Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week Seven

Franklin Regional wins share of title; Belle Vernon routes Mt. Pleasant; Latrobe tops Connellsville

Sat Oct 15, 2022 - 12:33AM

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Roman Sarnic helped Franklin Regional capture a share of the Big East Conference title with a win over Hempfield Area. (Photo by www.westernpasports.com)Roman Sarnic helped Franklin Regional capture a share of the Big East Conference title with a win over Hempfield Area. (Photo by www.westernpasports.com)

Last Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2022 - 7:50PM

Franklin Regional 56 Hempfield Area 21   (FR: 5-2; HA: 5-3)   WATCH BROADCAST

Franklin Regional scored the first 35 points of the contest, as the Panthers overwhelmed Hempfield Area 56-21 in the Class 5A Big East Conference matchup. Ayden Hudock was electric for FR, as caught five passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, scored on an 8-yard run, and added an 87-yard kickoff return score. Panthers QB Roman Sarnic was just as superb, as he hit on 7-of-12 passes for 199 yards and two scores, and added a pair of touchdowns and 166 yards rushing on 18 carries. Zach Bewszka and Kyle Dupill added rushing TDs for the Panthers, who clinched first place in the conference. With QB Jake Phillips sidelined for Hempfield Area, running back Gino Caesar led the offense with 25 carries for 149 yards and a score, while Keiran Lippmann was 7-of-18 for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Both of those scores went to Daniel Katonka, who caught five passes for 58 yards in the setback.

Penn-Trafford 35 Plum 21   (PT: 5-3; PLUM: 3-5)   WATCH BROADCAST

Penn-Trafford used a dominant run game, as Conlan Greene scored three rushing touchdowns and Owen Demeri added two more, guiding the host Warriors to a 35-21 victory against Plum in the Class 5A Big East Conference. Greene overcame an early interception that was returned for a touchdown, as he passed for 122 yards on 6-of-10 attempts, and compiled 20 carries for 131 yards. Demeri, meanwhile, registered 25 carries for 190 yards. Kade Thomas opened the scoring with a 55-yard pick six for the Mustangs, while he added a 7-yard touchdown reception from Sean Franzi late in the fourth. Eryck Moore-Watkins rushed for 55 yards and posted a TD run for Plum.

North Allegheny 38 Norwin 13   (NA: 7-1; NOR: 1-7)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Although the Knights opened the scoring, North Allegheny responded with 38 unanswered points to roll to a 38-13 win at Norwin in a nonconference clash. Jackson Pons led Norwin with 19 carries for 89 yards, and he also hit on 4-of-6 passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, a 26-yard connection with Luke Denny. Norwin’s Nicholas Urey completed his only passing attempt, a 74-yard touchdown to Stephen Rodgers, who caught two passes for 85 yards. Tyree Alualu scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, while Khiryn Boyd compiled 96 yards and a touchdown on just three carries.

Greater Latrobe 43 Connellsville 13   (GL: 5-3; CONN: 2-6)

Robby Fulton rushed 13 times for 170 yards and two scores, establishing a new program season rushing mark, as Greater Latrobe overmatched host Connellsville Area 43-13 in Class 4A Big Seven Conference action. Fulton produced a pair of first-quarter scores, while QB John Wetzel hit all seven of his passing attempts for 160 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Kollin Stevens, and Wetzel also scored on the ground. Corey Boerio accounted for the other GL touchdown, a 46-yard reception.

Highlands 56 Kiski Area 7   (HIGH: 8-0; KA: 0-7)

Kiski Area had no answer for Highlands, as the Golden Rams, led by Chandler Thimons, were prolific in their 56-7 victory in Class 4A Greater Allegheny Conference play. Thimons passed for a pair of touchdowns and 141 yards, while he added 109 yards and two more scores on the ground. The Cavaliers’ only score came on a 65-yard pass from Carson Heinle to Andrew Finney.

Belle Vernon 55 Mount Pleasant 7   (BVA: 4-2; GS: 3-4)   WATCH BROADCAST

Quinton Martin had a dominant performance in leading host Belle Vernon Area to a 55-7 throttling of Mount Pleasant Area in Class 3A Interstate Conference play. Martin scored five touchdowns in three different ways, as he compiled three rushing scores, a 31-yard receiving touchdown, and an interception return score that spanned 79 yards. The junior standout produced seven rushes for 61 yards, added four receptions for 67 yards, and snagged two interceptions. BVA quarterback Braden Laux hit on 4-of-10 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, and he added another score on a 30-yard run. Jake Gedekoh contributed a pair of rushing scores for the Leopards. Mount Pleasant Area’s lone touchdown came on a 74-yard run by Jackson Hutter, who accumulated 88 yards rushing on six attempts. All of the scoring occurred in the opening half.

Southmoreland 42 Greensburg Salem 21   (SOU: 4-4; GS: 3-5)

Scotties receiver Ty Keffer and QB Kadin Keefer had a game for the ages, as they connected for six touchdowns in leading Southmoreland to a 42-21 win at home against Greensburg Salem in Class 3A Interstate Conference action. Keffer caught nine passes for 160 yards and snagged two interceptions on defense, while Keefer hit 12-of-23 attempts for 231 yards. The duo accounted for all of the touchdowns, while the Scotties’ defense also recorded a safety and held the Golden Lions scoreless in the second half. Greensburg Salem scored all of its points in the second quarter, as Kai Brunot posted a 1-yard TD run, QB Cody Rubrecht scored on a 52-yard scamper, and Christian Hostetler recorded a 40-yard interception return score. Rubrecht, who missed last week with injury, rushed for 96 yards.

Imani Christian 44 Derry Area 17   (IC: 4-4; DA: 0-8)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Derry Area matched its season-high in scoring output, but the Trojans could not contain the Imani Christian Academy offense, as the homestanding Saints prevailed 44-17 in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference battle. Derry Area QB Blake Revoir was 8-of-22 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown, a 38-yard connection with Demauri Robinson, but he also threw three interceptions. Additionally, Jordan Flack scored on a 1-yard run, while Nate Gray booted a 31-yard field goal. Dayshaun Burnett passed for 252 yards and three scores for Imani, while David Davis rushed 10 times for 93 yard and two TDs, and also caught a touchdown pass.

Serra Catholic 27 Ligonier Valley 18   (SC: 7-1; LV: 5-3)

Elijah Ward factored into three touchdowns, as Serra Catholic fended off a rally to edge homestanding Ligonier Valley 27-18 in Class 2A Allegheny Conference action. Ward had a pair of touchdown runs, and added a 33-yard reception from Quadir Stribling for the Eagles. Haden Sierocky was dynamic for Ligonier Valley, as he caught six passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 17 times for 41 yards, and completed two passes for 20 yards and a score. Broderick Schreyer was 11-of-15 passing for 121 yards and two scores for LV. Nick Lonas led the rushing attack with 60 yards on eight carries, while Logan Johnston caught five passes for 59 yards and a TD. Bruce Krieger led the LV defense with 10 tackles.

Steel Valley 48 Burrell 0   (SV: 7-0; BUR: 5-3)

Burrell provided little resistance for Cruce Brookins, who factored in five touchdowns in propelling undefeated Steel Valley to a 48-0 triumph against the Buccaneers in Class 2A Allegheny Conference play. Brookins, who did not play a week ago, hit 5-of-8 passes for 127 yards and two scores, rushed 10 times for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and returned a punt 40 yards to paydirt. Burrell had scored at least 15 points in every contest before the shutout loss.

Apollo-Ridge 26 Yough 13   (AR: 4-4; YOU: 2-6)

JJ Waller scored a pair of touchdowns for Yough, but it wasn’t enough, as the Cougars fell to Apollo-Ridge 26-13 in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference clash. Waller rushed 22 times for 95 yards and a score, while he also hauled in a 10-yard pass from Raidon Kuroda, who was 10-of-18 passing for 122 yards. Landon Harmon posted a pair of scores for the Vikings, while Jake Mull added 131 yards receiving and scored on a 76-yard punt return.

Greensburg Central Catholic 44 Jeannette 0   (GCC: 6-2; JEA: 2-6)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Jaydin Canady and Da’sjon Craggette each surpassed 100 yards rushing and combined for six touchdowns, as they boosted Greensburg Central Catholic to a 44-0 whitewashing of Jeannette in a Class 1A Eastern Conference contest. Canady, who played for Jeannette two years ago, amassed 101 yards on the ground on just five carries, scoring twice, hauled in a 77-yard TD reception, and posted a 90-yard pick six. Craggette, meanwhile, registered a dozen attempts for 142 yards and two scores. Noah Sanders was a bright spot for the Jayhawks, as he rushed 32 times for 142 yards.