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Wilkinsburg holds off Leechburg

By George Guido
After two years as a starter at center, Wilkinsburg’s Jonathan Carpenter sparkled in his debut at quarterback. Carpenter completed seven passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers posted a 24-14 victory in the season opener at Graham Field. Sophomore Robert Higginbotham caught a 73-yard pass from Carpenter …

HS highlight reel: Red, White & Blue Invite set for Saturday
By Tribune-Review 9:52 p.m.
Dozens of area cross country teams will get an idea of how they match up against some of the WPIAL’s best runners Saturday at the …
Mars RB Schultheis could be out for season
By Tribune-Review
One of the area’s top running backs could be out for the season. Mars senior Josh Schultheis, who ran for 1,645 yards as a junior, suffered a leg injury in the first quarter of Friday night’s Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference season opener at Indiana. Coach Scott Heinauer said Schultheis …
High school roundup: Seton-La Salle captures Century Conference win
By Tribune-Review
Danzel McKinley-Lewis scored two touchdowns as No. 3 Seton-La Salle earned a 19-8 victory over South Park in the WPIAL Class AA Century Conference opener for both teams. McKinley-Lewis scored on a 4-yard pass from Tyler Perone and a 65-yard run. Paris Ford also scored on an 18-yard pass from …
Trueman sparks North Allegheny’s 14-0 victory over Seneca Valley
By Chris Harlan
If North Allegheny needed a spark or a little bit of late-game momentum, coaches were counting on Riley Trueman. The junior provided both. A starting …
Gorman: Holl in the family at Seneca Valley
By Kevin Gorman
Don Holl watches his son take on blocks with his right shoulder at outside linebacker then violently make a tackle, and the Seneca Valley coach …
Penn Hills takes advantage of turnovers, routs Upper St. Clair
By Ed Phillipps
Penn Hills coach John Peterman knows just how dangerous Upper St. Clair can be. “They shut us out the last two years,” he said. “I …
Thomas Jefferson runs past Ringgold
By Mark Kaboly
Bill Cherpak will take this every day of the week. Not No. 4 Thomas Jefferson’s convincing 49-6 Big Nine Conference win over No. 7 Ringgold …
Pevarnik’s scoring binge leads GCC to 15-12 victory over Monessen
By Paul Schofield
Brian Pevarnik made sure Greensburg Central Catholic’s return to Class A was successful. The 6-foot junior scored two touchdowns and kicked a game-winning 26-yard field …
Late 98-yard pick 6 seals Norwin’s shutout win over Latrobe
By Andrew Erickson
For the first time in David Brozeski’s long Norwin coaching career, the game ball was his. After serving for many years as a Knights assistant, …
Team effort pushes Penn-Trafford past Kiski Area
By Doug Gulasy
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane talked during the preseason about the impact his team’s skill players — including a few unknowns — could make. On Friday …
Mt. Pleasant edges McGuffey in high-scoring affair
By Bill West
Mt. Pleasant senior running back Trevor Salopek used his blistering speed to mesmerize McGuffey’s defense Friday night. Salopek just wished he had some spell that …
Valley edges emotional Burrell team on OT field goal
By Bill Beckner Jr.
When Rory Baker joined Valley’s football team before training camp, he showed coach Muzzy Colosimo what he could do, kicking a long field goal on …
‘He’s still a part of this team’: Burrell honors player who died during preseason
By Mary Ann Thomas
Although he died from a rare heart tumor on the practice field, Burrell lineman Noah Cornuet, 16, was still listed on Burrell’s official player roster …
QB leads Kittanning to season-opening victory over Deer Lakes
By D.j. Vasil
Kittanning quarterback Braydon Toy put on a show at Lancers Stadium Friday night. The senior dual-threat quarterback rolled up 303 total yards as Kittanning showed …
Jackson brothers lead way as Highlands rolls in Class AA debut over Ford City
By George Guido
Highlands used splash plays to make a big splash in its WPIAL Class AA debut Friday night at Ford City. Five touchdowns on plays of …
Tipton accounts for 4 TDs in Apollo-Ridge’s 41-21 victory over West Shamokin
By Matt Grubba
Apollo-Ridge’s big-play ability showed up opening night. Pitt recruit Tre Tipton scored three touchdowns and passed for another, and five of the Vikings’ six scores …
Southmoreland thrills home crowd with 25-24 victory over Charleroi
By Jason Black
Because of flooding that damaged its field last year, the Southmoreland football team hadn’t played a home game at Russ Grimm Field since 2012. But …
Belle Vernon Area trounces Trinity in Humbert’s debut
By Jeremy Sellew
Belle Vernon Area football coach Matt Humbert couldn’t have asked for a better start to his first season roaming the Leopards sideline. Marcel McCaskill started …
Frazier finds its offense in win over Avella
By Jeff Oliver
Going into Friday’s Tri-County South Conference opener against visiting Avella, Frazier football coach Mike Steeber was a little worried about his offense. That’s because in …
California victim of Clairton’s ‘statement’
By Bill Hughes
First-year Clairton coach Wayne Wade was looking for his team to make a statement in his first game. Consider it made. The Bears scored early …
Seniors lead Central Valley past Montour
By Brian J. Duermeyer
Central Valley produced a familiar script behind its strong senior class and a new high-tempo offense Friday night at Montour’s Thomas J. Birko Stadium: A Class AAA Parkway Conference blowout over the rival Spartans. Led by seniors John George and Jordan Whitehead, the No. 2 Warriors (1-0) surged to a …
Sophomore RB Coxon leads Plum to lopsided win
By Wes Crosby
Sophomore running back Nick Coxon might have had a coming-out party in Plum’s 45-19 win against Hempfield in a Foothills Conference matchup at Spartan Stadium on Friday. Coxon started the game with a 49-yard run in Plum’s first play from scrimmage. He busted through the line and down the right …
Quick start fuels Shady Side Academy to opening win over Freeport
By William Whalen
Big plays and key injuries proved too much to overcome as Freeport dropped its Allegheny Conference opener to No. 8 Shady Side Academy, 23-7, on Friday night at James Swartz Memorial Field. “(Shady Side Academy) has 10 starters back from last year,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “I could not …
Jeannette rips Riverview in Class A debut
By Les Harvath
Talk about moving to the head of the class. With a storied Class AA tradition behind them, Jeannette, on the heels of a 48-6 Class A Eastern Conference opening-night win over visiting Riverview, served notice Friday night the Jayhawks are ready to embark on a new tradition in their new …
Springdale eases past Serra
By Ray Judy
Springdale had Serra on Lock-down Friday night. The Dynamos, behind senior Adam Lock, defeated host Serra, 41-7, in a Class A Eastern Conference matchup. Everything seemed to be working according to plan for Springdale. Lock, who moved from tight end to halfback after last season to get more touches, quickly …
Knoch’s 3rd-quarter surge leads to victory over Franklin Regional
By Dave Yohe
The situation for Knoch and Franklin Regional was like looking into a mirror: two similar teams trying to find out exactly who they are. Both teams got a better picture, but Knoch walked away with a 22-7 Greater Allegheny Conference victory Friday night at Knoch Knights Stadium. “It’s good to …
North Hills defeats Fox Chapel
By Staff Report
Nick Santucci ran for two touchdowns, and Andrew Bly ran for one and caught another as North Hills (1-0, 1-0) downed Fox Chapel, 35-7, in Quad North play. Brandon Wagner added a touchdown on a  29-yard interception return for North Hills (1-0, 1-0), which scored four touchdowns in the first …
McKeesport’s Hudson sets career high in rout of Connellsville
By Dave Mackall
Khaleke Hudson had to think about the question for a minute, but the smile that crept onto his face provided an answer. Had Hudson ever produced 300-yard rushing games in football before? “Yes, yes, I did,” the McKeesport junior said after gaining a high school career-high 346 yards and scoring …
Sanders, Woodland Hills roll to victory against Peters Township
By Josh Yohe
Woodland Hills has an unfortunate history of slow starts in recent seasons. There was nothing slow about Miles Sanders against Peters Township. Sanders rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries to lead the Wolverines, the WPIAL’s top-ranked Class AAAA team, to a 27-0 road victory against the Indians in the …
Murray runs wild in Steel Valley victory over Carlynton
By David Whipkey
As a freshman in 2013, Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray set the bar high by rushing for 1,488 yards. If Friday night’s performance is any indication, the sophomore has plans on making those numbers seem pedestrian. Murray rushed for 174 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns in only …
District 9 roundup: Redbank Valley posts shutout
By Staff Reports
Redbank Valley’s offense got off to a flying start, but the defense more than held its own for the Bulldogs. Jake Dougherty threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another as Redbank Valley blanked Clarion-Limestone, 47-0, in their KSAC-Small School Division opener on the road Friday. Colten …
Valley Independent roundup: Yough, Elizabeth Forward, Bentworth fall
By The Valley Independent
It wasn’t the kind of start Yough wanted for the 2014 season. Hollidaysburg rolled up 361 yards on the ground, jumped to a 12-0 first-quarter lead and rolled to a 31-6 victory Friday in a Greater Allegheny Conference opener at Tiger Stadium. “They did exactly what we thought they would …
High school roundup: Greensburg Salem shocks Gateway in opener
By Staff Reports
Sophomore Ryan Collette kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime to lift Greensburg Salem to a 9-6 victory over No. 5 Gateway in the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference opener Friday night. Junior tailback Connor Forkey scampered 33 yards in the second quarter for the Golden Lions’ lone touchdown. …
Daily News roundup: South Allegheny bounces Sto-Rox
By Staff Reports
In the Century Conference, Curtis Moore ran 18 times for 215 yards and six touchdowns to lead South Allegheny (1-0, 1-0) to a 40-24 victory at Sto-Rox (0-1, 0-1) in the WPIAL Class AA Century Conference opener Friday night. DaVonte Johnson added 135 rushing yards in the win against the …
WPIAL teams value hard-to-come-by nonconference games in Week 1
By Bill West
Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny might wonder if there’s a sadist among the people responsible for making the WPIAL football regular-season schedules. That theory would …