High school football game capsules – Week 5 |

High school football game capsules – Week 5

Featured game

Quad West

No. 4 McKeesport (4-0, 2-0) at No. 10 Canon-McMillan (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • This game matches two of the three ranked and undefeated teams in the Quad West. The other is No. 3 Upper St. Clair. These teams have outstanding rushing attacks. McKeesport and Canon-McMillan had 404 yards rushing in their victories last week. … McKeesport’s triple-option attack features 225-pound quarterback Guy Hurt, who is among the WPIAL leaders with 559 yards and eight touchdowns rushing on 61 carries, an average of 9.2 yards per rush. He had 142 yards and two scores on 12 carries in last week’s 34-7 victory over Fox Chapel. Senior fullback Dejan Stevens is a solid inside runner and had 84 yards last week. Sophomore Travis McBride is a big-play halfback. … Canon-McMillan junior quarterback Doug Rheam is also a solid runner, but he is more of a threat in the passing game than Hurt. The Big Macs’ top running back is senior Brendon Steele, who had 126 yards and three touchdowns last week. Junior Kendall Davis had 103 yards in Canon-McMillan’s 40-3 victory over previously-unbeaten Latrobe. … Both teams have been strong defensively. McKeesport has a young, quick defense led by senior linebacker Dontey Brown, a Penn State recruit. The Tigers have given up only 30 points, while the Big Macs’ opponents have 38.

    Class AAAA

    Quad East

    No. 6 Central Catholic (5-0, 2-0) at Connellsville (1-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • Central Catholic will try to duplicate its start to last season, when the Vikings completed a 6-0 streak with a 46-0 victory over Connellsville. … Connellsville is coming off its first victory of the season, a 7-0 win against non-conference opponent Butler, which was missing leading rusher Calvin Littlejohn and star linebacker Tyrell Sales, who had violated team rules. Connellsville continued to struggle on offense, getting its only points on Jason Stolitca’s 54-yard fumble return for a touchdown. … Central Catholic has had no such problems, piling up 31 points per contest. Junior running back Eugene Jarvis had 100 yards rushing among his 239 yards of total offense in last week’s 44-7 victory over Norwin. Fullback Jesse McLean has emerged as a solid inside runner and had 139 yards against the Knights.

    Quad South

    No. 1 Gateway (3-1, 1-0) at Penn-Trafford (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • The Gators and Warriors look like the class of the conference thus far. Penn-Trafford has a victory over then-ranked Kiski Area among its victories. … The top-ranked Gators have been dominant in a three-game winning streak, including a win over No. 2 Woodland Hills and last week’s 42-7 victory over Plum. The defense has surrendered only 19 points in those contests and the offense is among the WPIAL’s best. Running back Justin King leads Quad-A with 725 yards rushing and has 10 touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Mortty Ivy is a dangerous runner and passer and Jai Wilson is a playmaker at wideout. They all benefit from a big, talented offensive line anchored by guard Mark Ciufo and tackle Jason Warning. … Penn-Trafford’s strength lies in defense and ball control. The Warriors have given up 21 points in four games. They rely heavily on senior running back Blaise Abramovitz, though he was limited by a minor knee injury last week. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Huether ran for one touchdown and threw for two more in last week’s 34-0 victory over Franklin Regional.

    Quad North

    No. 9 North Hills (3-1, 1-1) at Shaler (2-2, 1-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

  • The Saturday afternoon game is a homecoming tradition for Shaler. This will be the second consecutive Saturday game for the Titans, whose game last week against Bethel Park was moved to Saturday due to weather concerns. … Shaler rallied from 28 points down to make it close before losing that game to Bethel Park last week, 28-21. Quarterback Lou Massimiani threw for 139 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Brandon McKearnley, the Titans’ top running back. … North Hills rebounded from its first loss to beat Seneca Valley last week, 28-0, behind 124 yards and three touchdowns rushing by senior tailback Andrew Johnson. The Pitt recruit is the main weapon for the Indians offensively, but North Hills is once again relying on a dominant defense. The Indians have given up less than seven points per game. … North Hills beat Shaler, 35-7, last season.

    Quad West

    Albert Gallatin (1-3, 1-1) at Fox Chapel (0-4, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • The pack in this conference after the Big Three is struggling to the point that these two teams can still be considered contenders. … Albert Gallatin finally found some offense last week, as senior running back Vaughn Jones scored two touchdowns — including a game-winning 80 yarder — in a 31-14 victory over Trinity. The Colonials had 18 points in the previous three games combined. … Jones could find some running room against a Fox Chapel defense that gave up 404 rushing yards in a 34-7 loss to No. 4 McKeesport last week and has been vulnerable. The Foxes have also struggled to find any offense so far, being outscored 148-38 so far.

    Fox Chapel beat Albert Gallatin, 32-14, last season on the way to the playoffs.


    Mt. Lebanon (2-2) at No. 7 Baldwin (3-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • Mt. Lebanon started 0-2, then started a two-game winning streak by upsetting then-No. 2 North Hills, 24-7, two weeks ago. The Blue Devils have given up seven points in the last two games, shutting out North Allegheny last week, 10-0. Senior quarterback Andy Goff is among the WPIAL leaders with 607 yards passing and four touchdown passes. Wideout Matt Franchick is one of the top receivers in Quad-A. He scored Mt. Lebanon’s only touchdown last week on a 44-yard scoring pass from Goff. … Baldwin upset Penn Hills, which had been ranked No. 1 in Quad-A, 21-14, last Saturday behind Fred Bacco’s 291 yards and three scores. Bacco has 678 yards and six touchdowns behind a big, dominating offensive line anchored by tackle Ben Iannachionne, a West Virginia recruit, and center Ryan Buzzelli. … Both teams also have standout kickers, Mt. Lebanon’s Brad Stombaugh and Ryan Larkin of Baldwin.

    Class AAA


    Greensburg Salem (2-2, 1-0) at Uniontown (3-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.. Friday

  • Greensburg Salem dropped out of the Class AAA rankings with a 14-2 loss to Knoch on Saturday. The Lions did not even force the safety; the Knights intentionally took it as they held their lead late. Greensburg Salem running back Brandon Sticca had only 62 yards on 17 carries after piling up 210 the previous week, and the Lions managed only 69 yards on the ground against Knoch. Sticca has 449 yards this season. Greensburg Salem had given up only six points in the first three games, shutting out Mt. Pleasant and West Allegheny. … Uniontown has the superior offense. Quarterback Ryan Guthrie had 266 total yards and ran for three scores in last week’s 34-20 victory over Valley. Guthrie also has a quality receiver in senior Junior Mays.

    Guthrie shares the backfield with a big pair of running backs — 245-pound senior tailback Billy McLee and 235-pound senior fullback Greg Leonard, also a standout defensive end.

    Big Seven

    Keystone Oaks (1-3, 1-1) at No. 8 West Mifflin (3-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • Senior quarterback Bill Theobald led Keystone Oaks to its first victory of the season last week, throwing for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another score in a 40-14 win over McGuffey. John Morgan ran for 100 yards and one score for the Eagles. Theobald has 454 yards and four touchdowns passing. Keystone Oaks is struggling defensively, giving up 27.3 points per game. … West Mifflin has been solid defensively in its three victories, but gave up 31 points in its loss to West Allegheny. The Titans also have a victory over McGuffey and last week, beat Class AA opponent Washington, 12-7, in a non-conference game.

    Sophomore tailback Shawn Thomas is emerging as an impact player for West Mifflin. He ran for 108 yards and threw a 34-yard touchdown on a halfback option pass last week. … Keystone Oaks beat West Mifflin, 42-7, last season.


    No. 7 West Allegheny (2-2, 1-0) at No. 3 Blackhawk (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • This game matches a West Allegheny defense that has posted two shutouts against a Blackhawk offense that averages 35.8 points per game. … Senior running back Jeremy Bruce ran for 227 yards in Blackhawk’s 31-14 victory over Montour last week. The Cougars also have a solid quarterback in senior Sean Conley, though injuries have depleted their receiving corps as well as the secondary. … West Allegheny quarterback Greg Marshall will try to take advantage of that thin group of defensive backs. He threw for 172 yards and one touchdown in last week’s 9-0 victory over No. 10 Hopewell. Rob Giles came up with his team-leading third interception in the game.

    Greater Allegheny

    No. 2 Pine-Richland (4-0, 0-0) at No. 9 Hampton (3-1, 0-0)

  • Greater Allegheny conference play finally opens with two of the top contenders facing off. … Pine-Richland features two of the stars of last year’s WPIAL finalist, wide receiver/defensive back Neil Walker and running back/linebacker Greg Hough. The quick emergence of sophomore Jake Long at quarterback has allowed Walker to stay at receiver. Long has thrown for 379 yards and six touchdowns. Walker scored on a reception, interception return and punt return in last week’s 61-0 victory over Yough. Hough scored twice in the game. … Hampton has won three in a row after an opening-week loss to No. 4 Moon. Running back Dan Brode ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 28-13 victory over Belle Vernon. Hampton also has a balanced offense. Quarterback Chris Platt has thrown for 410 yards.

    Class AA


    Mars (0-4, 0-2) at Ford City (3-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

  • Ford City has opened up its offense this season and is averaging a conference-best 28.3 points per game. Senior quarterback J.J. Bartolovic, whose father, John, is the team’s coach, has thrown for 430 yards and five touchdowns in a Wing-T offense that includes a robust passing game. He will test a Mars secondary that allowed 261 passing yards to Freeport’s Luke Westerman in last week’s loss. Ford City uses a balanced rushing attack. … One year after reaching the WPIAL Class AA finals, Mars still is looking for its first victory of the season. The Planets are young and have shown little offensive consistency. They are averaging 4.3 points per game, the fourth-lowest in the WPIAL. Senior RB Lee Wykoski has rushed for more than 300 yards and senior Zach Rosswog is the quarterback.


    Steel Valley (2-2, 1-1) at No. 7 South Fayette (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

  • South Fayette, tied with Northgate for first place, is seeking its first 5-0 start in at least 17 years. Sophomore QB Andrew DiDonato and senior WR Marques Parks form a dynamic combination. DiDonato is coming off a 224-yard, three-touchdown effort against East Allegheny. The second-year starter has completed 45 of 80 attempts for 671 yards and eight touchdowns. Parks, an elusive game-breaker, is averaging about 20 yards per reception. South Fayette’s defense is allowing a conference-best 6.8 points per game. … Steel Valley already has won as many games as last season. The Ironmen destroyed short-handed South Allegheny, 47-0, last week, getting a pair of TDs each from junior Luther Harper and sophomore Gabe Gerson. Harper is one of the top rushers in the WPIAL Class AA with more than 400 yards, along with seven touchdowns. The 47-point outburst equalled Steel Valley’s second-highest single-game point total in the past 10 years. Only the Luke Getsy-led 55-point showing at Southmoreland in 2001 topped last week.


    No. 6 Greensburg C.C. (4-0, 2-0) at Washington (1-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

  • Washington has yet to score more than 12 points in a game under first-year coach Bill Britton, but the Little Prexies will get a boost with the return of two-way star Dale Calloway. The West Virginia recruit was ineligible for the first four games. Washington gave a strong effort last week, but lost to WPIAL Class AAA No. 8 West Mifflin, 12-7. Senior Cedric Thomas is Washington’s top back. … Greensburg Central Catholic has a powerful offense with 6-foot-4, 300-pound Toledo recruit Patrick Dawson on the line. Quarterback Greg Mroz threw for 230 yards and five touchdowns in the first half last week against Southmoreland, and senior RB Buck Smodic has rushed for 531 yards in four games.


    No. 1 Aliquippa (2-0, 4-0) at No. 2 Beaver (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • Last year’s co-Midwestern Conference champions meet in another game with conference title implications and possibly a preview of the WPIAL Class AA finals. Aliquippa is ranked No. 1 in the state, Beaver is No. 3. … Aliquippa doesn’t some of the household names it had in the past — star WR Darrelle Revis is more known for his basketball skills — but coach Mike Zmijanac has another dynamite team. Junior Sjvante Gillian (18 of 29, 348 yards, two TDs) has looked good as any first-year quarterback. James Moon and Dontae Patrick are dangerous senior RBs. Revis is a game-breaker. The Quips have greasy speed — it might be the fastest team in coach Mike Zmijanac’s tenure. Aliquippa is averaging 29.8 points per game. … Beaver is looking for its first victory over Aliquippa since 1997. Senior Rory Nicol, one of the nation’s top tight ends, leads the Bobcats. Senior RB Pat McDanel (46 carries, 335 yards) will need to find some more running room after being held to 29 yards on 14 carries last week against Center. Senior Chad Davies is an underrated quarterback. Beaver’s defense is smothering. The Bobcats have allowed three touchdowns all season, and two of those came in the fourth quarter of lopsided victories.

    Tri-County North

    Mohawk (1-3, 1-1) at Riverside (2-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

  • Riverside edged Mohawk, 17-14, last year and looks to keep pull into a first-place with Shenango, which is playing Avonworth in a non-conference game. Riverside has won back-to-back games, allowing a total of seven points, since opening the season at 0-2. Mohawk is riding high from its first victory of the season, a 40-14 decision over winless Summit Academy.

    Class A

    Tri-County South Conference

    California (2-2, 1-1) at No. 2 Monessen (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • No. 2 Monessen rolled over Geibel last week, 33-11, with seven starters missing due to injuries and disciplinary reasons. The Greyhounds’ starting tailback and fullback were out, but replacement Quinton Martin filled in nicely by rushing for 219 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. … Whomever starts this week will test the California defense. After being shutout by Carmichaels two weeks ago, the Trojans responded with a surprise rout of Frazier, 36-6. Senior QB Parker Bongiorno is a three-year starter and is a threat to run and pass. He ran for touchdown runs of 52 and 63 yards last week.

    Eastern Conference

    Riverview (2-2, 1-1) at No. 3 Clairton (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • No. 3 Clairton crushed Serra last week, 38-0, behind the running of Dana Brown. Brown ran for 137 yards last week and has 442 yards on the year. Senior QB Corey Jackson is also a threat to run. The Bears’ defense is only allowing an average of 10 points per game. … Riverview is coming off of a 21-13 upset of Duquesne last week, a team Clairton also beat. Riverview runs a tough, ball-control offense. Riverview controlled the ball for nearly 15 minutes in last week’s first half against Duquesne. The Raiders are led by quarterback C.J. Peters and tailback Andrew Ardestani. Ardestani scored on a 17-yard touchdown run and intercepted a pass against the Dukes. He rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries.

    Big 7 Conference

    No. 9 South Side Beaver (3-1, 1-1) at No. 5 Farrell (3-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

  • No. 9 South Side Beaver lost its first game of the season to No. 1 Rochester, 22-0, last week. Then-WPIAL leading rusher James Kazil was held to 45 yards. He has 612 yards total. Beaver was limited to 101 total yards of offense. … Farrell blanked Cornell, 26-0, last week to remain undefeated. The Steelers’ defense has given up 21 points so far this season but will be tested this week and next week against Western Beaver. … Farrell beat the Rams last year, 12-3.

    Black Hills Conference

    Burgettstown (1-3, 1-1) at No. 4 Sto-Rox (3-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

  • Sto-Rox’s Adam DiMichele continued to pick defenses apart last week through the air and on the ground. Last week against Fort Cherry, DiMichele scored on runs of 48, 94 and passed for a 15-yard touchdown. He also intercepted a pass on defense and returned it 56 yards for the score. … Burgettstown beat Bentworth, 25-6, last week for its first win. The Blue Devils are led by senior receiver Chris Brown. He caught passes from 40 and 24 yards for touchdowns from quarterback Chris Porchiran. The Blue Devils’ defense hemorrhages points. Before last week, the defense was giving up an average of 36 points. They’ve been outscored 114-56.


    No. 1 Perry (4-0) vs. No. 2 Brashear (4-0) at Cupples Stadium, 3:30 p.m. Friday

  • A rematch of last year’s City League championship features the league’s only remaining unbeaten teams. … Perry’s regular-season shutout streak ended at 15 games when Peabody tailback Dion Neal caught a 51-yard touchdown pass as the first half expired in the Commodores’ 35-6 win. … The Bulls are hoping to end Perry’s 37-game win streak in City League play. Running back Gary Lee returned after missing a game and rushed for 141 yards. Quarterback Scott Knapp threw three touchdown passes, two to Paul Favers. Brashear tailback Darnell Payne ran for 170 yards and five touchdowns (8, 19, 15, 18, 1) as the Bulls blew past Allderdice, 55-6. … Brashear has outscored opponents, 144-20, this season, while Perry has a 166-6 edge.

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