Football

Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish pressures North Allegheny’s J.R. Burton and Logan Kushner during their game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish stays committed to Notre Dame as coach Brian Kelly exits
December 2, 2021
Central Catholic senior Donovan Hinish had just eaten dinner with a Notre Dame assistant shortly before he heard Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was leaving for LSU.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Carter Green (8) celebrates with head coach John Ruane and Declan Ochendowski after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Green energy powers Penn-Trafford on both sides of the ball
When Penn-Trafford is on offense, opponents just can’t key on senior running back Cade Yacamelli.

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Central Valley’s Jack Bible catches a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 3A championship Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Northwestern Six: Central Valley tops all-conference picks with 13 spots on 1st team
Central Valley earned 13 first-team spots on the Northwestern Six all-conference team with Sean FitzSimmons, Jack Bible and Jayvin Thompson honored on both sides of the football.

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Penn-Trafford’s Seth Dunlap celebrates after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford, Exeter Township enter uncharted waters in PIAA semifinals
December 1, 2021
Penn-Trafford football historian Rush Pedder wrote a book about the past 50 years of the program. Now, he has some interesting new chapters to start another.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their WPIAL 6A championship Nov. 20.
Trib 10: WPIAL champs take their rightful place in top 6 in power rankings
The WPIAL playoffs are in the books with five new champions crowned. The results ended several lengthy title droughts among the 2021 champions.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli breaks away from Moon’s Ryan Hazen to score during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday.
Birdie predicts state playoff ‘exet’ for last Westmoreland County team standing
Last week: 1-1 (50%)

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Alakson scored 12 touchdowns this season. He is one of 14 seniors on the team.
Mt. Pleasant looking to take next step after playoff win
November 30, 2021
Mt. Pleasant achieved a lot of its goals in the 2021 football season.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba lamented a season of injuries and illnesses.
After tough year, Apollo-Ridge focused on leadership, brotherhood
The deck was stacked against Apollo-Ridge quite a bit in 2021.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against North Catholic on Saturday.
Trib HSSN broadcast schedule: Week of Nov. 29, 2021
November 29, 2021
The cruise down the Highway to Heinz is over for 2021. Now the drive on the Road to Hershey kicks into full gear this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Serra Catholic’s Jayvon Holt celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Eagles defeated Beaver Falls, 35-12, in the WPIAL Class 2A final on Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 29, 2021
From 2012-2016, the Serra Catholic football team was a combined 10-38 in five seasons with one playoff appearance.

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Kiski Area’s C.J. Hepler tries to run through the tackle of North Hills’ Chase Foskey on Oct. 1.
Plenty of highlights for Kiski Area football despite challenging 2nd half
The going got tougher as the season rolled on for the Kiski Area football team this year.

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Cooper Hornack and Burrell shook off a rough start to qualify for the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.
Strong finish provides optimism for future of Burrell football
The Burrell football season changed in a flash — literally.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 13
November 28, 2021
Penn-Trafford started as hot as the weather in its much anticipated WPIAL Class 5A football championship game against top-seeded and unbeaten Moon.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the WPIAL championship trophy next to coach John Ruane after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A final Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Explosive plays carry Penn-Trafford football past Moon in WPIAL title game
Moon football coach Ryan Linn said earlier in the week that the team that it the big pass play would probably win.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander eludes North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski to score his second touchdown during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA announces sites for football semifinals
With the WPIAL football playoffs and the Highway to Heinz in the rearview mirror, the focus now turns to the PIAA postseason and the Road to Hershey.

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Pine-Richland players take to the field to play against Penn-Trafford on Nov. 19 at Gateway Senior High School.
Injury woes changed course of Pine-Richland football season
Coaches never want to use injuries as an excuse, and Pine-Richland football coach Steve Campos is no different in that regard.

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Penn Hills’ Amir Key cuts back on the Moon defense setting up a touchdown during WPIAL Class 5A semifinal action Nov. 19.
Penn Hills football team showed development during playoff season
Development is a priority in the Penn Hills football program.

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane celebrates after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 5A final by the numbers: Penn-Trafford 24, Moon 21
November 27, 2021
Penn-Trafford 24, Moon 21

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield tries to avoid the water cooler as time expires against Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field.
Belle Vernon big-play offense runs into Aliquippa roadblock
Belle Vernon made it to the WPIAL championship game with highlight-reel plays that punctuated short scoring drives. It was almost the team’s trademark.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark picks up a first down against Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 4A finals by the numbers: Aliquippa 28, Belle Vernon 13
Aliquippa 28, Belle Vernon 13

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