Woodland Hills wouldn’t surrender its crown easily.
With 16 seconds left, Devon White caught a 32-yard touchdown pass, then a tying two-point conversion to force overtime, where the Wolverines defeated No. 2 seed Mt. Lebanon, 29-22, Friday in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs.
Woodland Hills, seeded No. 7, won the title in 2009.
Lafayette Pitts scored the winning points with a 10-yard TD run on the first play of overtime. That was the 33rd carry for Pitts, who had 176 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 95-yard kickoff return.
On its overtime possession, Mt. Lebanon (10-1) failed to score.
In the semifinals, Woodland Hills (8-3) will play North Hills (10-1).
Other Class AAAA quarterfinals
â¢ North Hills 16, Upper St. Clair 14 — North Hills coach Jack McCurry knew a 16-point halftime lead wasn’t going to be safe against a Jim Render-coached squad from Upper St. Clair.
It wasn’t. But the Indians survived anyway.,
In a quarterfinal pitting two of the WPIAL’s all-time winningest coaches, North Hills moved to a 16-0 halftime lead and withstood a strong second-half rally.
Panthers quarterback Dakota Conwell threw two second-half TD passes to Chris Colditz, but Conwell was bottled up trying to run in the would-be tying two-point conversion with 3:48 left.
Conwell finished with 159 rushing yards.
North Hills quarterback Steven Dutkowski passed for 227 yards and a touchdown.
â¢ Central Catholic 10, Gateway 0 — The No. 1-seeded Vikings (11-0) will face North Allegheny in the semifinals.
Damion Jones-Moore rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
â¢ North Allegheny 23, Bethel Park 13 — Alex Papson rushed for 301 yards on 45 carries and scored three touchdowns – including a key 62-yard score late in the game – as No. 5 seed North Allegheny held off Bethel Park (5-6).
The Tigers (10-1) avenged their 42-21 playoff loss to the Black Hawks in 2008 and set up a semifinal showdown with undefeated Central Catholic.
Class AAA quarterfinals
â¢ Thomas Jefferson 38, Hopewell 28 — Even Hopewell’s Rushel Shell wasn’t able to stop Thomas Jefferson from making its 13th consecutive appearance in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.
Thomas Jefferson quarterback Ryan Crouse threw for four touchdowns to counter yet another gutsy performance from Shell, who rushed for 238 yards and accounted for all four Vikings scores.
Thomas Jefferson (10-1), the No. 2 seed, will play Central Valley in the semifinals.
â¢ Mars 29, West Allegheny 3 — Austin Miele gained 184 yards on 29 carries and scored twice as the Planets eliminated West Allegheny.
Seth Geyer scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 16 and 21 yards to seal the victory for Mars (10-1).
â¢ Montour 36, Indiana 14 — The Spartans’ defense more than held its own as Montour (11-0) moved within two victories of its first WPIAL title in 46 years.
Running back Julian Durden carried 17 times for 165 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 45 more. Quarterback Dillon Buechel completed 9 of 13 passes for 125 yards and ran for a touchdown as Indiana (8-3) had no answer for the Spartans’ no-huddle offense.
Class AA quarterfinals
â¢ Aliquippa 34, Beaver 0 — The top-seeded Quips (11-0) held Beaver (8-3) to 39 total yards.
Mikal Hall led Aliquippa by throwing for 131 yards and three touchdowns.
Aliquippa will play Ford City in the semifinals.
â¢ Beaver Falls 28, Keystone Oaks 0 — Beaver Falls earned a spot in the semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.
The seventh-seeded Tigers (10-1) held No. 15 seed Keystone Oaks (7-4) to 149 total yards.
Beaver Falls tailback Trey Hall rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Beaver Falls will take on South Fayette (11-0) in the semifinals.
Class A quarterfinals
â¢ Rochester 35, Beth-Center 0 — No. 2 seed Rochester scored on its first three possessions.
Nick Tapia scored three touchdowns and rushed for 118 yards as Rochester (11-0) outgained Beth-Center (8-3), 304-159.
â¢ Avonworth 17, North Catholic 3 — Starting with a Mike Giampole forced fumble and recovery on the first series, and through Daniel Coulter’s fourth-quarter interception, the defense dominated for Avonworth (10-1).
North Catholic finished 7-3.
â¢ Clairton 47, Bishop Canevin 0 — The Bears (11-0) rolled to their 26th consecutive victory and will play Springdale in the semifinals.
Desimon Green scored Clairton’s first two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 30 yards.
Josh Page finished with three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Page also had four interceptions and returned one 20 yards for a touchdown.