Pittsburgh-region high school football playoff roundup: 11/15/13

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South Fayette (12-0) defeated Beaver Falls 35-7 in a WPIAL CLass AA semifinal game Friday night at Montour. Zach Walker rushed for two 1-yard touchdowns in the first quarter and Brett Brumbaugh tossed two third-quarter touchdowns to lead the Lions back to Heinz Field for the first time since 2010. The mercy rule was activated two plays into the fourth quarter after Brumbaugh rushed for a 1-yard score.

Beaver Falls (9-3) turned the ball over fives times. It is the fourth consecutive season South Fayette has eliminated Beaver Falls in the WPIAL playoffs.

Central Catholic 49, Penn-Trafford 10

Central Catholic was terrific in all three phases and punched its ticket to Heinz Field with a 49-10 win against Penn-Trafford in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal tonight at West Mifflin.

Central Catholic (12-0) limited Penn-Trafford (8-4) to 76 yards, began all of its drives in Warriors' territory because of excellent special teams play, and scored touchdowns on its first five drives.

Riley Redman ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who rushed for 203 overall. Luigi Lista-Brinza added 41 yards and a touchdown, but exited the game early in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return.

The Vikings will face Woodland Hills (10-2) in next Saturday's championship.

Sto-Rox 24, Clairton 19

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams accounted for three touchdowns -- two rushing and one interception return -- to lead his Vikings to a 24-19 defeat of Clairton in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

Clairton had won the Class A title each of the last five seasons, winning 22 consecutive WPIAL playoff games in a row. Williams, the WPIAL's all-time leading passer, scored the winning touchdown on a 22-yard run with 1:52 to play.

Sto-Rox will face North Catholic in the championship game at Heinz Field next Saturday.

West Allegheny 21, Franklin Regional 12

Chayse Dillon rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and caught another touchdown to lead West Allegheny to a 21-12 victory against Franklin Regional in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal tonight at North Allegheny.

Aliquippa 57, Beaver Area 13

For the sixth year in a row Aliquippa will be competing for the Class AA WPIAL Championship after defeating Beaver Area 57-13 in the semifinals at Ambridge High School.

Terry Swanson rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns and Dravon Henry added another two scores on of the ground and 94 yards in the victory.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High 27, Neshannock 14

P.J. Fulmore rushed 42 times for 216 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High to its first WPIAL Class A championship game with a 27-14 victory over Neshannock in a Class A semifinal game played Friday night at the Mars Athletic Complex.

Fulmore scored on runs of 4, 1, 4 and 5 yards as the Trojans improved to 12-0.

Woodland Hills 28, Upper St. Clair 21

Woodland Hills earned a second consecutive trip to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game with a 28-21 victory against Upper St. Clair at Baldwin.

Upper St. Clair scored the first touchdown of the game but Woodland Hills came back to take a 28-7 lead and then hung on for the win. Woodland Hills got a fourth-and-goal stop at the 2 late in the game to preserve the win.

Central Valley 23, Thomas Jefferson 13

John George had 179 total yards (140 passing, 39 rushing) and two touchdowns, the second of which was a 56-yard pass, helping lead Central Valley to a 23-13 victory against Thomas Jefferson Friday in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals Friday night at Chartiers Valley.

The Warriors (11-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game, getting a 15-yard touchdown run from Jordan Whitehead followed by a two-yard touchdown run on a drive set up by a Thomas Jefferson fumble at its own 30.

Chase Winovich rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars (11-1), who fell short of their first WPIAL championship appearance since 2008.


Craig Meyer: cmeyer@post-gazette.com and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG First Published November 15, 2013 9:59 PM

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