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Heritage Conference roundup: Ligonier Valley defeats Homer-Center

| Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 11:36 p.m.
Valley News Dispatch
Kittanning's Zac Croyle (20) dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Valley during their game at Valley Memorial Stadium in New Kensington on Friday, October 19, 2012. Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch

Seth Miller threw for 152 yards, ran for three touchdowns and kicked a 28-yard field goal, as No. 4 Jeannette (7-1, 6-1) clinched a home playoff game with a 38-7 win over Waynesburg (1-7, 1-6) in the Class AA Interstate Conference. Shavonta Craft added TD runs of 35 and 2 yards.

Jeannette will wrap the regular season Thursday night against rival Greensburg Central Catholic on Root Sports.

Mt. Pleasant 48, Brownsville 0 — Ryan Gumbita threw for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 8 Mt. Pleasant (6-2, 6-2) blanked Brownsville (0-8, 0-7) in the Interstate Conference. The playoff-bound Vikings scored 33 points in the second quarter.

Burrell 49, East Allegheny 14 — Cole Bush ran for 222 yards and four touchdowns, and Burrell (7-1, 6-1) scored on its first six possessions as the Bucs rolled to 49-14 victory over East Allegheny (1-7, 1-6) in an Allegheny Conference game.

Ford City 48, Deer Lakes 13 — Devan Willyard ran 18 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 77 yards for another score, as Ford City (3-5, 2-5) beat Deer Lakes (3-5, 2-5) in the Allegheny Conference. Ben Young added 115 rushing yards and three TDs on 17 carries.

Valley 20, Kittanning 17 — Chaz Cheatham caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Dan Farinelli with 41 seconds left to give Valley (6-2, 5-2) a comeback win at home over Kittanning (4-4, 4-3) to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2008.

South Fayette 42, South Park 0 — Brett Brumbaugh threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 2 South Fayette (8-0, 7-0) to the Century Conference shutout at South Park (3-5, 3-4). Zach Challingsworth scored on a 43-yard reception and a 34-yard interception return, while teammate Mike Fetchet ran for 140 yards and a touchdown.

South Allegheny 14, Steel Valley 6 — Delvil Coleman and Dustin Anderson each scored on 3-yard runs, as playoff-bound South Allegheny (7-1, 6-1) beat Steel Valley (4-4, 4-3) in the Century Conference. Despite the loss, Steel Valley clinched a playoff spot with South Park's loss to South Fayette.

Seton-La Salle 35, Mohawk 0 — Luke Brumbaugh completed 12 of 20 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns to Lou Rotunda, as No. 6 Seton-La Salle (7-1, 6-1) shut out Mohawk (2-6, 2-4) in nonconference play. Rotunda caught nine passes for 168 yards and teammate Tom Rizza ran 16 times for 100 yards and one touchdown.


Butler 49, Fox Chapel 7 — Jordan Cratty ran for 134 yards and a 63-yard touchdown as Butler (4-4, 3-3) clinched its first playoff berth since 1998 by beating Fox Chapel (1-7, 1-5) in the Quad North. Nigel Garnett ran for 110 yards and an 82-yard TD for Fox Chapel.

North Allegheny 55, Shaler 7 — Alex DeCiantis ran 12 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, as top-ranked North Allegheny (8-0, 6-0) won the Quad North championship by beating Shaler (0-8, 0-7). Mack Leftwich threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns for North Allegheny, which led at halftime, 48-0.

Central Catholic 30, Altoona 0 — Joseph Consentino threw for 169 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for two scores to lead No. 8 Central Catholic (6-2, 4-2) to a nonconference win against Altoona (3-5, 3-5). Luigi Lista-Brinza added 134 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Mt. Lebanon 35, Penn Hills 7 — Tyler Roth threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 Mt. Lebanon (7-1, 7-0) clinched the Quad Central championship by beating Penn Hills (3-5, 3-4). Mike Briercheck caught six passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns.

Upper St. Clair 31, Plum 0 — No. 4 Upper St. Clair (7-1, 6-1) held Plum (0-8, 0-8) to 40 total yards in its Quad Central victory. Steve Mackowic ran for 159 yards and a touchdown for playoff-bound Upper St. Clair.

McKeesport 20, Kiski Area 6 — McKeesport's Hodari Christian rushed for 93 yards, including the game-winning 59-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, as the Tigers (5-3, 5-2) secured a playoff spot by defeating Kiski Area (3-5, 3-4) in a Quad East game.

Seneca Valley 35, Bethel Park 14 — Forrest Barnes ran 28 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 5 Seneca Valley (7-1, 5-1) to victory against No. 7 Bethel Park (5-3, 5-2) in nonconference play.


Hampton 17, Franklin Regional 13 — Ben Foreman rushed for two touchdowns, and Jon Nigro threw for 243 yards, as Hampton (7-1, 6-1) earned win over No. 5 Franklin Regional (6-2, 5-2) in the Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference on Friday night. With the victory, Hampton set up a showdown with Mars (7-1, 6-1) for the conference title next Friday.

Knoch 20, Indiana 14 — Ben Tackett rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, as No. 9 Knoch (6-2, 5-2) clinched a playoff berth in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Tackett scored on runs of 45 and 4 yards, and tossed a 56-yard touchdown to quarterback Dakota Bruggeman out of the Wildcat formation.

Mars 49, Hollidaysburg 7 — Josh Schultheis ran 21 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Mars (7-1, 6-1) defeated Hollidaysburg (3-4, 3-4) in the Greater Allegheny Conference.

Elizabeth Forward 34, Albert Gallatin 6 — Jaquan Davidson ran 11 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns to lead Elizabeth Forward (5-3, 5-3) to the Big 9 win at Albert Gallatin (0-8, 0-7). Elizabeth Forward clinched a playoff spot with the victory.

Thomas Jefferson 49, Uniontown 8 — Joe Carroll threw for 143 yards and three touchdowns, two to Zach Schademan, to lead No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (8-0, 7-0) to the Big 9 Conference win at Uniontown (1-7, 1-6). Schademan caught three passes for 109 yards.

West Mifflin 35, Trinity 7 — Jimmy Wheeler ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns as No. 4 West Mifflin (8-0, 7-0) clinched a home playoff berth by defeating Trinity (4-4, 4-3) in the Big 9 Conference. Derrick Fulmore scored on two runs and an 80-yard punt return.

Central Valley 35, Ambridge 14 — Jordan Whitehead ran 13 times for 201 yards and touchdowns of 68 and 72 yards, as No. 2 Central Valley (7-1, 7-1) beat Ambridge (3-5, 3-4) in the Parkway Conference. Robert Foster scored on a 63-yard reception and a 92-yard punt return for playoff-bound Central Valley.

Blackhawk 48, Chartiers Valley 25 — Cole Chiappialle ran 33 times for 404 yards and five touchdowns to lead Blackhawk (2-6, 2-5) to a Parkway Conference win against Chartiers Valley (2-6, 1-6). Chiappialle scored on runs of 83, 3, 85, 2 and 22 yards.

Highlands 14, Ringgold 7 — Blake Leri scored on a 46-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Highlands (4-4) the insurance it needed in its nonconference win. Dayshore Majors connected on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Alan Prichett to put Ringgold (4-4) on the board late in the fourth.


Sto-Rox 43, Laurel 0 — Ben Shackelford scored on an 85-yard punt return and a 56-yard pass from Lenny Williams, as No. 6 Sto-Rox (7-1, 6-1) clinched a playoff spot by shutting out Laurel (4-4, 3-4) in the Big Seven. Williams completed 7 of 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Rochester 41, OLSH 0 — Dante Marsick ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Rochester (8-0, 6-0) to the Big Seven shutout against OLSH (1-7, 1-7).

Brentwood 42, Bishop Canevin 7 — In the Black Hills Conference, Justin Vickless ran for 183 yards and a touchdown as No. 10 Brentwood (5-3, 5-30) clinched a playoff spot by beating No. 4 Bishop Canevin (5-3, 5-3). Chris Shortley added three rushing touchdowns.

Monessen 28, Chartiers-Houston 21 — Chavas Rawlins threw for a score and ran 39 yards for the game-winner in the fourth quarter to lead No. 3 Monessen (7-1, 7-1) to a Black Hills Conference win over Chartiers-Houston (3-5, 3-5). Clintell Gillaspie and Javon Brown also scored rushing touchdowns, and Irvin Green caught an 11-yard TD pass for the Greyhounds.

Clairton 41, Serra Catholic 0 — Tyler Boyd scored on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Armani Ford and a 72-yard punt return, as top-ranked Clairton (8-0, 8-0) scored all of its points in the first half in its shutout against Serra Catholic (0-8, 0-8) in the Black Hills.

Apollo-Ridge 49, Riverview 13 — Jesse Zelonka completed 6 of 9 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a two scores to lead playoff-bound Apollo-Ridge (5-3, 5-2) past Riverview (2-6, 2-5) in Eastern Conference play. Alex Smith caught three passes for 144 yards and a 60-yard touchdown for Apollo-Ridge.

West Shamokin 33, Leechburg 6 — Andrew Wingard rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns to lead West Shamokin (2-6, 2-5) to an Eastern Conference win.

Beth-Center 54, Avella 6 — Jason Stay ran for four touchdowns, as No. 7 Beth-Center won the Tri-County South by defeating Avella (5-3, 4-3).

Carmichaels 56, Bentworth 21 — Brennan McMinn ran 11 times for 207 yards and touchdowns of 44, 25 and 56 yards, and he scored on a 52-yard punt return to lead Carmichaels (6-2, 5-2) to a Tri-County South win against Bentworth (2-6, 1-6).

Heritage (District 6)

Ligonier Valley 14, Homer-Center 13 — Despite being outgained 275-145 yards, Ligonier Valley (7-1, 6-1) defeated Homer Center (6-2, 5-2) in Heritage Conference play. Billy Elliiot scored on an 11-yard run, and Alec Bloom scored on a 25-yard pass from Scott Fennell for Ligonier Valley.

Blairsville 39, United 0 — Deion Robinson ran 10 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns to lead Blairsville (5-3, 5-3) to the shutout against United (0-8, 0-7). Robinson added a touchdown on a 63-yard interception return while Scott Thompson threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

Penns Manor 48, Purchase Line 0 — Danny Ferens ran twice, for TDs of 55 and 72 yards, to break 5,000 yards in his career as Penns Manor (7-1, 6-1) shut out Purchase Line (1-7, 1-6). Ferens extended his Indiana County record to 5,046 yards.

Northern Cambria 40, Saltsburg 3 — Jeff Hogan completed 7 of 9 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northern Cambria (6-2, 6-1) to the Heritage Conference win against Saltsburg (1-7, 1-6). Adam Polites caught four passes for 131 yards and a 56-yard touchdown.

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