Football

Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne Jr. catches a pass during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Collier.
Chartiers Valley cornerback Lamont Payne commits to Penn State
September 19, 2021
Chartiers Valley junior defensive back Lamont Payne committed to Penn State on Saturday while on campus to watch Nittany Lions’ win over Auburn.

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Western Beaver quarterback Xander LeFebvre throws a pass during practice Aug. 13.
High school roundup for Sept. 18, 2021: LeFebvre leads Western Beaver past Beaver
September 18, 2021
Quarterback Xander LeFebvre had a 5-yard touchdown run and blocked a punt that Lonnie Craft ran in for a 15-yard score to lead Western Beaver to a 20-14 nonsection win over Beaver on Saturday.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross throws a pass during practice on Aug. 24, 2021.
5 things we learned in Week 3 of H.S. football: Bishop Canevin joins Class A conversation
Rebuilding a football program traditionally takes playbooks and practice, but Bishop Canevin coach Rich Johnson added tree pruners and paint brushes to his list.

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Coach Ray “Whizzer” White (front row center) sits with his 1996 undefeated Valley team.
George Guido: Valley’s ‘Dirty 30’ 1996 football team to be honored
Usually, being called the “Dirty 30” is anything but complimentary.

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Latrobe’s Kyle Brewer motions to teammates on the line of scrimmage against Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Latrobe’s Brewer has been a touchdown machine
In the first three games of the season, Latrobe senior flanker Kyle Brewer has been a touchdown-maker.

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Springdale’s Logan Dexter wraps up Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson during the first half Friday. Bishop Canevin won and claimed third in the WPIAL Class A rankings.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 19, 2021
Class 6A

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Steel Valley players celebrate after defeating Keystone Oaks on Sept. 17, 2021, at Dormont Stadium.
Nijhay Burt’s 5 touchdowns lead Steel Valley past Keystone Oaks
NiJhay Burt was one of the WPIAL’s leading rushers in Class 2A last season, so Steel Valley knew what it had in the returning senior running back.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Sept. 17, 2021
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Fox Chapel’s Colin Kwiatkowski beats Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith for a fourth-quarter touchdown that put Fox Chapel up for good Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Fox Chapel scores on 4th down in final minutes to beat Franklin Regional
September 17, 2021
On a night when defenses ruled, Fox Chapel got just enough big plays from its offense.

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Laurel players warm up before taking on Beaver Falls on Sept. 17, 2021, at Laurel.
McCoy’s kick return sparks run of 29 unanswered points for Laurel in win over Beaver Falls
Laurel needed a spark, and Luke McCoy provided it.

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Southmoreland’s Isaac Trout (22) battles for a ball with South Allegheny’s Akell Carrington (5) during a game Sept. 17, 2021, at Southmoreland.
Southmoreland grinds out win against South Allegheny in Interstate Conference opener
Anthony Govern ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more in Southmoreland’s 33-19 victory over South Allegheny on Friday night at Russ Grimm Field in the Interstate Conference opener for both teams.

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Highlands and Mars play a nonconference game Sept. 17, 2021, at Mars.
Second-half surge pushes undefeated Highlands past winless Mars
Highlands rolled into conference play Friday night undefeated, but some in the football world felt the Golden Rams hadn’t been challenged and had a soft 3-0 record.

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Laurel Highlands rallies to defeat Ringgold on Rams’ homecoming
Sometimes football is an unfair game, and sometimes it will frustrate you and bite you.

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Avonworth quarterback Nate Harper talks with head coach Duke Johncour during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
After 11 shutout quarters, Sto-Rox defense draws big test from Avonworth
The point totals on Sto-Rox’s side of the scoreboard are often eye-catching, but the numbers next to their opponent have been noteworthy as well this fall.

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Imani Christian-Greensburg Central Catholic football game canceled
Down to 12 healthy players after a stomach virus hit the Imani Christian football team this week, the Saints called Greensburg Central Catholic to cancel tonight’s football game at GCC.

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Canon-McMillan linemen Julius Pruss (left) and Sean Lesnock work out during practice on Aug. 12.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 3
September 16, 2021
Finally, conference games have arrived in the WPIAL.

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Penn-Trafford competes during its first football season in 1972.
1972 team got it started for Penn-Trafford football program
There are times when high schools merge, things don’t go smoothly when it involves athletic teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Mullen tackles Connellsville quarterback Nathan Feniello in a 2004 game.
Penn-Trafford to honor 2021 football hall of fame class
Some Penn-Trafford football greats will be honored during halftime of Friday’s game against Peters Township.

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Freeport’s Brady Stevenson breaks up a pass intended for Armstrong’s Connor Cigola in the end zone during the second half Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Freeport High School.
Chick’s Picks gets lost in fantasy world but back in time for Week 3 high school football
Welcome to Week 3.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a pass against Thomas Jefferson during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Trib HSSN football players to watch for 2021 Week 3
Here are four WPIAL high school football players to watch in Week 3:

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