Football

Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock eludes tacklers against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 4
September 26, 2021
He scored the tying touchdown with under five minutes left in the game, then he ran 40 yards for the winning TD with under 10 seconds remaining in a battle between the two top teams in Class 4A of the WPIAL.

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Penn Hills’ Khalil Barley-Morrow lifts Amir Key after scoring a touchdown against Upper St. Clair’s on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN broadcast listings for week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3
We turn the calendar from September to October this week with plenty of high school sports on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Stony Brook linebacker Tyler King, a Pine-Richland grad, awaits the snap against Oregon on Sept. 18.
Pine-Richland grad making stops as starting linebacker for Stony Brook
As Tyler King was going through his recruiting process, the thing that stood out about Stony Brook was the coaching staff’s transparency.

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Shaler’s Keegan Smetanka throws during preseason practice.
New-look offense has Shaler football team rolling
Stopping the Shaler football team’s offense requires doing some thinking.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross throws a pass in practice.
Bishop Canevin beats Greensburg Central Catholic, off to best start in 10 years
September 25, 2021
Sophomore Jason Cross came off the bench to pass for 149 yards and two touchdowns as Bishop Canevin, off to its best start in 10 seasons, remained undefeated with a 20-14 victory over Greensburg Central Catholic on Saturday night at Dormont Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Norwin, Derry on opposite sides of forfeit/no-contest rule
Call it a WPIAL dichotomy, the concept of forfeits and no-contests in covid-19 times.

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Central Catholic’s Matthew Petruzzi Jr. (left) and Keith Cushenberry celebrate on defense during their game against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 26, 2021
Class 6A

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns Friday night against Thomas Jefferson.
Devin Whitlock’s thrilling last-second TD ‘most meaningful run he’s ever made’ for Belle Vernon
It needs a nickname, that dazzling touchdown run by Devin Whitlock. That 40-yard mad dash with 4.5 seconds remaining Friday night that lifted No. 2 Belle Vernon past No. 1 Thomas Jefferson, 28-21, at James Weir Stadium.

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Chartiers Valley’s Abraham Ibrahim pulls in a first-quarter touchdown agsinst Blackhawk last season.
Emergence of senior receiver adds another weapon to Chartiers Valley’s offense
Coming into this season, all eyes were on Chartiers Valley junior wide receiver Lamont Payne, and for good reason.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Sept. 24, 2021
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Penn Hills’ Jaden Dugger intercepts a pass intended for Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Dugger brothers lead Penn Hills to win at Upper St. Clair
September 24, 2021
After starting the season with two straight losses, Penn Hills traveled to Upper St. Clair in hopes of its second consecutive nonconference victory.

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Laurel Highlands’ Joe Chambers makes a catch in front of West Mifflin’s Tyrelle Ogletree on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Laurel Highlands High School.
Gallagher leads Laurel Highlands over West Mifflin, sets up showdown with Belle Vernon next week
Laurel Highlands boys basketball coach Rick Hauger has said that the moment is never too big for Rodney Gallagher.

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Gateway and Pine-Richland get set for their game Sept. 24, 2021, at Gateway.
Pine-Richland gets 2nd win by upsetting Gateway
Things didn’t start the way Steve Campos would’ve liked after replacing Eric Kasperowicz as Pine-Richland’s coach. An 0-3 start to the season had the Rams in an unfamiliar position.

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Kiski Area players warm up before facing West Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Kiski Area off to best start since 1986 after edging West Allegheny
The sixth time turned out to be the charm for Kiski Area.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Nick Curci
Nick Curci scores 5 TDs as Apollo-Ridge gets back on track with win over Burrell
The key to victory for Apollo-Ridge heading into their matchup was at least to slow down Burrell’s senior running back Caden DiCaprio.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates his touchdown with Ryan McGrew against Penn-Trafford on Sept. 10.
Showdown between Thomas Jefferson, Belle Vernon has big-game feel
September 23, 2021
There will be no better place to be tonight for a high school football fan than James Weir Stadium.

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East Allegheny’s Drashaun Gainer goes through drills during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at East Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN football players to watch for 2021 Week 4
Here are four WPIAL high school football players to watch in Week 4:

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Fox Chapel’s Jason Williams-Anderson puts the game away as he takes down Franklin Regional’s Tyler Bewszka on fourth down with time running out in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
In advance of Week 4, Chick’s Picks takes victory lap as Western Pa.’s top prognosticator
Welcome to Week 4.

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West Deer’s Ron “Juggo” Trevellini catches a 66-yard touchdown pass from Bob Uchic before a packed house at Pine-Richland on Sept. 29, 1961. The Braves won 25-0 to give a nice going-away gift to coach Dave Whartenby, who left for military service the following day.
Through the years: West Deer sent coach off with win in 1961
Each week throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the games, players and events that are part of local scholastic history.

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What to watch for in high school sports on Sept. 23, 2021: City League kicks off Week 4
September 22, 2021
Ten years ago, the two met in the City League championship game. On Thursday, University Prep and Allderdice square off to kick off Week 4 of the high school football season.

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