Football

Avonworth’s Theo Newhouse-Godine celebrates as Trevor Faulkner scores a touchdown against Apollo-Ridge earlier this season.
PIAA football title game factoids: Golden facts and figures to prepare for Hershey
December 4, 2019
While the WPIAL champions looking for double gold this fall were cut in half from six to three in the state semifinals last weekend, they are still the most represented district in the PIAA championship party coming up in Hershey.

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Thomas Jefferson, Central Valley, Avonworth still have ‘power’ in Trib 10
The PIAA championship hopefuls from the WPIAL were sliced in half during state semifinals weekend.

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Two WPIAL teams sit atop their class heading into PIAA championship weekend
December 3, 2019
After fourteen weeks, fifteen if you count Week Zero, the season is set to conclude with a gold rush this weekend in Hershey.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 14
December 2, 2019
For four weeks during the WPIAL football playoffs, Avonworth rode the Jax tracks to the school’s first district championship in 60 years.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 14
December 1, 2019
Since expansion to six classes in 2016, WPIAL 3A champs, which all came from the Tri-County West Conference, are 4-0 in the PIAA semifinals.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dylan Mallozzzi scores past Lampeter-Strasburg defenders during their PIAA Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
PIAA football championships and the start of winter sports this week on HSSN
The high school football season comes to an end with the state championship games, and there is the start of the winter high school sports season this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ian Hansen intercepts a pass in front of Shane Stump during their PIAA Class 4A state semifinal against Lampeter-Strasburg Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
PIAA football championships set as the Road to Hershey concludes
November 30, 2019
This is the fourth year the PIAA has held six football championships, and the WPIAL will be represented by three of its champions in Hershey.

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Brentwood’s Aiden Wardzinski (20) competes during the 2019 season.
Brentwood seniors proud of playoff run
Brentwood wrapped up a banner football season, making a semifinals appearance in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

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Central Valley’s Ameer Dudley applauds a touchdown earlier this season.
Central Valley dominates Bald Eagle Area to earn trip to Hershey
November 29, 2019
One thing in particular that stands out from the many things that Central Valley coach Mark Lyons loves about his football team is that they enjoy playing together and not one player believes he is above another.

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Archbishop Wood kicker Robbie Meyer (33) celebrates his game-winning field goal next to Gateway’s Tui Faumuina-Brown in the final seconds of their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Gateway knocked out by Archbishop Wood on last-minute field goal
ALTOONA — Gateway’s wait for its first PIAA football championship continues.

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St. Joseph’s Prep’s Kolbe Burrell scores during the first half of a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against Pine-Richland Saturday, Dec. 1 2018, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Central Catholic ‘not awestruck’ by nationally ranked St. Joseph’s Prep
National rankings list St. Joseph’s Prep as one of the best high school football teams not only in Pennsylvania but in the entire country.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree catches his third touchdown pass next to Sto-Rox’s Traynell Paxton during the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
PIAA football: semifinals factoids
November 28, 2019
What better way to follow up Thanksgiving than to digest some high school football state playoff factoids.

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Central Valley quarterback Ameer Dudley celebrates a touchdown against Aliquippa earlier this season.
Fresh off bye, Central Valley to face stern test from upstart Bald Eagle Area
For the better part of the last three decades, the players, coaches and fans of the Bald Eagle Area football team got to enjoy Thanksgiving in the traditional fashion — by eating turkey and watching football.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller celebrates his fourth touchdown of the game with Ryan Paszkiewicz during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Washington last Saturday.
Seeking first state final appearance, Avonworth to meet undefeated Wilmington
It’s been quite a season of firsts for Avonworth.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis is congratulated by Gateway fans after defeating McKeesport 14-7 in the WPIAL Class 5A football semifinal Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Gateway star Derrick Davis ‘game-time decision’ as Gators draw rematch with Archbishop Wood
November 27, 2019
Archbishop Wood had a four-star recruit two years ago when the Philadelphia Catholic League power walloped Gateway in a lopsided state championship game.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dylan Mallozzi stretches into the end zone to score past Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson to meet gutsy Lampeter-Strasburg squad in state semifinals
Thomas Jefferson is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A with a glittering 14-0 record.

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6 WPIAL champs climb up power rankings as they prepare for PIAA semifinals
With the WPIAL championships in the rearview mirror, all six District 7 champions are in action this holiday weekend in the state semifinals.

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3 WPIAL football teams sit atop their class heading into the PIAA final four
November 26, 2019
The PIAA has reached the final four with the state semifinals taking center stage this holiday weekend.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 13
November 25, 2019
Gateway began the 2019 season as everybody’s favorite to win the WPIAL Class 5A championship.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 13
November 24, 2019
Avonworth relied heavily on a Jax of all trades, who mastered them all.

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