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Montour kicker comes through in win over Central Valley

By Chris Harlan
Montour sophomore Nolan Hutter faced quite a set of circumstances for his first varsity field-goal attempt: A 20-yarder with 57 seconds left in a tied ...

Gorman: Armstrong focused on the future
By Kevin Gorman
Two towns, two dreams and one team is a twist on the “Friday Night Lights” theme and a foreign concept in Armstrong County. One hundred ...
Gateway gets off to good start with win over Greensburg Salem
By Paul Schofield
Gateway sent a message to the teams in the Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference on Friday: We’re back. The Gators used their quickness on defense and ...
Upper St. Clair upends Penn Hills, 17-0
By Gary Horvath
Upper St. Clair started what coach Jim Render hopes will be a promising new season with a result that has become quite familiar. For the third ...
Mars’ offensive stars shine in 35-6 win over Indiana
By Brian J. Duermeyer
Mars continued its home-field mastery of Greater Allegheny Conference foe Indiana with an easier-than-expected 35-6 victory Friday. Sam Morrissey tossed three touchdown passes to Eli Brooks, ...
Transfer Ross powers Greensburg Central Catholic past Monessen
By Jeff Oliver
It didn’t take long for Greensburg Central Catholic to unleash its newest offensive weapon. And once it did, Monessen was no match. L.A. Ross rushed for ...
Big 2nd half gives Franklin Regional win over Knoch, 35-2
By Wes Crosby
Franklin Regional took one half to get in gear and then exploded. The Class AAA No. 3 Panthers scored 21 points in the third quarter on ...
Seton-La Salle star WR starts fast in lopsided victory over South Park
By Bill West
Like all of the others who played in Friday night’s humidity, Seton-La Salle’s Paris Ford walked off South Park’s football field with his pads and uniform soaked with perspiration. Better indications of how much Ford sweats strictly from the glare of a WPIAL-wide spotlight might come later this season. A trio ...
Armstrong football wins inaugural game
By George Guido
Armstrong had an opening night of football it will never forget. Three weather delays weren’t enough to stop the River Hawks from defeating Hollidaysburg, 33-14, in ...
Valley holds off Burrell to win Battle of the Bypass
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Valley and Burrell players lined up and gazed at each other at midfield during pregame warm-ups just to reassure everyone that their rivalry still beats ...
Connellsville football starts strong before succumbing to McKeesport
By Jason Black
After rain, lightning and thunder delayed the start of the Quad East football game Friday between McKeesport and host Connellsville by 35 minutes, it was ...
Clairton picks up where it left off, rout California, 72-0
By Dave Mackall
Here we go again. Clairton’s football team opened its 2015 schedule Friday night with the type of electrifying performance that had the Bears claiming their 11th ...
Ringgold topples Thomas Jefferson
By Rick Bruni
There’s a new king of the mountain in WPIAL Class AAA Big 10 Conference. Ringgold scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday and handed perennial contender Thomas Jefferson ...
South Allegheny mounts 2nd-half rally to top Sto-Rox
By David Whipkey
More often than not, being backed up on your own 1-yard line limits a playbook substantially. South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe threw conventional wisdom out the window Friday night with his Gladiators clinging to a three-point lead late against Sto-Rox. The veteran coach allowed Gladiators quarterback Tyler Hinerman to throw deep ...
Leader Times roundup: Karns City rolls in opener
By Staff Reports
Maverick Kelsea ran for 150 yards, Collin Dunmyre rushed for 94, and Chandler Turner added 95 to lead Karns City to a 47-0 victory over Brookville in the Keystone Shortway Conference opener for both teams Friday night. Redbank Valley 7, Clarion-Limestone 0, susp. — Redbank Valley’s opening game was suspended ...
Plum tops Hempfield once again
By Michael Love
For the second year in a row, Plum got the better of Hempfield in a season-opening Quad East clash. Last year, the Mustangs took care of business 45-19 at Hempfield. The Spartans tried to turn the tables Friday, but the outcome was similar. Plum, ranked 10th in the Tribune-Review Class AAAA ...
Bentworth, Frazier roll in TCS openers
By The Valley Independent
Frazier opened the season in impressive fashion, thrashing host Avella, 52-0, in a Tri-County South Conference game. The Commodores broke open a 7-0 game by scoring ...
BVA breaks in new field by beating Trinity
By Jeremy Sellew
Playing on the new surface at James Weir Stadium, Belle Vernon Area knocked off Trinity, 17-7, to pick up a season-opening win in Big 10 ...
Charleroi can’t survive Scotties’ thunder
By Bill Hughes
Charleroi’s Interstate Conference opener with Southmoreland was delayed 62 minutes Friday due to lightning. But once the game got going, the Scotties thundered to a 46-29 ...
Rams take down TJ in season opener
By Rick Bruni Jr.
There’s a new king of the mountain in the Class AAA Big 10 Conference. Ringgold scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday and handed perennial contender Thomas Jefferson ...
Defense sparks Freeport to Allegheny Conference victory over Shady Side Academy
By William Whalen
In the end, it didn’t matter that Shady Side Academy pushed back the start time of Friday night’s game a half hour to avoid hot ...
Highlands scores 42 straight points, rallies to victory
By Doug Gulasy
Highlands quarterback Brayden Thimons called it “crazy.” His coach went one step further. “In my 30-some years, I’ve never been in a football game like that,” Sam ...
Deer Lakes RB Burns rolls for 205 yds., 3 TDs in 26-6 win
By R.A. Monti
Replacing a 1,000-yard rusher is never easy, but Deer Lakes running back Hunter Burns eased Lancers fans’ minds Friday night. Burns carried the ball 36 ...
Penn-Trafford sets tone early, routs Kiski Area, 52-7
By Nathan Smith
It didn’t take Penn-Trafford long to impose its will on Kiski Area. On their way to a 52-7 win in a Quad East Conference game, the Warriors (1-0, 1-0) scored three touchdowns on their first five offensive plays. The Cavaliers (0-1, 0-1) never could recover. “We wanted to mix the run and ...
North Hills takes down Fox Chapel
By Staff Report
Nick Santucci caught six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns as North Hills defeated Fox Chapel, 27-13, in the Quad North Conference opener Friday night. Jake Elsayed threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns and Jake Seiler kicked two field goals for the Indians (0-1, 0-1). Sean Chitambo and ...
Apollo-Ridge edges Keystone Oaks behind Brown’s five touchdowns
By Jerin Steele
Around the Apollo-Ridge locker room, Duane Brown has a nickname: Duane “Touchdown” Brown. Brown lived up to that moniker Friday night. The junior running back scored all five of the Vikings’ touchdowns to lead Class AA No. 10 Apollo-Ridge to a 37-34 win over Keystone Oaks in a nonconference game at Owens ...
Leechburg drops Wilkinsburg thanks to 6 takeaways
By John Krysinsky
Leechburg defeated Wilkinsburg, 40-14, on Friday for an opening-night win by capitalizing on six turnovers in matchup between Eastern Conference rivals at Veterans Memorial Field. Cory Nulph and Darius Bennis ran for two touchdowns, and J.B. Burtick threw a touchdown pass and ran a fumble back for another Leechburg score to ...
Daily News roundup: Steel Valley rolls to opening victory
By Staff Reports
DeWayne Murray ran for 116 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and scored twice on punt returns to lead Steel Valley to a 56-6 victory at Carlynton in a WPIAL Class A Century Conference contest Friday night. Elisha Hughes added two touchdowns, and Tre Earl Edwards threw and ran for ...
High school roundup: Ringgold upsets No. 4 Thomas Jefferson in Big 10
By Staff Reports
No. 7 Ringgold scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 27-20 upset win over visiting Thomas Jefferson in a WPIAL Big 10 Conference clash Friday night. ...
West Mifflin holds off Uniontown in Big 9 showdown
By Dave Stofcheck
It might take a while for John Fortugna to get over Friday night’s 13-7 home loss to West Mifflin. The longtime Red Raiders coach knows his ...
Norwin football runs over Latrobe to win opener
By Les Harvath
After piling up 343 rushing yards Friday en route to a 31-0 opening-night win over Latrobe, Norwin coach Dave Brozeski had some postgame comments for ...
WPIAL football teams are adjusting to mid-cycle realignment
By Paul Schofield
The WPIAL usually realigns football conferences every two years. But because of the merger of Kittanning and Ford City to form Armstrong High School, the WPIAL ...
Different concerns for Salvino
By Jeff Oliver
For the first time in his head coaching career, when Joe Salvino was asked what his team needs to do to win, he didn’t respond ...
Through the years: Armstrong Central opened with victory in 1990
By George Guido Through The Years
Each Friday the Leader Times will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are part of local scholastic history For a merged team put together just a few weeks before official practice opened, Armstrong Central shocked the football world with a 38-0 rout at ...
Gorman: Friday night to be strange without Fedko
By Kevin Gorman
John Fedko broke into television in Odessa, Texas, covering the same Permian Panthers that would be featured in “Friday Night Lights.” Fedko brought the same ...
Connellsville linebackers Mauro, McKnight hope to lead Falcons to success
By Jason Black
Throughout the course of this season, Connellsville’s defense will be facing a number of talented players on high-octane offenses. The Falcons will be tested week ...