Saturday’s Scholastic Starz – 09/11/2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011 | 10:22 AM

It was the final tune up for most teams before conference play begins in the third week of the WPIAL football season…unless you play in the Class A Eastern or Tri-County South Conference…then it is section play and business as usual. Of the five district games played on the second Saturday of the season, here is a tip of the cap to those players who appear ready for prime time.

Ryan Dupain – Burgettstown
Burgettstown quarterback Ryan Dupain wasn’t content with just showing off his arm in a Class AA non-conference battle against visiting Deer Lakes, he also wanted to showcase his legs as well. Dupain ran for 114 yards and scored on a pair of runs while connecting on 3 of 4 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown as the Blue Devils picked up their 400th victory in program history with an impressive 54-14 thrashing of the Lancers.

Brandt Gribbin – North Catholic
After losing to Springdale in their conference opener in week one, North Catholic looked to even their record with a taste of victory at historic Graham Field in Wilkinsburg. NC quarterback Brandt Gribbin led the way for the Trojans by connecting on 17 of 23 passes for 151 yards and four touchdowns plus a 16-yard scoring run in a 34-14 triumph over the Tigers.

Sal Faieta – Beth-Center
Total domination for visiting Beth-Center in a Tri-County South Conference contest at Geibel High School, thus making it tough to single out one performance. So we turn to quarterback Sal Faita who threw for a pair of touchdowns while scoring on a 40-yard run as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 55-0 lead by halftime and cruised to a 61-0 pounding of the Gators.

Tyler Boyd – Clairton
TYler Boyd was supposed to be a second traget at wide receiver for Capri Thompson, but now because of injury, he has become the feature running back for the three-time defending Class A champs. I think its safe to say the adjustment has been a huge success. Boyd rushed for 202 yards and scored on three touchdowns runs as the Bears made it 33 straight wins by coasting to a 48-0 victory over the Western Beaver Golden Beavers.

Daniel Lis – Chartiers-Houston
Third year starting quarterback Daniel Lis accounted for almost all of the as he broke a 6-6 tie in the second quarter with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Miles Williamson. Lis came back with a 54 yard touchdown run just 90 seconds later to cap the scoring. Lis finished with 87 yards rushing on 10 carries and finished 2 of 8 passing for 26 yards as he accounted for 113 of the 153 yards gained by the Buccaneers in their 20-6 win over the Shenango Wildcats.

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