Football

North Allegheny outscores Hempfield in 6A shootout
October 11, 2019
Hempfield showed that North Allegheny’s defense can be vulnerable, but it couldn’t keep up with the Tigers playmakers.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell (32) runs the ball past a Mt. Pleasant defender on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
Elizabeth Forward locks in with shutout of Mt. Pleasant
Mike Collodi has preached a fast, physical style of play since he began his coaching tenure at Elizabeth Forward in 2015.

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Steel Valley upsets Apollo-Ridge to keep playoff hopes alive
Steel Valley isn’t ready to relinquish its WPIAL crown just yet.

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Class 2A No. 5 Avonworth remains unbeaten with victory over East Allegheny
The Class 2A Allegheny Conference game between No. 5 Avonworth and East Allegheny was expected to be competitive.

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Belle Vernon’s Dakota Marion kneels over West Mifflin’s Tayshawn McMillan on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon routs West Mifflin as Hartman sets school TD record
Belle Vernon clinched a home playoff game and quarterback Jared Hartman set a single-season record for touchdown passes as the Leopards rolled past West Mifflin, 40-7, in a Big 8 conference showdown on Friday on “the Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Clairton’s Brendan Parsons looks to make a pass during a game against West Greene on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Clairton.
Clairton contains Ben Jackson, rolls past West Greene
West Greene brought the WPIAL’s leading rusher to Clairton, but the Bears ended up being the ones running wild.

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Monessen’s Isaiah Beltram runs against Mapletown on Oct. 11, 2019 at Monessen.
Dynamic Beltram leads Monessen past Tri-County South foe Mapletown
There was little Mapletown could do to slow down Monessen’s dynamic quarterback Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Too many penalties didn’t hurt the Greyhounds much, either.

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Leechburg ends three-season losing skid against Imani Christian
Prior to Friday night’s game at Veterans Memorial Stadium, there wasn’t a player on the Leechburg football team who had experienced a victory against Imani Christian. Now, every Blue Devil knows how it feels.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns against Connellsville.
Franklin Regional clinches playoff berth behind Zac Gordon’s 228 yards, 3 TDs
A couple of trends continued Friday night as Connellsville and Franklin Regional met in a homecoming game at Connellsville Stadium.

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Verona’s Randy Shook (18) looks for running room as Oakmont’s Bill Skinner (81) closes in. The Panthers upset the Oaks, 6-0, on Oct. 10, 1969 at Cribbs Field.
Alle-Kiski Valley Through the Years: ‘Seinfeld’ producer leads Riverview to win
October 10, 2019
Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the games, players and events that are part of local scholastic history.

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West Greene’s Ben Jackson outruns the Monessen defense for a first-quarter touchdown Sept. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
Trib HSSN high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 7
Class 6A Conference

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Looking to shake an October slump, Chick’s Picks has a 6A upset in mind
Though she is a fan of autumn and all things pumpkin spice, Chick’s Picks observed much more than leaves falling this week. Temperatures dropped from 80 to 55 as though they had seen a state trooper. The Steelers saw yet another starting quarterback taken out. Then, in the midst of all of this, Chick’s Picks’ winning percentage took a plunge as well.

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Shaler’s Jake Miller (9) tries to break free of Franklin Regional’s Brock O’Block (49) on Sept. 21 at Shaler.
Shaler football stays in WPIAL playoff race
Shaler Area senior running back Jake Miller appreciates how the Titans handle adversity.

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Penn Hills’ Germar Howard carries the ball for the deciding touchdown of a game against Mars on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Penn Hills.
Trib HSSN football players to watch in Week 7
Here are four WPIAL football players to watch for during Week 7:

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Three lose, two fall out of Trib Ten power rankings after Week 6
October 9, 2019
Three Trib Ten teams lost in Week 6. One fell a couple of spots while the other two dropped completely out of the power rankings.

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North Hills’ Thomas McDonough gets past Mars’ Mitchell Wright Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium.
North Hills football learns from losses, eyes another win streak
After scoring 34 or more points in each of its first four games, North Hills has dropped three straight.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere (22) rushes the ball during their game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Aug. 31.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Riverview’s Dean Cecere
Two weeks ago, Riverview got its first win, escaping with a 21-20 victory over Imani Christian. Zach Hanlon led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

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Springdale’s Demitri Fritch catches a pass between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
A-K Valley football players to watch in Week 7
Klay Fitzroy

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Aug. 30 at Derry Area High School.
Burrell-Freeport matchup loaded with playoff implications
Friday night’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup between Burrell and Freeport will pit two teams against each other that have a lot on the line.

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Fox Chapel’s Sam Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills on August 30 at North Hills.
A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 7
Class 5A Big East

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