Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - WPIAL Quarterfinals

Belle Vernon advances; Latrobe, Ligonier Valley fall in quarterfinals

Sat Nov 12, 2022 - 12:40AM

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Last Updated: Mon Nov 14, 2022 - 2:47AM

Thomas Jefferson 21 Greater Latrobe 6 (4A Quarterfinal)

Although Greater Latrobe scored first, third-seeded Thomas Jefferson produced 21 unanswered points, keyed by a dominant rushing attack, to claim a 21-6 win at home against the Wildcats in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals. Greater Latrobe struck in the second quarter, as Corey Boerio recorded an interception, setting up a 1-yard run by QB John Wetzel. The Jaguars kept the No. 11 Wildcats off the board for the rest of the contest, though, while Elias Lippencott and Aidan Whalen forged a formidable duo on the ground. Lippencott rushed 31 times for 133 yards, scoring twice, while Whalen posted 22 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. In the defeat, Robby Fulton paced Greater Latrobe with 15 carries for 98 yards. After recording the first playoff win since 1968 a week ago, the Wildcats conclude the campaign with a mark of 7-5. Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak notched his 300th win, and the Jaguars advance to battle No. 2 Central Valley in the 4A semifinals.

Belle Vernon Area 55 East Allegheny 7 (3A Quarterfinal)

East Allegheny opened the scoring, but top-seeded Belle Vernon Area scored eight unanswered touchdowns en route to a 55-7 victory at home against the No. 9 Wildcats in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals. Quinton Martin was prolific, amassing 18 carries for 204 yards and four scores, all in the first half. Jake Gedekoh added 55 yards on eight attempts, including a touchdown run, while Steve Macheska, Tanner Steeber, and Cole Doppleheuer also scored for BVA. In addition to his TD on a recovery after a blocked punt, Macheska led the defensive charge for the Leopards, as he registered a sack and recovered a fumble. The Wildcats opened the scoring on a 5-yard run from QB Michael Cahill in the first quarter, but were held off the scoreboard the rest of the contest. Belle Vernon Area, which improved to 8-2, moves on to the Class 3A semifinals to battle fourth-seeded Freeport Area next Friday.

Beaver Falls 52 Ligonier Valley 0 (2A Quarterfinal)

Despite a late venue change, No. 2 Beaver Falls scored 38 points in the first half, rolling to a 52-0 triumph against seventh-seeded Ligonier Valley in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals. The contest was originally slated to be played at Geneva College, but a power outage shortly before kickoff forced the game to be relocated to Blackhawk High School. Trey Singleton notched three touchdowns in the first quarter for Beaver Falls, as he hauled in a 79-yard pass from Jaren Brickner, posted a 4-yard run, and produced a 75-yard punt return. Brickner hit 4-of-8 passes for 129 yards and a pair of scores, while Datalian Beauford rushed eight times for 106 yards and added a receiving TD for the Tigers. Rams’ standout Haden Sierocky was limited to nine yards rushing. Ligonier Valley, which registered the first WPIAL playoff win in program history a week ago, concludes the season at 8-4. Beaver Falls, meanwhile, moves to the Class 2A semifinals, and will clash with third-seeded Sto Rox.