Chartiers Valley and Bishop Canevin football pick up wins in WPIAL Week 2
After going 1-3 in the opening week of the season, the Signal Item area teams improved to 2-2 in the second week of the season. Bishop Canevin and Chartiers Valley each added a mark to the win column, and Carlynton and Keystone Oaks continue to look for the winning formula.
Below is a look back at Week 2 and a preview of what the area teams can expect to see in Week 3.
Last week: defeated Chartiers Houston, 10-4.
This week: vs. Carlynton, 7:30 p.m.
The Crusaders gave up two safeties but held on for the win over the Buccaneers to improve to 2-0 in the Black Hills Conference.
Bishop Canevin jumped out to a 10-0 first half lead as Ryan Durbin connected on a 35-yard field goal and quarterback Nico DiPaolo found Mike Tambellini for a 37-yard touchdown pass.
Chartiers-Houston recorded its first safety in the third quarter, when DiPaolo was tackled in the end zone. The second came with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, when the Canevin punter ran out of the end zone.
The Crusaders are preparing to face Carlynton on Friday night. The Cougars are 0-2 this season but feature several talented skill-position players.
The Crusaders' defense — which has surrendered only 11 points through the first two weeks — will need to keep quarterback Freddie McKissick, receiver Ryan Williams and running backs Evan Ban and Isiah Canton in check if they hope to record the win.
Last week: fell to Clairton, 50-7.
This week: at Bishop Canevin, 7:30 p.m.
The Cougars were unable to bring the Bears' 49-game win streak to a close and fell to the defending PIAA Class A champions.
The Carlynton defense could not keep up with the speed of Clairton and went down, 35-0, in the first quarter. Just before halftime, Ryan Williams returned a kick 75 yards for the Cougars' lone score.
Clairton's Tyler Boyd ran for 137 yards — a stat Carlynton must improve if it hopes to find a win against Bishop Canevin.
The Crusaders have a talented running back combination in fullback Jim Tersak and Giovanni DeMarzo. The offense must also click as Bishop Canevin has a tough defense that has not been giving up easy points in 2012.
Last week: defeated Hopewell, 34-33 (OT).
This week: at Central Valley, 7 p.m.
Michael Boulos was the star for the Colts in a one-point win over the Vikings.
The senior had touchdown runs of 75 and 25 yards and returned an interception 65 yards for a score. Boulos recorded another interception and finished with 138 rushing yards.
The Vikings tied the score with 45 seconds to go to send the game into overtime.
Hopewell scored first in overtime but failed to make the extra-point attempt. On the Colts' drive, Josh Lapiana found Andreo Coury in the end zone for the touchdown, and Kristina Coyne connected on the extra point.
The Colts will need to be ready when they travel Friday to the Parkway Conference's other CV — Central Valley.
The Warriors fell last week in a 28-27 overtime thriller to Montour when a two-point conversion attempt failed.
Central Valley standout receiver Robert Forster — who has scholarship offers from top college programs such as Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and USC — is a matchup headache as he plays receiver and takes snaps in the wildcat formation.
Sophomore Jordan Whitehead is another receiving threat the Colts will need to shut down if they hope to walk away with a win.
Last week: fell to South Fayette, 53-0.
This week: at Seton-La Salle, 7 p.m.
After a 35-7 shellacking at the hands of Steel Valley in Week 1, the Golden Eagles came out looking to get something started on offense and defense in Week 2.
South Fayette probably wasn't the best team to try that against.
The Lions rolled to the win after grabbing a 34-0 lead at halftime. Quarterback Brett Brumbaugh threw for 253 yards and five touchdowns. Pitt recruit Zack Challingsworth had 161 receiving yards.
It was the Lions' fourth straight win over the Golden Eagles. It was the worst loss by Keystone Oaks since a 55-6 loss to Franklin Regional during the 2004 season.
The Golden Eagles will look for their first win of the Matt Taylor era, but it won't get any easier in Week 3 — Keystone Oaks travels to cross-street rival Seton-La Salle.
The Rebels are coming off a 42-0 win over McGuffey. The defending Century Conference champions are led by a Brumbaugh of their own — Luke. The senior recorded 271 yards and three touchdowns last week.
Keystone Oaks also will have to contend with Rick Mellick, who recorded two rushing touchdowns last week.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.