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Belle Vernon loses to Moon

| Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002

Austin Sykes returned from an injury to score on touchdown runs of 3 and 8 yards as Moon Area defeated No. 7 Belle Vernon Area 30-14 in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game Friday night at Jim Weir Stadium.

Rick Derenda accounted for 14 points with two rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion for the Tigers (5-5).

The Leopards (7-3) got off to a fast startr, scoring on the game's first play. Derek Brietich and Jim Fretz hooked up on a 73-yard touchdown 18 seconds into the game for a 7-0 Belle Vernon lead, but Derenda's first score, a 15-yard run, and Robbie Leonard's two-point run gave Moon an 8-7 advantage.

Moon will face Parkway Conference rival New Castle (9-1) next week.

  • Hopewell 20, Kittanning 14 OT - Matt Fontana scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to propel Hopewell (9-1) past Kittanning (3-7).

    Paul Posluszny rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries for Hopewell, which will play Knoch next Friday.

    Brad Shepard rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in the loss for Kittanning.

  • Pine-Richland 56, Peters Township 20 - After leading his team to a perfect regular season, Pine-Richland quarterback Kevin McCabe opened the playoffs with nearly a perfect performance.

    McCabe completed 15 of 16 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns to lead Pine-Richland (10-0) past visiting Peters Township (4-5).

    The Rams will play defending Class AAA champion West Allegheny, which crushed Greensburg Salem, 42-3, next Friday.

    Pine-Richland running back Greg Hough rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He also caught two touchdown passes in the win.

  • Thomas Jefferson 70, Laurel Highlands 6 - Jon Drager rushed for 244 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries as top-seeded Thomas Jefferson (10-0) crushed Laurel Highlands (4-6).

    The Jaguars will face Keystone Oaks, a 27-7 winner over Highlands, next week.

    After Tony Tatitucci caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Matt Humbert to put Laurel Highlands ahead 7-0, Drager scored on touchdown runs of 45, 2, and 2 yards.

    Drager capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown, his sixth of the game.

  • Keystone Oaks 27, Highlands 7 -Keystone Oaks quarterback Dan Krchmar passed for 172 yards and Pete Kaufman rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries as the eighth-ranked Golden Eagles (8-2) advanced to the quarterfinals with a victory over No. 10 Highlands (5-5).

  • New Castle 42, West Mifflin 14 - No. 3-seed New Castle senior running back Zach Mariacher rushed for four touchdowns as New Castle thumped West Mifflin (3-7) in the WPIAL Class AAA first round game.

    Ross Crist threw a pair of touchdown passes and the New Castle defense held West Mifflin to 16 rushing yards.

    New Castle (9-1) will play Moon in the quarterfinals.

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