Roundup: Hempfield drops fourth straight as Penn Hills survives
Anthony Morelli passed for 207 yards, including three touchdowns, to spark Penn Hills (4-1, 1-1) to a 22-8 victory over the Spartans (1-4, 0-3) on Friday night in a WPIAL Class AAAA Quad East Conference game.
The loss was the fourth in a row for Hempfield Area.
Morelli connected with Charles Morris on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and with David Harvey on a 25-yarder in the second as Penn Hills struggled to a 14-8 halftime lead. Hempfield Area scored its only touchdown int the second on a 12-yard pass from Anthony Constantine to Adam Chatlos.
In the third quarter, Penn Hills, ranked No. 3 among Class AAAA teams in the Tribune-Review Coaches’ Poll, increased its lead to 22-8. Morelli passed six yards to Matt Ionadi for a touchdown.
Butler 42, Bethel Park 14 – Senior tailback Calvin Littlejohn, returning from a one-game suspension for violating team rules, rushed for 189 yards and scored four touchdowns, as host Butler routed No. 8 Bethel Park in a Quad North game.
Littlejohn scored on runs of 50, 5 and 1 yard and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Dunn-Setnar for Butler (2-3, 0-2). Dunn-Setnar completed 5 of 7 passes for 145 yards. Bethel Park (4-1, 2-1) took a 7-0 lead on B.J. Bytner’s 15-yard touchdown run, but the Golden Tornado scored 28 points in a row to put the game away.
North Allegheny 10, Seneca Valley 7 — North Allegheny recovered six fumbles, including three in the fourth quarter, and held on to defeat winless Seneca Valley (0-5, 0-3). Dan Bartos rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries. Visiting North Allegheny (2-3, 1-1) led 10-0 after the first quarter on Lee House’s 25-yard field goal and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Krewatch to tight end Chris Rogers. Seneca Valley trimmed the deficit to 10-7 in the third quarter on Joe Sklarsky’s 24-yard touchdown pass from Luke Mangola. North Allegheny played without leading rusher Andrew McMillen in the second half.
Upper St. Clair 31, Plum 0 — No. 3 Upper St. Clair (5-0) blanked Plum (2-3), but lost junior quarterback Josh Helmrich to a torn ACL in the first half. Wide receiver Joe Halackna replaced Helmrich and completed seven of 11 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown. Kevin Mathews rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.
Mt. Lebanon 14, Baldwin 11 — Mt. Lebanon’s Adam Giran gained 126 yards on 27 carries as Mt. Lebanon (3-2) outslugged host Baldwin (3-2). Blue Devil quarterback Andy Goff completed 5 of 13 passes for 126 yards and Stu Biro scored on a 1-yard run. A week after beating then-No. 1 Penn Hills, Baldwin mustered only a 38-yard Ryan Larkin field goal in the first three quarters. Fred Bacco rushed for 99 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion pulled No. 7 Baldwin to 14-11 but the Highlanders couldn’t score again.
Indiana Area 21, Franklin Regional 0 — Jason Shirey passed for 127 yards, including two touchdowns, and Indiana Area (3-2, 2-1) dumped winless Franklin Regional (0-5, 0-3) in a Quad-South Conference game. Shirey threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Chad Plystone and a 16 yarder to Mike Dew.
Albert Gallatin 28, Fox Chapel 24 — B.J. Strimel scored his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard pass from Greg Moore to lift Albert Gallatin (2-3, 2-1) over Fox Chapel (0-5, 0-3) in a Quad-West Conference game. Strimel also scored in the first quarter on a 56-yard pass from Vaughn Jones.
Trinity 31, Ringgold 17 — Chance Varner rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 65, 1 and 4 yards to help Trinity (2-3, 1-2) defeat Ringgold (0-5, 0-2) in a Quad-West Conference game. Mike McCurry rushed for 115 yards, scoring on runs of 39 and 7 yards, to lead Ringgold. Varner finished with 84 yards to lead Trinity.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 43, Connellsville Area 3 — Eugene Jarvis rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 4, 50 and 33 yards as No. 5 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (5-0, 3-0) rolled over Connellsville Area (1-4, 0-2) in a Quad East Conference game.