Football

Five things we learned from Saturday’s WPIAL football championships
November 18, 2018
South Fayette sophomore Charley Rossi and OLSH senior Tyler Bradley already owned a little WPIAL championship experience before Saturday's celebrations at Heinz Field. As youngsters, the two together were South Fayette ball boys when the Lions won a WPIAL title in 2010. Rossi's father, Joe, was South Fayette's coach and

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Tough ending aside, LV’s Aaron Tutino has no regrets about high school career
For Aaron Tutino, Ligonier Valley's record-setting wide receiver, the pain goes beyond a damaged ankle. Saturday's 21-12 loss to Richland in the District 6 Class 2A championship game represented Tutino's final high school football game in a career in which the senior set one state receiving record and flirt with

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Derry seniors pass the torch to underclassmen
A loss, not even a defeat in the WPIAL Class 3A Championship game to Aliquippa, does not diminish the season for Derry football. Derry's senior class just finished an impressive run, going 31-5, winning three conference titles and reaching the WPIAL playoffs three consecutive seasons. They made the semifinals in

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Aliquippa finds state gold on Revis Island in ’03
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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WPIAL Class 6A final notebook: Pine-Richland has won titles in 4 classifications
Saturday marked the sixth WPIAL title for Pine-Richland, the only school to win titles in four different classifications. The Rams, who defeated Seneca Valley, 34-7, won back-to-back titles in 1969 and '70 in Class 2A, took Class 3A in 2003, 4A in 2014 and 6A last season. Pine-Richland is now

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Spencer leads Pine-Richland past Seneca Valley to capture WPIAL Class 6A title
Ben DiNucci, Phil Jurkovec and now Cole Spencer. Pine-Richland quarterbacks seem to have a knack for championship games. Spencer threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more Saturday night as No. 2 seed Pine-Richland defeated No. 5 Seneca Valley, 34-7, in the WPIAL Class 6A final. The title was

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Ligonier Valley football stumbles in District 6 finals
November 17, 2018
ALTOONA -- Richland extended the Rams' winning streak in the District 6 Class 2A football championship to three but actually won the title for the first time. Sound confusing Well, the Ligonier Valley Rams were the two-time defending champions but fell short Saturday night against the Richland Rams. Freshman running

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WPIAL Class 4A final notebook: South Fayette wins title in 3rd different classification
South Fayette's thrilling victory over Thomas Jefferson in the Class 4A title game Saturday was the sixth WPIAL title in school history and the third different classification the Lions have won in. They won their first in Class A in 1936 with a 20-7 victory over Aspinwall and won it

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South Fayette holds off No. 1 Thomas Jefferson to claim WPIAL Class 4A title
With 2 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first half of Saturday evening's WPIAL Class 4A championship game at Heinz Field, Thomas Jefferson senior running back Max Shaw found the end zone from 2 yards out. The touchdown, Shaw's third of the half, put the Jaguars ahead by two

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Aliquippa forces Derry to throw more in WPIAL Class 3A final
Aliquippa saw a thin spot in the Derry offense, exploited it, and parlayed it into a WPIAL football championship. The Quips used their athletic, ball-hawking secondary to intercept five Derry passes -- three by Quips standout MJ Devonshire -- in Saturday's 42-19 victory in the Class 3A title game at

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WPIAL Class 3A final notebook: Aliquippa adds to district-best title total
Aliquippa added its WPIAL-leading 17th football title Saturday with a 42-19 victory over Derry. The Quips are now 17-12 all-time in WPIAL championship games. For Derry, it was a long afternoon in its first WPIAL title game appearance. Prior to Saturday, one of its predecessor schools, Derry Township, lost the

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Aliquippa routs Derry to claim 17th WPIAL Class 3A championship
Aliquippa couldn't have asked for a better start to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field. Derry couldn't have started worse. The Quips took advantage of two Derry turnovers and a long punt return in the first quarter, built a three-touchdown lead and rolled to their 17th

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Penn Hills grad Aaron Donald: ‘I’ll be there Friday’ at WPIAL championship
More than 2,000 miles separate Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, but Aaron Donald says he'll make the trip home to watch his alma mater Penn Hills in the WPIAL football finals. Penn Hills has reached the championship for the first time since 2006. The Indians play West Allegheny in the WPIAL

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WPIAL Class A final notebook: OLSH’s Bradley moves up to No. 4 on career passing list
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Tyler Bradley's 169 passing yards in Saturday's WPIAL Class A championship game victory over Rochester gave him 8,328 yards for his career, good enough for fourth place on the all-time WPIAL list. Bradley passed Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec, who accumulated 8,205 yards for the

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OLSH defeats Rochester to capture 1st WPIAL Class A football championship
The WPIAL Class A championship game was a dichotomy of histories. On one sideline was Rochester, one of the WPIAL's more storied programs with its eight WPIAL championships and three state titles. Across the field was Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a team that has only been in existence

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — South Park strikes gold in ’97
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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No. 8 South Side Beaver runs past Charleroi in WPIAL Class 2A semifinals
November 16, 2018
Eighth-seeded South Side Beaver used its potent running attack to overwhelm No. 4 Charleroi as the Rams completed the upset with a 26-21 victory in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal matchup at Canon-McMillan Friday night. South Side (10-3) finished with 386 rushing yards while advancing to play Steel Valley in

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Penn Hills rallies past Peters Township in WPIAL Class 5A semifinals
With all the classic ingredients of a championship-caliber team -- a prolific passer, a 1,000-yard rusher, big-play receivers and an athletic defense -- Penn Hills just wanted the opportunity to play for a title. The high-powered Indians will get their chance after handling their business in the semifinals, turning potential

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West Allegheny upsets No. 1 Gateway in WPIAL Class 5A semifinals
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko compared his coaching staff to a group of mad scientists in a laboratory, all trying to find the winning formula. The concoction they created this week included a heavy dose of sophomore running back Nico Flati, a defense focused on stopping the run and one

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Steel Valley rolls past Freedom in WPIAL Class 2A semifinals
Murphy's Law is an adage that states andquot;Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.andquot; That axiom came to fruition for Freedom on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it came at the worst time possible -- the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals -- and brought their season to a crashing

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