Football

The Birdie jumps on the bandwagon heading from Westmoreland County to Heinz Field
November 14, 2018
Last week: 4-2 (.667) Season: 118-27 (.814) The Birdie has been parading around the office wearing a Harley Davidson leather jacket on his unathletic body and a fire helmet on his egg-shaped head. andquot;That's dad bod to you, sir,andquot; Birdie quipped. andquot;Egg-shaped You're cracking me up.andquot; Westmoreland's Prince of Pigskin

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Scouting Derry in advance of WPIAL Class 3A final
DERRY Player to watch Onreey Stewart Senior, 5-8, 155, RB/DB Stewart missed numerous games with a shoulder injury but has recovered to play a key role in the offense. He's 16 yards shy of reaching 1,000 rushing yards (984), and he's coming off a 203-yard performance against North Catholic. He's

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WPIAL Class 3A final preview: Derry set to face perennial contender Aliquippa in title-game debut
One team is one of the most decorated football programs in WPIAL history. The other is attempting to make history. That's whats's on tap for the WPIAL Class 3A championship game, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Heinz Field when perennial power Aliquippa, seeded No. 1, battles No. 2 Derry.

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Trib HSSN to broadcast 11 football games in Week 12
TRIBLIVEandamp;#0010;HS SPORTSandamp;#0010;NETWORK Streaming broadcastsandamp;#0010;at tribhssn.triblive.com Friday Video broadcasts WPIAL Class 5A semifinals: West Allegheny vs. Gateway at 7:30 p.m. on TribHSSN.TribLive.com (video) WPIAL Class 5A semifinals: Peters Township vs. Penn Hills at 7:30 p.m. on Penn Hills TV at TribHSSN.TribLive.com and on WJPA-FM 95.3 Audio broadcasts WPIAL Class 2A semifinals:

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WPIAL top 10: Longest playoff droughts
Pining for the playoffs With Mohawk, Canon-McMillan and West Greene recently ending WPIAL playoff droughts, here are the schools that haven't been to the postseason lately: School, Last appearance 1. Southmoreland, 1979 2. Leechburg, 1988 3. Brownsville, 2000 4. Carlynton, 2001 5. Albert Gallatin, 2005 6. Uniontown, 2009 7. Ellwood

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Scouting Aliquippa in advance of WPIAL Class 3A final
ALIQUIPPA Player to watch Solvauhn Moreland Senior, 6-3, 305, OL/DL The senior is a disruptive force on defense for the Quips. He has 66 tackles, 18 for a loss, as well as six sacks. Opponents lost 103 yards on his tackles. He has made a verbal commitment to Ball State.

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Freedom leads Midwestern with 8 first-team all-conference picks
Freedom's Zach Rosa and Cody Ross earned MVP honors and four teammates were named first-team all-conference Tuesday in the Midwestern Conference. Rosa, a senior quarterback and defensive back, earned first-team honors on both side of the ball. Freedom's Nick Dinardo was selected first-team as both a kicker and punter. Freedom

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WPIAL Class A final preview: Rochester chasing 9th district title, while OLSH is making 1st appearance
November 13, 2018
Author Thomas Wolfe once wrote, andquot;You can't go home again.andquot; Gene Matsook is hoping Wolfe's turn of a phrase has nothing to do with football. Well, it isn't exactly home that Matsook will be returning to Saturday when he takes his Rochester football team on a bus ride along Ohio

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — McKeesport captures 1st state title in ’94
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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Peters Township, West Allegheny lead Allegheny Eight all-conference honors
November 12, 2018
Co-champions Peters Township and West Allegheny combined for 12 first-team all-Allegheny Eight players when conference honors were announced Monday. Peters Township, celebrating its first title since 1975, led with seven players and the Indians' T.J. Plack was named the conference's top coach. West A had five first-team players. Chartiers Valley

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Gateway leads Big East all-conference honors with 8 first-team players
Undefeated conference champion Gateway saw eight players receive first-team all-Big East honors Monday and the Gators' Don Holl earned coach of the year. Bryce Washington, Amir Wahid, Tui Faumuina-Brown, Courtney Jackson, Brendan Majocha, Derrick Davis, Kelvon Nelson and Jeremiah Josephs were all named to the first team. Penn-Trafford had seven

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7 Penn Hills players earn first-team all-conference in Class 5A Northern
Northern Conference champion Penn Hills placed seven players on the all-conference first team Monday and the Indians' Jon LeDonne earned coach of the year. Penn Hills' George Freeman III, Hollis Mathis, Terry andquot;Tankandquot; Smith, Dante Cephas, Corey Thomas Jr., Jordy Boswell and Deaquan Hardy all earned first-team honors. North Hills

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Gateway moves to top of Trib 10 football power rankings
Every Tuesday during the 2018 WPIAL football season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. There was a big shake up among the elite teams during the second week of the district playoffs as nearly a third of the poll was

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Upper St. Clair captures state crown
The PIAA had been hosting state playoffs in all but one fall high school sport since 1976. Soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and field hockey all crowned state champions once the district playoffs concluded. The lone exception to the fall state playoff slate was high school football. It wasn't

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North Allegheny, Pine-Richland lead Class 6A all-conference football teams
North Allegheny and Pine-Richland each had six players earn first-team all-conference honors in WPIAL Class 6A. The two schools combined to fill all five offensive line spots. NA's Art Walker was named coach of the year. Central Catholic had five first-team selections and Canon-McMillan had three. Mt. Lebanon, Norwin and

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WPIAL schedules Penn Hills, Peters Township football semifinal at Norwin
Penn Hills and Peters Township will play their semifinal Friday night at Norwin, giving both teams an early look at the new championship site for WPIAL Class 5A football. But only one of the two will return to Norwin for the finals Nov. 23. In the other Class 5A semifinal,

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South Fayette’s Jamie Diven named Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week
November 11, 2018
For 10 weeks, Jamie Diven has quietly kept the tradition of outstanding quarterback play going at South Fayette. Diven's numbers weren't so quiet in Week 11. The senior lefty was slinging in the rain Friday, as he led the Lions to a 28-10 victory over Belle Vernon. South Fayette earned

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Trib HSSN state football rankings for Week of Nov. 11, 2018
There were some eye brow-raising results Friday in the WPIAL playoffs, and it sparked big changes as four of the six teams bounced from the Trib HSSN state rankings were from District 7. First, in other districts, Lancaster Catholic was upset by Bermudian Springs in a District 3 Class 3A

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Broadcasts scheduled this week on the TribLIVE High School Sports Network
Four classifications are set to crown new champions at the big house on the North Shore of Pittsburgh as the high school football district postseason continue this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network. Trib HSSN has semifinals action of the PIAA girls volleyball postseason as well as broadcasts

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Ligonier Valley to face Richland in D6 title game Friday
The PIAA District 6 football committee announced Sunday sites and times for its playoff games. The District 6 Class 2A championship between defending two-time champion Ligonier Valley (12-0) and Richland (12-0) will be played 7 p.m. Friday at Altoona's Mansion Park. It will be a battle of Rams, the nickname

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