Football

Comeback win creates special moment for Derry football team
November 11, 2018
The scene Friday at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium after Derry's improbable comeback against North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals was surreal. The 'Blue Wave' that overwhelmed North Catholic during the final 17 minutes, engulfed the field as players, cheerleaders, band members and fans celebrated Derry's crazy 36-29 win that

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Nov. 12, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: TUESDAY Boys soccer: A pair of local teams rolled on in the PIAA playoffs with quarterfinal wins over the weekend. Now, they will play in the semis for the chance to go to Hershey to play for state titles. Both

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — Clairton claims 3rd straight title in ’11
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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Ligonier Valley headed back to D6 title game
November 10, 2018
JOHNSTOWN -- Ligonier Valley's ground game was held in check by Bellwood-Antis in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A semifinals Saturday. But that was OK because Ligonier Valley, behind the 314 yards passing of senior John Caldwell, went to the airways and rolled to a 34-7 victory against Bellwood-Antis to

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Five things we learned from Friday’s WPIAL playoffs
This was a tough week for the favorites. Three No. 1 seeds were upset Friday night in the WPIAL football playoffs, a break from the predictability seen previously under the new six-classification format. Consider, in the past two seasons combined, 10 of the 12 top seeds reached the WPIAL finals.

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PIAA football playoffs: 30 years in 30 days — WPIAL teams go 1 for 4 in ’90
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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West Allegheny hangs on to eliminate Woodland Hills
The Woodland Hills and West Allegheny football teams have developed a reputation for playing close and competitive games. In six matchups between the Wolverines and Indians played since 2014, four of them were decided by seven or fewer points. Included in that series was West Allegheny's one-point triumph in conference

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Botkin leads South Side Beaver to upset victory over Shady Side Academy in WPIAL quarterfinals
It had been nearly 20 years since the South Side Beaver football team had an opportunity to compete in the WPIAL semifinals. After pulling off a 32-16 upset win over top-seeded Shady Side Academy on Friday night at Montour, the Rams (9-3) are now one victory away from reaching a

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Penn Hills advances to semifinals with win over McKeesport
November 9, 2018
It's been 11 years since Penn Hills and McKeesport met on the football field. To catch up for lost time, McKeesport was in the giving mood. The Tigers' offense turned the ball over seven times and Penn Hills running back Tank Smith rolled for 218 yards on the ground as

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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Nov. 9, 2018
High schools Football Friday's results WPIAL playoffs Class 6A Semifinals Pine-Richland 46, Mt. Lebanon 16 Seneca Valley 31, North Allegheny 14 Class 5A Quarterfinals Gateway 35, Franklin Regional 0 Penn Hills 34, McKeesport 7 Peters Township 38, Penn-Trafford 35 West Allegheny 14, Woodland Hills 13 Class 4A Semifinals South Fayette

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Thomas Jefferson rolls into title game with victory over Blackhawk
Over the past 20 years, Thomas Jefferson has made it to the WPIAL football semifinals 19 times. In those 19 trips, the Jaguars have seen more than a handful of stellar rushing performances, but the one put on by senior running back Max Shaw on Friday night will finish with

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Everything you need to know from Week 11 WPIAL playoff action
TribLIVE's sports reporters have you covered from Friday's Week 11 high school football playoff action.

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Late fumble recovery helps Freedom hold off Burgettstown
Freedom linebacker Cody Ross saw the football rolling on the ground just in front on him, and, after a moment of disbelief, his instincts took over. andquot;I felt like my eyes were as big as the sun,andquot; Ross said. andquot;I saw that ball laying there, and I said to myself

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OLSH heads to 1st WPIAL title game after upset of No. 2 Clairton
Noah Campalong was perhaps an unexpected hero Friday. The senior running back clinched third-ranked Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's first trip to the WPIAL championship game with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Chargers' 27-7 victory over No. 2 Clairton at Dormont Stadium. andquot;I can't even describe it;

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Derry scores 21 in final quarter to rally past North Catholic
Things looked bleak for Derry midway through the third quarter of Friday's WPIAL Class 3A semifinal at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Derry (11-1) trailed Big East Conference rival North Catholic by three touchdowns, and its season was slipping away in the cold, damp night. But the Trojans didn't blink and pulled

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Rochester blanks No. 1 Jeannette to reach WPIAL title game
Rochester was determined not to lose to Jeannette for a third straight season in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. A dominating performance by both lines and a stellar backfield duo paced the Rams to a 27-0 victory over top-seeded Jeannette on Friday night at Canonsburg Stadium. Darius Goosby ran for

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Week 11’s top performers for passing, rushing receiving
Top performers for Week 11 high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Passing 333, Jamie Diven, South Fayette (21 of 33) 244, Zack Rocco, North Catholic (15 of 21) 178, Gabe Lawson, Seneca Valley (7 of 13) 162, Brendan Majocha, Gateway (16 of 29) 157, Geno Pellegrini, Charleroi (7 of 16)

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Charleroi advances to Class 2A semifinals with victory over Mohawk
Charleroi's road to Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium rolls on. The fourth-seeded Cougars advanced to the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals with a 42-13 victory over No. 5 Mohawk in a quarterfinal matchup Friday night at Moon's Tiger Stadium. Charleroi (10-1) scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to earn

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Last-second field goal lifts Peters Township past Penn-Trafford in WPIAL quarterfinals
Kickoff returns. Trick plays. Big gain after big gain. The WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal between Penn-Trafford and Peters Township had its share of explosiveness -- mostly in the first 12 minutes -- but the 42-point opening quarter only stood to complement a three-point fourth for Peters Township. Peters Township kicker

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Gateway forces 5 turnovers in playoff rout of Franklin Regional
Franklin Regional knew field position and turnovers would prove pivotal in its WPIAL quarterfinal against Gateway, and so they did. But the Gators were the ones who reaped the rewards. No. 1 Gateway forced five turnovers and turned the short fields into touchdowns, coming away with a 35-0 victory over

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