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Jeannette rolls past rival Greensburg Central Catholic

By Paul Schofield
Jeannette senior quarterback Julian Batts sat on a bench near midfield and listened to the school’s marching band perform a postgame show. Batts said he …

WPIAL football playoff clinchings
By Tribune-Review
The following WPIAL football teams have clinched berths in the WPIAL playoffs. In Class AAAA and AAA, the top five teams from each conference qualify  for the playoffs, along with one wild-card sixth-place team. In Class AA and A, the top four teams in each conference qualify. The playoffs begin …
Central Valley gains measure of revenge on No. 1 West Allegheny
By Chris Harlan
Central Valley’s Brandon Wilson intercepted the final throw and carried it as far as he could until time expired. The effort was more symbolic than …
High school roundup: Mars upsets No. 4 Hampton in GAC
By Staff Reports
Mars’ Isaiah Johnson scored on the first possession of overtime, and Robby Carmody intercepted Nick Grabowski on No. 4 Hampton’s ensuing possession to give the No. 10 Planets a 20-14 victory in a WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference game Friday night. Ori Rinaman scored twice for Mars (6-3, 5-3), …
Running back depth, defense carries Thomas Jefferson past West Mifflin
By Mark Kaboly
Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak has been saying all season how deep and talented his stable of running backs is. Austin Kemp prevented anybody from …
Gorman: For the record, TJ’s Kemp is a winner
By Kevin Gorman
Austin Kemp has had one coach whispering in his ear, another screaming in his face. Their message to the Thomas Jefferson star tailback was the …
North Allegheny’s defense shuts down North Hills, 31-7
By Bill West
That North Allegheny gave up a touchdown against North Hills on Friday night at Newman Stadium likely will go down as a footnote in any …
Serra Catholic snaps 28-game losing streak with 38-36 victory over Wilkinsburg
By Ray Judy
There usually isn’t much to celebrate when a team finishes a season 1-8. But that’s not the case for Serra Catholic. The Eagles snapped a …
Kittanning routs Ford City in rivalry’s final game
By Matt Grubba
With emotions on both sides at a fever pitch, Kittanning made their school’s home finale a game to remember. Senior quarterback Braydon Toy threw for …
Kittanning-Ford City notebook: Late TD holds special meaning
By George Guido
It can be said Logan Slagle became the last Kittanning player to score a touchdown at Red Ullom Field. The senior receiver caught a 6-yard …
Mt. Pleasant eliminates Southmoreland, earns home playoff game
By Jason Black
Mt. Pleasant football coach Bo Ruffner knew it would be a good night for his team even before the opening kickoff. “I knew in pregame …
Penn-Trafford remains unbeaten, shuts out Norwin
By Nathan Smith
There are a lot of words that can be used to describe the Penn-Trafford football team’s regular season. Perfect can be added to the list. …
Valley, Freeport provide special moment for Clarke in regular-season finale
By Thomas Zuck
In a season filled with frustration for Valley and Freeport, the teams conspired to end the season on an exhilarating high at James E. Swartz …
Knoch shuts down Yough, clinches playoff berth
By Doug Gulasy
With numerous playoff scenarios possible entering its game Friday against Yough, Knoch accomplished the one absolute necessity: A victory. Behind its strongest offensive and defensive …
No. 4 Highlands wraps up perfect regular season
By Bill Beckner Jr.
With speed-bursting, tackle-busting running backs on both teams, Highlands was concerned its regular-season finale against Shady Side Academy might look more like a track meet …
Belle Vernon Area enters playoffs with 3 straight wins after downing Elizabeth Forward
By Jeremy Sellew
Heads held high. That’s how the Belle Vernon Area football team will be heading into the WPIAL playoffs. The Leopards downed their Route 51 rivals, …
Valley Independent roundup: Ringgold has a ‘Berry’ good night
By The Valley Independent
After the first quarter, Trinity led Ringgold 7-6 in a Big Nine Conference game at Joe Montana Stadium. It wasn’t a sign of things to …
Homer-Center battles back from deficit to top Ligonier Valley, 19-14
By Les Harvath
Driving inside the Homer-Center 5-yard line for a go-ahead touchdown, Ligonier Valley was thwarted by what Rams coach Roger Beitel called a “freakish” play. As …
Charleroi can’t overcome 28-0 hole in loss to Freedom
By Jeff Oliver
Charleroi and Freedom played two football games Friday night at Charleroi Stadium. The Bulldogs won the first half in dominating fashion, 28-0. The Cougars commanded …
Aliquippa blasts Beaver Falls to complete another perfect regular season
By Brian J. Duermeyer
No. 2 Aliquippa completed its fifth consecutive undefeated regular season and can expect another high seed in the Class AA playoffs with a 56-6 blowout victory over rival Beaver Falls at Carl A. Aschman Stadium on Friday. The Midwestern Conference game was a one-sided affair that resulted in another running-clock …
Late TD lifts Penn Hills past Woodland Hills
By Ed Phillips
In a game dotted with star players and big plays, it was a methodical drive that led to Penn Hills knocking off Woodland Hills, 22-15, on Friday night at Turtle Creek Stadium. The Indians grinded out an 11-play, 66-yard drive capped by Milan Smith’s 3-yard run that provided the winning …
Franklin Regional downs Gateway, wraps up 2nd place in Greater Allegheny Conference
By Michael Love
Franklin Regional knew it would steer clear of playoff-scenario craziness in the Greater Allegheny Conference by taking care of business Friday against Gateway. The Panthers did just that. Franklin Regional compiled more than 400 yards of offense, and the Panthers defense forced five turnovers in a 35-10 victory. No. 8 …
After sluggish 1st half, McKeesport rolls past Kiski Area
By Dave Yohe
McKeesport and Kiski Area’s matchup Friday night became the tale of two halves. Kiski Area kept pace with  No. 5 McKeesport in the first half, but the Tigers (8-1, 7-1) left the Cavaliers behind in the second half for a 48-7 victory in Quad East play at Davis Field. “Our …
Clairton runs past Leechburg for PIAA record
By Dave Whipkey
Leechburg coach Mark George can take solace in the fact his Blue Devils held Clairton to its lowest point total this season. But 54 points were more than enough for the Bears as the No. 2 team in WPIAL Class A rolled Friday night to a 54-6 win over Leechburg …
West Shamokin dominates Deer Lakes
By R.A. Monti
West Shamokin’s all-time winningest class ended its high school football careers in style Friday night with a 34-20 win over Deer Lakes at Jack E. Boyer Stadium. Behind four-year starting running back Zac Horner, the Wolves (4-5, 3-4) picked up the 26th win in program history. Half of those have …
Apollo-Ridge fine-tunes for playoffs with 64-20 victory over Burrell
By William Whalen
Two teams entered the final game of the regular season heading in opposite directions. For No. 5 Apollo-Ridge, it simply was a business trip. Win the game, get out healthy and wait for the WPIAL playoff seedings Monday. For Burrell, the last game provided a glimpse into the future against …
Plum rolls past Latrobe, into playoffs
By Wes Crosby
Plum will enter the WPIAL football playoffs on the highest possible note. The Mustangs (5-4, 5-3) powered their way to touchdowns on each of their six first-half drives in a 42-7 win over Latrobe (1-8, 1-7) in a Quad East matchup at Mustang Stadium on Friday. The Mustangs took two …
Hempfield takes down Fox Chapel
By Tribune-Review
Justin Sliwoski threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead Hempfield (3-6, 2-6) to a 56-21 nonconference victory over Fox Chapel  (4-5, 3-4) in a WPIAL Class AAAA nonconference game Friday night. Hempfield’s Dante Luther scored touchdowns on a 34-yard interception return and a 59-yard kickoff return, and teammate …
Murray carries Steel Valley over South Allegheny, into WPIAL playoffs
By Dave Mackall
It has been an unspectacular season for a Steel Valley football team that at times has looked pretty special. After winning their first three games, the Ironmen since have been meandering their way to alternating wins and losses. The pattern called for another victory in the regular-season finale on Friday …
Connellsville reaches playoff despite blowout loss
By Jim Lane
The Connellsville football team had hopes of ending the regular season with a Quad East victory on the road over Altoona on Friday night. That didn’t happen as the Lions cruised to a 42-6 victory at Mansion Park. However, despite the loss, there was light at the end of the …
Frazier wards off California, 34-12
By Kyle Pillar
No. 7 Frazier (8-1, 7-1) finished the regular season on a high note, rolling to a 34-12 victory over California on Friday night in Tri-County South action. In a penalty-filled game, it was dual-threat freshman Alvin Ross who led the Commodores to second-place finish in the conference. On the second …
Laurel Highlands clinches playoff berth with 49-21 victory over Albert Gallatin
By Dave Stofcheck
By the time its band took the field at halftime Friday, Laurel Highlands was on its way to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Needing a win to enter the postseason, the Mustangs swamped host Albert Gallatin from the start in a 49-21  Big 9 Conference victory. Laurel Highlands (4-5, 4-4) …
East Allegheny caps season with win
By Staff Reports
Deon Smith threw for 186 yards and a touchdown and ran for 137 yards and another score to lead East Allegheny (4-5, 4-5) to an 18-0 victory at Carlynton (0-9, 0-9) in the WPIAL Class AA Century Conference on Friday night. Dwayne Bender scored on a 66-yard interception return, and …
District 9 roundup: Redbank Valley QB sets state’s single-game passing record
By Staff Reports
Redbank Valley fans were hoping to see the school’s first conference title since 1996. What they saw was something no one has ever seen at a high school game in PIAA history. Bulldogs quarterback Jake Dougherty threw for a state record 614 yards on 40 of 69 passing, but even …