The Yough Cougars proved Friday at Kittanning that there is a first time for everything, In dramatic fashion, the No. 14-seeded Cougars (6-4) shocked the Allegheny Conference Champion and No. 3-seeded Wildcats (9-1), 57-42, for their first postseason win.
Coming into the game, Yough was 0-7 in the playoffs.
But the Wildcats had their postseason struggles as well with a 1-11 record and their most recent playoff win coming in 1975.
Both teams came out of the gates running, scoring 20 points apiece in the first.
Quarterback Tyler Donahue led the charge for Yough with two touchdowns through the air, two more on the ground and an 86-yard kick return for a touchdown that started the Cougars' scoring.
• Aliquippa 41, South Park 0
South Park's first playoff appearance since 2005 was a short one, as it lost in the first round to top-seeded Aliquippa.
The Quips (10-0) were led by a ground attack consisting of Terry Swanson and Dravon Henry. Swanson rushed for 103 yards on six carries and scored on runs of 39 and 19 yards. Henry found the end zone from 16 and 53 yards out.
• South Fayette 49, Greensburg Central Catholic 0
The Lions (10-0) showcased why they were the top scoring team in WPIAL with their first-round win against the Centurions (5-5).
Senior running back Grant Fetchet eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the season after totaling 104 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Quarterback Brett Brumbaugh reached a milestone of his own in the win, surpassing 2,000 yards through the air this season. Brumbaugh completed 12 of 17 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were caught by Conner Beck.
• Beaver Falls 50, Summit Academy 26
The Tigers (8-2) rode 22 first-quarter points to advance to the quarterfinals with a win against Summit Academy (5-5) in the Knights' first playoff game.
The Tigers had six different players reach the end zone. Dan Stratton finished the game 6 of 8 for 145 yards and touchdowns.
Larry Richardson led the Knights with 127 rushing yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard run in the fourth.
• Quaker Valley 29, New Brighton 15
The Quakers (8-2) capitalized on their first home-field advantage in the playoffs with an opening-round win against the Lions (6-4).
This was unfamiliar territory for both teams. The Quakers were in the postseason for the first time since 1999 and it was the Lions' first appearance since 2003.
The Lions held a 15-14 lead heading into the fourth, but allowed 15 unanswered points that propelled the Quakers into the quarterfinals. Dane Jackson led the Quakers with 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
• Beaver 42, Shady Side Academy 21
Alex Rowse had a game to remember in helping the No. 12 Bobcats (7-3) upset No. 5 Shady Side Academy (8-2) on its home turf.
Rowse hooked up with Dylan Goff, Luke Scheidemantel and Darius Wise in the end zone and ran a keeper from 3 yards out for his fourth touchdown of the game.
The Bobcats also had touchdown runs from Javon Alexander and Julian Vandusen.
• Mount Pleasant 48, Valley 14
Tyler Mellors, the fourth leading scorer in WPIAL this year, stole the show for the Vikings (10-0) with 221 yards on the ground and four touchdown against Valley (6-4) in the opening round.
Mellors scored from 1, 4, 14 and 15 yards out and outrushed Valley alone by 99 yards.
Mount Pleasant gained 461 yards in the game but only 10 of those came through the air.