Wednesday 20 October 2021 | 6:44 p.m.
Canon-McMillan (4-4, 2-3) at Norwin (2-6, 0-5)
7 p.m. Friday, Norwin Knights Stadium
After winning back-to-back wins, Canon-McMillan kick off a two-game losing streak on Friday after losing to Seneca Valley and North Allegheny in consecutive weeks. Mike Evans threw for 114 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Angott had a rushing touchdown in last week’s loss. Angott is a workaholic with 686 yards and 10 touchdowns. â¦ Norwin surprised some of the top 6A teams early on but was unable to limit damage for four quarters. Last week, the Knights scored the first goal on Mount Lebanon No.1 and went 7-7 at halftime until the Blue Devils scored 21 in the fourth. Dom Barca had a rushed touchdown in the loss, Norwin’s fifth in a row.
Hempfield (2-6, 0-5) at 3-North Allegheny (5-3, 3-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Newman Stadium, McCandless
Hempfield lost his fifth straight shutout and his second straight shutout, losing to Central Catholic, 35-0. This match never took place last year as Hempfield canceled their last two games due to covid-19 issues. Hempfield welcomes Norwin next week in a game that will likely keep one of them in last place. â¦ North Allegheny won their second straight game, 36-14 against Canon-McMillan, after losing back-to-back games to Central Catholic and Mt. Lebanon. Logan Kushner had 158 yards and two touchdowns – a 70-yard bomb to Khiryn Boyd and a 52-yard bomb to Dwayne Taylor. Tailback JR Burton added two points for the Tigers, who allow 24 points per game, a large number by program standards.
Big East Class 5A Conference
Latrobe (3-5, 1-2) at Woodland Hills (2-6, 1-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Wolvarena, Turtle Creek
A playoff spot could be on the line for the winner. The two teams have just suffered heavy defeats in conference. Woodland Hills saw Gateway score 20 points in the fourth quarter in a 40-21 loss, while Latrobe was stunned by a big comeback from Franklin Regional in a 41-40 loss. The Panthers have scored 27 straight points, 21 in the second half, after the Wildcats took a 40-14 lead. â¦ Woodland Hills QB Jahshawn Pringle completed 9 of 26 passes for 163 yards and two scores. Latrobe QB Bobby Fetter came back from injury and completed 7 of 16 passes for 127 yards and rushed for 102 yards. Fullback Kyle Brewer rushed for 66 yards and one scoring and caught four passes for 101 yards and one scoring.
Class 4A Greater Allegheny Conference
Highlands (5-3, 2-3) at Greensburg Salem (5-3, 3-2)
7 p.m., Friday, Offutt Field, Greensburg
The playoffs have actually started for these teams as the two look for a berth in the next tournament. Highlands stunned Armstrong with a thumping ground game, while Greensburg Salem used Hayden Teska’s pass and Cody Rubrecht’s reception to defeat Mars. … Highlands, who lost to Indiana on Oct. 8, used the one-two ground punch from Chandler Thimons (130 yards and three TDs) and Luke Bombalski (104 yards and two TDs) to upset Armstrong, 41-27 . Thimons also threw a touchdown pass. Teska completed 16 of 29 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns (Rubrecht for 55 yards and Christian Hostetler for 23). Rubrecht also scored on a 6-yard wildcat run. Teska is the WPIAL’s second in passing, completing 109 of 219 passes for 1,795 yards and 16 touchdowns. Rubrecht has a team-high 36 catches for 854 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Class 3A Allegheny Seven Lecture
Burrell (1-7, 1-3) at Derry (0-7, 0-3)
7 p.m. Friday, Trojan Stadium, Derry
A two-program clash that has slipped from recent highs should come down to which team handles the ball best. Burrell is led by fullback Caden DiCaprio, who has 706 yards and nine touchdowns. The Buccaneers broke a six-game skid two weeks ago when they upset Deer Lakes, 28-24. Last week the Bucs fell in Freeport, 42-9. Ethan Croushore kicked a basket from 29 yards. â¦ Derry gives a WPIAL high of 54.9 points per game, while Burrell is bringing in 40.9. The injured young Trojans are only three seasons away from a trip to the WPIAL Championship at Heinz Field. They showed some offensive movement in a 32-14 loss to Valley in Week 6.
Class 3A Interstate Conference
Brownsville (0-5, 0-3) at Yough (0-8, 0-4)
7 p.m. Friday, Cougar Mountain Stadium
A clash of winless teams trying to stay out of the main floor of the Interstate, one team will finally claim their first victory. Brownsville has not played since Oct. 1 after canceling back-to-back games due to covid issues. The Falcons were outscored, 271-6. â¦ Yough saw last week’s game cut off about half an hour after irregularities between the teams caused safety concerns. Yough managed just 39 points and is allowing 34.5 points per game. The Cougars have lost seven straight games at Cougar Mountain. Running back Terek Crosby is trying to gain ground after joining the team late in the season.
4-Elizabeth Forward (4-0, 6-2) at Southmoreland (6-2, 2-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Russ Grimm Field, Alverton
Elizabeth Forward is leading a five-game winning streak and has just beaten Mt. Pleasant 35-0. The Warriors have beaten their last five opponents, 205-14. Southmoreland got an unexpected package from Brownsville when the Falcons decided not to play with 14 available players. â¦ The Warriors got two touchdowns from Zach Boyd (40-yard pass, 43-yard run) and Kyle Flournoy (3-yard run, 20-yard fumble return) to overwhelm the Vikings. QB Zion White has scored in the short term. Southmoreland QB Anthony Govern completed 58 of 116 passes for 891 yards and eight touchdowns. Govern is the first rusher with 519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Wide receiver Isaac Trout has 26 catches for 468 yards and eight touchdowns.
South Park (2-5, 2-2) to Mt. Pleasant (4-3, 2-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Mt. Pleasant Stadium, Mt. Pleasant
South Park is trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Eagles abandoned a 26-7 decision over South Allegheny. The Vikings were overwhelmed by Elizabeth Forward, losing 35-0. â¦ Running back Adam Johnson scored for the Eagles last week. He ran for 326 yards, caught 10 passes for 89 yards and scored five touchdowns. Quarterback Harper Conroy completed 28 of 57 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown. Mt. Pleasant builds on the rush of Robbie Labuda (543 yards) and Aaron Alakson (478 yards). WR Brant Garn is averaging 32.6 yards per catch and has two touchdowns.
Class 2A Allegheny Lecture
Ligonier Valley (6-2, 1-2) at Shady Side Acad. (4-4, 1-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Michael J. Farrell Stadium, Fox Chapel
This is another playoff-type game, as the winner will move closer to third place in the conference. The Indians have lost back-to-back games against Serra and Steel Valley. Ligonier Valley, who has lost back-to-back games, rebounded with a 43-14 victory over Summit Academy. â¦ Chris Sullivan is Shady Side Academy’s top running back with 349 yards and seven touchdowns. Quarterback Max Wickland completed 41 of 73 passes for 659 yards and five touchdowns. The Ligonier Valley is starting to get back into shape. QB Haden Sierocky came back and scored a touchdown and running back Nick Beitel celebrated the senior night by scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 106 yards.
Class A Eastern Conference
4-Greensburg CC (5-3, 3-2) to Jeannette (1-7, 1-4)
7 p.m. Friday, McKee Stadium, Jeannette
Greensburg Central Catholic gave top-ranked Clairton everything he could handle last week at Clairton before falling, 20-13. Sophomore Tyree Turner, who took over the quarterback a few weeks ago, ran for a touchdown, while Ryan Reitler, a key GCC football player, kicked goals from 26 and 39 yards. Amari Mack continues his ascent for GCC as a receiver and defensive back. â¦ Jeannette suffered her fourth consecutive defeat, losing to Bishop Canevin last Saturday. The Jayhawks, who won the WPIAL title last year and finished second in the state, have beaten GCC seven in a row and nine out of 10 since 2011. GCC’s last victory dates back to 2013 (41-14) in Centurion Stadium. GCC has not won at Jeannette since 2009.
Class A Tri-County South
California (5-2, 3-2) at Monessen (3-5, 2-3)
7 p.m. Friday, Monessen Memorial Stadium
California broke a three-game losing streak last week in a 35-20 loss to Carmichaels, who also beat Monessen, 40-6. Damoni Stafford ran 21 times for 140 yards and a touchdown and also threw a killer pass to Conner Vig. The Trojans, a returning playoff quarter-finalist, forfeited Monessen last year. â¦ Monessen has lost three times in a row after having won three in a row. Still, the Greyhounds remain the playoff mix with two games to go. Last week, the Greyhounds collected 14 points in the fourth quarter to halve West Greene’s lead, but lost 28-14. Second-year quarterback Lorenzo Gardner was a silver lining.
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