Pitt recruit Trenton Coles had a nice all-around effort for Clairton in its 44-0 demolition of Boswell (Pa.) North Star Friday night in the PIAA A quarterfinals. Coles finished the game with 10 total points scored, giving him 93 points on the season - by hauling in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Capri Thompson, scoring on a two-point conversion run and converting two PATs. Coles has four touchdown receptions and 366 receiving yards on the season.
David Williams and the West Philadelphia Catholic Burrs are in the PIAA AA semifinals for the fourth consecutive year, a feat matched by only one other PIAA AA affiliate in the 23-year history of the state playoff era (New Wilmington (Pa.) Wilmington Area, who reached four straight state semifinals from 2006-09). The Burrs advanced to Week 15 with a 32-7 victory over District 11 champion Pen Argyl, and Williams posted 18 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown in the game. He's now run for 1,879 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.
Devin Wilson caught eight passes for 65 yards and a touchdown Friday night as McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour fended off a rough and rugged District 10 champion Grove City, 25-21, in the PIAA AAA quarterfinals. Grove City jumped to an early lead before the Spartans scored the final 25 points of the game to win their first-ever PIAA playoff game. Wilson has 61 receptions for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny advanced to the PIAA AAAA semifinals with a 40-14 victory over State College Area Saturday at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona, but it came at a price. Patrick Kugler was injured in the second quarter, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and left the game on crutches with ice over his right knee. No word on the severity of the injury, but NA put a hurting on State College in the form of quarterback Mack Leftwich, who ran for five touchdowns and threw for another in the win.
Tyler Boyd only recorded seven carries in the Bears' 44-0 demolition of Boswell (Pa.) North Star in the PIAA A quarterfinals Friday night, but he made the most of those touches, rushing for 176 yards and a pair of long touchdowns runs spanning 87 and 32 yards. He also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions, giving him 16 total points for the night and 278 points scored for the season. For the season, Boyd has run for an impressive 2,037 yards and just surpassed the 2,700-yard mark in rushing for his career this weekend. Clairton's single-season record for rushing yards is 2,234, held by Deontae Howard, who established the mark in 2009, when Clairton won its first state championship.
DuBois Ross hauled in five passes for 160 yards and a touchdown and added a 5-yard rush attempt in Bangor (Pa.) Pius X' 55-25 loss in the PIAA A quarterfinals to Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia Friday night. Ross finished his junior season with 49 receptions for 1,177 yards and 19 touchdowns and added 20 carries for 232 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 24 yards per reception and 11.6 yards per carry. He also finished with 75 tackles, 5 INTs and 9 pass breakups on defense and returned a combined 10 punts and kickoffs for 196 yards.
Roman Clay was, for the most part, stifled against District 4 champion Mount Carmel Area in the PIAA AA quarterfinals Saturday at Kemp Memorial Stadium in Shamokin, finishing with only 20 yards rushing on 13 carries and zero touchdowns. Clay did establish a new school single-season record for rushing yardage (1,591) despite the quiet day. He is still holding firm at 30 rushing touchdowns on the season. The Crusaders move on to the PIAA semifinals where they will face West Philadelphia Catholic for the third time in four seasons. Consider it the rubber match - both teams have won once in the series.
A.J. Long connected on 19-of-36 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns as Bangor (Pa.) Pius X' 2011 season came to a close in the PIAA A quarterfinals against 20-time District 4 champion Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia, 55-25. Pius X trailed, 29-25, at halftime, but coughed up two second half fumbles and threw an interception which proved to be too much to overcome. Long finished his junior season with easily the most prolific offensive season a Class A quarterback has ever enjoyed in the Keystone State. He completed 212-of-315 passes (67.3 percent) for 3,700 yards and 46 touchdowns while adding 931 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 110 carries. For his career, Long has thrown for 6,552 yards and 74 touchdowns, and is well on his way toward rewriting Pennsylvania's state passing benchmarks.