WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week Six 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 4:19 PM
With nine WPIAL games decided by four points or less this week, there was definitely no shortage of big plays. Next week, we move to the "Stretch Run" of the 2013 season. But first, let's reminisce on a fantastic sixth week of high school football.
#1 Bethel Park 21, Penn Hills 19
So often does a missed extra point come back to haunt a team. Penn Hills found that out the hard way on Friday night. After a Marshall Thompson miss on a PAT and a blocked field goal, Penn Hills would find themselves down 21-19 following a Ja’Mar Gee touchdown reception with 10 seconds left. But the Blackhawks’ defense would come up big on the two-point conversion, coming away with a massive AAAA Southeasten Conference victory.
MSA Sports’ Matt Vandriak and Mike Krcil on the call.
#2 New Castle 46, Blackhawk 42
Up 39-35, backed up in their own end and in need of a scoring drive in a AAA Parkway Conference shootout, New Castle’s best player would step up. Ohio State recruit Malik Hooker would scamper 83 yards for the nail in the coffin, pushing New Castle’s lead to 46-35. Blackhawk would score again, get the ball back and drive for the win. But it was Hooker again that would make the big play, intercepting Chandler Kincade in the end zone with no time remaining on the clock.
WKST-AM 1200's Ken Helbovy and Stan Roberts on the call.
#3 Chartiers-Houston 16, Carlynton 13
In what could turn out to be a battle for the final playoff spot in the Black Hills Conference, it was Carlynton that appeared to be on their way to victory. But, down 13-3 in the 4th quarter, Chartiers-Houston would rally back for the win. Kaleb Susko would find Miles Williamson for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 1:44 left, propelling the Bucs to the win, 16-13.
MSA Sports’ MSA Sports Sam Hall and Kyle Templin on the call.
#4 North Catholic 21, Avonworth 12
It was no surprise that a pair of undefeated teams that allow under 13 points per game would play a dramatic, defensive football game. But it was North Catholic that prevailed in a possible battle for the Class A Eastern Conference Championship. However, down just 14-12 with less than two minutes to go,Avonworth would get a chance to drive for a potential game-winning field goal. But Jared Fragapane would intercept a tipped Matt Donovan pass and return it 21 yards for the clinching touchdown.
MSA Sports Greg Warnock and Greg Kuntz on the call.
#5 Gateway 35, North Allegheny 32
In 2012, North Allegheny and Gateway played a defensive slugfest that the Tigers pulled out 14-3. This one was much different, as Gateway snapped North Allegheny’s 24-game home winning streak behind a number of terrific offensive efforts. But it was Gateway’s kicking game, which has struggled all season, that gave them the points they needed for the win. Jordan Washington would connect on a 22-yard field goal with 2:10 left in the game, giving the Gators a 35-26 lead.
The North Allegheny Sports Networks Randy Gore and Rick Meister on the call.
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