Football

Thomas Jefferson’s Nate Werderber gains first-down yardage against Cathedral Prep during PIAA 4-A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium.
Football PIAA semifinals provide holiday treat on Trib HSSN
November 24, 2019
The holiday known for family and travel will be the precursor to a football feast on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess kicks off against Ringgold on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
Westmoreland HS notebook: BVA’s Guess set to get his kicks at Pitt
Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess made it all the way to No. 1 in the Kohl’s Kicking Camps national punter rankings last year for the Class of 2020.

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Bishop Carroll, Heritage Conference reach agreement
November 23, 2019
With Ligonier Valley on the verge of moving to the WPIAL, pending PIAA approval, the Heritage Conference and Bishop Carroll have come to a two-year agreement in football.

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Gateway quarterback Bryson Venanzio eludes Peters Township’s Austin McKinnon and Zach Magnotti during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL Class 5A final notebook: Gateway QB’s foot makes key play
Gateway quarterback Bryson Venanzio had a spectacular game from a passing standpoint, but his biggest play of the night might have come with his foot, not his arm.

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Peters Twp.’s Josh Casilli celebrates as he returns a kickoff for a touchdown past Bethel Park defenders during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Gateway, Peters Township big-play offenses will test 5A’s stingiest defenses
Gateway’s Derrick Davis can take a screen pass to the end zone at any time, and Peters Township’s Josh Casilli is just as dangerous with the football in his hands.

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Pine Richland’s Eli Lochem dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Central Catholic during the WPIAL 
Class 6A championship game Nov. 16 at Heinz Field. The Rams lost 10-7.
Turnovers in WPIAL final put anticlimactic end to strong season for Pine-Richland
While the dust has settled from its 10-7 loss to Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game, the sting of losing such a closely contested, high-stakes matchup against a rival remains for the Pine-Richland football team.

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Junior Ethan Carr will be back next season for the Penn-Trafford football team.
Successful season falls short of ultimate goal for Penn-Trafford
The Penn-Trafford football team has high standards, and with that comes championship aspirations.

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Thomas Jefferson defenders upend Cathedral Prep’s Tamar Sample during PIAA 4A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson finally clears Cathedral Prep hurdle
November 22, 2019
The referee held his hands only a few inches apart.

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak gets doused with the water cooler after defeating Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Memorable moments from a championship night for Thomas Jefferson
The Thomas Jefferson football team won its fourth WPIAL title in five years with a 41-7 victory over Belle Vernon in the Class 4A championship game Nov. 16 at Heinz Field. Here’s a chronological look from the sidelines at the game’s most memorable moments.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dan Deabner shows off the WPIAL championship trophy to fans after defeating Belle Vernon in the Class 4A final Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson makes itself at home at Heinz Field
Heinz Field has become a second home for the Thomas Jefferson football program.

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Thomas Jefferson players celebrate with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Belle Vernon in the Class 4A final Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL survey asks: Should every football team make the playoffs?
Would you be interested in every WPIAL football team making the playoffs?

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Avonworth quarterback Park Penrod eludes Riverside’s Kaysen Conver during their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
WPIAL Class 2A football finals primer: Washington vs. Avonworth
WPIAL Class 2A championship

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Penn Hills players take the field before a playoff game with McKeesport.
Penn Hills defense piles up postseason awards
Even though their season ended earlier than they expected, Penn Hills football players were well represented when it came to postseason honors.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller scores during the second quarter of a WPIAL Class AA semifinal against Riverside Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Avonworth stands in the way of 8th WPIAL title for Washington
November 21, 2019
After winning the 700th game in school history earlier this season, Washington will try for another milestone Saturday — an eighth WPIAL football title.

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Chick’s Picks pays tribute to biggest fan as WPIAL football season draws to close
As the final week of the WPIAL football season is upon us, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, Chick’s Picks took some time to reflect on all that she has been thankful for this season.

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Trib HSSN power rankings are shuffled following WPIAL finals at Heinz Field
November 20, 2019
With four WPIAL championship games in the books, the final 10 teams in HSSN’s weekly power rankings are now set.

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Avonworth in, Pine-Richland, Penn-Trafford, Aliquippa, Sto-Rox out of state rankings
November 19, 2019
Of the 30 Trib HSSN state-ranked teams from a week ago, eight tasted defeat, were bounced from the top five and saw their seasons end.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 12
November 18, 2019
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers football teams only wish they had this kind of ‘home-field’ advantage.

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Central Catholic’s Edward Tillman stiff-arms Pine Richland’s Jacob Weingand during the 6-A WPAIL Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
Dates, sites, times set for PIAA football quarterfinals
November 17, 2019
The first round of the PIAA football playoffs is made up mostly of district championship games with a few champion vs. champion matchups sprinkled in.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 12
Thomas Jefferson running back Dylan Mallozzi was a freshman in 2016 when Quinton Hill put on a dominant display at Heinz Field.

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