Football

Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko watches practice Aug. 11.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week 3: Coaches like nonconference tune-ups
September 16, 2021
The sprint to the WPIAL playoffs starts now.

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Canon-McMillan linemen Julius Pruss (left) and Sean Lesnock work out during practice on Aug. 12.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 3
Finally, conference games have arrived in the WPIAL.

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Penn-Trafford competes during its first football season in 1972.
1972 team got it started for Penn-Trafford football program
There are times when high schools merge, things don’t go smoothly when it involves athletic teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Mullen tackles Connellsville quarterback Nathan Feniello in a 2004 game.
Penn-Trafford to honor 2021 football hall of fame class
Some Penn-Trafford football greats will be honored during halftime of Friday’s game against Peters Township.

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Freeport’s Brady Stevenson breaks up a pass intended for Armstrong’s Connor Cigola in the end zone during the second half Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Freeport High School.
Chick’s Picks gets lost in fantasy world but back in time for Week 3 high school football
Welcome to Week 3.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a pass against Thomas Jefferson during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Trib HSSN football players to watch for 2021 Week 3
Here are four WPIAL high school football players to watch in Week 3:

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores on a kickoff return with Chartiers Valley’s Joseph Krug trailing on Sept. 3, 2021, at Chartiers Valley.
Trib 10: Belle Vernon makes big jump in WPIAL football power rankings
September 15, 2021
The first two teams have been bounced from Trib 10 power rankings after head-to-head showdown losses in Week 2.

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Penn-Trafford’s Carter Green carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Before watching Westmoreland County football, The Birdie watches what he eats
Last week: 7-4 (63.6 %)

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jardin Canady
Westmoreland County football players to watch in 2021 Week 3
Jaydin Canady

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Thomas Jefferson’s Conner Murga eludes Gateway’s Aidan Smith during the second quarter Sept. 3.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 14, 2021
September 14, 2021
It was a rough week for the top 30 teams in last week’s HSSN state football rankings.

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McKeesport running back Kanye Thompson catches a pass in practice.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Sept. 13, 2021
September 13, 2021
The nonconference portion of the 2021 McKeesport football schedule has been like a box of mixed chocolates: Each one is different from the other and no two are alike.

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Central Vallley’s Jayvin Thompson stiff-arms Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark during the second quarter on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Sept. 13, 2021
September 12, 2021
This weekend marks the start of conference play for WPIAL football teams in Class 6A and A, along with some in 4A, 3A and 2A, with a lot of the action seen or heard on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Chartiers Valley’s Abe Ibrahim pulls in a first-quarter touchdown pass over Blackhawk’s Brendan Welsh Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 at Chartiers Valley High School.
2021 Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for Week 2
Through two weeks of the 2021 WPIAL football season, Abraham Ibrahim had modest stats. The Chartiers Valley senior wide receiver had five receptions for 26 yards.

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Bishop Canevin receiver Lesae Lacks catches a pass during practice on Aug. 24.
High school roundup for Sept. 11, 2021: Bishop Canevin zips past Northgate to go 3-0
September 11, 2021
Lesae Lacks caught three touchdown passes and Jason Cross threw three scoring strikes as Bishop Canevin improved to 3-0 with a 27-8 nonconference victory over Northgate on Saturday night.

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Carlynton’s Shawn Curry picks up a first down against Riverview defenders during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Oakmont.
Shawn Curry runs for 256 yards as Carlynton pulls away from Riverview
Saturday afternoon did not start well for visiting Carlynton.

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Keystone Oaks coach Greg Perry on Friday’s game against Chartiers Valley: “For entertainment, the people who paid to get into that stadium got their five dollars’ worth.”
5 things we learned in Week 2 of H.S. football
Time inevitably erases memories from blowout games with lopsided scores, regardless of whether you’re on the winning or losing side.

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Moon players celebrate after defeating Woodland Hills on Sept. 10, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 12, 2021
Class 6A

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska has completed passes to seven receivers so far this season.
Teska-Rubrecht connection working wonders for Greensburg Salem
When Greensburg Salem quarterback Hayden Teska has dropped back to pass this season, he’s connected with seven receivers through three games.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Beitel runs behind Jude Grzywinski during a nonconference game against Elizabeth Forward earlier this season.
Westmoreland H.S. football notebook: Ligonier Valley finding home in WPIAL
Ligonier Valley might have a WPIAL membership like all of the other football teams in District 7. Member since: 2020.

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Summit Academy gets ready to run the first play from scrimmage against Springdale on Sept. 11, 2021, at Steve Sherer Field.
Springdale dominates Summit Academy to stay unbeaten
After what has become a customary sluggish start for visiting teams at Summit Academy’s Steve Sherer Field, the Springdale Dynamos put it all together for a 26-point second quarter and cruised to a 40-14 victory Saturday afternoon.

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