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Penn-Trafford football has championship expectations

By Doug Gulasy
Penn-Trafford football players know all about the high expectations outsiders have for their team this season. In many ways, those expectations match their own. One …

Key injury to pivotal starter forces Serra Catholic to regroup
By Dave Mackall
From the outside, the outlook grew dim at Serra Catholic with the loss of senior quarterback Zac Quattrone, who underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair …
Norwin football looks to restore pride
By Doug Gulasy
When David Brozeski took over as Norwin’s football coach in April, he established a set of five “core principles”: discipline, communication, trust, perseverence and pride. …
Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Jackson a dual threat
By Kevin Gorman
Dane Jackson is one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the WPIAL, with a reputation for running to daylight, if not paydirt. The Quaker …
HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
By Chris Harlan
With very little debate, Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead can be called the best playmaker in the WPIAL. The senior had 20 touchdowns last season, but …
Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
By Bill West
Freeport’s Hochbein twins have given teachers headaches by showing up at each other’s classes and have fooled football coach John Gaillot by trading their helmet …
Gorman: Fox Chapel has ‘two best linebackers’
By Tribune-Review
Eric Ravotti played linebacker at Penn State and for the Steelers, so he’s something of an authority on the position. So, when the Fox Chapel …
HSFB preview by position: Size isn’t the only measure of LBs’ talent
By Chris Harlan
North Allegheny’s Layne Skundrich was the leading tackler on a Class AAAA state championship team, but Alabama won’t be calling him. West Allegheny’s Armand Dellovade, …
New Norwin coach trying to restore winning tradition
By Doug Gulasy
Norwin football players noticed a different energy around their offseason work this year. “Everything’s amped up,” senior lineman Corey Chrisman said. “You want to be …
Position switch should make Fox Chapel’s Vaughn more of a playmaker
By D.j. Vasil
For a couple seasons, Fox Chapel senior Carrington Vaughn has caused headaches for opposing teams as a blocker. This fall, Vaughn will get to create …
High school notebook: Highlands’ Martin harbors unique pet
By Bill Beckner Jr.
While his teammates have traditional pets such as dogs, cats or fish, Highlands junior football player Levontae Martin has a more exotic choice of companion. …
HSFB preview by position: Transition to defensive line no easy task
By Chris Harlan
Tyler Hudanick’s future could be offense. The Seneca Valley senior has shown an ability to block, and his 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame certainly makes him big …
Gorman: Woodland Hills deep on defensive line
By Kevin Gorman
The running joke at Woodland Hills is about the player wearing No. 6. He’s big, strong and fast. He’s all over the field. He makes every tackle in every practice. And he’s only getting better. Who wears No. 6? “Everybody does,” said Daniel Gibson, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior defensive tackle. …
McKeesport looks solid against strong camp competition
By Dave Mackall
McKeesport encountered its first real hitting of the preseason Saturday, taking on Central Catholic on the first day of high school scrimmages in the area, …
Ford City tackle returns for senior season
By Matt Grubba
One of the key new faces on the line for Ford City isn’t really new at all. Senior tackle Chad Cloonan was one of the …
HSFB preview by position: Division I O-line recruits have something to prove
By Chris Harlan
Baldwin’s Sterling Jenkins and Hempfield’s Tony Pilato are both highly rated offensive linemen according to the national recruiting websites. The seniors are coveted for their …
Gorman: Podgorski to ‘punish’ foes
By Kevin Gorman
Ryan Podgorski has played every position on the offensive line, from left tackle to left guard to long snapper. The South Park star doesn’t have a preference on a position. “Wherever,” Podgorski said. “I’m versatile.” Where most colleges want him as a tackle, South Park coach Tom Loughran thinks Podgorski’s …
Deer Lakes playmaker Burns hopes to come out hot
By Bill West
Hunter Burns’ surname change while in elementary school led to more play-on-words opportunities for those who observed his athleticism. The Deer Lakes student-athlete knew he …
Freeport linebacker makes early impression
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Freeport’s Logan Thimons is an outdoors-loving kid. He often helps his father, Jim, work on the family farm. And there aren’t many things he enjoys …
HSFB preview by position: Versatility key for tight ends
By Chris Harlan
The best tight end in the WPIAL doesn’t actually play tight end. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Kittanning’s Nick Bowers has ideal size for the position. …
Gorman: Central’s Adomitis at home at tight end
By Kevin Gorman
The jerseys hang in Central Catholic’s weight room, reminders of the prominence of one position at the school. One belongs to Hall of Fame quarterback …
Recovered from ACL injury, McDonough hopes to anchor Elizabeth Forward line
By Ed Phillipps
It wasn’t the injury at the beginning of last season that hurt the most for Elizabeth Forward’s Devin McDonough. It was the call that followed. …
Sturdy Burrell running back Sowol ready for encore
By Bill West
After a few games as Burrell’s featured running back last season, Ryan Sowol heard his name mentioned in the same breath as his direct predecessor, …
HSFB preview by position: Touches tough to come by for elite receivers
By Chris Harlan
one of the best receivers in the WPIAL had just 11 catches last season. Clairton’s Aaron Mathews, a talented 6-foot-5 junior, was in the backfield …
Gorman: Clairton’s Mathews now on the receiving end
By Kevin Gorman
Clairton had a conundrum with Aaron Mathews at quarterback last season. It wasn’t so much that Mathews couldn’t throw the ball, but rather that he …
Brown’s value equal on offense, defense for East Allegheny
By Dave Mackall
Two-way centerpiece Taizjon Brown said Thursday he hopes to lead East Allegheny to a prominent place in WPIAL Class AA this football season, but he …
Gridders take the field Saturday
By Jeff Oliver
It may not be “Friday Night Lights,” but area coaches hope it won’t turn into “Saturday Morning Funnies,” either. On Saturday, coaches and fans will …
Apollo-Ridge junior lineman gaining techniques to go with 6-6, 322-pound frame
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Apollo-Ridge football coach John Skiba said the potential of lineman Eric Moran is enormous. Appropriate word. Moran has been ducking through doorways and sitting out …
HSFB preview by position: Star tailbacks develop early
By Chris Harlan
It doesn’t take long to recognize a talented running back. The sophomore season is often enough. Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders became the team’s starter as …
Gorman: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Fulmore a triple threat
By Kevin Gorman
Not often does a player rank among the WPIAL’s top five rushers as a sophomore, only to be moved out of the backfield by his …
Clairton wide receiver Mathews in position to excel
By Josh Yohe
Junior Aaron Mathews will play only one position this season. This could give opposing coaches in Class A a big — and tall — problem. …
Football coaches offer insight on heat acclimation process
By Ray Fisher
While the official start of high school football practice took place earlier this week, it wasn’t the first time any of the players stepped on …
South Hills squads set for scrimmages Saturday morning
By Ray Fisher
High school football scrimmages are right around the corner. Teams prepare for a season by participating in two scrimmages, usually one in the morning and another, a week later, at night. The end of the first week of preseason drills for high school football teams means one thing — it’s …
HSFB preview by position: The spread is spreading for quarterbacks
By Chris Harlan
Not long ago, high school coaches settled for a quarterback who could throw or run. Now, many want one who does both. With pass-oriented spread …
Gorman: Don’t sleep on USO quarterback Brown
By Kevin Gorman
If judging quarterbacks was done strictly by statistics, USO’s Ronald Brown would be one of the best in the state. The University Prep senior passed for 3,401 yards and 43 touchdowns last fall, including a 525-yard game against Carrick, the No. 2 single-game performance in state history. Brown played in …
Gorman: Football coach Nola embraces a new challenge at Gateway
By Kevin Gorman
Tom Nola is accustomed to a legend looming, whether the name on the stadium is Clairton’s Neil C. Brown or Gateway’s Pete Antimarino. Nola knows …