In the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals last season, Knoch's defense kept Franklin Regional's offense under wraps on its way to Heinz Field and a win.
Thursday night at Knoch, there was no keeping the Franklin Regional pass-catch duo of Nico Lodovico and Charan Singh under wraps.
The Panthers (5-1, 4-1) exacted a bit of revenge against their Greater Allegheny Conference rival with a 23-13 win fueled by a 183-yard passing performance from Lodovico with 144 of those yards courtesy of Singh.
Knoch (4-2, 3-2) grabbed an early, 7-3 first-quarter lead after Ben Tackett rushed for the first of his two touchdowns.
The Knights defense kept Franklin Regional running back Dane Brown in check most of the game, holding the Cornell recruit to 62 yards on 23 carries, but it had no answer for Lodovico and Singh.
Franklin Regional stormed back from the 7-3 deficit with three unanswered touchdowns, including two touchdown passes from Lodovico to Singh.
Lodovico finished 9-of-16 passing with three touchdowns, and Singh finished with six receptions.
The Panthers, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, have won five consecutive games after a season-opening, 21-17 loss to Mars.
Dakota Bruggeman passed for 123 yards and rushed for 71 for Knoch.
• Ahmed Turner tossed three touchdown passes and Antoine Long returned two interceptions for touchdowns to lead City League No. 1 Perry (4-2, 3-0) to a 43-2 win against visiting Westinghouse (0-6, 0-3). Curtis Edmonds ran 10 times for 164 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown run for the Commodores who led, 24-0, at halftime. Turner connected with Robert Willie for two touchdown passes and Cornelio Coates for another.
• Aiden Rueter's goal 3:45 into regulation was the difference as Class AAA No. 2 Pine-Richland (13-0, 9-0) remained unbeaten with a 1-0 win at Seneca Valley (10-3, 7-3) in a crucial Section 2 contest. It was the Rams' eighth 1-0 win this season. The loss snapped Seneca Valley's five-game winning streak.
• Carlynton (10-2-2, 7-2-2) surprised No. 2 Seton-LaSalle, 2-0, behind first-half goals from Manny Burton and Grant Shuler in Class A Section 3. Goalie Phil Meighan earned the shutout for the visiting Cougars. The Rebels (11-2, 9-1) have won the past two WPIAL Class A titles.
• Jared Cole and Charlie Guy each had hat tricks and two assists each to pace No. 4 Springdale (11-1, 8-1) to a 6-0 win at Aquinas Academy (1-9-1, 1-7-1) in Class A Section 2.
• Johnny Rebich scored three goals including the winner with 3:40 left to help Blackhawk (11-2, 9-1) win 3-2 and escape a scare against host Freedom (5-5-1, 3-5-1) in Class AA Section 4.
• Sophomore Dan Shahen netted the lone goal 10 minutes into the second half to lead Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (7-3, 7-2) to a 1-0 win against visiting Quigley (6-7, 4-5) in Class A Section 5.
• Emily Helms scored with less than one minute left to give Southmoreland (9-5, 8-3) a 2-1 win against visiting Greensburg Salem (8-8, 6-4) in a crucial Class AA Section 1 contest.
• Erin Lauff scored in the first overtime to keep Riverview (5-7-1, 5-4) in playoff contention with a 2-1 win against visiting Jeannette (1-10, 1-9) in Class A Section 4.
• Lindsay McCracken second-half goal was the difference as West Allegheny (6-6-2, 5-6-1) blanked Keystone Oaks (6-7-1, 4-7-1) 1-0 in Class AA Section 5.
• Corey Wilding shot a 4-under par 30 and Patrick McDonnell shot a 3-under par 31 at St. Clair Country Club to lead Upper St. Clair to a 161-187 win against Peters Township in Class AAA Section 7.
• Blackhawk completed a 15-0 regular season with a 193-210 non-section win against Mars at Blackhawk Golf Course. Jesse Phlegar paced the Cougars with an even-par 36.
• Arianna Carley scored the winner as Sewickley Academy grabbed a 2-1 victory against Winchester Thurston in Class AA.
First Published October 5, 2012 4:00 AM