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Heritage Conference roundup: Ligonier Valley shuts out Saltsburg

| Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 11:42 p.m.
North Allegheny's Alex DeSantis breaks a long run with Gateway's Jaymar Parrish pursuing to set up a touchdown later in the drive at Antimarino Stadium on Friday October 5, 2012.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
North Allegheny's Alex DeSantis breaks a long run with Gateway's Jaymar Parrish pursuing to set up a touchdown later in the drive at Antimarino Stadium on Friday October 5, 2012. Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review

Chase Keller threw for one touchdown and ran for two more, as Greensburg Central Catholic (4-2, 3-2) earned a 39-0 victory over Southmoreland (1-5, 1-4) in the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference on Friday night. Seth Warburton scored on a 99-yard fumble recovery in the second quarter for GCC, which led at halftime, 33-0.

Charleroi 10, Waynesburg 7 — In the Interstate Conference, Brennan Matthews threw for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead Charleroi (1-5, 1-4) to a victory at Waynesburg (1-5, 1-4). Bo Hampson ran for 116 yards and threw for a TD in the loss.

Washington 53, Brownsville 0 — Shai McKenzie ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, as Washington (6-0, 6-0) shut out Brownsville (0-6, 0-5) in the Interstate. DaRon Whitaker added three rushing touchdowns for Washington, which scored 41 first-half points.

Aliquippa 49, Freedom 3 — Dravon Henry ran for 152 yards and a touchdown to lead top-ranked Aliquippa (6-0, 4-0) to the Midwestern Conference victory over Freedom (2-4, 2-3). The Quips led at halftime, 42-0. Jon Cleek's 32-yard field goal in the third quarter for Freedom is just the second score against Aliquippa.

Kittanning 35, Ford City 21 — Kevin Barnes ran for 145 yards and passed for 110 as Kittanning (3-3, 3-2) defeated long-time rival Ford City. Devan Willyard rushed for 110 yards for Ford City (2-4, 1-4).

South Allegheny 41, McGuffey 14 — In the Century Conference, Brandon Murn ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter for precautionary reasons after a lower body injury to help the Gladiators (5-1, 4-1) extend their winning streak to five.

South Allegheny needs a win at Keystone Oaks next week and a little bit of help to qualify for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for the first time since 1986. McGuffey (2-4, 1-4) running back James Duchi finished with 165 yards.

South Fayette 52, Quaker Valley 0 — Brett Brumbaugh completed 19 of 25 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 2 South Fayette (6-0, 6-0) to a Century Conference shutout over Quaker Valley (2-4, 2-4). Brumbaugh has thrown for nearly 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns through six games. Justin Watson caught five passes for 110 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown. South Fayette now has 304 points this season while surrendering only 24.

South Park 27, Keystone Oaks 20 (OT) — Nick Scholle's 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Szala in overtime lifted South Park (3-3, 3-2) to a Century Conference win at Keystone Oaks (0-6, 0-5).

Jared Becker ran 31 times for 191 yards and a touchdown for South Park, while Kope Phillippi threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns for Keystone Oaks.

Valley 40, Yough 28 — Demetrius Houser ran 12 times for 190 yards and touchdowns of 44, 54 and 70 yards in Valley's nonconference win at Yough (2-4).

Houser also returned a blocked punt 45 yards for another touchdown. Kevin Frame added a touchdown on a 30-yard punt return for Valley (4-2). Tyler Donahue threw for 105 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns for Yough.


Mt. Lebanon 35, Canon-McMillan 12 — Dimitri Orfanopoulos scored on a 92-yard kickoff return and on a 20-yard pass from Tyler Roth as Mt. Lebanon (5-1, 5-0) won a Quad Central contest. Roth threw for 201 yards and two scores in the victory.

Bethel Park 31, Penn Hills 7 — Levi Metheny completed 8 of 12 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns as No. 10 Bethel Park (4-2, 4-2) beat Penn Hills (2-4, 2-3) in the Quad Central. Darius Holloway threw for 101 yards in the loss.

Peters Township 42, Plum 0 — Indians senior running back Mike Minjock rushed for 119 yards and scored on runs of 6 and 1 yards in a Quad Central victory. Peters Township (4-2, 3-2) also got 82 yards and two touchdowns from junior Marcus Ubinger. The Indians racked up 305 yards on the ground and 398 yards overall. Plum (0-6, 0-6) was limited to 66 yards.

McKeesport 34, Latrobe 2 — McKeesport (3-3, 3-2) racked up 406 yards rushing and rolled over Latrobe (1-5, 0-5) in a Quad East game. Quarterback Eddie Stockett led McKeesport with 135 yards on the ground, including touchdown runs of 54 and 10 yards. The Tigers held Latrobe to 30 total yards.

Central Catholic 28, Pine-Richland 8 — Luigi Lista-Brinza ran for 173 yards and touchdowns of 33 and 28 yards as No. 6 Central Catholic (5-1, 4-1) beat Pine-Richland (2-4, 1-4) in the Quad North. Connor Slonka rushed for 106 yards for Pine-Richland.

Seneca Valley 49, Shaler 0 — Jordan Brown completed 9 of 10 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 5 Seneca Valley (5-1, 4-1) to the Quad North shutout over Shaler (0-6, 0-5).

Forrest Barnes added 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Seneca Valley, which led at halftime, 35-0.

Upper St. Clair 34, Butler 3 — Pete Coughlin ran 14 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Ben Southorn as No. 3 Upper St. Clair (6-0) beat Butler (2-4) in nonconference play.

North Allegheny 14, Gateway 3 — Quarterback Mack Leftwich ran for both of top-ranked North Allegheny's touchdowns in its nonconference win at No. 2 Gateway (5-1). Chris Conti kicked a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter for Gateway's only points. North Allegheny (6-0) has allowed just 33 points this season.


Belle Vernon 26, Trinity 17 — Anthony Levis ran 36 yards for 245 yards, as Belle Vernon (2-4, 2-3) beat Trinity (3-3, 3-2) in the Big 9 Conference. Belle Vernon quarterback Travis Snyder completed 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Patrick Frey ran 12 times for 115 yards and an 83-yard touchdown for Trinity.

West Mifflin 27, Elizabeth Forward 0 — Derrick Fulmore hit Marcus Martin with an 88-yard touchdown in the third quarter, as No. 9 West Mifflin (6-0, 6-0) blanked Elizabeth Forward (3-3, 3-3) in the Big 9 Conference. Fulmore ran for 111 yards and touchdowns of 10 and 33 yards, and teammate Jimmy Wheeler added 139 rushing yards and a 9-yard touchdown.

Thomas Jefferson 45, Laurel Highlands 6 — Jake Farrell rushed for 106 yards, including scores of 47, 11 and 5 yards, as No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (6-0, 5-0) cruised to a Big 9 victory. Joe Carroll threw for 120 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Zach Schademan.

Hampton 28, Hollidaysburg 14 — Anthony Bianco ran for 98 yards and touchdowns of 4, 8 and 68 yards to lead No. 8 Hampton (5-1, 4-1) to the Greater Allegheny Conference win at Hollidaysburg (3-3, 3-2). Hampton led at halftime, 28-0.

Indiana 41, Greensburg Salem 23 — Sean Thompson threw for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and Miles Bietz rushed for 147 yards and a score to lead Indiana (2-4, 2-4) to a Greater Allegheny Conference win. Dom McKinley scored twice for Greensburg Salem (1-5, 1-5).

New Castle 51, Blackhawk 25 — Jalen Holmes ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and Malik Hooker scored twice as New Castle (3-3, 2-3) was victorious in the Parkway Conference.

Cole Chiappialle rushed for 241 yards, including touchdown runs of 79, 23, 64 and 1 yard for Blackhawk (1-5, 1-4).

Mars 44, Uniontown 0 — Josh Schultheis ran 16 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns as No. 4 Mars (6-0) blanked Uniontown (1-5) in nonconference play. Schultheis, who scored on runs of 1, 60, 44 and 3 yards, has 19 rushing TDs this season.


Clairton 42, Brentwood 7 — Tyler Boyd ran 17 times for 237 yards and three touchdowns as top-ranked Clairton (6-0, 6-0) beat Brentwood (3-3, 3-3) in the Black Hills Conference. Armani Ford threw for 123 yards and touchdowns of 25 and 56 yards to Terrish Webb. Webb caught four passes for 105 yards.

Imani Christian 33, California 7 — Quarterback Khari Hicks ran for two touchdowns as Imani Christian (5-1, 5-1) beat California (1-5, 1-5) in the Black Hills Conference. California's lone touchdown came on a 25-yard interception return by Austin Hunter.

Monessen 50, Serra Catholic 20 — No. 4 Monessen (5-1, 5-1) scored three special teams touchdowns in its Black Hills Conference win at Serra Catholic (0-6, 0-6). Chavas Rawlins scored on a 69-yard punt return, Kayne Jackson on a 31-yard blocked punt return, and Mark Blatnik added a 65-yard kickoff return.

Northgate 20, Leechburg 0 — Cody Walter ran 26 times for 260 yards and caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Johnny Camello as No. 9 Northgate (5-1, 4-0) blanked Leechburg (1-5, 1-4) in the Eastern Conference.

Springdale 24, Apollo Ridge 0 — Sean Dugan ran 39 times for 236 yards and two touchdowns to lead Springdale (4-2, 4-1) to the Eastern Conference shutout at Apollo-Ridge (3-3, 3-2). Jesse Zelonka threw for 136 yards for Apollo-Ridge.

Wilkinsburg 27, West Shamokin 6 — Wilkinsburg (1-5, 1-5) secured its first Eastern Conference win of the season with a 20-point fourth quarter and 47 minutes of shutout defense.

Quarterback Ryan Cox ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Andrew Wingard had a 20-yard touchdown catch to help West Shamokin (1-5, 1-5) avoid its first shutout of the season.

Frazier 20, Avella 13 — Quarterback Charles Manack's 2-yard run in the fourth quarter lifted Frazier (4-2, 4-2) to the Tri-County South win at Avella (5-1, 4-1).

Manack completed 17 of 30 passes for 194 yards. Santino Paris threw for 151 yards and ran for a 1-yard run for Avella.

Heritage Conference (District 6)

Ligonier Valley 56, Saltsburg 0 — Ryan Torrance ran nine times for 106 yards and two touchdowns, as Ligonier Valley (6-0, 5-0) shut out Saltsburg (1-5, 1-4). Scott Fennell completed 4 of 6 passes for 132 yards and a 90-yard touchdown to Billy Elliott. Brody Bieda ran 27 times for 105 yards in the loss.

Homer-Center 36, United 6 — Five different players scored touchdowns for Homer-Center (5-1, 5-1) in its win against United (0-6, 0-5). Aaron Berezansky, who had 105 yards, threw a 64-yard touchdown to Jared Nealey and ran for an 8-yard score.

Marion Center 12, Purchase Line 6 — Brodey Thompson scored on two short runs, as Marion Center (2-4, 2-4) defeated Purchase Line (0-6, 0-5). Alec Sunderlin threw an 80-yard pass to Todd Greene for Purchase Line's only touchdown.

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