Tyler Balla's 251 yards rushing and three touchdowns enabled Greensburg Central Catholic (5-4, 5-3) to clinch a WPIAL Class AA playoff berth with an impressive 41-14 victory at Jeannette (4-5, 4-5) Friday night in the Interstate Conference.
Balla scored on runs of 3 and 31 yards and also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Chase Keller.
Greensburg Central Catholic led, 20-6, at halftime after spotting Jeannette an early 6-0 lead on a 38-yard run by Terell Canady.
Because of the Jeannette loss, coupled with Yough's win against Southmoreland, the Jayhawks did not make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The Jayhawks also failed to qualify for the postseason for only the second time in the past 20 years.
Yough 45, Southmoreland 13
The Cougars (5-4, 4-3) clinched third place in the Interstate with a home win against Southmoreland. Yough turned an 18-13 halftime lead into a one-sided victory by scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. Tyler Donahue led the Yough offense with 221 yards passing and three touchdown passes. Donahue also scored on a 12-yard run.
Seton-LaSalle 37, South Park 21
Tyler Perone completed 23 of 27 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns as the Rebels (7-2, 6-2) won a showdown for third place in the Century Conference at South Park (5-4, 5-3). Danzel McKinley-Lewis caught nine of Perone's passes for 192 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Aliquippa 50, Beaver 13
The top-ranked Quips (9-0, 7-0) flexed their muscles by dominating playoff-bound Beaver (6-3, 4-3) in the Midwestern Conference. Dravon Henry scored twice and led visiting Aliquippa with 105 yards rushing on 10 carries. Darrien Fields completed 8 of 10 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Washington 27, Waynesburg 0
The playoff-bound Little Prexies (6-2, 7-2) had little difficulty in defeating host Waynesburg (4-5, 3-5) in the Interstate. Malik Wells scored a couple of first-half touchdowns. Washington amassed 248 yards rushing and 130 yards passing while holding the Raiders to 118 yards of total offense. Jonathan Spina led Washington with 130 yards passing. Spina threw a 49-yard scoring pass to Quorteze Levy. Spina also scored a touchdown on a 69-yard run.
Valley 55, Ford City 0
Valley (6-3, 5-3) blanked visiting Ford City (3-6, 2-6) in the Allegheny Conference. Adrian Morris rushed for 157 yards and passed for 118 in leading the Vikings to the one-sided victory. Morris scored on touchdown runs of 22 and 68 yards. He also threw two touchdown passes to D'Aundre Johnson, who had five receptions for 100 yards.
Steel Valley 28, McGuffey 21
The Ironmen (4-5, 4-4) rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to upend host McGuffey (4-5, 3-5) in a Century game. Tyrone Freeman scored the decisive touchdown on a 4-yard run with 1:05 left. Freeman finished with 133 yards rushing. DeWayne Murray of Steel Valley rushed for 124 yards and scored the Ironmen's initial touchdown on a 6-yard run in the first quarter. McGuffey led, 21-14, going into the fourth quarter.
South Fayette 42, South Allegheny 0
Second-ranked South Fayette (9-0, 8-0) led, 42-0, by halftime at South Allegheny (1-8, 1-7) in the Century. Brett Brumbaugh threw two touchdown passes. Grant Fetchet ran for two touchdowns.
New Brighton 28, Mohawk 18
New Brighton (6-3, 5-2) clinched a Midwestern playoff berth with a victory at Mohawk (3-6, 3-4) . Payton Fath led New Brighton with 124 yards rushing and also chipped in with 97 yards passing. Fath threw touchdown passes of 23 and 5 yards to Jesse Sabol.
Keystone Oaks 51, Burgettstown 15
Jimmy Canello rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Golden Eagles (2-7, 2-6) to a rout of the Blue Devils (0-9, 0-8) in the Century. Keystone Oaks outgained Burgettstown in total yardage, 405-223.
Burrell 49, Deer Lakes 32
Burrell (4-5, 3-5) scored in every quarter to claim a victory at winless Deer Lakes (0-9, 0-8) in the Allegheny. Ryan Sowol rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Cody Wolfe passed for one touchdown and ran for two more touchdowns for Burrell.
Ellwood City 27, Quaker Valley 16
The Wolverines (4-5) surprised the Quakers (7-2) by rallying to win a non-conference game at Ellwood City. The Wolverines trailed, 14-6, at halftime before outscoring Quaker Valley, 21-2, in the second half. Jared Meyers led Ellwood City with 119 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Mount Pleasant 55, East Allegheny 23
The No. 4 Vikings (9-0) blew out the Wildcats (4-5) in a non-conference contest at Mount Pleasant. Tyler Mellors led Mount Pleasant with 197 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns on runs of 3, 13 and 91 yards. The Vikings led, 44-16, at halftime.
Charleroi 14, Brownsville 9
Visiting Charleroi (2-7, 1-7) claimed a victory against rival Brownsville (0-9, 0-8) to avoid last place in the Interstate.
Riverside 27, Freedom 7
Host Riverside (1-8, 1-7) got its first Midwestern win by keeping Freedom (0-9, 0-8) winless.