WPIAL Class AAA Roundup: Central Valley, Whitehead oust Mars

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Jordan Whitehead scored three touchdowns to lead Central Valley to a 35-21 win against Mars in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Friday night at Ambridge High School.

Whitehead caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from John George in the second quarter, then scored twice in the third quarter on a 94-yard kickoff return, and a 74-yard run. Whitehead accumulated 100 yards on 10 rushing attempts.

Central Valley (10-1), the No. 3 seed, also scored on a 2-yard run by Preston Johnson in the first quarter and a 73-yard interception return by George in the fourth quarter.

Central Valley 35, Mars 21

Central Valley takes on Mars in Friday night high school football playoff action. (Video by Lucas Good; 11/8/2013)

West Allegheny 38, Indiana 7

West Allegheny takes on Indiana in high school football playoff action. (Video by Justin K. Aller; 11/09/2013)

Travis Ganter, Jason Lozzi, and Josh Schultheis scored touchdowns for Mars. Ganter caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Owen Nearhoof, who completed 9 of 25 passes for 134 yards.

Central Valley will face Thomas Jefferson next week in the semifinals.


• Thomas Jefferson 23, Highlands 14

Chase Winovich rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the unbeaten and No. 2-seeded Jaguars (11-0) to a narrow quarterfinal victory against the No. 7-seeded Golden Rams (7-4) at Chartiers Valley.

Highlands opened the scoring early in the first quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Blake Leri.

Thomas Jefferson responded with touchdown runs of 73 and 2 yards by Winovich in the second quarter.

Highlands tied the score at 14-14 in the third quarter on a 25-yard pass from Leri to Jeremy Jackson. Leri completed 6 of 22 passes for 73 yards and was intercepted three times.

Winovich scored the deciding touchdown on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter. Derek Rothey added a field goal for the Jaguars.

• West Allegheny 38, Indiana 7

The top-seeded and unbeaten Indians (11-0) earned a return trip to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals with a convincing victory against Indiana (5-6) in a quarterfinal played at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium.

West Allegheny was led by Andrew Koester, who completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Jed Buck on scoring passes of 36 and 11 yards, and with J.T. Bayly on a 9-yard scoring strike.

Chayse Dillon led West Allegheny on the ground with 142 yards and a 12-yard touchdown on 18 rushing attempts.

West Allegheny will face No. 4 seed Franklin Regional (10-1) next week in the semifinals. The Panthers earned their second semifinal berth in three years with a 14-12 victory against West Mifflin.

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