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High school roundup: Highlands upsets No. 4 Franklin Regional

| Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
Highlands runner, Elijah Jackson, breaks a tackle and skips over Franklin Regional defenders during game action Friday Night, September 13, 2013 at Franklin Regional High School.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Highlands runner, Elijah Jackson, breaks a tackle and skips over Franklin Regional defenders during game action Friday Night, September 13, 2013 at Franklin Regional High School.

Elijah Jackson rushed for 182 of his 232 yards after halftime and added a touchdown to lead Highlands to a 17-0 Greater Allegheny Conference victory over Class AAA No. 4 Franklin Regional (2-1, 2-1).

The Golden Rams held Franklin Regional to 124 total yards and five first downs. Charan Singh led the Panthers with 62 passing and 57 rushing yards.

Jackson has rushed for 514 yards through three games this season for Highlands (3-0, 3-0).

Hampton 30, Greensburg Salem 9 — In the Greater Allegheny Conference, Eddie Edwards and CJ Arch each scored twice to lead Hampton (1-2, 1-2) to victory. Edwards caught a pair of passes from Nick Grabowski, who threw for 100 yards. Arch rushed for 121 yards and a pair of scores.

Knoch 58, Derry 7 — Dan Farinelli threw for 202 yards, including a 97-yarder to Jim Larrimer as Knoch (2-1, 1-1) routed Derry in a Greater Allegheny Conference matchup. Cody Milsom ran for 144 yards to lead the Knights, while Kyle Holmes threw for 102 yards for Derry (0-3, 0-2).

Central Valley 49, Chartiers Valley 0 — Jordan Whitehead ran for 105 yards and scored the game's first three touchdowns as No. 3 Central Valley (3-0, 3-0) blanked Chartiers Valley (1-2, 1-2) in the Parkway Conference. Ryan Roberson scored on a 25-yard blocked punt return and Brandon Wilson on a 55-yard interception return for Central Valley, which has outscored its opponents, 116-6, this season.

Moon 43, West Allegheny 6 — Chayse Dillon and Tory Delmonico each scored two touchdowns, as No. 1 West Allegheny (3-0, 3-0) won in the Parkway Conference. Delmonico scored on 18- and 3-yard runs, while Dillon scored from 3 and 55 yards. Quarterback Andrew Koester added a 42-yard touchdown run and 117 yards passing.

New Castle 37, Ambridge 13 — New Castle scored three touchdowns and added a safety in the first half en route to a Parkway Conference win. Julian Cox threw for 132 yards for New Castle (2-1, 1-1) and also rushed for a 25-yard score. Tevin McCaster also scored twice for New Castle. Stephon McGinnis threw for 153 yards for Ambridge (0-3, 0-2).

Thomas Jefferson 45, Hollidaysburg 12 — Christian Breisinger completed 8 of 13 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns, as Thomas Jefferson won a nonconference game at Hollidaysburg (1-2). Dalton Dietrich caught seven passes for 163 yards for the No. 2 ranked Jaguars (3-0).

Class AAAA

Mt. Lebanon 29, Plum 0 — In Quad Central play, Brian Ward ran for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead Mt. Lebanon (1-2, 1-1) to the shutout at Plum (0-3, 0-3). Ward added a touchdown on a 45-yard interception return and teammate Rob Costantino kicked three field goals.

Upper St. Clair 41, Peters Township 0 — Mac Pope and Trevor Morrow each scored twice to lead No. 2 Upper St. Clair (3-0, 3-0) to a Quad Central victory. Braden Kaib and Kevin Chrissis also scored rushing touchdowns for the Panthers, who had 33 first downs, compared to eight for Peters Township (1-2, 1-2).

Gateway 43, Kiski Area 25 — Montae Nicholson scored three touchdowns three different ways as Quad A No. 5 Gateway (3-0, 3-0) blew past Kiski Area (2-1, 2-1) in a Quad East game. Nicholson returned an interception 30 yards, caught a 14-yard pass and returned a kickoff 96 yards for the Gators, who have beaten Kiski Area eight straight times.

Quarterback Jimmy Moore threw for two touchdowns, Devin Pinkett had a 16-yard interception return for a score and Delvon Randall scored on a 95-yard kick return for Gateway, which trailed, 7-6.

Hempfield 42, Connellsville 28 — Joey DeFloria rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns as Hempfield (2-1, 2-1) defeated visiting Connellsville in a Quad East Conference game on Friday. Christopher Russell rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for the Falcons (0-3, 0-3).

McKeesport 28, Norwin 7 — Mikell Moore rushed for 141 yards and No. 6 McKeesport (3-0, 2-0) pulled away from Norwin (0-3, 0-3) with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a Quad East Conference game, giving Tigers coach George Smith his 200th career victory.

Carlos Hudson's 24-yard touchdown run gave McKeesport a 21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter before Moore, who had 112 yards rushing in the first half, scored on a 6-yard run after Khaleke Hudson returned a Norwin interception 54 yards on the previous play.

Smith, who began his second stint at McKeesport this year and his 29th season overall with the Tigers, became the 21st coach in the WPIAL to reach the 200-win mark. His overall record is 200-107-5.

Penn-Trafford 19, Altoona 7 — Devin Austin rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown as Penn-Trafford 2-1, 2-0) beat Altoona (1-2, 1-2) in the Quad East. Brett Laffoon threw for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors.

Pine-Richland 49, Butler 19 — Connor Slomka ran 26 times for 238 yards and touchdowns of 73, 35 and 4 yards to lead Pine-Richland (2-1, 2-1) to the Quad North victory against Butler (1-2, 1-2). Slomka has rushed for 559 yards and eight touchdowns through three games this season. Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

North Hills 34, Shaler 6 — Montae Frank scored on a 14-yard run and a 45-yard interception return to lead No. 9 North Hills (2-1, 1-1) to the Quad North win against Shaler (0-3, 0-3). Andrew Bly also scored on a 20-yard interception return for North Hills.

Central Catholic 56, Canon-McMillan 0 — Luigi Lista-Brinza ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns to lead top-ranked Central Catholic (3-0, 3-0) to the Quad North shutout at Canon-McMillan (0-3, 0-3). Riley Redman added 125 rushing yards and a touchdown on only four carries for the Vikings, who led at halftime, 35-0. Central also got two touchdowns from its defense -- a 25-yard interception return by Ronnie Jones and a 45-yard interception return by John Petrishen.

Latrobe 20, Fox Chapel 8 — Lucas Monteparte scored twice and Logan Carns added a 5-yard TD run to lead Latrobe (1-2) to a nonsection win. Carns also threw for 136 yards in the win. Richard Giovanetti scored on a safety when he sacked Carns in the end zone, and Chad Garnett scored on a 20-yard run for the Foxes (0-3).

Class AA

Burrell 35, Summit Academy 6 — Ryan Sowol ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns, as Burrell won an Allegheny Conference game. Anthony Potts added a 94-yard kickoff return for the Bucs (2-1, 1-1).

East Allegheny 14, Ford City 7 — Kyle Whipple threw for 156 yards and a 48-yard touchdown to Rocco Dunn as East Allegheny (1-2, 1-2) defeated Ford City (1-2, 1-2) in the Allegheny Conference. Whipple added a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the winning points. Chantz Schrecengost ran for 118 yards and Ford City's only touchdown.

Freeport 14, Deer Lakes 10 — Freeport rushed for 329 yards and scored two second-half touchdowns in an Allegheny Conference win. Andrew Romanchak scored on a 76-yard run and Steve Lassinger had a 17-yard touchdown run for Freeport (1-2, 1-2).

Shady Side Academy 10, Valley 8 — The No. 6 Indians (3-0, 3-0) held No. 10 Valley's normally high-powered rushing attack to 97 yards and forced four second-half turnovers in an Allegheny Conference win. Dan Marous made the game-deciding 22-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Tyson Hill had a 15-yard touchdown catch for the Vikings (2-1, 2-1).

Seton-La Salle 42, Keystone Oaks 0 — Danzel McKinley-Lewis rushed for 103 yards, caught a 45-yard pass for a touchdown and scored on a 21-yard fumble return to lead Seton-La Salle to a Century Conference victory. Tyler Perone added 214 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels (3-0, 3-0).

South Park at Burgettstown, 7:30 p.m.

Jeannette 27, Yough 22 — Julian Batts tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Zack Altieri with 2:15 left, and No. 8 Jeannette (3-0, 3-0) rallied for an Interstate Conference victory. Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue rallied Yough (2-1, 2-1) from a 21-7 deficit by throwing touchdown passes to Joe Pleva (29 yards) and Clayton Waldron (10 yards) in the fourth quarter for a 22-21 lead. Donahue completed 15 of 25 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

Mt. Pleasant 38, Southmoreland 0 — Eric Klejka scored on a 27-yard interception return and Nathan Pieszak added a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown as No. 3 Mt. Pleasant (3-0, 3-0) shut out Southmoreland (0-3, 0-3) in the Interstate Conference. Ryan Gumbita threw for one touchdown and ran for another for Mt. Pleasant, which led at the half, 31-0.

Waynesburg 35, Brownsville 6 — Hunter Cenname ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and contributed nine tackles and a fumble recovery on defense, as Waynesburg (2-1, 1-1) beat Brownsville (0-3, 0-2) in the Interstate Conference. Bo Hampson added 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Beaver Falls 45, Ellwood City 13 — Don Stratton completed 7 of 10 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns as No. 4 Beaver Falls (3-0, 3-0) defeated Ellwood City (1-2, 1-2) in the Midwest Conference. Javon Turner caught five passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Kittanning 18, Greensburg Central Catholic 13 — Nick Bowers rushed for 102 yards, and added 109 receiving while scoring a pair of touchdowns as Kittanning (3-0) earned a nonconference victory over host Greensburg Central Catholic (0-3). Braydon Toy threw for a pair of touchdowns for the victors, while Tyler Balla ran for 239 yards in the loss.

Class A

Laurel 28, OLSH 7 — Joshua Dando threw for 153 yards and three touchdowns, two to Clayton Sharek, as Laurel (2-1, 2-1) beat OLSH (1-2, 1-2) in the Big Seven Conference. Sharek finished with three receptions for 111 yards.

Shenango 17, South Side Beaver 6 — Anthony Prestopine and Brian Tanner ran for touchdowns of 15 and 9 yards, respectively, as Shenango (1-2, 1-2) defeated South Side Beaver (0-3, 0-3) in the Big Seven Conference.

Carlynton 37, Bishop Canevin 12 — Isiah Canton ran 22 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns as Carlynton (1-2, 1-2) dropped Bishop Canevin (1-2, 0-2) in the Black Hills Conference. Reed Relosky threw for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Clairton 32, California 7 — Clairton (3-0, 3-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 66 games, as freshman Lamont Wade rushed for 109 yards and quarterback Aaron Mathews threw and ran for a touchdown before exiting with an ankle injury in a Black Hills victory. Wideout Jimmy Hines caught two touchdown passes and linebacker Harrison Dreher returned a fumble for a touchdown and recorded a safety.

Fort Cherry 49, Monessen 33 — Matthew Heslin completed 9 of 16 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns, and Kotlan Kobrys rushed for 174 yards to lead Fort Cherry (3-0, 3-0) to a Black Hills Conference win.

Avonworth 42, Leechburg 7 — Matt Donovan threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Avonworth (3-0, 2-0) beat Leechburg (0-3, 0-2) in the Eastern Conference. Josh Drawal scored on a 29-yard interception return for Avonworth, which led at halftime, 28-7. Leechburg's lone touchdown came on Duncan Morrill's 70-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.

North Catholic 42, Northgate 6 — Adam Sharlow ran for 125 yards and one touchdown while Jerome Turner added 108 yards and two scores to lead No. 3 North Catholic (3-0, 3-0) over Northgate (1-2, 1-2) in the Eastern Conference. Mark Lodge scored Northgate's only touchdown on an 80-yard reception from Johnny Camello in the first quarter.

Beth-Center 28, Carmichaels 22 — In The Tri-County South, Anthony Welsh scored on touchdown runs of 6, 13 and 54 yards to lead No. 8 Beth-Center (3-0, 3-0) to victory at Carmichaels (2-1, 2-1). Beth-Center's defense allowed its first points of the season.

City League

Brashear 16, Westinghouse 6 — In the City League, Angelo Reed completed 10 of 16 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brashear (1-2, 1-0) to victory over Westinghouse (1-2, 0-1). Ty Powe added 121 rushing yards on 15 carries. Desaunte White scored Westinghouse's only touchdown on an 80-yard pass from Troy Smith.

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