Football

Shenango’s Reis Watkins carries the football against Clairton during their WPIAL Class A semifinal playoff game Nov. 6, 2020, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Shenango, Rochester top all-conference selections for Big 7 football team
December 4, 2020
Shenango and Rochester tied atop the Big Seven standings and had five players apiece earn first-team all-conference honors in the WPIAL Class A conference.

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Beaver Falls’ Josh Hough (10) rushes the ball against Wilmington during their PIAA Class 2A semifinal game at Geneva College on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
Head of the Class: Trib HSSN Football Player, Coach of the Year for each classification
Back in the day, when a student did well in the classroom, they were sometimes moved to the front of the class.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Miller celebrates the Rams’ third touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cathedral Prep on Nov. 27 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib 10: WPIAL football teams had record-tying weekend in Hershey
December 2, 2020
For the fifth time in the 33-year history of the PIAA playoffs, three WPIAL football champions returned home from the central part of the state with PIAA gold.

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Thomas Jefferson’s DeRon VanBibber celebrates his touchdown next to Jersey Shore’s Connor Davis during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Dec. 1, 2020
December 1, 2020
The 2020 high school football campaign is complete, and it goes in the record books as a season like no other.

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The Central Valley football team waits to take the field at the start of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing last Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week: Central Valley
Mark Lyons had been to the top of the WPIAL mountain top four times, including each of the last two years.

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Braddock players carry coach Chuck Klausing off the field after winning their sixth consecutive WPIAL title over Waynesburg at Washington High field on Nov. 19, 1959.
Legendary 1959 Braddock football team to be featured on big screen
One of the WPIAL’s most storied football teams will soon have a cinematic presence.

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Central Valley’s Amarian Saunders (11) celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown with Myles Walker during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing last Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA savors fall season completed against all odds
November 30, 2020
There was cause to celebrate, but PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi probably didn’t spike the football or exchange high-fives after the state championships finished Saturday night.

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Trib HSSN Player of the Week: Eli Jochem, Pine-Richland
November 29, 2020
Pine-Richland has had great contributions from many players in finishing 11-0 and capturing district and state championships for the second time in school history.

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High school sports scores, summaries for Nov. 28, 2020
November 28, 2020
High schools

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Thomas Jefferson’s McClain Flinn celebrates his touchdown with Ian Hansen during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Nov. 14.
Thomas Jefferson’s McClain Flinn shows flair for dramatic
It was an emotionally charged atmosphere at North Allegheny.

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Pine-Richland’s Harrison Hayes hoists the PIAA Class 5A championship trophy with Miguel Jackson (56) and Cole Schurman after the Rams defeated Cathedral Prep, 48-7, in the state final on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland routs Cathedral Prep to claim PIAA Class 5A title
November 27, 2020
HERSHEY — Luke Miller was a Pine-Richland waterboy four years ago when the Rams last celebrated a state football championship at Hersheypark Stadium.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander celebrates after scoring during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing Area on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Central Valley caps undefeated season with PIAA Class 3A championship
HERSHEY — The second-half clock usually moves lightning quick for Central Valley games, but this time the Warriors insisted it felt excruciatingly slow.

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Pine-Richland’s Eli Jochem beats Governor Mifflin’s Greg Suber for a third-quarter touchdown during the PIAA Class 5A semifinal Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
PIAA Class 5A football championship breakdown: Pine-Richland vs. Cathedral Prep
November 26, 2020
Pine-Richland vs. Cathedral Prep

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson intercepts a pass over Elizabeth Forward’s Nico Mrvos during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at North Allegheny.
PIAA Class 3A football championship breakdown: Central Valley vs. Wyomissing
Central Valley vs. Wyomissing

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander carries for a touchdown during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Central Valley, Wyomissing set for battle of unbeatens in PIAA Class 3A final
Experience matters. Or does it?

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer (4) celebrates with Harrison Hayes after his touchdown run during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Peters Township on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
PIAA championship ‘final chapter’ for record-setting Pine-Richland seniors
Cole Spencer has won more games than any quarterback in Pine-Richland history, and Eli Jochem owns all-time receiving records for catches and yards.

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Pine-Richland celebrates with head coach Eric Kasperowicz after coming back to beat Governor Mifflin, 48-44, the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
PIAA football championship factoids: WPIAL teams look to make history
November 25, 2020
In 33 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Jeannette gets fired up before playing Reynolds in the PIAA Class A semifinals Nov. 20, 2020, at Reynolds High School.
The Birdie thinks Jeannette will do the steamrolling in PIAA finals
Last week: 1-0

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Pine-Richland’s Brooks Eastburn pulls away from Governor Mifflin’s Alonzo Anderson in the second quarter during the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
High school football schedule, broadcasts for PIAA championships
Here’s a look at the PIAA football championships schedule and broadcasts:

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Jeannette’s Brett Birch (7) rushes the ball against Avella on Oct. 30.
PIAA Class A football championship preview: Jeannette vs. Steelton-Highspire
No. 2 Jeannette vs. No. 1 Steelton-Highspire

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