McMinn County defeated Cleveland, led by Pitt commit Chad Voytik, 35-20. Cleveland drops to 3-4 on the season, after winning three in a row.
One team who ended a three-game losing streak was Austintown-Fitch, home of Pitt commits Chris and Demitrious Davis. The Davis twins helped the Falcons to a 14-7 over North Canton Hoover, led by Purdue commit Austin Appleby. Chris Davis was the leading receiver for Fitch, with three catches for 26 yards. Appleby completed 17-of-42 passes for 284 yards.
In Louisiana, the Lutcher Bulldogs won their fifth game in a row, 56-6 over Istrouma. Running back Daniel Taylor rushed for 117 yards on just five carries in the win, coming up with a touchdown reception and a touchdown run. In the process, Taylor crossed the 5,000-yard mark for his career at Lutcher—the first player in school history to do so.
Four-star offensive lineman Ryan Watson helped Good Counsel (Maryland) to a 35-21 win over DeMatha Catholic on Saturday afternoon. Watson—who recently put Pitt in his top four—helped open the way for 178 yards on the ground for his team, in addition to four rushing scores.
Cleveland (OH) Glenville blanked John F. Kennedy 40-0. Pitt-offered prospects Willie Henry and Alex Pace led a defensive line that helped pitch the shutout. V'Angelo Bentley—a cornerback prospect who holds a Pitt offer—scored on a 19-yard touchdown run, and a 55-yard touchdown reception.
Bam Bradley was part of a defense that forced seven turnovers, helping Trotwood-Madison to a 48-20 win over Xenia. Trotwood-Madison is a perfect 7-0 on the year.
Marchez Coates helped McDonough to a close 14-12 win over Aberdeen. The Rams have won three in a row; by one point, one point and this past week's win by two points. They improve to 6-1 on the season.
Pitt commit Devon Porchia was also victorious, helping Gilman (5-1) to a 28-21 win over Calvert Hall on Friday afternoon.
Rushel Shell did not play in Hopewell's second consecutive loss of the season, the latest a 32-28 setback to the New Castle Red Hurricane. Shell was held out due to what was reported as a slight concussion sustained in the Blackhawk game the previous week, when he was held to a season-low 109 rushing yards. Shell is still sitting on 1,061 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this season and 7,827 yards for his career. Decision date is Friday, when the Hopewell Vikings travel to Central Valley for a 6 pm kickoff. The Vikings desperately need a win to remain in playoff contention in the Parkway Conference.
McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour lost for the second time this season to defending WPIAL AAA champion Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley, 27-16, Friday night, and it was unusual not to hear anything from Spartan feature back Julian Durden in terms of scoring touchdowns. Durden did get his 100 rushing yards - 115 of them on 20 carries - and also caught three passes for 20 yards, but was held out of the end zone. Durden has run for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught another nine passes for 114 yards and three additional scores this season.
Corey Jones had a big night for Penn Hills, catching touchdown passes of 74 and 16 yards from quarterback Jaquan Williams in a 40-6 victory over Altoona Area. A week ago, Jones ran for more than 160 yards and scored the Indians' lone touchdown. Teammate Chaz Whittaker returned to his spot at wide receiver, and he greeted his return to that position with a five-catch, 143-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 40-6 victory over Altoona Area. Whittaker had thrown for more than 400 yards on the season, but Jaquan Williams returned to the helm of the Indians' offense to fire four touchdown passes and run for another in the win.
Luke Hagy is literally beating down the doors of the 4,000-yard career rushing plateau after his performance Friday night in Mt. Lebanon's 38-7 victory over Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin. Hagy ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns in the Blue Devil victory, giving him 3,988 yards and 60 career rushing touchdowns. Both marks are Mt. Lebanon school career records. For his senior season, Hagy has run for 1,096 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Thomas Jefferson held off Chartiers Valley, 37-22, in a key Big Eight Conference showdown. Despite scoring on a four-yard touchdown run and firing a 74-yard touchdown pass, Wayne Capers left the game in the third quarter with a reported foot injury. The severity and extent of the injury are not known, but Capers did not return to the game. He's thrown for more than 700 yards and seven touchdowns and run for more than 350 yards to this juncture of the season.
Logan Dietz helped pave the way for another Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic victory - this a 60-6 romp over Plum. Damion Jones-Moore scored three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and Perry Hills threw for 186 yards and two more touchdown passes in the victory. Central Catholic rolled to 42 first-half points. The Vikings entered the week ranked 19th in the USA-Today Super 25 prep football poll.
Colucci and Greater Latrobe got back in the win column in a non-league game against Allison Park (Pa.) Hampton, 24-21 in overtime, Friday. Colucci and the Latrobe offensive line paved the way for three rushing touchdowns scored by three different players.
Deaysean Rippy caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Lenny Williams as McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox rolled over South Side Beaver, 62-14. Rippy's touchdown receptions each spanned 43 yards, and, to top it off, Rippy caught a pair of two-point conversion passes from teammate and Pitt recruit Marzett Geter. Geter also scored on a 45-yard touchdown run - his first rushing touchdown of the season - in the rout.
Make it three straight weeks of 100+ passing yards in a game for Upper St. Clair's Dakota Conwell. He'll be a linebacker in college, but the USC senior, who serves as a dual-threat field general, connected on 11-of-12 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns (all to featured wideout Mike Wilcox) in a 42-14 victory over McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township. Conwell has thrown for 620 yards this season.
It was just another day at the office for Alkwan Williams and the Johnstown (Pa.) Greater Johnstown Trojans, as the defending District 6 AAA champs dusted Bedford Area, 42-17, Friday. Williams recorded 15 tackles (5 solo), giving him 77 total stops (24 solo) on the season. He also caught three passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, bringing him to 12 catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns, an average of 17.1 yards per reception.
University Prep got a solid performance from running back Jaylen Coleman in a 24-12 victory over Bangor (Pa.) Pius X. Coleman ran for 229 yards and scored all four Panther touchdowns in the win. Coleman was also part of a Panther defensive effort which forced Royal sophomore quarterback A.J. Long into three interceptions on the day. UP's streak of not allowing an offense touchdown was put to rest at 16 quarters, but the Panthers have the distinction of holding Pius X to its lowest offensive scoring output since the 2010 District 11 Class A title game, when the Royals scored 14 points against Schuylkill Haven.
Demetrious Cox threw touchdown passes of 27 yards to Jordan Edmunds and 29 yards to Vaughn Dalzell as Jeannette rolled to a 6-0 record with a convincing 49-13 victory over Herminie (Pa.) Yough. Cox has now thrown three touchdown passes on the season to go along with his more than 500 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Cox is one of three Jayhawk players with at least eight touchdowns scored this season.
The Germantown Bears scored their third win of the season against a well-regarded Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast team, 24-12 in Public League Gold Division play this week. William Parks made the most of his touches, too - recording five carries for seven yards and three touchdowns and hauling in three passes for 38 yards from sophomore quarterback Cedric Wright (Wright has thrown for 836 yards this year).
Michael Keir helped lead Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic to a dominant 35-14 victory over Philadelphia (Pa.) Father Judge Friday, and, in doing so, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in passing yardage for his junior season. With his 15-of-22, 188-yard, two-touchdown effort, Keir has now thrown for 1,134 yards and eight touchdowns through six games, leading the Cahillites to a 4-2 record overall.
It's official - West Philadelphia Catholic is rolling. The Burrs dominated Wyncote (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt, 45-7, Friday, and David Williams piled up another 201 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries, bringing him to 133 rushes for 894 yards and four touchdowns. Williams is starting to find some help in the ground game - sophomore Greg White has run for 153 yards over the last two weeks and dual-threat quarterback Jaleel Reed has added another 160 yards in that same span.
Clarion Area got downright defensive in a 19-7 victory Friday over host Punxsutwaney, and a big reason why was the play of linebacker T.J. Armstrong. The Bobcat junior recorded 11 tackles (five for loss), three sacks and forced a fumble (which was returned 76 yards for a touchdown by Ian Matson), keying an effort which denied the Chucks on three separate red zone trips in the game. Armstrong also ran for 36 yards on 15 totes, but his presence defensively was clearly felt this night as Clarion improved to 4-2 overall.
Adam Breneman had a banner statistical performance receiving-wise against Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt Saturday, but the Colts' team fell, 49-14, to the Crusaders. Breneman hauled in eight passes for 108 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Orris. Breneman's solid junior season continues for the Colts to the tune of 34 receptions for 497 yards and five touchdowns.
In helping the Central Valley Warriors to a 27-16 victory over McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour, Robert Foster scored a 55-yard touchdown run to propel the to a 14-point third quarter to pull away from the Spartans. He finished the game with 196 all-purpose yards—83 yards on the ground, 47 receiving and another 66 return yards. He also had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown, and a 77-yard touchdown catch for a touchdown—both nullified by penalties, that could have spelled for even bigger numbers. Foster's talents will be on display for the rest of the nation, when the Warriors host Hopewell on Friday night. The attention will be focused on five-star running back Rushel Shell making his decision. If Foster can turn in a similar performance, he has a chance to get some attention himself. Foster has scored four touchdowns this season for Central Valley - one rushing, two receiving and one via a punt return.
Devin Wilson had a solid night at the office despite Montour suffering its second defeat of the season at the hands of Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley, 27-16. Wilson hauled in eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown, giving him the team lead in receptions (25) and receiving yards (317) through six weeks. His four receiving touchdowns ranks second on the team, trailing only Darren Massey, who has five.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny flattened Vandergrift (Pa.) Kiski Area, 63-17, to improve to 6-0 on the season. Pat Kugler and Co. on the offensive line continued to have their way, helping NA roll to a 28-0 lead through one quarter and 49-10 lead at halftime. NA finished the night with nine total touchdowns scored - seven rushing, two passing - to give them six backs with between 115 to 480 rushing yards and an 1,150-yard passer through six games. The Tigers' first string and reserve offensive line have helped pave the way for an impressive 38 touchdowns (28 rushing, 10 passing).
Tyler Boyd scored three more rushing touchdowns on the season, giving him 18 total touchdowns scored, and also added a two-point conversion run (his 10th successful two-point conversion play) of the 2011 season as Clairton rolled to a 54-0 victory over Bentleyville (Pa.) Bentworth Friday. Boyd ran for 169 yards in the game, giving him a team-best 696 rushing yards this year. Boyd's touchdown runs against Bentworth covered distances of 31, 35 and 51 yards.
DuBois "Boise" Ross posted his second game of five or more receptions this season, hauling in five A.J. Long passes for 43 yards, as Pius X fell to Pittsburgh (Pa.) University Prep 24-12 Saturday. Ross now has 21 catches for 326 yards on the season and is one of three Royal receivers with at least 300 receiving yards.
It was a short night of work for Roman Clay and the Lancaster Catholic starters as the Crusaders pounded Kinzers (Pa.) Pequea Valley, 56-14. On only six carries, Clay recorded 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns, giving him 61 carries for 666 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. Clay's teammate, running back Brandon Hollister, has added 647 rushing yards to this juncture of the season.
Sophomore A.J. Long and his Bangor (Pa.) Pius X Royals traveled to Pittsburgh's South Side to take on Pittsburgh (Pa.) University Prep Saturday afternoon, and the bus ride home will probably feel a little longer after the Panthers downed the Royals, 24-12. The 12 points was the lowest single-game scoring output for the Royals since last season's District 11 Class A championship game opposite Schuylkill Haven (14). Long connected on 22-of-39 passes, but finished with 164 yards and two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Royal field general also added 17 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Chandler Kincade did not play for a second consecutive week due to a bruised shoulder, but backup quarterback Josh Desmond fired his only three completions for touchdowns and a 181-yard night as Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk cruised to a 35-3 victory over Ambridge. Desmond has thrown for more than 350 yards over the last two weeks for the 5-1 Cougars.