Conference play continued tonight in the WPIAL. As we enter the stretch run, the playoff races are starting to take shape. There were some heavy storms that rolled through the region tonight, so some games were postponed and will be finished on Saturday. The postponed games are in italics and the actual final scores are in bold. Here are the results and some game notes from tonight’s action.
Class 6A Results
Baldwin 28, Hempfield 0 – After an 0-5 start to the season, the Highlanders have now won 2 in a row and put themselves in position to challenge for a playoff spot in 6A.
Seneca Valley 24, Canon-McMillan 17 (2OT) – In overtime, both teams kicked field goals in the first frame. Nolan Dworek scored a touchdown for the Raiders in the second overtime and their defense got an interception to preserve the victory.
Mt Lebanon 21 Central Catholic 7 – Central Catholic returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but after that it was all Mt. Lebanon. The game was paused with 7 minutes left in the 3rd quarter due to lightning and will be finished on Saturday morning at 10am.
North Allegheny 42, Norwin 24 – This game endured a delay of nearly an hour and a half due to lightning. Khiryn Boyd scored four touchdowns to lead the Tigers.
Class 5A Results
Allegheny Six Conference
Bethel Park 27, South Fayette 7 – After going winless last year, Bethel Park is now 2-0 in conference play.
Moon 14, Peters Twp 13 – A lightning delay caused the conclusion of this game to be moved to Saturday morning. Moon led by 1 with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Upper St Clair 17, West Allegheny 3 – This game had an hour-long lightning delay but that didn’t stop the Ethan Hiester Show. He scored twice to lead the Panthers to victory.
Big East Conference
Latrobe 55, Connellsville 13 – A big win for the Wildcats to stay in the playoff picture.
Penn-Trafford 15, Gateway 10 – In an all-out slugfest, Nathan Schlessinger’s two field goals were enough to lift the Warriors to victory. Penn-Trafford has now won 18 straight conference games with their last loss coming in Week 1 of 2018 to Gateway. The Warriors hold on to the Victory Bell after these teams did not meet last year.
Woodland Hills 37, Franklin Regional 21 – Woody High gets their first win since Week 0 to put themselves right back in the playoff mix.
Fox Chapel 35, Kiski 21 – After a 5-0 start to the season, Kiski now falls to 0-2 in conference play and has their work cut out for them to make a run at the playoffs. The Cavaliers led 21-14 after three quarters, but Fox Chapel tied it early in the 4th then took the lead with around 4 minutes left. On the ensuing drive, the Foxes got a pick-six from Zidane Thomas to seal the game.
Penn Hills 35, North Hills 29 – In the most thrilling game of the night, North Hills scored a touchdown with 56 seconds left and were successful on a 2-point try to go up 29-28. Penn Hills then drove it back down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Julian Dugger to Brendan Hill with just 2 seconds remaining. Dugger accounted for 4 TDs on the night, running for 3 and throwing the game-winner.
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Pine-Richland 35, Shaler 0 – Lightning cut short this game that was already in the mercy rule for the Rams.
Class 4A Results
Big Eight Conference
Belle Vernon 35, Ringgold 14 – Belle Vernon held a 14-7 lead when a lightning delay in the 3rd quarter paused the game. After the delay, Devin Whitlock struck from 45 to extend the lead and the Leopards pulled away. Ringgold’s conference losing streak extends to 26 games, the longest in the WPIAL.
McKeesport 41, West Mifflin 0 – West Mifflin couldn’t stop the triple option offense. The game was called due to lightning halfway through the 4th quarter with the clock running in the mercy rule.
Thomas Jefferson 42, Laurel Highlands 3 – Since TJ didn’t play last week, both of these teams were coming off losses to Belle Vernon. The Jaguars had their way in the trenches with QB Joe Leske running for 3 TDs and throwing two more, finishing with over 300 yards of total offense.
Greater Allegheny Conference
Armstrong 33, Greensburg Salem 16 – Greensburg Salem got out to an early lead but Armstrong stormed back and has solidified their position in second place in the GAC.
Hampton 35, Plum 7 – A changing of the guard atop the Greater Allegheny Conference. Last year’s conference champions Plum fall to Hampton, who now has the inside track on winning the conference crown this year. The Talbots already have wins over Armstrong and Greensburg Salem.
Indiana 29, Highlands 14 – Indiana jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead and held on as Highlands tried to mount a second half comeback.
Mars 14, Knoch 13 – The Fighting Planets get their first win of the season and add another wrinkle to the Greater Allegheny Conference mix.
Aliquippa 48, Chartiers Valley 13 – While Aliquippa dominated on the field, the story of the game was Chartiers Valley raising $1800 to support the recovery of Aliquippa senior Sunny Anderson who was tragically injured in a shooting last year.
Montour 28, Blackhawk 21
Beaver 20, New Castle 0 – This game was suspended in the middle of the 3rd quarter and will resume at 9:30am on Saturday morning. Wyatt Ringer scored three times before the lightning delay.
Class 3A Results
Allegheny Seven Conference
Burrell 28, Deer Lakes 24 – Burrell gets their first conference win of the season while Deer Lakes suffers their first conference loss.
Freeport 17, East Allegheny 7 – The Yellow Jackets stay unbeaten in conference play, setting up a showdown with North Catholic for the conference title.
Valley 32, Derry 14 – In a battle of winless teams, Valley gets their first victory of the season.
Elizabeth Forward 36, South Allegheny 7 – The defending conference champion Warriors stay in the top spot in the Interstate and are still the team to beat.
Southmoreland 35, Yough 7 – Two years ago Southmoreland broke a 40-year playoff drought and could make it back to the postseason if their current wins hold.
Northwest Six Conference
Central Valley 42, Keystone Oaks 0 – Another mercy rule victory for the defending State Champs.
Avonworth 36, Ambridge 7– After Ambridge got their first conference win in the six classification era last week, Avonworth flexed their muscles with 3 rushing TDs from Luke Hilyard.
Quaker Valley 30, Hopewell 7 – With Ambridge beating Hopewell last week, the potential now exists for a Week 8 Casket Match between Quaker Valley and Ambridge.
North Catholic 41, South Park 0 – The Trojan Train kept rolling and the game was called early due to lightning.
Class 2A Results
Serra Catholic won by forfeit over Ligonier Valley.
Beth-Center 39, Charleroi 22 – The Bulldogs end a 6-game conference losing streak with a win over Charleroi.
Chartiers-Houston 34, Frazier 7 – The struggles continue for Frazier while Char-Houston looks to be solidly in position to make a playoff push.
McGuffey 55, Waynesburg 22 – Jeremiah Johnson and Logan Carlisle each ran for 2 TDs for the Highlanders while Phillip McCuen threw for a touchdown and ran for another.
Freedom 35, Ellwood City 0 – After Ambridge’s win last week, Ellwood City holds the longest losing streak in the WPIAL which now reaches 22 games.
Beaver Falls 41, Mohawk 7 – Beaver Falls asserted themselves as a contender in the Midwestern Conference, staying in the hunt for a second place finish and home playoff game. Mohawk was without a few of their star players in this one.
Laurel 42, New Brighton 7
Neshannock 38, Riverside 0 – Neshannock kept rolling and seems on a collision course with Beaver Falls and Laurel in the final two weeks for a shot at the conference title.
Three Rivers Conference
South Side Beaver 49, Carlynton 14
Sto-Rox won by forfeit over Seton LaSalle
Class 1A Results
Big Seven Conference
Rochester 35, Fort Cherry 0 – The Rams get revenge on Fort Cherry who upset them last season.
Shenango 48, Northgate 6
OLSH 37, Union 36 – After OLSH overcame a 30-14 halftime deficit to tie the score at 30 in the fourth quarter, this game went to overtime. Union scored first but missed the extra point. OLSH countered with a touchdown run from Stephen Greer and kicked the extra point for the win.
Bishop Canevin 33, Leechburg 3 – After both teams lost to Clairton in recent weeks, this game could potentially decide second place in the Eastern Conference. Canevin moves to 6-1 after a convincing victory. Leechburg’s quest to end their 32-year playoff drought will carry into the last three games. Lesae Lacks scored on a punt return, a kickoff return, and on a 40-yard pass from Jason Cross.
GCC 66, Riverview 0
Springdale 20, Jeannette 7 – The Dynamos get their first conference win and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Clairton won by forfeit over Imani Christian
Tri-County South Conference
West Greene 56, Bentworth 0 – The Pioneers are closing in on the Tri-County South title with Monessen losing again.
California 47, Jefferson-Morgan 12
Mapletown 45, Avella 16 – Avella’s struggles continue as Mapletown has put themselves in position to challenge for a playoff spot.
Carmichaels 40, Monessen 6 – Carmichaels led 40-0 at halftime with Trenton Carter throwing 3 TD passes. Michael Stewart ran for 2 TDs and reeled in another through the air. This game was called in the middle of the third quarter due to lightning, but was already in the mercy rule.
2A Allegheny Conference
Shady Side Academy vs Apollo-Ridge
Summit Academy vs Steel Valley
2A Three Rivers Conference
Western Beaver vs Brentwood
1A Big Seven Conference
Burgettstown vs Cornell