Tra'Von Chapman's Kent (OH) Roosevelt team is still rolling. Chapman led his team to a 24-7 win over Akron (OH) Ellet. Chapman threw for 184 yards and 2 scores. Roosevelt improves to 10-1 on the season, and advances to take on Aurora in the second round on Friday.
Chris Blewitt's West Potomac (VA) team is heading to the playoffs, finishing the regular season with a 6-4 record. West Potomac fell to Alexandria (VA) TC Williams High School in overtime, 13-10. Blewitt was perfect on his lone PAT of the night, and also kicked a field goal in overtime to keep his team's hopes alive.
Rachid Ibrahim had a big game in Avalon School's (MD) 60-18 win over St. James. Ibrahim rushed for 169 yards and 2 scores, and also finished with 6 tackles and an interception on defense.
Reggie Green is heading for the playoffs. His Cranford (NJ) team takes on North Plainfield on Friday, after finishing the regular season at 6-2. The Cougars were off this past Friday. Green has completed 62 percent of his passes at quarterback, but has done more damage with 1,198 yards rushing and 14 rushing scores.
Another Pitt commit in playoff action is cornerback Anthony Covington, his Mallard Creek (NC) defeated Lake Norman for a second time this season, this time 66-0 in the first round of its playoff bracket. Mallard Creek improves to 10-1 on the season, and advances to take on Vance this Friday night.
Michael Keir completed 17-of-28 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown and added one rushing touchdown on nine carries as Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic was eliminated from the Philadelphia Catholic League AAAA playoffs in a semifinal game by Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle College High School, 42-13, Saturday. The Cahillites' chances of a championship end, but the team still has a suspended game with Monsignor Bonner to complete and a Thanksgiving Day game as well. Keir has thrown for 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns for Roman. Meanwhile, for La Salle, kicker Ryan Winslow was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points, raising his season totals to 37 extra points and five field goals for a total of 52 points scored.
Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic secured another Philadelphia Catholic League championship in Class AA with a 30-7 victory over Archbishop Carroll. Jaryd Jones-Smith and the Burrs' offensive line helped to pave the way for a unit which rushed for more than 200 yards (183 of which came from junior Greg White) and completed 10-of-13 passes for 142 yards. White scored three rushing touchdowns to boost his season total to 23. West Catholic is 6-3 overall.
Matt Galambos rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries, completed an 8-yard pass and caught one pass for nine yards as Philadelphia (Pa.) Haverford School defeated Malvern (Pa.) Malvern Prep, 14-13, to improve to 7-3 overall. Haverford has won six of its last seven games, and Galambos leads the team in rushing yards, with 765, and rushing touchdowns, with six.
Shakir Soto and the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) GAR Memorial offensive line helped to pave the way for a 342-yard effort (173 rushing, 169 passing) in a 50-12 victory over Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Meyers Friday night. GAR has won seven of its last eight games following a surprising 0-2 start to its season.
Zayd Issah's Central Dauphin (PA) team lost to rival Central Dauphin East 21-19. Zayd Issah rushed for 34 yards on just six carries offensively, and added 29 receiving yards on two catches. On defense, he made five solo stops.
Aaron Reese and the Chambersburg Trojans capped a 6-4 season, the program's first winning season since 1998 - by defeating Lewistown (Pa.) Mifflin County, 41-14, Friday. The Trojans piled up 331 yards (186 rushing, 135 passing) and scored a pair of offensive touchdowns through the air. The Trojans' remaining scores came via an interception return, a fumble return, a punt return and two field goals. Chambersburg is in the District 3 AAAA playoffs and will face York (Pa.) Central York in The Opening round next Friday.
Roman Clay rushed 26 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns as Lancaster Catholic improved to 7-3 overall with a 36-13 victory Friday night over Lancaster (Pa.) J.P. McCaskey. Clay finished his final Crusader regular season of his career by posting 1,978 yards and 24 touchdowns on 216 carries and raised his career rushing yardage total to 5,421 yards and 76 touchdowns.
K.J. Williams celebrated his birthday in style Saturday afternoon, helping Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty finish its 2012 season on a two-game winning streak by downing hated city rival Bethlehem (Pa.) Freedom, 41-14. In the Hurricanes' victory, Williams caught six passes for 137 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pair of passes on defense. He has posted three interceptions against Freedom in the last two years. Williams finished his junior season with 60 receptions for 996 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 16.6 yards per reception.
Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley narrowly defeated Belle Vernon Area, 17-16, in the opening round of the WPIAL AAA playoffs Friday night. The Warriors played without star receiver Robert Foster, who was serving a one-game suspension as mandated by PIAA rules for being ejected during the Beaver Falls game in Week 9. Jordan Whitehead was also banged up from the end of the regular season and was unknown whether he would be available or not.
Devin Wilson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mihelic as McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour defeated Washington (Pa.) Trinity in a WPIAL AAA playoff opening round game. Wilson surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving against the Hillers and is now up to 63 receptions for 1,002 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's also rushed for 509 yards on 68 carries for the Spartans, the defending WPIAL AAA champions.
Scott Orndoff returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown as Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seton-LaSalle won 28-10 in a WPIAL AA playoff opener against Greensburg Central Catholic.
Shai McKenzie posted 260 yards rushing and scored six more touchdowns as Washington rolled to a 47-12 victory over Fox Chapel (Pa.) Shady Side Academy Friday night in a WPIAL AA playoff game. McKenzie has now rushed for 2,162 yards and scored a whopping 37 total touchdowns for the Little Presidents, who are 10-0 and averaging 45.7 points per game.
Zach Challingsworth scored one touchdown on an 8-yard run as McDonald (Pa.) South Fayette defeated Freedom Area, 49-13, Friday in a WPIAL AA playoff game. South Fayette has rolled up an impressive 505 points in 10 games, second in the WPIAL to Aliquippa (525).
Pitt recruit Jaymar Parrish caught his first touchdown pass of the season from Arizona recruit Thomas Woodson Friday night in Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway's 35-19 victory over McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township. Parrish caught two passes for 75 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown reception, and recorded 15 tackles and a sack on defense. Parrish raised his season totals to 17 receptions for 326 yards offensively to go along with 83 tackles, five sacks and a fumble recovery on defense. Montae Nicholson caught four passes for 65 yards and one touchdown and recorded two solo tackles on defense Friday night. Ricky Rodgers caught one pass for 11 yards. Brenon Thrift recorded 10 tackles defensively against Peters Township.
Elijah Zeise caught only one pass Friday night in Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny's 42-14 domination of Altoona Area in the WPIAL AAAA playoffs, but it was a big one. Zeise's 78-yard touchdown reception was one of two scoring passes thrown by Stephen F. Austin recruit Mack Leftwich and raised his season totals to 14 receptions for 395 yards and five touchdowns.
Tyler Boyd gashed the Frazier defense Friday night in WPIAL A playoff action by rushing for 246 yards and scoring six total touchdowns to bump his season rushing totals to 1,435 yards and 33 total touchdowns scored (26 rushing). Clairton has won 57 consecutive games in a row.
Pittsburgh (Pa.) North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore had quite a successful WPIAL A playoffs debut, rushing for 221 yards and scoring all three Trojan touchdowns in a 21-0 shutout of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Bishop Canevin. Fulmore has rushed for over 1,500 yards in his sophomore season.
Chandler Kincade completed 22-of-35 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns in his WPIAL AAA playoff debut for Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk, but the Cougars were eliminated by Mars, 45-21, Friday night, ending Kincade's junior season. What a season it was for Kincade, statistically speaking, anyway. He completed 154-of-245 passes for 2,220 yards and 16 touchdowns, bumping his career passing totals to 3,505 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Andrew Ford was limited to 13-of-21 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Cedar Cliff dropped a narrow 38-34 decision to Mechanicsburg Friday night. Ford has now thrown for 2,717 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior and surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in career passing against the Wildcats. Cedar Cliff has qualified for the District 3 AAAA playoffs despite its 5-5 record and will face Penn Manor.
Aliquippa's Dravon Henry rushed for a game-high 178 yards and three touchdowns (on runs of 5, 44 and 54 yards) and Jaleel Fields helped to pave the way for another offensive romp as Aliquippa rolled over Steel Valley in a WPIAL AA playoff game. Henry has now rushed for 1,072 yards and 17 touchdowns to pace the Quips' ground game. Through 10 games, Aliquippa has scored 525 points - its school record for points in a single season is 536, set just last year. The Beaver County record for points scored in a single season is 610, by Rochester in 1998.
Brock Boxen and the Beaver Falls offensive line helped to pave the way for four rushing touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over Freeport Area Friday in a WPIAL AA playoff game. Beaver Falls fell behind 14-0 to the Yellowjackets, but used two touchdowns each from Dan Stratton and Damian Rawl to advance to the quarterfinals.