WPIAL Class AAA Roundup: W. Allegheny rallies to top New Castle

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West Allegheny scored 27 points in the second half to rally from a nine-point halftime deficit and defeat New Castle, 37-31, in a key Parkway Conference game Friday at New Castle.

The Indians, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA, remain unbeaten (7-0, 6-0) atop the conference standings, while the Red Hurricanes (5-2, 4-2) fall into a tie for third.

Andrew Koester completed 10 of 17 passes for 142 yards for the Indians and connected with Robert Threet on a 9-yard scoring pass. He also ran 1 yard for a score.

New Castle's Julian Cox ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 168 yards and another score.


Thomas Jefferson 35, Belle Vernon 0

Christian Breisinger threw for two touchdowns as the top-ranked Jaguars (7-0, 6-0) recorded their third shutout of the season in a Big Nine Conference victory against the visiting Leopards (2-5, 2-4). Breisinger completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards. Chase Winovich threw for one touchdown and ran for another for the Jaguars.

Mars 40, Knoch 7

Junior Josh Schultheis eclipsed the 3,000-yard career rushing plateau as the No. 5 Planets (6-1, 5-1) rolled to a road victory against the Knights (3-4, 2-4) in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Schultheis rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to increase his season total to 1,104 yards. Jason Lozzi added touchdown runs of 45 and 5 yards for the Planets.

Central Valley 42, Hopewell 14

The No. 4 Warriors (6-1, 6-1) scored 35 points in the first half en route to a dominating Parkway Conference victory against the visiting Vikings (0-7, 0-7). Joey Shively began the scoring for the Warriors with an 18-yard return of a fumble. Preston Johnson scored the Warriors' next two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 15 yards. Tyler Ishman scored twice for Hopewell on a couple of 6-yard runs.

Ambridge 42, Chartiers Valley 28

Kody Nichi, Stephon McGinnis and Khalil Harvey combined to rush for 471 yards and six touchdowns as the visiting Bridgers (2-5, 2-4) defeated the Colts (1-6, 1-5) in the Parkway Conference. Nichi rushed for 177, McGinnis for 157 and Harvey for 137. The Colts' Josh Lapiana threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Highlands 59, Greensburg Salem 7

Elijah Jackson rushed for 137 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 4, 8, 1 and 41 yards to lead the Golden Rams (6-1, 6-1) to a convincing Greater Allegheny Conference victory against the visiting Golden Lions (2-5, 2-5). Jeremy Jackson, Sam Elliott, Weston Bernath, Dom Martinka and Brayden Thimons also scored for Highlands.

Franklin Regional 54, Hollidaysburg 7

Charan Singh threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Panthers (6-1, 5-1) remained tied for the lead in the Greater Allegheny Conference with a road victory against the Golden Tigers (3-4, 3-3). Singh rushed for 117 yards and scored on a 48-yard run. He also threw for 100 yards and connected with Colin Jonov and Jordan Kestler on touchdown passes.

Hampton 58, Derry 13

Nick Grabowski threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Talbots (4-3, 3-3) dominated the visiting Trojans (0-7, 0-6) in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Grabowski completed 6 of 18 passes for 118 yards. Eddie Edwards caught five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns for the Talbots.

Ringgold 52, Elizabeth Forward 36

Nico Law, Chacar Berry and Matt Kirby combined to rush for 445 yards and seven touchdowns as the Rams (5-2, 5-2) defeated the visiting Warriors (4-3, 4-3) in a key Big Nine Conference game. Law rushed for 176 yards and two scores, Barry had 156 and scored four times and Kirby had 113 yards and one score. The Warriors' JaQuan Davidson connected with Matt Bernadowski on touchdown passes of 33 and 39 yards.

Uniontown 29, Trinity 24

The Red Raiders (2-5, 2-4) scored 22 points in the second half to rally from a 17-7 halftime deficit to defeat the host Hillers (1-6, 1-5) in the Big Nine Conference. Xavier Ellis threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders. Christian Forsythe scored Uniontown's final touchdown on a 95-yard fumble return.

Laurel Highlands 33, Albert Gallatin 21

Jimmy Pierce threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the visiting Mustangs (1-6, 1-5) defeated the Colonials (2-5, 1-5) in the Big Nine Conference.

Moon 42, New Brighton 28

The Tigers (5-2), a Class AAA squad, went on the road and posted a non-conference victory against the Class AA Lions (4-3).

West Mifflin 21, Indiana 14

The No. 3-ranked Titans (7-0) remained unbeaten with a non-conference road victory against the Little Indians (2-5).


First Published October 11, 2013 8:08 PM


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