WPIAL Class AAAA Roundup: No escape for Gateway this time escape

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No. 3 Gateway had lived dangerously the past three weeks, escaping with wins over Hempfield, North Allegheny and Norwin by a combined 16 points.

But the Gators couldn't do it again Friday night.

Brett Laffoon connected with Jon Guzik for a 23-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining, then hit Devin Austin for the two-point conversion to give the Penn-Trafford Warriors (5-3, 5-2) a 35-34 victory against Gateway (7-1, 6-1) in the Foothills Conference.

Laffoon finished with 157 yards passing and threw for three touchdowns. Austin led all rushers with 184 yards on 31 carries.

Two Gateway players broke school records in the loss.

Jimmy Moore broke the Gators' record for passing yards in a game (390) and Montae Nicholson broke the single-game record for receiving yards (253). The duo connected on touchdown passes of 82, 44 and 66 yards. Moore also threw a fourth touchdown pass to Anthony Davis.

Gateway got had a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Zaihe Regus that gave the Gators a 34-27 lead with 2:16 remaining in the game.


Mt. Lebanon 24, Penn Hills 21

Robbie Costantino kicked the winning 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Blue Devils (3-5, 3-4) a much-needed Southeastern Conference win against visiting Penn Hills (5-3, 4-3).

Quarterback Eddie Jenkins helped lead Mt. Lebanon back from an early, 14-0 deficit, completing 15 of 21 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 9-yard touchdown. Troy Apke caught eight of Jenkins' passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Jones led Penn Hills with 81 yards rushing, including a 25-yard scoring scamper.

McKeesport 34, Kiski 12

Mikell Moore scored on runs of 32, 3 and 14 yards to help keep the No. 4 Tigers (8-0, 7-0) unbeaten with a Foothills Conference win against the visiting Cavaliers (4-4, 4-3). Moore finished with 13 carries for 79 yards, as the Tigers outrushed Kiski, 314-38.

With Kiski's running game stifled, quarterback Chad Kuhn completed 19 of 33 passes for 193 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Joe Brungo. Brungo finished with nine catches for 113 yards.

Seneca Valley 39, Bethel Park 3

T.J. Holl completed 18 of 24 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns to lift Seneca Valley (7-1) past the host Black Hawks (5-3) in a non-conference game.

Holl connected with Brett Smithco on a 13-yard touchdown pass and Eric Mrkonja for a 75-yard score. Mrkonja finished with four catches for 104 yards.

Woodland Hills 42, Peters Township 9

Harry Randall completed 4 of 4 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 5 Wolverines (6-2, 6-1) routed the visiting Indians (4-4, 3-4) in the Southeastern Conference.

Randall connected with Art Thompkins, Trevon Mathis and Jaymond Dunn on scoring strikes of 79, 36 and 44 yards, respectively. Mathis also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Jones earlier in the game.

Thompkins also was the team's leading rusher with 64 yards and two touchdowns. Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills' leading rusher this season, did not play because of a minor foot injury.

Upper St. Clair 54, Plum 0

The No. 1 Panthers (8-0, 7-0) pitched their sixth shutout this season in a rout of host Plum (0-8, 0-8) in the Southeastern Conference.

Upper St. Clair held the Mustangs, who have lost 24 consecutive games, to 49 yards total offense.

Panthers quarterback Joe Repischak led the offense, completing 6 of 9 passes for 108 yards and touchdown passes of 17 and 31 yards to Mac Pope and Ben Southorn. Repischak also ran for a 29-yard score.

Central Catholic 38, Altoona 0

Cameron Sutherland scored a touchdown in three different ways to lead the No. 2 Vikings (8-0) to a victory against the host Lions (1-7) in a non-conference game.

Sutherland caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from J.J. Cosentino, returned a punt 83 yards for a score and had a 25-yard touchdown run. Riley Redman added two touchdowns on runs of 35 and 2 yards.

Hempfield 31, Norwin 7

Joey DeFloria ran for 182 yards and scored on runs of 75, 3 and 11 yards to lift the Spartans (6-2, 5-2) to a Foothills Conference win against the visiting Knights (1-7, 1-7).

Hempfield's John Domit kicked field goals of 24 and 33 yards and leads the WPIAL with nine.

Norwin's Kyle Baum led all receivers with eight catches for 81 yards.

Baldwin 49, Canon-McMillan 7

WPIAL-leading receiver Luke Smorey added to his statistics against the Big Macs (1-7, 1-6), catching touchdown passes of 7, 60 and 69 yards from Doug Altavilla to help the Highlanders (4-4, 3-4) to a home win in the Southeastern Conference.

Smorey also had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter as Baldwin sped to a 28-0 lead.

Baldwin's Nick Barca scored two touchdowns, on a 3-yard run and a recovered fumble in the end zone.

Fox Chapel 49, Butler 17

Nigel Garnett scored on runs of 81, 49 and 34 yards to help the Foxes (2-6, 2-5) to a Northern Eight Conference win against the Tornadoes (1-7, 1-5).

Garnett finished with 222 yards on 14 carries as part of a balanced Fox Chapel attack. Quarterback Billy Urso threw for 221 yards and touchdown passes of 68, 9 and 25 yards to Chad Garnett, Keith Frankert and Greg Yaksich.

North Allegheny 56, Shaler 20

Jeff Clemens completed 8 of 10 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns to help the Tigers (5-3, 4-2) bounce back from consecutive losses for a Northern Eight win against the visiting Titans (0-8, 0-7).

Clemens connected with Elijah Zeise on scoring passes of 51, 35 and 9 yards. He also hit Paul Blendinger for a 14-yard score. Zeise finished with four catches for 104 yards and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Connellsville 19, Latrobe 0

Jade Maher ran for a 76-yard touchdown and threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Pittsment to lead the Falcons (2-6, 2-5) past the host Wildcats (2-6, 1-6) in the Foothills Conference.

Dylan Knopsnider had Connellsville's other touchdown on a 13-yard run.


First Published October 18, 2013 8:23 PM


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