Football

Avonworth in, Pine-Richland, Penn-Trafford, Aliquippa, Sto-Rox out of state rankings
November 19, 2019
Of the 30 Trib HSSN state-ranked teams from a week ago, eight tasted defeat, were bounced from the top five and saw their seasons end.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 12
November 18, 2019
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers football teams only wish they had this kind of ‘home-field’ advantage.

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Central Catholic’s Edward Tillman stiff-arms Pine Richland’s Jacob Weingand during the 6-A WPAIL Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
Dates, sites, times set for PIAA football quarterfinals
November 17, 2019
The first round of the PIAA football playoffs is made up mostly of district championship games with a few champion vs. champion matchups sprinkled in.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 12
Thomas Jefferson running back Dylan Mallozzi was a freshman in 2016 when Quinton Hill put on a dominant display at Heinz Field.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis attempts to avoid McKeesport’s Aiden Smith (12) in the WPIAL Class 5A football semifinal Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
WPIAL 5A and 2A football finals along with PIAA quarters on Trib HSSN
The Highway to Heinz is over and the high school football fans’ focus is now on the Route to Norwin and the Road to Hershey this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Central Catholic’s Max Ciganik holds the championship trophy after beating Pine Richland in the 6-A WPAIL Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 6A final notebook: Central Catholic adds to decorated history
Saturday’s down-to-the wire WPIAL Class 6A championship victory was the seventh for Central Catholic since joining the WPIAL in 1974.

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Hempfield lineman Cole Graham gets FBS offer
November 16, 2019
The offensive line of the Hempfield football team not only had size but it also produced numbers this season.

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Central Valley’s Jaylen Guy runs over Aliquippa’s Vernon Redd along the Warriors sideline during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 3A final notebook: Overtime rare in WPIAL championship games
Saturday’s Class 3A final was the fifth championship game decided in overtime in WPIAL history.

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Pine Richland’s Cole Spencer tries to avoid Central Catholic’s AJ Beatty Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at CMU.
WPIAL Class 6A football finals primer: Central Catholic vs. Pine-Richland
WPIAL Class 6A championship

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Washington receiver Zahmere Robinson makes a catch during practice.
Washington leans on Zahmere Robinson to stop upset-minded Brentwood
November 15, 2019
After Washington’s Zahmere Robinson fumbled for the first time this year in a third quarter that saw Brentwood surging, he went to the sidelines and told his teammates he’d make up for it.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller scores the Lopes’ first touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA semifinal against Riverside Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Top performers in passing, rushing, receiving in WPIAL Class 5A, 2A semifinals
Top performers for Week 12 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda runs against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Belle Vernon ‘a different team’ since lopsided loss to Thomas Jefferson in September
For Belle Vernon’s football team, it doesn’t matter what you call them heading into Saturday’s WPIAL Class 4A championship game against conference rival Thomas Jefferson.

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Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak reacts during a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game against Montour.
5 things to watch in Week 12 of high school football: TJ’s Cherpak draws Belichick comparisons
Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak chuckles at the comparison, but maybe it’s too not farfetched?

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nate Werderber celebrates a sack against Blackhawk in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
WPIAL Class 4A football finals primer: Thomas Jefferson vs. Belle Vernon
WPIAL Class 4A championship

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Don Yanessa led the Baldwin football team for 14 seasons.
Baldwin’s 1999 football team remembered for heart, toughness
The groundwork for the conference championship was laid at preseason camp at Slippery Rock.

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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic (13) passes the ball against Latrobe during a Sept. 6 game.
Franklin Regional not satisfied with first-round playoff exit
There wasn’t another team in the WPIAL that played a schedule like Franklin Regional did this season.

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Central Catholic’s Elliot Donald makes a tackle against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at Gesling Stadium.
WPIAL championship rematch with fearsome Central Catholic line awaits Pine-Richland
One lineman is the talented nephew of an NFL superstar. One is 6-foot-5 and committed to North Carolina. The two others are gigantic twin brothers with more than 20 scholarship offers.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Beard looks for running room between Bellwood-Antis defenders Joe Dorminy (44) and Nick Plank (38) during a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley won 21-20 to advance to the District 6 championship game.
Beard is unsung hero for Ligonier Valley football team
November 14, 2019
One player who sometimes gets overlooked on the Ligonier Valley football team is senior John Beard.

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Ligonier Valley honors military veterans as they take the field for their PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game with Bellwood-Antis on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier.
District 6 Class 2A football finals primer: Ligonier Valley vs. Richland
PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship

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Sto-Rox receiver Jaiden Berry catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in McKees Rocks.
Sto-Rox embracing opportunity against No. 1 Clairton in WPIAL Class A final
When the first WPIAL championship football game at Heinz Field kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Class A title will be up for grabs between programs with very different stories.

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