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High school roundup: Hampton scores homecoming win over Franklin Regional

| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
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With a chance to play for the section title outright, Hampton first had to beat Franklin Regional.

The Talbots won, 17-13, but the game wasn't as close as the score would indicate.

Hampton quarterback Jon Nigro shined, completing 11 of 16 passes for 240 yards.

“Jon played his best game of the season,” Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo said. “The team executed well, (it was a team effort) and Jon out played their quarterback.”

Leading, 10-7, Hampton was backed up at its 2-yard line. Nigro found Eddie Edwards for what turned out to be a 78-yard completion, which set up a Ben Foreman 11-yard touchdown jaunt for a 17-7 lead in the third quarter.

“It was all Eddie,” Nigro said. “I put it up, he goes and gets it.”

Nigro used both his receivers, as Jon Floss hauled in a couple of passes on dynamic catches to force Franklin Regional to roll coverage. Every time they rolled to Floss, Edwards made them pay and vice-versa.

“Jon (Floss) and I are a good tandem,” Edwards said. “We practice hard, and both can make big plays.

“We worked hard this week (Nigro). He trusts us, and we trust him.”

The Talbots dominated Panthers in every phase. Aside from having a blocked punt and allowing a touchdown drive on the first possession, the Talbots' defense was stellar.

Defensive back Andy DeMichiei picked off a pass late to thwart a Panthers scoring chance, while Noah Shulman had a sack and several pressures. Linebackers Ryan Clagett and Anthony Bianco were all over the field and made several tackles. Defensive back Zac Gonzalez had a timely pass knockdown that looked like a sure touchdown in the third quarter.

“I told the kids to bring their feet and hearts,” DeMatteo said. “A lot comes down to our senior leadership. We are trying to build our program and be good year after year.”

Ben Foreman scored both Hampton touchdowns, and Nigro kicked a 25-yard field goal. Tommy Radzminski helped execute a successful fake punt for the Talbots.

North Allegheny 55, Shaler 7

Shaler scored a touchdown against the undefeated Tigers, it was the first time in five games NA allowed a touchdown, but Shaler coach Chris Siegle took little solace in that statistic.

“Our goal is to go out and compete, not to score on North Allegheny,” he said. “We created two turnovers in the first quarter, and we had no points to show for it.”

A first-and-goal from the 8 and a first-and-10 from the 27 were missed opportunities as the Tigers rallied and then ran away with the win.

Josh Crawford scored on a 1-yard run for Shaler.

Frazier 44, Vincentian 14

Dan Kushner scored twice, but it wasn't enough to beat Frazier.

“We were banged up on the offensive line again,” Vincentian coach Tim Storino said. “Dan ran hard, and quarterback Mike Tappe was great once again, completing some key passes to Paul Adams. One of them set up a score.”

North Hills 18, Pine-Richland 10

A 38-yard field goal by Grant Goldberg and a 57-yard strike from Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci to Luke Merhut gave the Rams a 10-3 lead at the half. But the Indians scored 15 unanswered points in the third quarter.

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