Football

Beaver quarterback Wyatt Ringer carries past Seton-LaSalle’s William Hess (65) and Liam Halligan on Sept. 25.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Oct. 18, 2021
October 18, 2021
When long-time Beaver football coach Jeff Beltz retired after the 2020 football season, the district stayed in-house with his replacement and promoted assistant coach Cort Rowse.

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Leechburg’s Eli Rich returns for the 2021 football season.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Leechburg’s Eli Rich
Eli Rich

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Thomas Jefferson’s Conner Murga pressures Gateway quarterback Brad Birch during the third quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 7
October 17, 2021
During the offseason, Brad Birch and his older brother, Brett, made headlines when they transferred from Jeannette to Gateway shortly after helping the Jayhawks win a WPIAL football championship.

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Abigail Stager and her North Allegheny teammates face Butler on the North Allegheny Sports Network at TribHSSN.TribLive.com on Monday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Oct. 18, 2021
The stretch run of the fall high school sports season continues with pair of district playoff bracket unveiling shows this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember catches a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Leetsdale.
Patrick Cutchember leads way for improving Quaker Valley football team
Not only was it his best effort this season, it was the top individual performance of his football career.

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Pine-Richland senior Cole Spencer won the inagural Willie Thrower Memorial Award last season.
George Guido: Thrower award to be presented again this year
October 16, 2021
The Willie Thrower Memorial Foundation is working toward the second annual Willie Thrower Award to recognize the top high school quarterback from Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Leechburg huddles after its win against Riverview on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.
Leechburg clinches 1st winning football season in 30 years
Leechburg football crossed a major goal off its list Saturday and did so in dominant fashion.

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Cornell’s Tim Henderson works out during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Coraopolis.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Henderson’s 2 TDs carry No. 3 Cornell past No. 5 Rochester
Tim Henderson scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and a 53-yard run to lead No. 3 Cornell to a 14-7 victory over No. 5 Rochester in a battle of top teams in the Class A Big Seven Conference on Friday night.

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Chartiers Houston’s Jordan Irson catches a pass during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Chartiers Twp.
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: Chartiers-Houston edges McGuffey in Century Conference
Jordan Irson ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns as Chartiers-Houston earned a 13-7 victory over McGuffey (4-4, 3-1) in a WPIAL Class 2A Century Conference matchup Friday night.

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Beaver’s Wyatt Ringer throws a pass during practice on Aug. 19, 2021, in Beaver.
WPIAL Class 4A roundup: Ringer’s 4th TD helps Beaver top Chartiers Valley in OT
Wyatt Ringer scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in overtime to give Beaver a 35-28 Class 4A Parkway Conference win against Chartiers Valley (4-4, 1-2) on Friday night.

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Bethel Park takes on Peters Township on Oct. 16, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Bethel Park defeats Peters Township to remain perfect in conference
Coming off a winless season and getting off to a slow 1-3 start this year, Bethel Park might have had the gnawing feeling of “here we go again.”

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Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels catches a touchdown pass as Central Catholic’s Robinson Waddell defends during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL Class 6A roundup: Strong 2nd half lifts No. 1 Mt. Lebanon past Norwin
Alex Tecza’s second touchdown run of the game snapped a 7-7 tie in the third quarter to lead No. 1 Mt. Lebanon to a 35-7 victory over Norwin in a Class 6A football game Friday night.

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Keystone Oaks’ Kevin Drew works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Dormont.
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: Kevin Drew carries Keystone Oaks past Quaker Valley
October 15, 2021
Kevin Drew ran for 227 yards and three touchdowns to lead Keystone Oaks to a 56-20 victory over Quaker Valley (2-6, 1-2) in WPIAL Class 3A Northwestern 6 Conference play on Friday night.

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Highlands players warm up before playing Armstrong on Oct. 15, 2021, at Highlands.
Highlands scores in bunches for homecoming win vs. Armstrong
The WPIAL postseason doesn’t begin for a few more weeks, but for the Highlands Golden Rams, the playoffs began Friday night.

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Players from Penn Hills (left) and Fox Chapel gather for the pre-game coin toss before their game Oct. 15, 2021, at Fox Chapel.
Dugger brothers lead Penn Hills past Fox Chapel in key Northeast Conference game
Penn Hills recorded three touchdowns in the second half of Friday’s Class 5A Northeast Conference game at Fox Chapel.

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North Catholic players go through senior night festivities before their game against Deer Lakes on Oct. 15, 2021, at Mars.
No. 2 North Catholic too much for Deer Lakes
Deer Lakes showed no signs of backing down from North Catholic, but the Class 3A No. 2 Trojans’ quality eventually shone through.

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Freeport’s Logan Jendrejewski (left) and Jackson Reiser wrap up Burrell’s Chase Fenner during the first half Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Defense leads the way for Freeport as Yellowjackets top Burrell to clinch playoff spot
Freeport’s calling card for many years has been defense.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Zach Boyd takes off for a touchdown against Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward gets surprisingly easy win over Mt. Pleasant in 1st-place showdown
To say Elizabeth Forward football coach Mike Collodi was shocked at the outcome of Friday’s first-place showdown in the WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference against Mt. Pleasant would be an understatement.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jacob Otto (right) makes a catch over Connellsville’s Jason McBride during the first half Oct. 15, 2021, at Connellsville Stadium.
Pass-happy Penn-Trafford surprises, routs Connellsville
Connellsville prepared all week for the hard-charging rushing attack of Penn-Trafford in Friday’s Class 5A Big East Conference game at Connellsville Stadium.

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Plum and Knoch football players warm up before their game on Oct. 15, 2021, at Plum.
Breakout game for Eryck Moore powers Plum past Knoch
Eryck Moore couldn’t be stopped in the first half for Plum. His 222 yards and three touchdowns propelled the Mustangs to a 39-0 home win over Knoch on Friday.

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