Luigi Lista-Brinza ran for 27 times for 168 yards and scored two touchdowns as No. 11 seed Central Catholic rallied from a first-quarter deficit to capture a 30-27 WPIAL Class AAAA victory against No. 6 Penn-Trafford in a first-round playoff game at Warriors Stadium.
Lista-Brinza had scoring runs of 15 and 8 yards as the Vikings, the third-place team in the Northern Eight Conference, improved to 8-2. Penn-Trafford finished 7-3.
Trailing, 6-3, after the first quarter, the Vikings took the lead on 1-yard touchdown run by Joseph Consentino and extended it on Lista-Brinza's first touchdown run.
Tom Stinelli's 2-yard touchdown run opened the scoring and Dom Cima ran 33 yards to narrow the Vikings' halftime lead to 17-12.
Lista-Brinza's second touchdown and Niko Thorpe's 10-yard run gave the Vikings some breathing room.
But Penn-Trafford stayed close as quarterback Dorian Stevens hit Brian McDonough and Cima with scoring passes of 24 and 57 yards. Stevens completed 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards.
Penn-Trafford had 329 yards in total offense to 295 for the Vikings.
Josh Bergman rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Mack Leftwich passed for two more as the No. 1 Tigers rolled to 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to an easy victory against the No. 16 Mountain Lions.
The two-time defending WPIAL champion Tigers improved to 10-0. The victory was the ninth time this season North Allegheny has won by a margin greater than 25 points.
In this victory, North Allegheny had 430 yards in total offense, 275 through the air. Altoona was held to 109 yards in total offense.
Altoona, which lost four of its first five games this season, finished 4-6.
Bergman scored two touchdowns from 2 yards out and added another score from 1 yard.
Leftwich, who completed 8 of 13 passes for 198 yards, hit Zach Lyons with a 19-yard touchdown pass and later connected with Elijah Zeise on a 78-yard scoring play.
North Allegheny reserve quarterback Cage Galupi connected with Gregg Garrity on a 77-yard touchdown pass.
Thomas Woodson threw three touchdown passes and Darin Franklin ran for two more as the No. 2 Gators pulled away in the second half against the No. 15 Indians.
Woodson connected with Mantae Nicholson, Jaymar Parrish and Todd Jeter on touchdown passes of 25, 59 and 20 yards.
Franklin, who led the Gators with 14 carries for 164 yards, had scoring runs of 42 and 74 yards. Gateway improved to 9-1.
Mike Minjock led the Indians (5-5) with 21 carries for 178 yards. He ran 10 yards for one touchdown, and caught a 34-yards pass from quarterback Cory Owen. John Fazio rushed 10 yards for the Indians' other touchdown.
Both teams had prolific offenses. Gateway rolled up 430 yards in total offense. Peters Township had 253 yards of offense.
Pete Coughlin threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the No. 3 Panthers improved to 9-1 with an easy victory against the No. 14 Cavaliers.
Coughlin began the scoring with a 32-yard run, and then added scoring passes of 24 and 44 yards to Mac Pope and Ben Haus. Phil Saracco and Marcus Galie added scoring runs of 10 and 8 yards.
Coughlin completed 5 of 7 passes for 117 yards, and was his team's leading rusher with 4 carries for 60 yards. Upper St. Clair had 314 yards in total offense. Kiski Area, which finished 4-6, was held to 63 yards in total offense. Pat Turner led the Cavaliers with 8 carries for 34 yards.
Forrest Barnes ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Jordan Brown as the No. 4 Raiders scored the game's first 50 points in a rout of the No. 13 Spartans.
Barnes rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 2 yards, and added scoring passes of 45 and 35 yards.
Brown ran 11 yards for a touchdown, and the Raiders got scoring runs of 16 yards and 44 yards from Jon Dorogy and Mason Dehart.
DeLorian Day led Hempfield with 4 carries for 178 yards and had touchdown runs of 74 and 89 yards. Tyler Handlan caught a 70-yard pass from Ty George for the Spartans' other score.
The No. 5 Blue Devils spoiled the Golden Tornado's first playoff game since 1998 by racing to a 31-0 lead.
Quarterback Tyler Roth completed 20 of 27 passes for 288 yards and threw touchdown passes of 18 and 19 yards to Mark Buda.
Roth, the first Mt. Lebanon quarterback to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season, has 2,373 yards. His favorite receiver, Troy Apke, had 4 receptions for 53 yards and has 1,002 yards for the season. He is the first Mt. Lebanon receiver to amass more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Mt. Lebanon's other touchdowns came on runs by Jack McMahon (1 yard) and Tim Briercheck (3).
Freshman quarterback Levi Metheny and John Mascareo each rushed for two touchdowns each as the No. 9 Black Hawks held off a late charge to beat the No. 8 Tigers. Mascaro scored from 1 and 5 yards, while Metheny had scoring runs from 1 and 45 yards. Zach Enick led Bethel Park with 147 yards on 18 carries. McKeesport, which trailed at one point, 28-0, rallied on touchdown runs by Eddie Stockett (3 yards) and Hodari Christian (1 yard). Stockett, the Tigers' leading rusher with 31 yards on 14 carries, also threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Allen.hsfootball