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High school football roundup: Franklin Regional captures 6th straight victory

| Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, 11:33 p.m.
Apollo-Ridge's defense gang tackles Valley's Chase Balla in the WPIAL Class 3A game Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at Valley Memorial Stadium. Apollo-Ridge won 35-12.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Apollo-Ridge's defense gang tackles Valley's Chase Balla in the WPIAL Class 3A game Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at Valley Memorial Stadium. Apollo-Ridge won 35-12.

Simon Behr and Stephen Johns ran for two touchdowns each to guide Franklin Regional to a 35-20 win over North Hills in a nonconference game Friday.

Behr ran for 140 yards to pace Franklin Regional (6-2), which has won six straight games since starting 0-2.

Tyler Brennan had a 94-yard kickoff return for North Hills (5-4).

Class 6A

Pine-Richland 28, Butler 13 — Max Devinney completed 20 of 37 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns as No. 3 Pine-Richland (6-3, 4-1) beat Butler (2-6, 1-5) in the Northern Seven Conference. Jordan Crawford caught four passes for 114 yards and a 79-yard touchdown and ran 2 yards for another score. Dallas Hayes rushed for 123 yards and both of Butler's touchdowns.

Seneca Valley 57, Shaler 6 — Hank Royal ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 25-yard pass from Jack Cook for another TD as No. 4 Seneca Valley (5-3, 3-3) won big over Shaler (0-9, 0-6) in the Northern Seven Conference. Cook threw for four touchdowns and ran for another.

Bethel Park 35, Altoona 0 — Terron Murphy ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns as No. 5 Bethel Park (5-3, 5-0) clinched a share of the Southeastern Conference title by shutting out Altoona (2-7, 1-5).

Central Catholic 41, Norwin 0 — J.J. Younger ran for 142 yards and four touchdowns to lead top-ranked Central Catholic (8-1) to a nonconference win against Norwin (5-4). The Vikings scored 28 points in the second quarter.

Mt. Lebanon 56, Penn Hills 26 — David Harvey ran for 204 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mt. Lebanon (6-3) to a nonconference win against Penn Hills (4-5). James Stocker threw for 124 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils. Cameron Tarrant tossed for 123 yards and a TD in the loss.

North Allegheny 42, Hempfield 7 — In a nonconference game at Hempfield, North Allegheny's Ethan Maenza tossed touchdown passes of 29 and 14 yards to Niko Mermigas and Canyon Tuman, respectively, and raced 64 yards for a touchdown with 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter, to lead the Tigers to victory.

No. 2 North Allegheny (7-2) rushed for 384 yards, while limiting the Spartans (4-5) to 100 yards on the ground.

Class 5A

Fox Chapel 51, Chartiers Valley 12 — Micah Morris ran for 237 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fox Chapel (4-5, 4-4) to the Allegheny 9 win against Chartiers Valley (2-7, 1-6). Nick Gizzo added three rushing touchdowns for Fox Chapel, which gained 429 total yards to Chartiers Valley's 111. It was the fourth straight win for the Foxes, who started 0-5.

Moon 49, Baldwin 27 — Brady Sunday ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns as Moon (3-5, 3-4) won an Allegheny 9 Conference game. Glen Ford threw for 105 yards for Baldwin (2-6, 1-7).

Upper St. Clair 55, Hampton 3 — In the Allegheny 9 Conference, Thomas Vissman ran eight times for 127 yards and two touchdowns as No. 5 Upper St. Clair (6-2, 6-1) downed Hampton (0-9, 0-6). Colin McLinden added two rushing touchdowns for the Panthers.

Armstrong 60, Connellsville 7 — Zane Dudek continued his record-breaking season with 237 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Armstrong (8-1, 6-1) over Connellsville (1-8, 0-7) in Big East 9 play. Dudek has 2,698 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns this season and has more than 6,500 rushing yards for his career. Armstrong outgained Connellsville, 465 yards to 172.

McKeesport 34, Gateway 19 — Gateway led 13-0 early in the second quarter, but McKeesport scored 34 straight points and earned a Big East 9 Conference victory.

The No. 3 Tigers clinched a WPIAL playoff spot. Carlinos Acie carried the ball 17 times for 186 yards and four touchdowns for McKeesport (7-1, 6-1). Brady Walker threw for 252 yards and touchdowns of 26 and 97 yards to Jaquan Brisker for Gateway (6-3, 5-1).

Penn-Trafford 27, Kiski Area 3 — The Warriors (6-3, 4-3) kept their hopes alive for a 14th consecutive playoff berth with a Big East 9 Conference win. Cam Laffoon was 4 for 4 passing for 135 yards and scored twice on keepers while Anthony Covone's 56-yard run with 2 seconds left in the half put P-T in the driver's seat. Ross Greece carried for 59 yards for the Cavaliers (4-5, 4-3).

Plum 41, Latrobe 24 — Kevin Brown ran for 210 yards and five touchdowns to lead Plum (2-6, 2-6) to the Big East 9 win against Latrobe (0-9, 0-7). Austin Butler threw for 127 yards and a touchdown and ran for 142 yards and two TDs to pace Latrobe.

Class 4A

Thomas Jefferson 51, Laurel Highlands 0 — Quinton Hill ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns as No. 1 Thomas Jefferson (8-0, 7-0) cruised to a Big 9 Conference win.

Bobby Kelley threw for 131 yards and a touchdown on 6 of 9 passing for the Jaguars, who have outscored opponents 432-38.

West Mifflin 26, Belle Vernon 9 — Russell Tyree rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and Dorian Johnson returned an interception 93 yards to lead West Mifflin (8-1, 6-1) to a Big Nine Conference upset at No. 4 Belle Vernon (6-2, 6-2). Tyree scored on runs of 6, 29 and 51 yards as West Mifflin shook off the effects of its only loss last week against Ringgold. Belle Vernon lost its second straight game after taking an early 3-0 lead on Cameron Guess' 32-yard field goal.

Mars 49, Indiana 14 — Isaiah Johnson ran for 165 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead No. 3 Mars (7-2, 6-1) to a Northwest Nine Conference victory. Johnson has 1,184 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Chad Truman had a 91-yard kickoff return for Indiana (3-5, 2-5).

Montour 38, Blackhawk 14 — Kavon Morman, Zachary McGowan and Brayder Jones each ran for more than 100 yards to lead Montour (4-4, 4-3) to the Northwest Nine win over Blackhawk (5-3, 4-3). Jones rushed for three touchdowns, and Morman added two.

South Fayette 48, Highlands 14 — Drew Saxton passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns as Class 4A No. 2 South Fayette rolled to a Northwest Nine victory. Three of Saxton's touchdowns came in the first half as the Lions (9-0, 7-0) took a 35-0 lead into the break. Geavonie Love added two rushing touchdowns. Gabe Booker ran for a 19-yard score for Highlands (3-5, 2-5).

Ringgold 41, New Castle 28 — Brenden Small ran for 168 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 5 Ringgold (6-2) to a nonconference victory at New Castle (5-4). George Martin threw for 234 yards and a touchdown for the Rams.

Class 3A

Apollo-Ridge 35, Valley 12 — Apollo-Ridge (6-3, 5-2) took over second place and clinched a playoff berth in the Allegheny Conference as quarterback Kyle Fitzroy threw for 232 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, and Brett Coleman ran for 118 yards on 19 carries. Fitzroy completed 12 of 18 attempts with three touchdown passes going to Danny Orkwis. Coleman and Jeremy DiBernardo also scored for the Vikings, who won despite Duane Brown not getting into the end zone. He had 85 all-purpose yards.

Chase Balla led Valley (5-3, 4-2) with 95 rushing yards and a 30-yard touchdown.

Deer Lakes 21, Shady Side Academy 14 — Joshua Solomon scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Deer Lakes (2-6, 2-4) the lead and then intercepted a Shady Side Academy (0-8, 0-7) pass on its last drive in the Lancers' Allegheny Conference win. Solomon rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

Keystone Oaks 44, Freeport 7 — Alex Smith rushed for two touchdowns and added four more through the air as Keystone Oaks wrapped up the Class 3A Allegheny Conference championship.

Smith, a Duquesne commit, scored on runs of 1 and 43 yards and connected on TD passes of 45, 46, 40 and 15 yards, including three to wide receiver Quran Powe for Keystone Oaks (7-1, 6-0). Powe finished with 199 yards receiving.

Aliquippa 22, Central Valley 14 — Aliquippa scored 22 unanswered points to secure a Beaver Valley Conference win. Tariq Jones, Kwantel Raines and Davion Jones scored for the No. 3 Quips (7-2, 4-1).

Nico Battisti scored two touchdown runs for No. 5 Central Valley (6-3, 4-2).

Beaver Falls 34, Hopewell 21 — Malik Shepherd ran for 187 yards and a touchdown, and Derrell Carter added 105 rushing yards and a TD to lead No. 4 Beaver Falls (7-1, 4-1) to victory over Hopewell (5-4, 1-4) in the Beaver Valley Conference. Eli Loncar threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns for Hopewell.

Derry 38, Waynesburg 0 — Derry (9-0, 6-0) captured its first conference title since 1983 with a shutout over Waynesburg (0-8, 0-7) in the Interstate Conference.

South Park 29, Elizabeth Forward 6 — South Park scored 29 unanswered points to claim an Interstate Conference victory. Jordan Kmonk ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead the Eagles (4-4, 4-2).

Yough 20, Southmoreland 19 — Dustin Shoaf ran for 109 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 87 yards for another score as Yough (4-4, 3-3) edged Southmoreland (1-7, 1-5) in the Interstate Conference. Ronnie Robinson rushed for 163 yards and all three of Southmoreland's touchdowns.

Beaver 27, Mt. Pleasant 6 — Darius Wise scored top-ranked Beaver's first three touchdowns on runs of 9, 48 and 8 yards in its nonconference win at Mt. Pleasant (6-3). Brad Barker scored on a 57-yard kickoff return to finish off the scoring for Beaver (7-1).

Quaker Valley 35, Seton-La Salle 28 (OT) — Amos Luptak scored his third touchdown of the game in overtime to lead Quaker Valley (4-4) to a comeback win over Seton-La Salle (5-3). Luptak threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Lionel Deanes paced Seton-La Salle with 201 rushing yards and two TDs.

Class 2A

Frazier 46, Bentworth 21 — Christopher Pierce threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns to lead Frazier (5-4, 4-2) to the Century Conference win at Bentworth (4-5, 2-5). John Celaschi caught three passes for 156 yards and touchdowns of 81 and 48 yards, and Damon Lovis added 147 rushing yards and two TDs. Josh Hughes threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Washington 41, Burgettstown 6 — Isaiah Robinson ran for 200 yards and a touchdown on four carries and also caught a 60-yard TD pass from Connor Bedillion, who threw three, to guide No. 2 Washington (8-0, 6-0) to a Centurion Conference win over Burgettstown (4-4, 4-3).

Laurel 27, New Brighton 14 — Spencer Jones ran for 117 yards and a touchdown and Jesse Pacifico added 102 rushing yards and two TDs to lead Laurel (6-3, 4-3) to the Midwestern Conference win at New Brighton (2-6, 1-5). Tylar Williams rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Neshannock 18, Freedom 10 — Daniel Welker's 61-yard touchdown run in the third quarter sealed a Midwestern Conference win for No. 3 Neshannock (8-1, 6-0).

South Side Beaver 28, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 14 — A.J. Crider ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns to lead South Side Beaver (3-5, 3-4) to the Midwestern Conference win at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (4-4, 3-3). William Gibson ran for both of North Catholic's touchdowns.

Brentwood 41, Carlynton 7 — Dorian Bowie ran for 111 yards and a touchdown and threw for two more TDs to lead Brentwood (7-1, 5-1) to the Three Rivers Conference victory against Carlynton (2-6, 2-5).

East Allegheny 49, Burrell 0 — Talane Underwood threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as Class 2A East Allegheny (6-3) defeated Class 3A Burrell (2-7). T.J. Banks caught six passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

McGuffey 20, Chartiers-Houston 14 — Christian Clutter ran for 149 and all three of Class 3A McGuffey's touchdowns in its nonconference win at Class 2A No. 5 Chartiers Houston (6-3). Marcus Czulewicz added 101 rushing yards for McGuffey (5-4).

Riverside 14, Ellwood City 13 (OT) — Ben Hughes hit Austin Dambach with a 4-yard touchdown pass in overtime, and the duo followed that up with a two-point conversion as Class 2A No. 4 Riverside (6-2) slipped past Class 3A Ellwood City (0-8). Andrew O'Brien scored on a 6-yard run during Ellwood City's overtime possession.

Class A

OLSH 60, Shenango 24 — Matt Schnarre and Austin Wigley each ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns as OLSH (6-2, 5-2) defeated Shenango (3-5, 3-4) in the Big 7 Conference. Tyler Bradley added 166 passing yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers.

Avella 35, Monessen 6 — Garrett Geresti scored all five touchdowns for Avella (1-8, 1-6), including two 40-yard fumble returns, in its Tri-County South win over Monessen (1-8, 1-5).

California 45, Jefferson-Morgan 2 — Jonathan Wood rushed for four touchdowns as California (5-4, 4-2) dropped Jefferson-Morgan (1-8, 1-5) in the Tri-County South. Colin Phillips added two rushing touchdowns in the win.

Carmichaels 16, Fort Cherry 7 — Cody Brown ran for 112 yards and a touchdown as Carmichaels (7-1, 7-0) defeated No. 4 Fort Cherry (7-1, 5-1) in the Tri-County South.

Jeannette 48, Mapletown 0— No. 2 Jeannette (9-0) held Mapletown (4-5) to minus-9 yards of offense in its nonconference win. Kareem Hall rushed three times for 100 yards and touchdowns of 23 and 55 yards for Jeannette, which scored 35 points in the first quarter.

District 6 Heritage

Homer-Center 43, Blairsville 14 — Montao Coleman ran for 11 yards and two scores on 18 carries as Homer-Center (8-1, 8-1) won a District 6 Heritage Conference game. Bassa McCracket added a 15-yard interception return for a score. Dakota Sunday had a 78-yard kickoff return for Blairsville (6-3, 6-3).

City League

Perry 21, Allderdice 20 — Tyreque Fedd rushed for his second touchdown of the game with 2:58 left in the fourth quarter as Perry (3-5, 2-3) edged Allderdice (2-7, 2-3) in City League play. Fedd ran for 116 yards while Jeremiah Hardrick led Allderdice with 122 rushing yards.

Westinghouse 71, Carrick 8 — Wade Yurko ran for 102 yards and three scores and Quame Gaines ran for 130 yards and three scores as Westinghouse (5-3, 4-1) won a City League contest. Leonard Hall returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

Game postponed

Charleroi's game at Beth-Center was postponed until 7 p.m. Saturday because of unplayable field conditions.

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