Football

Coaches wrestle with decision to play games or scrimmage in Week Zero

Art Walker was given the framework for a 10-game schedule, but he was struggling to fill North Allegheny football's Week Zero slot with anything. The ...

WPIAL runners-up Central Valley, South Fayette to square off

Scrimmage or play a game? South Fayette and Central Valley had to tackle that question once they scheduled a late-August matchup. "Originally, we hemmed ...

Neighboring Hempfield, Greensburg Salem set to square off after 4-year hiatus

Greensburg Salem senior linebacker Teegan Hahn was sitting in the Spartan Stadium bleachers watching his brother Tanner play the most recent time Greensburg Salem and ...

Burrell, Springdale set to play for 1st time in 31 years

Week Zero is brand new, so its perception could change with time. But it looks like the teams that chose to play a game over ...

Gorman: Teams have a chance to renew rivalries

Joe Salvino watched as a new scoreboard was installed at Memorial Stadium and had flashbacks to the glory days of Monessen's rivalry with Charleroi. "I ...

Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Kiski Area's Noah Clayton

Noah Clayton is a defensive standout at middle linebacker for Kiski Area, but his value has increased heading into his senior season. "He has taken ...

The Birdie opens year with Zero expectations

The Birdie says the pressure's off for his first week of predictions. The Alle-Kiski Valley's gridiron guru isn't concerned about wins and losses. "The PIAA has ...

H.S. Picks ready for another stellar season

H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review's wily prognosticator, had quite an offseason, especially exploring new vacation spots. His trips took him to Central Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed floating ...

Don't-miss matchups in Week Zero

NONCONFERENCE 1-3A Aliquippa at New Castle 8 p.m. Saturday The buzz: The game is part of a four-team kickoff event at New Castle. In the first matchup, ...

High school notebook: Sto-Rox celebrates 50 years of football

Sto-Rox football will celebrate its 50th anniversary this week, a half-century that started with a WPIAL championship in its first season. The school formed when Stowe ...

HSFB position by position: Pressure-tested kickers return

There are times when winning a championship rests with the kicker. Thirty years ago, a 30-yard field goal by Burrell's Rich Marriott secured a 3-0 ...

Dad's advice helps Valley tight end earn D-I offer

There are those who accuse teenagers of going out of their way to displease parents. But in the case of Valley tight end Kane Piroch, going ...

Gorman: West A's Opsatnik an ace on kicks

The memory is clear as day for D.J. Opsatnik, who kicked the winning field goal to clinch the WPIAL championship for West Allegheny. "It felt ...

HSFB position by position: Top safety Ford joins new team

Two of the WPIAL's best safeties have new surroundings. Paris Ford and Kenny Robinson, both talented Division I recruits, transferred schools since last football season. ...

Valley football notebook: Twin tackles display musical talents

Football and music have had a solid companionship since NFL Films came on the scene in 1962. But for a pair of Valley football twins, music ...

Gorman: Ligonier Valley safety a big hitter

One of the best safeties in Western Pennsylvania resides just minutes outside of WPIAL territory. That Collin Smith plays for Ligonier Valley didn't stop BCS ...

Gateway, Woodland Hills renew rivalry to open football season

When football teams in the WPIAL were given the option of playing a second scrimmage or scheduling a nonconference game, Gateway jumped at the chance ...

Football preview: Plum hopes to keep resurgence going in new conference

Plum head coach Matt Morgan recalls fondly the strides made by his players the past two seasons after the Mustangs labored through a 2-26 stretch ...

Franklin Regional hope to maintain success in new conference

For more than a decade, the Franklin Regional football team enjoyed success in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Last year, their final season in the conference, the ...

Road to WPIAL Class 4A championship goes through Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson won the WPIAL Class AAA championship last season with a tried and true winning formula: outstanding offense, dominating defense and solid special teams ...

Baldwin gridders gear for Class 5A schedule

Baldwin is a member of the Allegheny 9 Conference in Class 5A this season. Baldwin, Upper St. Clair and Woodland Hills are holdovers from the Quad ...

New faces looking to continue Penn-Trafford football's winning ways

The amount of talent lost by the Penn-Trafford football team to graduation is undeniable. In all, the team lost 25 seniors to graduation, including many top ...

Alle-Kiski Valley teams split on Week Zero

When it came time to decide whether to play a scrimmage or full-fledged game in the new "Week Zero," Springdale football coach Dave Leasure left ...

Springdale ball carriers rely on their physicality

Growing up in a Class A football community, learning to run the football comes shortly after learning to walk, and this year's Springdale team has ...

Springdale football notebook: Ex-coaches Wagner, Boulton to be honored

A program can't move forward without acknowledging its past. Springdale will honor two of its most celebrated and appreciated coaches in Chuck Wagner and Don ...

HSFB preview by position: Clairton's Lamont Wade among nation's best

Not only is Clairton's Lamont Wade the best cornerback in the WPIAL, he ranks among the best defensive backs in the nation. ...

Gorman: North Allegheny's Mermigas a versatile star

Niko Mermigas covers like a corner and hits like a safety, but it's his willingness to play any position that North Allegheny coach Art Walker ...

Carlynton football ready to bring the streak to an end

The Carlynton football team is ready for a change. The Cougars are coming off back-to-back winless seasons, and their losing streak dates back to the 2013 ...

Experienced Keystone Oaks football team setting the bar high

The Keystone Oaks football team is flying high heading into the 2016 season. The Golden Eagles enter the season ranked No. 4 in the Tribune-Review's Class ...

Leechburg football aims for 1st winning season since 1991

It isn't difficult for Leechburg football fans to spot senior Cory Nulph on the field with his long, curly hair flowing out the back of ...

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