Pitt recruit Trenton Coles was held out of the end zone and off of the scoreboard as Clairton earned its fourth straight trip to the PIAA Class A finals with a 30-8 victory over Sharpsville Friday night. Coles has 19 catches for 360 yards on the season.
David Williams and the West Philadelphia Catholic Burrs were eliminated in the PIAA Class AA semifinals by Lancaster Catholic, 23-20, in a game played Saturday afternoon at Coatesville High School's Red Raider Stadium. After posting five consecutive performances of 100+ yards rushing, Williams was contained to just 59 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown by the Crusaders' defense. Williams' junior season finished with 301 carries for 1,938 yards and 18 touchdowns. Word has it that West Philadelphia Catholic High School will reportedly close its doors due to budgetary concerns within the Philadelphia Archdiocese; an announcement is due within the next month or month and a half. So Williams, only a junior who has run for 2,862 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career, may have played his final game in a West Catholic uniform Saturday.
Devin Wilson did it both offensively and defensively for McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour in their PIAA AAA semifinal game opposite Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt, hauling in 11 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown and recording eight tackles (seven solo) on defense, but the Spartans were eliminated a week shy of Hershey with a 41-32 loss. Montour led, 26-14, before McDevitt scored the next 27 unanswered points to take command of the game. Wilson's junior season finishes with the following stat line: 72 receptions, 901 yards, 12 touchdowns; 59 tackles (39 solo), four interceptions and five pass deflections. Montour posted its best season in school history, winning 12 games for the third time since 2007 and scoring a school-record 544 points.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny was eliminated in the PIAA AAAA semifinals against Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin, 23-20, on a last-second field goal by the Rams' Evan Brandes, Satruday night in Altoona at Mansion Park Stadium. Patrick Kugler did play a week after sustaining an injury to his knee, and helped to pave the way for Mack Leftwich to run for two touchdowns and throw for another, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to advance to Hershey. NA entered the game ranked No. 15 in the nation by the USA-Today. Overall, North Allegheny finished its season running for 4,000 yards and passing for 2,223, averaging 414.9 yards and 38.3 points per game. Leftwich finished his junior season throwing for 2,223 yards and running for 933 more, accounting for 36 total touchdowns passing and rushing.
Tyler Boyd ran for 145 yards and two short touchdowns on 17 carries and caught a 70-yard scoring pass from Capri Thompson, giving him three total touchdowns and also another pair of two-point conversion runs, bumping his season totals to 46 total touchdowns scored and 18 successful two-point conversions for a remarkable 312 points, which is a school single-season record. Boyd has run for 2,182 yards this season on 172 carries, and Clairton's single-season record for rushing yardage is 2,234 yards, set by Deontae Howard in 2009.
Roman Clay rushed for 154 yards and Lancaster Catholic's first touchdown of the game, a 39-yard burst, to help the Crusaders overcome West Philadelphia Catholic, 23-20, in the PIAA AA semifinals Saturday at Red Raider Stadium at Coatesville High School. The 154 yards gives Clay 1,745 yards and 31 touchdowns on the season and 3,289 yards and 51 touchdowns for his career. Lancaster Caholic is playing for its second PIAA title in three years - the Crusaders won the 2009 AA state crown over Greensburg Central Catholic - and would be the first Lancaster County football program with multiple PIAA championship trophies.