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High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game

By Staff Reports 11:23 p.m.
For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. ...
WPIAL Class AA notebook: South Fayette’s Brumbaugh closes in on state passing record
By George Guido
South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh continues to move closer to Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer’s state career passing record. Brumbaugh’s 352 yards Friday gave the Lions senior 10,645 yards in his career. That’s 303 short of Bodamer’s mark of 10,948, set just two years ago. e_SBlt The Class AA title ...
South Fayette again defeats Aliquippa to defend WPIAL Class AA title
By Bill West
South Fayette’s trio of three-play touchdown drives in the WPIAL Class AA championship bugged Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac, but the way the Lions burned long ...
WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
By Tribune-Review
To recognize 100 years of WPIAL football championships, the Tribune-Review selected what it and many within the Western Pennsylvania high school sports community regard as ...
From venues to playoff format, much has changed in 100 years of WPIAL championships
By Chris Harlan
Don Yannessa remembers vividly how the fans waited on Aliquippa streets for the buses to arrive home with his 1955 championship team. The Quips, with a senior named Mike Ditka, had just beaten Mt. Lebanon, 14-13, in a WPIAL football final at Pitt Stadium. A little-used sophomore that season, Yannessa watched ...
WPIAL final wins over Aliquippa haven’t changed South Fayette’s underdog mentality
By Bill West
Even when recent history  favors his program, South  Fayette coach Joe Rossi believes the narrative of the WPIAL Class AA football championship never changes when ...
Gorman: Aliquippa football program on record run
By Kevin Gorman
Asking Mike Zmijanac about Aliquippa’s record run of seven consecutive trips to the WPIAL Class AA final is akin to talking about Fight Club. The first rule ... “I always look forward to the next game,” Zmijanac said. “All the ones in the past are in the past. I can ...
Aliquippa quarterback Fields ready when number is called
By Bill West
Early in his career as a quarterback, Aliquippa senior Darrien Fields imagined a day when coach Mike Zmijanac would approach him with grand plans to ...
Aliquippa downs Washington to earn 7th straight trip to WPIAL Class AA title game
By Brian Duermeyer
The WPIAL’s most-decorated football program is headed back to Heinz Field for a championship game rematch. No. 2-seeded Aliquippa earned a record-setting seventh consecutive trip to the WPIAL Class AA final with a 44-26 victory over Washington on Friday at Joe P. Demichela Stadium in West Allegheny. Aliquippa’s victory sets up a ...
WPIAL Class AA semifinal capsule: Washington vs. Aliquippa
By Bill West
class AA Semifinals No. 2 Aliquippa (11-0) vs. No. 3 Washington (11-0)   7:30 p.m. Friday at West Allegheny After a regular season ...
Aliquippa tops Mt. Pleasant in Class AA for 8th consecutive WPIAL semifinal berth
By Ray Judy
Aliquippa is going to the WPIAL semifinals for the eighth straight season. The second-seeded Quips used their top-ranked offense and suffocating defense to beat No. 7 ...
Mt. Pleasant focused on eliminating mistakes in rematch with Aliquippa
By Jason Black
With plenty of speed, toughness and skill, the Aliquippa football team doesn’t need a lot of help from outside sources when it comes to winning ...
WPIAL quarterfinals a prime time to see regular-season rematches
By Bill West
Plum coach Matt Morgan and his Mustangs walked off their home field after a 20-3 loss to McKeesport in Week 7 cognizant of how close ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
No. 2 Aliquippa hastens end of Kittanning football
By Matt Grubba
Aliquippa hopes to make history with a 16th WPIAL football title, but the Quips started the postseason by writing the final line in the Kittanning ...
Kittanning football team hopes to prolong history, pull upset of Aliquippa
By Matt Grubba
An upset victim in the playoffs a year ago, Kittanning finds itself in a position where it needs a huge upset to continue its season ...
Gorman: With WPIAL seeding, don’t sleep on No. 2s
By Kevin Gorman
The big question before the WPIAL playoff pairings meeting was over the top two seeds in the bottom two classes. Would the WPIAL give the No. 1 seeds to defending PIAA champions South Fayette in Class AA and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in Class A? Or would it reward the regular-season ...
Aliquippa blasts Beaver Falls to complete another perfect regular season
By Brian J. Duermeyer
No. 2 Aliquippa completed its fifth consecutive undefeated regular season and can expect another high seed in the Class AA playoffs with a 56-6 blowout victory over rival Beaver Falls at Carl A. Aschman Stadium on Friday. The Midwestern Conference game was a one-sided affair that resulted in another ...
High school football notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL could use another football team. With the pending merger of Ford City and Kittanning, the WPIAL would be left with 123 teams next ...
What a rush: Aliquippa keeps rolling
By Brian Duermeyer
High-powered Aliquippa unveiled yet another playmaker Friday before running over, through and around visiting Mt. Pleasant in a 63-14 Class AA blowout victory at Carl ...
Gorman: McGinnis to boost Quips
By Kevin Gorman
Once Stephon McGinnis was ruled immediately eligible at Aliquippa on Monday by the WPIAL Board of Directors, the Quips became a favorite to reach the WPIAL Class AA final. Oh wait. The Quips already were a favorite to be a finalist, given their No. 2 ranking. Aliquippa is pretty much ...
WPIAL rules McGinnis eligible at Aliquippa
By Chris Harlan
Stephon McGinnis can join his new Aliquippa teammates on the football field Friday night. The two-sport standout who transferred last month from Ambridge was ruled eligible Monday by the WPIAL Board of Directors. “We approved the transfer in all sports,” said WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley, ending two weeks of ...
Gorman: The curious case of Stephon McGinnis
By Kevin Gorman
Stephon McGinnis was one of two returning lettermen at Ambridge and a unanimous selection as a team captain. So it was something of a shock ...
HS highlight reel: PBC announces Hall of Fame Class
By Tribune-Review
Billy Knight, a former Pitt legend and one of the greatest players in Western Pennsylvania history, will be honored by the Pittsburgh Basketball Club as part if the organization’s 2014 Hall of Fame Class, which was announced Tuesday. Knight, who played a General Braddock High School, highlights the sixth annual ...
HS highlight reel: Ambridge contests McGinnis transfer
By Tribune-Review
Ambridge will contest senior Stephon McGinnis’ transfer to Aliquippa, leaving the senior ineligible for now. The WPIAL received transfer paperwork Monday morning without a signature of approval from Ambridge’s principal, executive director Tim O’Malley said. As a result, the WPIAL will hold an eligibility hearing for McGinnis, a ...

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