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Local men serve in official capacity

| Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011

Besides Knoch's appearance at Heinz Field on Saturday, there was some other local flavor at the stadium.

Three local men were part of the various officiating crews.

Tarentum's Chas Simoni Jr. worked the Class A game between Clairton and Sto-Rox.

West Deer's Joe Catanese worked the Knoch game, while Plum's Nick Morea was on the crew in the Class AA game when Jeannette played Aliquippa.

Simoni and Morea are part of a rare breed to have both played in and officiated in WPIAL playoff games.

Highlands was in the postseason with Simoni at quarterback and Morea played for Kiski Area in 1975 when the Cavaliers played in the first overtime game in WPIAL history against North Allegheny at Valley High School.

New Kensington's Frank Campbell played for Valley's 1981 playoff team and has officiated previous WPIAL championship games.

Piling up points

Knoch's third-quarter touchdown enabled the Knights to set the all-time Alle-Kiski Valley team scoring record, surpassing Ford City's 467 scored in 2006.

Knoch finished the season with 476 points, an average of 36.6 points per game.

Apollo's 1927 team, however, still holds the local mark for scoring average in a season. The A-K's pioneer football school averaged 39.2 per game, augmented by a 131-0 lambasting of Plumville.

Can't beat Montour

Yesterday was the third time the Spartans defeated an A-K team in the finals.

The Spartans knocked off Arnold in 1964 and Freeport the previous year.

Montour also beat Knoch in the 2007 semifinals, Highlands in '96 and Valley in '93, both first-round games.

Knoch handed a loss to Montour in the 1992 semifinals, and Valley beat the Spartans in the '98 opening round.

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