Roundup: Belle Vernon Area topples Derry Area
Junior quarterback Anthony Mavrikas scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards Friday night as Belle Vernon Area did all of its scoring in the first half and outlasted Derry Area 18-7 in a WPIAL Class AAA Keystone Conference game.
Mavrikas, in only his second start of the season, completed 6 of 10 passes for 79 yards.
Anthony Guerra also scored for Belle Vernon Area on a 1-yard run. The Leopards (3-2, 3-0) led 18-0 at halftime.
Derry Area (0-5, 0-3) scored its only touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard pass from Nick Baum to Nathan Matrunick.
Highlands 34, Valley 13 — Kevin Linza scored three of his four rushing touchdowns in the second half as Highlands (4-1, 1-0) battled back from a 13-6 halftime deficit to beat Valley (2-3, 0-1) in a Greater Allegheny Conference game. Linza scored on runs of 4, 3, 1 and 6 yards.
Kittanning 28, Knoch 21 (OT) — Jeremy DeLuca scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to propel Kittanning (2-3, 1-0) past Knoch (2-3, 0-1) in a Greater Allegheny Conference game. Curtis Compton caught his second touchdown pass from Mark Rupert — a 27-yarder — in the fourth quarter to send the game into the extra period.
Laurel Highlands 35, Yough 6 — Tim Hirsch rushed for four touchdowns — two on 1-yard runs and two more on 3-yarders — to lead Laurel Highlands (1-4, 1-1) over Yough (0-5, 0-3) in a Keystone Conference game.
Elizabeth Forward 22, McGuffey 16 — Elizabeth Forward (1-4, 1-2) scored 15 fourth-quarter points, capped by Dustin Peckering’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Steve Collage, to erase a 16-7 deficit and beat McGuffey in a Big Seven Conference game.
Moon 14, Ambridge 6 – Rob Leonard threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, as No. 4 Moon (4-1, 2-1) survived a scare from host Ambridge and held on for a victory in a Parkway Conference game.
Leonard threw a 61-yard halfback option touchdown pass to Ryan Helfrich in the first quarter and added an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Trailing 14-0, Ambridge (2-3, 1-1) closed the score to 14-6 on Shawn Besong’s 57-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Blackhawk 37, West Allegheny 10 — Jeremy Bruce rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to power No. 3 Blackhawk past No. 7 West Allegheny (2-3, 1-1). Bruce scored on runs of 29, 61 and 30 yards, as Blackhawk (5-0, 3-0) fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to rout the visiting Indians.
New Castle 18, Montour 6 — New Castle, which hadn’t score in its first four games this season, came from behind to beat Montour (0-5, 0-3), as Ross Crist threw for 130 yards and one touchdown, and ran for another score. Montour led 6-0 in the first quarter, but New Castle tied the score on a 56-yard pass from Crist to Matt Campbell — for the Red Hurricane’s first points of the year — and took the lead on Crist’s 36-yard run in the fourth.
West Mifflin 13, Keystone Oaks 0 — Shaun Thomas rushed for 237 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries, and No. 8 West Mifflin (4-1, 2-0) intercepted three passes in a shutout victory over Keystone Oaks (1-4, 1-2). Jeff Grzyb scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and Thomas added a 1-yard run in the second. Keystone Oaks quarterback Bill Theobald completed 6 of 30 for 150 yards.