WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week Five 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | 1:14 PM
Another exciting week of 2013 WPIAL football is in the books. And while it was not as historic as last week, it was a week full of terrific defensive performances, late heroics… and one really meaningful punt. Some big showdowns are on the horizon in Week Six. But for now, let’s take a look at the top plays from Week Five.
#1 Gateway 22, Hempfield 16
In a big matchup of Foothills Conference foes, Gateway survived another scare from a team they have historically dominated, beating Hempfield 22-16 with some late-game heroics. Down 16-14 with 209 left, Gateway would start deep in the shadow of their own goalposts. First-year starting Quarterback Jimmy Moore would take over after that, connecting on all four of his passes, including a 7-yard strike to Delvon Randall with 39 seconds left give the Gators the win. The performance earned Moore the award for McDonald’s Quarterback of the Week for Week Five.
MSA Sports and KQV-AM 1410’s Lanny Frattare and Bob Orkwis on the call.
#2 West Allegheny 13, Central Valley 7
Friday night’s showdown in the Parkway Conference could have been a preview of the AAA Championship at Heinz Field in November. Who knows how that one will turn out, but what we do know is that West Allegheny’s defense put on a show for the ages against Central Valley in a tight 13-7 victory. The Indians allowed just 51 total yards of offense to Central Valley and put the game away with a perfectly executed trick play. Tied 7-7 in the 3rd quarter, West Allegheny QB Andrew Koester would throw a lateral to Tory Delmonico, who would then throw the ball forward to an open Robert Threet for a 32-yard touchdown.
MSA Sports Sam Hall and Steve Negler on the call.
#3 Quaker Valley 14, Steel Valley 7
It is not too often will a punt (yes, a punt) make the Top Plays of the Week, but for Quaker Valley, a great punt was exactly what they needed to secure a huge 14-7 win over Steel Valley on Friday night. Quaker Valley’s do-it-all Quarterback Dane Jackson, who ran for 149 yards and a score, would blast a 50-yard punt with 20 seconds left in the game, pinning Steel Valley deep and securing the win for the Quakers, who are now 5-0 and face a showdown for first place with dominant South Fayette in Week Six.
MSA Sports Matt Vandriak and Gero Von Dahn on the call.
#4 Laurel 20, Union 19
Facing a 12-point second half deficit, Laurel would rally behind the legs of Matty Conway, prevailing with an important 20-19 victory over Union in Class A’s Big Seven Conference. Conway, who finished with a hard-earned 102 yards on 31 carries. But Conway’s biggest rush came in the 4th Quarter, when he powered in from five yards out, tying the game at 19-19. Noah Wertz would tack on the extra point and the Spartans’ defense would do the rest, keeping Laurel in 3rd place in the Conference.
WJST-AM’s Mark Schaas and Lee Mohn on the call.
#5 Avonworth 35, Apollo-Ridge 27
In a showdown of two offenses that are averaging more than 37 points per game this season, it is no surprise that this Eastern Conference battle for second place became a bit of a shootout. But it was Avonworth’s defense that put the nail in the coffin of a potential Apollo-Ridge comeback in a meaningful 35-27 victory on Friday night. After seeing their 21-point lead cut to 8, Avonworth’s Moses Giles would come up with a 10-yard sack of Jesse Zelonka on 3rd and 19 with the Vikings driving to tie the game.
MSA Sports Adam Hoerner and Greg Kuntz on the call.
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