Quinton Alston returned to the lineup as Timber Creek opened the playoffs against Lacey Township by a score of 27-6. Despite the loss, Alston still finished with eight tackles and a sack. It's not the last game of the season for Alston and his teammates, however. In an annual tradition, Timber Creek will take on Triton on Thanksgiving morning. Alston hopes to be able to make it in for the Pitt-West Virginia game the next day.
Jeremiah Bryson rushed for two touchdowns, helping Smyrna to a 37-20 win over Mt. Juliet. The Bulldogs advance to the Tennessee Class 6A quarterfinals with a game against Blackman. Bryson left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. He will know more about his status for next week, either today or tomorrow.
East Stroudsburg avenged a regular season loss to Pleasant Valley, with a 35-21 win in an opening-round playoff game. Kyshoen Jarrett rushed for 170 yards on 11 carries, with two touchdowns. His touchdown runs went for 77 and 43. The 77-yarder came on the second play of the game. The Cavaliers advance to take on Easton next week, who eliminated Delaware Valley 39-7.
Desimon Green rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns, helping Clairton to a 47-0 win over Bishop Canevin. Green scored on touchdown runs of 2 and 30. One of his touchdown passes went to junior Trenton Coles, who this past week claimed a verbal offer from Pitt. Coles finished the game with two touchdown receptions for the game. The Bears are a perfect 11-0, and advance to take on Springdale in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.
Max Issaka helped Woodbridge to a 42-0 win over Hopewell Valley Central. The Barrons take on Colonia this Saturday.
St. Edward remains unbeaten, and advanced to the Ohio Division I Regional Finals with a 42-22 win over previously unbeaten Glenville. Pitt commit Deonte Gibson is a defensive end for St. Edward. Gibson and the defensive end pressured Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones into three second half interceptions--including one that was returned for a touchdown, in the win. Gibson finished the regular season with 16 sacks and 24 tackles for losses.
Terrell Chestnut rushed for 82 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown run, in helping Pottsgrove to a 42-11 win over Academy Park in the opening round of the District 1 Class AAA playoffs. The Falcons host Interboro in next week's semifinal matchup.
Jameel Poteat rushed for 71 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 45-24 Bishop McDevitt win over Kennard-Dale. Poteat's touchdown runs went for 9 and 3 yards. The Crusaders advance to take on Hershey next week.
Lafayette Pitts guided Woodland Hills into the WPIAL semifinals for a second year in a row. Pitts rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Pitts also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, as the Wolverines knocked off previously unbeaten Mt. Lebanon 29-22 in overtime. Pitts scored on touchdown runs of 2 and 10. His 10-yarder in overtime proved to be the difference.
Winslow Township advanced to the NJSIAA South Group 3 semifinals with a 47-21 win over Moorestown. Bill Belton threw for 308 yards and three touchdown passes, and also accounted for a pair of touchdowns--a six-yarder and a 20-yarder. The Eagles advance to take on Lacey Township, who eliminated Quinton Alston's Timber Creek.
Ben Kline's Dallastown Wildcats remained unbeaten (11-0) with a 28-14 win over Conestoga Valley. Kline finished with three receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown on the offensive side. He had a game-high 12 tackles on defense. Dallastown advances to take on Red Lion, who they beat in the regular season finale, 38-36.
The Central Dauphin ground game accounted for 245 yards and four touchdowns, behind the blocking of Pitt commit Artie Rowell and his linemates, in a 42-7 win over Warwick. The Rams advance to the District 3 Quad-A quarterfinals against Governor Mifflin.
Gary Nova and Marquise Wright met for the second time in three weeks in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. Nova's Don Bosco prevailed over Wright's Paramus Catholic 62-0. Nova threw for a pair of scores for the Ironmen. Bosco safety Elijah Shumate had four tackles and a sack on defense.
Savon Huggins rushed for 275 yards on 26 carries, to go with four touchdown runs, helping St. Peter's Prep to a 44-13 win over Notre Dame. Huggins' touchdown runs went for 20, 7, 2 and a 98-yarder in the fourth quarter. Don Bosco and St. Peter's advance to face each other this Saturday night.
DeMatha Catholic captured its first WCAC championship in five years, with a 34-20 win over St. John's. DeMatha--who has Pitt commit Sam Collura, and offensive tackle Cyrus Koandjio, advance to take on Olney (MD) Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Deion Barnes helped Philadelphia (PA) Northeast to its first Philadelphia Public League championship since 1983, with a 13-6 win over George Washington. The Vikings went for a 4th-and-2 at the George Washington 5, Barnes caught the game-winning touchdown. Barnes also blocked a punt in the victory. Northeast takes on defending state champion LaSalle this Saturday.
Rushel Shell's junior season came to an end, as Thomas Jefferson defeated Hopewell 38-28. Hopewell didn't go down easy, as Shell rushed for 238 yards, and touchdown runs of 17, 61 and 82. The 62 and 82-yard touchdown runs came in the second half. He also opened the second half with a 99-yard kickoff return. Hopewell won five in a row to propel themselves into the playoffs, and past the first round.
Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD) improved to 9-2 with a 44-0 win over Gonzaga. The ground game produced 301 yards on the ground, with offensive lineman Mike Madaras playing a big role in that. Running back Wesley Brown rushed for 236 yards on 20 carries, including touchdown runs of 53 and 90. Receiver Stefon Diggs caught five passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns (13, 3, 55). The Falcons take on WCAC champ DeMatha this weekend.
Zeke Pike completed 20-of-29 passes for 271 yards, and he also ran for a score, but it wasn't enough as Highlands eliminated Dixie Heights 42-28.
Whitehall ended Wyoming Valley West's season with a 41-27 win on Friday night. Despite the loss, West's Eugene Lewis still threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for another 77 yards and two touchdowns.
Strath Haven ended Upper Perkiomen's playoff run with a 48-7 win. It's not the last game of the season for the Indians, as they have a Thanksgiving date with Boyertown. Upper Perkiomen's J.J. Denman opened the way for 113 yards on the ground.
Boyertown was also eliminated from playoff contention, in a 21-13 loss to Bayard Rustin. Offensive linemen Chris Muller helped open the way for 155 yards on the ground.
Julian Durden rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown, helping Montour to a 36-14 win over Indiana in the WPIAL Quarterfinals. Montour (11-0) advances to take on Mars in the semifinals, for the right to advance to the Class AAA WPIAL championship game on November 26.
Downingtown East opened the District 1 Quad-A playoffs with a 42-7 win over Owen J. Roberts. The Cougars got 213 yards and three rushing touchdowns from running back Drew Harris. Downingtown East advances to take on North Penn next week.
Damion Jones-Moore rushed for 138 yards and the lone touchdown, as Pittsburgh Central Catholic advanced to the WPIAL Quad-A semifinals in a 10-0 win over Gateway. Central Catholic receiver Anthony Nixon claimed a verbal offer from Pitt this past week. The Vikings take on North Allegheny in the semifinals.
Ian Park Upper St. Clair got 150 yards on the ground from Dakota Conwell--thanks to some blocking from 2012 lineman Ian Park who claimed a Pitt offer this past week. It wasn't enough for the Panthers, as North Hills held on for a 16-14 win over Upper St. Clair. The Panthers finish the season 8-3.