Daniel Taylor has rushed for 630 yards on 80 carries (7.9 avg) with six rushing scores. Friday night in a 56-12 win over Tara, Taylor carried just 12 times for 137 yards and two scores; averaging over 11.32 yards a carry. He also added 13 yards receiving on two receptions. Teammate Jordan Batiste finished with nine tackles, and recorded his first interception of the season.
Chad Voytik had his biggest game of the season, leading Cleveland to a 41-6 win over Redbank. Voytik rushed for 149 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 10-of-18 passes for 121 yards and threw for another score. Cleveland has now won three games in a row after starting off 0-3.
Marchez Coates recorded a safety in his team's 11-10 win over Great Mills. Coates—a cornerback commit—also had a 54-yard reception in the game on offense; the longest pass play of the night for his team. McDonough improves to 3-1 on the season.
Austintown-Fitch suffered a 21-10 loss to Canton (OH) GlenOak on Friday. Fitch was without Pitt commit Demitrious Davis and running back Will Mahone—both of whom were injured. Davis did not play at all, while Mahone left the game after two carries.
Rushel Shell can officially add a new title behind his name - WPIAL career rushing yardage leader. Thanks to a 205-yard, three-touchdown effort in a non-league clash against Pittsburgh (Pa.) Mount Lebanon, Shell surpassed former Fort Cherry running back Mike Vernillo's career standard of 7,646 yards in the Vikings' 27-20 victory over the Blue Devils. Shell has run for 7,718 yards in his career and scored 87 rushing touchdowns to date. On the 2011 season, Shell has tallied 952 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.
Rain couldn't slow down Ridley Green Raider senior running back Jalen Randolph. Facing off against upstart Newtown Square (Pa.) Marple Newtown, Randolph ran for a Ridley single-game record 270 yards on 32 carries and scored all four of his team's touchdowns in a 27-7 victory over the Tigers. Randolph's 270 rushing yards broke the previous school single-game standard, established by his father in 1982 - ironically, also posted against Marple Newtown. Ridley is now 3-1 overall.
Montour improved to 3-1 overall after hanging 52 points on Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan. Julian Durden was responsible for 18 of those points, scoring three total touchdowns in the Spartans win. Durden ran for 87 yards on eight carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run, and also caught touchdown passes of 21 and 15 yards from senior field general Dillon Buechel (45 career touchdown passes). For the season, Durden has run for 609 yards and nine touchdowns on 50 carries and caught another five passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns.
Corey Jones, a Pitt commit, caught only one pass in the Indians' 41-7 victory over Plum, but it was a big one - a 50-yard touchdown reception from field general Chaz Whittaker. Whittaker didn't have to pass much, but he was effective, connecting on 5-of-7 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown, giving him three scoring tosses on the season.
Overshadowed by Rushel Shell establishing a new WPIAL career rushing yardage record, Luke Hagy quietly accumulated 266 rushing yards and scored all three Mt. Lebanon touchdowns on runs of 15, 24 and 23 yards in the Blue Devils' 27-20 loss at Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell. The 266-yard performance gives Hagy 772 rush yards and nine touchdowns this season - 3,660 yards and 54 touchdowns for his career. Oh by the way, Mt. Lebanon has never had a running back with 4,000 career rushing yards or more. Hagy is 340 yards shy of that benchmark.
Chartiers Valley is starting to find its stride following an opening-week loss to McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour. Wayne Capers threw a 66-yard touchdown pass and capped the Colts' scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh (Pa.) Bethel Park, avenging a loss to the Blackhawks a year ago.
Shakim Alonzo caught a 28-yard touchdown pass for Woodland Hills' first points of the game in the third quarter against Big East Conference rival Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic Friday night, finishing with six total receptions for 128 yards in the game. Woodland Hills lost to the Vikings, 31-13, but Alonzo does have three touchdown receptions this season for the Wolverines, who are now 3-1 overall.
Trenton Coles scored a three-yard touchdown run to get Clairton on the board in a Black Hills Conference game against Chartiers-Houston. Clairton wound up winning the game, 36-0, to push its winning streak to 35 games. Coles has scored five total touchdowns for the Bears this season and is the second-leading scorer on the team with 39 total points, trailing only junior athlete Tyler Boyd, one of Pitt's 2013 targets.
Logan Dietz and company on the Central Catholic offensive line helped to pave the way for three Damion Jones-Moore touchdown runs and a fourth rushing score from field general Perry Hills in a 31-13 victory over Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills. Jones-Moore has run for 542 yards and 10 touchdowns this season (3,962 yards for his career) and Hills has thrown for 525 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 (2,617 yards for his career) behind Central Catholic's powerful O-line. The Vikings entered the game ranked #22 in the nation by the USA-Today, and that standing could improve in the next week.
Hearts were heavy in the Greater Latrobe community this week after the tragic death of 14-year-old Zachary Colucci, who passed away after being struck by a vehicle. Zachary was the younger brother of senior two-way Latrobe lineman Dylan Colucci, one of the leading tacklers on the Wildcat football team through the first four weeks of the season. Latrobe wound up falling in a shutout to Connellsville Area, 16-0.
Deaysean Rippy caught his second touchdown pass of the season from Lenny Williams - a four-yard reception - as Sto-Rox defeated Rochester, 48-27. The Vikings now take control of the WPIAL's Big Seven Conference. Pitt commit Marzett Geter caught touchdown passes number five and six of the 2011 season from Williams on plays of 10 and seven yards in the Vikings' 48-27 victory over Rochester. Geter finished the game with five catches for 67 yards.
Despite trailing Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny 27-13 at one point in the game, Upper St. Clair senior and Pitt commit Dakota Conwell saw to it his Panthers would not be doomed to a second consecutive loss. Conwell scored the game's final four touchdowns - all on the ground - as part of a 190-yard, four-touchdown effort on just 18 carries in a come-from-behind 41-27 victory. Conwell also threw for 84 yards against West A. Through four weeks, Conwell has rushed for 355 yards and eight touchdowns, thrown for 337 yards and two touchdowns, and accumulated 15 tackles (eight solo), an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.
Greater Johnstown is off to a 4-0 start to its season, and Alkwan Williams is on a roll defensively. In the Trojans' 35-27 victory over a solid Johnstown (Pa.) Richland Township Ram team, Williams tallied 15 tackles, giving him 52 total assisted and unassisted stops through the first four games of the season.
Jaylen Coleman was a part of a Pittsburgh (Pa.) University Prep defensive effort which forced four turnovers and tossed a 36-0 shutout against City League opponent Langley Thursday evening. The Panthers are 3-1 overall, have posted consecutive shutouts and have not allowed an offensive touchdown in the last 12 quarters (Brashear scored three defensive touchdowns in a 22-13 victory Week 2).
Demetrious Cox was held out of Jeannette's 51-6 demolition of Alverton (Pa.) Southmoreland due to a reported staph infection. Through Jeannette's first three games, Cox has scored eight touchdowns and thrown for another.
A threat in various ways for Germantown High, Parks had another well-rounded performance as the Bears notched their second W of the season against Philadelphia (Pa.) Overbrook. Parks ran for a team-high 113 yards and caught all three completed passes from sophomore quarterback Cedric Wright for 104 yards. For the season, Parks has run for 159 yards on 24 carries and caught 13 passes for 312 yards. Parks is one of three Germantown backs with 150+ rushing yards and one of two receivers with 200+ yards.
Coatesville Area stole a page from a previous Downingtown East opponent, Glen Mills, in shutting down the Cougars' featured tailback Drew Harris. The Red Raiders, who are 4-0 this season, defeated Downingtown East, 20-14, and held Harris to 58 rushing yards on 18 carries. It was Harris' first game of less than 100 rushing yards and zero rushing touchdowns this season. Harris has now run for 616 yards and eight scores on 104 carries.
Michael Keir threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout William Fuller in the Cahillites' 33-14 victory over Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara Saturday afternoon, finishing with 68 yards passing and an additional five carries for 35 yards and a rushing touchdown, too. Keir has thrown five touchdown passes this season and 18 scoring strikes in his career. Roman Catholic did not have to pass the ball much against O'Hara, as the purple and gold ran for 391 yards - 324 of which came from senior back Marcus Kelly. Keir has thrown for 742 yards this season.
West Philadelphia Catholic got its first W of the 2011 season in come-from-behind fashion against Philadelphia (Pa.) Haverford School, 18-14, after trailing 14-0 in the first half of that game. David Williams, was, well, David Williams—racking up 180 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries in the victory. #33 has now run for 548 yards and two scores through the Burrs' first four games.
Clarion Area fell to Saint Marys, a District 9 class AAA team, 20-16 Friday night, allowing the Flying Dutchmen to 275 rushing yards in the victory. The loss drops Clarion Area to 2-2 on the season while Saint Marys improved to 4-0 - their first such start to a season since 1966. Armstrong still finished with seven tackles in the loss.
Cedar Cliff suffered its first defeat of the 2011 season against an upstart Hershey Trojan team, 41-20, but Adam Breneman put up another solid performance. The Colts' stud junior hauled in six passes for 83 yards, following up a seven-reception, two-touchdown effort the previous week. Breneman has snared 23 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Brandon Chatmon and the Cardinal O'Hara Lions defensive unit were gouged for 391 rushing yards, including 324 from Roman Catholic senior running back Marcus Kelly, in a 33-14 loss Saturday afternoon. The loss drops O'Hara to 2-2 on the season - the Lions' Week 2 game against Philadelphia (Pa.) Haverford School was counted as a forfeit due a teachers strike among the Philadelphia Catholic League teachers.
Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley enjoyed a breakout night from Robert Foster in a 49-12 rout of Washington (Pa.) Trinity. Foster hauled in five passes for 101 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception, to push the Warriors' impressive start to the 2011 season to 4-0. CV's enjoys a 14-4 overall record since beginning its football program last season. Foster has scored three touchdowns (two receiving) for CV thus far in the season.
Devin Wilson caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Dillon Buechel as Montour won easily, 52-19, over Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan. Wilson has caught three touchdown passes this season. Defensively, Wilson recorded three tackles (two solo) and picked off a pass against the Big Macs. Through four games, Wilson has caught 15 passes for 196 yards, recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) and an interception, along with five deflected passes, and returned four combined kickoffs and punts for 102 yards.
Pat Kugler and the North Allegheny offensive line overwhelmed Erie (Pa.) McDowell, 49-14, in a Northern Seven Conference battle pitting two 3-0 teams. NA got two touchdown passes from junior Mack Leftwich before pounding out its final five touchdowns on the ground. Through four games, Kugler and the Tiger trenchmen have helped to pave the way for a unit which has scored 25 touchdowns (18 rushing, 7 passing). Dating back to the start of the 2009 season, the Tigers have won 28 of their last 31 games.
Tyler Boyd accounted for 22 of Clairton's 36 points in the Bears' 36-0 shutout victory of Houston (Pa.) Chartiers-Houston, scoring two rushing touchdowns on a pair of one-yard runs and a 46-yard reception as well as scoring two two-point conversions - one running and one receiving. Boyd has now scored 72 of Clairton's team points this season, which leads the team.
Bangor (Pa.) Pius X rolled to a 45-13 victory over Tamaqua (Pa.) Marian Catholic, and DuBois Ross did some damage rushing and receiving in the Royals' fourth victory. The junior athlete recorded three carries for 58 yards and caught two passes for 43 yards, scoring on a 53-yard touchdown run to cap the Royals' scoring binge. Ross has run for 96 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 13 passes for 186 yards this season. Defensively, Ross has tallied 26 tackles (16 solo), an interception, three deflected passes and a fumble recovery.
Roman Clay did not play and rainy weather impacted Lancaster Catholic in the Crusaders' narrow 21-14 victory over Mount Joy (Pa.) Donegal Friday. Through the purple and gold's first three games, Clay ran for 470 yards and seven touchdowns for Lancaster Catholic. LC is 4-0 on the season.
A.J. Long should consider working for Fed Ex...he delivers both through the air and on the ground. Bangor (Pa.) Pius X' Week 4 opponent, Tamaqua (Pa.) Marian Catholic, found out the hard way, as Long ran for 88 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and connected on 13-of-20 passes for 266 yards and two additional touchdowns in the Royals' 45-13 victory. Pius X is 4-0 on the season, and Long has thrown for 917 yards and run for 243 more, accounting for 17 total touchdowns (10 passing, seven rushing).
Blackhawk scored 27 unanswered points to down Pittsburgh (Pa.) South Park 34-13, and sophomore field general Chandler Kincade had his best game of the 2011 season to date - a 12-of-17, 191-yard, two-touchdown performance. Blackhawk is 3-1 overall, and Kincade has thrown for 403 yards and three touchdowns this season for the Cougars.