Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week One

Latrobe tops Franklin Regional in OT; Belle Vernon downs Laurel Highlands; PT throttled by McKeesport

Sun Sep 04, 2022 - 11:34PM

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Ligonier Valley defeated Southmoreland 27-18 in front of a big crowd at Russ Grimm Stadium. (Photo by www.westernpasports.com)Ligonier Valley defeated Southmoreland 27-18 in front of a big crowd at Russ Grimm Stadium. (Photo by www.westernpasports.com)

Last Updated: Mon Sep 05, 2022 - 11:09PM

Week 1 Scoreboard

Greater Latrobe 36 Franklin Regional 33 (2OT)     (GL: 2-0; FR: 0-1)     WATCH BROADCAST

Robby Fulton had another sterling performance for Greater Latrobe, as he rushed for 252 yards, including the winning 5-yard touchdown in double overtime, propelling the Wildcats to a 36-33 victory over the host Panthers. His heroics prevented Franklin Regional from completing another epic comeback against the Wildcats in as many years, as FR rallied from a 16-0 deficit in the second half to briefly take a lead. FR quarterback Roman Sarnic hit 7-of-18 passes for 123 yards and a score, and he rushed for a pair of TDs, while Ayden Hudock had four catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Bewszka rushed for 100 yards for the Panthers.

McKeesport 19 Penn-Trafford 7     (McK: 2-0; PT: 1-1)     WATCH BROADCAST

The Warriors had no answer for Bobbie Boyd, as the McKeesport standout scored three touchdowns and notched three interceptions in the Tigers’ 19-7 win over homestanding Penn-Trafford. Boyd rushed 19 times for 152 yards. Penn-Trafford QB Conlan Greene threw for 117 yards, but was just 14-of-40 passing and had three interceptions, while rushing 10 times for 44 yards. Tasso Whipple paced the Warriors on the ground, as he produced eight carries for 72 yards, including a 24-yard TD to tie the game in the second quarter. Daniel Tarabrella caught six passes for 53 yards for PT.

Hempfield Area 49 Connellsville 0     (HA: 2-0; CONN: 0-2)     WATCH BROADCAST

The Spartans exploded for 49 points for the second-consecutive week, as Gino Caesar and Jake Phillips led the charge again in a 49-0 whitewash of Connellsville Area. Caesar rushed for 167 yards and scored four times, while Phillips threw for 131 and added a rushing TD for host Hempfield Area. Ian Tuffs also had a strong effort for Hempfield, as he caught four passes for 100 yards, while Eli Binakonsky and Ethan Zontek added touchdowns.

Penn Hills 26 Norwin 7     (PH: 1-1; NOR: 0-2)

Jackson Pons scored the only Norwin touchdown for the second week in a row, as the Knights were ousted by homestanding Penn Hills 26-7. Norwin was limited to just 104 yards of offense, as Tristyn Tavares passed for 99 yards, and Pons found the end zone on a 6-yard reception. Conversely, Indians’ QB Julian Dugger registered 239 yards and two scores through the air, and Raion Strader scored twice, including on an interception return.

Pine-Richland 33 Kiski Area 0     (PR: 1-1; KA: 0-2)

The Cavaliers were silenced at home, while Pine-Richland received scores from Ryan Palmieri, Niko Andrews, and Ethan Pillar in a 33-0 triumph against Kiski Area. The Cavaliers, who won their first five games last year, have dropped their first two this season.

Greensburg Salem 26 Derry Area 17     (GS: 1-1; DA: 0-2)     WATCH BROADCAST

Golden Lions’ QB Cody Rubrecht hit on 9-of-15 passes for 157 yards, and added another 92 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead Greensburg Salem to a 26-17 triumph at home against Derry Area. Rubrecht’s scores, combined with a touchdown run by Kai Bruno, helped stake GS to a 26-3 lead entering the fourth quarter. Bruno compiled 12 carries for 102 yards. Ahmad Ward paced the Trojans with 17 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Derry Area QB Blake Revoir was 10-of-23 for 128 yards, including a late TD to Roman Darazio, who caught four passes spanning 61 yards.

Belle Vernon 41 Laurel Highlands 20     (BVA: 1-0; LH: 1-1)

Quinton Martin’s Leopards bested Rodney Gallagher’s Mustangs 41-20 in a matchup of two of the top players in the WPIAL. Playing its first game of the season, Belle Vernon Area held a 28-0 lead early in the second half, and received a three-touchdown performance from Martin, as he rushed 14 times for 68 yards. BVA quarterback Braden Laux compiled 86 yards through the air and rushed for 74 yards and two TDs, while fellow QB Tanner Steeber added 57 yards passing. Gallagher, who shifted to QB during the game, amassed 188 yards passing and three scores, while teammate Keondre Deshields contributed 14 catches for 156 yards.

Burrell 27 Deer Lakes 21     (BURR: 2-0; DL: 0-2)

Chase Fenner scored the winning touchdown in overtime, his third of the contest, as the host Buccaneers edged the Lancers 27-21. The Bucs’ defense forced an interception earlier in OT, courtesy of Tristan Brothers. Devin Beattie was a catalyst for Burrell, as he rushed for 142 yards and a score, including 88 yards on the ground in the fourth quarter to pull the Bucs even. Derek Burk passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another for Deer Lakes.

Mount Pleasant 35 Yough 7     (MP: 1-1; YOU: 0-2)

Vikings’ running back Robbie Labuda was special, as he rushed 18 times for 243 yards and three scores in the Vikings 35-7 home victory against Yough. Labuda’s touchdowns spanned 33, 62, and four yards, while Lane Golkosky added four carries for 51 yards and another TD for the Vikes. Mount Pleasant signcaller Cole Chatfield was 6-of-8 for 85 yards through the air. For Yough, Gavin Roebuck moved back to QB, and he amassed 132 yards rushing and a score on 21 attempts, along with 11-of-22 passing for 77 yards.

Ligonier Valley 27 Southmoreland 18     (LV: 2-0; SOU: 0-2)

Haden Sierocky scored three times, including an 84-yard kickoff return late in the first half to propel the Rams to a 27-18 win at Southmoreland. Sierocky, who primarily played QB the two previous years, also had a 19-yard run and a 9-yard reception from Broderick Schreyer for TDs. Ligonier Valley led 27-6 at the half, but the Scotties surged after the intermission, including a 70-yard scoop and score by Austin Mough. Trey Whetsel and Ty Keffer also found paydirt for the host Scotties.

Apollo-Ridge 34 Valley 19     (AR: 2-0; VALL: 0-2)

In a battle of the Vikings, Valley could not stop Apollo-Ridge’s Nick Curci, as he rushed for 249 yards and three TDs to lead Apollo-Ridge to a 34-19 win. Homestanding AR scored 22 points in the second half, overcoming multiple deficits. Xavier Wilson paced Valley with 44 yards rushing and a score, while Xavier Andree recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown for Valley.

East Allegheny 31 Jeannette 12     (EA 2-0; JEA 0-2)     LISTEN BROADCAST

Noah Sanders and Andrew Ross provided four-quarter touchdowns for Jeannette, but it wasn’t enough, as the Jayhawks fell at home to East Allegheny 31-12. Sanders’ score came on a 42-yard reception from Payton Molter, while Ross hauled in a pass from Kymone Brown. The Wildcats, who led 31-0 through three frames, proved dynamic on special teams, as Brennan Rutledge and Michael Cahill both returned punts for scores.

Week 1 Westmoreland County Stars

Robbie Labuda (Mount Pleasant) - 243 yds. rushing, 3 TD's; 5-5 XP's

Ahmad Ward (Derry Area) - 154 yds. rushing, 1 TD

Haden Sierocky (Ligonier Valley) - 1 rushing TD; 1 receiving TD; 1 kickoff return for TD

Robert Fulton (Greater Latrobe) - 252 yds. rushing, 4 TD's

Gino Caesar (Hempfield Area) - 149 yds. rushing, 4 TD's

Jake Phillips (Hempfield Area) - 9-15 for 186 yds. passing; 1 rushing TD

Ian Tuffs (Hempfield Area) - 4 rec. for 112 yds. receiving

Cody Rubrecht (Greensburg Salem) - 9-15 for 157 yds. passing; 92 yds. rushing, 3 TD's

Ayden Hudock (Franklin Regional) - 4 rec. for 116 yds. receiving, 1 TD; 1 INT

Roman Sarnic (Franklin Regional) - 129 yds. passing, 1 TD; 85 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

Quinton Martin (Belle Vernon) - 68 yds. rushing, 3 TD's