Keystone Oaks falls to Quakers, 21-14
The season didn't get any easier for the Keystone Oaks football team as it fell to Quaker Valley, 21-14, for the program's first 0-4 start since 2004.
The Quakers scored on their first two possessions — a Dane Jackson 4-yard scamper and a 1-yard run by Burke Moser — to take the early lead. The Golden Eagles offense struggled in the first quarter, recording minus-8 yards.
On the opening Quakers drive of the second quarter, Keystone Oaks defensive back Kobe Phillippi was hit hard and taken out of the game. The sophomore is also the team's quarterback and had to be replaced by senior running back Dale Klobuchir and senior receiver Cory Sevacko in wildcat formations.
Despite the shake-up, Keystone Oaks found the end zone with just less than two minutes to go in the half when Sevacko ran it in from 1 yard to cut the deficit to 14-7.
Klobuchir tied the game in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run. But the Golden Eagles couldn't hold on as Moser found Jennaro Trovato on an 11-yard strike for the winning score.
Klobuchir had a huge game on the ground, running the ball 24 times for 186 yards.
The Golden Eagles will take a break from Century Conference action when they travel to Beaver Falls Friday to take on the Tigers. Beaver Falls enters 3-1 after falling to rival Beaver, 34-28, last week.
Dan Stratton leads the offensive attack. The quarterback has thrown for more than 500 yards this season.
The Tigers also can call on several talented running backs. Rob Bell, Damian Rawl and Marcus Cleckey each have recorded more than 100 yards on the ground this season.
Last week: defeated California, 39-14.
This week: vs. Monessen, 7:30 p.m.
The Crusaders had no troubles getting the win over California, going up 22-0 at halftime and only giving up the two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
Senior fullback Jim Tersak and sophomore running back Giovanni DeMarzo tore through the Spartans defense for three rushing touchdowns combined. Tersak added a 28-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Nico DiPaolo.
The Crusaders will face their toughest task of the season so far Friday when they welcome 3-1 Monesssen to Dormont Memorial Stadium.
The Greyhounds are coming off their first loss of the season — a 52-7 shellacking at the hands of Clairton.
Monessen is led by West Virginia recruit Chavas Rawlins.
The senior has thrown for more than 400 yards and run for another 300. He scored then lone touchdown against Clairton on a 33-yard scramble.
The Greyhounds can also call on Clintell Gillespie, who has nearly 400 all-purpose yards.
The Bishop Canevin defense — giving up six points per game — will be challenged by the Greyhounds' high-octane offense that is averaging 33 points.
Last week: defeated Serra Catholic, 65-8.
This week: vs. Imani Christian, 7:30 p.m.
The Cougars found their offense against Serra Catholic last week, leading, 29-8, at halftime.
Junior quarterback Freddie McKissick had a monstrous game on the ground, running the ball three times for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Freshman running back Isiah Canton added three scores of his own — on runs of 10 and 2 yards and a 25-yard pass from McKissick.
Ryan Williams scored on a 95-yard kickoff return, and Tyree Johnson scored on a 54-yard punt return.
The dominating performance gave Carlynton (1-3) its first win of the season.
The Cougars will face a much tougher challenge from Imani Christian on Friday night.
The Saints are coming off of an 18-16 win over Chartiers-Houston.
Despite being in its first season in the WPIAL, Imani Christian is 3-1 and third in the Black Hills Conference. The Saints' only loss came to Bishop Canevin, 21-6, in the season opener.
Imani Christian is led by quarterback Khari Hicks, who has thrown for six touchdown and more than 600 yards. He also has run for nearly 200 yards.
Running back Ron Brown has four touchdowns and nearly 400 yards on the ground.
If Carlynton loses this game, it will greatly diminish the hopes of clinching a WPIAL Class A playoff spot.
Last week: defeated Ellwood City, 53-19.
This week: vs. New Castle, 7 p.m.
The Colts had no trouble in a nonsection showdown with Ellwood City, jumping out to a 31-6 halftime lead and never looking back.
The Wolverines scored with a Logan Sarver 28-yard run. From that point on, it was all Chartiers Valley.
Michael Boulos scored on a 89-yard kickoff return, and Josh Lapiana found Andreo Coury for a 3-yard touchdown pass to go up, 13-6, after one.
Lapiana scored on a 75-yard run, and Joe Ragni added a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The defense added two scores as Tyler Terrell and Spencer Casson returned fumble recoveries for scores.
The Colts' 53 points in the win were nearly as many as their three previous games combined (57). Chartiers Valley likely will face a tougher challenge when it returns to Parkway Conference action Friday against New Castle.
The Red Hurricanes (1-3, 0-3) are coming off a 33-14 loss to Montour — the Tribune-Review's No. 1 Class AAA team. Jaylen Holmes ran for 107 yards on the stingy Spartans defense, and quarterback Julian Cox scored two touchdowns — one on a 6-yard run and another on a 23-yard pass to senior receiver Paul Jones.
The key to the success for Chartiers Valley will be stopping Holmes, who ran for nearly 1,000 yards last season. He is well on his way to similar numbers in 2012.
It will be a crucial game in the Parkway Conference standings as both teams hope to claim one of the five WPIAL playoff berths.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.