The Penn Hills-Gateway series has been one of the best in the WPIAL over time. These east suburban rivals have played a number of close, dramatic games, often with a lot at stake.
It wasn't tight last night. Tom Fulton fired four touchdown passes as Penn Hills hammered the visiting Gators, 41-7, in a Big East Conference matchup.
The Indians (5-1, 3-0), No. 5 in the Post-Gazette's WPIAL Class AAAA rankings, raced to a 28-7 lead at the half.
Fulton completed 14 of 18 for 202 yards with no interceptions. He hit four receivers for scores: a 39-yarder to Tom Sipe in the first quarter; a 12-yarder to Joe Rash and a 30-yarder to Carlos Scott in the second; and a 17-yarder to Brandon Carter in the third. Scott also raced 41 yards for a touchdown after the break.
Cameron Saddler ran 23 yards for a score for Gateway (3-4, 1-2).
Since 1989, Penn Hills has gone 14-2-1 against the Gators to take a 24-15-1 lead in the series. This was the worst defeat in the series since the Indians won, 48-0, in 1994.
Woodland Hills 35, Plum 0
Rob Gronkowski blocked a punt, recovered it and raced 31 yards for a touchdown as the Wolverines broke open a tight game in the second quarter and routed the visiting Mustangs in Big East play.
Woodland Hills (6-1, 3-0) has shut out its past three opponents and has not allowed a point in 14 quarters, dating to the second quarter of the Central Catholic game in Week 4.
Marcel Farrish carried 18 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns. The Wolverines, No. 2 in the WPIAL and No. 5 in the PIAA, gained 241 of their 263 yards on the ground against Plum (2-5, 0-3).
Upper St. Clair 40, Bethel Park 13
Pat McShane passed for three touchdowns and returned an interception 67 yards for a score, as the host Panthers rolled to a Great Southern triumph against the mistake-prone Black Hawks.
Upper St. Clair (7-0, 3-0), No. 1 in the WPIAL and No. 2 in the PIAA, remained the only undefeated team in WPIAL Class AAAA.
McShane completed 6 of 9 for 114 yards, including touchdowns of 21 and 38 yards to Taylor Everett and 28 yards to David Shine. Brett Scheller and Dane Conwell each scored on a 1-yard run.
Bethel Park (3-4, 1-2) actually outgained the Panthers, 260-213, but committed six turnovers, five on fumbles.
Central Catholic 35, Latrobe 3
Dan Vaughn ran for three touchdowns and Tino Sunseri connected on two scoring passes, as the visiting Vikings won in the Foothills.
Vaughn carried only eight times for 49 yards, but put Central Catholic ahead, 14-0, in the first quarter on bolts of 1 yard and 28 yards. He raced 5 yards in the third quarter to close the scoring for the Vikings (6-1, 3-0), who are No. 3 in the WPIAL.
Sunseri completed 6 of 10 for 152 yards, firing 62 yards to Lamont Smith and 27 to Emmanuel Matthews for scores. Latrobe (2-5, 1-2) managed only 15 yards on the ground.
McKeesport 41, Baldwin 10
Marvase Whindleton broke loose for three long touchdowns and gained 178 yards on 13 carries, as the host Tigers clawed the Highlanders in a Great Southern game.
Whindleton scored on runs of 44, 24 and 44 yards, and threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Preston Robinson, to lead McKeesport (6-1, 3-0), No. 4 in the WPIAL. Kamryn Keys gained 107 yards on nine carries, including a 4-yard score, as the Tigers rushed for 438 yards.
Jeff Joyce completed 9 of 18 for 99 yards for Baldwin (0-7, 0-3).
Mt. Lebanon 28, Canon-McMillan 20
Chip Young and Patrick Dean scored two touchdowns apiece, leading the host Blue Devils (4-3, 2-1) to a Great Southern triumph. With the game tied, 7-7, Young rambled 13 and 4 yards for a 20-7 halftime edge. He finished with 173 yards on 24 carries. Dean scored on a 44-yard run and a 16-yard pass from Rob Marasti.
Chad Hagan gained 156 yards on 21 carries and caught a 23-yard scoring pass from Alex Brancazio for Canon-McMillan (1-6, 0-3).
North Hills 42, Butler 7
Matt Timko scored two touchdowns on offense and one on defense, leading the Indians (5-2, 2-1) to a Northern Five win at home. Timko ran 1 yard for a 7-0 halftime edge, and scored on an 11-yard run and a 45-yard interception return in the third to help break the game open. He gained 115 yards on 11 carries.
Nick Monteleone completed 14 of 26 for 175 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown to Jordan Roycroft for Butler (2-5, 0-3).
Eric McDowell 20, Seneca Valley 6
The visiting Raiders (3-4, 0-3) couldn't get their offense going or stop the Trojans' attack, and dropped their Northern Five matchup.
A.J. Fenton carried 27 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns, as McDowell (4-3, 2-1) gained 294 of its 325 yards on the ground.
The Raiders gained 94 yards and had two turnovers.
Penn-Trafford 44, Connellsville 7
Erik Rasky threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, as the Warriors (3-4, 2-1) rambled past the visiting Falcons in Foothills play.
Rasky hit 6 of 14 for 133 yards, including a 41-yard score to Justin Edwards and a 7-yarder to Tim Cortazzo. Rasky ran 5 yards for a score. Scott Jones had a 41-yard score for Connellsville (1-6, 0-3).
Kiski Area 14, Fox Chapel 3
Matt Johnson ran and passed for one touchdown each, leading the host Cavaliers to a Big East victory against the Foxes.
Johnson ran 1 yard for a score and hit Mike Andring with a 9-yard scoring pass for Kiski (4-3, 2-1). Fox Chapel (1-6, 0-3) had five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions).
Norwin 24, Hempfield 14
Dan Kozak's 28-yard field goal with 42 seconds left broke a 14-14 tie, and Mike Shanahan followed with a 32-yard interception return as insurance, as the host Knights (3-4, 2-1) edged Hempfield (2-5, 1-2).