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The Look Ahead: Penns Valley Edition

The 7-1 Tyrone Golden Eagle football squad travels to Penns Valley to play the 2-6 Rams this Friday. The Rams’ only wins this year come from Bald Eagle Area and Philipsburg-Osceola, two of the most disappointing teams in District 6 this year. Tyrone comes off a stellar 61-0 victory over the 1-7 Central Mountain Wildcats […]

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Franklin Falls to Express

The DuBois Beavers are oiling the machine to get ready for a season’s end to remember. Unfortunately for Franklin they were the grease. Each week the Beavers seem to face a different philosophy on how to stop their offensive prowess. They’ve learned from losses to Conneaut and Cathedral Prep having made their system extremely flexible […]

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Game Notes, Clearfield @ Tyrone

Game notes for Friday’s game in Tyrone: The last four meetings between Clearfield and Tyrone have been decided by a total of 12 points: 2013: Clearfield 27, Tyrone 26 2012: Clearfield 14, Tyrone 13 2009: Tyrone 23, Clearfield 14 2008: Clearfield 35, Tyrone 34 In all, 23 of the 65 all-time meetings (35%) between the […]

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Dubois stomps Oil City

Even though the rain stopped just after the opening kickoff of the DuBois – Oil City game Friday night in DuBois, it still poured on Oil City for the entire first half.  That rain was in the form of the vaunted DuBois passing attack.  In a game that was touted by most as a toss-up […]

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Clearfield tops Brockway

NOTES Following Friday’s game, Clearfield has been held to under 300 yards of total offense just twice over the past 31 games: Week 7 of the 2012 season at Tyrone (247 yards) and in the state playoff loss to Berwick last year (289). At the halfway point of the 2014 season (5 games), the Bison […]

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D-Line Dominance in Beaver win

The Beavers were able to hit the reset button on their season as the 100th meeting of the Punxy rivalry was dominated by the DuBois defensive line. Punxsutawney had been on a roll ripping up their last three division foes. Many wondered if the loss of Paulinellie for the season, a solid Chucks squad, and […]

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Central Catholic runs to 3-0

In What was a close game for the first half turned out into a dominant win as it entered the second half. The game was tied at 7 going to half. The game started with 2 three and outs. Later in the quarter Central Catholic goes for it on fourth down and can’t convert the […]

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Pennsylvania’s Top 15 High School Football Dynasties

A look at the most dominant football teams in the state based on wins and state titles. MaxPreps.com released their top 15 Pennsylvania Football Dynasties from 2003 to 2012. In the East these are the teams that made the list, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7), Gateway (7), Upper St. Clair (7), Thomas Jefferson (7) and Central […]

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PIAA semifinals notebook

The numbers look like a video game. Only it’s not. WPIAL AA champion Aliquippa (14-0) has been piling up points all season long, and they’re doing so at a pace that might put them on a very, very, very short list. Actually, Aliquippa is already on a very short list. The Quips have scored 709 […]

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12th Man Show Week 10 Preview

Join us Friday night for week 10 of the 12th Man Show. Lots of scores, interviews and playoff matchups. Here is this weeks lineup…. -Josh Klingerman, recaps Central Columbia vs Bloomsburg -Armand Vanore, EasternPAFootball.com writer, talks District 12 -Matt Farago, of Champs Sports Network, recaps WPIAL playoff opener Penn Trafford vs Central Catholic -Chris Rosetti, of […]

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WesternPAFootball.net Notebook: Clairton joins elite “club”, Woodland Hills’ in rare territory, Warriors’ workhorse and a one-man wrecking crew

The WPIAL finally welcomed Allegheny County to the club. The 600-win club, that is. With its 54-6 victory over California Friday, Clairton etched itself as the first Allegheny County scholastic football program to reach an important milestone in all-time football victories. The Bears won their 600th football game, and 50th in a row, over the […]

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2012 Statewide High School Football Rankings – Preseason

Statewide football rankings are compiled and updated weekly by EasternPAFootball.com’s Josh Funk and released for publication each Monday during the season. Installments for Weeks 1 through 16 will include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed in the “Honorable Mention” category are arranged in numerical order by geographic […]

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2012 Big School Pre-Season Team

2012 WESTERNPAFOOTBALL.NET BIG SCHOOL PRESEASON TEAM QB: Damion Terry, Erie Cathedral Prep (Sr.); Jordan Brown, Seneca Valley (Sr.); Thomas Woodson, Gateway (Sr.) RB: Brock Baranowski, Pine-Richland (Sr.); Dane Brown, Franklin Regional (Sr.); Darin Franklin, Gateway (Sr.); Dorian Brown, Baldwin (Sr.); Forrest Barnes, Seneca Valley (Sr.); Jalen Holmes, New Castle (Sr.) WR: Brendan Coniker, North Allegheny […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – FINAL 2011 poll

The FINAL 2011 installment of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings includes the team, geographic district and overall season record. Final honorable mention selections for the final set of 2011 statewide rankings will take only 10 teams from each classification and will list the team’s geographic district and end-of-season record. Instead of being arranged in order by […]

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12th Man Show Week 14 Preview

We step closer to the concrete palace with week fourteen of the 12th Man Show. This week we welcome in some new talent and also some veterans. Jeff Reinhart starts us off with a recap of Bishop McDevitt/Lampeter-Strasburg and a preview of Lancaster Catholic/Mount Carmel. Phil Cmor of the Altoona Mirror gives us his take […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 13

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. North Allegheny […]

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12th Man Show Week 13 Preview

Now that we are all stuffed with turkey its time for some high school football. Week thirteen of the 12th Man Show as we step closer to Hershey. This week we bring back Rockin Rod Frisco as we talk District 3 football. Keeping it in the district, Josh Funk recaps the AA final as Wyomissing […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 11

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 10

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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12th Man Show Week 10 Preview

Week Ten of the 12th Man Show as we welcome back a long time friend Chris Schmouder of ESPN 92.3FM. A couple of games that could affect the D2/4/11 AAAA Subregional is Delaware Valley vs Wallenpaupack & Whitehall vs Parkland. We talk with Kevin Halpenny of KJ Broadcasting and Keith Groller of The Morning Call […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 9

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 8

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Woodland Hills WR Shakim Alonzo issues oral declaration to Cincinnati

The featured wide receiver in Woodland Hills’ aerial assault this season and last has selected where he will continue his collegiate football career. Shakim Alonzo, a 6’5, 205-pound athlete for the Wolverines, issued an oral declaration to Cincinnati today, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as well as national recruiting service Scout.com. In addition to Cincinnati, […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 7

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Mt. Lebanon RB Luke Hagy issues oral declaration to Cornell

An Ivy League school has landed one of the WPIAL’s top AAAA running backs. Luke Hagy, a 5’11, 185-pound senior for Mt. Lebanon High School, issued an oral declaration to Cornell Tuesday, according to Tony Greco, publisher of PantherDigest.com, Scout’s website for the University of Pittsburgh. Hagy held an offer from Pitt, Patriot League rep […]

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Hopewell RB Rushel Shell issues oral declaration to Pitt

Pitt is it. Hopewell senior running back Rushel Shell issued an oral declaration to the University of Pittsburgh Friday morning, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.  Shell chose Pitt over Alabama and held numerous scholarship offers from programs all across the country. Shell is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout.com and ranked as the […]

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Central Catholic RB Damion Jones-Moore issues oral declaration to Toledo

A fourth senior from Pittsburgh Central Catholic has issued an oral declaration to continue his football career at a Division-1 FBS (bowl subdivision) program. Damion Jones-Moore, a 5’7, 175-pound feature running back for the Vikings, has issued an oral declaration to Toledo, a Mid American Conference program, according to national recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 6

The installments of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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District 10 Playoff Outlook, Week 6

We have reached the midway point in the 2011 season, which means it’s time to start looking at playoff races. Class A: Region 1: Favorites: Sharpsville (2-0, 4-0) Mercer (4-0, 4-1) Playoff Contenders: Linesville (2-1, 3-1) Farrell (2-1, 3-2) West Middlesex (2-1, 3-2) Key Games remaining: 10/7 Farrell @ Linesville 10/14 West Middlesex @ Farrell […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 5

The installements of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Who stood out Week 5

What did you think of the fifth week of high school football? What team(s), player(s) or moments stood out for you? Post a comment below and we can chat about it.

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2011 Power Rankings Week 4

District 5

District 6

District 7

District 8

District 9

District 10

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

Class A

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 4

The installements of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Cumberland Valley Pins Little Lions

State College has  good a offense.  Really, they do.  But you wouldn’t know it by the final score of 45-21.  “Hard to win a game when you start every drive from your own 20″ was what Little Lion coach Al Wolski had to say after watching his team start 10 out of 12 offensive drives […]

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MVP Memories.com

Here at MVPmemories.com, we create products that capture and preserve your greatest sports milestones. Simply upload your favorite action shots to create custom wall graphics, posters, and art on canvas. We offer a variety of sports themed templates that can be customized with your athlete’s name, picture, jersey number, and team colors. Be sure to […]

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Who stood out Week 3

What did you think of the third week of high school football? What team(s), player(s) or moments stood out for you? Post a comment below and we can chat about it.

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2011 Power Rankings Week 3

District 5

District 6

District 7

District 8

District 9

District 10

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

Class A

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 3

The installements of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings following Weeks 1-16 include the team, geographic district, overall season record and the previous week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. To save space, team records for those listed as honorable mentions are not published. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central […]

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Week three game(s). What game are you going too?

What game(s) are you going to attend week three? Break down the matchup of your game. What are some of the marquee match-ups this weekend?

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2011 Power Rankings Week 2

District 5

District 6

District 7

District 8

District 9

District 10

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

Class A

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Millersville Nudges LHU, 21-20

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer LOCK HAVEN — It was the beginning of the new era in Lock Haven University football Saturday night at Hubert Jack Stadium, and first-year head coach John Allen was hoping for some big things from his squad. However, for LHU, the outcome of the game produced somewhat bittersweet results. Although […]

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Week two game(s). What game are you going too?

What game(s) are you going to attend week one? Break down the matchup of your game. What is the best matchup this weekend?

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Gateway’s defense stifles Bishop McDevitt in rain-soaked struggle

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Having a great defense goes a long, long way.  And if that great defense can set up several short field opportunities for its offense, it gets even better. Meet the Gateway Gators, who got a stout defensive effort in their season opener against the defending PIAA AAA runners-up. Gateway (1-0) limited Bishop […]

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Central Catholic survives titanic clash with Archbishop Wood

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – There’s something about the big stage of Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s season openers and the performances of Damion Jones-Moore. The career 3,400-yard rusher torched Youngstown Ursuline for more than 200 yards in 2009, then ran for 110 more to open the Vikings’ 2010 opener against eventual Ohio state champ Akron Buchtel.  So 2011 […]

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ALL BUSINESS: Johnstown makes short work of Bishop Guilfoyle

ALTOONA, Pa. – In his postgame comments, Johnstown head coach Tony Penna Jr. made certain to note the business-like demeanor his Trojan squad possesses. “They never get too high or too low – nothing seems to phase them,” Penna said, adding the team wasn’t thrown out of focus when they arrived to find they were […]

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Who stood out Week 1

What did you think of the first week of high school football? What team(s), player(s) or moments stood out for you? Post a comment below and we can chat about it.

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12th Man Show Week 1 Preview

The Helmetheads are coming out of hibernation. The rhapsody and rhetoric return. Rookie head coach Vinnie Kishbaugh is living the dream, he is the brand new boss man at Central Mountain. Coach Kishie shares his plan to be the man and make some midstate magic. Rockin Rod Frisco goes trips formation and talks triple threat, football, fatherhood (real […]

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2011 Internet Streams Schedule Released

EasternPAFootball.com & WesternPAFootball.net have released the 2011 Internet Stream Schedule page. We have over 45 radio and tv networks schedules listed to make it easier fans to find their games. If you still would like to add your stream please email jeremy@westernpafootball.net and we will add it. Also, we added share buttons at the top […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Preseason edition

The 2011 pre-season installment of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings include the team and respective geographic district. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) 2. Neshaminy (1) 3. La Salle College High School (12) 4. North Allegheny (7) 5. North Penn (1) 6. […]

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Friday Night Feats

Friday Night Feats is a video contest from State Farm® that honors big moments in high school football. We’re back for 2011 and the contest launches August 25! A total of $160,000 in prize money will be awarded to schools across the U.S. and parts of Canada to use however they’d like. A new football field? […]

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Week one game(s)

What game(s) are you going to attend week one? Break down the matchup of your game. I will be covering the Downingtown East vs. Allentown Central Catholic game. It will be interesting to see ACC’s offensive/defensive line. Can they contain Drew Harris? Any one else going to this one? We will be covering about 20 […]

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2011-12 District 10 “Players to Watch” list

Aaron Collins, Senior QB/DB, Mercer Area – The dual-threat field general leading a Mercer Mustang offense that averaged more than 250 rushing yards and 21 points per game, Collins accounted for 592 yards of offense (359 passing, 233 rushing) and had a hand in four total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). He completed 22-of-53 passes […]

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2011-12 District 9 “Players to Watch” list

Aaron Burnside, Senior OL/DL, Cameron County – One of the top returning sack artists in District 9, Burnside posted 67 tackles (43 solo), a team-best 12 sacks and a fumble recovery. Burnside averaged more than six tackles per game, racking up two games of 10+ tackles and three games with at least two sacks. His […]

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2011-12 District 7 & 8 “Players to Watch” list (Part II)

Jon Turner, Senior OL/LB, Freeport – Another key presence returning at linebacker for the Yellowjackets in addition to Brian Welsh, Turner tallied 73 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.3 tackles per game, finishing a pair of games with 11+ tackles. Turner’s best game came against Burrell – he finished with 12 tackles […]

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2011-12 District 7 & 8 “Players to Watch” list (Part I)

Aaron Law, Senior RB/DB, Central Valley – The fourth-leading rusher in the Warriors’ rushing attack which averaged 213.9 yards per game, Law ran for 380 yards and three touchdowns on 88 carries and caught another two passes for 18 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and nine yards per reception. He also returned an interception […]

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2011-12 District 6 “Players to Watch” list

Aaron Tamplin, Senior TE/DE, Blairsville – Tamplin finished as the leading tackler on the Bobcats’ 2010 defensive unit. He racked up 84 tackles (53 solo), a forced fumble and a blocked field goal, posting five games with 10+ tackles. Tamplin had a season-best 19 tackles against Purchase Line, 13 tackles against Marion Center and a […]

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2011-12 District 5 “Players to Watch” list

Adam Wiley, Junior ATH, Chestnut Ridge – Wiley had a respectable defensive season for the 8-3 Lions, posting 72 tackles and three interceptions, averaging 7.2 tackles per contest and twice finishing with more than 10 tackles in a game, including a season-best 13 stops in a Week 2 victory over North Star. Wiley didn’t stop […]

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Who will repeat as state champs in 2011

Who will repeat as state champions? Here’s a list of the 2010 state champs. Tell us which team(s) you think will repeat and why? 4A – North Allegheny 3A – Allentown Central Catholic 2A – West Catholic 1A – Clairton

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Bishop McCort OG Zach Rugg issues oral declaration to Connecticut

Rugg, a 6’5″, 275-pound offensive guard from Bishop McCort had offers  from Buffalo, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Temple, Toledo, Villanova, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Youngstown State. His team finished 8-5 overall, 5-3 in their league, and they rushed as a team for 2,113 yards, a 4.72 yard per carry.

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MVPMemories.com

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Top High School Football Coaches

There are legends like Mike Pettine of Central Bucks West and George Curry of Berwick. But who are some of the best high school coaches in Pennsylvania coaching today?

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Tyrone Area QB Steve Franco issues oral declaration to Akron

One of District 6’s top returning passing quarterbacks will be continuing his collegiate football career in the Mid-American Conference. Steve Franco, a 6’3, 180-pound quarterback for Tyrone Area High School, issued an oral declaration to Akron Wednesday, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.  The Zips were the only FBS school to offer the Golden Eagles’ […]

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Who are the top teams in Western PA this year?

Next month we will count down to our number one team in our Super 10 Rankings. Who are your top 5 teams in Class AAAA, AAA, AA and A? Pick from any of these Districts – 5,6,7,8,9 and 10 teams. Class AAAA 1) ? 2) ? 3) ? 4) ? 5) ? Class AAA 1) […]

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Dontez Ford of Sto-Rox issues an oral declaration to Syracuse

The 6-2 200, pound safety chose Syracuse over offers from Akron, Temple and Vanderbilt. As a junior, Ford was a second-team all-league selection at defensive back. He also plays wide receiver for the Vikings, who went 7-3 last season.

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Jake Witucki of Highlands issues an oral declaration to Kent State

The 6-4 285, pound offensive lineman chose Kent State over offers from Temple, Eastern Michigan and Akron.

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Greater Johnstown WR/LB Alkwan Williams issues oral declaration to Pittsburgh

One of Greater Johnstown’s top returning two-way athletes is attracting interest from Division-1 football programs. Alkwan Williams, a 6’1, 210-pound wide receiver/linebacker combination for the Trojans, issued an oral declaration to Pitt Friday morning, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.  The Panthers were one of only two programs to offer the Johnstown athlete – Kent […]

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Williams picks Pitt

On Friday morning Greater Johnstown standout linebacker Alkwan Williams committed to the Panthers.

More to follow……….

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Upper St. Clair TE/DE Jack Schwaba issues oral declaration to Northwestern

The Northwestern Wildcats have already had a banner 2012 recruiting class thus far, receiving declarations from six three-star prospects and a pair of two-star prospects. Tuesday evening, the purple and white received a declaration from their seventh three-star prospect in their 2012 recruiting class – and fourth such prospect from Pennsylvania. Jack Schwaba, a 6’5, […]

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Mitchell and Goldberg pick Wisconsin

Less than two days Shady Side Academy cornerback Reggie Mitchell and Mt. Lebanon defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg verbally committed to Wisconsin. Goldberg, who chose Wisconsin over offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia. Mitchell, who chose Wisconsin over offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Toledo. More to follow…..

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Clairton WR/DB Trenton Coles issues oral declaration to Pittsburgh

One of Clairton’s key receiving targets from its PIAA championship team last fall has officially declared where he will play college football. Trenton Coles, a 6’3, 173-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Clairton High School, issued an oral declaration to Pittsburgh Saturday, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.  The Panthers were one of four programs to […]

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Sto-Rox WR/CB Marzett Geter issues oral declaration to Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh has landed its first WPIAL recruit in its 2012 recruiting class. Marzett Geter, a 5’8, 165-pound wide receiver/defensive back at Sto-Rox High School, has issued an oral declaration to Pitt, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.  Rivals first reported Geter’s choice of Pitt June 8.  Scout confirmed the commitment […]

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Defensive Backs – Class 0f 2011-2012

Who are some of the top Defensive backs going into the 2011 season? Here’s our list of the top three Defensive backs in Western PA. Who do you think makes the top five list? 1) Demetrious Cox – Jeannette – 6-1 185 2) Anthony Nixon – Pittsburgh Central Catholic – 6-2 190 3) Sherrod Naylor […]

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Linebackers – Class of 2011-2012

Who are some of the top linebackers going into the 2011 season? Here’s our list of the top three linebackers in Western PA. Who do you think makes the top five list? 1) Deaysean Rippy – Sto-Rox 6-2 200 Video – 2010 Highlights 2) Alkwan Williams – Greater Johnstown – 6-1 210 Video – 2010 […]

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Offensive Lineman – Class of 2011-2012

Who are some of the top offensive lineman going into the 2011 season? Here’s our list of the top three offensive lineman in Western PA. Who do you think makes the top five list? 1) Adam Bisnowaty – Fox Chapel 6-6 275 2) Josh Stepoli – Monessen 6-6 260 3) Ian Park – Upper Saint […]

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Wide Receivers – Class of 2011-2012

Who are some of the top wide receivers going into the 2011 season? Here’s our list of the top three wide receivers in Western PA. Who do you think makes the top five list? 1. Anthony Nixon, Pittsburgh Central Catholic The featured target for the Vikings last season, Nixon caught 34 passes for 699 yards […]

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Running back – Class of 2011-2012

Who are some of the top running backs going into the 2011 season? Here’s our list of the top three running backs in Western PA. Who do you think makes the top five list? 1. Rushel Shell, Hopewell Shell is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic athletes to ever come out of the […]

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Quarterback – Class of 2011-2012

Who are some of the top quarterbacks going into the 2011 season? Here’s our list of the top three quarterbacks in Western PA. Who do you think makes the top five list? 1. Dillon Buechel, Montour Buechel threw for 2,221 yards and 24 touchdowns, leading Montour to the WPIAL AAA championship game against Central Valley.  […]

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2011 National Signing Day

National Signing Day is the most important day in college football recruiting as it is the day most recruits make their college choices known. Many recruiting fans go so far as to call this day a holiday. What school will be the big winner in PA, Pitt or Penn State? With National Signing Day quickly approaching […]

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2011 Open Dates

2011 OPEN DATES (Updated on 4/14/10 Rayland Buckeye Local (AA in Ohio, 10 miles North of Wheeling, WV) is looking for a Varsity Football game on September 2nd or 3rd. Please contact AD Sam Jones at 740-632-0756 cell or 740-859-2196 school or at sam.jones@omeresa.net *********************** Hamburg Area (AAA, District 3) needs a home game on […]

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Woodland Hills DE Quinton Jefferson commits to Maryland

One of Woodland Hills’ athletes from a talent-laden 2010 defensive unit has verbally committed to a school from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Quinton Jefferson, a 6’4, 230-pound defensive end, verbally committed to Maryland today, according to Scout.com.  Jefferson had also received offers from Cincinnati, Iowa and Pittsburgh, among other schools. Jefferson was one of four […]

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South wins Chesapeake Bowl

The South overcame a two-touchdown deficit for a 30-27 win over the North. Darius Jennings of Gilman School had 150 yards of offense and a score to lead the South in the first annual Chesapeake Bowl. The North team, with players from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania scored on its first two possessions. Pottsgrove’s Maika […]

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Big School Player of the Year: Kevin Cope, North Allegheny

North Allegheny fielded a dominant defensive unit in 2010, and really, the player of the year award could have been given to that entire unit as a whole. The Tigers enjoyed a dominant defensive line, steady linebackers and a productive defensive secondary en route to winning their first PIAA championship since 1990. Cope finished the […]

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Greensburg Central Catholic OL Bernie Sarra commits to Navy

One of Greensburg Central Catholic’s seniors will continue his football career at a Division-1 football program. Bernie Sarra, a 6’2, 310-pound OG/DT for Greensburg Central Catholic High School, has made a verbal commitment to play football for the U.S. Naval Academy. Sarra has been one of the fixtures of a Centurion offensive line that helped […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – FINAL 2010 POLL

The final 2010 installment of Funkster’s Fab 40 statewide rankings include the team, geographic district, and final 2010 season record. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. North Allegheny (7, 15-1) 2. La Salle College High School (12, 13-2) 3. North Penn (1, 13-2) 4. Pittsburgh Central […]

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North Allegheny Takes Gold in AAAA

Hershey, Pa., As the sun was beginning to set on Hersheypark stadium during the pregame drills it appeared that the AAAA state championship game between the WPIAL’s North Allegheny Tigers and the District 12 champ LaSalle Explorers was going to be a battle of the Tigers ground and pound attack and the Explorers skill players. […]

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MERCY, PLEASE: West Catholic drops half a hundred on South Fayette to claim PIAA gold

HERSHEY, Pa. – High atop Section 26 of the visitors side of seating at HersheyPark Stadium, a group of South Fayette youth could be seen running back and forth across empty rows of bleachers during the second half of Saturday’s PIAA AA state championship game. It was eerily similar to what was going on down […]

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Late Touchdown earns Central Catholic a Title

By Dean Beers, D11Football.com Hershey –  Brendan Nosovitch and his team have had big plays all throughout the playoffs. The Vikings needed a big one being behind 27-21 with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. They got one. A 70-yard pass from Nosovitch to senior tight end Jack Sandherr (5 catches, 128 […]

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Clairton Survives Riverside rally to win A State Title

Hershey, Pa., Spotting the Riverside Vikings a 24-0 lead in the first 14 minutes, the Clairton Bears went on  a scoring spree and held on for a 36-30 win and back to back class A State titles at Hershey stadium. The Vikings got on the board on their third possession in one play when Senior […]

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Class A State Final Chat 2pm Friday

Join our staff during the Class A State Final and chat about the game on Friday, December 17th at 2pm. Click here: Class A Chat

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12th Man Show Postgame Chat Saturday 10:30pm

Join Prep Nation Radio for a Friday Postgame chat on Saturday, December 18th at 10:30pm. Click here: 12th Man Show Postgame Chat

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Class AAA State Final Chat 7pm Friday

Join our staff during the Class AAA State Final and chat about the game on Friday, December 17th at 7pm. Click here: Class AAA Chat

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Class AA State Final Chat 12pm Saturday

Join our staff during the Class AA State Final and chat about the game on Saturday, December 18th at 12pm. Click here: Class AA Chat

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Radio/TV/Blog Schedules State Finals

State Finals Radio/TV/Blog Schedule has been updated. Any questions, comments or corrections please email Jeremy Click on Schedule or under the multimedia tab at the top of the website.

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12th Man Show Postgame Chat Friday 10:30pm

Join Prep Nation Radio for a Friday Postgame chat on Friday, December 17th at 10:30pm. Click here: 12th Man Show Postgame Chat

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Class AAAA State Final Chat 5pm Saturday

Join our staff during the Class AAAA State Final and chat about the game on Saturday, December 18th at 5pm. Click here: Class AAAA Chat

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Brumbaugh’s banner day carries South Fayette to PIAA finals

GREENSBURG, Pa. – South Fayette senior field general Christian Brumbaugh was less than enthused with the start to the PIAA AA Western Final. His fourth pass attempt of the game had been intercepted by Forest Hills’ James McCombie and returned 59 yards for a touchdown. Worse yet was the fact the turnover thwarted a possession that […]

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Riverside stops Bishop Carroll comeback bid

Play till the clock is zeros. That’s what good teams do. Bishop Carroll is a little better than good.  A furious 4th quarter comeback just wasn’t enough as Riverside posted a 34-20 victory over the Huskies. The comeback began with 10:12 left in the 4th quarter and Riverside holding a commanding 28-6 lead. Following a […]

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HERSHEY BOUND: Bishop McDevitt rallies to defeat lighting-quick Cathedral Prep

DuBOIS, Pa. – Amid the postgame celebration, Bishop McDevitt senior quarterback Matt Johnson was running around the melee with a Santa hat in his hand. The red hats with the poofy white ball on the end are quite a common sight this time of year, as Christmas is not too far away. Moments earlier, Johnson […]

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Cumberland Valley claims 12th District 3 football championship

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Cumberland Valley Eagles are hoisting District 3 gold once again. The Eagles (12-2) successfully defended their 2009 District 3 AAAA championship with a dominating 35-7 victory over Red Lion Saturday evening from HersheyPark Stadium. Game story and final stats are forthcoming.

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12th Man Show Week 14 Preview

And then there were eight. With nearly 150 schools to start in each classification, we have made it to the elite eight. Who’s one win away from punching their ticket to chocolatetown? We find out after this weekends games. Tom Reisenweber of the Erie Times returns for the final time this season as he recaps […]

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Nosovitch Named PA Gatorade Player of the Year

ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT NAMED GATORADE® PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CHICAGO (December 2, 2010) — In its third decade of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Brendan Nosovitch of Allentown Central Catholic High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year.  Nosovitch […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 13

Week 13 rankings include the team, geographic district, season record and last week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. LaSalle College (12, 11-1), DNP Week 13 (playoff bye) 2. North Penn (1, 12-1), def. Council Rock South 28-14 3. North Allegheny (7, 12-1), def. Woodland […]

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12th Man Show Week 13 Preview

Back in black. Yes its Black Friday on the 12th Man Show. And boy do we have a good one for you. Allentown Central Catholic head coach Harold Fairclough talks about the DNA of the Vikings and the challenges of playing in the lehigh valley conference. Keith Schweigert of lancsports.com makes his debut and recaps […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 12

Week 12 rankings include the team, geographic district, season record and last week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. LaSalle College (12, 11-1), def. Philadelphia Northeast 35-0 2. North Penn (1, 11-1), def. Downingtown East 49-33 3. North Allegheny (7, 11-1), def. Pittsburgh Central Catholic […]

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Curwensville’s ground game pummels Cameron County

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Former Brockway head football coach Ray Reckner brought some food items up to the pressbox early Saturday afternoon, and among the items were a pack of Nestle Crunch chocolate bars. Curwensville proceeded to crunch the Cameron County defense with its featured tailback, Alex Holland. Holland ran for 246 yards and scored two […]

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17-point second half comeback fuels Port Allegany victory

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Port Allegany never really has been known for a potent aerial attack. Yet the Gators brought sophomore field general Matt Bodamer into Week 12 of 2010 with 1,770 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. But to get itself into the District 9 Class A championship game, Port Allegany returned to its roots – […]

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State College Ends Central Mountain’s Season With 31-6 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer ALTOONA — Mistakes can many times be the difference between winning and losing in the game of football, and nobody knows that any better than the Central Mountain Wildcats. Guilty of mental mistakes, fumbles, missed tackles and costly penalties, the Wildcats saw their season come to a screeching halt Friday […]

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12th Man Show Week 12 Preview

This week on the 12th Man Show we inch closer to chocolate town. With some districts crowning their champions this weekend and others a couple weeks away, the number of teams vying for a state championship is getting shorter. This weeks coachspeak is a little different. The Funkster steps in to help out and talks […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 11

Week 11 rankings include the team, geographic district, season record and last week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7, 11-0), def. Gateway 10-0 2. LaSalle College (12, 10-1), def. Roman Catholic 35-16 3. North Penn (1, 10-1), def. Penn Wood 20-6 […]

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Statewide Playoff Chat Thursday 7pm

Join staff members of EasternPAFootball.com, WesternPAFootball.net & PrepNationRadio.com for a LIVE Statewide Playoff chat Thursday, November 18th at 7pm. Break down the brackets with us as we march closer to Chocolate Town. Click here: Cover It Live Playoff Chat

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Brookville’s defense stifles Moniteau; Raiders will face Brockway for D9 AA title

CLARION, Pa. – In the present day and age of major collegiate football, the famous phrase “style points” is often used in describing victories. Thank goodness “style points” aren’t needed come playoff time. Whether it be pretty or not, a win is a win. And there was nothing stylish about District 9 AA’s semifinal game. […]

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Internet Streams Schedules Released (UPDATED)

***UPDATE***   You can watch the Class AAAA Philly Catholic League Final between LaSalle & Roman Catholic LIVE on the web tonight at 7pm. Click the streams schedule link below for more information. The 2010 Internet Streams Playoff Schedule has been released for this week. Any questions, comments or corrections please email jeremy@easternpafootball.com Click on […]

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Ship Sinks LHU 41-17 in Season Finale

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer LOCK HAVEN — For the Lock Haven University football team, Saturday afternoon at Hubert Jack Stadium proved to be just another long day in a winless 0-11 season. With the loss, the LHU losing streak that now spans three seasons is at 32 games and counting. Hoping to pick up […]

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Wilmington shuts down North East, moves to District 10 semifinals

EDINBORO, Pa. – Toward the beginning of the 2010 football season, Wilmington’s multi-sport star Sutton Whiting signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Louisville. During Satruday’s District 10 AA quarterfinal game against North East, Whiting, to use a baseball analogy, had a two-home-run game. Whiting contributed to both Wilmington touchdowns – […]

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DEUCES WILD: North Hills’ defense fends off resurgent Upper St. Clair

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. – For all of the game planning, film study, practice and work that goes into a week of playoff football, North Hills’ veteran head football coach Jack McCurry was caught slightly off-guard. But not by the opposing game plan. “I’ve got six shirts on, and long johns, and I’m still freezing for God […]

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12th Man Show Week 11 Preview (UPDATED)

***UPDATED***  Paul McGloin, father of Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, has been added to this weeks show. Wow did this week fly by. Sorry for the delay on this weeks 12th Man Show Preview. A slight change from previous previews as time is not on our side. Lots of things going on as the playoffs […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 10

Week 6 rankings include the team, geographic district, season record and last week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7, 10-0), def. Pine-Richland 37-10 2. LaSalle College (12, 9-1), def. Father Judge 34-7 3. Ridley (1, 10-0), def. Upper Darby 14-7 4. […]

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Clairton blanks Carmichael, 42-0

The number one ranked team in Class A showed no mercy in a 42-0 win over Carmichael to open the WPIAL first round playoffs Friday night at Neil C. Brown Stadium. Clairton’s defense recorded its seventh shutout in 10 games. They allowed only four first downs and 54 total yards of offense. Clairton who has […]

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Bellefonte Downs BEA 32-14 To Recapture The Curtin Bowl

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer BELLEFONTE — For Brad Grieb, Torin Miller, Nate Schultz, Tyler Lucas, Corey Ross, Brandon Quay and the rest of the Bellefonte Red Raider seniors, the wait is finally over. During their careers as a Red Raider football player, the Bellefonte seniors were never on the winning side of the Curtin […]

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12th Man Show Week 10 Preview

This week we talk brackets, brackets and more brackets. The WPIAL’s are good to go. We try and fill in the rest of the state Friday night. Before that we will give some more love to the BleacherCoaches community. How about district 5? Berlin-Brothersvalley Coach Doug Paul talks Ian Saylor and the Mountaineers. We move […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings – Week 9

Week 9 rankings include the team, geographic district, season record and last week’s result. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. AAAA: 1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7, 9-0), def. Fox Chapel 49-0 2. Ridley (1, 9-0), def. Garnet Valley 38-0 3. LaSalle College (12, 8-1), def. St. Joseph’s Prep 31-7 […]

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LHU Throws Scare Into Edinboro in 30-22 Loss

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer HAVEN — Although it was only Halloween Eve, the only thing frightened at Hubert Jack Stadium Saturday night might have been the Edinboro Fighting Scot football team. Coming into their matchup with Lock Haven University as a heavy favorite, the Scots escaped with a hard-fought 30-22 win over the bruised […]

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Tyrone Remains Unbeaten With 42-0 Win over Rams

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer SPRING MILLS — Simply put, Friday night’s matchup between Tyrone and Penns Valley was one featuring two squads headed in diametrically opposite directions as the Golden Eagles dehorned the Rams 42-0 in Mountain League, Nittany Conference action. Through nine games, the Golden Eagles are still flawless at 9-0, while the […]

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McDowell football game moved

The site for Friday’s McDowell football game has been changed because of four fires reported at the school today. McDowell’s game against Altoona that had been scheduled for Friday at Gus Anderson Stadium has been switched to Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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12th Man Show Week 9 Preview

Headlining the 12th Man Show Halloween Special is legendary Forest Hills bossman Don Bailey. We find out the DNA of Ranger nation. Another coach speak segment this week as we talk live with Old Forge Blue Devils general Mike Schuback. A couple of new guests this week as we welcome Ed Thomas who gives us […]

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2010 Playoff Bracket Advertising

Attention businesses: We have a special advertising offer during the playoffs. You can advertise your business during the playoffs for just $50.00. We will put your logo on all 6 bracket sheets for the entire playoffs. The logo will be linked back to your website, facebook page or twitter account. We also archive the brackets […]

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Westminster Blanks Thiel in First-ever Night Game at Burry Stadium

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PAFootball Writer NEW WILMINGTON — Saturday night at Harold Burry Stadium, the Westminster Titans tossed a 35-0 shutout at the Thiel Tomcats in a PAC football game between the two neighboring rivals. For Thiel, it was the seventh loss of the season without a win for the young and banged-up Tomcats, […]

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SRU Rocks Lock Haven, 56-14

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer SLIPPERY ROCK — For the Lock Haven University football team, it was déjà vu all over again Saturday afternoon in their battle with Slippery Rock at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. In the Bald Eagles game with Gannon, they only surrendered seven points in the first half before losing 42-7. In […]

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Bellwood-Antis Outduels Juniata Valley

When asked at halftime what he told his team following an explosive first half from both teams, Blue Devil coach John Hayes had one thing to say: “Play more defense!”  And his team responded, recording 4 second half sacks to hold the Hornet offense off in crucial drives giving the Blue Devils a 36-22 victory. […]

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South Fayette wins the battle of unbeatens

This game had excitement.  There were two hook-and-ladder plays and a reception on a tipped pass by 285-pound left tackle Nick Faraci. In the end South Fayette spoiled Seton-LaSalle’s homecoming game with a 42-35 win at Chartiers Valley High School. With the win South Fayette (8-0) remains as the only unbeaten team in the conference. […]

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12th Man Show Week 8 Preview

This week we give you a double dose of coach speak. First we have Owen J. Roberts front man Tom Barr. The Wildcats are led by running back Ryan Brumfield. Next up we speak with Lancaster Catholics Bruce Harbach. The defending AA state champ Crusaders are looking at a possible repeat this season. A trio […]

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Grove City Wolverines Deflate Geneva for 13-7 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer GROVE CITY — It was a beautiful night for football Saturday night as Geneva College visited Grove City College for their annual fray on the gridiron. As the evening wore on, it became an even better night for GCC as the Wolverines held off a late Geneva surge to down […]

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Gannon Rides Big Second Half to 42-7 Win over LHU

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer LOCK HAVEN — When the Gannon University football team invaded Hubert Jack Stadium Saturday afternoon for its meeting with Lock Haven, the Knights were hoping to bounce back over the .500 mark. On the other side of the field, the Bald Eagles were just hoping for a couple of bounces […]

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Grove City strikes Oil

GROVE CITY – Both teams came into the game with a 6-0 record and they knew who ever won this game most likely would win the Region 5 crown Friday night. Grove City’s Wes Phipps scored four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-17 win. Both teams were ranked at the top of the […]

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TYRONE BLANKS BEA

Bald Eagle Area coach Jack Tobias gave his team a plan.  “Hold our blocks, control the line and just do what we do best. And play disciplined football. It worked for the first drive of the game. That is until, on the first offensive drive of the game, the Bald Eagles methodically drove to the […]

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Shell runs for 302 yards as Hopewell knocks off Central Valley

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Despite all of his individual success rushing the football, Hopewell junior phenom running back Rushel Shell knows what aids him. “I’d be nothing without my offensive line,” Shell said. “Without them, I wouldn’t get even five yards per game.” Central Valley only wishes Shell would average five yards per game. Shell […]

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Brashear has a Bear of a time with Oliver

PITTSBURGH – In the world of fictional literature, an orphan named Oliver asked, “Please sir, may I have some more?” In the present reality, Oliver High School’s Friday opponent, Brashear, probably wants no more of the Bears. Brashear (4-2) did just enough to fend off pesky Oliver (1-6) on the Bears’ Homecoming with a thrilling […]

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Bellefonte Rolls over Indian Valley, 41-21

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer BELLEFONTE — There are big games on every football team’s schedule, and for Indian Valley and Bellefonte, the one that took place Friday night at Rogers Stadium falls right into that category. In terms of the post-season in District 6 Class AAA, the scenario was a simple one. If Indian […]

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Maxwell Football Club Announces Maxwell And Bednarik Watch Lists

The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) today announced the watch lists for the 74th annual Maxwell Award and 16th annual Chuck Bednarik Award. 45 FBS schools, representing 10 conferences, are represented on the 2010 Maxwell Award list; 45 FBS schools from 11 conferences are on the Chuck Bednarik watch list. There are several familiar names on […]

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12th Man Show Week 7 Preview

The playoff picture is starting to take shape as we focus on week #7. We start off from Spartan Stadium as unbeaten North Schuylkill hosts Mount Carmel. T-102 Radio play by play man Shawn Fitzpatrick recaps this one. Fox Sports Radio The Games Josh Klingerman talks some district 4 football as Hughesville takes on Bloomsburg. […]

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Clarion Keeps Lock Haven Winless With 49-6 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer LOCK HAVEN — When Clarion and Lock Haven met in the season finale in 2007, both teams were looking for their initial win as they entered the contest with identical 0-10 records. Although slightly different circumstances, when the two teams met Saturday night at Hubert Jack Stadium, the scenario was […]

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Fighting Illini Beat Up on Nittany Lions, 33-13

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer UNIVERSITY PARK — If you are the Penn State football team, how do you spell relief? In the case of the Nittany Lions, the answer is a simple one. B-Y-E W-E-E-K. Not that the week off is going to make the Lions a better football team because that appears to […]

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Rams cruise by Golden Eagles on the road

The Richland Rams (2-4) had their way with the Somerset Golden Eagles (0-6) defeating them 43-14 at Somerset. The Rams were given a golden opportunity to break the game wide open at the beginning with a botched kickoff return by the Golden Eagles. Senior Kicker Greg Sichak kicked the opening kickoff near the sideline which […]

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12th Man Show Week 6 Preview

Eugene Lewis Sr. was a blue chip athlete from Philly and star college basketball player. After the cheering stopped, he battled alcohol and drugs. We explore how Mr. Lewis turned his life around. We also talk to his son, Wyoming Valley West Spartan junior quarterback Eugene Lewis Jr., about life as a top recruit. A […]

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Lycoming Outlasts King’s For 31-24 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer WILLIAMSPORT — Maybe it was a little bit of a letdown on the heels of a huge, emotional win over nationally-ranked Ithaca last weekend. Or maybe it was that the Lycoming College Warrior football team might have taken the King’s College Monarchs a little too lightly. Whatever the reason might […]

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Rams and Crushers go head to head in an epic rivalry battle

It was hard fought penalty filled night for both the Richland Rams (1-4) and the Bishop McCort Crushers (3-2) at Herlinger Field. The Crushers came away with a tough win 16-14 on a night that saw both teams commit a lot of mistakes along the way. After the first drive for each team stalled in […]

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12th Man Show Week 5 Preview

District 4 plays some pretty good football. Southern Columbia, Danville, Bloomsburg & Mt. Carmel are some of the teams having great seasons. Another team that will make a run at a district title is Lewisburg. The Green Dragons travel to Southern Columbia on Friday night. We talk with Head Coach Todd Tilford. District 3 Guru […]

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Nittany Lions Sneak Past Temple, 22-13

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer UNIVERSITY PARK — Any coach will be quick to tell you that any kind of win, even an ugly one, is better than a loss. Saturday afternoon, Penn State overcame more mistakes than head coach Joe Paterno and his staff would like to remember as the Lions crept past a […]

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Papson leads North Allegheny

In a battle of unbeaten teams, North Allegheny’s running back Alex Papson’s two touchdowns lifted the Tigers over McDowell 21-10. Papson the WPIAL’s second-leading rusher coming into the game, scored the go ahead touchdown on a one-yard run to make the score  14-10. After a McDowell punt, Papson broke free for the 74-yard touchdown run […]

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12th Man Show Week 4 Preview

District 9 plays some pretty good football but gets little media attention. This week we change that. Coach Frank Varischetti talks about his Brockway Rovers and signal caller Derek Buganza. Giving some more love in that area we talk with D9sports.coms Chris Rossetti. Moving slightly west we bring back Tom Reisenweber for another round of […]

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JuniorRank Underclassmen High School Showcase with scout Tom Lemming

JuniorRank Sports is currently looking for the Top 300 High School Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors in the country (currently playing varsity football) to attend the Elite Underclassmen High School Showcase, December 29th in Tempe, Arizona. By nominating your top athlete, they may be selected to register directly for the Number #1 (End of Year) Underclassmen Scouting/Recruiting event in the country.  […]

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Lock Haven Self-destructs in 38-13 Loss to Kutztown

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer LOCK HAVEN — Wow, how quickly things can change in the game of football. For the first 13 minutes of Saturday night’s football game between Lock Haven and Kutztown, it appeared the Bald Eagles were on a mission to end their losing streak when they opened up a 13-0 lead […]

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Nittany Lions Dump Golden Flash, 24-0

By BILL ALBRIGHT WesternPAFootball Writer UNIVERSITY PARK — Maybe it was a little hangover from the Alabama game, or maybe it was just the fact that Kent State might be a little better than some had thought. But regardless of what the reason might have been, in the end, it was another methodical 24-0 shutout […]

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Freeport stings Shady Side Academy in Saturday night showdown

FOX CHAPEL, Pa. – Both the Freeport Yellowjackets and the Shady Side Academy Indians boast a shade of gold in their school colors. But Saturday night, there was another shade of yellow dotting the gridiron – the referee’s flags. Instead of a football game, at times it felt like both teams were following the Yellow […]

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Richland gets first win by dominating Bedford

The Richland Rams (1-2) took to the road against the Bedford Bison’s (1-2). Needless to say it was the John Rizzo show for most of the game at Bedford. The junior running back ended a stellar evening gaining 203 yards on the ground while carrying the ball 15 times and scoring three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jordan […]

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12th Man Show Week 3 Preview

The Danville Ironmen are off to a great start in 2010 with big wins over Shikellamy & Selinsgrove. We find out the Ironmen DNA from head coach Jim Keiser. District 3 guru Dom Brown joins us to talk some Mid-Penn football. Sticking with District 3 and the Mid-Penn Conference, Josh Funk recaps Greencastle-Antrim and Susquehanna Township. […]

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Jefferson Shuts Out South Park

Could neighboring schools Thomas Jefferson and South Park be the newest big rivalry for the WPIAL?  With people speculating that the Thomas Jefferson powerhouse days are over, which includes their huge loss against Cocoa Florida, it seemed like a real possibility.   The Jaguars did not look as clean as they used to, by shutting out […]

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BATTLE OF THE JOSH’S: Washington, Apollo-Ridge QBs each account for 4 TDss

LEECHBURG, Pa. – Both the Washington and Apollo-Ridge football teams entered Week 2 of this 2010 season seeking improvement from Week 1 dominations. Washington, recall, was held to minus-24 yards of offense and didn’t gain a first down in a loss to Clairton.  And Apollo-Ridge, in a 40-6 loss to Indiana, mustered fewer than 100 […]

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Lycoming Thumps Westminster Titans, 40-14

Prior to Lycoming’s matchup with Westminster Saturday afternoon, the traditional sound of the cannon was heard at Robert Person Field as the Warrior football team emerged from the locker room. However, as it turned out, the cannon shot wasn’t the only big bang of the afternoon as the Warriors provided a few explosions of their own, helping […]

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Forest Hills runs past Richland as the Rangers beat the Rams

The Forest Hills Rangers (2-0) came into Herlinger Field Friday night on a mission, while the Richland Rams (0-2) were having a tough time getting their game plan together. The Ranger controlled the ground game gaining 283 total yards on the ground and beating the Rams 49-6. Senior Running Back Nick Dudukovich (17 carries 148 […]

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Clearfield Tramples Bald Eagle Area, 49-14

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer HYDE — Unfortunately for the Bald Eagle Area football team, their venture to Clearfield County put them into the middle of a stampede — Bison style. Making the most of excellent field position from the get go, Clearfield scored early and often as they dismantled the Eagles 49-14 Friday […]

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“Bailey Bowl” to take place in Richland for the first time since 2005

Come Friday night the “Bailey Bowl” will be underway. The Forest Hills Rangers (1-0) will be traveling to Herlinger Field to take on the Richland Rams (1-0). This Laurel Highlands cross division matchup will see Don Bailey, head coach of the Rangers, take on his son Brandon Bailey, coach of the Rams. In his nine […]

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12th Man Show Week 2 Preview

Week 1 is in the books. After this week the regular season will be 20% complete. The season is already going too fast. Here is this weeks lineup on the 12th Man Show. The Maxwell Football Club is a proud sponsor of Prep Nation Radio. We talk with Mark Wolpert to get a background check […]

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Manatee scores 30 unanswered points to down Woodland Hills

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. – Even without its star athlete Lafayette Pitts, Woodland Hills had the Manatee Hurricanes right where they wanted them. Trailing 10-9 in the third quarter, the powerful and quick Hurricanes had just missed a 51-yard field goal, and the turquoise and black had regained possession and seemingly had all the momentum. That […]

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Cocoa trounces Thomas Jefferson

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. – As has become seemingly old habit for Thomas Jefferson, if head coach Bill Cherpak feels he has a size advantage on the lines, he usually tries to exploit it by pounding the football. Too bad Cocoa snuffed out the Jaguars’ game plan. Cocoa (2-0) extended its winning streak to 26 consecutive […]

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Central Catholic “wakes up” in second half, defeats Buchtel

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. – Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s ground attack wasn’t really rolling right along in the first half.  The Buchtel Griffin defense was stuffing the run, save for a couple of plays, and the Vikings hadn’t completed a pass. But when the Griffins sliced the Vikings’ already slim lead to just one meager point in […]

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McDevitt shuts out WPIAL power

HARRISBURG –Bishop McDevitt’s defense shined as they held Gateway’s offense to 96 total yards as the Crusaders cruised to the 23-0 win at McDevitt Field. McDevitt’s opening possession went 15-plays, capped by a 32-yard field goal by Connor Maloney. After a couple of drives that stalled, quarterback Matt Johnson would get the first touchdown of […]

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Nittany Lions Sprint Past Penguins, 44-14

  By BILL ALBRIGHT UNIVERSITY PARK — If you are a Penn State football fan, did the words concerned and worried enter your mind in Saturday’s 44-14 win over Youngstown State? Worried? Not at all. Concerned? Maybe a little bit. Like a steam engine trying to pull a fully loaded train up a steep hill, […]

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Franco leads Tyrone

TYRONE – Quarterback Steve Franco completed 11 of 15 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Wide-out Nick Patton caught three touchdown passes among his seven catches for 165 yards as Tyrone built a 36-0 halftime lead en route to a 36-13 victory over Bellwood-Antis. This year’s edition of the Backyard Brawl trophy went back […]

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Richland loses heartbreaker to Bishop Carroll in first game of 2010

The Richland Rams (0-1) and the Bishop Carroll Huskies (1-0) faced off at DeGol Field in Loretto, PA in their first Friday night contest. The Huskies beat the Rams 27-20 in a close contest that saw the Huskies lead most of the game. Leading the way for the Huskies was senior RB/DB Ryan Woo who […]

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Team #1 Aliquippa (7)

Young and inexperienced at this time a year ago, Aliquippa probably didn’t figure it would finish the 2009 season with an 11-2 overall record and earn a berth in the WPIAL AA championship game against Greensburg Central Catholic.  Yet, there the Quips were come the end of November, battling till the end in a 33-7 […]

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Richland Township vs. Bishop Carroll Preview

Last season the Richland Rams had only their second winning season in a decade, posting a 9-3 record, the Rams best since going 7-4 in 2007. The Rams are looking to continue this success with team full of new face as the Rams will only be returning two offensive starters and three defensive. John Rizzo, […]

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12th Man Show Week 1 Preview

Well its finally here. Time to hook up those mics, check the mixer and write some promos. It’s the 12th Man Show. LIVE this Friday night at 10:30. Yes we dropped the scoreboard name from our title. The show is so much more than just scores so a change was necessary. Kind of just rolls […]

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Chat with Cover it Live Friday nights

We are very proud to announce a new show Friday nights during the regular season. Come and chat about HS Football with Dave and Dean on Cover it live Friday nights from 6:45pm to 8:30pm during the regular season. Each week we will talk about some of the key games and post scores Friday night […]

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Funkster’s Fab 40 Statewide Rankings

Pre-season rankings for the 2010 season include only the teams ranked and their respective geographic district. Teams listed as honorable mentions are arranged in numerical order by geographic district. EasternPAFootball.com & WesternPAFootball.net statewide rankings will be updated throughout the season the Monday of each week by site reporter Josh Funk. AAAA: 1. Woodland Hills (7) […]

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25 dollar advertising special

WesternPAFootball.net is offering you prime advertising space on the schedule page of your choice. For $25.00 your 150 x 150 pixel size logo will appear on any or all the local schools you choose for the entire high school football season. Note: Three logo limit on each school’s schedule page Sample ad:Click here For more […]

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2010 Stream Schedule Released

EasternPAFootball.com & WesternPAFootball.net have released the 2010 Internet Stream Schedule page. We have over 45 radio and tv networks schedules listed to make it easier fans to find their games. If you still would like to add your stream please email jeremy@easternpafootball.com and we will add it. Also, we added share buttons at the top […]

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STATE FARM® FRIDAY NIGHT FEATS

TURNS BIG GRIDIRON MOMENTS INTO CASH FOR SCHOOLS National Fan-Fueled Video Contest is Back to Find Best Plays from This Year’s High School Football Season BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 26, 2010) —State Farm® Insurance Companies kicks off Friday Night Feats, a national high school football video contest to find the biggest moments of the season, this […]

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District 10’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes

Aaron Bell, Senior DE, Erie Strong Vincent – Bell did most of his damage defensively for the Colonels, tallying 54 tackles (24 solo) and six sacks. He also averaged 35 yards per punt on six attempts and booted 36 kickoffs, with one touchback. Aaron Horton, Senior RB, Mercyhurst Prep – Horton had quite the 11-game […]

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District 9’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes

Alec Starr, Senior RB/LB, Curwensville – One of the notable returners to the Golden Tide defense, Starr posted 54 tackles (44 solo), 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 4.5 tackles per game. Alex Holland, Junior RB/LB, Curwensville – A tremendous all-around player for Curwensville, Holland showed he will be a big big factor […]

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WPIAL’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes

Aaron McKinney, Senior WR/OLB, West Allegheny – A two-way threat for the Indians, McKinney caught 17 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns, averaging more than 20.9 yards per catch and 27 yards per game. Defensively, McKinney chalked up 60 tackles, two deflected passes and two forced fumbles. He averaged 4.6 tackles per game. Adam […]

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District 6’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes

Alex Miller, Senior LB, Huntingdon Area – Miller will be one of the key returners to the Bearcat linebacking corps in 2010 after posting 99 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Miller averaged 11 tackles per game, and finished with 17 tackles against Saint Marys, 15 stops against Clearfield, […]

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District 5’s Top Returning Athletes in 2010

Alex Will, Senior WR, Berlin-Brothersvalley – Will was the featured receiving target in the Mountaineers’ passing attack as he snagged 27 passes for 552 yards and five touchdowns last season. In two games against Windber, Will caught nine passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also added nine tackles and a pair of interceptions […]

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Maxwell Football Club Announces Maxwell And Bednarik Watch Lists

The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) today announced the watch lists for the 74th annual Maxwell Award and 16th annual Chuck Bednarik Award. 45 FBS schools, representing 10 conferences, are represented on the 2010 Maxwell Award list; 45 FBS schools from 11 conferences are on the Chuck Bednarik watch list. There are several familiar names on […]

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Facebook and Twitter – Let us follow your team!

This is a new addition to the WesternPAFootball.net Website.  If your school has a Facebook or Twitter page, please send us the link and I will add it to our link page.  This is for Team Pages only. You can follow WesternPAFootball on Facebook and Twitter! Click link page

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Fairview DE Jordan Kerner verbally commits to Penn State

Fairview defensive end Jordan Kerner has become the second Keystone State prospect in this 2011 recruiting class to verbally commit to Penn State. Kerner, a 6’5, 230-pound senior-to-be, announced his commitment to Penn State today, according to Scout.com. Kerner had seven total scholarship offers including the offer from the Nittany Lions – Boston College, Iowa, […]

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Westmont Hilltop OL Garrett Lucas discusses his recruiting process

If he played football less than two miles to the east, it’s possible Westmont Hilltop senior-to-be Garrett Lucas would have had a dozen scholarship offers from Division-1 college programs. Sure, it’s easy to make a statement like that when teams like Greater Johnstown and Bishop McCort, barely two city blocks apart from each other, have […]

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Ohio rallies to defeat Pennsylvania in Big-33 Classic

HERSHEY, Pa. – For three quarters of Saturday’s Big-33 game, the only hot stuff was coming courtesy of the air temperature. In the final stanza, both the Pennsylvania and Ohio all-stars caught fire, trading big play after big play after big, momentum-swinging play. But it was the Buckeye State stars that emerged the victors. Ohio […]

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53rd Annual Big 33 Football Classic Blog

Join WesternPAFootball.net’s Josh Funk & Jeremy Varner LIVE from HersheyPark Stadium for the 53rd Annual Big 33 Football Classic. Blog starts Saturday at 6:45pm. Click the link below. Cover It Live Blog

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Ben Koyack #71 among Rivals’ Top-100; four other PA stars among Rivals’ Top-250

Only one Pennsylvania athlete graces Rivals.com’s top 100 list of prospects for the 2011 recruiting class – Oil City Area TE Ben Koyack. The 6’5, 230-pound Koyack checks in at #71. Rivals.com released its list of the top-100 prospects in the 2011 recruiting class yesterday. Koyack racked up close to 20 Division-1 offers before committing […]

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Belle Vernon FB/LB Spencer Lynn will continue football career at Cal U.

One of Belle Vernon Area’s defensive leaders for the last couple of football seasons will continue his football career at the Division-II level. Spencer Lynn, a 6’1, 220-pound fullback/linebacker, will play collegiate football for California University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Cal U. is a Division-II school with a pretty successful football programs in the […]

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Guy Montecalvo retires as head football coach at Canon-McMillan

This according to Mike White of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette – longtime WPIAL football coach Guy Montecalvo retired after serving as head coach at Washington and Canon-McMillan high schools for a combined 30 years.  White reported Montecalvo spent 23 years at Washington and the last seven years at Canon-Mac, posting a career record of 225-107-2. […]

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New Brighton hires Joe Greco

New Brighton hired former coach Joe Greco as its head coach. He was the Lions head coach from 1995-2006, compiling a 68-52 record. He has been an assistant coach at Westminster College in New Wilmington for the past three seasons.

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PCN AND BIG 33 REACH THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT

PCN is pleased to announce a formal partnership between the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation and the statewide public affairs network.  Thanks to the signing of a three-year agreement, viewers in more than 3 million homes across the state will be able to watch this football classic which pits Pennsylvania against Ohio.  The game, now in […]

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North Penn vs. Gateway in 2010…..Not so much.

This morning it was reported that North Penn would battle Gateway in a week one contest in Monroeville on September 3rd. That game would be the first of two games between the two teams, as the Gators would travel to North Penn in 2011. However, this afternoon Gateway athletic director and head football coach Terry […]

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Cannon-McMillan’s Mike Hull Vital Part in USA win over World

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Cannon-McMillan star linebacker Mike Hull shined bright in the National spotlight this weekend, earning Team USA MVP honors after the games traditional powerhouse of the United States got a 17-0 victory over the World at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Assembled as a collective squad of the best under 19 American […]

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WesternPAFootball.net 2009 All-Small School Team

First Team QB – Paul Jones, Sto-Rox RB – David Miller, Greensburg Central Catholic; Deontae Howard, Clairton; Cody Cook, Beaver Falls WR – Evan Marshall, Greensburg Central Catholic; Andrew Carswell, Sto-Rox; Mike Vervoort, Brockway; Kevin Weatherspoon, Clairton TE – Ben Koyack, Oil City Area K – Dane Domonkos, Bishop McCort OFF. SPEC. – Trey Johnson, […]

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Ryan Keiser Selected Prep Nation Radio’s “Player Of The Year”

Ryan Keiser of the State AAA Champion Selinsgrove Seals is the Prep Nation Radio player of the year. He will be presented with The Edsel Award later this month. The 12th Man Scoreboard Show collected votes from fans and Keiser edged out Lancaster Catholic`s QB Kyle Smith for the award. Keiser will play football at […]

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2009 Big School Player of the Year

POY: Mike Caputo, West Allegheny – It would be one thing to give Caputo the Player of the Year Award for his exploits out of the backfield. Caputo finished 2009 running for over 2,600 yards and 34 touchdowns. But he turned in quite the all-around effort on the football field, and was easily the Indians’ […]

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2009 Big School Coach of the Year

COY: Al Wolski, State College Area – When you’re the first team to ever do something, it certainly warrants consideration. When you do multiple things for the first time in the same season, it puts you over the top. Wolski guided State College to its second straight District 6/8/9/10 “AAAA” subregional championship in as many […]

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2009 Small School Co-Player of the Year

CO-POY: David Miller, Greensburg Central Catholic – You could have confused Greensburg Central Catholic’s offense as the “lather, rinse, repeat” offense. Sure, quarterback Trent Hurley threw for over 1,700 yards this season, but David Miller was the main guy in the skill player department that made the Centurions offense click. Miller ran for 2,535 yards […]

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2009 Small School Player of the Year

CO-POY: Deontae Howard, Clairton – It’s the second straight year that WesternPAFootball.net has named a Clairton player for its player of the year honor. Howard ran for 2,234 yards and scored more than 30 touchdowns. He ran for 150 yards and a touchdown to help Clairton stifle Bishop McCort in winning the school’s first PIAA […]

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2009 Small School Coach of the Year

Dan Smith, Bedford Area Most teams would be done and prepping for the start of the next season after beginning a football season with a 1-5 record. But Dan Smith and Bedford Area were just getting warmed up. The Bison won six of their next seven games after that rough start and made it to […]

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LaSalle pummels State College, 24-7

HERSHEY, Pa. – In talking with a Philadelphia reporter following the “AAAA” state championship game, Sam Feleccia said he was thinking about a major in some area of business.   Speaking of business, LaSalle College (14-1) was very businesslike in handling District 6 champion State College (12-3), holding the Little Lions to just 120 yards […]

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Lancaster Catholic holds off GCC for first PIAA title

HERSHEY, Pa. – When there would be talk and discussion about Lancaster Catholic’s football team, the topics would hinge around Kyle Smith and state passing records.   It’s only fair, in a way.  Smith’s 8,510 yards and 118 touchdown passes are both state career bests.  His 50 touchdown passes were a state single season record. […]

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Central fought the “Lauv,” and the “Lauv” won; Selinsgrove wins first PIAA title

HERSHEY, Pa. – In reality, Selinsgrove’s Seth Lauver could play on the offensive line for the Seals.  Lauver is a 6’2, 250-pound junior, and he could probably flatten many an opposing defensive player.   Lauver, though, did some flattening from his fullback position in Friday night’s PIAA “AAA” championship game – flattening Manheim Central’s hopes […]

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Class AA, AAAA Finals Time Change

Due to the snowstorm heading for the east coast the Class AA & AAAA games for Saturday have been moved up. Class AA now scheduled for 10am kickoff Class AAAA now scheduled for 2pm kickoff

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Big plays help State College ground Cumberland Valley

ALTOONA, Pa. – State College head coach Al Wolski reclined on the Mansion Park Stadium turf with a football in his right hand. His State College Little Lion football team crowded behind him. Moments earlier, State College finished striking big play after big play after big, big play in winning District 6’s first ever “AAAA” […]

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Papa Johns 12th Man Scoreboard Show (State Finals)

Tune in every friday night on Prep Nation Radio for The 12th Man Scoreboard Show @ 10:30pm EST. Join hosts QB, Edsel, Super Dave Mika & Josh Funk for this STATEWIDE program. Scores, highlights, interviews, contests and more pack this exciting show. Join our live chat room and interact with the hosts and other fans. […]

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State College vs LaSalle Class AAAA Final LIVE Blog

UPDATED! Join EasternPAFootball.com’s Josh Funk & Jeremy Varner LIVE from HersheyPark Stadium as State College takes on LaSalle in the PIAA Class AAAA Championship. Starts Saturday at 1:30pm. Click the link below. Cover It Live Blog

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Greensburg Central Catholic vs Lancaster Catholic Class AA Final LIVE Blog

UPDATED! Join EasternPAFootball.com’s Josh Funk & Jeremy Varner LIVE from HersheyPark Stadium as Greensburg Central Catholic takes on Lancaster Catholic in the PIAA Class AA Championship. Starts Saturday at 9:30am. Click the link below. Cover It Live Blog

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Manheim Central vs Selinsgrove Class AAA Final LIVE Blog

Join EasternPAFootball.com’s Josh Funk & Jeremy Varner LIVE from HersheyPark Stadium as Manheim Central takes on Selinsgrove in the PIAA Class AAA Championship. Starts Friday at 6:30pm. Click the link below. Cover It Live Blog

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State Finals Radio/TV/Blog Schedule

Here is the State Finals schedule for radio, tv & blogs from HersheyPark Stadium Radio Streams Schedule

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Bishop McCort crushes Tri-Valley title hopes

STATE COLLEGE – On a night that you didn’t think you would be able to stay warm this reporter found out that you can stay warm watching two teams run up and down the field all night. Both teams traded scores the entire first half to make the score 21-21 at the half. But you […]

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Indians can’t slow down Gruber, Gorman, Barons; Manheim Central advances to 3rd PIAA championship game

ALTOONA, Pa. – Manheim Central had always been on the cusp of making a trip to Altoona in the middle 1990s, only to fall in Eastern Finals to Berwick, in heartbreaking fashion. So the Barons’ first trip to Altoona, ever, and first meeting against West Allegheny would end in vain, just like first meetings with […]

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Cumberland Valley vs State College LIVE Blog Saturday With Josh Funk

Join The Funkster LIVE Saturday from Altoona as Cumberland Valley takes on State College in the PIAA Class AAAA Western Final. Starts at 12:45 pm. Click the link below. Cover It Live Blog With Josh Funk

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Playoff Talk Class A Week 14

Clairton Clairton’s Deontae Howard went over 2,000 yards rushing for the season against Conemaugh Township. His 45-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put him over the milestone. His team went on to walloped Conemaugh Township 46-0 in a PIAA Class A western quarterfinal game. Howard now has 2,041 yards and 34 touchdowns this season […]

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Playoff Talk Class AA Week 14

Wilmington Area With Wilmington Area leading 25-24 with 1:15 remaining, Forest Hills went for a two-point conversion. Wilmington’s Sutton Whiting knocked down a pass to Chris Moss to preserved the Greyhounds’ win. Wilmington Area had 347 yards of total offense. They held Forest Hills to 251 yards. Sutton Whiting and Derrick Burns combined for 206 […]

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Playoff Talk Class AAA Week 14

West Allegheny Quarterback Jared Buck and his defense came up big as West Allegheny hung on to defeat Erie Cathedral Prep 36-21 in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal game at North Allegheny’s Newman Stadium. Junior running back Mike Caputo rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries (81 of those yards came in the fourth quarter). […]

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Playoff Talk Class AAAA Week 14

State College Alex Kenney caught a touchdown pass, ran for 85 yards, and intercepted two fourth-quarter passes to lead State College over Woodland Hills 14-3 in a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal game at Mansion Park Stadium. The Little Lions rushed for 208 yards on the ground. Colby Way added 43 yards and one score. Dom […]

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Playoff Talk Class A Week 13

Farrell Farrell won back-to-back District 10 Class A titles in a 34-7 win over Sharpsville. Malcolm Hailstock rushed for 76 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Kevin Brodie rushed for 67 yards on four carries and one score. He also threw one pass that went 54 yards for a score to Preston Jefferson. Farrell […]

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Playoff Talk Class AA Week 13

Forest Hills With the winds and snow whipping it would be hard for any kicker to kick successfully. Kicker Patrick Donoughe had already missed a 23-yard field goal and an extra point in the game. But with time running down Donaughe kicked a 27-yard field goal to break the tie and give his team a […]

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Selinsgrove vs Archbishop Wood LIVE Blog With Dean Beers

Join PASportspage.com’s Dean Beers LIVE Friday from Hershey as Selinsgrove takes on Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class AAA Eastern Final. Starts at 6:45 pm. Click the link below. Cover It Live Blog With Dean Beers

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ONE FOR THE AGES: Cumberland Valley stuns McDevitt in double OT

HERSHEY, Pa. – Trying to find the words to describe the second half of football between Bishop McDevitt and Cumberland Valley would be hard to do. There were many highlight-worthy plays and heart-stopping moments. But, in the end, Cumberland Valley’s Kevin Snyder made the biggest play of his career and the Eagles’ season. Snyder picked […]

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McCort crushes Millersburg, advances to Eastern Finals

HERSHEY, Pa. – After a 2-3 start to its season, the Millersburg Indians went on a nice run, an eight-game winning streak, along with the school’s first District 3 football championship. Speaking of runs, Bishop McCort literally ran over Millersburg. The Crushers (13-0) pounded the Indians (10-4) into submission, amassing 218 yards rushing in a […]

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LITTLE LIONS MAKE OWN HISTORY

“I can’t begin to tell you just how proud I am of each and every one of you”. That is what State College coach Al Wolski told his team after a dominating performance over powerful Woodland Hills at Mansion Park in Altoona Friday night. The 14-3 win represented more to State College than just the […]

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Farrell Advances to State Semifinals With 19-14 Win over Clarion

SLIPPERY ROCK — All the Farrell Steeler football team wanted since the disappointing end to the 2008 season was another chance. In last year’s final game, the Steelers saw a late lead evaporate into a frustrating loss in the final minute of the Western final with Clairton. Friday night at Slippery Rock University’s N. Kerr […]

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Playoff Talk Class AAA Week 13

Manheim Central Manheim Central broke a 7-7 tie with 35 unanswered points to defeat Conrad Weiser 42-7. With the win, head coach Mike Williams wins his 300th win. His record is 300-59-3. Justin Gorman completed 7 of 9 passing for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 67 yards. Tyler Griffith rushed for […]

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Playoff Talk Class AAAA Week 13

Woodland Hills Woodland Hills blanked the high scoring Gateway Gators 10-0 to win the WPIAL 4A championship. Woodland Hills made their seventh title game appearance and claimed their fifth championship. Woodland Hills forced four turnovers. Mike Caparara and Dahrayl Smith both had interceptions in the fourth quarter. Jayron Polk scored on a 14-yard run and […]

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Indians End Vikings Quest at Hienz Field 34-36

PITTSBURGH-We have seen many great two-man rivalries over the years: Ali vs. Frazier, Bird vs. Magic, and of course, the Backyard Brawl with Pitt and West Virginia. On Friday night, another two-man show was on the marquee: Hopewell’s Rushel Shell vs. West Allegheny’s Mike Caputo.   The first time these two met, Shell and Hopewell […]

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Woodland Hills Shutsout Gateway 10-0

PITTSBURGH-Given that Gateway was the top overall seed in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, and Woodland Hills was the second seed, it was only fitting that the last championship game of the day feature the two heavyweights of the league. And in the primetime slot at 8:00 p.m., the bright lights at Heinz Field were […]

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NUMB3RS GAME: Manheim rolls Conrad Weiser; Williams wins #300

MANHEIM, Pa. – Football is more than just the X’s and O’s and Johnny’s and Joe’s. The numbers are fun to crunch. 465 – total number of victories in Manheim Central’s history. 10 – number of 500-point scoring teams to the Barons’ credit. 42 – number of District 3 playoff victories. But tonight, the number […]

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Wilmington Blanks Sharon 19-0 To Win District 10-AA Crown

SLIPPERY ROCK — During the regular season, Wilmington scored a pair of late touchdowns to emerge with a 21-7 win over the Sharon Tigers. Friday night at Slippery Rock’s N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, the two teams played a mirror image rematch of the first game as the Greyhounds tossed a 19-0 shutout at the Tigers […]

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Central Shocker: GCC Dethrones Aliquippa 33-7

PITTSBURGH- Greensburg Central Catholic dethrones Aliquippa, as head coach Muzzy Colisimo finally get over the hump and gets gold for his Centurions. Running back David Miller, who has led the WPIAL in scoring the last two seasons, broke the school record for the second time tonight with 37 touchdowns on the season. In the title […]

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Farrell Downs Sharpsville 34-7 for District 10-A Title

SLIPPERY ROCK — During the regular season matchup between Farrell and Sharpsville, the Steelers emerged with a hard-fought 12-7 win in the mud at the Pines. Friday afternoon in the District 10-A championship game, the same two teams found themselves in another close, tough, physical game as the two teams were tied at 7-all. However, […]

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Rochester Can’t “Bear” the Bears, Fall 14-13.

By: Matt Farago PITTSBURGH -The WPIAL Class-A title game the Clairton Bears squared off against the top seeded Rochester Rams, the two teams with the 1st and 2nd best defensives in the entire state in class-A. Defense was the key for both teams, in weather that was less then pleasant Friday morning at Heinz Field. […]

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WPIAL “AAAA” Preview: Third Times Gold for Gateway?

There are many reasons to like the final week of November. Many like it because it is the start of the Holidays, some like it because of all the deals they can get during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, while others enjoy stuffing themselves ten times over on Thanksgiving. While next Friday to […]

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WPIAL “AAA” Preview: See Shell by the North Shore

There are many reasons to like the final week of November. Many like it because it is the start of the Holidays, some like it because of all the deals they can get during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, while others enjoy stuffing themselves ten times over on Thanksgiving. While next Friday to […]

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WPIAL “AA” Preview: Quips Looking For More Gold

There are many reasons to like the final week of November. Many like it because it is the start of the Holidays, some like it because of all the deals they can get during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, while others enjoy stuffing themselves ten times over on Thanksgiving. While next Friday to […]

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WPIAL “A” Preview: Teams of the Decade Meet Again

There are many reasons to like the final week of November. Many like it because it is the start of the Holidays, some like it because of all the deals they can get during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, while others enjoy stuffing themselves ten times over on Thanksgiving. While next Friday to […]

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The Edsel Award (Vote Now)

Prep Nation Radio presents the 1st Annual Edsel Award. This Statewide Award is given to the “Player Of The Year” as voted by Prep Nation Radio. All players from all classes are qualified to win. We need the fans input on this prestigious one of a kind award. Start submitting who you think should win […]

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Coudersport edges Curwensville

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Maybe beards are the “in” thing up in Coudersport.  Falcons’ head coach Brendan Hathaway sports one.  So does assistant Paul Simcoe, a former Falcon head coach who won over 200 games in his career.   But Saturday night, Hathaway and his Falcons got involved in a close shave with Allegheny Mountain League […]

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Clarion blanks Cameron County, will play in 8th D9 title game

BROCKWAY, Pa. – When the Clarion Area Bobcats’ 2009 football season concludes, so will the 20+ year career of its coach, Larry Wiser.   But the 144-game winner’s career has lived to see another week.  It was Cameron County’s three-year, 33-6 overall record that was cut short.   “They’ve got a good football team,” said […]

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Wilmington Runs Over North East for 45-21 Win

SLIPPERY ROCK — Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, the Wilmington football team is right where it wants to be. After eliminating Fort LeBoeuf in the opening round of the District 10-AA playoffs in a game where the Greyhounds didn’t play their best game of the season, the ‘Hounds took their frustrations out in their semifinal […]

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Sharpsville Edges Mercer For Berth in District 10 Final

NEW WILMINGTON — In the regular season meeting between Sharpsville and Mercer, the Mustangs parlayed four Blue Devil turnovers into a 28-14 win in the mud. Friday night at Wilmington Area High School stadium, the shoe was on the other foot as the Blue Devils made the most of a pair of Mercer (8-4) turnovers […]

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Bethel Park vs. Woodland Hills Quarter-Final Preview

The defending WPIAL”AAAA” Champion Bethel Park Black Hawks (10-1) are one game away from making a second straight trip to the North Shore. However even being the PIAA runners-up a season ago, isn’t enough for most to favor the Black Hawks in their Friday Night rematch with Woodland Hills (10-1).  Back in week 4 the Woodland Hills […]

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Wilmington Uses Late Spurt to Down Fort LeBoeuf, 32-21

SLIPPERY ROCK — Any coach will tell you that it doesn’t matter where you are heading into the season. What really matters is where you end up at the end of the year. Saturday night at Thompson Stadium, Wilmington adopted that philosophy for its District 10 Class AA quarterfinal matchup with Fort LeBoeuf. Starting slow, the […]

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Grove City Outlasts Thiel for 31-24 Win in 2OT

By Bill Albright GREENVILLE — The Mercer County Cup will stay with Grove City College at least for another year. After falling behind Thiel 17-0 and still trailing by that score after three quarters, the Wolverines rallied to tie the game at 17-all to send it to overtime before downing the Tomcats 31-24 in the […]

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WILD HORSES: Mustangs stomp Stingers in D6 quarters

PORTAGE, Pa. – As Marion Center head coach Dave Malicky addressed his team after the Stingers’ District 6 class “A” quarterfinal match with Portage, a freight train rumbled up the tracks behind the stadium. Moments earlier, the Stingers felt the force of a different type of freight train – the Portage Wing-T offense – and […]

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Grove City Scores in Final Minute for 38-31 Win

GROVE CITY — When Westminster and Grove City College met head-on Saturday in a President’s Athletic Conference football matchup, it  took 60 minutes to complete the game, but less than three minutes to determine the final outcome. When the issue was finally decided, the Wolverines walked off the field with a hard-fought 38-31 win over […]

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Grove City Sprints Past Moniteau for 33-6 Win

GROVE CITY — When Moniteau invaded Forker Field for the regular season finale Friday night, it turned out to be a bad news, good news situation for Grove City as both teams prepped for the playoffs. The bad news for the Eagles came on the Moniteau’s first possession as the Warriors marched around and through […]

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Shaler Holds on in First Round Thiller 23-21

SHALER, Pa. – Boy, have the times changed for the red, white and blue; and although that statement maybe be true in speaking about our country, try www.thepittsburghchannel.com for more on that subject, in this article rather we are speaking about the red, white and blue of the Shaler Titans. After all Titans fans have […]

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Hopewell’s Rushel Shell will miss tonight’s game

The Leading rusher this year is Hopewell’s Rushel Shell, whose team is the number 2 seed in the Class AAA Playoffs in D-7. He must sit out tonight’s game against Derry, for a violation of the school’s anti-tobacco policy.

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CRUSADER TALENT TOO MUCH FOR STATE COLLEGE

Before the game between highly ranked Bishop McDevitt and State College both coaches said “this game is like a tune up for playoffs”. They forgot to tell the players. Both teams fought hard all night long, each coming from deficits throughout the game. State College was the first to battle back but McDevitt got the […]

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South Fayette blows out Bishop Canevin

DORMONT, Pa. – As the South Fayette football team savored yet another victory, the marching band played the school’s alma mater, which is the same tune as the hymn “The Old, Rugged Cross.”    For home-standing Bishop Canevin, South Fayette’s varied and multiple offensive sets proved to be too big a cross to bear.   […]

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Grove City Handles Waynesburg for 35-24 Win

GROVE CITY — Putting together a complete ball game on offense, defense and special teams, the Grove City Wolverines defeated the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets, 35-24, Saturday afternoon at Robert E. Thorn Field. “Our kids played a really good game both offensively and defensively and obviously special teams contributed as well,” said GCC coach Chris Smith. […]

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Wilmington Greyhounds Manhandle Slippery Rock for 40-0 Win

NEW WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Greyhounds, playing some of their best football of the season, unleashed all of their weapons Friday night as the defending PIAA Class AA state champions completely dominated the Slippery Rock Rockets for a 40-0 victory on senior night. The Greyhounds (8-1, 6-1) lost their only game of the season to […]

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Gateway thrashes McKeesport for Foothills Conference title

McKEESPORT, Pa. – As Gateway’s football team readied for a much-anticipated tussle with McKeesport, the Gators’ marching band blasted the strains of Michael Jackson’s hit “Thriller.”    The game turned out to be a laugher.    Gateway (9-0) claimed the Foothills Conference championship with a dominating 35-14 victory over the homestanding Tigers (7-2) Friday night from […]

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Perry outlasts DuBois in a Saturday thriller

PITTSBURGH – The best comparison to the Perry-DuBois game could be that of a sandwich.   It started fast, then slowed considerably, then ended at a breakneck, frenetic pace.  In the end, the Commodores were the ones left standing.   Perry (6-2) outlasted a very game DuBois (4-4) team when Greg McGhee scored the winning […]

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Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: Field Goal Sends Raiders to Playoffs

GIBSONIA, Pa. – 12:00, Separated Pine-Richland from an 11 straight trip to the WPIAL Postseason, as the scoreboard at Pine-Richland High School had became a countdown to the end of Seneca Valley’s 2009 season. That clock would eventually run out, however it was what happened in those twelve minutes of play, could be considered one […]

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Washington & Jefferson Dominates Westminster for 49-7 Win

NEW WILMINGTON — The Washington & Jefferson football team is ranked 7th in the nation, and Saturday afternoon at Harold Burry Stadium, the Presidents showed why as they dismantled the host Westminster Titans 49-7 in President’s Athletic Conference action. “They made some big plays today,” said Westminster coach Jeff Hand. “They are a great football […]

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Grove City Eagles Soar Past Meadville, 31-13

GROVE CITY —  Not even Mother Nature and a steady rain could stop the Grove City Eagles Friday night. Taking care of business, the Eagles broke open a close game with 21 second half points as they downed Meadville 31-13 in a key District 10 Region 5-AAA contest. The Eagles opened the scoring when Nick […]

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STATE COLLEGE ENDS RIVALRY WITH WIN

Since 1972 the two largest schools in central PA have had quite a rivalry. Located just 35 minutes apart these two schools have had many a battle end with just a few points between winning and losing. Tonight wasn’t one of those storied battles as the Little Lions handed Altoona a 36-7 defeat on a […]

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Video replay aids Penn State in pummeling of Minnesota

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Joe Paterno says he’s always been a fan of instant replay. In fact, he said that he clamored for it well before video replay was instituted just a few seasons ago. Against Minnesota, the Nittany Lions benefitted from two video reviews, and both calls ultimately put the game out of reach. […]

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Grove City Eagles Fly By Corry, 40-14

GROVE CITY — When Grove City and Corry met Friday night at Forker Field, it was a battle for the top spot in the District 10, Region 5-AAA standings. Exploding for 27 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes plus one play, Grove City turned a 14-13 Corry lead into a convincing 40-14 win for […]

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BATTLE OF THE BACKS: Shell Outruns Caputo and Indians 34-26

HOPEWELL, Pa. – For just the low price of six dollars anyone in Western Pennsylvania could have shown up to Tony Dorsett Stadium in Hopewell and been witness to a rushing clinic. The host’s of this event was none other than Mike Caputo of West Allegheny and Russel Shell for Hopewell. Both West Allegheny (5-1) […]

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Big fourth quarter propels Forest Hills to victory

CRESSON, Pa. – Mucking through the Penn Cambria football field pregame Friday, Forest Hills’ veteran head coach Don Bailey was faced with yet another wet week. “This is the 5th time in seven games that it has rained,” Bailey lamented. “We’ve got a good passing quarterback, but we just haven’t been able to throw the […]

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Bellwood thumps Mo Valley

“This is the year we beat them” was heard several time while waiting for the rain and a game between 5-0 Moshannon Valley and 5-0 Bellwood Antis…..well, one thing for sure is it DID rain, all over Mo Valleys senior night AND their plans to beat the Blue Devils. The Black Knights started the night […]

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Hutchins FG Lifts Pitt over Connecticut, 24-21

PITTSBURGH — For 59 minutes and 57 seconds of Saturday’s clash at Heinz Field, the Connecticut Huskies and Pitt Panthers proved absolutely nothing as the two teams were deadlocked at 21-all. However, in the final three seconds of the game, Panther place-kicker Dan Hutchins (Loyalsock) decided everything as he nailed a 31-yard field to give […]

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Penn State pummels Eastern Illinois

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Leaving Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon, three tiny Schnouser dogs chased this writer for a short distance.   “Are you a mailman?” the dogs’ owner asked.   No, not quite, but moments earlier, Penn State (5-1, 1-1) did their best impersonation of the postal service, delivering a 52-3 wallop to Eastern Illinois’ […]

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Hurricanes Rain on Montour Homecoming 7-0

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa.- “It’s a gauntlet in the Parkway [Conference] every week, and if you don’t come to play your game, you’re going to lose, our guys got it done tonight.” Those were the words of New Castle head coach Frank Bongivengo after his Hurricanes defeated the Montour Spartans 7-0 in what was a consistent down pour. The weather was […]

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Clarion Pulls Away from SRU for 27-10 Win

If there is such a thing as a signature win in football, chalk one up for Clarion Golden Eagle coach Jay Foster. Foster, a long-time assistant at Slippery Rock before taking over the reins of the Clarion program in 2006, brought his squad to N. Kerr Thompson Stadium Thursday night and walked off the field […]

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District 10 Talk Week 5

Erie East Warriors have made good strides Who would have thought that through the first five weeks of the season that the Erie East Warriors would have the same overall record as the Strong Vincent Colonels? Weird, I know. Both teams are 3-2. Cathedral Prep head coach Mike Mischler noticed East’s improvement. Granted, his Ramblers […]

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District 9 Talk Week 5

Karns City on an impressive 12-year run Karns City, a District 9 “AA” school from Butler County, is off to a 5-0 start, and if they keep on winning, they’ll crack WesternPAFootball.net’s Small School Super 10 rankings. Winning, though, is nothing new for the purple and gold. They’ve been on quite a tear since the […]

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District 8 Talk Week 5

Oliver defeats Perry – are the Bears the City League’s second-best team? Oliver won another game, the latest a 12-6 victory over Perry this past weekend. Preseason, Perry was picked as the favorite in the City League. So does Oliver’s narrow victory over the Commodores vault them into the #2 spot behind Brashear? Perhaps. But […]

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District 7 Talk Week 5

After upsetting Jeannette, do keep an eye on Charleroi Man, on man, you thought there was parity in the “AAAA” classification. There is. But keep an eye on the race in the WPIAL’s “AA” Interstate Conference. That could shape up to be an interesting race down to the very end. Charleroi added to the drama […]

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District 6 Talk Week 5

A closer look at Bishop McCort’s impressive victory over Richland The statistics show that Bishop McCort defeated Richland 69-35 in a rainstorm Friday night at Point Stadium. In that game, the Crushers tallied 485 rushing yards, averaged 10.5 yards per carry, had 20 first downs, and racked up 509 yards of total offense. Impressive, to […]

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District 5 Talk Week 5

Three teams on top of D5 “A” race, defending champ not among them Meyersdale, Berlin-Brothersvalley, and Conemaugh Township are each 4-1 through the fifth week of the season. The trio of teams each possess a better overall season record than defending champion Windber Area, which currently is 3-2. Windber needs to make note of this […]

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Thiel Slips by Westminster, 24-21, on Final Play

GREENVILLE — If George Gervin was the Iceman for the San Antonio Spurs, John Madeline (Hubbard) definitely filled those shoes Saturday for the Thiel Tomcat football team. With 2.2 seconds on the clock in regulation and the game on the line, Madeline calmly stepped up and without the blink of an eye or breaking a […]

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Moniteau Treats Alums to 25-0 Win over Union-Rimersburg

Moniteau Treats Alums to 25-0 Shutout over Union-Rimersburg West Sunbury —  It was Homecoming 2009 at Moniteau High School Friday night, and although somewhat rain-soaked, the Warrior fans and alums went home happy as Moniteau pitched a 25-0 shutout at the Knox Golden Knights. The KSAC game featured two teams looking for a win, but […]

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Explosive Ground Attack Boosts Wolverines Past Vikings 27-3

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. – Would the best team in quad-“A” please stand up? The problem with asking that question is that you might find 6 teams standing, maybe even more. With that being said, it’s quite clear that predicting the WPIAL quad-“A” playoff picture is becoming just as hard as picking tonight’s winning lottery number. […]

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Bishop McCort thumps Richland 69-35; senior back ties late father’s single-game touchdown record

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Josh Seidel stood aside from the Bishop McCort huddle to do an interview with the local TV station as rain fell steadily from the night sky.   Just knowing that the local TV station wanted to do an interview meant the Crimson Crusher senior had a pretty special performance.  Seidel did have […]

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“ROX” STAR: Jones Leads Vikings Back in 25-7 Win

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. – The only place where the stadium lights shined on the first night of October were those at Sto-Rox Stadium as all eyes were on a battle between the Vikings and the Seton LaSalle Rebels in a Thursday night showdown. The night sure felt like October weather, as temperatures reached the low 40’s for the first time this season. There was […]

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District 10 Talk Week 4

Linesville QB one of the driving forces behind 4-0 start Trevor Litwiler, senior quarterback for the Linesville Lions, a Class “A” team in District 10, has helped propel the orange and black to a 4-0 start. He’s really done the bulk of the damage offensively and in terms of scoring. As a team, Linesville has […]

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District 9 Talk Week 4

Interesting stats regarding Derek Buganza’s record passing effort & season & career, to date By now, everybody is probably well aware that Rovers’ junior field general Derek Buganza broke Pat Devlin’s state single game passing record last Friday in a 74-28 victory against Otto-Eldred. Call it what you will, but the performance has put the […]

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District 8 Talk Week 4

G-20 summit threw off normal City League schedule There are some things in this world that football will stop for. A summit of world leaders right in downtown Pittsburgh would be one such thing. Last weekend, Pittsburgh played host to the Group of 20 summit, which brought leaders from 20 of the world’s leading economies […]

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District 7 Talk Week 4

Was Greensburg Central Catholic overhyped? The Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions entered the 2009 season coming off of an impressive 10-1 season and boasted the top scoring running back in the WPIAL, David Miller, and a Division-1 prospect at quarterback, Trent Hurley, among others. Since 2003, GCC was 58-10 overall. Now, they’re 60-12. The standings show […]

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District 6 Talk Week 4

Huge cross-class showdown in the LHAC Friday night Undefeated Bishop McCort, three-time defending District 6 champions (2 AA, 1 A), square off with Richland, a school from the southeastern suburbs of Johnstown, Friday night. It should prove to be quite the interesting matchup. McCort likes to run, run, run, but can pass if it has […]

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District 5 Talk Week 4

Some of the district’s running backs are ranking among state’s top-50 rushers This doesn’t particularly take a look at any one specific team, but more about the region as a whole. Some of the running backs in District 5 have gotten off to very solid starts to the 2009 season, and on the state rushing […]

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W&J Remains Unbeaten with 28-10 Win Over Grove City

There was both good and bad news for the Grove City Wolverines Saturday night in their PAC clash with the Washington & Jefferson Presidents at Robert E. Thorn Field. The good news was that it only took the Wolverines two minutes to take the lead on a 15-yard scamper to paydirt by quarterback Andrew DiDonato. […]

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Thomas More Holds off Westminster for 34-16 Win

Not even Mother Nature could stop the Thomas More Saints Saturday afternoon in their PAC clash with the Westminster Titans at Harold Burry Stadium. Following a lightning delay of nearly one hour produced by a thunderstorm that passed through the area, Titan kicker Trevor Young finally put his foot on the ball for the opening […]

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UN-HAPPY VALLEY: Iowa shocks Penn State in the national spotlight

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A soaking wet Joe Paterno sat in front of a packed Penn State media room, the lone man on the podium. “It was going to be a tough football game,” the 386-game winner said. “I think we played a strong game defensively.” But offensively? “We just didn’t get it done,” Paterno […]

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Bryant Rains on Colonials Homecoming 20-13

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Some much needed rain made its way into the Pittsburgh area Saturday afternoon, not to the liking of the homecoming crowd at Joe Walton Stadium as the Robert Morris Colonials (0-3) played host to the Bryant Bulldogs (1-1). The Colonials were looking for their first victory of their 2009 campaign and […]

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Viking’s Right the Ship in 31-7 Victory

Upper St. Clair, Pa. – If the saying to define a turnaround after a bad loss in football is “what a difference a week makes” Pittsburgh Central Catholic didn’t get that memo. Just four days after a less than stellar performance vs. Mt. Lebanon in the 36-7 loss last Saturday, Central Catholic returned to the football […]

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District 10 Talk Week 3

Wilmington – Hounds’ went with “spread” attack to slow Grove City Down 14-7 and its running game getting stuffed by an unrelenting Grove City defense, Wilmington had to make some kind of a change or face the prospect of getting run out of its own stadium. Wilmington primarily runs out of a twin wingback formation […]

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District 9 Talk Week 3

Clarion-Limestone – Dan Miller closing in on personal milestone The past few football seasons have been a struggle for Clarion-Limestone, a school that in the early half of the 2000s was competing for District 9 “A” playoff berths and championships. But despite the tough times, one of the Lions’ own could be on the verge […]

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District 8 Talk Week 3

Peabody – ’60s scene The Peabody Highlanders continued the pummeling of Langley this past week as the silver and red reached the 60-point mark. It was the second straight week the Mustangs have given up 60+ points after Brashear dropped 61 in a Week 2 meeting. But what was impressive about Peabody’s performance was this: […]

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District 7 Talk Week 3

Mt. Lebanon – Devils’ victory over Central Catholic proves there’s no clear “AAAA” favorite Mt. Lebanon put itself on the map, and into the discussion of contenders, when it comes to the WPIAL’s “AAAA” landscape in 2009 after its impressive 36-21 victory against Pittsburgh Central Catholic. But, what Mt. Lebanon’s victory also did was even […]

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District 6 Talk Week 3

Portage Area (Part 1) – Will anybody slow the Mustangs down? It’s been three weeks. Three opponents up, three opponents down. All fell by margins greater than 30 points. It begs the question: is there anybody in District 6 that will slow down Portage’s offense? Bishop McCort proved in last year’s district title game that […]

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District 5 Talk Week 3

Conemaugh Township – Indians enjoying a 3-0 start The Indians are off to a rather impressive start to its season, picking up right where it left off from last years’ 8-4, District 5 “A” runner-up finish to Windber. They’ve done it with an offense that is averaging 392 yards and 35 points per game. The […]

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Jaguars “Trounce” Trinity 34-7

JEFFERSON HILLS-  The game between Thomas Jefferson and Trinity was most likely one of the most highly anticipated games of the season.  Besides being both teams’ first conference game of the season, Trinity was also ranked #2, directly behind Thomas Jefferson, #1. If anyone could beat TJ, Trinity would be first in line. However, despite […]

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Clarion Tosses 24-0 Shutout at Lock Haven

CLARION — Saturday’s clash between Lock Haven and Clarion at Memorial Stadium took 60 minutes of clock time to complete, but as the game unfolded, it took less than 11 minutes to determine the winner. Taking advantage of big plays and LHU mistakes, the Golden Eagles ripped off 17 unanswered points in the opening period […]

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Wilmington “Burns” Grove City with 27 second-half points

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Standing on the Greyhound Stadium turf postgame, Grove City head coach Jeff Bell was looking for some divine intervention. “If we could have got some lightning and the lights went off (in the third quarter), it would have been a great ending,” the Eagles’ boss said. Instead, Wilmington was the one […]

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Mt. Lebanon Shocks Pittsburgh Central Catholic 36-21

PITTSBURGH, Pa- It has became apparent in the first three weeks of play in the 2009 season that Quad-“A” in the WPIAL is going to be at least a 5 horse race to Heinz Field in November.  If there was a front runner of that race it very well could have been Pittsburgh Central Catholic. […]

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Punxsutawney Races Past Moniteau for 45-16 Win

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Big plays many times be the determining factor in winning or losing a football game. Friday night at Jack LaMarca Stadium, the Punxsutawney Chucks (1-2) put the big plays to good use as they cruised to a 45-16 win over the Moniteau Warriors (1-2) for their first win of the season. The Chucks […]

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West Allegheny Blasts Moon 46-6

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa- It’s one of the most heated rivalries in the Parkway Conference, let alone the WPIAL. There was no doubt the 2009 edition of West Allegheny and Moon Area, was heated….at least on one sideline. In the 46-6 loss to the Indians Friday night, the Tigers dropped their 21st straight Parkway Conference game, […]

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Gators Chomp Wildcats 49-0

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – It was Thursday night football action from Monroeville as Ray Ritz lead his Latrobe Wildcats (1-1) into Gator country for his first conference game as coach of a quad-“A” squad. Ritz would face another very successful coach across the field from him as Terry Smith lead his Gateway Gators (2-0) into Walter “Pete” Antimarino […]

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Sto-Rox QB Paul Jones Likely to Play Tonight

Sto-Rox Quarterback and Penn State recruit Paul Jones, might be taking the field for the first time this season on Friday night in Sewickley vs. the Quakers of Quaker Valley (0-2). Jones has battled a broken left ankle, that he suffered while playing a pick up game of basketball back in July. Sto-Rox coach Jason […]

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Grove City – Wilmington Area preview

The Game: Grove City (10 AAA, 2-0) vs. Wilmington Area (10 AA, 2-0) Where: Wilmington Area High School, New Wilmington, PA When: Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2009, @ 7 p.m. About the Game: Regional rivals separated by a mere 15 miles of state route 208 and the Mercer/Lawrence county line square off yet again. What used […]

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District 10 Talk Week 2

Erie Cathedral Prep – Rolling up the rushing yardage against St. Joseph’s Cathedral Prep opened its season with a tight 14-7 loss to McDowell. For St. Joseph’s, a school based in Cleveland, Ohio, that did not bode well. Not only did the Ramblers drop a 68-spot on the Marauders, they averaged 21.2 yards per carry […]

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District 9 Talk Week 2

Clarion Area – An orange and black scoring machine The last time Clarion Area High School got off to a start this good, the Bobcats wound up setting a school record for points scored in a single season. Clarion, a class “A” school from the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference, is off to a very impressive […]

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District 8 Talk Week 2

Perry – Where are all the points? For the second straight week, Perry finished a game scoring in the single-digits. One was good enough for a win. This latest effort was not so much. Schenley stunned Perry 8-6, a week after the Commodores shut out Brashear, 7-0. It’s interesting to note that, through two weeks, […]

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Nittany Lions Squeeze Orange for 28-7 Win

UNIVERSITY PARK — Nothing spectacular, but successful in recording yet another Nittany Lion win. That is what the Penn State Nittany Lion fans have become accustomed to watching their team do on Saturday afternoons. In workmanlike fashion, the Lions won their second game in as many starts Saturday afternoon as they methodically controlled the Syracuse […]

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Bethel Park: Built “Ford” Tough

BETHEL PARK, Pa. – They are the stealth fighters of high school football. Yes, once again Jeff Metheny and his Bethel Park Black Hawks are flying under the radar of all the football experts and championship hype. That feat is impressive, considering that Bethel Park was State Runners-up and came a few yards short in […]

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Penns Valley runs through BEA in OT Thriller 25-22

Kody Bjalme ran straight through the defense of BEA all night long to the tune of 265 yards and 2 tds on 41 carries but it was one of 4 passes that Rams qb Tibben Zerby  threw on the night with 23 seconds left in the game that gave Bjalme his chance to cap the […]

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Karns City Holds off Punxsutawney for 20-13 Win

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When Karns City visited Punxsutawney Phil territory Friday night, the final score was Gremlins 20, Chucks 13, that was only part of the story. While Karns City has realized a lot of success for many seasons, the Chucks have struggled for many of those same seasons. Coming into the 2009 campaign, Karns City […]

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Bellaire, John Marshall play long into the night

WHEELING, W. Va. – In a game that started more than two hours after its originally scheduled time, the Bellaire-John Marshall game was an event that could have been classified as midnight madness.   And, believe it or not, it actually was.   Bellaire (1-1) and John Marshall (0-2) combined for 76 points in a […]

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Dickinson Outslugs Grove City, 52-47

GROVE CITY — If Saturday’s Grove City College football game with Dickinson College is any indication of what is to come for the remainder of the season, you had  better take a calculator with you to Robert E. Thorn the next time the Wolverines play. In an offensive explosion that saw the two teams combine […]

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No luck for the Irish – Central Catholic steamrolls Ursuline

WHEELING, W. Va. – Remember that old saying about not waking the sleeping giant?  Youngstown Ursuline poked Pittsburgh Central Catholic pretty hard, and the Vikings didn’t take too kindly.   Central Catholic (1-0) rattled off 21 unanswered points in the second quarter, 28 total, and outscored Ursuline 49-6 after the 3:15 mark of the 1st […]

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Turquoise and blanked: Steubenville shuts out Woodland Hills

WHEELING, W. Va. – For the 705th time in program history, the Steubenville Big Red celebrated a victory.  For the third time, it celebrated a victory over Woodland Hills.   But, perhaps most impressively, for the 321st time, Steubenville won via the shutout.  Opponent goose eggs account for over 45 percent of Big Red.   […]

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St. Joe’s Prep stuns McKeesport with 4th quarter comeback

WHEELING, W. Va. – Tickets to the Wheeling Rally in the Valley cost $20.   McKeesport and St. Joe’s Prep gave ticketholders their monies worth…and then some.   The Hawks (1-0) erased a 12-point fourth quarter deficit with two late touchdown passes, stunning McKeesport’s (0-1) potent flexbone attack 27-26 from Wheeling Island Stadium.   It […]

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Buchtel blows past Wheeling Central Catholic

WHEELING, W. Va. – Prior to the start of his team’s game, Akron-Buchtel head coach Ricky Powers said that he was very, very nervous. Funny that such a comment would come from a coach who was a former Michigan running back playing before tens of thousands of fans each and every week. Once things got […]

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Upper St. Clair scores 29 unanswered points, defeats Penn-Trafford

UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa. – During the fourth quarter, some members of the Upper St. Clair football staff threw on the song “Renegade” over the stadium speaker system. Early on, it was Penn-Trafford that was playing like it had nothing to lose. The Warriors (0-1) held a 20-19 in the second quarter, but the Panthers […]

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12th Man Scoreboard show

Here is tonights lineup on the 12th Man Scoreboard Show, which is running Saturday night this week instead of the originally scheduled friday night time slot. Show starts at 10:30pm only on Prep Nation Radio ESPN Rise Magazine Editor Doug Huff Altoona Mirror Writer Cory Giger Morning Call Writer Keith Groller ESPN 1240AM Chris Schmouder Huntingdon Daily News Writer Josh Funk […]

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Wilmington (10)

Wilmington Area (10) – The defending PIAA “AA” state champions are easily the front-runners for a fourth straight District 10 championship, and who knows if the Hounds’ Hammer might make a return trip to Hershey in ’09? Derrick Burns ran for nearly 1,500 yards and had more than 140 tackles on defense last season, and […]

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Aliquippa (7)

Aliquippa (7) – The Quips won their 13th WPIAL football championship last season, and made it all the way to the Western Finals before falling to Wilmington. Rasheem Jones returns at quarterback to lead the way, as does WR Rashad “Lucky” Kenney. The Quips do lose a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, but somehow always find […]

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Clairton (7)

Clairton (7) – For the second straight year, the WPIAL “A” title is Clairton’s to lose. The Bears are loaded despite the loss of two quality senior quarterbacks – Andrew Currington had over 2,400 yards of offense and Troy Webb skillfully led the Bears from Heinz Field to Hershey. Kevin Weatherspoon, a triple-threat on offense, […]

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Central-Martinsburg (6)

Central-Martinsburg (6) – A young, but game, Dragons’ squad nearly took down Wilmington in the quarterfinals last year before falling, 21-19. The prohibitive favorite in District 6 “AA” this year, Lucas Ruck (1,500-yard rusher), Trent Forshey (150+ tackles) and crew return with high rankings and the inability to fly under any more radars. Who steps […]

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Penn-Trafford – Upper St. Clair Preview

The game: Penn-Trafford (7, 0-0) vs. Upper St. Clair (7, 0-0) When: Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Upper St. Clair High School About the game: This is the fourth straight year these two schools have opened their seasons against each other. The Panthers won all three previous meetings, 27-9 in ’06; 17-7 […]

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Akron Buchtel – Wheeling Central Catholic Preview

The game: Akron Buchtel (OH Div. III, 0-1) vs. Wheeling Central Catholic (WV Class “A”, 1-0) When: Saturday Sept. 5, 2009 @ 10:00 a.m. Where: Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, W. Va. About the game: This is the inaugural game of a five-games-in-one-day event of the Wheeling Hospital’s Rally in the Valley (last year called the […]

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McKeesport – St. Joe’s Prep Preview

The game: McKeesport Area (7, 0-0) vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (12, 0-0) When: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 @ NOON Where: Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, W. Va. About the game: In a cross-state clash, McKeesport’s vaunted flexbone offense, with what some have called the best backfield in the state of Pennsylvania, take to the gridiron against […]

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Woodland Hills – Steubenville Preview

The game: Woodland Hills (7, 0-0) vs. Steubenville (OH Div. III, 0-0) When: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m. Where: Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, W. Va. About the game: Two schools, one long-established, the other formed not so very long ago, clash in a potentially epic battle. These two programs have played each other […]

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Central Catholic – Ursuline Preview

The game: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7, 0-0) vs. Youngstown Ursuline (OH Div. V, 1-0) When: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 @ 6:00 p.m. Where: Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, W. Va. About the game: In literary terms, a “foil” refers to two characters that are similar to one another. In football terms, both Ursuline and Central Catholic […]

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Bellaire – John Marshall Preview

The game: Bellaire (OH Div. IV, 0-1) vs. John Marshall (WV, Class “AAA”, 0-0) When: Saturday Sept. 5, 2009 @ 8:30 p.m. Where: Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, W. Va. About the game: Regional rivals square off in this fifth and final game of the Wheeling Hospital Rally in the Valley. Neither team had a whole […]

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Beaver Falls (7)

Beaver Falls (7) – The backfield is loaded with talent in Cody Cook (1,650 rush yards, 23 TD), Admire Carter, and 1,100-yard passer Tony Omogrosso. Beaver Falls has played for consecutive WPIAL championship games, losing to Jeannette and Aliquippa. The Tigers have not won a WPIAL title since 1984. Maybe this will be their year.

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Greensburg Central Catholic (7)

6. Greensburg Central Catholic (7) – Consistency is the name of the game, and the Centurions have been exactly that, going 58-10 since the start of the 2003 season. David Miller ran for over 1,100 yards and scored 33 touchdowns, and quarterback Trent Hurley is a Division-1 prospect for the maroon and black and white. […]

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Farrell (10)

Farrell (10) – The Steelers might be the second-best team in Class “A” in the entire state, and maybe the balance of power has shifted from the East to the West for what seems like the first time in forever. Farrell has gone 21-6 in its last 27 games, and lost to Clairton in last […]

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Bishop McCort (6)

Bishop McCort (6) – The Crushers always find a way to somehow reload year after year after year, having won three straight District 6 championships (2 “AA”, 1 “A”). This year, the Crushers might get some competition from Portage, but enter the season as the prohibitive favorites to win the District again. Will the red […]

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Forest Hills (6)

Forest Hills (6) – Head coach Don Bailey is 10 wins shy of the historic mark of 300, and he’s got some talent returning to help him make a run toward that number this season, namely in the form of senior quarterback Zach Glessner, who has thrown for 2,700 yards the last two seasons. The […]

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Rochester (7)

T-10. Rochester (7) – To the victors go the spoils, so they say, but Rochester has really, really spoiled its fans for quite a long time. The eight-time WPIAL champion Rams went 10-2 last season, falling to Clairton in the WPIAL semifinals. The 10-2 record was a vast improvement over the 2007 season, when the […]

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Karns City (9)

T-10. Karns City (9) – Some things in life are just automatic, and in District 9, you’ll usually find Karns City hoisting a District 9 “AA” championship trophy in November. The Gremlins are 116-31 since 1997, and won its first ever PIAA inter-district playoff game last year when it defeated District 5 champion North Star. […]

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Brashear (8)

T-10. Brashear (8) – Easily the best team in the Pittsburgh City League for the third straight season, though Perry might be narrowing that gap if only slightly. Henri Chatman, Manasseh Garner, and Bruce Patterson make up a three-headed monster in the Bulls’ backfield that is all sorts of formidable for City League opposition. The […]

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2009 Radio/TV Streams Schedule Released

WesternPAFootball.net has compiled a statewide list of available radio and tv games that are streamed on the internet each week. Schedule is broken down by network and linked back to their page. If we are missing a network please submit your stream schedule to jeremy@westernpafootball.net. We hope this schedule makes it easier for the fan […]

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FASST, LLC

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Prep Nation Radio New Site Now LIVE

Prep Nation Radio’s brand new website is now LIVE on the net. Check out the new design and let us know what you think. New features include Chalk Talk where we talk to Northwest Rangers Coach Carl Majer each week during the season. We also have a brand new show on the network called Press […]

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2009 Team Schedules Now Available

WesternPAFootball.net is proud to announce the release of the 2009 Team Schedules. Any errors, updates or changes please email dave@westernpafootball.net. If any team information needs updated such as coach, team website etc. please email dave@westernpafootball.net. Find all the schedules under Team Info menu on our website or by clicking this link

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Friends of Coal Prep Classic press conference highlights game matchups

WHEELING, W. Va. – Thursday was supposed to be an exciting day, a day of talking football and the 2nd annual Friends of Coal Prep Football Classic during a press conference featuring the 10 coaches of the schools involved in a five-game marathon Sept. 5th in Wheeling. Instead, the press conference began on a somber […]

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Bigups

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Cellgells

Cellgells are a new and unique product for School Spirit Stores, School Fundraisers and Special Event promotions. Cellgells are 3-Dimensional in appearance and are available for any Sport or Special Event (i.e. – Playoffs / District Champs / Tournaments etc…). We offer a wide variety of custom designs of which we can imprint any school […]

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Friends of Coal Prep Classic set for Sept. 5

One stadium. One day. Five games. Ten teams. Three states. What do all those numbers have in common? They all, in a way, relate to the 2nd Annual Friends of Coal Prep Football Classic, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5 at Wheeling Island Stadium. The line-up features four Keystone State teams, two of which […]

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North Hits South with 26-7 loss

Lezzer Lumber Classic, Bald Eagle High School – It’s hard to judge just how emotional teams can be when playing an all star game but in the first quarter running back Matt Overdorf from Central Mountain High School, playing for the North team, found out just how emotional this game would be. After a short […]

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Ohio fends off pesky Pennsylvania to win Big-33

HERSHEY, Pa. – Of all the big plays made in the 52nd Annual Big-33 Football Classic, the biggest came from one of Ohio’s offensive linemen. Adam Replogle (Centerville HS) scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard fullback dive with :20 left in the game, and then Ohio held off a late Pennsylvania rally to win, […]

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East scores 30 unanswered points; pounds West 37-22

ALTOONA, Pa. – Jeremiah Young.  Franklin Quiteh.  Zach Barket.  Those were three big names for the East squad who figured to play key roles in their team’s effort in the 9th Annual PSFCA East/West All-Star Game.   Tom Ryan, though, stole the show.  So did Zach Zulli.   Zulli (Perkiomen Valley) accounted for 118 yards […]

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Bishiop McDevitt Sends Two Players to NFL in ’09 Draft.

They range from Salmon High School in Salmon, Idaho to Quirinus Gymnasium in Kaarst, Germany. A total of 244 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25-26, USA Football announced a few weeks ago. There were 12 schools that had two players each […]

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Big-33 Classic helps make up for past Hershey shortcomings

Trying to find an angle for a Big-33 Classic story isn’t hard.  The game has been going on now for more than five decades.  Story lines abound in what has come to be known as one of the nation’s best high school football all-star games. So, instead of focusing on the Super Bowl ties, or […]

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52ND BIG 33 FOOTBALL CLASSIC PREVIEW

Keystone Staters will be happy to know, if they weren’t aware already, that Pennsylvania has won the last three Big-33 Football Classics over Ohio, and taken a lead in the series between the two states. Come Saturday evening, the boys in the blue and gold will look to make it four wins in a row, […]

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Combine for High School Football Players

COACHES/ATHLETIC DIRECTORS grades 9th through 12th IN THE NET SPORTS COMPLEX near Hershey 798 Airport Road, Palmyra, PA 17078 (717) 838-8706, www.inthenet.com Saturday, June 27th, 2009 Presented by: sportsvids.com/sportsrecruiters.com COACHES/AD’s get your players NOTICED, RECOGNIZED, AND RECRUITED!!! The combine will feature SPARQ-type testing and positional specific drills…. Test results will be made available to coaches […]

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7 on 7 Schedules

We are putting a list together of 7 on 7 games. Please email us your 7 on 7 schedule list (Date, time, list of teams and location). Email us your schedule:2009 7-on-7 Website Link: http://www.westernpafootball.net/20097on7.html

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Internship

Assignments are available for sports writers and photographers at WesternPAFootball.net. Interested students should send the following documents to Dave: a letter explaining why the student would like to be a WesternPAFootball.net intern, a resume, writing samples or portfolio from a journalism and/or photography class, and a letter of recommendation from a parent, teacher, or boss. […]

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2008 All-WesternPAFootball.net Big School Team

2008 All-WesternPAFootball.net Big School Team (Class AAA-Class AAAA)    OFFENSE: Tight end –Brock DeCicco, Thomas Jefferson Wide receivers –John Schademan, Bethel Park; Dan Virgin, Thomas Jefferson; Matt Plautz, Seneca Valley Offensive lineman –Colin Rodkey, Gateway; Adam Gress, West Mifflin; Pat Eger, Thomas Jefferson; Ryan Schlieper, North Allegheny; David Istanich, Greater Johnstown Quarterback –Tyler Wehner, Thomas […]

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2008 WesternPAFootball.net Small School Player of the Year:

Kevin Weatherspoon, Junior ATH, Clairton High School Some will say, “How did a wide receiver get selected as a player of the year?”  When you hear the name Kevin Weatherspoon, it’s only automatic to think of him as a wide receiver, as he was the #1 target in Clairton’s passing attack.  He finished the year […]

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2008 WesternPAFootball.net Big School Player of the Year:

Tyler Wehner, Senior QB, Thomas Jefferson High School Talk about what a difference a year makes.  Wehner was one of the catalysts of a Thomas Jefferson offense which set a school record for points scored in a season (616) and lit up scoreboards all across the state.  Wehner completed 119-of-211 passes for 2,654 yards and […]

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2008 WesternPAFootball.net Small School Coach of the Year:

  Terry Verrelli, Wilmington Area High School The last three years, and even prior to that, Wilmington has been one of District 10’s perennial playoff contenders.  It was never a question of whether Wilmington would be competitive/dominant in District 10 (that answer is usually a resounding, “Yes”), but whether or not the Hounds could get […]

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2008 WesternPAFootball.net Big School Coach of the Year:

  Jeff Metheny, Bethel Park High School The South Hills of Pittsburgh is a region steeped in football tradition, and includes quality football teams like Clairton, Thomas Jefferson, Upper St. Clair, and now, Bethel Park.  Believe it or not, the Black Hawks’ goal this season was only the Great Southern Conference championship, and then to […]

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Wilmington Area Greyhounds (15-1)

Wilmington breezed through the first nine weeks of its 2008 schedule, but the final four games for the Hounds proved to be anything but a cakewalk.  Wilmington’s last four opponents, Slippery Rock, Central-Martinsburg, Aliquippa, and West Catholic, finished 2008 with a combined record of 46-12.  Wilmington won its ninth District 10 championship since moving from […]

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Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (15-1)

Thomas Jefferson began the year ranked as the #1 Big School team according to WesternPAFootball.net, and finished in the same spot after claiming its third PIAA championship in five years.  Since 2004, TJ has won fewer than 14 games only once (2005).  Some writers have begun applying the term “dynasty” to this team – it’s […]

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District 11’s strife is o’er; Liberty claims first PIAA title in OT

HERSHEY, Pa. – There’s an old hymn which begins the opening stanza with the words, “The strife is o’er, the battle won.”  To say that District 11 “AAAA” football teams were in some strife in three recent state finals was an understatement.  They had been outscored 117-23 in those games.   Liberty ended the strife […]

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Wilmington stuns West Catholic for first PIAA title

HERSHEY, Pa. – Zero chance.  That had been the going phrase when describing District 10 champion Wilmington’s chances at defeating Philadelphia Catholic League juggernaut West Catholic. Zero chance, eh?  This game had undertones of a Class “A” state title game played nearly two decades before it.

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Vikings’ ship sunk: Thomas Jefferson rolls to 3rd PIAA title

HERSHEY, Pa. – Thomas Jefferson quarterback Tyler Wehner had quite the impressive performance in last week’s PIAA semifinals win over West York, accumulating over 300 yards of offense and six total touchdowns. The bad news for Archbishop Wood:  Wehner didn’t leave his game in Altoona. Thomas Jefferson (15-1) got another solid performance from #3, and […]

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Rollin’ right along to a PIAA title: Steel-High wins second straight

HERSHEY, Pa. – Andre Campbell’s first two passes in the Class “A” state championship game weren’t exactly perfect.  His sixth one, though, was a thing of beauty.  Campbell’s 59-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Smith down the Roller sideline, coupled with a bad Clairton punt deep in its own territory, helped Steel-High (16-0) claim its second […]

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PIAA “A” State Title Game – Steelton-Highspire Preview

Steelton-Highspire has been living up to its nickname lately – they’ve simply been steamrolling opponents. But it’s not just steamrolling teams with its potent offense that can choose whether to throw on the snow tires or air it out – the defense has also been flattening people and deflating some potent offenses. Now the Rollers […]

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PIAA “A” State Title Game – Clairton Preview

If only the WPIAL Class “A” schools could have as much success as their “AAAA” counterparts on the opposite end of the spectrum. Western big schools have dominated in the state finals of late, but it’s been the complete opposite for Class “A” western schools, which have had to settle for state silver every year […]

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PIAA “AA” State Title Game – West Catholic Preview

Have you heard the rumblings around Hershey lately?  By mid-week, it should grow to a small roar.  Come Saturday afternoon, there will be a very potent offense barreling into Chocolatetown, ready to explode at any time. That explosion spoken of belongs to the West Catholic Burrs’ high school football team, whose offense is putting up […]

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PIAA “AA” State Title Game – Wilmington Preview

It’s been a little while since Wilmington was seen in the state finals.  In fact, the last time Wilmington played for a state title was in 1988, the inaugural year of the PIAA playoffs. Now, the Hounds are back.  And they’ve built up quite an impressive resume to get to Hershey.  But if they want […]

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PIAA “AAA” State Title Game – Archbishop Wood Preview

Archbishop Wood, in the terms of the “AAA” landscape, is one of the new kids on the block.  But in terms of the Philadelphia Catholic League, the Vikings’ program has established itself as a player year in and year out. Now, the black and gold find themselves playing a 16th game (Wood previously had played […]

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PIAA “AAA” State Title Game – Thomas Jefferson Preview

This just in:  Thomas Jefferson is making another trip to Hershey.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.  The Jaguars are making Hershey one of their many homes-away-from-home. Truth is it doesn’t matter which stadium Thomas Jefferson plays in these days, whether it’s Elizabeth-Forward High School, Heinz Field, Mansion Park Stadium, or Hershey.  They just continue to win. […]

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PIAA “AAAA” State Title Game – Bethlehem Liberty Preview

District 1, specifically the Suburban One conference, had dominated the eastern half of the state in the “AAAA” classification for the better part of a decade.  It wasn’t uncommon to see Central Bucks West, North Penn, or Neshaminy playing for a state title. But something happened since 2002.  That something was a shift in the […]

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Thomas Jefferson rolls on to Hershey

ALTOONA, Pa. – During pregame warm-ups, West York head coach Ron Miller looked over at the Thomas Jefferson coaching staff, clad in black jackets and khaki shorts in the frigid cold of Mansion Park.  “They’re crazy,” Miller said, but in the same breath, he laughed as he threw in, “but it must work.”  It wasn’t […]

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Clairton Slips By Farrell, 24-21, in Western Final

Bill Albright Western PA Writer WEXFORD – One win short of playing for the state championship. That is where the Farrell football season ended Friday night at Newman Stadium as the Steelers fell to the Clairton Bears, 24-21, in a PIAA Class A semifinal matchup. With a win and a trip to Hershey next week […]

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PIAA “AAAA” Western Final – Bethel Park Preview

The Game: PIAA “AAAA” Western Final Date: Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2008, from Memorial Stadium in State College At stake:Winner will play either North Penn or Bethlehem Liberty for the “AAAA” state championship, Saturday, Dec. 13th, at Hersheypark Stadium. When it comes to the PIAA “AAAA” Western Finals, the WPIAL has dominated.  The district is 17-3 […]

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PIAA “AAAA” Western Final – Wilson-West Lawn Preview

The Game: PIAA “AAAA” Western Final Date: Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2008, from Memorial Stadium in State College At stake: Winner will play either North Penn or Bethlehem Liberty for the “AAAA” state championship, Saturday, Dec. 13th, at Hersheypark Stadium. Guess who’s back in the PIAA semifinals for the first time in nearly two decades?  If […]

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PIAA “AAA” Western Final – West York Area Preview

The Game: PIAA “AAA” Western Final Date: Friday, Dec. 5th, 2008, from Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona At stake: Winner will play either Archbishop Wood or Selinsgrove for the “AAA” state championship, Friday, Dec. 12th, at Hersheypark Stadium. Call them over-achievers.  Call them giant slayers.  There’s one other thing you can call the West York […]

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Bethel Park stuns Gateway for first WPIAL title

PITTSBURGH – Standing in the tunnel near the home locker room after the “AAAA” WPIAL final, you could have heard a pin drop.  Aside from cleats hitting concrete, and an occasional sniffle, there was no sound.  Just disappointment.  Just shock.  That was the reaction after arguably the biggest upset in these 2008 playoffs and what […]

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Thomas Jefferson downs Blackhawk, three-peats as WPIAL champs

PITTSBURGH – Two years ago, Brian Baldrige had a field day in helping Thomas Jefferson dispose of Blackhawk in the WPIAL title game. Two years later, guess who Baldrige and the Jaguars were facing in the WPIAL title game? So there had to be at least a couple of thoughts in #20’s mind about his […]

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Aliquippa stuns Beaver Falls, wins 13th WPIAL title

PITTSBURGH – Aliquippa’s team name on the Heinz Field scoreboard was only three letters – “A-L-I.”  It turned out to be a very appropriate abbreviation.  The game was a slugfest. Aliquippa (11-2) limited Beaver Falls (12-1) to just 116 rushing yards (136 total yards) and scored the winning points on a safety to win its […]

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WPIAL “A” Championship Preview

The Game: Monaca (7 A) @ Clairton (7 A) Date: Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2008, from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2008 Record: Monaca (11-1), Clairton (12-0) About the WPIAL “A” championship: 2008 marks the second consecutive year the class “A” championship game has featured a team that has scored more than 500 points.  Last year, Serra […]

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WPIAL “AA” Championship Preview

The Game: Aliquippa (7 AA) @ Beaver Falls (7 AA) Date: Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2008, from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2008 Record: Aliquippa (10-2), Beaver Falls (12-0) About the WPIAL “AA” championship: This match-up is not only a rematch of a Week 3 FSN-Pittsburgh Thursday night showcase game, but also an all-Beaver County match-up, which […]

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WPIAL “AAA” Championship Preview

The Game: Blackhawk (7 AAA) @ Thomas Jefferson (7 AAA) Date: Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2008, from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2008 Record: Blackhawk (11-1), Thomas Jefferson (11-1) About the WPIAL “AAA” championship: Believe it or not, there is history being made in this WPIAL title game as well.  Then again, when you mention Thomas Jefferson […]

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WPIAL “AAAA” Championship Preview

The Game: Bethel Park (7 AAAA) @ Gateway (7 AAAA) Date: Saturday, Nov. 22nd, from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2008 Record: Bethel Park (12-0), Gateway (12-0) About the WPIAL “AAAA” championship: This title game would have been disappointing had Gateway not qualified.  The Gators came into the year with much hype, the #1 ranking in […]

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Grove City Wolverines Retain Mercer County Cup with 20-14 Win over Thiel

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer GROVE CITY — When the college football schedules are released in the pre-season, Thiel and Grove City circle the date when they meet each other during the regular season. As for the importance of the game to both programs, the reason is simple. It is called playing for the […]

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EYE OF THE TIGER: Beaver Falls holds off Jeannette 35-28

GIBSONIA, Pa- There were only three words that needed to be said to get fans to show up to last nights WPIAL Class AA, Semi-Final. Beaver Falls-Jeannette. Which is up from last year, being that only two words needed to be said for the game between the Tigers and the Jayhawks a season ago, as in Terrelle Pryor. […]

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LITTLE LIONS SHUT OUT CENTRAL MOUNTAIN

When State College head coach Al Wolski said “it’s nice to play a local team” before tonights game  Central Mountain head coach Steve Turchetta agreed with him. “It’s a shame we don’t play them (State College) on a regular basis being we’re so close to each other”.  He may have changed his mind tonight. State […]

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Farrell Blanks Previously Unbeaten Saegertown, 31-0

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer MEADVILLE — The only thing certain when Farrell and Saegertown squared off in Friday’s District 10-A semifinal was that one of the team’s winning streak was going to end. After the Steelers opened the 2008 campaign with a pair of losses, they strung together nine straight wins, while Saegertown […]

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Westminster ‘Stuffs’ Grove City for 24-21 Win

By Bill Albright Western PA Writer NEW WILMINGTON — Any way you look at it, Saturday’s meeting between Grove City and Westminster provided both sides of the emotional coin. On the Westminster side of the field, it was jubilation as the Titans put up a goal line stand in the final three seconds for an […]

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Wilmington waxes Girard

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Girard head coach Mina George stood by himself on the Slippery Rock stadium after his postgame address to his team. “You shoulda, you coulda, you woulda,” George, a 225-game winner, said. “But against them (Wilmington), you can’t shoulda.  You just have to (execute).” The Yellowjackets (7-4), making their first playoff appearance […]

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NO BULL: Brasher Wins Second Straight City League Title

PITTSBURGH, Pa- On an overcast fall afterernoon in the city of Pittsburgh the 2008 City League Championship was on the line today at Couples Stadium as Brasher (10-1) took on Perry (9-2). Brasher had been on the wrong side of the Championship in past seasons to a once power house in Perry, but this year they won their second […]

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HOPEWELL HOPELESS: TJ makes 11 straight trip to WPIAL Semi-Finals

McDonald, Pa- In high school football every team has up and down seasons, all depending on how the lower level teams do, and how many good players are brought up threw the system. Thomas Jefferson is the exception to that rule, and as has built a high school dynasty in Jefferson Hills. The Hopewell Vikings came […]

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New Castle Outslugs Indiana, 55-49

By Bill Albright Western PA Writer BUTLER — When New Castle and Indiana faced each other Friday night at Butler High’s Art Bernardi Stadium in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL-AAA tournament, the game took on the appearance of a heavyweight boxing match with the last fighter standing to be declared the winner. After punching and […]

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Penn Hills’ defense flashes its “Mason’s” license, stonewalls North Hills

GIBSONIA, Pa. – North Hills’ theme song the past seven weeks could have easily been “Rolling Right Along.”  The Indians were on a seven-game winning streak, and were playing a balanced brand of offense while slamming the door defensively, allowing just over 10 points per game. Then came the WPIAL quarterfinals and the red-hot Penn […]

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HOPEWELL vs. THOMAS JEFFERSON PREVIEW

Bill Cherpak is good.  In fact so good he received votes in the election as a write-in on Tuesday all of which came from the Jefferson Hills area. If you think about it, Cherpak and his Jaguars are on a little campaign on their own and not hesitating to slotter any candidate that thinks they […]

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CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

In just a couple of days on the south side of Pittsburgh at Couples Stadium a couple of teams will be in the spotlight for a couple of hours in the Pittsburgh City League Championship. So to sum this up in just a couple of sentences, it will be the (9-1) Brasher Bulls taking on […]

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Girard – Wilmington Area Preview

The Game: Girard (10 AA) @ Wilmington Area (10 AA) Date: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2008, from N. Kerr Thompson Stadium at Slippery Rock University 2008 Record: Girard (7-3), Wilmington Area (9-1) About Girard: The Yellowjackets may have surprised a few people this year in earning a playoff berth, but Girard does have a productive ground […]

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Fairview – Sharon Area Preview

The Game: Fairview (10 AA) @ Sharon Area (10 AA) Date: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2008, from Wilmington Area HS in New Wilmington 2008 Record: Fairview (7-2), Sharon Area (9-1) About Fairview: The Tigers enter this game fresh off of a loss to red-hot General McLane, 28-17.  Fairview’s other loss came to North East, the Region […]

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STATE COLLEGE REMAINS UNBEATEN

Rob Stupar can claim bragging rights to something neither of his brothers can do. He helped his team to an undefeated regular season at State College. I should note here that one is in the NFL and the other one , Nate, plays for a currently undefeated Nittany Lion team. And just for kicks let’s […]

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BEA keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Bellefonte

WINGATE – Catch the ball. That was the one thing A.J. Robinson was thinking as he saw the pigskin zipping through the air toward him late in Bald Eagle Area’s game against rival Bellefonte. It was third-and-17, the Eagles were down 9-7, and they needed a big play to keep them in the game. Robinson […]

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New Castle Routs Franklin Regional 53-20 in WPIAL Playoffs

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer NEW CASTLE — To say the New Castle football team is on a roll might be the understatement of the year. After suffering through three disappointing losses to begin the season, the Hurricanes have strung together seven straight wins, including Friday night’s 53-20 victory over Franklin Regional in the […]

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CZECH-MATE: 3-6 Riverside stuns unbeaten Moniteau

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. – Entering their 10th and final game of the 2008 football season, the Riverside Panthers only dressed 30 players, were outnumbered by District 9 “AA” juggernaut Moniteau by a 2:1 ratio, and were easily outweighed on the lines by 20 pounds per man. But the 3-6 Panthers weren’t intimidated. It wasn’t pretty, […]

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Central Catholic’s Kyle Wilson Dies at 17

Vince Lombardi once said, “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” At 11:45 Tuesday night all of Western PA was shocked to hear the news that Pittsburgh Central Catholic junior running back Kyle Wilson had died at the age of 17. Head coach Terry Totten and […]

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FARAGO’S FOOTBALL FORECAST: WPIAL PLAYOFF’S

So you have seen who your team is playing, but now you would like to see how far they will go? You sure want a lot, but not to much for Pittsburgh Sports Weekly to handle. This is a special edition of “Farago’s Football Forecast”. I finished the regular season with a 492-99 record in […]

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HIGHWAY TO HEINZ: THE FIELD IS SET IN THE WPIAL!

When the August summer sun sets, 123 teams all have the same dream. To become one of the 64 teams in the WPIAL Playoff’s, and tonight at the Embassy Suites in Moon Township 64 teams have a chance to live that dream as the “Highway to Heinz” is officially underway after a crowd packed into […]

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Josh Funk’s Projected 2008 WPIAL playoff seedings

The WPIAL will not announce its actual seedings for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs until tomorrow evening at the Embassy Suites, Thorn Run Road in Moon Township.  So, for fun, I decided to paint a potential scenario as to where exactly the 64 qualifying teams will be seeded less than 24 hours from now.  The pairings […]

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Mercer Runs All Over West Middlesex, 48-20

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer MERCER — When Mercer tangled with West Middlesex on the football field Friday night, it was a chance for the Mustangs to solidify its hold onto a playoff spot, while for the Big Reds, it was a battle for survival. As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock, […]

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DISBELIEF IN DORMONT: Eagles’ perfect season drowned by Rebels’ defense

DORMONT, Pa. – The weather held just long enough for Keystone Oaks to finish its senior night ceremonies. Then, the rain came down, down, down, and so did the Golden Eagles undefeated record. Seton LaSalle (8-1 overall, 8-1 Century Conference) claimed the 2008 crown with a dominating 20-0 victory over Keystone Oaks (8-1, 8-1) from […]

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BELLWOOD-ANTIS PINS MT. UNION

Some nights it’s all about the bounce and tonight, the bounce went the way of the Blue Devils. In a game that meant nothing more than pride and playoff seeding, Bellwood showed the Trojans how to play the bounce. Trailing 7-0 after a 1st quarter 3 yard td run by Trojan running back Malakia Jackson, […]

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Indians Rain Dance on Rochester 17-0

MONACA, Pa- The year was 1915, the city was Monaca, a small industrial town that sits along the Ohio River in Beaver County. Across that very body of water is Rochester, which was also a small town that relied heavily on steel manufacturing. Every October the two towns would meet; not for dinner, or a […]

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GATEWAY’S GOLDEN: Gators win Foothills Conference title in Thursday night thriller

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – There’s a saying that says the great teams are the ones that overcome adversity. The Gateway Gators, a consensus #1 “AAAA” team, and ranked 4th in the nation, were holding on to a 31-27 lead with 2:23 left in its regular season finale with McKeesport.  All the black and gold needed was […]

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WPIAL Star, “Pryor” to College

Many said that he would struggle in College after playing only “AA” football in high school, I have one question for the many that said that. What do you think of Terrelle Pryor now? Pryor, the former Jeannette and WPIAL standout who put on a show every time he touched the field is doing the […]

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Tiger turns Panthers, Pitt is it for Todd Thomas

Beaver Falls standout Todd Thomas has decided to attend Pitt after his high school career, and what a career it has been for Thomas. Who has been amazing at both football and basketball for the Tigers in his years. A few days ago he made a verbal commitment to the panthers. It will be a task […]

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“Battle of the Bridge” ROCHESTER-MONACA PREVIEW

The Game: Rochester Rams (7-A) @ Monaca Indians (7-A) Date: Friday, Oct. 24th, 2008, from Monaca Stadium. 2008 Record: Rochester (8-0), Monaca (7-1) The Second season of the Pittsburgh Sports Weekly high school football games of the week will rap up this weekend as week 9 of the WPIAL regular season is already here. What […]

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Jeannette – Greensburg Central Catholic Preview

The Game: Jeannette (7 AA) @ Greensburg Central Catholic (7 AA) Date: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, from Hempfield High School in Greensburg 2008 Record: Jeannette (8-0), Greensburg Central Catholic (8-0) About Jeannette: Jeannette, surprise, surprise, is chasing some history…again.  If the Jayhawks defeat the Centurions Saturday night, it will be the school’s 650th all-time victory, […]

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Seton-LaSalle – Keystone Oaks Preview

The Game: Seton-LaSalle (7 AA) @ Keystone Oaks (7 AA) Date: Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, from Dormont Stadium in Dormont Borough 2008 Record: Seton-LaSalle (7-1), Keystone Oaks (8-0) About Seton-LaSalle: Remember the earlier part of the decade when Lou Cerro was leading the Rebels to a pair of WPIAL finals appearances?  Well, Seton-LaSalle is still […]

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SENIORS REIGN SUPREME: Five ECC seniors score touchdowns in 32-7 victory

SAINT MARYS, Pa. – Dick and Priscilla Mortland made the trip from Atlanta, Georgia to see their grandson, Matt Bauer, play during his senior night football game for Elk County Catholic High School. And while the temperatures throughout the game were just downright frigid, the performance of their grandson might have been enough to take […]

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Edinboro Passes By Slippery Rock, 35-14

By BILL ALBRIGHT Special to the Tribune     SLIPPERY ROCK — If you are an Edinboro Fighting Scot football fan and were concerned about the possibility of a letdown following last week’s emotional win over IUP, you need not worry any longer.     Shaking off a slow start, the Scots were all over Slippery Rock as they […]

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Portage outlasts North Star, officials, in Friday night thriller

BOSWELL, Pa. – The game felt like a marathon. That’s because it was one. Three hours and fifteen minutes long, 35 first downs, 751 yards of offense, 77 points, and even the officials left their mark, flagging Portage and North Star a combined 26 times for 268 yards. In the end, it was the Mustangs […]

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New Castle Outslugs Ambridge 47-28 For Fifth Straight Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer       NEW CASTLE — It wasn’t pretty at times, but for the New Castle Hurricanes, it was their fifth win in a row Friday night as they outlasted the Ambridge Bridgers,47-28, in a wild-and-wooly affair at Taggart Stadium.     After losses to Butler, Indiana and Blackhawk to begin […]

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VIKINGS SET SAIL: Hopewell manhandles Montour

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – During halftime, a valve on the Hopewell water dispenser burst loose, sending a steady stream of water onto the track. Montour’s defense also had a valve burst, and the Vikings’ rushing offense poured through it all night long. Hopewell (6-2) ran for 304 of their 392 total yards and systematically dismantled […]

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Steel Valley – South Fayette Preview

Can you believe it? That we are already in week eight of the High School Football season in Western PA, it feels like just yesterday we were sitting by the pool talking about what we think Pittsburgh Sports Weekly first game of the season would be like at Montour. Week one is long gone and […]

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Montour – Hopewell Preview

The Game: Montour (7 AAA) @ Hopewell (7 AAA) Date: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, from Tony Dorsett Stadium in Aliquippa 2008 Record: Montour (4-3), Hopewell (5-2) About Montour: The Spartans literally came out of nowhere last season, from a 3-6 record in 2006 to 12-1 and a berth in the WPIAL “AAA” finals last year.  […]

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Ridgway – Elk County Catholic Preview

The Game: Ridgway (9 A) @ Elk County Catholic (9 A) Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, from Dutch Country Stadium in Saint Marys 2008 Record: Ridgway (2-5), Elk County Catholic (5-2) About Ridgway: The Elkers started off the season right, winning two of their first three games via the mercy-rule by a combined margin of […]

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Central Cambria – Westmont Hilltop Preview

The Game: Central Cambria (6 AA) @ Westmont Hilltop (6 AA) Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, from Price Field in Johnstown 2008 Record: Central Cambria (5-2), Westmont Hilltop (2-5) About Central Cambria: The Red Devils have be-deviled their opposition – literally.  Central Cambria is on a four-game winning streak, during which they’ve outscored their opponents […]

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Portage Area – North Star Preview

The Game: Portage Area (6 A) @ North Star (5 AA) Date: Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, from North Star HS in Boswell 2008 Record: Portage Area (7-0), North Star (7-0) About Portage Area: Losing is not a word in the Mustangs vocabulary.  Portage went 10-1 last season and has currently won 17 of its last […]

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Century Conference Clash

Both Keystone Oaks and Sto-Rocks have lived in the shadows in the likes of, Jeanette, Greensburg Central Catholic, and Beaver Falls this season. If you ask either team how they feel about that, they are more then fine with it, they love it. After all what coach and team wouldn’t want to be the under […]

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Carrick has a “bear” of a time with Oliver

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh City League doesn’t see many 7:00 kickoffs on Saturday nights, but maybe, after Carrick and Oliver’s Saturday night thriller, the powers-that-be might schedule a few more games in that time slot. Carrick (4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak by scoring the winning touchdown with 1:22 left, holding off Oliver (2-5) 18-12 […]

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Brashear quarterback posts big day against Peabody

PITTSBURGH – The Peabody Highlanders can lay claim to a sleek, fast Carr. That’s OK for Brashear.  The Bulls have a fleet of Humvees. Brashear (7-0) used its full arsenal in a 54-22 victory against Peabody (1-5) in a City League matchup at Cupples Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Bulls got the scoring started quickly, as […]

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Grove City Deflates Golden Tornadoes, 38-13

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer       GROVE CITY — Anyway you look at it, it was a case of complete domination.     That is the best way to describe what took place Saturday afternoon at Robert E. Thorn Field as the Grove City College Wolverines (4-2) overwhelmed the Geneva Golden Tornadoes for a […]

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MOUNT UNION GROUNDS OUT WIN

As the members of the media gathered before the game on the sidelines to discuss the fact that we were watching two teams battle for playoff contention that were not common contenders and how nice this was to see we heard someone yell out a question that punctuated that fact: “Hey, I didn’t think you […]

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Central Mountain has balance in 36-18 victory

By KIM MOERSCHBACHER kim@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN – Bellefonte has had a lot of success passing the ball this season. That was the weapon that Zac Wynkoop;s team wanted to use against Central Mountain. The Wildcats, however, had plenty in their arsenal in the form of Matt Overdorf and a relentless defense. With his 167 yards, Overdorf […]

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Farrell Steelers Roll Over Sharpsville, 49-14

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer       FARRELL — It was Homecoming 2008 for Farrell High School Friday night, and the Steeler football team provided the alums with a lot to cheer about.      After spotting Sharpsville a 6-0 lead on the first play of the game, the Steelers exploded for 43 unanswered points en route […]

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Chartiers Valley – Thomas Jefferson Preview

The Game: Chartiers Valley (7 AAA) @ Thomas Jefferson (7 AAA) Date: Friday, October 10, 2008, from Jefferson Hills, PA 2008 Record: Chartiers Valley (5-1), Thomas Jefferson (5-1) Pittsburgh Sports Weekly is set for the stretch run of the WPIAL regular season, as games will get a lot more intrusting and teams will have more […]

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Oliver – Carrick Preview

The Game: Oliver (8 AAA) @ Carrick (8 AAA) Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008, from Cupples Stadium in downtown Pittsburgh 2008 Record: Oliver (2-3), Carrick (3-3) About Oliver: Oliver last won a City League championship in 2006, when it defeated Brashear and advanced to the PIAA “AAA” quarterfinals before falling to eventual PIAA champion General […]

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Peabody – Brashear Preview

The Game: Peabody (8 AA) @ Brashear (8 AAA) Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008, from Cupples Stadium in downtown Pittsburgh 2008 Record: Peabody (1-4), Brashear (6-0) About Peabody: The Highlanders’ lone victory came against the City League’s lone “AAAA” team, Taylor Allderdice, in the form of a 12-0 shutout.  Peabody opened its season with two […]

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North Catholic – Riverview Preview

The Game: North Catholic (Pittsburgh) (7 A) @ Riverview (7 A) Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008, from Riverview HS in Oakmont 2008 Record: North Catholic (5-1), Riverview (3-3) About North Catholic: The Trojans enter this contest on a three-game winning streak, and are averaging 53 points per game in their last two games, which were […]

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Gateway – McDowell Preview

The Game: Gateway (7 AAAA) @ Erie McDowell (10 AAAA)* Date: Friday, October 10, 2008, from Gus Anderson Field in Millcreek Township 2008 Record: Gateway (6-0), Erie McDowell (4-2) About Gateway: To say that it would be a surprise that Gateway would dominate the way it has through the first six weeks would be very […]

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NA – PR Preview

The Game: North Allegheny (7 AAAA) @ Pine-Richland (7 AAAA) Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008, from Pine-Richland HS in Gibsonia 2008 Record: North Allegheny (4-2), Pine-Richland (2-4) About North Allegheny: The Tigers have literally done an about-face from its 1-2 start, which included a seven point loss at Mansion Park Stadium (the first loss in […]

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Bishop Carroll gift-wraps Johnstown’s fourth victory

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Johnstown Trojan head coach Kevin Marabito summed up Saturday night’s game against Bishop Carroll rather eloquently. It only took one sentence. “It was a comedy of errors tonight,” the Trojans’ boss said. The only problem was, this wasn’t one of those funny comedies – this was downright ugly. Johnstown (4-2) relied on […]

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Westminster Outslugs Thiel for 16-10 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer NEW WILMINGTON — The good news for the Thiel Tomcats was they scored first and last in Saturday’s President’s Athletic Conference clash with neighboring Westminster. However, the even better news for the Titans was they scored 16 unanswered points sandwiched between the Thiel field goal and touchdown to post […]

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Ambridge “Lights-up” Moon 36-27

Ambridge, PA- Friday night football in western Pennsylvania, there just isn’t anything like it, unless you play Saturday afternoon. That’s what the Ambridge Bridger’s had to do for the first half of this season because of the tare down of the old high school, which was built right against the football stadium forcing officials to […]

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Cook, head chef in Tigers 44-12 feast

Beaver Falls, PA – Do you smell that? It smells like a burnt defense. That’s exactly what the Beaver Bobcats where Friday night in there 44-12 loss to the best team in AA.  Last night it seemed like everyone was moving in slow-motion except Cody Cook, the 5’9 junior running back for the Tigers. Cook […]

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Farrell, firing on all cylinders, spoils Big Reds’ homecoming

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – Two solid lines of red-clad West Middlesex residents watched as the annual homecoming parade traveled down Route 318 to the high school. Come game time, Farrell’s offense marched through the Big Reds’ defense with little resistance. The Steelers (4-2) rolled up 450 yards of offense and 19 first downs, shutting down […]

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Wilmington Overwhelms Sharon for 42-7 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer NEW WILMINGTON — Although it is only the sixth week of the regular season, Friday night’s meeting between Wilmington and Sharon just might have been for the District 10 Region 3-AA championship. Going into the tilt, the Tigers had never defeated the Greyhounds at Wilmington Stadium. Combining a solid […]

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BLUE DEVILS ROLL OVER BLACK KNIGHTS

33-0, 61-0, 46-0…those are the scores of Bellwood Antis’ last 3 games since a close 33-29 win against Everett. You can add 44-0 to that line as the Blue Devils completely dominated the incoming 5-0 Black Knights. Moshannon Valley head coach Murray Fetzer said he wanted his team to use this game as a measuring […]

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Beaver Area – Beaver Falls Preview

The Game: Beaver Area (7 AA) @ Beaver Falls (7AA) Date: Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, from Dan Reeves Field @ Geneva College 2008 Record: Beaver Area (5-0), Beaver Falls (5-0) On Tap for Pittsburgh Sports Weekly in week six is a battle of Beaver County as # 3 Beaver Area takes on # 2 Beaver […]

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Bishop Carroll – Greater Johnstown Preview

The Game: Bishop Carroll (6 A) @ Greater Johnstown (6 AAA) Date: Saturday, Oct. 4, from Greater Johnstown HS in downtown Johnstown 2008 Record: Bishop Carroll (3-2), Greater Johnstown (3-2) About Bishop Carroll: Not much has been heard from Bishop Carroll since it won the 2005 District 6 “A” championship.  The four-time PIAA semifinalists and […]

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Northern Cambria – Laurel Valley Preview

The Game: Northern Cambria (6 A) @ Laurel Valley (6 A) Date: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, from Laurel Valley HS in New Florence 2008 Record: Northern Cambria (2-3), Laurel Valley (4-1) About Northern Cambria: Northern Cambria is all about the run, as the Colts average 227 of their 290 total offensive yards per game on […]

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Farrell – West Middlesex Preview

The Game: Farrell (10 A) @ West Middlesex (10 A) Date: Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, from West Middlesex HS 2008 Record: Farrell (3-2), West Middlesex (4-1) About Farrell: You might remember the Steelers as the dominating class “A” force which won WPIAL titles in 1976, 1986, 1990, 1995, and 1996.  The Steelers reached PIAA finals […]

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TALE OF TWO TEAMS: Strong Vincent wins, but “has a long way to go”

ERIE, Pa. – Tom Cacchione said his grade for his Erie Strong Vincent football team entering Saturday night’s game with Warren was a B. But postgame, Cacchione wasn’t offering any grades.  He was hopping mad. “We need to get a lot better – that’s all I have to say,” the Colonels’ boss said angrily, a […]

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Geneva Keeps Thiel Winless With 31-17 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer GREENVILLE — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and hopefully it will happen. However, for the Thiel Tomcats, although they have shown improvement from week to week, they came up short in each of the first four games. When Thiel and Geneva faced each other Saturday […]

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ACE IN THE HOLJENCIN: Cameron County’s defense stops Coudersport

EMPORIUM, Pa – Cameron County has always prided itself on its defense.  And after this latest triumph, the red and black can thank senior linebacker Jarek Holjencin for his efforts. Holjencin picked off two Falcon passes, and the Red Raiders (5-0 overall, 1-0 AML North) stopped the Falcons at the CC 7 yard line with […]

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Farrell Manhandles Linesville for 27-0 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer FARRELL — After facing a lot of adversity in its first four games of the season that resulted in a mediocre 2-2 record, the real Farrell Steeler football team made an appearance at Paulekas Stadium Friday night. Two things that you can’t coach in the game of football are […]

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Highlands’ defense knocks Mars out of orbit

MARS, Pa. – The first four weeks of the 2008 season for Mars High was out of this world.  The Planets defeated two “AAAA” schools, and won three of its first four games. But Thursday night, it was Highlands’ staunch defense that brought the Planets back down to earth. The Golden Rams (5-0 overall, 1-0 […]

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North Allegheny – Seneca Valley Preview

The Game: North Allegheny (7 AAAA) @ Seneca Valley (7 AAAA) Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, from NexTier Stadium in Harmony 2008 Record: North Allegheny (2-2), Seneca Valley (3-1) Pittsburgh Sports Weekly week 5 game of the week will have a lot to live up to after one amazing game in week 4, with Central […]

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Warren – Erie Strong Vincent Preview

The Game: Warren (10 AAA) @ Erie Strong Vincent (10 AAA) Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, from Veterans Stadium in Erie 2008 Record: Warren (1-3), Erie Strong Vincent (4-0) About Warren: If you are a fan of the Dragons, life hasn’t been good.  Warren has only been a winner in three of its past 14 […]

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Corry Area – Erie Central Tech Preview

The Game: Corry Area (10 AAA) @ Erie Central Tech (10 AAA) Date: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, from Veterans Stadium in Erie 2008 Record: Corry Area (2-2), Erie Central Tech (1-3) About Corry Area: What in the name of Corry Journal sports editor R. L. McCray is going on in Corry?  After a 1-9 record […]

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Coudersport – Cameron County Preview

The Game: Coudersport (9 A) @ Cameron County (9 A) Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, from Cameron County High School in Emporium 2008 Record: Coudersport (3-1), Cameron County (4-0) About Coudersport: First-year head coach Brendan Hathaway had the pressure of replacing District 9’s all-time winningest coach in Paul Simcoe and continue the winning ways of […]

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W&J Downs Thiel 34-24 in PAC Opener

By Bill Albright Western PA Writer During the first half of Saturday’s PAC matchup between Washington & Jefferson and Thiel, the two teams decided absolutely nothing as they each scored a touchdown and field goal for a 10-all deadlock at halftime. However, during the third period, the Presidents, led by All-American candidate Bobby Swallow (West […]

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CARDIAC KIDS

Central Catholic proves once again that kickers are apart of the team. Upper St. Clair, PA- Not many games in high school football are moved with in four days of gameday, however for the game between Upper St. Clair and Pittsburgh Central Catholic that was the case. A crowd of 6,000 packed into Panther Stadium […]

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New Castle Hurricanes Blow by Hopewell, 25-7

By Bill Albright Western PA Writer NEW CASTLE — So much for previous results! When Hopewell and New Castle met Friday night at Taggart Stadium in a Parkway Conference football matchup, it appeared to be a contest between two teams headed in opposite directions. Hopewell entered the contest with a 3-0 mark having outscored its […]

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Rochester’s Golden after Rams throttle Western Beaver

ROCHESTER, Pa. – Don’t look now, but the Rochester Rams are becoming more and more like that snowball rolling down the mountain at out-of-control speeds. This week, the unlucky opponent was Western Beaver, who was fresh off an 18-0 shutout of Monaca. Over 85 percent of Rochester’s 293 total yards of offense came on the […]

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NO JOSHIN’ AROUND: Franklin Regional Steamrolls Backyard Rival

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. – Fact:  Before Franklin Regional High School became known as the Panthers, FR was nicknamed the Farmers. Fact:  In Thursday night’s FSN showcase game, Franklin Regional put the Plum Mustangs out to pasture. Behind 249 yards rushing and a passing game which only threw two incompletions all game, Franklin Regional (3-1) rolled to […]

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Sharon Area – Slippery Rock Area Preview

The Game: Sharon Area (10 AA) @ Slippery Rock Area (10 AA) Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, from Slippery Rock HS in Slippery Rock, PA 2008 Record: Sharon Area (3-0), Slippery Rock Area (3-0) About Sharon Area: Most people remember Sharon as the Berwick Bulldogs’ opponent in the 1994 and 1995 “AAA” state championship games, […]

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Western Beaver – Rochester Preview

The Game: Western Beaver (7 A) @ Rochester (7 A) Date: Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, from Rochester HS in Rochester, PA 2008 Record: Western Beaver (2-1), Rochester (3-0) About Western Beaver: The Golden Beavers are coming off what could be considered a big upset, knocking off a high-flying Monaca team 18-0.  The Golden Beavers held […]

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Westminster outlasts Allegheny for 6-2 Win

By BILL ALBRIGHT Western PA Writer NEW WILMINGTON — It wasn’t exactly pretty, but for the Westminster Titan football team, it was a huge win after its disappointing loss last week to Heidelberg. Overcoming many mistakes and missed opportunities, the Titans never-give-up attitude paid off in a 6-2 win over the Allegheny Gators Saturday afternoon […]

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KNIGHT AND DAY: Strong Vincent routs Franklin Area

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Two years ago, Strong Vincent lost at Franklin High School in a downpour. This time around, the Colonels didn’t fool around in the rain.  They just shoved the ball down Franklin’s throat, and the Knights became opponent #3 to fall under the red and black steamroller. Strong Vincent (3-0) ran for 318 […]

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Sloppy weather equals sloppy win for Mercer

HERMITAGE, Pa. – The sky’s floodgates opened up Saturday afternoon, drenching anyone unfortunate enough to be outside in the monsoon-like downpours. But Kennedy Catholic had another set of floodgates open up against it – that being the Mercer Area defense. The Mustangs (3-0) scored four non-offensive touchdowns and forced six turnovers in an ugly 38-7 […]

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Tyrone vs. Central Mountain

By Tom Fox LOCK HAVEN – John Franco just scratched his head and tried to figure out the last time his Tyrone Golden Eagle squad didn’t score a touchdown. “We are talking about years. Maybe 2002. It might even be longer than that,” Franco said. “What’s funny is for not scoring a touchdown, the time […]

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Central Dauphin “Smacked” around Happy Valley

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Despite being some 70 miles apart, both Central Dauphin and State College featured offenses reliant on the ground.  And with a steady rain pouring down upon Memorial Field, the ground game that worked most effectively would ultimately decide which team won the game.             State College’s ground game was efficient, too […]

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Sharpsville Too Devilish for West Middlesex

By Bill Albright Western PA Writer WEST MIDDLESEX — Going into Friday night’s matchup between Sharpsville and West Middlesex, one might have had the feeling that it would be a tough, physical football game. As it turned out, the game certainly lived up to the pre-game billing as the Blue Devils came back from two […]

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Tigers Cook up big win over Aliquippa

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. – Pregame, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mike White was asked if he thought the upcoming Beaver Falls – Aliquippa game would be a good one. The 30-year sports-writing veteran simply shrugged.  Beaver Falls then went out and shrugged off Aliquippa. Behind another stellar effort from junior fullback Cody Cook, and with key efforts from […]

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Erie Strong Vincent – Franklin Area Preview

The Game: Erie Strong Vincent (10 AAA) @ Franklin Area (10 AAA)   Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, from Franklin Area HS   2008 Record: Erie Strong Vincent (2-0), Franklin Area (1-1)   About Strong Vincent: The Colonels love to run the football, as evidenced by their average of 349 rushing yards per contest.  But […]

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Mercer Area – Kennedy Catholic Preview

The Game: Mercer Area (10 A) @ Kennedy Catholic (10 A)   Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, from Kennedy Catholic HS in Hermitage   2008 Record: Mercer Area (2-0), Kennedy Catholic (0-2)   About Mercer Area:  The Mustangs boast one of the top Class “A” teams in the District 10 landscape.  The defending District 10 […]

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Central Dauphin – State College Preview

The Game: Central Dauphin (3 AAAA) @ State College (6 AAAA)   Date: Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, from Memorial Stadium in downtown State College   2008 Record: Central Dauphin (2-0), State College (2-0)   About Central Dauphin: The Rams haven’t exactly rolled to their 2-0 start, defeating rival CD East 17-7 and narrowly defeating Harrisburg […]

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Keeping up with the Jones’ (or Austins), Canevin falls short

DORMONT, Pa. – For offenses reliant on the big play, often times it becomes a case of feast or famine.   Sto-Rox experienced the famine portion of things in the first half of Saturday night’s conference tilt with Bishop Canevin.  Lucky for the Vikings, they weren’t in too deep of a hole.   Despite trailing […]

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Marietta Upends Thiel, 21-18

 By Bill Albright Western PA Writer     GREENVILLE — Many times in a close football game, the team that has the ball inside the final three minutes wins the game.     That was pretty much the case Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium as the Marietta College Pioneers came from behind in the waning moments of […]

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Warrior Comeback Falls Short

Tonight in Bellwood David almost beat Goliath again but on this night, David (Played by Sr. qb Bradley Swindell) threw his rock JUST a bit off the mark and as that stone landed in Goliaths (played by the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils) hands with 3 minutes to go in the fight this great Warrior comeback fell […]

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Indians drop a Category-5 pow-wow on Hurricanes

INDIANA, Pa. – The New Castle Red Hurricane’s trip to Indiana could be summed up in three ways: the good, the bad, and the ugly.   The good:  New Castle rolled up 389 yards of offense and tallied 20 first downs.  Moving the ball was not an issue.   The bad:  New Castle allowed Indiana […]

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Central Mountain handles Williamsport, 46-0

WILLIAMSPORT – Nobody saw this one coming. Not Steve Turchetta, Tom Gravish, the fans or even the band. Central Mountain’s Matt Overdorf found the end zone four times, and the Wildcats unleashed a flurry similar to Hurricane Hanna’s strength on Williamsport in a 46-0 victory Friday night on the road. All of CM’s points came […]

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Sharon Tosses 41-0 Shutout at Reynolds

By Bill Albright Western PA Writer  Shaking off the effects of a lost fumble on their first possession of the game, the Tigers (2-0, 1-0) scored 35 points in the first half en route to a 41-0 blanking of the Reynolds Raiders (0-2, 0-1) Friday night at Tiger Stadium.      “We talked about (a possible letdown) […]

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ROLLING BROWN-OUT: Seneca Valley Rolls up 555 yards in Thursday night thriller

HARMONY, Pa. – After rushing for just 63 yards in a narrow 17-14 defeat to Norwin in Week 1, Seneca Valley head coach Ron Butschele might have wanted a little more balance, though postgame, he didn’t indicate that.   “I think we only ran the ball maybe 10 times last week,” Butschele said.   Seneca […]

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Sto-Rox – Bishop Canevin Preview

The Game: Sto-Rox (7 AA) @ Bishop Canevin (7 AA)   Date: Saturday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. kickoff   2008 Record: Sto-Rox (1-0), Bishop Canevin (1-0)   About Sto-Rox: Sto-Rox enters this game after routing Cornell 53-19.  Paul Jones, a future Division-1 prospect who will likely be one of the best quarterbacks in the 2009 […]

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Freeport – Shady Side Academy Preview

The Game: Freeport (7 AA) @ Shady Side Academy (7 AA)   Date: Saturday, Sept. 6, along Fox Chapel Road in Pittsburgh   2008 Record: Freeport (1-0), Shady Side Academy (1-0)   About Freeport: Freeport did not submit Week 1 statistics to Maxpreps.com, but did register a 21-7 victory over Kittanning in Allegheny Conference play.  […]

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New Castle – Indiana Preview

The Game: New Castle (7 AAA) @ Indiana (7 AAA)   Date: Friday, Sept. 5, from Indiana HS   2008 Record: New Castle (0-1), Indiana (1-0)   About New Castle: The Red Hurricanes fell victim to rival Butler in the opening week of the season, 28-21.  New Castle got a solid output from running back […]

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GOOD KNIGHT: Wheeling Central Catholic Wins 34th in a Row

WHEELING, W. Va. – Wheeling Central Catholic didn’t enter its game with mythical national championships or an intimidating marching band.   But the Maroon Knights did enter their showdown with local rival Steubenville Catholic Central on a 33-game winning streak and four consecutive class “A” state championships.   After Monday night, chalk up 34 straight […]

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ALL FOR ‘NAUGHT: Dreadnaughts Sink Vikings’ Ship

WHEELING, W. Va. – The Lakeland High School Dreadnaughts entered their Friends of Coal Prep Classic match-up with Pittsburgh Central Catholic touted as one of the best prep teams in the land.   Heck, just two years removed from consecutive USA-Today mythical national titles, and fresh off a 10-2 2007 campaign, the high praise was […]

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Carrick wins offensive shootout with Peabody

PITTSBURGH – Remember how the football games in the NCAA’s Pacific-10 conference go?  They are usually high scoring affairs, neither team can tackle one another, and offense reigns supreme.   Well, if you witnessed the Peabody-Carrick football game from Cupples Stadium Saturday afternoon, you saw a Pac-10 style game without the cross-country trip.   In […]

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28-point spurt helps Brashear blast Perry

PITTSBURGH – For the first 29:04 of the game, Perry had Brashear right where it wanted it.   Despite being held to just 18 total yards of offense in the first half, the Commodores’ opening drive of the second half yielded three points and, the way the game was going, that lead seemed as though […]

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Mounties turn over win to Eagles

Every game since 1991 the Eagles of BEA award the jersey # 31 to the player who showed the hardest work ethic the previous week in honor of former player Steve Dorman who was killed in an accident in 1991. Tonight that jersey belonged to starting qb Derek Noll. Next week it should belong to […]

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Central Mountain defeats Jersey Shore, 43-28

By KIM MOERSCHBACHER kim@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN – One sensational play after the other. That seemed to be the theme for Central Mountain and Jersey Shore’s clash at Lock Haven University Friday night. In the end, the Wildcats’ plays were just a little bit more spectacular. Up 30-22 in the fourth, a series of three consecutive […]

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Lions Tamed by Bulldogs in KSAC Opener

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – There were a lot of shockers across the Keystone State this inaugural week of the 2008 season.   The Redbank Valley vs. Clarion-Limestone game wasn’t one of them.   Redbank Valley (1-0 overall, 1-0 KSAC) scored three touchdowns in its first eight plays en route to a 36-6 victory over Clarion-Limestone […]

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Lakeland (FL) – Central Catholic Preview

In articles featuring the Lakeland HS football team for the Friends of Coal Prep Classic being played Monday in Wheeling, Dreadnaught head coach Bill Castle described his team as “young.”   Well, the Dreadnaughts may be young, but they are also pretty good – as many as 16 athletes on this edition of Lakeland either […]

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Jeannette

Until somebody proves otherwise, Jeannette remains as the top dog in terms of western Pennsylvania small school teams.  Two straight WPIAL “AA” championships and trips to Hershey are impressive, and, believe it or not, Jeannette returns a very solid team to the gridiron in 2008.  The Jayhawks are in the midst of a 57-8 run […]

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Stuebenville Catholic Central – Wheeling Central Catholic Preview

It’s not a game that features a Pennsylvania football team, but, in the nightcap of the inaugural Friends of Coal Classic, it’s a game the provides plenty of intrigue.   The “local” match-up of the day pits Steubenville Catholic Central against four-time defending West Virginia Class “A” state champion Wheeling Central Catholic at 6 p.m. […]

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Cleveland Glenville – Thomas Jefferson Preview

CLEVELAND – If there’s one thing that Cleveland Glenville’s football team can do, it’s score points.   In its 13 games of 2007, the Senate League champions scored 497 points, or an average of 38.2 points per game.   But 2007 wasn’t the only impressive offensive year for the Tarblooders.  In the ’04 and ’05 […]

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Steubenville Catholic Central – Wheeling Central Catholic Preview

It’s not a game that features a Pennsylvania football team, but, in the nightcap of the inaugural Friends of Coal Classic, it’s a game the provides plenty of intrigue.   The “local” match-up of the day pits Steubenville Catholic Central against four-time defending West Virginia Class “A” state champion Wheeling Central Catholic at 6 p.m. […]

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Peabody – Carrick Preview

The Game: Peabody (8 AA) @ Carrick (8 AAA)   Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2008, from Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh   2007 Record: Peabody (3-5) Carrick (5-4)   About Peabody: The Highlanders graduated their starting quarterback for the past two seasons, but return a solid rushing duo in seniors Stewart Townsend and Pierre Carr.  Two […]

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Aliquippa

Aliquippa has always fielded talented football teams, and the Beaver County powerhouse hasn’t stopped winning games, even though the Quips’ last state title came in 2003.  Last year’s 9-3 edition featured a talented offensive lineman in Juantez Hollins.  The Pittsburgh-bound lineman is one of the best returning to Beaver County this year.  Can Aliquippa, which […]

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Gateway

Talent-laden, but title-less since 1986.  That’s been the story for Gateway football, which has won over 370 games and never once made a PIAA playoff appearance.  This year’s Gateway team is laden with Division-1 talent: a pair of Ohio State recruits in LB Dorian Bell and WR Corey Brown and (Bloomington) Indiana-bound OL Colin Rodkey.  […]

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Clarion-Limestone – Redbank Valley Preview

 The Game: Clarion-Limestone (9 A) @ Redbank Valley (9 A)  Date: Friday, August 29, 2008, from Redbank Valley HS in New Bethlehem  2007 Record: Clarion-Limestone: 2-7 Redbank Valley: 10-2   About Clarion-Limestone: After a dominating stretch in the early part of the decade, the Lions have fallen on a few bumps in the road.  From […]

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Perry – Brashear Preview

The Game: Perry Traditional Academy (8 AAA) @ Brashear (8 AAA)  Date: Saturday, August 30, 2008, from Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh  2007 Record: Perry Traditional Academy: 4-6 Brashear: 12-1   About Perry Traditional Academy: 2007 was a rough year for Commodore fans to swallow, posting a sub-.500 record and missing the City League playoffs for […]

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Monessen

The Greyhounds begin 2008 with a killer non-league slate of games in Rochester and Clairton in weeks one and two, respectively.  Combined, Rochy and Clairton have won 12 WPIAL football championships.  If Monessen can survive the early tests, it could be a second straight perfect regular season.  16 starters return from Monessen’s 11-1 team in […]

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McKeesport Area

The Tigers are a very fundamentally sound football team.  And, they’re lightning quick, which makes the flexbone/option offense employed by George Smith even that much more dangerous.  Just to give you an idea, three different quarterbacks have run George Smith’s offense the past three years, and the Tigers have gone 33-7.  Fullback Nico Price, one […]

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Bishop McCort

The Crimson Crushers dropped down a classification in 2008, but their returning talent didn’t drop a bit.  McCort returns a 1,300-yard rusher and a linebacker with over 110 tackles from a year ago.  Combine that with the traditionally tough and well-versed athletes McCort always fields, and it makes for a very good combination.  District 6 […]

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Penn Hills

Neil Gordon and his 156 career wins are gone and moved to Shaler.  But Penn Hills returns one of the more highly-regarded teams in District 7 this season.  Tom Fulton, a three-year starter and career 2,500-yard passer with 27 touchdowns, returns to the Indians, as does running back Teddy Blakeman and a solid wide receiver […]

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Pennsylvania Prep Football Super Store

The 2008 Pennsylvania High School Football season is right around the corner. It is time to go through your hoodies, shirts & hats to see if you need anything new. Perfect timing. Our growing network of websites now introduces our very own retail store. The Pennsylvania Prep Football Super Store. Our superstore carries merchandise to […]

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Prep Nation Radio

We are very proud to introduce Prep Nation Radio. The fourth addition to a rapidly growing network of Pennsylvania high school football coverage. Prep Nation Radio, formerly the EasternPAFootball Radio Network, is now the official home of PA Prep Nation & The 12th Man Scoreboard programs. PNR, as some have nicknamed, is a brand new […]

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2008 Team Schedules

  2008 team schedules are out on WesternPAFootball.net! We still need some schedules to complete our list. You can email your schedule to dave@westernpafootball.net. We will update the list as we get schedules. Schedules needed – Updated on 6/13/08 District 7 Geibel Catholic Summit Academy Wilkinsburg

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South stars win 46-43

MANHEIM – This game was ruled by the offense. In it we saw 89 points scored, 13 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards of total offense. The South team won a thrilling 46 to 43 game over the North stars in the Seventh Annual Tri-County All-Star football game at Rettew Stadium. In the final minutes of […]

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WILD, WILD WEST

ALTOONA, Pa. – The East-West All-Star game saw some electricity late in the first half with the West team trying to kill the clock. Then, electricity cut the game short. After two lightning delays, officials called the 8th annual PSFCA East-West game with 7:18 left in the 3rd quarter. The West, which led 10-0, won […]

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PA provided the fireworks 31-16

HERSHEY – The Pennsylvania all-stars provided plenty of fireworks and hard hits in last night’s 51st annual Big 33 Football Classic at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. PA all-stars cruised to the 31-16 victory. Most of the fireworks came from the right arm of Pitt bound quarterback Tino Sunseri out of Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Sunseri completed […]

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PENNSYLVANIA PUT ON A WING-T CLINIC

BRADFORD, Pa. – If there were any Pop Warner football coaches in attendance at Saturday night’s Big 30 All-Star Classic from Parkway Field in Bradford, you witnessed how to run the Wing-T offense to perfection. You also witnessed how NOT to run the wishbone offense, but that’s a different story for a different date and […]

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Pennsylvania has 337 reasons to smile in Big 30 victory

BRADFORD, Pa. – If the goal in football is to completely take your opponent out of its original game plan, then the Pennsylvania All-Stars did exactly that in Saturday’s Big 30 Classic. That was really nothing at all for the New York fans to cheer about, except that the game ended. Pennsylvania completely demoralized the […]

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