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High school roundup: Pine-Richland rallies past No. 4 Mt. Lebanon

| Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, 11:51 p.m.

Phil Jurkovec ran for four touchdowns and threw another to rally No. 2 Pine-Richland to a 42-31 comeback victory over No. 4 Mt. Lebanon (1-1) in a Class 6A nonconference game Friday at Mt. Lebanon Stadium.

The Notre Dame recruit scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 9-yard run with 2:25 remaining and added a 24-yarder with 50 seconds left. Jurkovec threw for 351 yards and ran for 124 for Pine-Richland (1-1).

Central Catholic 48, Shaler 7 — Justice Evans scored three times and J.J. Younger scored twice as No. 1 Central Catholic (1-1, 1-0) won a Northern Seven game.

Penn Hills 37, Butler 6 — A week after throwing for 510 yards and six touchdowns, Penn Hills' Cameron Tarrant completed 27 of 32 passes for 321 yards and four scores to guide Penn Hills (1-1, 1-0) to a Northern Seven Conference victory. Julian Major caught 10 of those passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Seneca Valley 48, PetersTownship 24 — Hank Royal threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 145 yards and two TDs as Seneca Valley (1-0, 1-0) beat Peters Township (1-1, 0-1) in nonconference play.

North Allegheny 21, Bethel Park 14 — Niko Mermigas scored on a 65-yard run and a 24-yard reception to lead No. 3 North Allegheny (1-1) to a nonconference win over Bethel Park (0-1).

Cole Rogers threw for 169 yards to pace Bethel Park.

Class 5A

Chartiers Valley 24, Hampton 16 — Steven Alauzen scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Chartiers Valley (1-1, 1-0) overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat Hampton (0-2, 0-1) in the Allegheny 9 Conference. Alauzen finished with 160 rushing yards on 16 carries. Alex Bianco ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns for Hampton.

West Allegheny 23, Fox Chapel 0 — DJ Opsatnik booted three field goals, including a 47-yarder, as No. 4 West Allegheny (1-0, 1-0) blanked Fox Chapel (0-2, 0-1) in the Allegheny 9 Conference.

Gateway 41, Latrobe 7 — Brady Walker threw for 124 yards and one touchdown as Gateway (1-1, 1-0) downed Latrobe (0-2, 0-1) in the Big East 9. Courtney Jackson and Dylan Urban added two touchdowns each, and Jaquan Brisker scored on an 85-yard punt return.

Penn-Trafford 48, Connellsville 7 — Cam Laffoon completed 9 of 12 passes for 219 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 5 Penn-Trafford (2-0, 1-0) over Connellsville (1-1, 0-1) in the Big East 9 Conference. P-T led 41-0 at halftime.

Armstrong 35, Moon 0 — Zane Dudek ran for 270 yards and four touchdowns and added an 86-yard interception return for a TD to lead Armstrong (2-0) to a nonconference shutout against Moon (0-1). Dudek has rushed for 548 yards and scored nine through two games.

Class 4A

Ringgold 42, Greensburg Salem 28 — Brendan Small rushed for 269 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 16, 69, 2, and 37 yards to lead No. 5 Ringgold (1-0, 1-0) to a Big 9 Conference win.

Greensburg Salem's Jacob Hoyle completed 11 of 19 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Thomas Jefferson 56, Uniontown 0 — Bobby Kelley completed 7 of 8 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns as top-ranked Thomas Jefferson (1-0, 1-0) blanked Uniontown (0-2, 0-1) in the Big 9 Conference.

Zane Zandier caught four passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns, and Tommy Campbell converted all eight of his extra-point attempts.

West Mifflin 28, Trinity 2 — Howard Reid ran for 138 yards and scored the game's first three touchdowns to lead West Mifflin (2-0, 1-0) to a Big 9 win at Trinity (0-1, 0-1). Darnell Carey scored West Mifflin's final TD on a 75-yard run.

Blackhawk 28, Knoch 27 — Michael Savilisky hit Mark McKenna with a 10-yard pass in overtime to lift Blackhawk (1-0, 1-0) to the Northwest Nine win at Knoch (0-1, 0-1). Austin Renfrew scored on a 5-yard run on Knoch's overtime possession, but the point-after kick failed. Before overtime, all of the scoring was in the first half.

Highlands 56, Ambridge 6— The Golden Rams raced to a 36-0 lead by the end of the first quarter in a Northern Nine opener that quickly became a rout. Five Highlands players scored touchdowns in the first quarter, and the Rams (1-0, 1-0) scored on offense, defense and special teams. Brayden Thimons threw for a 50-yard TD on his only pass attempt, and Jermaine Jett had a 35-yard score on his only rush.

Mahki Robinson rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown for Ambridge (0-1, 0-1).

New Castle 26, Montour 13 — In the Northwest Nine, Geno Stone scored on a 23-yard run and 82-yard interception return as New Castle (1-1, 1-0) beat Montour (0-1, 0-1). Stone also hit Lorenzo Gardner with an 82-yard scoring pass.

Class 3A

Deer Lakes 35, Apollo-Ridge 14 — Josh Solomon ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and David Fleming threw for 203 yards and ran for 78 to lead Deer Lakes (1-0) past visiting Apollo-Ridge (1-1) in the Allegheny Conference. Solomon scored on runs of 33, 1 and 19 yards. Jake Spirnock caught two touchdowns for Deer Lakes and had five catches for 102 yards.

Keystone Oaks 42, Valley 20 — Senior quarterback Alex Smith passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 4 Keystone Oaks in the Allegheny Conference opener. Smith also scored on a 71-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Keystone Oaks (1-0, 1-0) scored three touchdowns in the second quarter in all three phases of the game to pull away with a 28-6 halftime lead. Chase Balla ran 130 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns for Valley (0-1, 0-1).

Central Valley 34, Ellwood City 6 — Danny Santia scored on an 8-yard run, 66-yard reception and 33-yard fumble return as No. 3 Central Valley (1-1, 1-0) beat Ellwood City (0-1, 0-1) in a Beaver Valley Conference game. Nico Battisti threw for 144 yards and two TDs.

Mt. Pleasant 42, Waynesburg 14 — Mt. Pleasant opened a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to an Interstate Conference victory. Johnny Yester completed 10 of 13 passes for 304 yards and three TDs to lead the Vikings (2-0, 1-0). Keith Kalp had seven catches for 232 yards and two TDs.

Class 2A

Burgettstown 27, Frazier 19 — Despite Christopher Pierce completing 30 of 42 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown, Frazier (0-2, 0-1) fell to Burgettstown (1-0, 1-0) in the Century Conference. Brad McLaughlin threw for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and Reed Reitter caught three passes for 107 yards and two TDs for Burgettstown.

Washington 37, Charleroi 0 — Isaiah Robinson returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown to start No. 4 Washington's 37-point first half on the way to its Century Conference shutout at Charleroi (1-1). Washington (1-0, 1-0) gained 316 total yards while holding Charleroi to 71.

Neshannock 36, CardinalWuerl North Catholic 0 — Daniel Welker caught five passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 58 yards for another as No. 2 Neshannock (2-0, 1-0) blanked Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (0-1, 0-1) in the Midwestern Conference. Frank Antuono threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two scores for Neshannock, which scored 29 points in the second quarter.

Avonworth 26, Carlynton 25 — Garrett Day scored the deciding touchdown on a 59-yard run with 9:23 to play as Avonworth (1-0, 1-0) won a Three Rivers Conference showdown. The senior finished with 133 passing yards, 122 yards on the ground and four TDs.

Carlynton (0-1, 0-1) led 13-0 in the second quarter. Quarterback Courtney Mickins threw for 157 yards and two scores with two interceptions. The Cougars' losing streak extended to 23 games.

Brentwood 47, Serra Catholic 12 — Michael Trent threw for 164 yards and a touchdown and Evan Vickless rushed for three short scores as Brentwood (1-0, 1-0) defeated Serra Catholic (1-1, 0-1) in the Three Rivers Conference. Evan Honick threw for 168 yards and a touchdown, and teammate Khalil Smith ran for 105 yards and a TD for Serra.

Freeport 49, Vincentian Academy 14 — In his varsity debut, sophomore quarterback Austin Romanchak threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a nonconference win for Freeport (1-0) at North Park's JC Stone Field. Romanchak rushed for 103 yards, and Conor Selinger rushed for 100 yards and two scores in his varsity debut.

Steel Valley 41, Riverside 7 — DeWayne Murray ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns to carry No. 1 Steel Valley (1-0) to a nonconference victory. Paris Ford added a score on a 46-yard interception return.

Yough 32, Beth-Center 20— Ryan Everly threw for 169 yards and a ran for three scores, and Dustin Shoaf ran for 119 yards and a score as Yough (1-0) won a nonconference game. Shoaf also returned a blocked punt 28 yards for a TD.

Class A

Clairton 58, Bishop Canevin 8 — Noah Hamlin completed 6 of 12 passes for 136 yards and two scores, and Lamont Wade ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries to guide No. 1 Clairton (1-0, 1-0) to an Eastern Conference victory.

Avella 32, West Greene 20 — Garrett Geresti scored on a 34-yard pass from Dalton Simonelli and a 72-yard interception return to help Avella (1-1, 1-0) to a Tri-County South Conference win. Steven Miller ran for 103 yards and a score for Avella.

Carmichaels 20, Monessen 12 — Carmichaels took a 14-0 lead and held on for a Tri-County South victory. Nicholas Mundell and Jonathan Christopher had rushing touchdowns, and Ryan Workman caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Seth Sapko for the Mighty Mikes (1-0, 1-0).

Rochester 35, Shenango 21 — Ian Kouba ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 145 yards and another TD to lead Rochester (1-0, 1-0) to a Big 7 win against Shenango (0-1, 0-1).

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