WPIAL Playoff Friday Night Lights

Greater Latrobe, GCC advance to quarterfinals with wins Friday

Sat Nov 04, 2023 - 1:31AM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Sat Nov 04, 2023 - 2:07AM

Penn Hills 63 Penn-Trafford 28 (5A Quarterfinal)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Penn-Trafford committed five turnovers, and could not stop the potent Penn Hills offense, as the No. 2 Indians rolled to a 63-28 home win in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals. Penn Hills scored touchdowns on every drive of the contest until using the victory formation in the closing moments. Julian Dugger went 6-of-7 for 171 yards and four touchdowns, two each to Cam Thomas and Martel Palmer. Tasso Whipple scored three rushing TDs for the seventh-seeded Warriors, compiling 115 yards on the ground, while Ben Grabowski added 114 yards rushing. PT quarterback Jonny Lovre threw for 146 yards and a score, but was plagued by three interceptions. While the Indians (9-2) advance to the semifinals, the Warriors end the season with a mark of 5-6.

Peters Township 35 Franklin Regional 0 (5A Quarterfinal)

Franklin Regional could not crack the stifling Peters Township defeat, as the top-seeded and homestanding Indians blanked the Panthers 35-0 in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals. Peters QB Nolan DiLucia factored into every score, as he went 18-of-27 for 230 yards and three TDs through the air, while rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns. While Peters Township moves on to the semis, the season concludes for the No. 8 Panthers at 6-5.

Greater Latrobe 39 West Allegheny 7 (4A Quarterfinal)

John Wetzel produced a dominant rushing effort to propel No. 9 Greater Latrobe to a 39-7 road win at West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 4A first round. Wetzel rushed for 244 yards and four scores, while also hitting 4-of-8 passes for 61 yards. Brady Prohovic added a touchdown and 81 yards rushing, while Ben Bigi made a field goal for the Wildcats, who improved to 8-3. Michael Woodson had the lone score in the fourth quarter for the Indians. With the win, GL advances to the quarterfinals and will play at top-seeded Aliquippa.

Thomas Jefferson 57 Kiski Area 13 (4A Quarterfinal)

Kiski Area was unable to defend the potent passing attack of Thomas Jefferson, as the Jaguars cruised to a 57-13 home win in the Class 4A first round. With TJ rotating two QBs, Brody Evans threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns, while Luke Kosko compiled 113 yards and two scores through the air. Sean Sullivan paced the six seed Jags with five receptions for 142 yards and three TDs. In the defeat, the No. 11 Cavaliers were led by QB Carson Heinle, who compiled 213 yards through the air, including touchdowns to Isaiah Gonzalez and Terry “Bart” Martin. Gonzalez had three grabs for 61 yards. While the Jaguars move on to the quarterfinals, Kiski Area ends the campaign at 5-6.

Deer Lakes 48 Southmoreland 18 (3A First Round)

Southmoreland was denied its first playoff win in program history, as Deer Lakes instead won its first ever postseason contest, courtesy of a 48-18 victory in the WPIAL Class 3A first round. The No. 8 Lancers scored three touchdowns in less than two minutes in the second quarter to create separation from the ninth-seeded Scotties. Zier Williams paced DL with 115 yards rushing, while Derek Burk passed for 146 yards and three scores. In the defeat, Da’sjon Craggette contributed 23 carries for 146 yards and a score for Southmoreland. While the Scotties end the season with a mark of 6-5, the Lancers move on to the quarterfinals to play top-seeded and host Belle Vernon Area.

West Mifflin 40 Mount Pleasant 14 (3A First Round)

Mount Pleasant Area could not contain freshman phenom Armand Hill, who rushed for 219 yards and four scores in catapulting West Mifflin Area to a 40-14 win at home against the Vikings in the WPIAL Class 3A first round. In addition to Hill, DelRico White amassed 169 yards and a score for the No. 6 Titans, who scored 20 unanswered points in the third to seize command. In the setback for the No. 11 Vikings, quarterback Cole Chatfield was 14-of-20 passing for 211 yards and a pair of scores, while Dante Giallonardo caught seven passes for 124 yards and two TDs. Mount Pleasant Area wraps up the campaign with a record of 6-5, while the Titans advance to the quarterfinals.

McGuffey 25 Derry Area 13 (2A First Round)   WATCH BROADCAST

Despite a pair of touchdowns from Ahmad Ward, Derry Area came up short against host McGuffey, which prevailed 25-13 in the WPIAL Class 2A first round. The sixth-seeded Highlanders were led by QB Connor Crowe, who tossed a pair of TDs in the first half. Ward compiled 18 carries for 99 yards, and added three receptions for 64 yards for the No. 11 Trojans. QB Mason Beeman went 6-of-15 for 82 yards, with one TD and two picks. While McGuffey advances to the quarterfinals, the Trojans conclude the season at 5-6.

Mohawk 42 Burrell 0 (2A First Round)

Burrell was overmatched in a 42-0 loss at Mohawk in the WPIAL Class 2A first round. The No. 5 Warriors were led by Justin Boston, who had 148 yards and two scores rushing, while QB Jay Wrona added 80 yards and three scores through the air. Devin Beattie compiled 58 yards rushing for the No. 12 Buccaneers. Mohawk advances to the quarterfinals, while Burrell ends the year with a mark of 4-7.

Greensburg Central Catholic 41 West Greene 22 (1A First Round)

Greensburg Central Catholic jumped out to a 27-0 advantage, and held off a late rally to defeat West Greene 41-22 in the WPIAL Class 1A first round at Plum High School. The eighth-seeded Centurions were led by Tyree Turner and Samir Crosby. Turner threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 85 yards and a score, while Crosby had four grabs for 131 yards and three TDs, and added 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Billy Whitlatch posted 31 carries for 177 yards and two TDs for the No. 9 Pioneers. GCC, which improves to 8-3, will face top-seeded South Side Beaver in the quarterfinals.

California 44 Jeannette 6   LISTEN BROADCAST

Jeannette could not slow the California Area rushing attack, as the homestanding Trojans rolled to a 44-6 win in the WPIAL Class 1A first round. The sixth-seeded Trojans compiled all 367 yards of offense on the ground, with Spencer Petrucci accounting for 205 yards and three scores, while Jake Layhue had 145 yards and two touchdowns. Jeannette, which trailed 28-0 at the half, scored its only TD early in the third, as Payton Molter hooked up with Noah Sanders on a 43-yard touchdown pass. Molter amassed 149 yards through the air, while Sanders caught six passes for 106 yards. The Trojans move on to the quarterfinals, while Jeannette’s season ends at 7-4.