Lutcher (LA) advanced to the Louisiana Class 4A State Semi-Finals with a 17-7 win over Teurlings Catholic. Daniel Taylor rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown in the win. He also caught three passes for 29 yards.
Pitt commit Brandyn Cook, on the other end, had his prep career come to an end in a 14-7 loss to Pickerington Central in the Ohio State semifinals. The Bombers prevailed in the regular season, but could only amount 182 yards of total offense in the loss. Pickerington has now won 11 straight since losing the regular season matchup with St. Xavier.
Bam Bradley's Trotwood-Madison team will advance to the Division II state championship this weekend in Ohio. The Rams advance with a 47-44 win over Marion-Franklin. Bradley returned an interception 62 yards for a score in the win, as Marion-Franklin battled back from a 40-16 deficit. Trotwood-Madison takes on Avon for the state title.
Pitt recruit Trenton Coles recorded two carries for minus-3 yards and added five solo tackles on defense as Clairton thumped McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox, 42-6, in the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field. Clairton won its fourth straight WPIAL football championship and fifth crown in the last six years.
Marzett Geter accounted for Sto-Rox' only points in a humbling, season-ending 42-6 loss to Clairton in the WPIAL A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field as he hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from sophomore field general Lenny Williams. Geter caught two passes for 67 yards, recorded two rushes for eight yards and posted 2.5 tackles on defense in the defeat. Deaysean Rippy was largely quiet offensively, hauling in only two passes for seven yards. But defensively, he made his mark against Clairton, recording seven tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.
Dakota Conwell played only sparingly in Upper St. Clair's 28-21 overtime loss to Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny in the WPIAL AAAA championship game at Heinz Field Saturday night. He recorded a carry for no gain and completed a 12-yard pass. He did not take part in any defensive snaps. Conwell had injured his ankle two weeks ago against Erie (Pa.) McDowell and sat out the Panthers' 28-14 victory over Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic. Head coach Jim Render said he took Conwell out of the game because he did not want him to further worsen the injury.
Demetrious Cox completed 5-of-13 passes for 105 yards and added another 83 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored Jeannette's only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter in a narrow 14-7 loss to Aliquippa in the WPIAL AA title game Saturday at Heinz Field. Cox finished his senior season with 1,263 yards rushing and 858 yards passing, accounting for 29 total touchdowns (22 rushing). Defensively, Cox posted seven solo tackles in the defeat.
Two-way athlete William Parks recorded four rushes for 60 yards and caught two passes for 34 yards in Philadelphia (Pa.) Germantown's 43-0 victory over King in a Thanksgiving Day game played Thursday. The Bears' 2011 season ends with a 7-5 overall record, and Parks' senior season ends with the following stat line: 42 carries, 261 yards, 7 TD; 35 rec., 665 yards, 6 TD; 4 INTs on defense.
Michael Keir returned to action in time for Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic's Thanksgiving Day game against Roxborough, and he connected on 5-of-10 passes for 67 yards and one touchdown. The Cahillites' 2011 season ends with an 8-4 overall record, and Keir's final 2011 stat line will read: 108-of-198, 1,525 yards, 12 touchdowns; 59 rush, 71 yards, 4 touchdowns. Keir has thrown for 2,732 career yards and 25 touchdowns.
David Williams and the West Philadelphia Catholic Burrs had a bye week after winning the District 1/12 AA subregional championship a week ago over Edernheim (Pa.) Springfield Township, 28-7. The Burrs will continue their run toward a third berth in the PIAA AA championship game with a quarterfinal tilt Saturday against District 11 champion Pen Argyl, reps of the Colonial League. The Green Knights boast a 1,600-yard rusher and a respectable defensive unit, statistically speaking. The Burrs won their last two match-ups against District 11 teams North Schuylkill (19-13, 2009) and Northern Lehigh (50-14, 2010) at this juncture of the season.
Clarion Area suffered a stinging 35-34 defeat to Port Allegany in the District 9 A championship game Saturday at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway. Clarion was seeking its third District 9 football championship since 1997, but instead, Port claimed its first crown in school history. Armstrong ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries and caught an eight-yard pass in the loss, helping him to surpass the 1,100-yard mark in rushing for the season.
Devin Wilson posted a second consecutive game of 90+ receiving yards as he pulled in six Dillon Buechel passes for 96 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, of Montour's 42-14 mercy rule drubbing of Saxonburg (Pa.) Knoch in the WPIAL AAA championship game at Heinz Field. Wilson has posted a team-best 53 receptions this season and turned those catches into 754 yards and 10 touchdowns, both second on the team behind senior Darren Massey. Wilson's 12-yard touchdown reception allowed Buechel to become just the fourth WPIAL quarterback to throw 70 or more career touchdown passes.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny claimed its second consecutive WPIAL AAAA championship with a 28-21 victory over Upper St. Clair. Patrick Kugler and the NA offensive line helped to pave the way for a 331-yard night against the Panthers' defense (183 rush, 148 pass) and 15 first downs. The Tigers scored three more rushing touchdowns as junior quarterback Mack Leftwich ran for 117 yards and threw for another 148 and scored two rushing touchdowns and passed for another. NA is 13-0, ranked No. 22 in the nation by the USA-Today and are winners of 37 of their last 40 games.
Tyler Boyd kept his impressive string of individual performances rolling Saturday in the WPIAL A championship game opposite McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox, running for a game-high 141 yards and scoring 22 total points (three rushing touchdowns, two two-point conversions). Boyd scored the first 16 points of the game as Clairton raced to a 24-point second quarter. His touchdown runs spanned 55, 6 and 47 yards. He has now scored a whopping 262 points on the season (39 touchdowns, 14 two-point conversions) which easily leads the WPIAL. For the season, Boyd has run for 1,861 yards.
DuBois Ross hauled in three passes from A.J. Long for 73 yards and two more touchdowns, recorded seven tackles and two pass deflections, returned a punt 29 yards and a pair of kickoffs for 51 yards in Pius X' 55-20 victory over Philadelphia (Pa.) Calvary Christian Academy Saturday afternoon. The 73 receiving yards put Ross over the 1,000-yard mark for the season - 44 receptions, 1,017 yards and 18 touchdowns - he also has 75 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass deflections on defense.
Roman Clay got a little dinged up in the Crusaders' 21-14 victory over Wyomissing for the District 3 AA championship Friday night in Hersheypark Stadium, sitting out most of the second half after taking a hard shot to his lower left leg early in the third quarter. Head coach Bruce Harbach said he wasn't going to risk the asset Clay provides by playing him if he wasn't 100 percent. On the night, Clay recorded 62 yards on eight carries and his 30th rushing touchdown of the season. He has tied LC's single-season school rushing yardage record (1,571), and, if he plays against Mount Carmel Area Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals, can add to that mark.
A.J. Long had yet another banner day in leading Bangor (Pa.) Pius X to a 55-20 victory over District 1 A rep Calvary Christian Academy Saturday afternoon at Salisbury Township High School. In the victory, Long connected on 20-of-23 passes for 395 yards and six touchdowns and adding another 72 yards rushing and a touchdown on five carries. Long has now thrown for 3,367 yards (the fifth-most passing yards by a quarterback in state history) and 43 touchdowns and added another 867 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 carries.