Belle Vernon advances; Latrobe, GCC fall in WPIAL quarterfinals

The Leopards will play in the WPIAL semifinals for the second straight season

Fri Nov 10, 2023 - 10:37PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Sat Nov 11, 2023 - 8:22PM

Aliquippa 37 Greater Latrobe 29 (4A Quarterfinal)

Trailing by three scores at the half, Greater Latrobe rallied to pull within two points late in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats couldn’t pull off the upset, as they fell to top-seeded Aliquippa 37-29 in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals. The ninth-seeded Wildcats fell into a 25-7 deficit at the half, but Chris Cochran scored on a 24-yard run, and Ja’Tawn Williams threw a TD pass to John Wetzel spanning 32 yards to make it 25-22. The host Quips responded on a 75-yard touchdown run by Tikey Hayes, but GL answered with a drive that was capped by a 1-yard run by Alex Tatsch. Greater Latrobe recovered an onside kick, but failed to score, and Aliquippa’s Jon Tracey scored to set the final margin. Tatsch compiled 137 yards rushing for GL, while Wetzel added a touchdown run. Hayes paced Aliquippa with 243 yards on the ground. While Aliquippa moves on to the 4A semifinals, the Wildcats end the campaign at 8-4.

Belle Vernon Area 49 Deer Lakes 6 (3A Quarterfinal)

Top-seeded Belle Vernon Area opened its postseason with a dominant 49-6 win at home against No. 8 Deer Lakes in the Class 3A quarterfinals. Quinton Martin eclipsed 100 yards each rushing and receiving, while Braden Laux threw three touchdowns in the first half for homestanding BVA. Martin posted nine receptions for 100 yards, including a pair of scores, while adding 107 yards on the ground on 10 attempts. Laux completed 14-of-18 passes for 236 yards. Kole Doppelheuer notched a pair of rushing scores, amassing 101 yards on 10 carries, while Anthony Crews added two TDs. The Leopards (9-1) advance to the Class 3A semifinals and will battle No. 4 East Allegheny.

South Side Beaver 48 Greensburg Central Catholic 21 (1A Quarterfinal) - WATCH BROADCAST

Greensburg Central Catholic had no answer for the South Side Beaver rushing attack, as the top-seeded Rams rolled to a 48-21 win in the Class 1A quarterfinals at Peters Township High School. Ryan Navarra and Brody Almashy each contributed three touchdowns for South Side, which enacted a running clock in the third quarter with a 42-7 advantage. Samir Crosby led the way for the No. 8 Centurions, throwing for a touchdown, rushing for a score, and hauling in a TD reception. He went 5-of-9 passing for 152 yards, notched 50 yards on the ground, and added four receptions for 67 yards. Tyree Turner, who shifted from QB to receiver during the contest, had four receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown, while passing for 86 yards, with a TD and two interceptions. Navarra compiled 113 yards on the ground to lead South Side, which advances to the Class 1A semis. The Centurions, meanwhile, wrap up the season with a mark of 8-4.