#TribHS Football: WPIAL GAMEPLAN Championship Edition


Gameplan WPIAL Championship Cover

GORMAN: Underdogs reach out to past champions for title tales

Gameplan WIPAL 6A Championship

CLASS 6A: Top-seeded Central Catholic prepares for much-improved Seneca Valley, by Chris Harlan.

Gameplan WPIAL 5A Championship


CLASS 5A: Physical play could play key role in title-game matchup, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL Class 4A preview

Class 4A: Top-seeded Thomas Jefferson out to defend title against ‘extremely athletic’ Red Hurricans, by Ray Fisher.

WPIAL Class 3A preview

CLASS 3A: Top-seeded Aliquippa expects challenge from No. 2 Beaver Falls, by Paul Schofield.

Gameplan 2A Semifinals

Steel Valley, Riverside have come long way since Week 1 matchup, by George Guido.

Neshannock chasing first trip to final while Washington looks to add to storied tradition, by William Whalen.

Gameplan A Semifinals

Like tradition-rich Rochester, Jeannette continues to find success after dropping down to Class A, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Clairton seeking another trip to WPIAL title game, but ‘fairytale’ Northgate stands in the way, by Dave Mackall.


Farewell, George Novak: Woody High football coach retires


Woodland Hills coach George Novak

George Novak was the only football coach in the 30-year history of Woodland Hills

Revered Woodland Hills football coach Novak retires, by George Guido.

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GORMAN: Count Novak’s impact, not victories




WPIAL 6A, 5A previews

Central Catholic QB Fisher to face off against hometown team, by Chris Harlan.

Central Catholic RB Justice Evans

Central Catholic multi-purpose back Justice Evans

Kiski Area transfer Evans eyes title with Central Catholic, by William Whalen.


McKeesport rides ‘The Bus’ to Heinz Field, by Chris Harlan.

WPIAL 3A, 4A previews

TJ’s QB on ‘D’ Zandier ‘as good of a player as there is in the WPIAL,’ by Ray Fisher.

Play in trenches key in Class 3A title game, by Paul Schofield.


Springdale's Josh Harmon (44) is dropped by Jeannette's Jordon Sullivan (56) and Eric Hall (55) for a 3-yard loss during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal

Springdale’s Josh Harmon (44) is dropped by Jeannette’s Jordon Sullivan (56) and Eric Hall (55) for a 3-yard loss during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal

Jeannette’s aggressive defense has stifled opponents, by Bill Beckner Jr.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL playoffs second-round recap




GORMAN: Derry’s storybook season comes to an end

Derry’s dream season ended by Aliquippa, by Paul Schofield.

Carter scores with 20 seconds left to spark Beaver Falls victory, by Nathan Smith.


Miracle lateral play lifts McKeesport to first WPIAL title game since ’05, by Chris Harlan.

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Seneca Valley blocks last-second extra point, stuns No. 2 North Allegheny, by Jerin Steele.


Central Catholic cruises to fourth straight final past Pine-Richland, by William Whalen.


New Castle holds off Ringgold to reach first WPIAL final since 1998, by George Guido.

#TribHS roundup: Thomas Jefferson returns to WPIAL title game

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Jeannette races past Springdale to WPIAL semifinals, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Springdale QB Sammy Carey

Springdale quarterback Sammy Carey

Traditionally a power running team, Springdale’s passing attack helped team advance to Class A quarterfinals, by Doug Gulasy.

Defense shines as Ligonier Valley sets program record for victories, by Dave Mackall.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Playoffs Round 2



Next-man-up mentality holds true in WPIAL playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

Seneca Valley's Jack Cook

Seneca Valley quarterback Jack Cook

GORMAN: Seneca Valley hopes to Cook up another playoff win


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: First-year coaches carry conference rivals Gateway, McKeesport into WPIAL semifinals, by Chris Harlan.

#TribHS notebook: Long-awaited trip to finals on the line for area teams, by Chris Harlan.

Statewide notebook: Coughlin pair reaches 1,000 yards

Thomas Jefferson's Quinton Hill

Thomas Jefferson running back Quinton Hill

Hill establishes new career rushing record at Thomas Jefferson, by Ray Fisher.


Westmoreland Tribune-Review: Derry looks to continue dream season by toppling top-ranked Aliquippa, by Bill Beckner Jr.


Don’t-miss matchups for Week 11

Valley News Dispatch: Eastern Conference rivals Jeannette, Springdale prepare for rematch, by Doug Gulasy.

Springdale's Sammy Carey

A-K Valley Q&A: Springdale QB Sammy Carey, by William Whalen.

Here is a list of the 10 longest playoff streaks in WPIAL history:
School Number Years qualified
1. Aliquippa 22 1995-2016
1. Thomas Jefferson 22 1995-2016
3. Woodland Hills 21 1996-2016
4. McKeesport 19 1998-2016
5. Upper St. Clair 17 2000-2016
6. Bethel Park 16 2001-2016
6. Rochester 16 1997-2012
8. Jeannette 15 1994-2008
9. Beth-Center 14 2003-2016
9. Central Catholic 14* 2003-2016
9. Penn Hills 14 1998-2011
* — Central Catholic has qualified every year since 2000 but voluntarily withdrew in 2002




Highlands' Bailey Bonnett

Highlands’ Bailey Bonnett

Highlands’ Bonnett signs with Kentucky, by Doug Gulasy.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL Playoffs Opening-Round Recap


Derry home playoff game

GORMAN: Electric atmosphere for Derry’s ‘storybook’ home playoff game

Derry knocks off Central Valley to keep magical season alive, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Pine-Richland kicker Vittorio Orsini is mobbed by his teammates following his winning field goal against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A first-round playoff game

Pine-Richland kicker Vittorio Orsini is mobbed by his teammates following his winning field goal against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A first-round playoff game

Orsini’s last-second field goal leads Pine-Richland past Bethel Park, by Chris Harlan.

Hempfield’s missed opportunities help North Allegheny to prevail, by Jerin Steele.

Gateway upsets No. 2 Armstrong after Dudek injured, by William Whalen.

Woodland Hills uses stifling defense to defeat Franklin Regional, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS roundup: New Castle upsets No. 2 South Fayette

Titans’ Carey carries West Mifflin past Belle Vernon, by Matt Grubba.

Keystone Oaks QB Alex Smith splits Apollo-Ridge's Alexander Gamble (left) and Kyle Fitzroy on a second-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game

Keystone Oaks quarterback Alex Smith splits Apollo-Ridge defenders Alexander Gamble (left) and Kyle Fitzroy on the way to a second-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game

Apollo-Ridge's Duane Brown avoids Keystone Oaks' Dylan Knorr

Apollo-Ridge’s Duane Brown avoids Keystone Oaks’ Dylan Knorr


QB Smith leads Keystone Oaks in rout of Apollo-Ridge, by Doug Gulasy.


No. 2 Jeannette routs Shenango in opening round, by Alec Italiano.

Last-second TD lifts Springdale over Carmichaels in high-scoring thriller, by George Guido.

Friday’s results
WPIAL playoffs
First round
Class 6A

Central Catholic 48, Norwin 0
North Allegheny 42, Hempfield 7
Pine-Richland 35, Bethel Park 32
Seneca Valley 49, Mt. Lebanon 43
Class 5A
Gateway 38, Armstrong 20
McKeesport 31, Upper St. Clair 10
West Allegheny 41, North Hills 21
Woodland Hills 17, Franklin Regional 3
Class 4A
New Castle 51, South Fayette 43
Ringgold 42, Mars 31
Thomas Jefferson 35, Montour 0
West Mifflin 19, Belle Vernon 0
Class 3A
Aliquippa 42, South Park 7
Derry 33, Central Valley 20
Beaver Falls 42, Mt. Pleasant 14
Keystone Oaks 56, Apollo-Ridge 20
Class 2A
Brentwood 46, Frazier 19
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 14, Burgettstown 7
Freedom 38, East Allegheny 21
Laurel 10, Chartiers-Houston 6
Neshannock 60, Serra Catholic 21
Riverside 42, Avonworth 7
Steel Valley 51, Beth-Center 14
Washington 35, South Side Beaver 13
Class A
Clairton 50, Avella 6
Fort Cherry 28, Sto-Rox 14
Imani Christian 44, OLSH 13
Jeannette 39, Shenango 0
Northgate 37, Mapletown 0
Rochester 39 Riverview 6
Springdale 50, Carmichaels 44


#TribHS Football GAMEPLAN: WPIAL playoffs opening round


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Conference opponents set for rematches in opening round, by Doug Gulasy.

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Derry hosting Central Valley in first home playoff game since 1983, by Paul Schofield.

GORMAN: Franklin Regional’s Behr inspired by father’s memory

Bethel Park QB Cole Rogers

Bethel Park quarterback Cole Rogers

Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone

Pine-Richland’s Raymond Falcone

No. 4 Bethel Park, No. 5 Pine-Richland eager for challenge in WPIAL postseason, by Chris Harlan.

Don’t-miss matchups
for Week 10

#TribHS notebook: Playoff football returns to East Allegheny, by Chris Harlan.

Statewide notebook: Camp Hill’s Williams reaches 1,000 rushing yards for fourth time

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Apollo-Ridge preps to play Allegheny Conference rival Keystone Oaks, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Springdale's Ethan McFarland

Springdale’s Ethan McFarland

Springdale scrambles to prepare for new foe, by Bill Beckner Jr.

A-K Valley Q&A: Springdale RB Ethan McFarland, by William Whalen.

Playoff persistency

Here is a list of the 10 schools with the most WPIAL playoff appearances:
1. Aliquippa 40
2. Jeannette 39
3. Mt. Lebanon 37
4. Upper St. Clair 35
5. Penn Hills 33
6. North Hills 32
7. Clairton 31
7. Gateway 31
7. Monessen 31
10. North Allegheny 30


Steelers mom tackles bone marrow drive for Aliquippa teen, by Ben Schmitt.


#TribHS Football: WPIAL playoff pairings


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Aliquippa's Kiyon Fooks

Aliquippa’s Kiyon Fooks

First six-classification postseason sees usual suspects earn top seeds, by Kevin Gorman.

Central Catholic's Troy Fisher

Central Catholic’s Troy Fisher

West Allegheny's Kenny White

West Allegheny’s Kenny White

Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

Steel Valley’s DeWayne Murray

Breaking down the WPIAL football playoffs, by Chris Harlan.

Clairton's Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Lamont Wade

Clairton’s Wade has surgery, will miss start of WPIAL playoffs, by Kevin Gorman.

Jeannette's Kareem Hall

Jeannette’s Kareem Hall

Hall hopes to carry Jeannette deep into football playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

Jeannette’s Tremayne Briston recovers a fumble against Clairton

Jeannette’s Tremayne Briston recovers a fumble against Clairton

Jeannette awarded No. 3 seed in WPIAL Class A playoffs, by Paul Schofield.

Derry’s Owen Whitacre celebrates with Derry’s Shawn Broadway after his sack against Mt. Pleasant

Derry’s Owen Whitacre celebrates with Derry’s Shawn Broadway after his sack against Mt. Pleasant

Derry draws No. 4 seed in first WPIAL playoff appearance since 2009, by Paul Schofield.

Apollo-Ridge's Duane Brown

Apollo-Ridge’s Duane Brown

Apollo-Ridge draws familiar foe in opening round, by Bill Beckner Jr.


#TribHS Football: Week 9 Recap


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GORMAN: Under Perry, losing isn’t OK at KO


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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Harvey’s five TDs help Mt. Lebanon earn share of conference crown, by Chris Harlan.

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Westmoreland Tribune-Review: No. 1 Clairton hangs on to beat No. 2 Jeannette in possible Class A final preview, by Paul Schofield.

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Valley News Dispatch: Valley’s win over Freeport not quite enough to earn playoff spot, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Teams who clinched berths in WPIAL playoffs

No. 2 North Allegheny routs No. 3 Pine-Richland for seventh consecutive win, by Brian Duermeyer.

Hempfield strikes late to edge Norwin, clinch third in Southeastern, by Nathan Smith.

Armstrong's Zane Dudek (33) celebrates in the end zone with teammates Kyle Bowser and Zach Crissman after scoring a touchdown in the first half aginst Kiski Area

Armstrong’s Zane Dudek (33) celebrates in the end zone with teammates Kyle Bowser and Zach Crissman after scoring a touchdown in the first half against Kiski Area



Armstrong’s Dudek sets WPIAL rushing record as River Hawks keep Kiski Area from postseason, by William Whalen.

Penn-Trafford upsets McKeesport but misses out on playoffs, by Dave Mackall.

Franklin Regional beats Gateway to secure postseason berth, by Michael Love.

#TribHS roundup: Woodland Hills clinches second in Allegheny 9

Strong start lifts USO into City title game, by Devon Moore.

Molinaro’s kick in overtime sends Brashear back to City title game, by Josh Rizzo.

No. 5 Derry puts finishing touches on perfect regular season, by John Krysinsky.

Indiana wins shootout with Highlands in season finale, by George Guido.

Streaking Beaver Falls ‘peaking’ at the right time, by Andrew Erickson.

Burrell tops Deer Lakes in emotional senior night win, by Doug Gulasy.

Apollo-Ridge routs South Allegheny; Brown scores five TDs, by Jerin Steele.

Springdale topples GCC to earn playoff berth, by Alec Italiano.


Imani Christian’s Robinson commits to West Virginia, by Kevin Gorman.


Robinson throws for 446 yards to lead Imani Christian past Leechburg, by Wes Crosby.


Friday’s results
Class 6A
Northern Seven

Central Catholic 42, Penn Hills 13
North Allegheny 47, Pine-Richland 10
Hempfield 29, Norwin 22
Mt. Lebanon 35, Bethel Park 14
Canon-McMillan 31, Butler 17
Seneca Valley 54, Altoona 20
Peters Township at Shaler (n)
Class 5A
Allegheny 9

Chartiers Valley 42, Baldwin 14
North Hills 47, Hampton 28
West Allegheny 33, Moon 14
Woodland Hills 28, Upper St. Clair 21
Big East 9
Armstrong 38, Kiski Area 6
Franklin Regional 24, Gateway 19
Latrobe 63, Connellsville 6
Penn-Trafford 20, McKeesport 10
Fox Chapel 42, Plum 7
Class 4A
Big 9

Greensburg Salem 49, Uniontown 7
Laurel Highlands 17, Albert Gallatin 14
Ringgold 34, Trinity 14
Thomas Jefferson 35, West Mifflin 14
Northwest Nine
Indiana 52, Highlands 42
Mars 42, Knoch 14
New Castle 35, Blackhawk 13
South Fayette 42, Montour 20
Belle Vernon 56, Ambridge 0
Class 3A

Burrell 21, Deer Lakes 13
Keystone Oaks 42, Seton-La Salle 7
Valley 37, Freeport 12
Beaver Valley
Aliquippa 36, Hopewell 30
Beaver Falls 20, Beaver 15
Quaker Valley 35, Ellwood City 13
Derry 52, McGuffey 22
Mt. Pleasant 47, Southmoreland 21
South Park 41, Yough 14
Central Valley 2, Shady Side Academy 0 (forfeit)
Class 2A

Charleroi 54, Brownsville 8
Chartiers-Houston 14, Frazier 6
Washington 42, Beth-Center 0
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 41, Freedom 14
Neshannock 35, Mohawk 7
Riverside 28, New Brighton 13
Three Rivers
East Allegheny 48, Serra Catholic 14
Steel Valley 56, Brentwood 0
Apollo-Ridge 49, South Allegheny 27
Elizabeth Forward 41, Burgettstown 6
Laurel 42, Carlynton 0
Riverview 35, Bentworth 24
South Side Beaver 43, Waynesburg 14
Class A
Big 7

Northgate 73, Cornell 0
OLSH 27, Sto-Rox 18
Shenango 19, Union 18
Clairton 32, Jeannette 13
Imani Christian 48, Leechburg 7
Springdale 34, Greensburg Central Catholic 13
Tri-County South
California 41, West Greene 0
Fort Cherry 42, Jefferson-Morgan 14
Mapletown 22, Monessen 12
Bishop Canevin 44, Carmichaels 13
District 6

Homer-Center 33, Berlin Brothersvalley 10
Marion Center 46, North Star 33
Northern Cambria 41, Meyersdale 26
Portage 30, Blairsville 21
Saltsburg 50, Blacklick Valley 28
United 26, Shade 22
Purchase Line at Windber (n)
City League playoffs

USO 40, Perry 6


#TribHS Football: Week 9 GAMEPLAN




GETTING WILD: Class 3A teams seeking Week 9 victories, help to secure wild card, by Chris Harlan.

Latrobe's Austin Butler

Latrobe’s Austin Butler

GORMAN:Latrobe star Butler hopes for a win



Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rivals Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park to battle for seeding, conference championship, by Joe Sager.

#TribHS notebook: Shady Side Academy forfeit a ‘perfect storm,’ by Chris Harlan.

Statewide notebook: Sottile reaching national acclaim for returns


Don’t-miss matchups for Week 9


Westmoreland Tribune-Review: Class A’s top teams Clairton, Jeannette to play for conference title, likely No. 1 seed, by Paul Schofield.


Valley still in Class 3A wild card chase with one game to play, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Apollo-Ridge's Brett Coleman

VND Q&A: Apollo-Ridge RB Brett Coleman, by William Whalen.

Gone, but not forgotten
With Wilkinsburg High School closing its doors this past June, its football team has the most victories of any defunct WPIAL school. Here is a list of the 10 winningest WPIAL schools that are now defunct:
School Years existed Record
1. Wilkinsburg 1903-2015 510-475-54
2. Duquesne 1908-2006 488-358-33
3. Monaca 1912-2009 475-410-44
4. Kittanning 1914-2014 389-475-26
5. Ford City 1908-2014 353-451-24
6. Turtle Creek 1903-86 351-297-41
7. German Township 1916-86 348-242-27
8. Midland 1919-85 322-242-35
9. Swissvale 1904-86 295-316-38
10. Donora 1905-68 282-186-31


#TribHS Football: Week 8 Recap


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GORMAN: OLSH charged for first playoff run


Beth-Center's Johnny Little

Beth-Center’s Johnny Little

GORMAN: Schools rally around Beth-Center’s Little

Check out the halftime show from the Root Sports High School Football game of the week, West Allegheny at Woodland Hills, where we break down WPIAL playoff scenarios:

On Prospect Watch, taking a look at the recruitment of Beaver Falls’ Donovan Jeter, Clairton’s Lamont Wade, Beaver’s Darius Wise and Imani Christian’s Kenny Robinson:


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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Big plays carry No. 1 West Allegheny past Woodland Hills, by Andrew Erickson.

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Westmoreland Tribune-Review: Greensburg Salem intercepts four passes, returns two for scores in win over Trinity, by Paul Schofield.

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Valley News Dispatch: Apollo-Ridge slows down Valley, clinches playoff spot, by Bill Beckner Jr.

No. 2 North Allegheny routs slumping Hempfield, by Les Harvath.

Penn-Trafford keeps hopes alive by rolling over fellow playoff contender Kiski Area, by George Guido.

No. 3 McKeesport scores 34 unanswered points to pull away from Gateway, by Michael Love.


Brown’s five TDs carry Plum past Latrobe, by John Krysinsky.

#TribHS roundup: Franklin Regional captures sixth straight victory

South Fayette's Luke Meindl dives for South Fayette's fifth touchdown in the first half against Highlands

South Fayette’s Luke Meindl dives for South Fayette’s fifth touchdown in the first half against Highlands

Saxton passes for 402 yards, four TDs as No. 2 South Fayette rolls, by Doug Gulasy.

West Mifflin shakes off slow start to top Belle Vernon, by Dave Mackall.

Aliquippa rallies from two-touchdown deficit to defeat Central Valley, by Chris Harlan.

QB Smith, Keystone Oaks too much for Freeport, by William Whalen.

East Allegheny takes to air to shut out Burrell, by Jerin Steele.

Solomon’s big night leads Deer Lakes over Shady Side Academy, by D.J. Vasil.

Leechburg edges Brownsville for first win of the season, by Dave Yohe.

Friday’s results
Class 6A
Northern Seven

Pine-Richland 28, Butler 13
Seneca Valley 57, Shaler 6
Bethel Park 35, Altoona 0
Canon-McMillan 13, Peters Township 10
Central Catholic 41, Norwin 0
Mt. Lebanon 56, Penn Hills 27
North Allegheny 42, Hempfield 7
Class 5A
Allegheny 9

Fox Chapel 51, Chartiers Valley 12
Moon 49, Baldwin 27
Upper St. Clair 55, Hampton 3
West Allegheny 52, Woodland Hills 13
Big East 9
Armstrong 60, Connellsville 7
McKeesport 34, Gateway 19
Penn-Trafford 27, Kiski Area 3
Plum 41, Latrobe 24
Franklin Regional 35, North Hills 20
Class 4A
Big 9

Albert Gallatin 26, Uniontown 20
Greensburg Salem 27, Trinity 0
Thomas Jefferson 51, Laurel Highlands 0
West Mifflin 26, Belle Vernon 9
Northwest Nine
Knoch 48, Ambridge 0
Mars 49, Indiana 14
Montour 38, Blackhawk 14
South Fayette 48, Highlands 14
Ringgold 41, New Castle 27
Class 3A

Apollo-Ridge 35, Valley 12
Deer Lakes 21, Shady Side Academy 14
Keystone Oaks 44, Freeport 7
Beaver Valley
Aliquippa 22, Central Valley 14
Beaver Falls 34, Hopewell 21
Derry 38, Waynesburg 0
South Park 29, Elizabeth Forward 6
Yough 20, Southmoreland 19
Beaver 25, Mt. Pleasant 6
Quaker Valley 35, Seton-La Salle 28 (OT)
Class 2A

Charleroi at Beth-Center, ppd. to Saturday
Frazier 46, Bentworth 21
Washington 41, Burgettstown 6
Laurel 27, New Brighton 14
Neshannock 18, Freedom 10
South Side Beaver 28, CW North Catholic 14
Three Rivers
Avonworth 35, South Allegheny 6
Brentwood 41, Carlynton 7
Steel Valley 72, Serra Catholic 7
East Allegheny 49, Burrell 0
Leechburg 35, Brownsville 34
McGuffey 20, Chartiers-Houston 14
Mohawk 67, Vincentian Academy 6
Riverside 14, Ellwood City 13 (OT)
Class A
Big 7

OLSH 60, Shenango 24
Rochester 55, Union 12
Sto-Rox 8, Cornell 0
Tri-County South
Avella 35, Monessen 6
California 45, Jefferson-Morgan 2
Carmichaels 16, Fort Cherry 7
Jeannette 48, Mapletown 0
Western Beaver 33, West Greene 14
District 6

Homer-Center 43, Blairsville 14
Ligonier Valley 41, Purchase Line 12
Northern Cambria 12, West Shamokin 6
Penns Manor 40, Saltsburg 12
United 21, Marion Center 6
District 8
City League

Perry 21, Allderdice 20
Westinghouse 71, Carrick 8


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