Football

Power rankings unchanged after Trib 10 teams enjoy perfect Week 8
October 23, 2019
The Trib 10 became the Perfect 10 in Week 8.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cage Dowden tries to break away from West Shamokin’s Dylan Wolfe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley gets ready to say goodbye to Appalachian Bowl
Football for Roger Beitel began for real as a player at Penns Manor High School, which is the site of Saturday’s Appalachian Bowl that matches champions of the Heritage and Western Pennsylvania Athletic conferences.

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Clairton’s Dontae Sanders celebrates his touchdown during a game against West Greene on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Clairton.
Jeannette, Clairton to battle for Eastern Conference title, top seed in WPIAL playoffs
The Gardner Point System used by the WPIAL to settle tiebreakers for playoff berths and positioning makes football fans, players and coaches cringe.

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Franklin Regional’s Brandon Zanotto (5) returned from injury last week.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
Class 6A

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) runs for a touchdown during their game against New Castle on Oct. 18.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Highlands’ Johnny Crise
Over the past few weeks, the Highlands football team has started to hit its stride, especially in the passing game.

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Leechburg running back Jake Blumer at a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 9
Jake Blumer

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Burrell’s Josh Boak tackles Deer Lakes quarterback Aris Hasley for a loss during a game Sept. 27.
Derry provides tough final hurdle for Burrell’s playoff quest
Since their matchup with Deer Lakes on Sept. 27, the Burrell Bucs have been in playoff mode. They knew to secure their first playoff berth since 2012, they would have to get over some big humps, and it started during that matchup against the Lancers.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins (1) makes a touchdown catch behind Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake (1) on Sept. 13 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
Class 5A Northern

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) celebrates his third touchdown against Hampton Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
The Birdie is strutting his stuff with A-K Valley picks
Last week: 10-3 (76.9)

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Quaker Valley’s Michael Aspiotes stiff-arms Hopewell’s Jay’Von Jeter during a game on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Quaker Valley.
High school football schedule for Week 9
Friday

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller poses for a photo at practice Oct. 22, 2019, at Ligonier Valley.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller
If you want to be a captain of the Ligonier Valley football team, you have to apply for the job.

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Burrell’s Alex Arledge led the WPIAL with 418 yards passing last weekend.
George Guido: Burrell, Deer Lakes QBs airing it out
October 22, 2019
Deer Lakes quarterback Aris Hasley is now the Alle-Kiski Valley’s all-time leading passer.

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Aliquippa’s Chinua Solomon is pursued by Clairton’s Dontae Sanders (left) and Wayne Wade III (right) on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.
Clairton’s Wayne Wade III among 2 denied postseason eligibility by WPIAL
The WPIAL denied an appeal from Clairton transfer Wayne Wade III on Monday, leaving the senior ineligible for the upcoming football playoffs.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 8
October 21, 2019
In 2016 and 2017, Cornell finished a combined 1-17. Those were the first two years back after the football program took a four-year hiatus.

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Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
No vote yet, but WPIAL open to admitting Ligonier Valley
The WPIAL administration supports Ligonier Valley switching districts, if the school is released from PIAA District 6.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during a Heritage Conference game football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley drops to third in latest District 6 football rankings
October 20, 2019
Despite another easy win in the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference, Ligonier Valley dropped a spot in the football rankings in Class 2A.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 8
Once a perennial power, the Burrell football program as fallen on tough times as of late. The Buccaneers, the 1995 WPIAL AA champions, haven’t reached the playoffs since 2012 and have not won a postseason game since 2005.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dalaney Ranallo battles for possession with South Park’s Nora Ozimek (right) on Sept. 28, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
WPIAL soccer and volleyball playoffs join football finales on Trib HSSN
The stretch run of the high school football regular season comes to an end, and its postseason time in girls volleyball and boys and girls soccer this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jacob Fello looks to pass against Valley on October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Alle-Kiski Valley football notebook: No place like home for Apollo-Ridge
October 19, 2019
Apollo-Ridge could have clinched a home first-round playoff game last week against Steel Valley, but the Vikings were upset by the Ironmen.

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
After rough start, Fox Chapel is looking to close with 4 wins in row
Just a few weeks ago, the Fox Chapel football team was on the outside of the Class 5A playoff picture looking in.

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