Football

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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Peters Twp.’s Ryan Magiske lunges into the end zone to score past Bethel Park’s Fred Sauer (16) during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
WPIAL football playoff picture entering Week 9
The stretch run continues as the WPIAL football season heads into the final week of the regular season.

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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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Neshannock’s Jeremy Nativio, a senior with Down syndrome, scores a touchdown against Western Beaver on Oct. 18, 2019, at Neshannock.
Five things we learned in Week 8: Special moment for Neshannock’s Jeremy Nativio
Around the WPIAL, Neshannock senior Jeremy Nativio’s 34-yard touchdown run became a feel-good internet sensation.

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Steel Valley plays Summit Academy on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Summit Academy.
Youth carries Steel Valley to 4th win in 5 games in victory at Summit Academy
For the first time in four years, Steel Valley will not be playing in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game. In fact, thanks to East Allegheny’s win Friday night, the Ironmen won’t even be participating in this year’s postseason.

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Peters Twp.’s Josh Casilli celebrates as he returns a kickoff for a touchdown past Bethel Park defenders during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
WPIAL football rankings through Week 8
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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mount Pleasant’s Pete Billey (32) and Ian Fasano during the first quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Derry’s Huss records half to remember
Derry fans will remember for some time the game senior running back Justin Huss had Friday night. Or should we say, the half he had.

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Ligonier Valley’s football team and all of its other sports teams might be playing regularly against WPIAL competition next season.
Several steps required for Ligonier Valley to move from District 6 to WPIAL
The Ligonier Valley football team probably played its final game in the PIAA District 6 Heritage Conference on Friday.

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Cole Spencer’s big night leads Pine-Richland past Seneca Valley
Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, leading his Class 6A No. 3 Rams (8-1, 6-1) to a 35-21 victory over No. 5 Seneca Valley (3-6, 3-4).

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California’s Cochise Ryan looks for more yardage against Chartiers-Houston on Oct. 19, 2019, at California.
California beats Chartiers-Houston, clinches 2nd place in Tri-County South
The 2019 season has been a roller coaster for California with plenty of ups and downs.

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North Hills’ Dylan Pawling scoots into the end zone past Shaler Area for a touchdown Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium.
North Hills football team defeats Shaler in penalty-filled game
Fortunately for some, the standings only show wins and losses. There is no category for winning ugly.

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Laurel football players huddle during practice Aug. 13, 2019.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Laurel topples No. 3-ranked Sto-Rox
Dom Wade ran for two scores, and Cameron Smith scored on a 7-yard run as Laurel defeated No. 3 Sto-Rox, 23-15, in the Class A Big Seven Conference on Friday night.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller works out during practice Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Ohio Twp.
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: Avonworth tops McGuffey in battle of title contenders
Jax Miller rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class 2A No. 4 Avonworth to a 34-20 victory over Class 2A No. 3 McGuffey (8-1) in a nonconference matchup Friday night.

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Sweat glistens on the face of North Catholic’s Zach Rocco during warmups prior to the start of a game against Derry on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: North Catholic seals Big East conference title
Zack Rocco threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 North Catholic clinched first place in the Big East Conference by defeating Yough, 48-13, in a Class 3A football game Friday night.

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Montour head coach Lou Cerro watches practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
WPIAL Class 4A roundup: Montour locks up playoff berth
Montour’s Dominic Magliocco rushed for 107 yards and scored twice to help Montour clinch a WPIAL Class 4A playoff berth with a 46-7 win over Beaver (2-7, 1-5) in the Northwest 8 Conference.

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Shaler Area’s Joey Impavido dives for a touchdown against North Hills Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium.
WPIAL Class 5A roundup: Howard carries Penn Hills past Baldwin
Germar Howard ran for 243 yards and a touchdown to lead Penn Hills to a 20-7 win against Baldwin (5-4) in a Class 5A nonconference showdown Friday night.

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The North Allegheny student section cheers after a Tigers’ score at Wright Field at Newman Stadium on Sept. 20, 2019, during a game against Mt. Lebanon.
WPIAL Class 6A roundup: No. 1 North Allegheny stays unbeaten
Ben Petschke threw for 109 yards and a touchdown as Class 6A No. 1 North Allegheny scored a 33-14 win over Class 5A West Allegheny (3-5) in nonconference play.

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Neshannock shuts down Western Beaver, secures playoff berth
October 18, 2019
There were a lot of playoff scenarios in a crowded Midwestern Athletic Conference entering Friday night, but the easiest way for Neshannock to secure a postseason berth was to go out and get a win.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman too much for Canon-McMillan
Eddy Tillman ran for four first-half touchdowns and racked up 170 yards on only 10 carries to pace No. 2 Central Catholic to a 44-0 victory over Canon-McMillan on Friday night.

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Mt. Lebanon routs Norwin, looks forward to season finale
Mt. Lebanon will finish among the top four in WPIAL Class 6A, but Blue Devils coach Bob Palko thinks his team can produce more.

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