Football

Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates his touchdown with Ryan McGrew against Penn-Trafford on Sept. 10.
Showdown between Thomas Jefferson, Belle Vernon has big-game feel
September 23, 2021
There will be no better place to be tonight for a high school football fan than James Weir Stadium.

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Derry head coach Vince Skillings works with his team during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week 4: Covid cancellations not always ‘no-contest’
The WPIAL’s message is clear: Not every covid-related cancellation will be excused as no-contest.

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East Allegheny’s Drashaun Gainer goes through drills during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at East Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN football players to watch for 2021 Week 4
Here are four WPIAL high school football players to watch in Week 4:

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Fox Chapel’s Jason Williams-Anderson puts the game away as he takes down Franklin Regional’s Tyler Bewszka on fourth down with time running out in the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
In advance of Week 4, Chick’s Picks takes victory lap as Western Pa.’s top prognosticator
Welcome to Week 4.

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West Deer’s Ron “Juggo” Trevellini catches a 66-yard touchdown pass from Bob Uchic before a packed house at Pine-Richland on Sept. 29, 1961. The Braves won 25-0 to give a nice going-away gift to coach Dave Whartenby, who left for military service the following day.
Through the years: West Deer sent coach off with win in 1961
Each week throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the games, players and events that are part of local scholastic history.

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What to watch for in high school sports on Sept. 23, 2021: City League kicks off Week 4
September 22, 2021
Ten years ago, the two met in the City League championship game. On Thursday, University Prep and Allderdice square off to kick off Week 4 of the high school football season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan celebrates a tackle for loss next to Gateway quarterback Brad Birch on Sept. 3.
Trib 10: Friday’s schedule features 2 showdowns between ranked teams
There was little movement in the Trib 10 power rankings after Week 3, but that could change after this weekend.

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Norwin’s Aaron Schmook comes down in the end zone for a touchdown against Latrobe on Sept. 3.
The Birdie is running wild while making Week 4 Westmoreland County picks
Last week: 9-5 (64.3 %)

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Highlands quarterback Chandler Thimons fakes a handoff to running back Luke Bombalski against Valley ealier this season.
Hampton-Highlands clash pits evenly matched, undefeated foes
Friday night’s Class 4A Greater Allegheny Conference clash between Highlands and Hampton is about as even as it gets.

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Thomas Burke, Leechburg
A-K Valley football players to watch for 2021 Week 4
Thomas Burke

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Carlynton head coach Rich Piccinini talks with quarterback Devonte Dean during the second quarter against Riverview on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Oakmont.
Carlynton football cancellation leads to Serra Catholic vs. Freeport matchup Friday
Carlynton canceled its nonconference football game scheduled for Friday against Serra Catholic because of covid-19 cases, but Serra needed little time to find new opponent.

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Central Valley running back Landon Alexander works out during practice on Aug. 9.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 21, 2021
September 21, 2021
While there were no changes at the top, six teams lost their grip and dropped out of the latest edition of the Trib HSSN state football rankings.

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Covid protocols force Derry, Norwin, Woodland Hills to cancel Week 4 football games
A pair of Westmoreland County high school football teams had to cancel their Week 4 games Tuesday.

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Highlands’ Jrake Burford (11) breaks in to the end zone as Valley’s Chuck Perkins (33) attempts to defend during the second half Sept. 3, 2021, at Valley Memorial Stadium.
Team-first mentality helps Highlands football to 4-0 start
The Highlands football team fans cheer for on Friday nights isn’t the product of just a week’s worth of practice.

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Union quarterback Tyler Staub throws a pass during practice on Aug. 4.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Sept. 20, 2021
September 20, 2021
In 30 all-time meetings on the football field, Rochester has dominated Class A Big Seven Conference foe Union. The Rams are 25-5 overall.

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Thomas Jefferson assistant coach TJ Srsic celebrates with quarterback Joe Lekse after his third-quarter touchdown against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville. TJ plays Belle Vernon this week.
Trib HSSN broadcast listings for week of Sept. 20-25
September 19, 2021
We hit the midway point of the WPIAL football regular season with key conference and nonconference games this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Carmichaels’ Trenton Carter works during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 3
His name might not be Michael, but on Friday of Week 3 at Mapletown High School, Carmichaels senior Trenton Carter was truly a Mighty Mike.

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Gateway’s Jaquon Reynolds picks up yardage against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Gateway sophomore running back Jaquon Reynolds breaks out against Penn Hills
Jaquon Reynolds waited his turn.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne talks with his team during practice Aug. 13.
Penn Hills coaches try to keep focus on football for players
Penn Hills football coach Jon LeDonne and his coaching staff worked hard prepping to play Woodland Hills on Sept. 17 at home.

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Western Beaver quarterback Xander LeFebvre throws a pass during practice Aug. 13.
High school roundup for Sept. 18, 2021: LeFebvre leads Western Beaver past Beaver
September 18, 2021
Quarterback Xander LeFebvre had a 5-yard touchdown run and blocked a punt that Lonnie Craft ran in for a 15-yard score to lead Western Beaver to a 20-14 nonsection win over Beaver on Saturday.

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