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Week 4 Alle-Kiski football preview

| Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Class A

Eastern Conference

Leechburg (0-3, 0-2) at Avonworth (2-1, 2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

About Leechburg: The Blue Devils showed some life in last week's 49-30 loss to North Catholic. It was the most points Leechburg has scored in a game since defeating Wilkinsburg, 47-20, in Week 6 of 2007.

About Avonworth: The Antelopes' only loss was a 21-14 setback against Bishop Canevin in Week 1. Last week, Ricky Lawniczak rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns to lead Avonworth past Wilkinsburg, 28-0. Last season, Avonworth defeated Leechburg, 21-6.

Springdale (2-1, 2-1) at Northgate (1-2, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

About Springdale: The Dynamos rebounded from their first loss and rolled over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 41-12, last week. Springdale had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the win. Junior Chris Liberto rushed for a team-leading 84 yards and a touchdown, scored a two-point conversion and had an interception.

About Northgate: The Flames played in Class AA and finished 1-8 last season. Last week, Northgate was shut out by Bishop Canevin, 42-0. The Flames last had a winning season in 2003, when they finished 9-2 and advanced to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals.

Class AA

Allegheny Conference

Deer Lakes (1-2, 0-1) at Apollo-Ridge (0-3, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

About Deer Lakes: The Lancers surrendered only nine points in their first two games combined, but lost to Ford City, 44-16, last week. Deer Lakes edged Apollo-Ridge, 14-6, last season. The Lancers lead the all-time series, 15-12-1.

About Apollo-Ridge: The Vikings will play at home for the first time this season. Owens Field, opened in 1919, has received major renovations, and Apollo-Ridge will be looking to notch its first win in its new digs. The Vikings are coming off a 40-0 loss to Summit Academy.

Shady Side Academy (1-2, 0-1) at Ford City (3-0, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

About Shady Side: The Indians tied Freeport for the conference title last year but lost their conference opener to Freeport, 13-10, last Saturday. Shady Side junior Reggie Mitchell is a dual-threat quarterback but was limited to 67 yards rushing and 64 yards passing last week.

About Ford City: The Sabers have outscored their opponents, 121-24, this season and tallied at least 36 points in each game. Last season, Ford City lost at Shady Side, 24-7. However, the Sabers still hold a 9-7 edge in the all-time series.

Class AAA

Greater Allegheny Conference

Kittanning (0-3, 0-0) at Highlands (2-1, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

About Kittanning: The Wildcats will play their first conference game since being realigned from Class AA to AAA during the offseason. Kittanning has lost to Class AA Ford City and Class AAAA Plum and Peters Township and been outscored, 92-19.

About Highlands: The Golden Rams started 2-0 but lost their conference opener at Indiana, 40-7, last week. These teams last met in 2003, and Highlands won, 14-7. Highlands senior running back Gary Negley returned to action last week after missing most of the second game with a concussion.

Hampton (0-3, 0-1) at Valley (0-3, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

About Hampton: The Talbots are looking for their first win this season. Last year, Hampton advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals and lost to eventual champion Hopewell. The Talbots have almost as many seniors (18) as Valley had players last week (24).

About Valley: The Vikings will be trying to snap an eight-game losing streak. Valley has been outscored, 144-13, this year and shut out the last two games. The Vikings last played Hampton in 2003 and lost, 42-14.

Class AAAA

Quad East Conference

Kiski Area (0-3, 0-1) at Altoona (0-3, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday

About Kiski Area: The Cavaliers are seeking their first win of the season and will make about a two-hour drive to get it. Kiski Area is coming off a 48-14 loss to Central Catholic, which is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. The Cavaliers have lost eight games in a row.

About Altoona: The Mountain Lions joined the WPIAL in football this season but compete in District 6 in all other sports. Junior running back Danny Moyer rushed for 122 yards on 20 carries in last week's 16-10 loss at Fox Chapel.

Penn Hills (1-2, 0-0) at Plum (2-1, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday

About Penn Hills: The Indians will open conference play after three tough nonconference games. Penn Hills defeated Gateway, the WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up the past three seasons, in Week 2. The Indians lost to Ohio powerhouse St. Edward in Week 1 and Mt. Lebanon last week.

About Plum: The Mustangs lost, 21-0, at Woodland Hills last week. Plum will be shooting for its first win against neighboring Penn Hills since 1997. The Mustangs won that meeting, 34-13, en route to an 8-2 record.

Nonconference

Knoch (3-0, 1-0) at Fox Chapel (1-2, 1-0)

7 p.m. Friday

About Knoch: The Knights have outscored their opponents, 170-7, this season and recorded shutouts in their last two outings. Class AAA Knoch has defeated Class AAAA Brashear (City league) and Class AAA Albert Gallatin and Valley, who have a combined record of 1-8.

About Fox Chapel: The Class AAAA Foxes rebounded from two nonconference losses and slipped by Altoona, 16-10, in a Quad East Conference opener last week. Senior running back Montay Green rumbled for 234 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak.

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