High school roundup: Lista-Brinz leads No. 2 Central Catholic into semifinals
Luigi Lista-Brinza carried the ball 32 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, as second-seeded Central Catholic held off No. 7 Gateway, 27-21, in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal game at Fox Chapel High School.
The Vikings (11-0) will face No. 6 Penn-Trafford in the semifinals next week, site and time to be determined. Central Catholic QB JJ Cosentino added a 1-yard run in the first quarter and the Vikings rushed for 274 total yards.
Gateway (8-3) scored on a 43-yard screen pass from Jimmy Moore to Montae Nicholson and a 10-yard fourth quarter strike from Moore to Delvon Randall.
Moore finished with 144 yards passing and also returned a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half for a score.
However, Moore fumbled on Gateway's final drive with less than two minutes remaining to seal the win for Central Catholic.
Woodland Hills 28, Seneca Valley 14 — Harry Randall scored on runs of 54 and 2 yards, and the defense returned a pair of fourth quarter interceptions for scores, as No. 4 Woodland Hills (9-2) won a quarterfinal-round game at North Allegheny's Newman Stadium.
Jihad Brown ran an interception back 100 yards, and Donte Broadus returned an interception 55 yards for another score.
For the fifth-seeded Raiders (9-2), Mason DeHart scored on a 4-yard run and Eric Mrkonja caught a 6-yard pass from T.J. Holl.
The Wolverines advance to the semifinals, where they will face No. 1 Upper St. Clair.
Thomas Jefferson 23, Highlands 14 — Michigan recruit Chase Winovich rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 73-yard score, on 31 carries for the No. 2 seed Jaguars (11-0).
No. 7 seed Highlands (7-4) held Thomas Jefferson to its lowest point total of the season.
Thomas Jefferson will play No. 3 Central Valley in the semifinals.
West Allegheny 38, Indiana 7 — Andrew Koester completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns and Chayse Dillon had 142 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 1 West Allegheny to a quarterfinal-round victory at North Hills.
The Indians (11-0) will play Franklin Regional (10-1) in the semifinals.
Sean Thompson threw for 184 yards for Indiana (5-6).
Aliquippa 43, Quaker Valley 26 — Despite trailing by eight points in the second quarter, top-seeded Aliquippa (11-0) scored four straight touchdowns en route to a quarterfinal-round win at Moon.
The defending WPIAL Class AA champion was led by senior running back Terry Swanson's 212 yards and two touchdowns.
The Quips' will face No. 12 Beaver in their seventh straight appearance in the WPIAL semifinals.
Quaker Valley (9-3) was led by quarterback Dane Jackson, who finished with 288 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Beaver Falls 43, Yough 7 — Dan Stratton completed 7 of 9 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in carrying No. 6 Beaver Falls (9-2) to a WPIAL quarterfinal-round victory at Canon-McMillan.
Joe Cohen caught three passes for 124 yards, including scores of 67 and 19 yards.
Tyler Donahue scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Yough (6-5).
The Tigers will play No. 2 South Fayette in the quarterfinals.
Neshannock 35, Monessen 6 — Elijah Owens ran for 160 yards and a touchdown, and Ernie Burkes added 100 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, as No. 6 Neshannock (9-2) won a WPIAL quarterfinal game at Chartiers-Houston.
Burkes also threw two touchdown passes, including a 50-yarder to Steven Jeffries.
Clairton 52, Fort Cherry 35 — Sophomore Harrison Dreher rushed for 116 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead fourth-seeded Clairton (10-1) past 12th-seeded Fort Cherry (10-2) in a quarterfinal-round game at Elizabeth Forward.
Clairton used a 22-6 advantage in the second half to seal the victory.
The Bears (10-1) will play No. 1 Sto-Rox in the semifinals.
Clairton defeated Sto-Rox, 58-21, in the championship game last year.
Koltan Kobrys scored three times for Fort Cherry (10-2).
District 5-8 subregional
Chestnut Ridge 55, Westinghouse 20 — Westinghouse (1-9) had its season come to an end in a PIAA District 5-8 Class AA subregional game at Chestnut Ridge.