Football

Connellsville junior linebacker Gabriel McCrum during a July 18, 2019 7 on 7 competition at Connellsville High School.
Connellsville football team hopes to continue climb
August 16, 2019
Winning has not been the way of the Connellsville football program in recent years.

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Franklin Regional’s Brandon Zonotto makes a touchdown catch against Burrell during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Offseason development sparks optimism for Franklin Regional
As Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta was evaluating his 2019 team in mid-July, his areas of concern were at the quarterback, wide receiver and secondary positions.

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Penn-Trafford’s Chase Burk intercepts a pass intended for a Southmoreland receiver in the the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn-Trafford has championship aspirations
Penn-Trafford is a program that never seems to take a heavy hit from graduation losses.

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Latrobe quarterback Branden Crosby looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe looks to repeat rare postseason appearance
Standing on the edge of a field at the athletics complex behind Latrobe High School, Wildcats football coach Jason Marucco couldn’t help but wonder what was in store for the upcoming season.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sam Sheeder returns for the 2019 season.
Sam Sheeder excited to return as Ligonier Valley quarterback
Wally Pipp was the New York Yankees starting first baseman in 1925.

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Mars lineman Michael Carmody has numerous offers from Power 5 schools.
WPIAL position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
The offensive line is always strong spot for the WPIAL, and it is among the deepest positions again this season.

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Kiski Area’s Peyton McCann drives for extra yardage as Fox Chapel’s Timothy Johnston attempts to bring him down in the first half at Richard J. Dilts Field on Friday, Sept 14, 2018.
McCann embodies Kiski Area’s hard-nosed mentality
After winning three of its first four games last season, the Kiski Area football team was ready to make a strong move in the right direction.

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Woodland Hills’ Joshua Rawlings - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Woodland Hills focused on fast start to season
There’s an old saying among WPIAL coaches when it comes to playing Woodland Hills during the season: You never want to get the Wolverines late, you want them early.

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Chartiers Valley quarterback Griffin Beatte rolls out to pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
Chartiers Valley eyes improvement in Knause’s 3rd season at helm
This season marks Year 3 of Dan Knause’s tenure as Chartiers Valley’s football coach. Knause is hoping this also marks the season the Colts break through.

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Bethel Park quarterback Anthony Chiccitt throws a pass during practice on the first day of football camp Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Bethel Park.
Bethel Park might be going to no-huddle offense, but toughness remains
There won’t be a fullback in the backfield, the tight end is optional and running backs might play wide receiver, but Bethel Park’s offense isn’t completely new.

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Baldwin’s Dorien Ford
Baldwin strong at skill positions
Their priority is to win, and keep winning.

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West Allegheny head coach Chris Lucas talks with his team during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
New coach set to lead WPIAL runner-up West Allegheny into ’19 season
There are lots of questions surrounding the West Allegheny football program heading into the 2019 season.

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Upper St. Clair’s David Pantellis works out on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
Upper St. Clair, Junko start with ‘blank slate’
Upper St. Clair returns only three players who started last season, a seemingly tough spot for a first-year coach.

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Peters Township senior running back/corner back Adrian Williams during a August 2 preseason practice at Peters Township High School.
Peters Township looks to build on 1st conference title since ’75
Last season was a banner year for Peters Township football.

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Moon quarterback Dante Clay works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
Moon hopes better O-line, quick-strike approach pay dividends
Moon’s offensive philosophy is simple: Get the ball to a player quickly in open space, and let him do all the rest.

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Gateway quarterback Rich Hrenko talks strategy with head coach Walter “Pete” Antimarino during the 1969 WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Pitt Stadium. The Gators defeated Altoona 22-15 for the program’s first-ever WPIAL title.
Gateway to celebrate 50th anniversary of 1st WPIAL football championship
As the United States was putting a man on the moon in the summer of 1969, the Gateway football program was preparing to hopefully put a Gator on the turf at Pitt Stadium in Oakland.

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South Fayette’s Dom Thomas works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
High school football teams set to scrimmage Saturday across Western Pa.
With the advent of Week Zero four years ago, many WPIAL and City League football teams now only have one scrimmage before playing a nonconference game at the end of the second week of training camp practice.

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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Kiski Area continues to grow behind young, dedicated players
Kiski Area coach Sam Albert is no stranger to building a football program. He has done it with success at four schools in Western Pennsylvania.

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Shaler’s Jake Miller prepares to play running back and linebacker during the 2019-2020 season August 5, 2019.
Shaler Area looking to build on return to playoffs
Ending a long playoff drought last season allowed the Shaler Area football team to shed its label as perennial also-rans.

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Penn Hills quarterback Eddie McKissik prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 5, 2019.
Penn Hills looks to repeat with new cast
Last year, Penn Hills had a magical undefeated season, which ended with the program’s first state title since 1995.

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