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Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon (9) cuts through the Upper St. Clair defense during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
All you need to know from the semifinal/quarterfinal round of WPIAL high school football playoffs
November 11, 2017
TribLive's sports writers have you covered from Friday's second round of WPIAL high school playoff football action.

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Highlights from a frigid night of playoff football in Western Pennsylvania
The playoffs were in full swing Friday night as Tribune-Review photographers captured highlights from games across Western Pennsylvania.

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) hands the ball off to Kenny White (1) during their WPIAL playoff game in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) eyes a pass downfield during their WPIAL playoff game against North Allegheny in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
Top performers for passing, rushing, receiving in Week 11
Top performers for Week 11 high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Passing 432 — Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland (18 of 20) 280 andmdash; Drew Saxton, South

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A Ligonier Valley Rams' fan enjoys a warm beverage in below freezing temperatures Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the WPIAL District 6 playoff game against Cambria Heights in Ligonier.
High school football fan photo gallery for Week 11
Tribune-Review photographers chronicle the WPIAL football playoffs Nov. 10, 2017.

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Central Catholic downs Penn Hills to return to WPIAL Class 6A final
November 10, 2017
Central Catholic is headed back to Heinz Field. For the fifth straight season and second time in the new 6A classification, the Vikings will play

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Gateway survives McKeesport, advances to WPIAL final
Don Holl said he suffered no flashbacks to last season's WPIAL semifinal against McKeesport as the Tigers converted a hook-and-lateral on a last-gasp drive. His

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No. 4 Montour upsets conference rival South Fayette in WPIAL Class 4A semifinals
For the second straight week, the Montour Spartans staged a dramatic, fourth-quarter comeback. This time, Montour was rewarded with a trip to Heinz Field next

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District 5, 6, 9 & 10 Football Playoffs Scores
The Road to Hershey and the 2017 PIAA Football Playoffs officially kick off next weekend. So while many eyes in these parts are on the Highway to Heinz and The Road to RMU this weekend, lets check out what is going on in the four other districts in Western Pennsylvania as they completed or continued […]

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Seton LaSalle's Nick Vari (15) breakes up a pass against Quaker Valley's Isaiah McNair (1) during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at North Hills.
High school football roundup: Quaker Valley tops Seton LaSalle to reach 1st WPIAL title game
The Quaker Valley football team made history Friday night. Ricky Guss threw for 82 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 122 yards and two

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Jeannette's Isaiah Winters catches the winning touchdown pass next to Rochester's Elijah Goosby late in the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Peters Township.
Jeannette football scores late for WPIAL quarterfinals victory
Seth Howard wasn't on the Jeannette team at the start of the season. But Jeannette coach Roy Hall was glad he joined after the first

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Thomas Jefferson's Justin Vigna dives for extra yardage past Belle Vernon Area's Dylan Haney in the fourth quarter during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
Thomas Jefferson runs over Belle Vernon in WPIAL Class 4A rematch in semifinals
In the rematch of their Route 51 rivalry, Thomas Jefferson's big front line paved the way back to Heinz Field. Justin Vigna ran for 199

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Dougherty jogs into the end zone for a touchdown against Cambria Heights on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 during WPIAL playoffs at Weller Stadium in Ligonier.
Daugherty leads Ligonier Valley back to District 6 championship game
Last year, it was West Virginia-bound Collin Smith who helped to carry the Ligonier Valley mantra all the way to the PIAA semifinals. The Rams

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) breaks into the open during a run for a touchdown against Upper St. Clair during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
Penn-Trafford dominates Upper St. Clair to earn another shot at elusive WPIAL title
After a close call in the quarterfinals, Penn-Trafford took ownership of the semifinals with a performance that was as efficient as it was dominant. And

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer (10) celebrates a point against Beaver in the third set during the WPIAL 2A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Baldwin.
Freeport volleyball hoping to reach 1st PIAA semifinals, but reigning champ stands in way
Haley Graham remembers the feeling, just two years ago, when Freeport last made it to the PIAA Class AA quarterfinal round. The junior middle hitter

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Springdale's Brogan McCutcheon (13) and Nick Taliani (25) celebrate with Matt Taliani after his shoot-out goal defeated Seton LaSalle in their WPIAL semifinal on Oct. 28, 2017, at North Allegheny.
Defenders help guide Springdale boys into PIAA quarterfinal round
Brogan McCutcheon saw the spotlight put on offensive players in his former life as a striker. His new position draws attention in a different way.

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sidney Ward carries the ball upfield against Brockway during the second half of a PIAA Class A girls playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Moon Area High School. GCC won, 3-2.
GCC girls again meet Windber in PIAA tournament
After completing a WPIAL Class A championship run, Greensburg Central Catholic knew it needed to start over for the PIAA girls soccer tournament. The Centurions

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Belle Vernon's Brandon Roche celebrates as time expires in the Leopards' 21-17 victory over Thomas Jefferson Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Thomas Jefferson’s, Belle Vernon’s coaches break down WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup
Thomas Jefferson will look to avenge a 21-17 regular-season loss to Belle Vernon when the teams meet Friday night with a berth in the WPIAL

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WPIAL Week Eleven Friday Football Scores
Hopefully the action on the field will heat things up with whats at stake, a berth in the Final Four on The Road to RMU or a ticket to the Big House on the North Shore of Pittsburgh on The Highway to Heinz. After eleven weeks (including Week Zero) of spectacular to comfortable Friday Night […]

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Chicks Picks – Week Eleven – 2017
Welcome to Week 11 of the high school football season. Last weekend, Chick’s Picks scoured her neighborhood’s annual flea market for any hidden treasures that she may stumble upon.  Throughout her travels, she stumbled upon quite a surprise – a crystal ball. This was no ordinary crystal ball, either.  Chick’s Picks would recognize it anywhere.  […]

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