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High school roundup: Gateway survives scare from Latrobe in Quad East opener

| Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 11:12 p.m.
McKeesport's Jawan Hill McCurdy (right) and Hempfield's Ben McCoy (left) dive for a fumble during their season opener Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review
McKeesport's Jawan Hill McCurdy (right) and Hempfield's Ben McCoy (left) dive for a fumble during their season opener Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

No. 2 Gateway overcame four turnovers and 13 penalties to rally for a 22-20 victory over Latrobe in the Quad East Conference opener Friday at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.

Gateway quarterback Jimmy Moore completed 14 of 27 passes for 194 yards and a 49-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Rogers.

The difference in the game came in a seven-second span early in the third quarter when Gateway erased a 13-7 deficit by converting two Latrobe fumbles into touchdowns. Montae Nicholson gave the Gators a 19-13 lead when he returned a fumbled kickoff 16 yards for a score.

Latrobe quarterback Logan Carns scored three touchdowns on runs of 7, 72 and 6 yards. He rushed for 136 yards and also intercepted a pass.

Kiski 53, Connellsville 20 — After falling behind, 6-3, in the first quarter, the Cavaliers (1-0, 1-0) scored 35 consecutive points and defeated the host Falcons (0-1, 0-1) in a Quad East opener. Chad Kuhn completed 13 of 14 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 9-yard run.

McKeesport 24, Hempfield 10 — Mikell Moore rushed for 161 yards, and Seanlou Gilmore added 103 to lead No. 8 McKeesport (1-0, 1-0) over Hempfield (0-1, 0-1), helping Tigers coach George Smith return to the sidelines with a victory after a three-year absence. It was the 198th career win for Smith, who is in his second stint with McKeesport and 29th season overall.

Quarterback David Queen scored twice, and Moore added another touchdown for McKeesport, which returned to running Smith's trademark option flexbone offense. The Tigers attempted just four passes.

Bethel Park 38, Plum 0 — The sixth-ranked Black Hawks (1-0, 1-0) led 24-0 at halftime and cruised to a Quad Central victory. Bethel Park quarterback Levi Metheny rushed for three touchdowns and completed 8 of 16 passes for 73 yards.

Seneca Valley 28, Butler 3 — Mason Dehart and T.J. Holl ran for two touchdowns each as Seneca Valley (1-0, 1-0) downed Butler (0-1, 0-1) in the Quad North.

North Hills 21, Penn-Trafford 14 — Jake Bruder threw for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 9 North Hills (1-0) to a nonconference win. Devin Austin scored on a 50-yard run for Penn-Trafford (0-1).

Class AAA

Elizabeth Forward 46, Trinity 0— Ryan Wardropper (125), Jaquaun Davidson (101) and Jalen French (101) went over 100 yards rushing, and Matt Bernadowski scored four times as Elizabeth Forward (1-0, 1-0) opened up Big 9 play with an easy home victory. The Warriors scored on their first five possessions to open a 33-0 halftime lead.

Thomas Jefferson 31, Ringgold 10 — Austin Kemp scored twice and rushed for all but three of his 142 yards in the second half as Thomas Jefferson (1-0, 1-0) scored 28 unanswered points in a Big 9 victory.

Jaguars quarterback Chase Winovich accounted for his team's two other touchdowns on an 80-yard run and a 36-yard pass to Dalton Dietrich.

West Mifflin 59, Laurel Highlands 0 — Jimmy Wheeler ran 16 times for 359 yards and touchdowns of 15 and 91 yards as No. 6 West Mifflin (1-0, 1-0) blanked Laurel Highlands (0-1, 0-1) in the Big 9 Conference. Karlyn Garner threw for 110 yards, including touchdowns of 55 and 45 yards to Kevin Garbak and 10 yards to Javon Gibson.

Highlands 33, Hollidaysburg 13 — Elijah Jackson ran for 180 yards and caught an 83-yard touchdown pass as Highlands (1-0, 1-0) won in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Highlands' defense held Hollidaysburg (0-1, 0-1) to minus-13 yards rushing.

Indiana 33, Hampton 7 — Sean Thompson completed 8 of 13 passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead Indiana (1-0, 1-0) over Hampton (0-1, 0-1) in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Nick Grabowski threw for 153 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Montour 20, Hopewell 14 — Cole Macek hit Donald Payne with a 42-yard touchdown pass with 2:13 left in the game to give No. 9 Montour (1-0, 1-0) a Parkway Conference win at Hopewell (0-1, 0-1). Tyler Ishman scored on runs of 15 and 59 yards to give Hopewell a 14-0 lead at the half before Montour started their comeback on two scoring runs by Macek, who finished with 101 rushing yards on nine carries. Ishman totaled 141 rushing yards on 25 attempts.

Moon 56, Chartiers Valley 23 — Moon running back Cole Blake ran around and over the Colts for 165 yards to lead the Tigers (1-0, 1-0) in a Parkway Conference showdown. Chartiers Valley receiver Anthony Voss led the Colts (0-1, 0-1) with 133 yards through the air.

Class AA

Kittanning 40, Freeport 14 — Junior quarterback Braydon Toy ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, and freshman running back Zane Dudek had 84 yards and three scores to lead Kittanning (1-0, 1-0) to an Allegheny Conference win. Steven Lassinger led Freeport (0-1, 0-1) with 42 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Shady Side Academy 21, Ford City 0 — Jarred Brevard returned the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown and added another on a 23-yard run to help lead No. 6 Shady Side Academy to an Allegheny Conference victory.

Valley 42, Deer Lakes 16 — Valley senior running back Demetrius Houser rushed for 287 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and Valley (1-0, 1-0) overcame 22 penalties for 190 yards to down Deer Lakes (0-1, 0-1) in the Allegheny Conference opener for both teams. Houser scored on runs of 76, 21 and 60 yards for Valley, which piled up 448 yards rushing.

Quaker Valley 47, South Park 27 — Dane Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a score, as Quaker Valley (1-0, 1-0) rolled to a Century Conference win. Michael McLaughlin threw for 251 yards and four scores for South Park (0-1, 0-1).

Steel Valley 47, Keystone Oaks 13 — D'Andre Pickens ran for 207 yards and three rushing and one receiving touchdown, and Duane Murray added 148 rushing yards and a touchdown as Steel Valley (1-0, 1-0) won in the Century Conference. Kobe Phillippi hit Braydon Griffiths with two touchdown passes for both of Keystone Oaks' scores.

Washington 26, Greensburg Central Catholic 14 — Shai McKenzie ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 5 Washington (1-0, 1-0) to an Interstate Conference victory. Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Chase Kellar completed 15 of 25 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Beaver Falls 35, Riverside 0 — Dan Stratton threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Beaver Falls (1-0, 1-0) to the Midwestern win at Riverside (0-1, 0-1). Damian Rawl added 100 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Beaver Falls scored all of its points in the first half.

Burrell 46, Brownsville 14 — Cody Wolf threw for 190 yards and rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown as Burrell (1-0, 0-0) beat Brownsville (0-1, 0-0) in nonconference play. Brennan Brothers scored on an 85-yard kick return and Nicholas Kastelic on a fumble recovery for Burrell, which led at halftime, 26-0. Marcellous Grooms ran six times for 140 yards and touchdowns of 54 and 53 yards for Brownsville.

Class A

OLSH 20, Union 0 — OLSH (1-0, 1-0) held Union (0-1, 0-1) to two first downs and 1 rushing yard in its Big Seven win. Bill Mulcahey scored on two 1-yard runs for OLSH.

Sto-Rox 42, Shenango 0 — Lenny Williams completed 11 of 13 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns as No. 2 Sto-Rox (1-0, 1-0) blanked Shenango (0-1, 0-1) in the Big Seven Conference. Sto-Rox's defense held Shenango to 54 total yards of offense.

Brentwood 49, Serra Catholic 7 — Patrick Carr ran 13 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 7 Brentwood (1-0, 1-0) to the Black Hills Conference victory against Serra Catholic (0-1, 0-1). Connor McWilliams completed 5 of 7 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown for Brentwood, which scored 28 points in the first quarter and led at halftime, 35-0.

Clairton 35, Chartiers-Houston 0 — Clairton (1-0, 1-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 64 games in a Black Hills Conference shutout. Sophomore Aaron Mathews threw for two touchdowns and caught another. JoJuan Bray, Clairton's only senior starter, scored one touchdown on the ground and another through the air. Clairton has recorded 34 shutouts during its streak.

Monessen 40, California 0 — Clintell Gillaspie ran 11 times for 173 yards and touchdowns of 85 and 47 yards to lead No. 6 Monessen (1-0, 1-0) to the shutout over California (0-1, 0-1). Javon Brown added 126 rushing yards and an 88-yard touchdown, and he caught a 50-yard scoring pass from Noah Rullo.

Carmichaels 36, Jefferson-Morgan 0 — In the Tri-County South, Brandon Lawless completed 10 of 16 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns as Carmichaels (1-0, 1-0) blanked Jefferson-Morgan (0-1, 0-1). Tyler Aeschbacher caught six passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, and Brennan McMinn rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Frazier 81, Geibel 0 — The host Commodores rolled to 47 first-quarter points en route to a decisive Tri-County South win over the overmatched Gators. Charlie Manack tossed three touchdown passes in limited action, and Alvin Ross scored three times, one being an 85-yard run and another a 29-yard interception return.

At halftime, both coaches agreed to play one-minute third and fourth quarters.

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