MSA Sports Friday Night HighLights – 09/25/2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM
The final Friday night of September brought some big performances through the air and on the ground as the 2010 season inches toward the half way point. It’s time to hit that big time stride, not only for teams but for players as well. So here are the players who are hitting on all points Friday night throughout the WPIAL.
Alex Papson – North Allegheny
Alex Papson of North Allegheny is becoming a regular on the HighLights…and rushing for 200 plus yards every Friday night will earn you the steady spotlight. Papson gained 275 yards on a busy 29 carries, two of which ended up in the end zone to lead the unbeaten Tigers to a 21-10 victory over the previously unbeaten Erie McDowell Trojans.
Dakota Conwell – Upper St. Clair
Good thing the British weren’t invading Upper St. Clair on Friday because the signs USC quarterback Dakota Conwell was sending would have confused all the Yanks. One if by land as Conwell rushed for 183 yards and two if by air as Conwell was 7 of 9 passing for 112 yards equaled two touchdown runs and two scoring tosses as the Panthers knocked off the previously undefeated West Allegheny Indians 28-20.
Damion Jones-Moore – Pittsburgh Central Catholic
They say revenge is a powerful motivator. Well stay undefeated and on top of the rankings is pretty powerful too. Damion Jones-Moore rushed for 239 yards and scored three touchdowns, including runs of 34 and 65 yards to lead Pittsburgh Central Catholic to a 24-7 win over Woodland Hills as the Vikings avenged a Quarterfinals playoff loss to the Wolverines in last years playoffs.
Tim Petro – Norwin
After falling behind Hempfield on the road early in a Foothills Conference fray, Norwin jumped on the arm of Tim Petro, who led the way through the air to a victory. Petro was 12 of 21 passing for 302 yards with four touchdown passes and two scoring runs as he outgunned the Spartans Dante Nania in leading the Knights to a wild 40-35 victory.
Taylor Schmidt – North Hills
The North Hills philosophy of a pounding defense plus a pounding ground game equal success has hit home with quarterback Taylor Schmidt. The signal caller rushed for 189 yards and scored the games first touchdown in leading the Indians to a perfect 4-0 start with a 28-7 victory over the Shaler Titans.
Andrew Erenberg – Peters Township
In the final non-conference tune-up before the start of Great Southern Conference play in Class AAAA next week, Peters Township running back Andrew Erenberg ran hard all night…even after regulation ended. Erenberg rushed for 165 yards and scored four touchdowns, including a 10-yard run in overtime that led to the game winning extra point in the Indians 34-33 thriller over the West Mifflin Titans.
Julian Durden – Montour
Could there be a new top-ranked team in Class AAA this week. There are only three undefeated teams remaining in Triple A after four weeks and one of them is Montour, who got a huge game on the ground from Julian Durden Friday night, who rushed for 264 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Spartans 42-14 rout of the Canon-McMillan Big Macs.
Dane Brown – Franklin Regional
Two of the top teams in Class AAA’s Keystone Conference squared off in Murrysville, leaving Franklin Regional fans wondering, “What MORE could Brown do for us?” Dane Brown rushed for 212 yards on 30 carries and scored on a pair of touchdown runs as the Panthers declawed the visiting Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers 27-20.
Jody Harris – East Allegheny
On a wonderful night weather wise, you could say the performance put forth by Jody Harris if East Allegheny was perfect. Harris was a flawless 5 of 5 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Wildcats to a 3-1 start in the Class AA Interstate Conference and a 45-7 rout of the Charleroi Cougars.
Christian Henckel – Geibel
Last week we saw Geibel senior running back Christian Henckel run all over West Greene under the home sun. This week he decided to shine in primetime at Jefferson-Morgan. Henckel rushed for 217 yards and scored a touchdown as the Gators beat the Rockets 33-14 to find themselves smack in the middle of a playoff chase in the Class A Tri-County South Conference.
One to Sto-Rox FRESHMAN quarterback Lenny Williams who was 18 of 26 passing for 325 yards with three touchdown passes and a TD run as the Vikings almost upset the Rochester Rams, losing 35-32.
And the other to the West Greene Pioneers, who after 26 consecutive losses, knocked off the Mapletown Maples 23-7 for their first win since a 42-20 triumph over the Geibel Gators on September 22, 2007.