Week 2 in the WPIAL had a lot of high-profile matchups including Championship rematches in 3A and 1A. The 6A and 4A slates featured games which could be championship game previews. The game of the night was in 5A where Bethel Park and West Allegheny battled into overtime. The stat line of the night goes to California’s Cochise Ryan who had 6 offensive touches and scored all 6 times. Other notable results included Shaler getting their first home win in 7 years and Ambridge snapping a 22-game losing streak. Thanks to Taps n’at for sponsoring all of our WPIAL content this year. Don’t forget to check the WPIAL Standings Page once all of the weekend’s results go final.
Class 6A Quad County Conference
Seneca Valley 31, Canon-McMillan 0
This could prove to be one of the decisive games in the 6A playoff race, a strong win for the Raiders.
North Allegheny 27, Central Catholic 3
This Central Catholic’s first loss to a WPIAL team not named Pine-Richland since 2015 when they also lost to North Allegheny.
Mt. Lebanon 44, Butler 21
Seth Morgan threw 2 first quarter touchdown passes and Mt. Lebanon got two pick-sixes in the second quarter to get out to a 37-7 halftime lead.
Norwin 28, Hempfield 20
Norwin rebounds from last week’s loss to North Allegheny to pick up a conference win.
6A vs 5A Non-Conference
Pine-Richland 42, Moon 14
The Rams have still not lost to a WPIAL opponent since 2016.
Class 5A Allegheny Eight Conference
West Allegheny 36, Bethel Park 35
The 5A Game of the Week lived up to the hype with a back-and-forth battle that went to overtime. Bethel Park scored first but West Allegheny answered with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to win.
THE INDIANS WIN IT!! The Indians win it. OMG the Indians win it! Kruze with a pop pass in the middle of the endzone for a good 2 point conversion.
— West A Athletics (@WestASports) September 8, 2018
Upper St. Clair 28, Baldwin 21
Jim Render got win #401 as Upper St Clair tops Baldwin to stay undefeated. Baldwin looks much more competitive this season.
Peters Township 20, Woodland Hills 0
The Wolverines struggles continue as Peters Township gets a solid win in conference play.
Class 5A Big East Conference
Penn-Trafford 57, Connellsville 3
Penn-Trafford rebounded from losing their first two games to throttle Connellsville.
Franklin Regional 17, Latrobe 14
Latrobe jumped out to a 14-0 lead but the Panthers came back to get the conference victory.
Gateway 55, Plum 0
The defending 5A Champions ran away from the Mustangs.
McKeesport 49, Albert Gallatin 0
Devari Robinson accounted for 4 total TDs, scoring 3 on the ground and throwing for another, to lead McKeesport to victory.
Class 5A Northern Conference
Shaler 29, Hampton 28
Shaler improves to 2-1, the first time they have won more than 1 game since 2012.
— SA_Student Section (@SA_Students1) September 8, 2018
North Hills 35, Kiski 28
Tyler Brennan scored three times to lead the Indians to a 3-0 start.
Penn Hills 46, Fox Chapel 0
Another big night offensively for Penn Hills nets the Indians their first conference win.
Chartiers Valley 21, Armstrong 17
Armstrong held a 17-7 lead at halftime but Chartiers Valley came back to take the lead on a 25-yard Connor Barrett TD run with just over 2 minutes left.
5A vs 4A Non-Conference
Mars 35, Greensburg Salem 7
The Fighting Planets got up early and cruised to victory.
Class 4A Big Eight Conference
Indiana 48, Ringgold 0
Former Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac’s Rams have yet to score this season.
Thomas Jefferson 36, Belle Vernon 14
Belle Vernon suffered just their second home loss since they installed the gold turf. The three-time WPIAL champs came out and kept their foot on the gas all game to remain undefeated.
West Mifflin 47, Trinity 0
The Titans scored 41 first half points to cruise past the Hillers.
Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference
Blackhawk 34, Highlands 14
Marques Watson-Trent scored twice and QB Chance Liptak threw for a touchdown and ran for another to keep the Cougars undefeated.
Beaver Area 35, Knoch 21
Beaver gets their first win in 4A after moving up this season.
South Fayette 36, New Castle 0
The Lions had the Diven to Trimbur connection working tonight as the pair hooked up for two TDs that put the game out of reach.
Laurel Highlands 32, Montour 0
Montour’s offensive struggles continued as the Spartans fell to 0-3.
4A vs 3A Non-Conference
Ambridge 14, Waynesburg 0
The Bridgers snap the longest current losing streak in the WPIAL at 22 games with a win over Waynesburg.
— Bridger Brigade (@BridgerBrigade) September 8, 2018
Class 3A Big East Conference
Elizabeth Forward 43, Burrell 14
Warriors QB Zach Benedek ran for 4 TDs and added another through the air (all in the first half).
North Catholic 40, Freeport 8
Zack Rocco had another great night for the Trojans, throwing for 242 yards and 4 TDs.
Mount Pleasant 22, Yough 16
In a game of runs, Yough turned a 7-2 deficit into a 16-7 lead. But Mt. Pleasant came back and scored before halftime to cut the lead to 16-14 then took a 22-16 lead in the third quarter. Yough came up just short with an incomplete pass into the end zone as time ran out.
Deer Lakes 47, Uniontown 14
Lancers QB Aris Hasley threw 5 TDs and rushed for another to give Deer Lakes their first win of the season.
Class 3A Tri-County West Conference
Beaver Falls 41, Central Valley 7
Central Valley’s struggles continue while Beaver Falls looks to be back in form and a serious playoff contender.
Keystone Oaks 48, Hopewell 14
After scoring 6 TDs last week, KO RB Michael Daure had 391 yards and 5 TDs this week.
Aliquippa 59, Quaker Valley 6
The Quips got revenge for last year’s WPIAL Championship by pounding Quaker Valley.
Derry 27, South Park 6
The Trojans jumped out early in the first half with two TDs from Justin Flack and locked it down in the second half to get the win.
Class 2A Allegheny Conference
Shady Side Academy 43, Valley 14
Shady Side Academy’s stars shined tonight. Skyy Moore had 180 passing yards and 3 TDs along with 126 rushing yards and a TD. All 3 of his TD passes went to Dino Tomlin (son of Mike Tomlin) who also scored on a kickoff return.
Steel Valley 31, Avonworth 24
The 2A Game of the Week was a tough battle with Steel Valley coming out on top to set up a showdown with Shady Side Academy next week.
Class 2A Interstate Conference
Beth-Center 50, Brownsville 15
The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start and are averaging over 42 points per game.
McGuffey 41, Frazier 21
Frazier becomes the first team to score against McGuffey this season but the Highlanders prevailed.
Southmoreland 38, Carmichaels 8
The move down to 2A may have been just what was needed to jumpstart Southmoreland, who is now 2-1 on the season.
Class 2A Midwestern Conference
New Brighton 30, Ellwood City 13
The Lions picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion.
Neshannock 33, Mohawk 13
The Lancers blew the game open in the second half. Jake McCormick threw 2 TD passes and ran for an 82-yard score to get Neshannock back on track after getting thumped by Riverside last week.
Freedom 43, Riverside 0
Freedom gets a statement victory in the Midwestern Conference by shutting out Riverside. The Bulldogs now look like the favorites in the conference.
Western Beaver 27, Shenango 13
The Golden Beavers scored all 27 of their points in the first half. Shenango broke two long runs for TDs in the second half, but Western Beaver held on on a rain-soaked field.
Class 2A Three Rivers Conference
Seton LaSalle 13, Brentwood 0
The Rebels get back on the winning track after a loss to Burgettstown last week.
Burgettstown 41 Fort Cherry 0
In the first meeting of neighboring districts since 2009, the Blue Devils emerged victorious. Shane Kemper ran for two TDs.
South Side Beaver 42, Serra Catholic 7
Jake Botkin and Derek Francheck combined for over 270 yards rushing and 6 TDs.
Washington 58, Summit Academy 0
The Prexies rebound from last week’s loss to Charleroi by shutting out Summit Academy.
East Allegheny 29, South Allegheny 23
1A vs 2A Non-Conference
Apollo-Ridge 28, Carlynton 18
Logan Harmon ran for 133 yards and 2 TDs to lead Apollo-Ridge past Carlynton.
Charleroi 48, Riverview 7
Brayden Mihalcin ran for over 200 yards and 4 TDs to lead the Cougars to a 2-0 start.
Class 1A Big Seven Conference
Laurel 44, Bishop Canevin 7
The Spartans rallied after one of their players suffered a scary injury last week to get a big win tonight.
Sto-Rox 60, Union 0
The Vikings held a 44-0 halftime lead and rolled to victory from there.
OLSH 58, Northgate 0
OLSH RB Austin Wigley, who missed all of last season with a broken leg, scored 3 rushing TDs. Freshman Jay Pearson scored 3 more times after the mercy rule went into effect, including on a 90-yard pick-six.
Class 1A Eastern Conference
Clairton 40, Greensburg Central Catholic 0
After Mapletown’s forfeit last week, the Bears finally played their first game of the season and got a win thanks to their outstanding defense which scored 4 times. Clairton had two pick-sixes and two fumble return touchdowns.
Jeannette 28, Imani Christian 12
In a rematch of last year’s 1A Championship, Jeannette once again defeated Imani Christian. Marcus Barnes scored 3 times for Jeannette.
Class 1A Tri-County South Conference
California 57, Avella 6
The Trojans rebounded from their loss to Monessen and returned the to form many expected to see. Cochise Ryan had just 5 carries but ran for 258 yards and 5 TDs and also scored on a 35-yard reception.
Jefferson-Morgan 40, Mapletown 6
After forfeiting last week due to a shortage of players, Mapletown was able to field a team tonight but still lost to Jefferson-Morgan.
West Greene 41, Chartiers-Houston 0
Ben Jackson had over 300 rushing yards and surpassed 3,000 in his career. Jackson scored 5 times tonight for the Pioneers.
Monessen 40, Springdale 6
This was a non-conference game that could have counted towards the 1A Wild Card for Springdale if they had won. Monessen follows up their upset victory over California with another solid win.
Rochester 42, Leechburg 6
Rochester put up over 500 yards of total offense with Noah Whiteleather running for 356 yards and 3 TDs.
Cornell 43, Bentworth 15
The Raiders improve to 2-0 on the season and have won 3 in a row dating back to last year.