Football

Landon Alexander and his Central Valley teammates play Wyomissing for the PIAA Class 3A title Friday.
This week’s broadcasts on Trib HSSN
November 22, 2020
A wild and unique fall sports season comes to an end with the high school football state championships this week only on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Jeannette quarterback Roberto Smith Jr. throws against Reynolds in the first half during the PIAA Class A semifinals at Reynolds High School.
Jeannette, state-final opponent Steelton-Highspire have rich histories
How did you spend your Saturday afternoon?

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Chartiers Valley’s Jordan Demus carries against Aliquippa Oct. 9. The Colts finished second behind Aliquippa in the 4A Parkway Conference and ended up 6-2 overall, their first winning season since 2009.
Chartiers Valley makes giant leap forward with return to playoffs
While moving down in classifications after four years of struggles in Class 5A to Class 4A this fall, it was one small step for the Chartiers Valley football.

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Pine-Richland’s Miguel Jackson celebrates a sack Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Upper St. Clair.
Pine-Richland’s stout run defense faces star tailback in PIAA 5A semifinals
November 21, 2020
Here’s what makes Pine-Richland’s semifinal opponent dangerous:

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns Friday night in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals against Bedford.
Another mercy rule win punches Central Valley’s ticket to Hershey
November 20, 2020
ALTOONA – It takes a special kind of dedication and discipline to have a successful season during a pandemic, and at least some on the Central Valley football team think that’s given the Warriors the little extra edge they needed as they attempted to make it back to the PIAA Class 3A championship.

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Thomas Jefferson’ quarterback Jake Pugh rolls out to throw a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Thomas Jefferson preps for PIAA semifinal battle with Oil City
November 19, 2020
Bill Cherpak doesn’t often have to worry about his players moving on from a big win and switching their focus to the next task at hand.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
Seton LaSalle hires Mauro Monz as football coach
Seton LaSalle reached into its past to find its future football coach.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer bulls his way through Peters Twp.’s Luke Petrarca (14) and Corban Hondru during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
High school football schedule, broadcasts for PIAA semifinals
Here’s a look at this week’s PIAA semifinals high school football schedule and broadcasts:

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander carries for a touchdown past Elizabeth Forward’s Charles Meehleib during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday.
Central Valley laser-focused heading into PIAA semifinal matchup with Bedford
November 18, 2020
The Central Valley Warriors are coming off their second straight WPIAL title and are preparing for their PIAA semifinal matchup with District 5 champion Bedford on Friday. For the Warriors, it’s just like any other day.

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Thomas Jefferson’s McClain Flinn celebrates his touchdown with Ian Hansen during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Saturday.
Trib 10: Teams in state title hunt occupy top spots in WPIAL power rankings
Six teams earned WPIAL championships in this unique 2020 season, and while one already knows state gold is not in the cards, five others begin their two-week journey on the Road to Hershey.

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Pine-Richland ’s Brooks Eastburn carries for his second touchdown past Peters Twp. defenders during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Nov. 17, 2020
November 17, 2020
Like most of the WPIAL football champions crowned this past weekend, Trib HSSN is showing some mercy as more changes have come to the state rankings following the state quarterfinals round.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch (12) throws against Clairton on Saturday.
Jeannette freshman QB Brad Birch likely out for Friday’s state playoff game
Jeannette freshman quarterback Brad Birch probably won’t play in Friday’s PIAA Class A semifinal game against Reynolds.

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Trib HSSN football team of the week for Week 10
November 16, 2020
After being competitive with the defending champion Clairton on the opening night of the season with a freshman quarterback making his debut, Jeannette was confident going into Saturday’s rematch in the WPIAL Class A championship game.

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Jadyn Perkins (23) and her North Allegheny teammates faces Landisville Hempfield in the PIAA playoffs Tuesday.
This week’s broadcasts on Trib HSSN
November 15, 2020
As the fall sports seasons winds down, the focus is on the PIAA football, soccer, volleyball and field hockey state playoffs this week only on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Jeannette’s Jayden Canady (21) rushes the ball pursued by Clairton’s Christian Jenko (10) during their game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
After ‘unbelievable’ win against Clairton, Jeannette must turn focus to next opponent
It took a day, but Jeannette football coach Roy Hall started to recognize what his team accomplished Saturday in the WPIAL Class A championship game.

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Gateway’s Jayden Hurt defends a pass intended for Woodland Hills’ Michael James on Oct. 17.
Promising season ends with one-point loss for Gateway football
Gateway’s bid for a second straight WPIAL Class 5A championship and third title in four seasons came to an end by the slimmest of margins in the semifinals Nov. 6.

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Thomas Jefferson’s DeRon VanBibber celebrates after scoring against Aliquippa during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
WPIAL football champions learn opponents, locations for PIAA quarterfinals
The PIAA has released the dates, sites and times for the semifinal football games coming up Friday and Saturday.

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JV success points to bright future for Hampton football
November 14, 2020
Hampton reached the WPIAL football playoffs for the first time in five years this season, and a lot more help is on the way.

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Led by Liberty recruits Harrison Hayes (left) and Miguel Jackson (right), Pine-Richland has been dominant in the trenches this season.
Dominant linemen pave way for Pine-Richland
Jared Miller and Coleman Mazur paused a drill during a Pine-Richland practice before the Class 5A WPIAL championship game to explain gap responsibilities against a specific Peters Township offensive set.

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Plum’s Dannika Susko blocks a shot during a match on Oct. 20, 2020 at Kiski Area.
Plum celebrates successful fall sports season with 4 section, conference titles
Only two WPIAL schools had their football, girls volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer teams capture section or conference titles during the fall 2020 season.

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