Defending Class AAA champion West Allegheny scored 21 second-quarter points, as it rolled to a 27-7 victory over Belle Vernon in a first-round playoff game Friday at West Allegheny.
After taking a 3-0 lead on a 29-yard field goal by Derek Javarone, the Indians (8-2) scored three times in the second quarter, two touchdowns coming less than a minute apart. The big play in the quarter was a 39-yard interception return by West Allegheny’s Joe Slappy.
Dave Hawkins put West Allegheny up 10-0 with a 2-yard run, then Dionte Henry scored on runs of 8 and 2 yards to give the Indians a 24-0 halftime lead.
Belle Vernon finishes the season at 5-5.
West Allegheny, trying to win its third consecutive Class AAA title and fourth in five years, will play Hampton (10-0) next week in the quarterfinals.