WPIAL Class AAA: Capers, Chartiers Valley top West Allegheny, 28-24
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Wayne Capers Jr. threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Matt Noczka with 21 seconds remaining to lead Chartiers Valley to a 28-24 win at West Allegheny in a non-conference opener. The Colts entered the season ranked No. 4 in Class AAA.
Capers, the son of former Pittsburgh Steeler Wayne Capers Sr., completed 8 of 12 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
Capers also connected with Beau Carson on a 47-yard scoring strike and ran for touchdowns of 48 and 5 yards.
West Allegheny took a 24-21 lead with 1:41 left on a 7-yard pass from Jared Buck to Emeka Agubata. Buck also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Mike Caputo.
The Indians also scored on a 19-yard run by Caputo and a 38-yard field goal by Aaron Fleck.
The three-time defending WPIAL champion Jaguars played host to H.D. Woodson, a school from Washington, D.C. and recorded a lopsided shutout. Ryan Ruffing rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries for the Jaguars and scored three times on runs of 3, 1, and 1 yards.
The No. 2 ranked Vikings opend with an impressive road victory against the Knights.
Keith Keene rushed for 129 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Red Hurricanes to a victory against the Class AAAA Tornado. Keene scored on runs of 51 and 4 yards and on a 23-yard pass from John Matarazzo. Butler's Jacob Thompson scored on runs of 33 and 1 yard.
Cory Williams and Matt Green each scored twice to lead the Leopards. Williams scored on a 1-yard run and an 89-yard kickoff return. Green scored on a 20-yard run and a 99-yard interception return. Williams led all rushers with 90 yards on 13 carries. Laurel Highlands was led by Carmen Congelio, who completed 8 of 21 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Greg Sotereanos rushed for 189 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 31-yard run to lead the Warriors. Corey Sevick also scored for the Warriors on a 1-yard sneak. Yough's only score came on a 28-yard field goal by Dan Moore.
Chad Bowman ran for two touchdowns, while Steve Liberatore connected with Josh Staniscia on a pair of scoring strikes, as the Panthers beat the Scotties. Bowman rushed for 178 yards and scored on runs of 78 and 9 yards.
Imir Sanders rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 1, 11, and 8 yards, as the Titans shut out the Dragons. West Mifflin also scored on a 4-yard run by Tyree Atkinson and an 8-yard run by Will Moody. The Titans held Allderdice to a minus 3 yards in total offense.
Phil Powell threw two touchdown passes, as the Talbots rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Cougars. Powell connected with Michael Brode and Bill Young on scoring strikes of 16 and 22 yards. Hampton also scored on a 73-yard interception return by Steve Magister. Blackhawk scored on a 1-yard run by Zach Morrow and a 10-yard pass from Mat Brozich to Eric Richardson.
Austin Miele rushed for 160 yards on 26 carries and scored on runs of 1 and 8 yards to lead the Planets. Moon also scored on a 20-yard interception return by Josh Pinkerton and a 23-yard field goal by Chris Karns.
An extra point by Lucas Mosco was the difference, as the Red Raiders defeated the Class AAAA Falcons. Ron Skinner scored for Uniontown on a 3-yard run.
First Published September 5, 2009 12:25 am