Football

Apollo Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Avonworth High School. Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy pulls in a catch over Avonworth’s Kyros Thorpe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
Apollo-Ridge football team looks at positives after 1st defeat
September 21, 2019
While not happy with the way things turned out in Friday’s battle of the unbeatens between his Apollo-Ridge football team and Allegheny Conference foe Avonworth, Vikings coach John Skiba also talked in positive terms about the opportunities his team has coming out of the 42-14 loss.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
                                Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel and the Rams are 39-1 in the Heritage Conference in the past five seasons.
Ligonier Valley football keeps marching on
If you attend a Ligonier Valley football practice during the week, you might be surprised to hear music blaring for the entire session.

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Penn Hills’ Alex Bell (front) and other players react as they greet their fans following their win against Mars on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Penn Hills.
5 takeaways from Week 4: Northern Conference continues to roil
Is there a WPIAL conference more volatile than the Northern?

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Fox Chapel football Coach Tom Loughran, takes the field for the first day of heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Several teams finally get in win column
The first win of the season can be a pretty nice feeling, but Fox Chapel delivered an even bigger win for coach Tom Loughran on Friday.

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Jeannette’s Kealan Piscar stretches out for a pass in the first quarter against Springdale on Friday. Sept 20, 2019.
WPIAL football rankings through Week 4
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West Greene’s Ben Jackson outruns the Monessen defense for a first-quarter touchdown Sept. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
Week 4 top performers for passing, rushing, receiving
Top performers for Week 4 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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Cornell quarterback Zaier Harrison throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Coraopolis.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Cornell cruises past Northgate
Zaier Harrison threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as Cornell picked up a 57-14 win over Northgate (0-4, 0-3) in the Class A Big 7 Conference Friday night.

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McGuffey quarterback Marshall Whipkey during a July 16 preseason practice at McGuffey High School.
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: McGuffey tops Beth-Center, stays unbeaten
Marshall Whipkey threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 3 McGuffey to a 46-14 victory over Beth-Center in the Class 2A Interstate Conference Friday night.

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North Catholic’s Jaren Thimons bobbles the ball as Derry’s Amari Graham defends during a game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: Hunter lifts Freeport to 1st victory
Ricky Hunter returned two punts for touchdowns as Freeport tallied a 56-14 win over Uniontown (0-5, 0-4) in a Class 3A Big East Conference football game Friday night.

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Peters Township quarterback Logan Pfeuffer threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns Friday night.
WPIAL Class 6A/5A roundup: No. 2 Peters Township handles North Hills
September 20, 2019
Logan Pfeuffer threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns as Class 5A No. 2 Peters Township (5-0) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 38-14 victory over North Hills (4-1) in nonconference play Friday night.

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Southmoreland’s dream season continues with win over Brownsville
By jumping out to a two-touchdown lead Friday night, Brownsville gave Southmoreland a slap in the face.

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West Greene’s Ben Jackson beats the tackle of Monessen’s Isaiah Beltram Sept. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
Fumble return turns tide as Ben Jackson, West Greene run past Monessen
Typically one play can be the difference in a high school football game. From there, momentum changes and affects everything.

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Aliquippa players get ready to host Beaver Falls on Sept. 20, 2019, at Aliquippa.
Newcomer Antonio Quinn powers Aliquippa past Beaver Falls
Aliquippa and Beaver Falls run deep on familiarity, but a new face in the rivalry played a starring role Friday night.

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The Hampton football team hosts Fox Chapel on Sept. 20, 2019.
Fox Chapel edges Hampton to claim first win
In a show of patriotism, the Hampton student section’s theme was red, white and blue for the Talbots’ homecoming tilt with Fox Chapel.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell runs against Quaker Valley during their game Sept. 20, 2019, at Elizabeth Forward.
Elizabeth Forward blisters Quaker Valley
Game by game, Elizabeth Forward is growing and getting better.

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Dom Pieto leads Central Catholic to measuring-stick win over Bethel Park
Even though it was a non-conference crossover game between 6A Central Catholic and 5A Bethel Park, both teams looked at the game as a measuring stick for the rest of the season.

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Latrobe’s Logan Gustafson (22) makes an interception in front of teammate Raymon Henderson (30) and Connellsville’s Gage Gillott (18) during the first half of a game Sept. 20, 2019, at Connellsville Stadium.
Latrobe feasts on Connellsville turnovers
Both the Connellsville and Latrobe football teams knew that a win on Friday night was vital to stay on the fringe of the playoff picture in Section 2-5A. With that in mind, both teams played with desperation and either team could have walked out of Connellsville Stadium with an all-important victory.

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Burgettstown rolls over South Side Beaver
One of the keys for fifth-year Burgettstown head coach Mark Druga in his team’s section game against the neighboring South Side Rams was to win the battle in the trenches.

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Mike Aspiotes is learning on the job as the quarterback for Quaker Valley, which lost its first three games.
Quaker Valley football eagerly awaits reinforcements
Quaker Valley’s football team entered the season with a disclaimer attached: Its thin roster had to be healthy to compete.

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United forfeits a second football game
September 19, 2019
The 2019 football season at United High School hasn’t gone as expected.

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