Football

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review 
                                Penn-Trafford’s Carmen Metcalfe pulls in a touchdown pass past Franklin Regional’s Chase Lemke on Oct. 28.
Penn-Trafford ends frustrating football season with playoff loss
November 13, 2022
High school football season at Penn-Trafford ended earlier than expected with a first-round loss to Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Nov. 4.

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Ligonier Valley football players warm up at Reeves Field at Geneva College before a power outage Friday night forced its playoff game against Beaver Falls to be moved to Blackhawk.
Ligonier Valley has long, strange trip to WPIAL football quarterfinals
November 12, 2022
Ligonier Valley football players sat quietly in the pitch black of a locker room with no power Friday night at Reeves Field on the campus of Geneva College.

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Hampton’s Eric Weeks finds a hole against Highlands last season.
Hampton football looks ahead following heartbreaking loss
Hampton senior Eric Weeks has replayed the final moments of the Talbots’ 34-33 gut-wrenching last-second WPIAL Class 4A playoff loss to Montour over and over again.

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Pine Richland’s Ryan Palmieri (25) is wrapped up after a short gain against Woodland Hills in the semifinals Nov. 11, 2022, at Gateway.
2022 WPIAL statistical leaders for rushing, passing, receiving in Week 11
Top performers for Week 11 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins plays against Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
High school football roundup: Cruce Brookins’ 6 TDs lift No. 1 Steel Valley into semifinals
Cruce Brookins rushed for 332 yards and six touchdowns as No. 1 Steel Valley earned a 46-13 victory over No. 8 McGuffey (8-4) in the WPIAL Class 2A football quarterfinals Friday night at Campbell Field.

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Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair captains head to midfield for the coin toss before their semifinal game Friday at Canon-McMillan.
Upper St. Clair wins slugfest with Bethel Park, making 1st WPIAL finals in 11 years
When rain is the forecast, old-school football is on the horizon.

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Bishop Canevin quarterback Jason Cross
Bishop Canevin pulls away from Clairton, advances to Class A semifinals
November 11, 2022
Bishop Canevin outlasted Clairton on Friday night at rain-soaked Dormont Stadium. The Crusaders battled the remnants of Hurricane Nicole en route to beating the Bears, 29-6, clinching a spot in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

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North Allegheny and Canon-McMillan players face off in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals Friday at Newman Stadium.
4th-quarter touchdown pushes North Allegheny past Canon-McMillan into WPIAL finals
As a scoreless tie dragged on with weather conditions making life difficult on both offenses, North Allegheny running back Andrew Gavlik started to realize that one score might win this WPIAL Class 6A semifinal matchup against Canon-McMillan.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh stiff-arms East Allegheny’s Caleb Mills on Friday.
Belle Vernon dominates East Allegheny in WPIAL playoffs
All the talk this week was red wave or blue wave. But all No. 9 East Allegheny saw was a green wave on “The Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Armstrong and McKeesport captains get set for the coin toss prior to a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at NexTier Complex.
No. 5 McKeesport overcomes 12 fumbles to beat No. 4 Armstrong in WPIAL quarterfinals
Usually, 12 fumbles isn’t the recipe for a victory.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher lines up on defense against Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson during Friday’s WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal playoff game at Sarge Alberts Stadium in Monaca. The Warriors defeated the Mustangs, 36-7.
Blocked field goal return helps No. 2 Central Valley roll past Laurel Highlands in quarterfinals
A blocked field goal returned for a touchdown proved to swing the momentum to Central Valley as the second-seeded Warriors picked up a 36-7 victory over No. 7 Laurel Highlands in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs Friday night at Sarge Alberts Stadium in Monaca.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield works with his team during practice on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Aliquippa.
Aliquippa capitalizes on mistakes to take down Montour in Class 4A quarterfinals
It was wet at Freedom Friday night, but there wasn’t any rust on Aliquippa following a bye week.

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Beaver Falls-Ligonier Valley game delayed by power outage, moved to Blackhawk
The WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal football playoff game between Ligonier Valley and Beaver Falls has been moved from Geneva College to Blackhawk High School.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass under pressure from Seneca Valley’s Lucas Lambert during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic is passing more than ever, yet rainstorm awaits in WPIAL semifinals
There was a new piece of equipment on the field at Central Catholic football practice this week: a five-gallon water jug.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Marsillo runs by Berlin Brothersvalley’s Landon Uldersch (1) and Cody Kimmel (11) for a touchdown in the District 5-8 championship game Thursday in Somerset.
Westinghouse blows by Berlin Brothersvalley to claim region title
November 10, 2022
SOMERSET – The District 5-8 Class 2A Championship game was moved up a day to avoid the remnants and stormy weather of Hurricane Nicole.

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Freeport quarterback Gavin Croney has thrown 11 touchdown passes this year.
Freeport QB Croney acquitting himself well as starter
Gavin Croney’s only varsity snap as a quarterback last year didn’t quite go as planned

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Bethel Park quarterback Tanner Pfeuffer scores against Upper St. Clair on Oct. 7.
Alexa, show me Chick’s Picks’ predictions for the 2nd week of the WPIAL football playoffs
We have reached the time of year when a bit of confusion begins to set in for Chick’s Picks. Between daylight savings time ending and the Highway to Heinz getting a new corporate sponsor and also running through Norwin, Chick’s Picks finds these days utterly challenging.

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Latrobe senior lineman Daniel Calabrace
Latrobe lineman Calabrace wins ‘NFL Way to Play Award’ for excellent technique
November 9, 2022
Latrobe senior lineman Daniel Calabrace was the NFL Way to Play Award recipient for Week 8.

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Armstrong’s Isaiah Brown gets behind Highlands’ Aiden Burford for a first-quarter touchdown Oct. 21.
Trib 10: Power rankings set for shakeup after 2nd week of playoffs
Besides one cat exchange, the district power structure remained unchanged through opening night of the WPIAL football playoffs.

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Freeport players carry American flags to honor veterans before playing East Allegheny on Oct. 7.
Freeport rested, ready for WPIAL quarterfinal matchup with dangerous West Mifflin team
It’s rare that high school football teams are healthy at this time of year, but Freeport will have a full roster ready to go Friday night.

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