MSA Sports Friday Night HighLights – Week Three

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Saturday, September 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM


With news that Wayne Capers of Chartiers Valley was out for the season, another top-star in the district has fallen. But the great thing about high school football is that on any given Friday night, another star could be born. Your honor, may I present these ten top performances from Week Three – Friday as states evidence.

Alex Papson – North Allegheny

Alex Papson appearing on the 'HighLights' is becoming a weekly occurrence. You could say for North Allegheny foes, it's becoming a bad habit. In a battle of Class AAAA Top Five teams, Papson ran roughshod over Upper St. Clair, gaining 223 yards with two touchdowns as the Tigers won this cat-fight showdown with a 27-0 whitewash of the Panthers.

Montay Green – Fox Chapel

The great thing about conference openers is that if you struggle in non-conference play, the slate is wiped clean for the games that count. Case in point is Fox Chapel, who thanks to Montay Green and his 226 yards and 6-yard touchdown run, beat Altoona 16-10 to go from 0-2 overall to 1-0 atop the Big East Conference.

Tim Petro – Norwin

A near perfect night by the quarterback helped Norwin win their first game of the season. Tim Petro was 12 of 13 passing for 185 yards with two touchdown runs and a fourth quarter scoring pass helped the Knights get by the host Baldwin Highlanders 28-20.

Mark Piccolo – Moon

He may not be starring in 'Brian's Song', but Mark Piccolo of Moon is leaving opponents in tears. Piccolo rushed for 233 yards and scored on two touchdowns runs, plus he caught a 29 yard touchdown pass and added a two-point conversion run in the fourth quarter to offset another brilliant performance by Hopewell's Rushel Shell and his 267 yards on the ground as the Tigers posted a 30-23 victory over the Vikings.

Michael Kizzie – Greensburg-Salem

You could say that in this Keystone Conference opener, Greensburg-Salem's Michael Kizzie made the Uniontown defense dizzy…or left them in a tizzy? Kizzie rushed for 241 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Golden Lions stormed past the Red Raiders 35-20.

James Liput – Burrell

Two weeks after Burrell teammate Zach Middleby made the 'HighLights' with 247 yards passing and 160 yards rushing, James Liput put on a Skyblast type performance. Liput was 14 of 16 passing for 319 yards and three touchdown chucks as the Buccaneers pasted the West Shamokin Wolves 48-7.

Jim Stocken – Brownsville

There is a new confidence at Brownsville this fall and it appears that senior running back Jim Stocken is stoking the flames of success. Stocken rushed for 210 yards and scored the game winning touchdown on a 2-yard run as the Falcons flew past the Yough Cougars 14-7 to improve to 2-1 in Interstate Conference play.

Kevin Hart – Seton-LaSalle

He may not have been the excellence of execution, but Kevin Hart was pretty darn good in keeping Seton-LaSalle among the unbeaten in Class AA's Century Conference. Hart rushed for 201 yards and scored on four touchdown runs and one scoring reception as the Rebels pinned the host Washington Little Prexies 34-14.

Rock Vargo – Frazier

The Rock says that the 2-1 start in the Class A Tri-County South Conference for Frazier is no fluke. Quarterback Rock Vargo was 8 of 13 passing for 217 yards with two touchdowns passes and a 45-yard fumble recovery for a score in the Commodores 25-0 shutout of the previously unbeaten Jefferson-Morgan Rockets.

Gary Kiefer – Fort Cherry

One of the biggest eye-brow raisers of the 2009 high school football season took place when Avella stunned playoff bound Fort Cherry. Gary Kiefer made sure history would not repeat in 2010. Kiefer rushed for 202 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Rangers knocked the Eagles lights out to the tune of 54-6.

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