Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD) captured its third consecutive WCAC title with a 42-0 win over Gonzaga. While it's the third consecutive title for the Falcons, it is their first undefeated season. The Falcons got over 300 yards on the ground, with offensive lineman Ryan Watson playing a big role in that. 2012 LB Dorian O'Daniel finished with 99 of those yards on the ground, with two rushing scores.
Also in Maryland, Gilman School defeated Calvert Hall 34-32 in double-overtime, in the first-ever MIAA Class A Conference Championship game. Pitt linebacker commit Devon Porchia is a member of Gilman's defense.
Lutcher (LA) advanced in a big way in its second-round game Friday night, a 49-14 win over Washington-Marion. Daniel Taylor, a running back for Lutcher, finished with 109 yards and two touchdowns. Even more impressive, he reached those numbers in the first half, before being pulled with the game well in hand.
St. Xavier—who has Pitt commit Brandyn Cook, its center—defeated rival Archbishop Moeller, 35-21. The Bombers advance in the Ohio Division I state playoffs to take on Pickerington Central, in a game that will be played in Dayton. Cook anchored a line that opened the way for 224 yards on the ground. A win Saturday against Pickerington Central sends the Bombers to the state championship game.
Also still alive in the Ohio State playoffs; in Division II, it was Trotwood-Madison advancing with a 35-20 win over Kings in Dayton on Friday night. Even more impressive, all 35 points scored by the Rams came unanswered, after they trailed 20-0. The Rams scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind. Bam Bradley caught a five-yard touchdown pass and had an interception—his fifth of the season—in the win. Trotwood-Madison advances to take on Marion-Franklin on Friday. A win sends the Rams to the Division II state championship game.
Jahmahl Pardner's senior season came to an end, as his Aquinas Institute team lost in the state semifinals to Maine-Endwell, 19-16. Pardner recovered a fumble in the loss, and also had a big reception to set up one of his team's scores.
Pitt commit Trenton Coles caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Capri Thompson and booted an extra point in Clairton's 43-7 demolition of traditional playoff rival and WPIAL Class A power Rochester Friday night. The trio of points gives Coles 67 points scored on the season, second on the team behind junior Tyler Boyd.
Marzett Geter scored the winning points against Dormont (Pa.) Bishop Canevin on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Lenny Williams to give McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox a 12-10 victory over the Crusaders Friday night. The Vikings won despite four turnovers and being held to a season low in points scored in a game. Deaysean Rippy was part of a defensive effort which limited Canevin to just 51 yards rushing and forced an interception. The Crusaders did throw for 161 yards, but did so on only an 8-of-19 night.
Dakota Conwell did not even dress in uniform for Upper St. Clair's WPIAL AAAA semifinal game against Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic due to an injury sustained in the previous week's game against Erie (Pa.) McDowell. So Conwell watched from the sidelines as junior Pete Coughlin ran for 209 yards and threw for another 61 in the Panthers' 28-14 upset of the Vikings, who were ranked 12th in the nation by the USA-Today. USC is making its first WPIAL AAAA title game appearance since 2006 and 11th title game appearance under head coach Jim Render. All 11 title games have come since 1988.
Pitt commit Alkwan Williams' career came to an end for the second straight year at the hands of Clearfield Area, a AAA school from District 9, 29-23, Saturday afternoon in Altoona. Against the Bison, Williams recorded 16 tackles (11 solo), caught a pass for 15 yards and recorded a pair of rushes for three yards. He finished his senior season with 136 tackles (40 solo), four sacks, an interception, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery, averaging 12.4 tackles per game and finishing nine of Johnstown's 11 games with tackles totals ranging from 10 to 16.
Jaylen Coleman ran for 180 yards and a back-breaking 90-yard touchdown as Pittsburgh (Pa.) University Prep defeated Pittsburgh (Pa.) Allderdice for the Pittsburgh City League (District 8) championship, 14-0, Saturday afternoon at Cupples Stadium. Coleman was also part of a Panthers' defensive effort that registered its ninth shutout in its last 10 games and held the Dragons to just 83 yards of total offense.
Demetrious Cox had a five-touchdown game for Jeannette as it rolled past Dormont (Pa.) Seton-La Salle, 40-21, in the WPIAL AA semifinals Friday night. Cox threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for another 81 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Jayhawks to their first WPIAL title game appearance since 2007. Jeannette is 12-0 this season. Cox has run for 1,172 yards, thrown for another 805, and accounted for close to 30 total touchdowns rushing and passing combined.
David Williams posted his fourth game of 30+ carries this season as West Philadelphia Catholic emerged victorious, 28-7, over Erdenheim (Pa.) Springfield Township in the PIAA District 1/12 AA subregional played Friday night at Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County. The Burrs' stud junior ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries, giving him 264 totes for 1,712 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. West Catholic has a bye week coming up over Thanksgiving weekend and will await the winner of the PIAA District 2/11 AA preliminary game the first week of December. The Burrs are 9-3 overall.
Clarion Area got yet another solid performance both offensively and defensively from stud junior T.J. Armstrong as the Bobcats defeated traditional Potter County power Coudersport, 27-7, in the District 9 Class A semifinals. Armstrong ran for 128 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns and also added a 37-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Heeter while on offense. Defensively, Armstrong was in on at least 12 tackles while also forcing a fumble and registering a sack. Armstrong is over the 120-tackle plateau and also has five sacks and three fumble recoveries. Offensively, he's approaching 1,000 rushing yards and leads the Bobcats with 16 total touchdowns scored.
Adam Breneman's junior season came to an end after 12 games Friday night as New Cumberland (Pa.) Cedar Cliff fell narrowly to Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin, 35-32, in the District 3 AAAA quarterfinals. Breneman hauled in eight passes for 93 yards on the night, giving him a team-best 72 receptions for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns. Breneman is the only tight end in the Keystone State this 2011 season to post 70+ receptions and 1,000 or more yards receiving.
Robert Foster had yet another solid all-around performance - 226 all-purpose yards (69 rushing, 94 receiving, 63 punt/kickoff returns) and scored on a 47-yard touchdown run, but Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley was eliminated from the WPIAL AAA playoffs by McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour, 21-14. Foster finished his brilliant junior season with 1,725 all-purpose yards (491 rush, 584 receiving, 153 interception returns, 232 punt returns & 337 kick returns) and scored 11 total touchdowns for the Warriors. Central Valley, in just its first two years of existence, is 21-5 overall, and set a school record for points scored in a season this year, with 459, which good enough for 326th place in Pennsylvania history.
Devin Wilson caught four passes for 95 yards and added four tackles (three solo) and an interception as McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour defeated Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley in the WPIAL AAA semifinals. It was Wilson's seventh game of the season with at least four or more receptions and just his third game with 95 or more receiving yards. Wilson has now hauled in 47 passes for 658 yards and nine touchdowns and added 47 tackles and four interceptions defensively.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny narrowly escaped Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, 21-17, in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals Friday night. Patrick Kugler & Co. on the NA offensive line helped to pave the way for another 200-yard rushing effort as a team - 220 yards, to be exact - as the Tigers scored all three touchdowns on the ground in the win. North Allegheny returns to Heinz Field next weekend to defend its 2010 WPIAL AAAA crown in a rematch against Upper St. Clair. It will be North Allegheny's seventh WPIAL championship game appearance.
Tyler Boyd could conceivably pass for Nostradamus after he boldly predicted to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review earlier in the week that Clairton would "crush" Rochester in the WPIAL A semifinals. Boyd was 100 percent correct, as Clairton rolled to a 43-7 victory over the Rams, and Boyd had a big part in the crushing. He ran for 198 yards and four touchdowns, giving him a cool 1,700 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns (37 total touchdowns scored) and a WPIAL-best 246 points scored. Boyd has accounted for 44.4 percent of Clairton's season point total (554 - the 84th-best team output in state history). The Bears face a much-anticipated matchup Saturday.
DuBois Ross had himself quite the Saturday in the District 11 Class A championship against Shenandoah (Pa.) Shenandoah Valley, and did so on only six total touches. Ross recorded two rushes for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 165 yards and two additional touchdowns. Between rushing and receiving, Ross has now amassed 1,164 yards from scrimmage (943 receiving, 221 rushing) and scored 20 total touchdowns (16 receiving, four rushing). Pius X (11-1) won its first District 11 A championship since 2004 and fourth district title in school history.
Roman Clay had a big game Friday night. Heck, Lancaster Catholic as a whole had a big night, romping 60-7 over Camp Hill (Pa.) Trinity in the District 3 AA semifinals at Rossmere Stadium. In the Crusaders' latest rout, Clay ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, giving him an impressive 1,506 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season. Clay has now run for 3,050 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career for Lancaster Catholic.
A.J. Long had quite the day for Pius X as the Royals claimed their fourth District 11 Class A championship since 1995 with a dominant 50-12 victory over Shenandoah (Pa.) Shenandoah Valley. Long connected on 9-of-16 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns and also dominated on the ground, recording 13 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Long has now thrown for 2,959 yards and 37 touchdowns this season and run for another 801 yards and 16 touchdowns. Through its first 12 games, Long is at the helm of a Royal offense averaging 43.4 points per game (521 points scored on the season - 2nd most in school history).