Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week Two

Hempfield sprints past Latrobe; McKeesport tops Belle Vernon; Burrell edges Valley

Sat Sep 10, 2022 - 12:39AM

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Last Updated: Sun Sep 11, 2022 - 9:56PM

Week 2 Scoreboard

Hempfield Area 49 Greater Latrobe 14     (HA: 3-0; GL: 2-1)     LISTEN BROADCAST

The Spartans scored the final 35 points of the game, as they blasted host Greater Latrobe 49-14 in a battle of unbeaten teams. Hempfield Area pulled ahead on a Gino Caesar touchdown run in the second quarter, the first of his four touchdowns. Caesar rushed 31 times for 138 yards, while adding three receptions for 42 yards. Additionally, Spartans’ QB Jake Phillips was efficient, hitting 14-of-20 passes for 246 yards and two scores, while adding 43 yards on the ground. Ian Tuffs was his favorite target, as he caught seven passes for 137 yards and a score. Eli Binakonsky added two rushing TDs for the Spartans. The highlight for the Wildcats was an 83-yard kickoff return by Kollin Stevens to begin the game, while Corey Boerio notched a 6-yard touchdown reception on a pass from running back Robby Fulton.

Norwin 27 Fox Chapel 13     (NOR 1-2; FOX: 0-3)     WATCH BROADCAST

The Knights had a breakout performance offensively, as Jackson Pons caught a pair of long TD passes in leading Norwin to a 27-13 triumph against Fox Chapel Area. Both Pons scores, spanning 41 and 34 yards, came on passes from Nathaniel Mazzoni, who amassed 168 yards through the air on 8-of-20 passing. One of the touchdown throws came on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. Christian Beck added a rushing touchdown for Norwin, while Liam O’Brien contributed a 51-yard interception return score. Ben DeMotte and Christian Gaston accounted for the Foxes’ TDs.

Penn-Trafford 48 Woodland Hills 14     (PT: 2-1; WH: 1-2)     WATCH BROADCAST

The Warriors led 42-7 at the half, as they cruised to a 48-14 win at home against Woodland Hills. Penn-Trafford quarterback Conlan Greene rushed for two scores and added another through the air, as he was 7-of-10 passing for 129 yards. His passing TD came on a 34-yard strike to Daniel Tarabrella, who paced PT receivers with three catches for 106 yards. Tasso Whipple and Jacob Otto also posted rushing scores for Penn-Trafford. The Warriors received a defensive score on the final play of the first half, as Nolan Marasti registered an 80-yard pick six. Amere Brown had a 94-yard kickoff return TD for Woodland Hills.

Franklin Regional 40 Connellsville 0     (FR: 1-1; CONN: 1-2)     LISTEN BROADCAST

Zack Bewszka and Roman Sarnic had monster efforts offensively, as the Panthers blanked Connellsville Area 40-0. Bewszka rushed 17 times for 194 yards, including a short touchdown run that capped a 21-point opening quarter for FR. That score was preceded by a pair of TD strikes from QB Sarnic to Ayden Hudock, the first of which spanned 65 yards. Sarnic hit on 7-of-13 passes for 118 yards, and he bolstered his performance with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Panthers recorded a safety, and allowed just one completed pass by the Falcons.

McKeesport 14 Belle Vernon 6     (McK: 3-0; BVA: 1-1)

Belle Vernon Area had no answer for McKeesport Area’s Bobbie Boyd, who scored both touchdowns for the Tigers in their 14-6 win at home. Boyd opened the scoring with a 6-yard rushing score in the first quarter, and he added a 54-yard interception return touchdown to put McKeesport ahead 14-0 in the second quarter. Although the Leopards scored in the fourth on a 93-yard connection from Braden Laux to Chase Ruokonen, the Tigers made their lead stand. Boyd finished with 16 carries for 164 yards, while Laux was 7-of-13 passing for 118 yards and Ruokonen had three catches for 100 yards for BVA.

Laurel Highlands 37 Kiski Area 7     (LH: 2-1; KA: 0-3)

The Cavaliers could not contain Laurel Highlands superstar Rodney Gallagher, who factored in on three touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 37-7 victory. Gallagher, who shifted to QB last week, rushed for a pair of scores and also hit a TD pass. Kiski Area’s lone score came in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a run by DeShawn McBride.

Greensburg Salem 35 Ligonier Valley 28     (GS: 2-1; LV: 2-1)

The Golden Lions scored the first three touchdowns, and that early cushion proved the difference in a 35-28 win against homestanding Ligonier Valley. Greensburg Salem QB Cody Rubrecht impacted the game in multiple facets, as he rushed for two scores, threw a touchdown, and had a 91-yard interception return for score. Rubrecht opened the scoring on a 13-yard run in the first quarter, and then he connected with Christian Hostetler on a 65-yard score to make it 14-0. In total, Rubrecht rushed for 126 yards and passed for 140. John Jablunovsky paced the Rams with six carries for 155 yards, including a pair of touchdowns that spanned 60 and 62 yards, respectively. Rams’ QB Broderick Schreyer was 7-of-17 for 137 yards, but he was intercepted four times. Haden Sierocky, who was the top receiver in the contest for LV, added a couple of rushing touchdowns.

Burrell 30 Valley 27     (BURR: 3-0; VALL: 0-3)

A 31-yard field goal by Burrell’s Ryan Croushore proved the difference, as it broke a fourth-quarter tie with less than two minutes left, giving the Buccaneers a 30-27 victory against host Valley in a rivalry showdown. Devin Beattie and Chase Fenner each contributed a pair of rushing scores for Burrell. Valley, which nearly overcame a 27-14 fourth-quarter deficit, received a three-touchdown performance from Xavier Wilson, including a 40-yard fumble recovery score. Vikings QB Tristin Goodwin amassed three passing touchdowns, highlighted by a 23-yard connection to Darnell Coaston to spark the fourth-quarter rally.

Yough 14 Charleroi 0     (YOU: 1-2; CHAR: 0-2)

Yough’s Gavin Roebuck was the difference maker in the battle of the Cougars, as he scored both touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards in Yough’s 14-0 triumph against Charleroi. Roebuck opened the scoring on a 1-yard surge in the second quarter, and he added a 12-yard run in the third frame. Benny Hoffer secured his first W as the head coach of Yough.

Southmoreland 28 Derry Area 14     (SOU: 1-2; DA: 0-3)     WATCH BROADCAST

Scotties’ signalcaller Kadin Keefer threw for one score and rushed for another in Southmoreland’s 28-14 win at Derry Area. Furthermore, Southmoreland running back Trey Whetsel registered two rushing scores, and Caden Matthews hauled in a receiving score. Southmoreland head coach Tim Bukowski earned his first win at the helm of the program. In the setback for the Trojans, Damauri Robinson caught two touchdown passes from Blake Revoir, spanning 54 and 43 yards, respectively.

Mount Pleasant 50 McGuffey 28     (MP: 2-1; McG: 2-1)

Robbie Labuda continued his prolific campaign for Mount Pleasant Area, as the senior scored three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 50-28 triumph at home against McGuffey. Labuda registered 15 carries for 148 yards, while Lane Golkosky posted nine carries for 151 yards and a score for Mount Pleasant. The Vikes had success through the air, too, as Cole Chatfield was 7-of-14 for 176 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, while Tyler Reese caught four passes for 133 yards and a score. Dante Giallonardo contributed a pair of short TD runs for the Vikings. Kyle Brookman led McGuffey with 12 rushes for 83 yards and a score.

Jefferson-Morgan 27 Jeannette 26 (OT)     (JM 2-1; JEA 0-3)

Greensburg Central Catholic 57 West Greene 21     (GCC 2-1; WG 0-3)

The Centurions scored 36 points in the opening quarter, as they erupted offensively in a 57-21 win in their home opener against West Greene.

Week 1 Westmoreland County Stars

Haden Sierocky (Ligonier Valley) - 165 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

John Jablunovsky (Ligonier Valley) - 155 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

Roman Sarnic (Franklin Regional) - 2 passing TD's; 2 rushing TD's; Safety

Zach Bewszka (Franklin Regional) - 194 yds. rushing, 1 TD

Devin Beattie (Burrell) - 23 att. for 169 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

Jake Phillips (Hempfield Area) - 14-20 for 246 yds. passing, 2 TD's

Gino Caesar (Hempfield Area) - 31 att. for 138 yds. rushing, 4 TD's

Ian Tuffs (Hempfield Area) - 7 rec. for 137 yds. receiving, 1 TD

Jackson Pons (Norwin) - 5 rec. for 101 yds. receiving, 2 TD's

Lane Golkosky (Mount Pleasant) - 9 att. for 150 yds. rushing, 1 TD

Robbie Labuda (Mount Pleasant) - 17 att. for 165 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

Cody Rubrecht (Greensburg Salem) - 9-16 for 140 yds. passing, 1 TD; 126 yds. rushing, 2 TD's; INT return for TD

Ty Keffer (Southmoreland) - 5 rec. for 102 yds. receiving