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Clairton’s Donte Sanders runs against OLSH in a WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Trib HSSN’s Week 8 top performers for passing, rushing, receiving
October 31, 2020
Top performers for Week 8 high school football in Western Pennsylvania.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Oct. 30, 2020
October 30, 2020
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Aliquippa running back Vernon Redd works out during practice on Aug. 17, 2020, above The Pit.
WPIAL playoffs roundup: No. 1 Aliquippa blanks Hampton in opening round
Top-seeded Aliquippa forced four first-half turnovers, including a fumble on the opening kickoff, and sprinted past No. 8 Hampton, 31-0, in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs Friday night at The Pit.

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North Allegheny players warm up prior to their WPIAL playoff game against Seneca Valley on Oct. 30, 2020, at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny tops Seneca Valley, reaches WPIAL Class 6A championship
It was by no means easy, but top-seeded North Allegheny showcased its versatile offense in a 21-7 victory over fourth-seeded Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals Friday night at Newman Stadium in Wexford

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Clairton’s Donte Sanders runs against OLSH in a WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Clairton’s Dontae Sanders racks up 428 rushing yards in Class A win over OLSH
“Prime Time” was the nickname of NFL great Deion Sanders, but Clairton senior Dontae Sanders might need to repurpose the nickname, looking more like Barry Sanders in prime time in Clairton’s playoff win Friday night.

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An ominous sky hovers over Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium prior to the Gators’ WPIAL quarterfinal playoff football game against Penn Hills Oct. 30, 2020, in Monroeville.
Gateway defense stands strong, defeats Penn Hills in Class 5A opening round
Gateway couldn’t score many points Friday night on its home turf, but the Gators didn’t need to. Their defense took matters personally and stonewalled a determined Penn Hills bunch in a physical WPIAL football playoff victory at Antimarino Stadium.

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Serra Catholic’s Max Rocco avoids McGuffey’s Rocco Falosk in a WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at McGuffey.
Serra Catholic keeps its strange season alive, beats McGuffey in 1st-round game
It has been a unique season for Serra Catholic, from only playing four games in the regular season to entering its WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal matchup against McGuffey on a 21-day layoff.

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Peters Township players warm up before playing Woodland Hills in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Peters Township.
Petrarca, Peters Township defense blitz Woodland Hills
Peters Township’s offense put enough points on the board to top Woodland Hills. As a matter of fact, so did the Indians’ defense.

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Keystone Oaks takes the field before playing South Park in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Dormont Stadium.
Fill-in quarterback carries Keystone Oaks past South Park in Class 3A thriller
With its star quarterback hobbled by an ankle injury, Keystone Oaks turned to senior Mark Hutchin to spark the offense and erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit.

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Bell Vernon’s Devin Whitlock looks to pass over Chartiers Valley’s Patrick Mulligan on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Belle Vernon dispatches Chartiers Valley in WPIAL 1st round
Despite at times playing like a team that hasn’t played in the past two weeks, the Belle Vernon football team advanced to the WPIAL semifinals Friday.

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Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer (4) and Eli Jochem helped the Rams defeat South Fayette in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Pine-Richland.
QB Cole Spencer sets Pine-Richland TD pass record in win over South Fayette
Cole Spencer and Eli Jochem quietly played catch on the sideline in their sophomore season while Pine-Richland played defense, getting in as many throws as possible before trying to replicate their connection on offense.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders (4) rushes for a touchdown against Avella on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Jeannette makes quick work of Avella in WPIAL Class A opening round
If Jeannette coach Roy Hall was worried his players were looking ahead, they made sure early on Friday night to ease his mind.

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Plum’s Max Motolcsy reacts after sacking McKeesport quarterback Glenn Terrance in the first half Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Plum shuts down McKeesport to reach first WPIAL semifinal since 1996
The Plum and McKeesport football teams were no strangers to each other when they met Friday at Plum’s Mustangs Stadium for a berth in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli breaks away from Upper St. Clair defenders on the way to a 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter during WPIAL playoff action Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Warrior Stadium.
Penn-Trafford’s defense does talking against Upper St. Clair in rout
With two high-scoring offenses meeting Friday night at Warrior Stadium, some expected a shootout.

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Rochester has its final walk-through prior to a WPIAL playoff game against Springdale Oct. 30, 2020, at Rochester Stadium.
Rochester grounds out victory over Springdale in Class A quarterfinals
In this day of sophisticated passing offenses, Rochester turned the calendar back to the 1950s with a strong ground game in Friday’s WPIAL Class A quarterfinal victory.

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Washington and Apollo-Ridge warm up before their WPIAL playoff football game Oct. 30, 2020, at Apollo-Ridge.
Apollo-Ridge makes statement with blowout victory over Washington
After feeling overlooked this year, the No. 4 Apollo-Ridge Vikings were looking to make a statement Friday night at Owens Field when they took on No. 5 Washington in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nico Mrvos competes against Freeport in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Elizabeth Forward.
Elizabeth Forward tops Freeport for long-awaited WPIAL playoff victory
For the first time in two decades, the Elizabeth Forward football program has a playoff victory under its belt.

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North Catholic players warm up prior to thier game against Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 30, 2020, at Mars.
North Catholic punishes Mt. Pleasant for mistakes in Class 2A matchup
As the clock was winding down late in the fourth quarter, Mt. Pleasant coach Jason Fazekas said to his assistants he felt like the score was a lot closer than the scoreboard indicated.

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Shenango’s Ryan Lenhart catches a touchdown pass Friday, Oct. 2020, against California.
Shenango limits damage done by California’s Jaeden Zuzak, wins Class A quarterfinal
Shenango’s mission in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal matchup with California on Friday night was pretty clear.

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Central Catholic’s JD Younger (3), Donovan Hinish (51) and Bralen Henderson sack Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Mt. Lebanon.
Dominant Central Catholic defense shuts out Mt. Lebanon, returns to WPIAL finals
Like old west prospectors panning for gold, defensive lineman Bralen Henderson and his Central Catholic teammates spent all fall searching for “nuggets.”

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