Belle Vernon loses to Moon
Austin Sykes returned from an injury to score on touchdown runs of 3 and 8 yards as Moon Area defeated No. 7 Belle Vernon Area 30-14 in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game Friday night at Jim Weir Stadium.
Rick Derenda accounted for 14 points with two rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion for the Tigers (5-5).
The Leopards (7-3) got off to a fast startr, scoring on the game’s first play. Derek Brietich and Jim Fretz hooked up on a 73-yard touchdown 18 seconds into the game for a 7-0 Belle Vernon lead, but Derenda’s first score, a 15-yard run, and Robbie Leonard’s two-point run gave Moon an 8-7 advantage.
Moon will face Parkway Conference rival New Castle (9-1) next week.
Paul Posluszny rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries for Hopewell, which will play Knoch next Friday.
Brad Shepard rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in the loss for Kittanning.
McCabe completed 15 of 16 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns to lead Pine-Richland (10-0) past visiting Peters Township (4-5).
The Rams will play defending Class AAA champion West Allegheny, which crushed Greensburg Salem, 42-3, next Friday.
Pine-Richland running back Greg Hough rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He also caught two touchdown passes in the win.
The Jaguars will face Keystone Oaks, a 27-7 winner over Highlands, next week.
After Tony Tatitucci caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Matt Humbert to put Laurel Highlands ahead 7-0, Drager scored on touchdown runs of 45, 2, and 2 yards.
Drager capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown, his sixth of the game.
Ross Crist threw a pair of touchdown passes and the New Castle defense held West Mifflin to 16 rushing yards.
New Castle (9-1) will play Moon in the quarterfinals.
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