High school football roundup: Upper St. Clair rallies past Baldwin
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 12:51 AM
Chris Pantellis’ 60-yard punt return in the fourth quarter capped off No. 4 Upper St. Clair’s 28-21 comeback win at Baldwin (2-1, 0-1) in a Class 5A Allegheny Eight Conference matchup.
Antonio Orsini ran for three touchdowns for Upper St. Clair, which trailed by 14 points at halftime and seven points heading into the fourth quarter.
Seneca Valley 31, Canon-McMillan 0 — Gabe Lawson threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns as Class 6A No. 5 Seneca Valley (2-1, 1-1) blanked Canon-McMillan (0-2, 0-2). Lawson added a touchdown on a 27-yard run.
Mt. Lebanon 44, Butler 21 — Seth Morgan threw for 139 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 112 yards to lead No. 4 Mt. Lebanon (2-1, 2-0) to the Class 6A win at Butler (0-3, 0-1). Lucas DeCaro and Mike Palmer returned interceptions 15 and 22 yards, respectively, for touchdowns for Mt. Lebanon while Andrew Kline scored on a 48-yard interception return for Butler.
Peters Township 20, Woodland Hills 0 — In the Allegheny Conference, Josh Casilli scored on a 38-yard punt return as Peters Township (2-1, 1-1) blanked Woodland Hills (0-3, 0-2). Ryan Maqiske and Adrian Williams scored the Indians other touchdowns on runs of 9 and 4 yards, respectively.
West Allegheny 36, Bethel Park 35 (OT) — Dante Flati’s third touchdown run of the game in overtime pulled West Allegheny to within a point of Bethel Park and Kam Kruze found Isaac Longstreth with the two-point conversion pass as the Indians won an Allegheny Eight game. Jehvonn Lewis scored his third touchdown of the evening on the first possession of overtime to put Bethel Park up 35-28. Flati rushed for 180 yards to help West Allegheny improve to 2-0.
Gateway 55, Plum 0 — The No. 1 Gators led 35-0 at the break en route to the Big East Conference victory. Brendan Majocha completed 9 of 10 passes for 240 yards and two scores to Courtney Jackson and one to Ethan Frenchik. Jackson finished with three catches for 121 yards for Gateway (3-0, 2-0), and Derrick Davis added 13 carries for 123 yards and three touchdowns. William Guzzi tallied 40 yards on 16 carries to lead the Mustangs (1-2, 0-2).
McKeesport 49, Albert Gallatin 0 — Devari Robinson ran seven times for 123 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 McKeesport (3-0, 2-0) shut out Albert Gallatin (0-3, 0-1) in the Big East Conference. Devin Sims added two rushing touchdowns for McKeesport, which led 42-0 at halftime.
North Hills 35, Kiski Area 28 — North Hills (3-0, 2-0) got three touchdowns from Tyler Brennan en route to a Northern Conference victory. The Cavaliers (2-1, 1-1) were led by Ryne Wallace, who threw for 268 yards.
Penn Hills 46, Fox Chapel 0 — Tank Smith ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Penn Hills (3-0, 1-0) blanked Fox Chapel (0-3, 0-2) in Northern Conference play. Hollis Mathis added 180 yards in the air, including three touchdowns. Penn Hills outgained Fox Chapel, 410 yards to 99.
Shaler 29, Hampton 28 — In the Northern Conference, Darin Mizgorski’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Justin DeSabato in the fourth quarter completed Shaler’s come-from-behind win against Hampton (1-2, 0-2). Colin Harger intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter for Shaler (2-1, 1-1), which trailed, 21-6, going into the final quarter. Mizgorski threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns while DeSabato caught seven passes for 107 yards. Vince Schmitt led Hampton’s offense with 197 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Indiana 48, Ringgold 0 — Theodore Turner scored on a 22-yard reception, a 28-yard run and a 76-yard punt return to lead Indiana (1-2, 1-1) over Ringgold (0-3, 0-2) in the Big 8 Conference. Luke Thomas threw for 110 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.
Beaver 35, Knoch 21 — In the Northwest 8 Conference, Brodie List threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores to lead Beaver (2-1, 1-1) to the win against Knoch (0-3, 0-2). Gino Mavero paced Beaver’s ground attack with 127 rushing yards. Knoch led at halftime, 21-14.
Blackhawk 34, Highlands 14 — Highlands scored first but Blackhawk rallied with five unanswered touchdowns to pull away as the No. 5-ranked Cougars rolled in a Northwest Eight matchup.
Blackhawk (3-0, 2-0) was led by Marques Watson-Trent’s 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Highlands (0-3, 0-1) was led by senior running back Cam Taylor’s 80 yards on 15 carries and touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards.
South Fayette 36, New Castle 0 — Mike Trimbur caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns as No. 3 South Fayette (2-1, 2-0) shut out New Castle (1-2, 1-1) in the Northwest 8 Conference.
Mt. Pleasant 22, Yough 16 — Pete Billey ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mt. Pleasant to a victory at Yough (1-2, 1-1) in a Class 3A Big East Conference game.
Lucas Pieszak threw for 140 yards and a touchdown for Mt. Pleasant (1-2, 1-0). Dustin Shoaf ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns to pace Yough.
North Catholic 40, Freeport 8 — Zack Rocco passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, to pace Class 3A No. 2 North Catholic (3-0, 1-0) to a Big East Conference win over Freeport (0-2, 0-2). Nikhai Hill-Green caught two touchdown passes and had 135 yards receiving. The Trojans forced four Freeport turnovers. Jewlius Barnes scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter for Freeport’s lone touchdown.
Aliquippa 59, Quaker Valley 6 — Eli Kosanovich completed 16 of 21 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns to lead top-ranked Aliquippa (3-0, 2-0) to a Tri-County West victory. William Gipson caught six passes for 142 yards.
Beaver Falls 41, Central Valley 7 — Daylyn Brickner threw for 132 yards on only two completions — touchdown passes of 84 yards to Amen Cottrill and 48 yards to A.J. Harper — as Beaver Falls (3-0, 2-0) beat Central Valley (0-3, 0-2) in the Tri-County West. Brickner added a touchdown on an 82-yard punt return while teammate Josh Hough ran for 104 yards and a 46-yard TD.
Keystone Oaks 48, Hopewell 18 — Michael Daure ran 27 times for 388 yards and touchdowns of 97, 41, 1, 2 and 67 yards to lead No. 4 Keystone Oaks (3-1, 1-0) to the Tri-County South win at Hopewell (1-2, 0-1). Keystone Oaks trailed at halftime 10-7 before scoring 27 points in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Shady Side Academy 43, Valley 14 — Skyy Moore threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns, all to Dino Tomlin, and rushed for 126 yards and another score as the No. 3 Indians rolled to a Class 2A Allegheny Conference victory. Tomlin finished with 140 yards and three touchdowns and added another touchdown on a 97-yard kickoff return for SSA (2-0, 1-0). Deonte Ross rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns for Valley (1-2, 0-2).
Steel Valley 31, Avonworth 24 — Steel Valley scored a touchdown with 29 seconds left and got a 2-point conversion to stave off Avonworth and stay unbeaten in an Allegheny Conference game. Ronnell Lawrence connected on a 5-yard pass to Kam Williams for the winning score. Williams ran for 165 yards and had a rushing TD, as well. Steel Valley’s Todd Hill rushed for 140 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Avonworth QB Derek Johncour completed 28 of 51 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Beth-Center 50, Brownsville 15 — Devin Dingle caught scoring passes of 63 and 45 yards from Bailey Lincoski as Beth-Center (3-0, 2-0) beat Brownsville (0-3, 0-1) in the Century Conference. Lincoski added two rushing touchdowns.
McGuffey 35, Frazier 21 — Christian Clutter ran for two touchdowns and caught a 19-yard scoring pass from Marshall Whipkey as McGuffey (3-0, 1-0) beat Frazier (1-2, 1-1) in the Century Conference. Whipkey added two rushing touchdowns while teammate C.J. Cole returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown. Julian Muccioli rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Frazier.
Southmoreland 36, Carmichaels 8 — Ronnie Robinson ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Southmoreland’s 30-point second quarter as the Scotties defeated Carmichaels (0-2, 0-2) in the Century Conference. Zack Cernuto added 140 passing yards and two touchdowns for Southmoreland (2-1, 1-1).
Freedom 43, Riverside 0 — Kevin Lawrence recorded a safety and returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown as Freedom (3-0, 2-0) knocked off top-ranked Riverside (1-1, 1-1) in Midwestern Conference play. Jake Pail ran for one touchdown and caught another for Freedom while LeMarcus Cleckley ran for 109 yards in the loss.
New Brighton 30, Ellwood City 13 — In the Midwestern Conference, Caleb Shuler caught six passes for 208 yards and touchdowns of 80, 65 and 15 yards from Jackson Hall as New Brighton (1-2, 1-1) beat Ellwood City (0-3, 0-1). Hall threw for 230 yards. Donavin Chambers rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown for Ellwood City.
Burgettstown 41, Fort Cherry 0 — Riley Kempner ran for two touchdowns as Burgettstown (2-0, 2-0) shut out Fort Cherry (2-1, 1-1) in Three Rivers Conference play.
Seton LaSalle 13, Brentwood 0 — Max Shipani ran 97 yards for a touchdown and threw a 48-yard scoring pass to Nate Ault as Seton LaSalle (1-2, 1-1) shut out Brentwood (1-2, 0-2) in the Three Rivers Conference. Shipani threw for 112 yards and rushed for 135 yards.
South Side 42, Serra Catholic 7 — In the Three Rivers Conference, Derek Franchek ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns to lead South Side (3-0, 1-0) to victory at Serra Catholic (2-1, 0-1). Jake Botkin added 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win. Khalil Smith rushed for 106 yards for Serra Catholic.
Sto-Rox 60, Union 0 — Eric Wilson threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns, two to Ahmad Pack, as the Vikings defeated Union on the road. Pack had 119 yards receiving. The Sto-Rox defense held Union to negative yards of offense, and scored on a safety, a kick return, and an interception return.
California 57, Avella 6 — Cochise Ryan rushed for 258 yards and five touchdowns on only five carries as California (1-2, 1-1) downed Avella (1-2, 0-1) in the Tri-County South.
Jefferson-Morgan 40, Mapletown 6 — Colby Rutan and Jake Broadwater ran for two touchdowns each in Jefferson-Morgan’s Tri-County South win at Mapletown (0-3, 0-1). Jefferson-Morgan (1-2, 1-1) scored 26 points in the second quarter.
West Greene 41, Chartiers-Houston 0 — Ben Jackson rushed for touchdowns of 8, 67, 5, 29 and 4 yards to lead West Greene (2-1, 2-0) to the Tri-County South win at Chartiers-Houston (1-2, 1-1).
Ambridge 14, Waynesburg 0 — Mason Osborn threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Class 4A Ambridge (1-2) defeated Class 3A Waynesburg (1-2).
Apollo-Ridge 28, Carlynton 18 — Logan Harmon carried 14 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings (2-1) took advantage of eight Carlynton turnovers to win the Class 2A nonconference contest. Jacob Fello completed 91 yards for two touchdowns for Apollo-Ridge.
Carlynton quarterback Maclaine Greiner threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns and Will Richardson had two catches for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars (1-2).
Cornell 43, Bentworth 15 — Zaier Harrison completed 11 of 13 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another TD to lead Cornell (2-0) to a nonconference win against Bentworth (1-2). Luke Piccolo added touchdowns on a 55-yard interception return and a 45-yard reception for the Raiders, which led at halftime, 35-0.
Derry 27, South Park 6 — Onreey Stewart ran for 152 yards and a touchdown and Justin Flack added 133 rushing yards and two TDs as Class 3A No. 5 Derry (3-0) beat South Park (0-2) in nonconference play. Brandon Goldbach scored South Park’s only points on a 79-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.
East Allegheny 29, South Allegheny 23 — Dan Kasmier threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead East Allegheny (1-2) to a nonconference win against South Allegheny (2-1). Antonio Epps ran for 242 yards and a touchdown for South Allegheny.
Laurel Highlands 32, Montour 0 — Conner Basinger threw for 102 yards and a touchdown and ran for 136 yards and two TDs to lead Laurel Highlands (2-1) to a nonconference win against visiting Montour (0-3). Robbie Sleightor added two rushing touchdowns in the win.
Mars 35, Greensburg Salem 7 — Tyler Kowalkowski completed all seven of his passes, throwing for 138 yards and a touchdown, in Class 5A Mars’ win over Class 4A Greensburg Salem (1-2). Garrett Reinke added two rushing touchdowns for Mars (3-0), which led at halftime, 28-0. Trent Patrick tossed for 103 yards and ran 10 yards for Greensburg Salem’s only touchdown.
Monessen 40, Springdale 6 — Devin Whitlock scored touchdowns on a 75-yard punt return and a 2-yard run to lead Monessen (2-0) to a nonconference win against Springdale (0-2). Monessen’s defense added two safeties and a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Marquell Smith.
Pine-Richland 42, Moon 14 — Cole Spencer threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns as Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland (2-1) scored all of its points in the first half on way to defeating nonconference opponent Moon (1-2). Andrew Kristofic scored on an interception return, and Merrick Miller scored on a block punt return for the Rams.
Washington 58, Summit Academy 0 — Class 2A No. 5 Washington (2-1) scored 38 points in the second quarter on way to shutting out Summit Academy (0-3) in nonconference play. Zack Swartz threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score.
Ligonier Valley 47, United 7 — John Caldwell threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns to lead Ligonier Valley to the Heritage Conference win at United. Sam Sheeder caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns while teammate Kyrie Miller ran for 145 yards and two TDs.
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