Weekend Prospect Update

Pitt commits Deonte Gibson (Ohio), Gary Nova (New Jersey) and Jeremiah Bryson (Tennessee) will all play for state championships this coming weekend, in their respective state's highest classification.

A couple of Pitt commits were in action in annual Thanksgiving Day games. Quinton Alston's Timber Creek team lost its annual Thanksgiving Day game with Triton, 36-14. Bill Belton, on the other hand, got to end his high school career with a 27-7 win over Eastern. Belton completed 11-of-13 passes for 200 yards passing, and ran for another 83 yards on 11 carries. With the 83 yards rushing, Belton became the first quarterback in Winslow Township history to rush for over 1,000 yards.

Jeremiah Bryson helped his Smyrna Bulldogs into the Tennessee Class 6A state championship game, in a 10-7 win over Memphis Whitehaven. The Bulldogs take on Maryvale for the state title this Saturday. Bryson rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries, and also had 25-yard reception on the game's opening play.

Defensive end commit Deonte Gibson will play for a Division I state championship in Ohio, after lifting his St. Edward team to a 23-13 win over Toledo's Whitmer High School. Gibson blocked a punt, then came up with a game-clinching sack in the fourth quarter for his team. Gibson's St. Edward team takes on Huber Heights Wayne, led by Ohio State commit Braxton Miller.

Also playing for a state championship this coming weekend, will be Don Bosco Prep, led by quarterback Gary Nova. Bosco will meet Bergen Catholic on Friday night at New Meadowlands Stadium for the Non-Public Group IV state championship. Both teams had a bye this past weekend, after advancing the previous week. Bosco beat Bergen Catholic 38-18 in October.

Clairton won its third consecutive WPIAL Class A Championship with a 12-0 win over Rochester on Saturday. Pitt commit Desimon Green threw for 82 yards and a 21-yard touchdown pass to junior Trenton Coles. Green also rushed for 48 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run. On defense, Green finished with 10 tackles and a sack. The Bears travel to Somerset to take on North Star in the PIAA Class A Quarterfinals.

Julian Durden--who claims a verbal offer from Pitt for 2012--wasn't as fortunate. Central Valley, playing in their first year in the WPIAL after merging the Center Area and Monaca school districts, knocked off the top-seeded Montour Spartans 24-7 in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship. Durden rushed for 158 yards on 22 carries in the losing effort, including a 24-yard touchdown run. The Spartans finish the season at 12-1. Keep an eye out for 2013's Robert Foster for Central Valley. Foster rushed for 56 yards, had 75 yards receiving, and also threw for another 17 yards. Foster scored on a 35-yard punt return, which broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter. He later caught a 70-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to put the game away.

Pitt commit Lafayette Pitts closed out his high school career in the WPIAL AAAA Championship, but his Woodland Hills Wolverines fell short in a 21-14 loss to North Allegheny. Pitts was held to 49 yards rushing on 18 carries, but ran for a 25-yard touchdown to bring his team to within seven. After starting off 1-3, the Wolverines won eight in a row to get to the championship game. After that 1-3 start, Pitts was kept strictly on offense, on his way to over 1,700 yards rushing this season.

Terrell Chestnut's brilliant high school career came to an end, as Strath Haven eliminated Pottsgrove from the District 1 playoffs, in a 42-28 win. Despite the loss, Chestnut rushed for 120 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run. He also threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to keep his team in the game, in the second half. Pottsgrove finishes the season at 10-3.

Archbishop Wood will take on Strath Haven, in the Class AAA state quarterfinals. The Vikings had a bye this past weekend, after a 44-7 win over Dobbins Vo-Tech on November 19. The Vikings had 119 yards and three touchdown runs from running back Brandon Peoples, with offensive lineman Frank Taylor paving the way.

Bishop McDevitt advanced in the state playoffs with a 40-10 win over Lampeter-Strasburg. Pitt commit Jameel Poteat rushed for 130 yards on 16 carries, with two touchdown runs. The Crusaders advance in the Class AAA state quarterfinals to take on Cocalico.

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