Football

Eleven WPIAL teams still included in PIAA rankings
October 15, 2019
The combined record of the 30 state-ranked teams in Week 7 was 24-6. Those six losses cost three teams a spot in this week’s Trib HSSN state rankings.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks a tackle of Freeport’s Ben Lane during the first quarter at Burrell High School Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
George Guido: New enrollment figures could alter WPIAL landscape
Tuesday concluded what is the biggest, biennial, off-the-field event in Pennsylvania high school sports.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 7
Two weeks ago, the defending Class 6A WPIAL champions took a big punch, needed the ropes to stay upright and lost a unanimous decision to Central Catholic.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Petrof makes a tackle on West Shamokin quarterback Bo Swartz during District 6 football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley stays in 2nd in PIAA District 6 football rankings
October 14, 2019
Ligonier Valley and Saltsburg still sit close to the top of the PIAA District 6 football rankings after big wins on Friday.

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Freeport’s Luke Miller attempts to cover Burrell’s Zach Miller as he catches the winning pass for a 2-point conversation in overtime against Freeport at Burrell High School on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
Football winds down; WPIAL soccer playoffs begin this week on HSSN
October 13, 2019
The stretch run continues with two more weeks of regular-season football, one more week of girls volleyball and the start of the soccer postseason this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 7
Coming off a loss to Beaver Falls last week that hurt its playoff chances and was its third loss in four games, Keystone Oaks needed a boost.

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Shady Side Academy kicks off against Fort Cherry on Oct. 12, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Shady Side Academy looks for strong finish after beating Fort Cherry
The up and down football season for Shady Side Academy was on the upswing as the Indians beat Fort Cherry, 21-6, in a Class 2A nonconference game in front of a big homecoming crowd Saturday afternoon.

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrell’s Seth Fischbach as he tries to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
A-K Valley football notebook: WPIAL playoff picture rounding out
October 12, 2019
It’s getting to the point in high school football season when the playoff picture is starting to become clearer.

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Springdale looks to keep slim playoff hopes alive
The mission is simple for the Springdale football team in its approach to staying alive in the chase for the playoffs in WPIAL Class A.

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Summit Academy shuts out Valley to snap 18-game losing streak
Victories don’t come often at Summit Academy, so Saturday’s 14-0 win over Valley is one to savor.

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NFL great Kevin Greene visits Penn-Trafford
Penn-Trafford had a special guest at Warrior Stadium Friday night.

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders (3) celebrates his third rushing touchdown of the game late in the first half against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Carbon.
Week 7 top performers for passing, rushing, receiving
Top performers for Week 7 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jaden Keating is tackled for a loss by Moon’s Dalton Dobyns during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Moon.
WPIAL Class 5A roundup: Fox Chapel takes down Mars in Northern Conference
Shane Susnak completed 21 of 29 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns as Fox Chapel slipped past Mars, 30-28, in a Class 5A Northern Conference football game Friday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway carries the ball past West Mifflin’s Cartrelle Sullivan on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
WPIAL Class 4A roundup: No. 2 South Fayette holds off Highlands in Northwest 8
Naman Alemada threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns as No. 2 South Fayette held on to defeat Highlands, 21-18, in the Class 4A Northwest 8 Conference on Friday night.

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Freeport’s Ricky Hunter attempts to break the tackle of Burrell’s Trent Volochik during the second half at Burrell High School Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: Aliquippa blanks South Park
Antonio Quinn ran for 156 yards and an 83-yard touchdown as top-ranked Aliquippa scored a 29-0 win over South Park (3-4, 3-2) in Class 3A Tri-County West Conference play Friday night.

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A goalpost is seen before an NCAA college football game between Indiana and Ohio State, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: McGuffey tops Charleroi to stay unbeaten
McKinley Whipkey ran for 109 yards and one touchdown as No. 3 McGuffey doubled-up Charleroi, 28-14, in a Class 2A Century Conference football game Friday night.

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Baldwin’s Joe Moller kicks the winning field goal in double overtime to lift the Fighting Highlanders past Bethel Park on Oct. 11, 2019, at Baldwin. Colton Brain (10) is the holder.
Baldwin’s breakthrough season continues with double OT win over Bethel Park
October 11, 2019
During pregame homecoming ceremonies Friday night, the 1999 Baldwin Highlanders football team was recognized on the 20th anniversary of the program’s last conference championship.

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Hughes-Sciarro connection leads Riverside past rival Ellwood City
Riverside quarterback Ben Hughes and wide receiver Nathan Sciarro started working on their connection in May, going down to the football field after school and running routes with the goal of getting better timing.

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Huss paces Derry in rout of Yough
Following a year in which Derry played for a WPIAL championship, anything less might feel like a bust.

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Cornell rallies past Laurel as QB Harrison surpasses 5,000-yard mark
After a slow start, Cornell caught fire late in the first half and went on to defeat Laurel in a pivotal Big Seven game, 33-21, on Friday night.

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