Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week Zero

Hempfield blows past Greensburg Salem; PT holds off Canon-Mac; GCC runs away from Mt. Pleasant

Sat Aug 27, 2022 - 12:04AM

Westmoreland Sports Network Westmoreland Sports Network
In a pregame ceremony Friday, Greensburg Salem dedicated the press box at Offutt Field in memory of Huddie Kaufman.In a pregame ceremony Friday, Greensburg Salem dedicated the press box at Offutt Field in memory of Huddie Kaufman.

Last Updated: Sun Aug 28, 2022 - 8:57PM

Week 0 Scoreboard

Hempfield 49 Greensburg Salem 3     (HA 1-0; GS 0-1)     WATCH BROADCAST

The Spartans (1-0) scored touchdowns on all seven of their possessions, including three TD runs by Gino Caesar and three TD passes by Jake Phillips, to dominate host Greensburg Salem 49-3 in a game that was called at halftime because of lightning. Caesar opened the scoring just 1:20 into the first quarter, as he capped a four-play drive with a 6-yard run. Greensburg Salem’s Rashad Canady appeared to return the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but a pair of Greensburg Salem (0-1) penalties negated the play. Instead, a Golden Lions’ punt led to another scoring drive capped off by Caesar on a 9-yard surge, and he added his third TD later in the quarter on a run spanning 10 yards. Phillips then established his presence, as the Hempfield QB connected with Daniel Katonka on a pair of touchdown passes, and later, hooked up with Keiran Lippman on a long TD strike. Additionally, Phillips produced a stellar 61-yard scamper to paydirt. Greensburg Salem’s only points came courtesy of a 25-yard field goal by Daishaun Alexander in the first quarter.

Penn-Trafford 35 Canon-McMillan 28     (PT 1-0; CM 0-1)

Keyed by a monster passing performance by Conlan Greene, the Warriors held off a late surge by Canon-McMillan, as Penn-Trafford (1-0) notched a 35-28 victory in Canonsburg. Greene, in his first varsity start at QB, was 23-of-30 passing for 335 yards and three scores, along with one interception. He hooked up with three different receivers for scores, as Daniel Tarabrella caught nine passes for 142 yards, Jacob Otto hauled in eight passes for 110 yards, and Tommy Kalkstein had four catches for 51 yards. Greene added a rushing score, while Owen Demeri compiled 12 rushes for 43 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Tarabrella led the way with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Penn-Trafford held a commanding 28-7 advantage at the half, but Canon-McMillan (0-1) scored consecutive touchdowns in the fourth to stay within striking distance. The Big Macs also displayed a prolific passing attack, as QB Mike Evans registered 309 yards and four scores through the air, while Austyn Winkleblech caught four passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns.

Upper St. Clair 42 Norwin 6     (USC 1-0; NOR 0-1)     WATCH BROADCAST

The host Knights were mistake prone against Upper St. Clair, as the Panthers scored all their points in the first half, en route to a 42-6 victory. Norwin committed four turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns, both by Ty Lagoni. The Knights’ lone score came on a 90-yard connection from Nicholas Urey to Jackson Pons in the third quarter. Urey was 7-of-12 passing for 154 yards, while Pons snagged four passes for 104 yards.

Greater Latrobe 55 Derry Area 0     (GL 1-0; DA 0-1)     WATCH BROADCAST

Wildcats’ newcomer Robert Fulton exploded for five touchdowns in the first half, as he amassed 209 yards on just 13 attempts in Greater Latrobe’s 55-0 road win against Derry Area. Fulton, who transferred from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, accounted for all of the first-half scoring, while Gaige Kettren scored twice and Alex Tatsch also found the end zone in the second half for Greater Latrobe. Derry Area QB Blake Revoir compiled 80 yards rushing in the defeat.

Plum 35 Kiski Area 14     (PL 1-0; KA 0-1)

The Cavaliers could not stop the Plum rushing attack, as the homestanding Mustangs scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to claim a 35-14 victory. Kiski Area opened the scoring on a 64-yard connection between Lebryn Smith and Dom DiNinno, and that same combo later hooked up on a 32-yard score on the final play of the first half. Smith finished with 205 yards through the air, while DiNinno caught three passes for 109 yards. However, Nick Odom rushed nine times for 201 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs, while Eryck Moore added a pair of TDs.

Greensburg Central Catholic 56 Mount Pleasant 35     (GCC 1-0; MP 0-1)

The Centurions exploded for 28 unanswered points in the second half, as they bested homestanding Mount Pleasant Area in a high-scoring affair, 56-35. Jaydin Canady and Da’sjon Craggette each scored two touchdowns for GCC, while Centurions QB Tyree Turner was 10-of-15 passing and threw for a pair of TDs. Robbie Labuda had a monster performance for the Vikings, as he rushed 11 times for 154 yards, and also contributed a receiving TD and on a 93-yard kickoff return score.

McGuffey 44 Southmoreland 28     (McG 1-0; SOU 0-1)

Despite a late offensive flurry, the Scotties were ousted by host McGuffey 44-28. In the setback, Southmoreland’s Kadin Keefer and Ty Keffer both impressed, as Keefer was 14-of-19 passing for 160 yards, with a passing touchdown and a rushing score, while Keffer caught eight passes for 100 yards and a score, and added another TD on the ground. Kyle Brookman led the Highlanders with four touchdowns, including an 88-yard kickoff return.

Ligonier Valley 48 Springdale 0     (LV 1-0; SPR 0-1)

The Rams cruised to a 48-0 win against Springdale, as they led 21-0 after the first quarter, and 35-0 at the half. Ligonier Valley was dominant in all three phases, posting four rushing touchdowns, two scores on punt returns, and an interception return TD. Haden Sierocky bookended the scoring, with a 45-yard run and a school-record 85-yard pick six, while John Jablunovsky also scored twice in Roger Beitel’s 200th game as LV head coach.

South Allegheny 25 Yough 7     (SA 1-0; YOU 0-1)

The host Cougars had no answer for South Allegheny running back Dashawn Carter, who rushed 19 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the Gladiators 25-7 triumph. Meanwhile, the Cougars committed three turnovers, including an interception that was returned for a score. Gavin Roebuck was an offensive catalyst for Yough, as he rushed 12 times for 52 yards, and accounted for the lone score on a 2-yard run in the fourth.

Burrell 31 Jeannette 10     (BURR 1-0; JEA 0-1)     LISTEN BROADCAST

The Buccaneers relied heavily on their ground attack, rushing 50 times in a 31-10 win at Jeannette. Burrell was led by Devin Beattie, who had 11 carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns, while Mason Jones contributed 17 carries for 84 yards and a score, and Antonio Cook compiled 115 yards on the ground. Held scoreless in the first half, the host Jayhawks received a 24-yard field goal by Mitchell Steele and a 6-yard TD pass from Payton Molter to Michael Mason in the second half.

Armstrong 42 Valley 7     (ARM 1-0; VALL 0-1)

Reigning Willie Thrower Award winner Cadin Olsen started his senior season with a bang, throwing for 273 yards and five touchdowns in the River Hawks 42-7 triumph at Valley. Olsen also ran for a touchdown in the contest.

Week 0 Westmoreland County Stars

Jaydin Canady (Greensburg CC) - 187 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

Conlan Greene (Penn-Trafford) - 23-30 for 335 yds. passing, 3 TD's

Daniel Tarabrella (Penn-Trafford) - 9 rec. for 142 yds. receiving; 8 tackles, fum. recovery

Gino Caesar (Hempfield Area) - 12 att. for 103 yds. rushing, 3 TD's

Jake Phillips (Hempfield Area) - 14-16 for 263 yards, 3 TD's; 1 rushing TD

Robbie Labuda (Mount Pleasant) - 154 yds. rushing, 1 TD; 1 receiving TD; 1 kickoff return TD; 4-4 XP's

McKinley Shearer (Ligonier Valley) - 10 tackles, 2 for a loss, 1 sack

Robert Fulton (Greater Latrobe) - 205 yds. rushing, 5 TD's

Vinny Oddo (Greater Latrobe) - 7-7 XP's

Ty Keffer (Southmoreland) - 8 rec. for 100 yds. receiving

Lebryn Smith (Kiski Area) - 11-17 for 205 yds. passing, 2 TD's

Dom Dinnino (Kiski Area) - 3 rec. for 109 yds. receiving, 2 TD's