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Penn-Trafford eases past Hempfield

Paul Schofield
| Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 11:03 p.m.
Penn-Trafford wide receiver Timmy Vecchio hauls in 27-yard, third quarter touchdown pass in front of Hempfield defensive back Lorenzo Barchetti during on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Hempfield.
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Penn-Trafford wide receiver Timmy Vecchio hauls in 27-yard, third quarter touchdown pass in front of Hempfield defensive back Lorenzo Barchetti during on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Hempfield.
Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane talks with his players during the second half of their game against Hempfield at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane talks with his players during the second half of their game against Hempfield at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Hempfield linebacker Josh Kempka takles Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Hempfield linebacker Josh Kempka takles Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford's Joe Peduzzi takles Hempfield' wide receiver Dylan Sikora during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford's Joe Peduzzi takles Hempfield' wide receiver Dylan Sikora during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon passes as Hempfield's Louden Richason looks on during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon passes as Hempfield's Louden Richason looks on during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford defenders Justin Smith (27) and Andre Guest (75) tackle Hempfield's Lorenzo Barchetti during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford defenders Justin Smith (27) and Andre Guest (75) tackle Hempfield's Lorenzo Barchetti during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield 35-21.
Penn-Trafford running back Devin Austin breaks through the line on a first down run as Hempfield's Logan Swan (5) gives chase during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford running back Devin Austin breaks through the line on a first down run as Hempfield's Logan Swan (5) gives chase during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon scrambles past Hempfield's Jake Hoffner during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon scrambles past Hempfield's Jake Hoffner during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford defenders Jonah Lisbon (11) and Justin Smith (27) sack Hempfield quarterback Daniel Walters during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford defenders Jonah Lisbon (11) and Justin Smith (27) sack Hempfield quarterback Daniel Walters during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Hempfield quarterback Daniel Walters scores on a 1-yard first quarter touchdown run as Penn-Trafford defenders Joe Peduzzi (7) and Dan Sich (52) pursue during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Hempfield quarterback Daniel Walters scores on a 1-yard first quarter touchdown run as Penn-Trafford defenders Joe Peduzzi (7) and Dan Sich (52) pursue during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Hempfield wide receiver Dante Luther celebrates his 22-yard first quarter touchdown pass in front of Penn-Trafford defender Timmy Vecchio during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Hempfield wide receiver Dante Luther celebrates his 22-yard first quarter touchdown pass in front of Penn-Trafford defender Timmy Vecchio during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford's Jonah Lisbon (11) sacks Hempfield quarterback Daniel Walters near the goal line during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford's Jonah Lisbon (11) sacks Hempfield quarterback Daniel Walters near the goal line during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford defensive back Timmy Vecchio intercepts a  pass intended for Hempfield wide receiver Dylan Sikora  during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 03, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford defensive back Timmy Vecchio intercepts a pass intended for Hempfield wide receiver Dylan Sikora during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 03, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford wide receiver Tyler Bruno hauls in 34-yard  first quarter touchdown pass in front of Hempfield defensive back Donnie Washington during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford wide receiver Tyler Bruno hauls in 34-yard first quarter touchdown pass in front of Hempfield defensive back Donnie Washington during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon throws a 27-yard, third quarter touchdown pass to receiver Timmy Vecchio in a game against Hempfield on Oct. 3, 2014, at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford quarterback Brett Laffoon throws a 27-yard, third quarter touchdown pass to receiver Timmy Vecchio in a game against Hempfield on Oct. 3, 2014, at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford running back Jonah Lisbon eludes Hempfield's Alex Raschiatore (55) on his way to the end zone to score an 18-yard first quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford running back Jonah Lisbon eludes Hempfield's Alex Raschiatore (55) on his way to the end zone to score an 18-yard first quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford running back Devin Austin breaks through the line on a first down run as Hempfield's Logan Swan (5) looks on during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford running back Devin Austin breaks through the line on a first down run as Hempfield's Logan Swan (5) looks on during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
Penn-Trafford wide receiver Timmy Vecchio hauls in 27-yard third quarter touchdown pass in front of Hempfield defensive back Lorenzo Barchetti during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014,  in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.
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Penn-Trafford wide receiver Timmy Vecchio hauls in 27-yard third quarter touchdown pass in front of Hempfield defensive back Lorenzo Barchetti during their WPIAL Class AAAA contest at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hempfield. Penn-Trafford defeated Hempfield, 35-21.

If No. 3 Penn-Trafford wants to make noise in the upcoming WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, it has some things to clean up by season's end.

Penn-Trafford (6-0, 6-0) remained undefeated Friday by defeating an improving Hempfield squad 35-21 at Spartan Stadium in a Quad East Conference contest, but penalties and missed assignments tempered the celebration.

The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Warriors, but coach John Ruane knows the team has to perform better.

“It wasn't our best performance,” Ruane said. “A lot of penalties, sloppy play and an uncharacteristic bad play on special teams.

“That being said, we still won the game and made some key stops in the second half. The goal-line stand was huge. That was a big difference in the second half.”

Penn-Trafford was leading 35-14 late in the third quarter and was in punt formation when the snap sailed over David Benson's head. Hempfield took over at the Penn-Trafford 5. But on fourth down, linebacker Austin Zegarelli stopped Lorenzo Barchetti.

“We've been playing better, even last week at McKeesport,” Hempfield coach Rich Bowen said. “We played well in a lot of areas, and we got better. Not punching it in inside the 5 hurt us.”

Penn-Trafford's offense wasn't a problem. The Warriors outgained Hempfield, 458-210, and junior quarterback Brett Laffoon nearly was perfect, completing 10 of 13 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns.

He tossed scoring strikes to Tim Vecchio (35 and 27 yards), Tyler Bruno (34) and Devin Austin (14). He was 7 for 7 for 137 yards in the first half as Penn-Trafford opened up a 28-14 lead.

But penalties nullified two touchdowns: a 74-yard interception return by Vecchio and a 95-yard touchdown run by Austin in the third quarter.

Austin led a potent ground attack, rushing for 148 yards on 22 carries. Jonah Lisbon, who opened the scoring with an 18-yard run, finished with 89 yards on 10 carries.

“Everyone has been doing a good job on offense,” Austin said. “It starts up front, and we're really clicking on offense.”

The first three times Penn-Trafford possessed the ball, it drove 80 yards for scores.

“Hempfield is a lot better than a 1-5 team,” Ruane said. “They've run into some bad luck. They've moved the ball on everyone and we knew we were in for a battle.”

In the first quarter, Hempfield matched Penn-Trafford score for score. Junior quarterback Daniel Walters scored on a 1-yard run after it looked like he was going to take a 10-yard loss. He escaped six Penn-Trafford defenders and scored. He also tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dante Luther to tie the game 14-14 in the first quarter.

Walters completed 12 of 18 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

In the second quarter, Hempfield made a couple mistakes to allow Penn-Trafford to open up a two touchdown lead.

“There was a three-play series in the second quarter that we had an interception and a couple bad snaps and it (put) us out of our rhythm,” Bowen said. “But I'm proud that we bounced back from that.”

Vecchio's 27-yard catch for a touchdown in the third quarter made it 35-14. He finished with five catches for 117 yards.

Walters tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Sliwoski in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-21.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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