Brandyn Cook's St. Xavier team is in hot pursuit of its third state championship under head coach Steve Specht. Friday, the Bombers defeated Colerain 28-15 at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. Typically, the Bombers grind it out. This time around, the Bombers had a big outing from quarterback Griffin Dolle, who threw three touchdown passes. St. Xavier advances to the regional semifinals, where they take on traditional rival Archbishop Moeller.
While the two Cincinnati Catholic school rivals square off, a pair of Cleveland counterparts squared off this past weekend. St. Ignatius and St. Edward square off against each other in the regular season. Just a few weeks after the regular season finale—a game that St. Ignatius won 20-17—the Wildcats knocked defending state champion St. Edward out of the playoffs, with an identical 20-17 win. Pitt commit Darryl Render—a member of the St. Edward team—closes out his high school career. Despite the loss, Render didn't go down with a fight—finishing with five of his team's eight sacks.
Trotwood-Madison advanced in the Division II state playoffs, with a 27-6 win over Wapakoneta. The Rams take on Kings High School on Friday. Bam Bradley had four catches for 92 yards on offense, in his team's win. Bradley also took an official visit to Stanford, following his team's win.
Devon Porchia's team is also advancing. Gilman ended Archbishop Spalding's season, with a 34-14 win on Friday. Gilman advances to take on Calvert Hall next week.
Ryan Watson will be playing for a WCAC title this weekend against Gonzaga. Watson—who recently told Scout.com's Kristen Kenney that Pitt was in his top two—helped Good Counsel to a 47-7 win over St. John's. Saturday, the Falcons take on Gonzaga in Annapolis, for the WCAC title.
Rushel Shell had another big game Friday night, but it wound up being the final game of his high school football career. Hopewell was eliminated by Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals, 24-21, despite Shell's 292 rushing yards and three touchdowns. In the process, Shell surpassed Jeremiah Young's 9,027 career rushing yards to assume the title of Pennsylvania's all-time career-leading rusher. Shell finished his senior season with 2,315 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns, and his career will end with 9,081 rushing yards.
Pitt commit Trenton Coles was held out of the end zone in Clairton's 34-20 victory over Springdale in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals Friday night. He is still second on the team in points scored on the season, with 64. Coles has accounted for 12.5 percent of Clairton's scoring this season (511 points), marking the fifth consecutive year the Bears will have finished a season scoring 500+ points.
Marzett Geter scored a nine-yard touchdown run and Deaysean Rippy was one of four different Viking receivers with a touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Lenny Williams as McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox breezed past Brentwood, 40-0, in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals. The Vikings face former Century Conference foe Bishop Canevin in a WPIAL A semifinal next weekend - both the Crusaders and Vikings were AA schools in the not-so-distant past. Geter is second on the Vikings' team in scoring and both he and Rippy have surpassed the 300-yard mark in receiving yards on the season.
Dakota Conwell had a hand in all three Upper St. Clair touchdowns as the Panthers eliminated Erie (Pa.) McDowell in the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals, 21-14. Conwell ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns and connected on 8-of-10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown pass to Mike Wilcox in USC's win. Through 11 games, Conwell has thrown for 1,075 yards and added 994 rushing. He could become the first 1,000/1,000 quarterback in Upper St. Clair program history.
Pitt commit Alkwan Williams and the Greater Johnstown Trojans won their latest District 6 AAA championship by default, literally, as there was no opponent matched opposite them to compete for the crown. The Trojans earned a bye week and will face District 9 AAA champion Clearfield Area next weekend. It's the Trojans' third straight trip to the PIAA AAA playoffs.
It might have seemed like deja vu for Jaylen Coleman and the University Prep Panthers as they faced Pittsburgh (Pa.) Perry for the second time in as many weeks, but the Panthers had little trouble disposing of the Commodores, winning 18-0, to reach the Pittsburgh City League championship game. Coleman ran for 170 yards and the game's first touchdown on an 89-yard run to open the second half. He also picked off a pass and recovered a fumble defensively, part of the Panthers' ninth defensive shutout on the season (Brashear scored three non-offensive touchdowns in Week 2).
Demetrious Cox ran for a team-high 155 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns (three rushing, one passing) as the Jeannette Jayhawks ripped past Fox Chapel (Pa.) Shady Side Academy, 35-14, Friday to advance to the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Dormont (Pa.) Seton-LaSalle. Cox has run for 1,091 yards and thrown for more than 500 this season for the Jayhawks. Cox spearheads a three-headed monster in the Jeannette backfield (along with juniors Jordan Edmunds and Shavonta Craft). The trio is averaging 244 rushing yards per game.
Two-way athlete William Parks scored on an 11-yard run and hauled in three passes for 87 yards and another touchdown as Philadelphia (Pa.) Germantown downed Philadelphia (Pa.) Horace Furness, 38-6. The Bears had been eliminated from the Public League AAAA playoffs one week prior. Parks has run for 201 yards and six touchdowns and he's caught 33 passes for 631 yards and six more touchdowns as a part of the Bears' offensive arsenal, which features two 800-yard rushers, a 1,500-yard passer and two 600-yard receivers.
David Williams had a busy, busy day Saturday against Philadelphia (Pa.) Edward Bok Vo-Tech, recording 42 carries for 228 yards and two touchdowns as the Burrs advanced to face undefeated Erdenheim (Pa.) Springfield Township next weekend. The 228 yards helps Williams surpass the 1,500-yard mark on the season. West Catholic trailed Bok, 23-22, at the start of the fourth quarter, despite outgaining the Wildcats by more than 300 yards.
Clarion Area saved its best for last, literally, in the District 9 Class A quarterfinals Friday night. Trailing 20-0 for the first 38:40 of the contest, the Bobcats rallied with 22 unanswered points in the final 9:20 of regulation to upend Saint Marys (Pa.) Elk County Catholic, 22-20. T.J. Armstrong factored in the rally, scoring the tying touchdown on a 1-yard run with 37 seconds left. Armstrong accounted for 80 of the Bobcats' 148 rushing yards in the game.
Adam Breneman and sophomore quarterback Andrew Ford had quite the connection going in Friday night's District 3 AAAA playoff opener against Reading (Pa.) Exeter Township, a 42-38 Colt victory. Of Ford's 24 completions, 333 yards and five touchdowns, 11 of those passes, 185 of those yards and four of the touchdown passes went the way of Breneman. It was by far the standout junior's best statistical game of the 2011 season. With the performance, Breneman surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season, giving him 64 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. For his career, Breneman has amassed 1,886 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. An additional item worth noting - Cedar Cliff possesses what is believed to be the first 1,000-yard passing duo in Pennsylvania history - senior Tyler Orris has thrown for 1,343 yards and sophomore Ford has 1,135. The duo has combined for 25 touchdown passes.
Robert Foster was at it again for Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley, accounting for 188 all-purpose yards (40 rushing, 118 receiving, 30-yd kickoff return) and scoring a touchdown on a 99-yard reception from quarterback Curtis Lewis as the Warriors dusted Monongahela (Pa.) Ringgold, 44-28, Friday night in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals. Taken piece-by-piece, Foster's numbers among individual statistical categories don't jump off the page, but, collectively, between rushing, passing and yardage from punt, kickoff and interception returns, Foster has amassed 1,499 total yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
Devin Wilson hauled in four passes from Dillon Buechel for 47 yards, recorded a solo tackle on defense and booted two punts for a combined average of 29.5 yards as McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour defeated West Mifflin, 31-7, in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals, setting up a second meeting with Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley, which has beaten the Spartans in its last two meetings by a combined margin of 51-23. Wilson leads Montour with 43 receptions and has turned those catches into 563 yards (second on the team) and nine touchdowns (also second on the team).
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny, ranked No. 22 in the most recent edition of the USA-Today Super-25 prep football poll, rolled to its 11th victory of the season, 35-10, over Harmony (Pa.) Seneca Valley in the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals. In the second meeting with the Raiders, Patrick Kugler and the Tiger offensive line grounded and pounded and paved the way for a 324-yard, four-touchdown effort on the ground. Junior Mack Leftwich didn't have to pass much, throwing for only 63 yards in the game. North Allegheny has now scored 65 offensive touchdowns on the season (48 rushing, 17 passing), and are now just 42 points shy of establishing a new school record for points scored in a single season.
Tyler Boyd ran for 216 yards, keying a more than 310-yard effort on the ground for Clairton as the Bears defeated Springdale in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals, 34-20, Friday night. Boyd also scored three rushing touchdowns in the game, giving him 33 total touchdowns scored and bumping his season point total upward to 222. The 200-yard night gives Boyd a little more than 1,500 rushing yards this season and more than 2,100 rushing yards for his career. Clairton has now won 42 games in a row, a streak which dates back to 2009.
DuBois Ross went over the 700-yard mark in receiving in Bangor (Pa.) Pius X' 42-14 victory over Tower City (Pa.) Williams Valley Saturday afternoon in the District 11 Class A playoffs. Ross hauled in three passes for 102 yards and a touchdown - his 14th receiving touchdown of the season - which leads the Royals.
Roman Clay registered nine carries for 48 yards and a pair of touchdowns Friday night as Lancaster Catholic creamed Boiling Springs, 61-7, in District 3 AA quarterfinal action. Through 11 weeks, Clay has run for 1,322 yards and 26 touchdowns, and is the leading rusher in a Crusaders' offensive arsenal that came into the Boiling Springs game averaging a cool 300 rushing yards and 46.5 points per game.
A.J. Long had another five-touchdown game as Bangor (Pa.) Pius X opened the District 11 Class A playoffs with a 42-14 victory over Tower City (Pa.) Williams Valley Saturday afternoon at Nazareth High School. Long connected on 10-of-13 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns and added 103 rushing yards and another touchdown on 11 carries. The five touchdowns gives Long a total of 49 touchdowns accounted for on the season - 35 passing, 14 rushing.