Football

Quaker Valley’s Improbable Story Capped With First PIAA Football Title
December 9, 2017
By Chris Harlan of TribLive.com If there’s a screenwriter available, Jerry Veshio has a story to tell. The plot is almost unbelievable: A high school football team’s coach quits 18 days before the season, so a former coach comes out of retirement for one season. He takes over a resilient but unproven program that’s never […]

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Archbishop Wood Downs Gateway In PIAA Class 5A Championship Game
By Chris Harlan of Triblive.com HERSHEY — The liveliest Gators celebration at Hersheypark Stadium was an end zone chomp by Archbishop Wood’s Kyle Pitts, a Florida recruit. The Gateway Gators had few chances to cheer. Archbishop Wood tailback Nasir Peoples rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns as the Philadelphia Catholic League power showed its […]

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Jeannette Flies to PIAA 1-A State Title With Win Over Homer-Center
December 8, 2017
Early in the second quarter of Thursday’s PIAA Class A football championship, Jeannette found itself trailing Homer-Center. It didn’t take long for senior Robert Kennedy to change that with an electrifying run that instantly swung momentum. He raced 56 yards for a touchdown, stunning the Homer-Center defense with his explosive speed, and Jeannette never looked […]

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Big Game Hunting – State Championships
December 6, 2017
And then there were four. To Hersheypark Stadium we go for the final week of the 2017 high school football season in the state of Pennsylvania. Four WPIAL teams remain alive with a chance at the state title in their classification. A shout-out to the Washington Prexies who lost a tough semi-final to Wilmington. Kudos […]

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Plays of the Week – Week Fourteen
For five WPIAL teams, a trip to Hershey and the state finals was on the line last weekend. On Friday, although Washington fell, Jeannette, Quaker Valley and Gateway all advanced to the PIAA Championship, while Pine-Richland followed suit on Saturday. This penultimate edition of the Plays of the Week details the crucial moments that propelled […]

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This Week on the Trib Live High School Sports Network – 12/05/2017
December 5, 2017
The Road to Hershey comes to an end at the same time we open up the high school basketball season this week here on the new TribLive High School Sports Network. We have four PIAA State Championship Football Games from Hershey along with the tip off of the 2017-2018 high school basketball season with 20 […]

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Pine-Richland Overcomes Sickness & Streaks to Beat Manheim Twp
December 3, 2017
Phil Jurkovec hadn’t eaten much in days, weak from an illness that hit Pine-Richland’s roster at a terrible time. But with the Rams one win away from Hershey, the senior quarterback still threw two touchdowns and rushed for another in Saturday afternoon’s 28-7 victory over Manheim Township in a PIAA Class 6A semifinal at Mansion […]

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Gateway Rallies to Edge Manheim Central in PIAA 5-A Semifinals
December 2, 2017
At 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds, Gateway kicker Jayson Jenkins may be small in stature, but his confidence is huge. “Routine” was the word the freshman chose to describe his 23-yard field goal at Mansion Park. Except of course this was a state semifinal, and the score was tied, and there were just seconds left. And, […]

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Quaker Valleys Quest for PIAA Gold Continues With 3-A Semifinals Win
Quaker Valley won its WPIAL title in a battle of wills. Its PIAA semifinal was showcase of skills. Quarterback Ricky Guss accounted for all six QV touchdowns — four passing and two rushing — and was 14 of 24 in the air for 203 yards, and the Quakers are on their way to a first-ever […]

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Washington Falls to Wilmington in PIAA 2-A Semifinals Shootout
Too many turnovers proved too costly for Washington on Friday night. Wilmington turned four turnovers into touchdowns and emerged with a 49-42 victory over the Little Prexies in a PIAA Class 2A semifinal at Slippery Rock University’s Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. The Greyhounds took advantage of two fumbles and two interceptions, then picked off a third pass […]

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Jeannette Shuts Down Farrell in PIAA 1-A Semifinals Win
It took Jeannette almost a half to get its offense started Friday, but once it did, Farrell didn’t have a prayer. Jeannette’s defense forced four turnovers, including two second-half interceptions, and Robert Kennedy scored two touchdowns as Jeannette punched its ticket to the PIAA Class A championship game with an impressive 17-6 victory at Seneca […]

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Big Game Hunting – Week Fourteen 2017
November 30, 2017
To the State Semifinals we go still with just five games to cover, this time it is not a bye but rather a loss for WPIAL 4-A champions Thomas Jefferson that chops down our normal six-pack to five. The Jags fell victim to Erie Cathedral Prep last week. We here at BGH salute Coach Cherp […]

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Plays of the Week – Week Thirteen
November 28, 2017
While the 3A through 6A Championship games took center stage last week at Heinz Field, this week, it was the 1A and 2A title bouts at Robert Morris University that were in the spotlight. Meanwhile, a pair of WPIAL teams, Gateway and Pine-Richland, advanced in the PIAA postseason. 1. Jeannette 35, Imani Christian 34 The […]

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This Week on the Trib Live High School Sports Network – 11/28/2017
With the district football playoffs now in the rear view mirror the focus is on The Road to Hershey and the state football Final Four this week here on the new TribLive High School Sports Network. We have six PIAA Semifinals Football games, including all five remaining WPIAL champions in action, plus one final edition […]

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Sean Dugan
November 27, 2017
Springdale is a school with a rich football tradition, so when Sean Dugan set multiple records during his tenure, it was a significant accomplishment. Dugan then continued his college career at Millersville University, where he just recently concluded a record-setting senior campaign. He is this week’s feature for the WPIAL Alum Q&A. As a sophomore […]

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2017 PIAA Football Playoffs: Road to Hershey Sites & Times
November 26, 2017
The Road to Hershey is headed to the Final Four and five WPIAL champions are still alive in search of state gold. Pine-Richland and Gateway head east for their second state playoff game while Quaker Valley, Washington and Jeannette make their Road to Hershey debuts. Here are ALL of the results through the Quarterfinals, plus the […]

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2017 WPIAL Football Playoffs: P-R, Gate, TJ, QV, Wash, Jean Win Gold
It took a pair of Championship Saturday’s, but the district football postseason is now in the books. Thomas Jefferson was the only repeat champion from a year ago as the Jaguars claimed a third straight WPIAL championship. The flip side of that was Quaker Valley winning gridiron gold for the first time in school history. […]

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Washington Rolls Past Steel Valley to Win 7th WPIAL Championship
By Chris Harlan for TribLive.com Washington’s Isaiah Schoonmaker might measure a half-inch too short or maybe a half-second too slow in the eyes of some critics, his coach figured. If so, it surely didn’t show Saturday. “Out here on the football field, he’s just as big as anybody and just as fast as anybody,” said […]

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Walker, Jackson Shine as Gateway Advances to PIAA Semifinals
By Philip Cmor for TribLive.com ALTOONA — Two days after Thanksgiving, Gateway football coach Don Holl still was giving thanks. Mostly for Brady Walker and Courtney Jackson. In the spirit of the holiday, the pair of them carved up Hollidaysburg on Saturday afternoon. Walker accounted for 462 yards of total offense, while Jackson caught 11 […]

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Pine-Richland Cruises Past State College in PIAA Quarterfinals
November 25, 2017
  By Dave Mackall for TribLive.com   Phil Jurkovec passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 119 yards and two more scores, and Jordan Crawford added 112 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead WPIAL champion Pine-Richland to a 49-21 victory over District 6 champion State College in a PIAA quarterfinal-round football […]

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