WPIAL Class AAA Roundup: West Mifflin edges Moon

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The WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game between West Mifflin and Moon featured two of the top five rushers in the WPIAL.

West Mifflin's James Wheeler won his showdown with Moon's Cole Blake, but more importantly the Titans (10-0) posted a 47-42 victory in their shootout with the visiting Tigers.

Wheeler, the WPIAL rushing leader, accumulated 359 yards on 30 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 1, 58, 70, 69, 21 and 24 yards.

Blake, who ranked fifth in the WPIAL, rushed for 309 yards on 43 carries and scored on runs of 5, 3, 1 and 30 yards.

Wheeler has 2,381 yards on 259 carries. Blake finishes with 1,766 yards on 222 carries.

West Mifflin's only other touchdown came on a 16-yard scoring pass from Karlan Garner to Kevin Garbark.

Moon (6-4) was making its first playoff appearance since 2006. The Tigers' other score came on a 1-yard run by Ian Kelly.

Moon had a fourth-and-15 on the West Mifflin 36 at the end of the game, but an incomplete pass ended its season.


• West Allegheny 38 Hollidaysburg 6

Chayse Dillon scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 32 yards to lead the top-seeded Indians (10-0) to a convincing victory against the visiting Golden Tigers (3-7).

Sean Orsini opened the scoring for West Allegheny with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Indians also scored on a 3-yard run by Armand Dellovade, a 10-yard pass from Andrew Koester to Tyler Scanon, and a field goal by D.J. Opasatnik.

Hollidaysburg's only score came on a 32-yard interception return by Anthony Mitchell.

• Thomas Jefferson 39 Hampton 0

The No. 2-seeded Jaguars (10-0) posted a victory in the opening round of the playoffs for the 18th consecutive year with a shutout of the visiting Talbots (4-6). It also was the 51st consecutive win at home for the Jaguars.

Austin Kemp rushed for 176 yards on 31 carries and scored four Jaguars touchdowns on runs of 3, 3, 10 and 1 yards. Chase Winovich and Kyle Senich scored Thomas Jefferson's other two touchdowns.

Thomas Jefferson accumulated 352 yards in total offense and held Hampton to 40 yards.

• Central Valley 40 Belle Vernon 7

Jordan Whitehead returned an interception 99 yards and a punt 77 yards for touchdowns, as the No. 3-seeded Warriors (9-1) dominated the visiting Leopards (4-6).

John George completed 11 of 16 passes for 111 yards and connected with JaQuan Pennington on a 5-yard scoring pass for the Warriors. George also scored on a 23-yard run. Preston Johnson added touchdown runs of 12 and 2 yards.

Belle Vernon's only touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Luke Durigon.

• Mars 38 Elizabeth Forward 21

Josh Schultheis rushed for 102 yards on 19 carries and scored on runs of 11 and 3 yards to lead the Planets (9-1) to a first-round victory against the visiting Warriors (6-4).

Jason Lozzi also scored two touchdowns for Mars, on a 50-yard interception return and an 8-yard run. The Planets also scored on a 39-yard run by Matt Parrish and a 23-yard field goal by Matt White.

Elizabeth Forward's JaQuan Davidson completed 8 of 21 passes for 162 yards and scored on two 3-yard runs.

• Highlands 24 New Castle 19

Blake Leri threw two touchdown passes, as the Golden Rams (7-3) ended a two-game losing streak with a first-round victory against the visiting Red Hurricanes (7-3).

Leri connected with Jeremy Jackson and Jordan Lineburg on scoring passes of 38 and 42 yards. Leri completed 4 of 7 passes for 89 yards.

New Castle's Julian Cox threw touchdown passes to Malik Hooker and Stew Allen.

• Indiana 28 Ringgold 14

DeQuan West rushed for 131 yards and scored on two 3-yard touchdown runs to lead the Little Indians (5-5) to a road victory against the Rams (7-3).

Ringgold was led by Nico Law, who threw for 141 yards and scored on an 81-yard run.

Indiana also scored on a 1-yard run by Sean Thompson and a 25-yard interception return by Jordan Casses, which iced the victory with 0:50 left.

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