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Serra Catholic’s Jayden Bristol runs against Shenango during their game Sept. 13, 2019, at Serra Catholic.
First-half passing attack lifts Shenango past Serra Catholic
September 14, 2019
The first half was wide open, with the teams combining for 31 points. The second half was locked down, with defenses taking over.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (1) runs the ball past the Laurel Highlands defense on Sept. 13, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
WPIAL Class 4A roundup: Thomas Jefferson blanks Indiana
Top-ranked Thomas Jefferson scored 55 points in the first half on way to routing Indiana, 62-0, in Class 4A Big 8 Conference play Friday night.

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Penn Hills’ Anthony Grimes carries the ball during a game against Mars on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Penn Hills.
WPIAL Class 5A roundup: Plum uses 2nd-half surge to top Connellsville
Jacob Miller threw for 161 yards and four touchdowns as Plum used a strong second half to earn a 49-14 win over Connellsville (1-3, 0-3) in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference football game Friday night.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko talks with his team at the start of practice during the first day of football camp Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Mt. Lebanon.
WPIAL Class 6A roundup: No. 5 Mt. Lebanon rallies past Seneca Valley
Joey Daniels threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns, both to Evan Jones, as No. 5 Mt. Lebanon rallied for a 26-20 victory over No. 4 Seneca Valley (1-3, 1-2) in a WPIAL Class 6A football game Friday night.

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Defense, running game carry Peters Township past West Allegheny
After shutting out two of its first three opponents, Peters Township relied heavily on its defense and rushing attack to get another big win in conference play Friday night.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell carries against Freeport on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Warrior Stadium.
WPIAL Class 3A roundup: Central Valley stays undefeated with nonconference win
Myles Walker returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and added a 64-yard scoring run and a 20-yard TD reception to lead Class 3A No. 4 Central Valley to a 35-14 nonconference win at Class 2A No. 2 North Catholic (2-1) on Friday night.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon works on defense during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
WPIAL Class 2A roundup: Apollo-Ridge takes down East Allegheny
September 13, 2019
Behind 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Logan Harmon, Apollo-Ridge improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2014 with a 27-14 win at East Allegheny (2-2, 1-1) in a Class 2A Allegheny Conference football game Friday night.

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Moon beats Baldwin for best start in six years
For the first time in six years, Moon is off to a 3-1 start.

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West Greene running back Ben Jackson has been one of the WPIAL’s top rushers during the 2018 season.
WPIAL Class A roundup: Jackson, West Greene again roll to victory
Ben Jackson ran nine times for 295 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 5 West Greene to a 41-6 victory over Mapletown (1-3, 0-2) in a Class A Tri-County South football game Friday night.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Fox Chapel September 13, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Kiski Area runs away from Fox Chapel in Northern Conference clash
Kiski Area came into Friday’s Northern Conference clash with Fox Chapel averaging 177 yards rushing a game.

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Greensburg Central Catholic trips up Leechburg in triple-overtime thriller
A tipped pass proved to be the pivotal play in a wild, three-overtime classic.

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North Hills uses balanced approach to handle Hampton
North Hills won against Hampton, 35-14, the only way it knows how Friday night — with a selfless effort.

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Wilson-led Sto-Rox stays perfect with tight road win over Cornell
Eric Wilson threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Sto-Rox remained undefeated as the Vikings beat Cornell, 28-25, on Friday night.

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Central Catholic drops Hempfield to get back in win column
Central Catholic shook off a tough, one-point loss a week ago to North Allegheny with a successful trip Friday night to Hempfield.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda (5) runs the ball past Laurel Highlands’ Daniel Izzi (1) during their game Sept. 13, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon bounces back with 50-point win over Laurel Highlands
Last week’s 27-point loss to Thomas Jefferson didn’t exactly sit well with players and coaches at Belle Vernon.

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap gets past McKeesport’s David LaRotonda.
Penn-Trafford overcomes injuries to top McKeesport
What concerned Penn-Trafford most about McKeesport this week was the Tigers’ reputation for being a physical opponent.

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Monessen’s Elijah Davis runs against Jefferson-Morgan on Sept. 13, 2019, at Monessen.
Late touchdown pass lifts Monessen past turnover-plagued Jefferson-Morgan
You could definitely tell it was Friday the 13th at Parker Field.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mount Pleasant’s Pete Billey (32) and Ian Fasano during the first quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Derry rushes by Mt. Pleasant
For fans who like old-fashioned smash-mouth football, Derry Trojans Stadium was the place to be Friday night.

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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Sept. 13, 2019
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Laurel beats California in matchup called at halftime because of lightning
A clash of unbeaten Class A teams failed to produce the exciting results fans wanted, mostly because after a 45-minute lightning delay, the game between Laurel and California ended at halftime.

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