Football

Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace fends off Brentwood’s Jackson Vingelen on Sept. 9.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Oct. 25, 2021
October 25, 2021
The year was 1988. President Ronald Reagan was concluding his eighth year in office while turning the White House over to George H. W. Bush.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne is tacked by Belle Vernon’s Chase Ruokonen on Sept. 3.
Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne thriving since committing to Penn State
October 24, 2021
Lamont Payne has lived up to his surname, as he has been a big pain for opposing coaches to game plan around.

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Penn Hills grad Claude Vangelus is the starting right tackle for Millersville.
Penn Hills grad Claude Vangelus steps right into tackle spot on Millersville line
Claude Vangelus didn’t have aspirations of glory when he went to his first football camp at Millersville University last summer.

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Baldwin and Central Catholic square off Saturday, OCt. 23, 2021.
Central Catholic jumps on Baldwin quickly, cruises to 6A win
October 23, 2021
It took longer for Central Catholic to salute its 22 seniors before the game than it did for the Vikings to strike on their first three drives.

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Quarterback Max Blanc has led Bethel Park’s resurgence this season.
Bethel Park writing remarkable bounce-back tale
After shaking last year’s winless record, Bethel Park’s football team played its way to a WPIAL playoff berth with four impressive midseason victories.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo throws a pass during practice on Aug. 24, 2021, in Homewood.
Westinghouse blanks University Prep to reach City League final
Keyshawn Morsillo and Khalil Taylor ran for touchdowns as Westinghouse scored a 17-0 shutout over University Prep (2-5) in the City League semifinals Friday night.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace avoids the tackle attempt of Bishop Canevin’s Keshawn Harris in the first half at Leechburg’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Lovelace scores 6 TDs as Leechburg earns 1st playoff berth since ’88
Leechburg clinched its first playoff appearance since 1988 by earning a 66-6 victory over Imani Christian (2-6, 1-5) in the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference on Friday night.

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Laurel running back Luke McCoy works out during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: McCoy sets Laurel career rushing mark in win over Ellwood City
Luke McCoy ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns and became the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,711 career yards in leading No. 4 Laurel to a 54-13 win over Ellwood City (0-7, 0-6) in the WPIAL Class 2A Midwestern Conference on Friday night.

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North Catholic quarterback Joey Prentice throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: No. 2 North Catholic beats No. 5 Freeport to clinch conference title
Joey Prentice threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 North Catholic to a 33-7 victory over No. 5 Freeport (4-4, 3-1) in WPIAL Class 3A Allegheny Seven Conference play Friday night.

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Beaver’s Liam Gibson (5) celebrates with Dylan Porto during their game against Seton-LaSalle on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Pat Tarquino Field in Beaver.
WPIAL Class 4A roundup: Beaver edges Montour in overtime
Mitch Lang caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Isaac Pupi in overtime to lift Beaver to a 14-7 victory at Montour (3-6, 1-3) in a WPIAL Class 4A Parkway Conference game Friday night.

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Woodland Hills running back Brandon Jones eludes Wayne Valley defenders during the first quarter on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
WPIAL Class 5A roundup: Woodland Hills beats Latrobe to clinch playoff berth
Jeremiah Ramsey returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Woodland Hills claimed a playoff spot with a 26-17 victory in its WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference game against Latrobe (3-6, 1-3) on Friday night.

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Dom Barca, left, scored twice for Norwin on Friday night.
WPIAL Class 6A roundup: Norwin takes down No. 5 Canon-McMillan
Dominic Barca ran for 124 yards and a 95-yard touchdown and caught a TD pass as Norwin scored a 16-7 upset over No. 5 Canon-McMillan (4-5, 2-4) in a WPIAL Class 6A football Friday night.

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Players from Central Valley and Avonworth meet at midfield before their game Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Central Valley keeps firm grasp on 1st place in conference, routs Avonworth
The football never saw Central Valley territory in the first quarter.

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Mt. Lebanon players line up to warm up before facing Seneca Valley on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Mt. Lebanon football team easily handles Seneca Valley
October 22, 2021
Mt. Lebanon just keeps on rolling its way through WPIAL Class 6A.

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California’s Damani Stafford carries against Monessen on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Field day for California defense in shutout against Monessen
Inclement weather and harsh field conditions played a big role in Friday night’s Tri-County South Conference matchup between California and Monessen.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska lines up a pass in the rain against Highlands on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Highlands pulls away from Greensburg Salem for important Greater Allegheny win
On a rainy senior night at Greensburg Salem, the Golden Lions and Highlands had an important contest when it came to their playoff hopes.

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Armstrong’s Dozick Zabblocki catches a pass as Plum’s Shandon Walsh defends during the first half at Armstrong’s NexTier Bank Complex on Friday, Oct. 23, 2021.
Olsen, Armstrong run wild, hold off Plum
Armstrong is in the WPIAL playoffs for the fourth time in the school’s seven-season existence.

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Southmoreland’s JJ Bloom scored both of his team’s touchdowns in the Scotties’ 55-13 loss to Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Russ Grimm Field.
Elizabeth Forward clinches conference title with resounding win over Southmoreland
The Southmoreland football team hit visiting Elizabeth Forward with some big body blows in the early part of Friday’s Class 3A Interstate Conference game Friday at Russ Grimm Field in Alverton.

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Bethel Park’s Troy Volpatti competes against Gateway on Sept. 18, 2020.
Winless a year ago, Bethel Park challenges Moon for conference title in Allegheny Six
A year after going winless, the Bethel Park football players have a chance this week to call themselves champions of the Allegheny Six.

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Seneca Valley’s Brandon Ross takes it to the house against North Hills on Sept. 10.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 8
October 21, 2021
Welcome to Week 8, as the “stretch run” of the WPIAL football season continues.

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