler at Plum
South Fayette at Chartiers Valley
South Park at Thomas Jefferson
South Side Beaver at Quaker Valley
Springdale at Chartiers-Houston
Steel Valley at West Mifflin
Summit Academy at Riverside
Trinity at Moon
USO at Clairton
Vincentian Academy at Mapletown
Waynesburg at Albert Gallatin
Washington at Uniontown
West Greene at Cameron, W.Va. (7 p.m.)
Westinghouse at Freeport
Wilmington at Shenango