Central Valley--the WPIAL's top Triple-A team according to several outlets--earned a 31-7 win in its season-opener over New Castle. Sophomore running back Jordan Whitehead carried the load for the Trojans, rushing 15 times for 136 yards. Whitehead also caught an 8-yard touchdown pass. Robert Foster caught 8 passes for 77 yards. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown run late in the game, and added an interception on defense. Whitehead and Foster also finished as the leading tacklers on the team, with 9 and 5 tackles, respectively.
Dorian Johnson opened the way for 138 rushing yards for quarterback Xavier Ellis in his team's 41-13 win over Uniontown. The Leopards move on for a big showdown with West Mifflin this Friday night.
Clairton squeaked past Chartiers-Houston 22-20 to keep its winning streak alive at 48. Tyler Boyd rushed for 84 yards. Pitt commit Titus Howard added a two-point conversion, with three receptions and three tackles on the night. Clairton played with 14 players suspended due to academic reasons.
Stow (OH) defeated Kent (OH) 33-26, but not without another great performance from Pitt commit Tra'Von Chapman. Chapman three for 244 yards and two scores, with another 83 yards on the ground.
Junior lineman Michael Grimm helped his team to a 54-6 win over Plum. The Blackhawks were up 35-0 in the first quarter. Grimm had four pancakes in the win and a tackle on defense.
Pretty good night for kicker commit Chris Blewitt--a perfect 4-4 on PATs, and 2-2 on field goal tries. Blewitt's field goals went for 20 and 38 yards, and West Potomac debuted with an impressive 34-3 win over Mount Vernon.
Gateway opened with a 61-6 win over Latrobe. Gateway's pass defense held Latrobes pass offense to -1 passing yards, including two interceptions. The Gators also played two freshmen in the secondary, in the second half.
Seton-La Salle defeated South Allegheny 35-0. Luke Brumbaugh threw for a score and ran for another. Scott Orndoff had one catch for 15 yards on offense, with six tackles on defense. Orndoff also forced a fumble that was recovered by a teammate for a touchdown on defense. The Rebels have won 12 of their last 13 games.
Sophomore Brett Brumbaugh threw for 230 yards and four scores in a 42-6 South Fayette win over McGuffey. Zach Challingsworth caught three of Brumbaugh's passes for 94 yards and one touchdown, which went for 43 yards. It was the 22nd touchdown catch of Challingsworth's career. Challingsworth also added a 20-yard rush, and put up those numbers in just one half of football.
Matt Galambos finished with six tackles, but Haverford School lost 41-7 to Pennridge. Christian Giubilato--younger brother of Pitt fullback Mark Giubilato--had four kick returns for 90 yards for Haverford School.
Tony Harper's St. John's team lost to St. Mary's Prep (MI) 47-7. Harper was kept on offense for the majority of the game. He finished with three catches for 29 yards in the loss.
North Allegheny defeated Mt. Lebanon 31-22, spoiling the debut of head coach Mike Melnyk. Melnyk comes to Mt. Lebanon from Manheim Township in Lancaster whe he coached former Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick. Junior receiver Elijah Zeise caught 4 passes for 78 yards before leaving the game with a shoulder injury for North Allegheny. He also had three tackles on defense.
It was nearly a case of bummin' at the beach for Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic, as the Cahillites trailed Malvern Prep, 27-14, in the fourth quarter of a kickoff classic held in Wildwood, N.J. But a furious comeback resulted in a 28-27 victory. Michael Keir was hamstrung by the Friars' defensive unit, completing only 9-of-18 passes for 137 yards.
Brandon Chatmon, Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Charter - What a statement for Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Charter in its season opener, raking traditionally competitive District 1 AAA program Strath Haven over the coals, 68-12. The Panthers pulled away with a 35-point first quarter, and Brandon Chatmon was part of a defensive unit which allowed Haven less than 250 yards of total offense and only one pass completion in the first half.
Ryan Winslow missed an extra point for Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle College High School as the Explorers beat rival Lansdale (Pa.) North Penn, 20-7, Friday. The Explorers scored all three of their touchdowns through the air and amassed more than 270 yards passing in the victory, attempting two-point conversions on their other two touchdowns of the game, one of which was successful.
Shakir Soto, Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) GAR Memorial - Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) GAR Memorial found itself on the wrong end of a 34-7 decision to Jermyn (Pa.) Lakeland Friday. Shakir Soto and the Grenadier offensive line helped to pave the way for a unit which amassed 219 yards total offense, one rushing touchdown and only seven first downs.
It was a tough opener for Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty and receiver DuBois Ross, who fell to State College Area, 26-7, Friday night, with the Little Lions scoring the final 26 points of the game. DuBois Ross was limited to two receptions for 16 yards. His teammate, junior receiver K.J. Williams, caught six passes for 163 yards and the Hurricanes' lone touchdown, an 80-yard reception.
A two-way presence for the Bulldogs, Junior Joseph played both tight end and linebacker in the West Lawn (Pa.) Wilson Bulldogs' season-opening 21-0 shutout victory over Shillington (Pa.) Governor Mifflin. Joseph recorded one rush for two yards and caught two passes for 26 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception. Defensively, the Bulldogs held Mifflin's double-slot offense to just 69 total yards, including 50 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Devin Wilson had quite a fast start to his senior season for defending WPIAL AAA champion McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour, hauling in five passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns - spanning 33, 59 and 12 yards - as the Spartans rolled to a 34-8 victory over Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell.
James Connor, Erie (Pa.) McDowell - The Erie (Pa.) McDowell flexbone offense was in high gear against Mentor (Ohio) Friday night, rolling up 459 yards rushing (507 of total offense), but narrowly fell, 34-27, when the host Cardinals scored with less than one minute left in the game to break a 27-27 tie. James Conner finished the night as the Trojans' second-leading rusher, amassing 132 yards on nine carries, including a 69-yard touchdown run to stake the guests to a 21-12 lead.
Mack Leftwich, Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny - Mack Leftwich had a stellar 2012 debut for Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny in a 39-14 victory over Mt. Lebanon. The Tiger senior connected on 17-of-22 passes (77.3 percent) for 304 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 39 yards rushing and a touchdown on seven carries. NA rolled up 600 yards of total offense in the victory (304 passing, 296 rushing).
Welcome back to the gridiron, Chandler Kincade. The Pitt commit had himself quite The Opening game, throwing for a career-best 273 yards and four touchdowns while completing 16-of-27 passes as Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk built a 27-17 fourth quarter lead. But Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny scored two touchdowns in the final 45 seconds to win, 31-27. As a sophomore, Kincade threw only four touchdown passes, so, one game into his junior season, the Cougs' field general has already equalled his 2011 season output for touchdown passes.
Beaver Falls got off to a strong start to its 2012 campaign, drudging Ellwood City (Pa.) Riverside, 50-6. Brock Boxen and the Tigers' defensive unit finished off an effort which limited the visiting Panthers to just 80 yards of offense, including minus-30 yards on the ground. Offensively, Beaver Falls rattled 44 unanswered points and chewed up 460 yards of offense (200+ yards each rushing and passing).
North Catholic sophomore running back P.J. Fulmer had a monster debut--265 yards and 5 touchdowns, helping his team to a 40-21 win over Apollo Ridge.