Weekend Prospect Recap

One more week of regular season action in the western half of the state before playoffs get underway.

Michael Keir notched a career milestone Friday in a 28-14 loss to Wyndmoor (Pa.) LaSalle College High School. Thanks to a 17-of-31, 277-yard passing performance, Keir surpassed 4,000 yards passing for his Roman Catholic career. Keir presently sits at 4,055 yards and 33 touchdowns and has thrown for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season for the Cahillites. In the LaSalle game, Keir also rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries. On the opposite sideline, Pitt commit Ryan Winslow converted all four of his extra points, boosting his season totals to 27 PATs and five field goals for a total of 42 points scored.

Jaryd Jones-Smith and Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic won again, 42-0, over Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti. Jaryd Jones-Smith helped to pave the way for a 163-yard, five-touchdown performance on the ground by junior Greg White - White's second five-touchdown game of the season. West Catholic is 5-0 when it has scored 40+ points in the 2012 season and the Burrs have scored 35 total offensive touchdowns in seven games (26 rushing, nine passing).

Justin Moody helped Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington defeat Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast, 23-6, thanks to a strong defensive effort which limited the Vikings to 70 yards of total offense (46 passing, 24 rushing). The Eagles' defense, facing a Northeast aerial assault which came in averaging 172 yards per game, was limited to a 5-of-18 day and 126 yards below its average. Washington is 7-1 overall.

GAR Memorial's five-game winning streak was snapped in a 48-15 loss Friday night to Wyoming Area. Shakir Soto and the Grenadier offensive line helped to pave the way for a 206-yard night, but Wyoming Area rolled to 355 yards of offense (202 rushing) in the victory. Soto has been playing very well defensively, and has tallied 69 tackles (47 solo), 3.5 sacks and an impressive six fumble recoveries through his team's first seven games, averaging 9.9 tackles per game.

Zayd Issah was in beast mode Friday night defensively for Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin, chalking up 15 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble as the Rams won a second consecutive overtime game, 35-28, over Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Cumberland Valley. Issah's season totals now rise to 51 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 sacks, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

Junior Joseph and the West Lawn (Pa.) Wilson defense notched another shutout - 21-0 - of Neffsville (Pa.) Manheim Township Friday night, setting up a Week 9 showdown with undefeated Millersville (Pa.) Penn Manor next weekend. The Bulldogs limited the Blue Streaks to just 34 yards rushing on 24 total carries and harassed career 6,000-yard passer Brennan Scott into a 13-of-31 night with one interception. But Joseph's night didn't stop there. He also made his first appearance in Wilson's backfield and keyed a 299-yard effort on the ground, running for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and catching one pass for 13 yards.

Roman Clay rushed 27 times for 166 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards while scoring three total touchdowns as Lancaster Catholic defeated Landisville (Pa.) Hempfield, 28-14, Friday night. Clay has now run for 1,456 yards and 18 touchdowns on 177 carries and caught five passes for 35 yards and one touchdown. Clay is up to 4,899 yards and 70 rushing touchdowns in his career for the Crusaders.

Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley got a pair of touchdowns each from Robert Foster and Jordan Whitehead in a 35-14 victory over Ambrige Friday. Foster scored his touchdowns on a 63-yard pass from Nathan Climo and on a 92-yard punt return, giving him 17 total touchdowns scored for the season between offense, defense and special teams. Whitehead, meanwhile, established a new career high in rushing yards for a game with 201 and scored on runs of 68 and 72 yards. Whitehead has rushed for 889 yards, which leads the team, and has scored 12 total touchdowns in eight games.

Devin Wilson was held out of the end zone in Montour's 5-3 loss to Imperial (Pa.) West Allegheny Friday night, but that didn't stop Wilson from another all-around effort - 103 yards receiving on five catches and 19 yards rushing on nine carries - to boost his season totals to 59 carries for 461 yards and 46 receptions for 754 yards while scoring 13 total touchdowns. Montour is 7-1 overall.

James Conner rushed for 98 yards on four carries as Erie (Pa.) McDowell crushed Erie (Pa.) East, 66-6, Friday night. McDowell improved to 3-5 overall, and Conner surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing. The 230-pound senior is the Trojans' leading rusher, with 1,002 yards.

Shai McKenzie posted yet another 200-yard rushing performance for Washington - 256 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 66, 65, 10 and 55 yards - in a 60-6 blowout of Freeport Friday night. McKenzie has scored 25 total touchdowns for the Little Presidents and added four successful two-point conversions, giving him a team-leading 158 points scored for the season. He's also rushed for 1,588 yards on 116 carries for the Interstate Conference champs.

Zach Challingsworth scored two more touchdowns for McDonald (Pa.) South Fayette in a 42-0 victory Friday night over South Park. The Lion senior caught a 43-yard pass from Brett Brumbaugh and also returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown to cap the Lions' scoring for the game. Challingsworth has scored a team-best 14 touchdowns in eight games and leads the team with 39 receptions for 861 yards, averaging more than 100 yards per game receiving.

Pitt recruit Jaymar Parrish had himself a game Friday night in Gateway's 42-0 demolition of Harrison City (Pa.) Penn-Trafford. Parrish totaled 13 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery (which he returned for a touchdown), boosting his season totals to 56 tackles (33 solo), four sacks and a fumble recovery to go along with 15 receptions for 251 yards. Brenon Thrift recorded eight tackles in the victory, Montae Nicholson caught two passes for 108 yards and recorded five tackles while Ricky Rogers caught one pass for 17 yards.

Elijah Zeise hauled in two passes for 52 yards and recorded four tackles (three solo) in Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny's 55-7 drubbing of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Shaler Friday night. Through eight games, Zeise has snagged 13 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns and recorded 18 tackles (16 solo), two interceptions and four deflected passes for the undefeated Tigers.

Tyler Boyd scored two touchdowns in Clairton's 41-0 victory over McKeesport (Pa.) Serra Catholic Friday night - a 72-yard punt return and a 42-yard run in the first quarter. Boyd has now scored 24 total touchdowns for the Bears. Titus Howard, meanwhile, caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Armani Ford to open the game's scoring. Howard has scored four touchdowns for the Bears in 2012.

Chandler Kincade completed 8-of-10 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown as Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk won its second game of the season, 48-25, over Bridgeville (Pa.) Chartiers Valley Friday. Kincade has now thrown for 1,633 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games, but the Cougars' showstopper Friday was running back Cole Chiappialle, who rushed for 404 yards and six touchdowns for Blackhawk, giving him an impressive 1,399 yards rushing for the year.

After Hummelstown (Pa.) Lower Dauphin scored the first 28 points of the game, Andrew Ford and Cedar Cliff nearly equalled the Falcons' effort. Nearly. Despite Ford completing 30 passes and throwing for 302 yards and three touchdowns, Cedar Cliff fell to Lower Dauphin, 28-21, for the Colts' third loss in four games following an impressive 4-0 start. Ford has thrown for 2,198 yards and 28 touchdowns to date, but the Colts' three losses - to Red Land, Susquehanna Township and Lower Dauphin - have come by a combined 16 points.

Aliquippa routed archrival Beaver Falls in a Thursday night game televised by ROOT Sports. The Quips' 66-7 domination of the Tigers saw Jaleel Fields and the offensive line pave the way for a 46-point first half featuring two long touchdown passes and two scoring runs from Dravon Henry. Brock Boxen and the Beaver Falls offensive line, meanwhile, paved the way for an offense which mustered less than 100 yards for the game.

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