Football

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 ...

Leechburg football notebook: Solid offensive line crucial to Leechburg's prospects

Having capable runners such as quarterback J.B. Burtick and running back Cory Nulph is one thing, but having someone to pave the way for them ...

Valley's Piroch commits to St. Francis (Pa.)

Piroch commits to St. Francis (Pa.) Valley senior Kane Piroch decided to take his first Division I scholarship offer, committing this weekend to St. Francis ...

HSFB preview by position: Central's Adams leads strong linebacker unit

The WPIAL boasts one of the nation's elite linebacker recruits in Central Catholic's David Adams, but there also is a talented collection of tacklers behind ...

Gorman: An inside job for Mars linebacker Chizmar

Max Chizmar became starting inside linebacker at Mars by an injury. He has kept the job by relying on his instincts. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior ...

Mika, seasoned O-line anchor Kiski Area's hopes

Cam Mika hears the teasing every so often from his fellow Kiski Area offensive linemen. "Some of the other linemen will say, 'Sorry, I don't have ...

Coach: New system benefits Kiski Area

The PIAA's expansion from four to six classifications changed the WPIAL football landscape, with some teams losing rivalries and others facing long travel times for ...

Raised in cradle of quarterbacks, Pine-Richland's Jurkovec follows Western Pa. legends as next star

With teammates lurking in the hallway like paparazzi peeking through a weight-room window, pretending to snap photos with their smartphones, Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec just smiled ...

Six-classification football has arrived, causing major waves in the WPIAL

The landscape of Pennsylvania prep football has changed irrevocably, with the days of four classifications in the rear-view mirror. Gone are long-standing rivalries between neighboring schools, ...

Westmoreland County coaches leaning on dual-threat quarterbacks to guide teams to success

When NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana was in high school at Ringgold, he didn't throw the ball on every down. The three-sport star was lucky ...

A-K Valley signal-callers with varying styles set to lead teams

Brayden Thimons knows his Highlands football. He has followed recent team history with a careful curiosity, and always with an eye toward the future — ...

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