After stunning Chartiers-Houston, Brentwood set for visit to Clairton
Brentwood exploded offensively against visiting Chartiers-Houston last week.
The Spartans (3-3, 3-2) rolled by the Buccaneers, 47-21, in a Black Hills Conference game by deciding the issue by halftime.
Brentwood expanded a 14-0 first-quarter advantage to 34-6 by halftime.
The Spartans face defending PIAA, WPIAL and conference champion Clairton (4-1, 4-1) on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Bears rebounded last week — after having their four-year winning streak snapped — by topping Fort Cherry, 36-28.
Fort Cherry (4-1, 4-1) went into the contest undefeated and ranked No. 5 in Class A in the Trib Total Media high school football rankings.
Clairton's Lamont Wade, a freshman running back, rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown — on an 80-yard dash — and Aaron Mathews, a sophomore quarterback, threw two touchdowns against the Rangers.
Fort Cherry was sparked by RB Kolton Kobrys, who ran for 200 yards and one touchdown and passed for one touchdown.
Clairton, Monessen and Fort Cherry are tied for first in the Black Hills Conference with 4-1 records, followed by Brentwood and Chartiers-Houston, both at 3-2.
Junior RB Bill Madeja and senior RB Jack Murano scored twice for Brentwood versus Chartiers-Houston, and Justin Vickless, Pat Carr and Ryan Shortley all scored once.
Madeja reached the end zone on a 24-yard pass from junior QB Connor McWilliams in the first quarter and on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
Murano reeled in 27- and 17-yard scoring strikes in the second half from McWilliams, who completed 14 of 26 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
On the season, McWilliams has thrown for 947 yards and seven toucdowns.
Madeja owns a team-leading 18 receptions for 308 yards, along with a team-leading eight touchdowns.
Other top receivers for the Spartans include Tyler Paranzino (16-246), Carr (11-71), Murano and Ryan Shortley.
Clairton, which is ranked No. 5 in Class AA in the Trib Total Media high school football rankings, is averaging 33.6 points and allowing 15.4. Brentwood is averaging 23 points offensively and 21.8 defensively.
All of Clairton's touchdowns last week were 10 yards or longer. JoJuan Bray, a senior tight end, scored on touchdown receptions of 53 and 20 yards.
Wade has rushed for 538 yards and six touchdowns this season. James Hines, a junior, is the Bears' leading receiver.
Brentwood has dropped its past four decisions to the Bears, including a pair of defeats last year.
Clairton defeated the Spartans in the 2012 regular season, 42-7, and in the WPIAL quarterfinal round, 39-0.
BALDWIN at WOODLAND HILLS 7:30 p.m. Friday
Baldwin (2-3, 2-3) lost at home to undefeated and No. 2-ranked Upper St. Clair last week, 44-0.
Meanwhile, Woodland Hills (3-2, 3-1) cruised past Mt. Lebanon, 49-10, behind sophomore running back Miles Sanders' 133 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
The Wolverines, who opened the season with successive losses to USC and McKeesport, are riding a three-game winning streak with victories against Bethel Park, Plum and Mt. Lebanon.
“Woodland Hills has done a superb job of progressing through the course of the season, and that is always the case with any Coach (George) Novak club,” Pete Wagner, Baldwin's field boss, said.
“Woodland Hills has a deep roster filled with talent, and it is important for our team to bounce back this week.”
Art Thompkins, a junior running back, scored on a 94-yard kickoff return and 8-yard punt return for the Wolverines.
Sanders, with 751 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 carries, is the Wolverines' top offensive threat. He is a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore and a second-year starter.
Harry Randall, a senior starter at quarterback/defensive back, is a Division I FBS recruit.
The Fighting Highlanders' loss to Upper St. Clair (5-0, 5-0) last week was their first shutout defeat in a few years.
“Upper St. Clair controlled the line of scrimmage and made plays all night long,” Wagner said. “There are many aspects of the game we need to continue to shore up, but the most important are blocking and tackling.”
Woodland Hills, which is ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA, defeated Baldwin last season, 35-7.
TJ at LAUREL HIGHLANDS 7:30 p.m. Friday
Thomas Jefferson crushed Laurel Highlands by a 45-6 score last season.
Expect a similar score Friday as the Mustangs (0-5, 0-4) are on an eight-game losing streak and have dropped 15 of their past 16 games.
Thomas Jefferson blanked Albert Gallatin last week, 49-0, to improve to 4-0 in the Big Nine Conference and 5-0 overall.
The Jaguars, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA, have won 14 consecutive regular-season games and 16 of their past 17 overall.
Thomas Jefferson was sparked offensively against the Colonials by Chase Winovich, a senior quarterback/linebacker and Michigan recruit, and Austin Kemp, a junior running back/linebacker.
Kemp rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown, while Winovich ran for 130 yards on just two carries — touchdown jaunts of 55 and 75 yards.
Christian Breisinger, a senior quarterback/linebacker, accounted for two scores for TJ — a 1-yard plunge and an 8-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver/defensive back Dalton Dietrich.
Sophomore RB Ricky Daley, on a 1-yard run, and senior lineman Anthony Sestito, on a 29-yard interception return, rounded out the TJ scoring.
The Jaguars' defense was led by Winovich, with five tackles, one sack, and one caused fumble; senior linebacker Eric Fairman, five tackles and one blocked pass; senior linebacker Luke Deanovich, four tackles; along with Breisinger, Kemp, senior linebacker Austin Boyd, senior linemen Mat Nagy and Anthony Rash, and sophomore lineman Jackson Bucy.
Sestito and Breisinger had interceptions; Winovich and sophomore linebacker Braden Pahanish caused fumbles. Charles Warfield, a junior lineman, had a fumble recovery.
Laurel Highlands has mustered only 29 points (5.8 ppg) all season. The Mustangs, who have been shut out twice, are allowing 42 ppg defensively.
Conversely, TJ is averaging 42.2 points and surrendering 5.8 with two shutouts.
BURGETTSTOWN at SETON-LA SALLE 7 p.m. Friday
Seton-La Salle (4-1, 4-1) lost by a wide margin, 45-3, at South Fayette last week.
It was a disappointing showing for the previously undefeated Rebels.
“South Fayette just came out and whooped us,” Greg Perry, Seton's head coach, said. “They were a better football team; we need to regroup and bounce back. I'm hoping our seniors take control and work hard to get us on track.”
Burgettstown fell to South Allegheny last week, 28-6, to drop to 0-4 in the Century Conference and 0-5 on the year.
Two weeks ago, the Blue Devils lost at South Fayette, 74-7. They have been outscored by a 236-29 overall margin this season, and have lost 17 games in a row dating back to the 2011 season.
“Burgettstowm is reeling and struggling,” Perry said. “It looks like their numbers are down, but the kids are not quitting and are playing hard.
“We need to improve our team play and take care of what we do no matter who we play. We are halfway through, so we need to get better if we want to be a player in AA playoffs.”
Seton-La Salle, which is ranked No. 8 in Class AA, belted Burgettstown, 49-7, last season.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.