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High school roundup: Bethel Park tops Penn Hills in Quad Central

| Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Springdale's Daniel Franskousky (left) breaks an Apollo-Ridge tackle and turns upfield Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Springdale.

Levi Metheny ran for 113 yards and a touchdown as No. 6 Bethel Park edged No. 9 Penn Hills, 21-19, in the Quad Central Conference on Friday night.

Gary Gerst rushed for 110 yards and a 31-yard touchdown on just nine carries for Bethel Park (5-1, 5-1). For Penn Hills (4-2, 3-2), Billy Kisner threw for 114 yards and a touchdown and ran for 113 yards while teammate Isaiah Jones added 105 rushing yards.

Peters Township 35, Plum 3 — Marcus Ubinger and Cory Owen ran for 116 and 113 yards, respectively, in leading Peters Township (3-3, 2-3) to a Quad Central victory. Ubinger scored three times, while Owen ran for one TD.

Hempfield 37, Altoona 14 — Hempfield (4-2, 4-2) outscored Altoona (1-5, 1-5), 27-7, in the second half to earn a Quad East Conference victory. Ty George completed 13 of 16 passes for 181 yards and touchdowns tosses of 30 and 36 yards to Dante Luther. Joey DeFloria added 167 yards on 24 carries for Hempfield, while George produced 101 rushing yards.

Kiski Area 24, Norwin 7 — In the Quad East, Chad Kuhn ran 12 times for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Kiski Area (3-3, 3-2) to the win against Norwin (1-5, 1-5). Nicholas Amendola threw for 158 yards and one touchdown for Norwin.

McKeesport 25, Latrobe 0 — McKeesport's Reginald Smith returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, and the visiting, fourth-ranked Tigers (6-0, 5-0) overcame an injury to quarterback David Queen to beat Latrobe (1-5, 0-5) in a Quad East Conference game.

TyWann Smith scored on a pair of touchdown runs for McKeesport, including a 14-yarder in the third quarter just two plays after Queen was helped off the field with a sprained right knee.

Latrobe quarterback Logan Carns, who threw for 110 yards, also was helped off the field in the third quarter after fracturing the pinky finger on his right (throwing) hand.

Penn-Trafford 21, Connellsville 15 — Brett Laffoon threw for 106 yards and two scores, as Penn-Trafford (4-2, 4-1) won a Quad East game. Jade Maher threw for 148 yards and two scores for Connellsville (1-5, 1-4).

North Hills 21, Fox Chapel 17 — Frank Montae scored on a 5-yard run with 1:12 left to lead North Hills (4-2, 3-1) to a Quad North victory.

Kindhal Taylor rushed for 121 yards, including a 20-yard run for the Indians. Billy Urso threw for 191 yards and a touchdown, and Brandon Mitchell ran for 159 yards on eight carries for Fox Chapel (1-5, 1-4).

Upper St. Clair 37, Butler 0 — Five different players scored touchdowns as No. 2 Upper St. Clair (6-0, 5-0) blanked Butler (1-5, 1-4) in nonconference play. Trevor Morrow, Marcus Galie, Mac Pope and Stephen Mackowiak all ran for touchdowns while Ben Haus caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Joe Repischak.

Class AAA

Thomas Jefferson 58, Laurel Highlands 21 — After allowing the game's first touchdown, No. 2 Thomas Jefferson (6-0, 5-0) scored the next nine touchdowns in its Big Nine Conference win at Laurel Highlands (0-6, 0-5). Austin Kemp ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns, and Ricky Daley added two rushing touchdowns. Jason Leone ran for two touchdowns to pace Laurel Highlands.

Belle Vernon 28, Trinity 0 — In the Big Nine Conference, Cody Menges caught four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as Belle Vernon (2-4, 2-3) shut out Trinity (1-5, 1-4). Derek Verkleeren ran for 166 yards, and Cameron Quinto returned an interception 30 yards for a Belle Vernon touchdown. Mike Fine threw for 157 yards for Trinity.

Highlands 57, Derry 7 — Highlands junior running back Elijah Jackson rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead Highlands to a Greater Allegheny victory. Jackson added a touchdown reception, and quarterback Blake Leri threw for two scores to help lead the Golden Rams (5-1, 5-1).

Hollidaysburg 17, Hampton 13 — Josh Bickley threw for 234 yards and a touchdown as Hollidaysburg (3-3, 3-2) beat Hampton (3-3, 2-3) in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Nick Grabowski threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns to pace Hampton.

Franklin Regional 28, Knoch 0 — Charan Singh threw for two touchdowns and returned an interception 27 yards for a score to lead No. 8 Franklin Regional (5-1, 4-1) to a Greater Allegheny win at home. Singh completed 6 of 11 pass attempts for 108 yards.

Cody Milsom gained 86 yards on 21 carries for Knoch (3-3, 2-3).

Class AA

Freeport 12, Burrell 10 — Touchdowns by Andrew Romanchak and Mitchell O'Shell led Freeport (2-4, 2-4) to an Allegheny Conference victory over long-time rival Burrell (2-4, 1-4). Ryan Sowol ran for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Bucs.

Kittanning 62, Ford City 27 — Brandon Toy completed 8 of 9 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, scored on a 20-yard run and returned a punt 54 yards for another touchdown as No. 10 Kittanning (6-0, 5-0) downed Ford City (2-4, 1-4) in the Allegheny Conference. Zane Dudek rushed seven times for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Cody Peppler returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for Kittanning. Chantz Schrecengost ran seven times for 106 yards and a 72-yard touchdown for Ford City.

Mt. Pleasant 35, Jeannette 21 — Tyler Mellors rushed for a season-high 259 yards and scored three touchdowns, and No. 3 Mt. Pleasant (6-0, 6-0) got by Jeannette (4-2, 4-2) in an Interstate Conference game. Jeannette quarterback Julian Batts, who completed 13 of 23 passes for 238 yards and two scores, was sacked 10 times by the Mt. Pleasant defense.

Shady Side Academy 52, East Allegheny 14 — Dennis Briggs ran for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another score as No. 6 Shady Side Academy (6-0, 6-0) beat East Allegheny (2-4, 2-4) in the Allegheny Conference. Jarred Brevard ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Lewis Berry scored on a 99-yard interception return and Tyrel Hill added a touchdown on a blocked punt return for Shady Side Academy. Kyle Whipple threw for 208 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Summit Academy 46, Deer Lakes 8 — Elijah Hardy ran for 195 yards and four touchdowns as Summit Academy (3-3, 3-2) ran over Deer Lakes (0-6, 0-5) in the Allegheny Conference. Summit Academy rushed for 435 yards total on the night.

Seton-La Salle 46, Burgettstown 7 — Tyler Perone completed 10 of 11 passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 8 Seton-La Salle (5-1, 5-1) to the Century Conference victory against Burgettstown (0-6, 0-5). Danzel McKinley-Lewis scored twice for Burgettstown — one on a 5-yard fumble return and the other on an 18-yard scoring pass.

Greensburg Central Catholic 21, Southmoreland 20 — Tyler Balla caught six passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for another score to lead Greensburg Central Catholic (3-3, 3-2) to an Interstate Conference win at Southmoreland (1-5, 1-4). Greensburg Central's Tommy Pellis threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns while Southmoreland was paced by Jake Pisula's 140 rushing yards.

Waynesburg 46, Charleroi 21 — Waynesburg's defense scored twice — on a 46-yard interception return by Hunter Cenname and a 47-yard fumble return by Jacob Rush — in its Interstate Conference win at Charleroi (1-5, 0-5). Cenname added a 27-yard scoring run for Waynesburg (3-3, 2-3) while teammate John Glen Davis ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass. Brandon Bowman rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns for Charleroi.

Aliquippa 49, Freedom 7 — Dravon Henry scored on a 43-yard run and 55-yard punt return to lead No. 1 Aliquippa (6-0, 4-0) to a Midwestern Conference victory. Emonee Simmons and Kazeon Pugh scored on fumble recoveries.

Beaver Falls 59, New Brighton 28 — Four players rushed for more than 100 yards, as No. 4 Beaver Falls (6-0, 4-0) cruised past New Brighton (4-2, 3-2) in the Midwestern Conference. Dan Stratton rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns, while Kahlil Caracter (182 yards), Damian Rawl (157) and Payton Fath (110) all scored twice.

Class A

Neshannock 52, Rochester 20 — Elijah Owens ran 11 times for 291 yards and four touchdowns as No. 3 Neshannock (4-1, 4-1) defeated Rochester (2-3, 2-3) in the Big Seven Conference. Owens has rushed for 927 yards this season. Neshannock led at halftime, 46-0.

OLSH 26, South Side Beaver 18 — Joey Sebes threw for 155 yards and a touchdown and he ran for two other scores to lead OLSH (3-3, 3-3) to a Big Seven Conference win over South Side Beaver (0-6, 0-6). Nathan Block threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 121 yards and another score to pace South Side Beaver.

Sto-Rox 56, Union 14 — Lenny Williams became the WPIAL's all-time career passing touchdown leader with three scoring passes in the first half to lead No. 1 Sto-Rox (6-0, 5-0) to a Big Seven victory. Williams, who passed South Fayette grad Christian Brumbaugh, with his 89th career TD pass, threw for 160 yards and is just 96 yards shy of breaking Brumbaugh's career passing yardage record.

Chartiers-Houston 16, Carlynton 13 — Derek Hull ran for a 1-yard touchdown and Miles Williamson scored on a 24-yard pass from Kaleb Susko as Chartiers-Houston (5-2, 4-2) rallied to defeat Carlynton (4-3, 3-3) in the Black Hills Conference. Isiah Canton ran 18 times for 126 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Monessen 55, Serra Catholic 19 — Clintell Gillaspie rushed for 120 yards on two carries, both touchdowns, and also caught a 65-yard TD pass from Noah Rullo, as No. 4 Monessen (5-1, 5-1) rolled to a Black Hills Conference victory. Zac Quattrone rushed for 181 yards and two scores for Serra Catholic (1-6, 1-5).

Apollo-Ridge 42, Springdale 0 — Fullback Ben Gemballa and halfback Lonny Wells each scored two touchdowns and Tre Tipton returned an interception 70 yards for a score as No. 9 Apollo-Ridge (4-2, 3-2) cruised past host Springdale (2-4, 2-3) in an Eastern Conference game.

Leechburg 35, Northgate 14 — Alexander Kalmar rushed for two touchdowns as Leechburg (1-5, 1-4) beat Northgate (1-5, 1-4) in Eastern Conference play. Rodney Burrows scored on a 95-yard kick return for Northgate.

Carmichaels 48, Geibel 0 — Carmichaels (5-1, 4-1) scored 42 points in the first quarter and shut out Geibel (0-6, 0-5) in the Tri-County South.

Frazier 33, Avella 9 — In the Tri-County South, Charles Manack threw for three touchdowns to lead Frazier (5-1, 5-1) to the win over Avella (5-1, 4-1). Nick Kusich returned a kickoff 63 yards for a touchdown for Avella's only touchdown.

Vincentian 35, West Greene 0 — Athey Mitchell ran for 214 yards and scored four touchdowns on just seven carries and caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Michael Tappe to lead Vincentian (3-3) to a nonconference win over West Greene (1-5).

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