Football

Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Muddled Big East playoff picture has The Birdie’s feathers ruffled
October 9, 2019
Overall record: 54-21 (72%)

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nathan Werderber carries for a long gain through the Central Valley defense during the second quarter Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Center.
High school football schedule for Week 7
Thursday

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 7
David Altimore

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap passed for 189 yards last week against Latrobe.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for Week 7
Class 6A

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The Birdie likes to watch games at Norwin Knights Stadium.
The Birdie picks his favorite Westmoreland County perches
Last week: 11-3 (78.6)

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4 WPIAL teams hold down top spots in latest state football rankings
October 8, 2019
It was a strong week for most of the top teams across the commonwealth as only three teams fell out of the Trib HSSN state rankings following Week 6.

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The WPIAL Class 2A championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Scheduling conflict forces WPIAL to move football championship from Robert Morris
A scheduling conflict at Robert Morris has forced the WPIAL to move its Class 2A football championship to Norwin.

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WPIAL Football Team of the Week: Week 6
October 7, 2019
This season has turned into another successful one for tradition rich football programs just south of the City of Pittsburgh like Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair.

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McGuffey quarterback Marshall Whipkey looks to pass against Southmoreland on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at Southmoreland High School’s Russ Grimm Field.
Stretch run begins in football, soccer regular season concludes this week on HSSN
October 6, 2019
The home stretch of the fall high school sports season is upon us, and the stretch run begins this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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WPIAL football player of the week — Week 6
Coming into this season, there were major questions about the QB position at Quarterback High.

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Freeport Area’s Matt Aulicino pulls in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday. Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport stays confident in must-win situations
October 5, 2019
For the second straight year, Freeport is in a position where it needs to win out to secure a playoff spot.

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Southmoreland’s Zach Cernuto drops back to pass against Charleroi during a game Oct. 4, 2019, at Southmoreland.
5 takeaways from Week 6: Southmoreland snaps cold spell
Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer saw no reason to hide the team’s 40-year playoff drought from his players.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nick Loughner rushed for 148 yards and scored two touchdowns in a key victory against Burrell.
Westmoreland football notebook: Mt. Pleasant back in Big East race
If Mt. Pleasant qualifies for the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs this season, then the Vikings may look back at Jake Johnson and a clutch play he lobbied for during the third quarter of Friday’s game against Burrell.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Aaren Putt runs the ball before being brought down by South Fayette’s Nolan Lutz on Friday night, Sept. 13, 2019 at Offutt Field in downtown Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem football riding high after West Mifflin upset
Signature wins can turn football seasons around and change perceptions of programs — from the inside and out.

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Valley’s Jermiah Johnson (7) and Ricardo Simmons (28) tackles Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Week 6 top performers for passing, rushing, receiving
Top performers for Week 6 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker Jr. talks with Percise Colon during practice Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in McCandless.
WPIAL Class 6A roundup: Colella lifts No. 1 North Allegheny past Butler
Luke Colella scored on a 52-yard punt return and a 5-yard run as top-ranked North Allegheny rolled to a 49-14 victory over Butler (0-7, 0-5) in Class 6A play on Friday night.

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North Hills’ Dylan Pawling dives for extra yardage against Mars Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at Martorelli Stadium.
WPIAL Class 5A roundup: Bethel Park stays unbeaten in Allegheny 8 Conference
Sean McGowan rushed for 163 yards while teammate Jehvonn scored two rushing touchdowns as No. 5 Bethel Park raced to a 32-6 win over Chartiers Valley (2-5, 0-4) in the Class 5A Allegheny 8 Conference on Friday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway is competing for the 2019 Leopards.
WPIAL Class 4A roundup: No. 3 Belle Vernon rolls past Trinity
Larry Callaway ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 3 Belle Vernon to a 48-7 victory at Trinity (2-4, 2-4) in the Class 4A Big 8 Conference Friday night.

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Stadium lights are turned on in the first half of an NCAA college football game between Middle Tennessee and Duke Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: South Park takes down Hopewell
Nate May ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, and Rudy Mihoces added 125 rushing yards and two TDs as South Park (3-3, 3-1) beat Hopewell, 41-23, in Class 3A Tri-County West play. Jay’Von Jeter threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns for Hopewell (1-6, 1-3).

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Sto-Rox quarterback Eric Wilson throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in McKees Rocks.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Wilson helps Sto-Rox blank Rochester
Eric Wilson threw for 292 yards and ran for a touchdown as No. 3 Sto-Rox shut out winless Rochester, 21-0, in the Class A Big 7 Conference on Friday night.

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