Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week Three

Franklin Regional upsets Gateway; Penn-Trafford scores late to beat Belle Vernon; Jeannette routes Frazier

Sat Sep 17, 2022 - 12:41AM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Sat Sep 17, 2022 - 1:07AM

Franklin Regional 16 Gateway 7     (FR: 2-1; GATE: 3-1)     WATCH BROADCAST

Keyed by three field goals from Joseph Bayne, the host Panthers stunned Gateway 16-7 in the Class 5A Big East Conference opener for both teams. Bayne connected from 27 yards in the first half, and his field goals from 34 and 22 yards accounted for all of the scoring in the second half. Zach Bewszka posted 29 carries for 142 yards and the only TD for FR, while quarterback Roman Sarnic rushed 28 times for 126 yards. Brad Birch connected with Leonard Sherrod on a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the Gators’ only points.

Penn-Trafford 14 Belle Vernon Area 13     (PT: 3-1; BVA: 1-2)     WATCH BROADCAST

The Warriors scored the go-ahead touchdown and extra point with 1:04 left in regulation, as Penn-Trafford edged host Belle Vernon Area 14-13 in a nonconference matchup. Conlan Greene rushed 23 times for 123 yards and scored both touchdowns for the Warriors, including the winning 6-yard score after Tommy Kalkstein recorded an interception at the Leopards’ 20-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. Quinton Martin opened the scoring for BVA just 45 seconds into the game, as he took a handoff 50 yards to stake his team to an early advantage. Although Greene tied the game later in the first quarter, Jake Gedekoh restored the Leopards’ lead with a 40-yard run in the third, but the extra point attempt missed wide. Martin and Gedekoh each finished with 69 yards on the ground, while Adam LaCarte recorded 17 tackles for Belle Vernon.

Greensburg Salem 28 Deer Lakes 14     (GS: 3-1; DL: 1-3)

Cody Rubrecht scored all four touchdowns for the Golden Lions, including a 62-yard run as an exclamation point in the fourth quarter, as Greensburg Salem notched a 28-14 home victory against Deer Lakes in nonconference play. Rubrecht rushed 14 times for 168 yards, while also hitting 10-of-21 passes for 92 yards. Christian Hostetler paced the GS receivers with four catches for 39 yards. The Golden Lions amassed 350 yards of total offense. Lancers’ QB Derek Burk was impressive in the loss, as he passed for 148 yards and rushed for 89 yards and both scores for Deer Lakes.

Yough 13 Derry Area 10     (YOU: 2-2; DA: 0-4)     WATCH BROADCAST

Gavin Roebuck’s 63-yard run in the fourth quarter was the difference, as the host Cougars edged Derry Area 13-10 in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference lid-lifter. Returning to quarterback, Raidon Kuroda was 15-of-22 passing for 176 yards and a score, while Antonio Marra caught two passes for 113 yards and a TD for Yough. Damauri Robinson accounted for Derry Area’s touchdown on a 14-yard run, while Nate Gray’s 22-yard field goal was the only scoring in the first half.

Jeannette 60 Frazier 14     (JEA: 1-3; FRA: 0-4)     WATCH BROADCAST

The homestanding Jayhawks exploded for 47 points in the first half, as they smashed Frazier 60-14 in the Class 1A Eastern Conference opener, earning head coach Thomas Paulone his first win. Noah Sanders, Payton Molter, and Michael Mason each factored into three touchdowns. Sanders displayed his big-play ability, as he scored on a 48-yard run, a 44-yard run, and a 55-yard kickoff return. Mason had a pair of TD runs and a 43-yard touchdown reception from Molter, who was 3-of-6 for 124 yards and added a TD run and a fumble recovery score.

Hempfield Area 48 Shaler Area 7     (HA: 4-0; SA: 2-2)     LISTEN BROADCAST

Jake Phillips and the Spartans continued their dominant run, as Phillips factored into all seven touchdowns in a 48-7 trouncing of homestanding Shaler Area in a 5A nonconference tilt. Phillips was 18-of-22 passing for 319 yards and four touchdowns through the air, and he rushed for 53 yards and three scores on the ground. Ian Tuffs hauled in four passes for 130 yards, while Daniel Katonka had 87 yards receiving and two scores, and Keiran Lippmann posted 67 yards receiving and a TD. Eli Binakonsky registered a team-leading eight tackles for Hempfield Area.

Plum 42 Norwin 13     (PLU: 3-1; NOR: 1-3)     LISTEN BROADCAST

The Knights had no answer for Plum’s rushing attack, as the Mustangs claimed a 42-13 win at home against Norwin in Class 5A Big East Conference action. Plum compiled 340 yards rushing and four scores on 41 attempts, with Eryck Moore accounting for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In the setback, Luke Denny amassed 105 rushing yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, for the Knights, while Stephen Rodgers contributed the other TD on three receptions for 56 yards. Tristyn Tavares was 8-of-19 passing for 119 yards and a score for Norwin.

Hampton 38 Kiski Area 0     (HA: 2-2; KA: 0-4)

The Cavaliers were stifled offensively, and failed to contain the Hampton duo of Benny Haselrig and Brock Borgo, as Hampton whitewashed Kiski Area 38-0 in Class 4A Greater Allegheny Conference play. Haselrig produced 70 yards receiving and three touchdown receptions, while Borgo rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown, and added an interception return score for the Talbots.

Serra Catholic 38 Burrell 20     (SC: 3-1; NOR: 3-1)

Although the Buccaneers were tied at the half, Serra Catholic scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away in a 38-20 victory over Burrell in a 2A Allegheny Conference clash. Devin Beattie produced 23 carries for 123 yards and a score for the Bucs, while Mason Jones scored on a 23-yard run and added a 60-yard fumble recovery score in the fourth quarter. The Serra Catholic QB duo of Quadir Stribling and Elijah Ward each surpassed 100 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air.

Southmoreland 33 Knoch 24     (SOU: 2-2; KNO: 0-4)

Ty Keffer continued to be a catalyst, as the Scotties’ receiver caught nine passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and added an 87-yard interception return in Southmoreland’s 33-24 win at home against Knoch. Keffer caught TD passes from both Kadin Keefer, who was 13-of-18 for 167 yards, as well as Caden Matthews. In the losing effort for the Knights, QB Codi Mullen was 22-of-42 for 341 yards, with a pair of TDs and an interception.

Mount Pleasant Area 40 Valley 13     (MP: 3-1; VALL: 0-4)

Robbie Labuda continued his monster campaign, as he rushed 17 times for 203 yards and a score and caught two passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Mount Pleasant Area’s 40-13 win against Valley in a 3A nonconference game. The Mount Pleasant Vikings amassed 567 yards of total offense, as Cole Chatfield was 3-of-6 for 170 yards and three scores through the air, and also notched a rushing score. Valley, which only trailed by seven points at the half, received a strong effort from Xavier Wilson, as he paced the team with 63 yards rushing and five catches for 24 yards. QB Tristin Goodwin was 10-of-17 passing for 106 yards, but threw three interceptions. Dallas Price scored Valley’s offensive touchdown on a 32-yard run, while the Valley Vikings received a defensive score on a fumble recovery from Chuck Perkins.

Washington 55 Greensburg Central Catholic 27     (WASH: 3-1; GCC: 2-2)

The Centurions led 7-0 after the first quarter, but Washington scored 42 points over the next two frames to roll to a 55-27 nonconference win at home against Greensburg Central Catholic. Davoun Fouse was the spark plug for the Little Prexies, as he passed for 112 yards and two scores, and added 13 rushes for 166 yards and another touchdown. GCC quarterback Tyree Turner threw for four touchdowns, as he hooked up with Amari Mack on three of those TD strikes, spanning 21, 27, and 20 yards, respectively. Jaydin Canady added the other receiving touchdown for GCC.

Thomas Jefferson 31 Greater Latrobe 21

Robby Fulton scored on a pair of long runs to keep the Wildcats in contention, but homestanding Thomas Jefferson prevailed against Greater Latrobe 31-21 in the Class 4A Big Seven Conference opener. Fulton’s TD runs spanned 64 and 74 yards, while John Wetzel connected with Corey Boerio on a 34-yard touchdown pass. Thomas Jefferson’s Brody Evans hit on 13-of-19 passes for 213 yards and three scores.

Ligonier Valley 28 Apollo-Ridge 14

The Rams outscored the Vikings 14-0 in the second quarter, and that proved the difference in Ligonier Valley’s 28-14 win on the road against Apollo-Ridge in Class 2A Allegheny Conference play. Haden Sierocky rushed 21 times for 150 yards and two scores on the ground, and he also caught a TD pass from Broderick Schreyer. John Jablunovsky accounted for the other Rams’ TD, a 40-yard run. Dom Curci scored both touchdowns for Apollo-Ridge in the defeat.