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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 11
November 11, 2019
Sesame Street once had a song that began, “One of these things is not like the other.”

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals against Derry on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Road to Hershey opens for business as state playoffs kick off this weekend
While the focus this week for WPIAL football fans is on the finish to the Highway to Heinz and the final stop on the Route to Norwin, the 2019 PIAA playoffs kick off this weekend.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller is brought down by Bellwood-Antis defender Joe Dorminy after he gains 47 yards to the 5 yard line on a pass reception during the fourth quarter of a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Ligonier Valley to play Richland for District 6 title
The District 6 Class 2A championship game between No. 1 seed Richland (11-0) and No. 2 Ligonier Valley (12-0) will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Mansion Park in Altoona.

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McKeesport’s Edward Dudley (5) jumps up to grab an interception against Penn Hills during WPIAL class 5A playoffs on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s stadium.
WPIAL releases sites for Class 5A, 2A football semifinals
The sites and times are set for the semifinals Friday and the four district championship games Saturday at Heinz Field as the WPIAL football playoffs continue this weekend.

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Penn-Trafford’s Sam Fanelli (21) rushes the ball against Upper St. Clair’s Ethan Hiester (24) during their game at West Mifflin High School on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Semifinals Friday and Championship Saturday highlight a big week on Trib HSSN
November 10, 2019
The Highway to Heinz concludes, and there is one final stop on the Route to Norwin in the WPIAL football playoffs this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 11
With the coldest temperatures of the football season chilling the second Friday of the WPIAL postseason, most thought the below-freezing temps might prohibit teams from throwing the ball all over the frosty fields of Western Pa.

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Bill Fralic finished in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting twice.
Finalists announced for inaugural Bill Fralic Award
November 9, 2019
The six finalists have been selected for the inaugural Bill Fralic Memorial Award, which will recognize the WPIAL’s most outstanding lineman in the name of Fralic, the late Penn Hills, Pitt and NFL standout.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski runs against Neshannock during their WPIAL playoff game Nov. 8, 2019, at Freedom.
Brentwood defense denies Neshannock in Class 2A quarterfinal
Bend but don’t break.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Jared Hartman throws a pass against South Fayette in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Belle Vernon gets revenge, stuns South Fayette
November 8, 2019
For 364 days, Belle Vernon Area worked long and hard to get to where they were Friday night. That’s the WPIAL Class 4A semifinal.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler (2) runs for a touchdown against North Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game Nov. 8, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland easily handles North Allegheny on way to WPIAL final
As Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz was giving his postgame speech with his players surrounding him on a knee, the assistant coaches started tossing Heinz ketchup packets into the huddle.

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Undefeated Washington blanks Freedom to reach Class 2A semifinals
Heading into Friday night, Washington was one of only three undefeated teams left in the WPIAL.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump celebrates with teammates after scoring against Blackhawk in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
No. 1 Thomas Jefferson blanks Blackhawk, advances to 5th straight WPIAL title game
The ketchup tastes just as delicious each time around.

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Aliquippa and South Park prepare for their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Aliquippa tops South Park to reach 12th WPIAL title game in row
There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes and Aliquippa appearances in the WPIAL championship game.

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Jax Miller scores twice, Avonworth pulls away from New Brighton late
Avonworth turned to its workhorse running back, Jax Miller, to try to advance in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Miller delivered, rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Antelopes defeated New Brighton, 38-13, on Friday night.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Daniel Deabner makes a touchdown catch against Blackhawk in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Trib HSSN’s top performers for passing, rushing, receiving in Week 11
Top performers for Week 11 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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Gateway’s Jordan Stancovich carries the ball during a preseason practice.
Jordan Stancovich relies on football instincts to set Gateway tackles record
Football highlights often feature pinpoint passes, dazzling runs and spectacular catches, but not when senior Jordan Stancovich is on the field.

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Baldwin quarterback Mason Stahl (6) cracked the 1,000-yard mark this season.
A by-the-numbers look at Baldwin’s football season
Several players on the Baldwin football team enjoyed outstanding statistical seasons.

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Quaker Valley’s Michael Aspiotes stiff-arms Hopewell’s Jay’Von Jeter on Oct. 18.
Quaker Valley keeps the faith during trying football season
The record doesn’t tell the whole story. It rarely does.

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Norwin’s Jack Salopek is the leading passer in Westmoreland County football history.
Norwin closes book on record-breaking career of QB Jack Salopek
Norwin’s highly touted senior quarterback Jack Salopek ended his high school career as the all-time leading passer in Westmoreland County history.

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Peters Twp.’s Josh Casilli returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the second quarter against Bethel Park Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Allegheny 8 co-champions Moon, Peters Township rematch in WPIAL quarterfinals
The WPIAL football playoffs often bring together unfamiliar teams, so their coaches spend hours studying one another on film.

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