High School Highlights: Central Catholic easy winner

Jones-Moore scores four touchdowns

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The WPIAL went 1 for 3 at the Rally in the Valley.

After two WPIAL teams lost in the event earlier in the day, Central Catholic came through with a 49-22 victory against Youngstown Ursuline last night at Wheeling Island Stadium (W. Va.).

McKeesport and Woodland Hills were the WPIAL teams to lose. Central Catholic, the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class AAAA team, spotted Ursuline a 16-0 lead, but dominated the rest of the way.

"I think McKeesport and Woodland Hills were in with some heavy hitters," Central Catholic coach Terry Totten said. "I'm not happy with the way we played, but it's an opener for us. I thought we were undisciplined and lacked a little bit of focus on certain plays."

But Totten couldn't find much wrong with the game of Damian Jones-Moore. A 5-foot-6, 165-pound sophomore, Jones-Moore rushed for 204 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns.

"We told our kids that he's the best running back we've seen since Dan [Boom] Herron two years ago," Ursuline coach Dan Reardon said, referring to the running back who is now a starter at Ohio State.

Central Catholic outscored Ursuline, 21-0, in the fourth quarter. Jones-Moore's touchdowns came on runs of 16, 3, 3 and 5 yards. Fullback Dom Maggio also scored twice on runs of 1 and 4 yards.

Central Catholic outgained Ursuline, 323-231.

Other games

• St. Joseph's 27, Mc-Keesport 26: St. Joseph's Prep scored 13 points in the final three minutes to pull out the win in another Rally in the Valley game in Wheeling. St. Joseph's John Arena recovered an onside kick at the McKeesport 46 in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg scrambled to his left and threw a pass to Desmon Peoples at the 24 and Peoples turned it into a 41-yard play for a touchdown with 1:53 left.

• Albert Gallatin 41, Wilkinsburg 2: Grayling Sanders carried eight times for 94 yards and scored on runs of 2 and 42 yards as the Colonials (1-0) won the non-conference game at Graham Field in Wilkinsburg. Jordan Wade completed 8 of 12 passes for 109 yards for Wilkinsburg (0-1).

• Aliquippa 31, Ambridge: Troy Jeter returned a punt 80 yards for a score and ran an interception back 65 yards for another touchdown as the Quips defeated visiting Ambridge. Quarterback Zach Nichi rushed for 60 yards and passed for another 50 for the Bridgers.

• Shenango 27, Riverview 6: Anthony Kosciuszko rushed for 131 yards and teammate Ricky Mathews gained 128 in leading Shenango to the win at Wilmington.

• Bishop Canevin 38, Quaker Valley 12: Chris Walko ran for 104 yards and scored on a 37-yard run as Canevin won at Dormont Stadium.

• Oliver 46, Langley 12: Tyree Mathis carried 11 times for 106 yards and scored on runs of 21 and 2 yards in leading Oliver to a City League victory. Langley quarterback Shawn Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 132 yards.

• Peabody 16, Carrick 14: Lamont Blackwell intercepted a Carrick pass with 1:13 remaining to preserve the City League victory for Peabody. Blackwell also caught a 14-yard pass from Dontae Forte for a touchdown.


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