Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week Six

Penn-Trafford loses to Gateway; Franklin Regional holds off Norwin; Mt. Pleasant falls to EF

Sat Oct 07, 2023 - 12:35AM

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Last Updated: Mon Oct 09, 2023 - 11:55PM

Gateway 31 Penn-Trafford 27   (GATE: 4-3; PT: 3-4)   WATCH BROADCAST

Despite another stellar performance by Tasso Whipple, Penn-Trafford dropped a 31-27 outcome at home to Gateway in the Class 5A Big East Conference battle. Whipple rushed 25 times for 179 yards and two scores, and he added a 73-yard touchdown reception. Warriors QB Jonny Lovre amassed 253 yards passing in the defeat. The Gators scored on three consecutive offensive possessions in the second half, and sealed the outcome with a 51-yard kickoff return by Tristan Huston when the Warriors attempted an onside kick. Jaquon Reynolds added a pair of TD runs for the Gators, while QB Brad Birch finished with 196 yards through the air. While PT dropped to 2-1 in the conference, Gateway ascended to 4-0.

Franklin Regional 37 Norwin 29   (FR: 5-2; NOR: 2-5)   WATCH BROADCAST

An eye-popping performance by Ayden Hudock and Chase Lemke carried Franklin Regional to a 37-29 win at home against Norwin in the Class 5A Big East Conference. Hudock caught five passes for 168 yards and three TDs, while adding a 92-yard kickoff return score for the Panthers. Lemke, meanwhile, threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 90 yards. In the defeat, Tristyn Tavares went 10-of-33 for 292 yards and two TDs, adding two scores on the ground. Jackson Pons produced three receptions for 149 yards, while Luke Denny posted four catches for 102 yards. With the win, FR improved its mark to 2-1 in the conference, while Norwin moved to 1-2.

Greater Latrobe 35 Ringgold 6   (GL: 5-2; RING: 0-7)

John Wetzel and Ja’Tawn Williams struck for three touchdown connections through the air, as Greater Latrobe scored a 35-6 win at Ringgold in the Class 4A Big Seven Conference. While the Wildcats moved to 3-1 in the conference, the Rams remained winless at 0-3.

Mars 56 Kiski Area 14   (MA: 5-2; KA: 2-5)

Although Kiski Area scored first, the Cavaliers could not slow down Mars Area, as the Fightin’ Planets cruised to a 56-14 win in the Class 4A Greater Allegheny Conference. Carson Heinle connected with Brennan Moore to open the scoring for the host Cavaliers. Kiski Area later scored on a connection from Heinle to Bart Martin on a 34-yard pass. Heinle amassed 129 yards and two TDs, while running back Landon Kucic added 79 yards on the ground. But Evan Wright led Mars Area to an explosive performance, as he rushed nine times for 143 yards, caught four passes for 88 yards, and scored five total touchdowns. Kiski Area dropped to 1-3 in the conference, while Mars improved to 3-0.

Elizabeth Forward 39 Mount Pleasant 25   (EF: 7-0; MP: 5-2)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Mount Pleasant rallied to pull even in the fourth quarter, but Elizabeth Forward scored the winning points in the final minute to claim a 39-25 victory in the Class 3A Interstate Conference. The host Vikings trailed 22-3 in the third quarter, but three touchdowns, including a pair by Brody Hutter, allowed them to deadlock the score at 25-25 with less than five minutes left in regulation. Cole Chatfield connected with Dante Giallonardo on a 25-yard pass to tie the game. However, EF’s Charlie Nigut had a 6-yard TD run with 27 seconds left to give the Warriors the lead, and a late interception return TD sealed the outcome for Elizabeth Forward. In the setback, Hutter rushed for 107 yards, while Chatfield connected on 9-of-21 passes for 141 yards. Nigut amassed 17 carries for 116 yards and three scores on the ground for EF. While Mount Pleasant dropped to 1-1 in conference action, EF moved to 2-0.

Belle Vernon 53 Greensburg Salem 7   (BVA: 5-1; GS: 1-6)

Braden Laux enjoyed a prolific performance in guiding Belle Vernon Area to a lopsided 53-7 win at home against Greensburg Salem in a Class 3A Interstate Conference affair. Laux hit on 14-of-16 attempts for 337 yards and three TDS for the Leopards. Among his targets, Anthony Crews compiled four catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Quinton Martin had five receptions for 100 yards and a score, adding a TD run. Kole Doppelheuer generated 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Brody Chismar connected with Dom Rosensteel for the lone TD for the Golden Lions. Subsequently, BVA elevated its conference record to 2-0, while Greensburg Salem dropped to 0-2.

Southmoreland 42 South Allegheny 20   (SOU: 4-3; SA: 1-6)

Kadin Keefer and Ty Keffer hooked up for three touchdowns, as host Southmoreland ousted South Allegheny 42-20 in the Class 3A Interstate Conference. Their touchdown passes spanned 43, 48, and 33-yards. Moreover, Da’sjon Craggette notched two TD runs covering 39 and 40 yards, and Ronnie Collins added a touchdown reception. While the Scotties moved to 1-1 in the conference slate, the Gladiators fell to 0-2.

Burrell 33 Ligonier Valley 13   (BURR: 4-3; LV: 2-5)

Devin Beattie continued his stellar campaign, as he helped propel Burrell to a 33-13 victory at Ligonier Valley in Class 2A Allegheny Conference play. Beattie rushed 32 times for 187 yards and a touchdown for the Bucs. Cooper Hornack, Stephon Hasson, and Caden Garner also added scores for Burrell. In the defeat, John Jablunovsky amassed 17 carries for 180 yards and a score for the Rams, while Mark Jablunovsky posted 43 yards rushing and a TD. Burrell moved to 3-1 in conference action, while LV dropped to 1-3.

Steel Valley 38 Derry Area 0   (SV: 5-1; DA: 3-4)   WATCH BROADCAST

Derry Area was stifled by Steel Valley, as the homestanding Ironmen cruised to a 38-0 whitewashing in Class 2A Allegheny Conference play. Donald Barksdale found the end zone twice for Steel Valley. With the loss, DA fell to 2-2 in the conference, while the Ironmen increased their mark to 4-0.

Serra Catholic 40 Yough 12   (SC: 2-4; YOU: 2-5)

Although Yough scored first, the Cougars couldn’t slow the Serra Catholic passing attack, as the Eagles claimed a 40-12 victory in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. Host Yough produced an early TD on a 7-yard run by Mikey Nogy. Serra then scored 40 unanswered points, however, highlighted by QB Quadir Stribling, who completed 20-of-23 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Antonio Marra capped the scoring for the Cougars. While Yough dropped to 1-3 in the conference, the Eagles improved to 2-1.

Deer Lakes 39 Valley 6   (DL: 5-2; VALL: 2-5)

Valley fell into a two-score deficit in the opening minutes and could not recover, as the Vikings fell to host Deer Lakes 39-6 in Class 3A Allegheny Six action. Charles Perkins accounted for the lone TD for Valley, while QB Tristan Goodwin went 11-of-23 for 85 yards, but he was intercepted three times. Darnell Coaston contributed six catches for 43 yards. Derek Burk led the attack for the Lancers, as he hit 10-of-19 passes for 210 yards and a TD. With the setback, Valley dropped to 0-2 in the conference, while Deer Lakes moved to 1-1.

Jeannette 37 Leechburg 31   (JEA: 6-1; LEECH: 4-3)

A long touchdown run by Payton Molter in the final minute gave Jeannette a 37-31 road win at Leechburg in Class 1A Eastern Conference action. Molter’s 39-yard winning scamper with 36 seconds left came after the Blue Devils rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Molter threw for 207 yards and two TDs on 11-of-20 passing, while Noah Sanders posted 19 carries for 131 yards, scoring two total touchdowns. In the defeat, Leechburg QB Jayden Floyd threw for 230 yards. The Jayhawks stayed perfect in the conference at 3-0, while the Blue Devils dropped to 2-2.

Greensburg Central Catholic 31 Frazier 6   (GCC: 4-3; FRA: 0-7)

Greensburg Central Catholic scored a decisive road victory, besting Frazier 31-6 in a Class 1A Eastern Conference clash. Samir Crosby scored twice for the Centurions, rushing for 92 yards, while Tyree Turner produced a touchdown pass and another score on the ground. Nick Dlugos was on the receiving end of that TD pass, which spanned 78 yards. While GCC improved to 2-1 in the conference, Frazier tumbled to 0-4.

Seneca Valley 42 Hempfield Area 13   (SV: 2-5; HA: 1-6)

A couple of touchdown passes from Dom Detruf to Keiran Lippmann in the fourth quarter weren’t nearly enough for Hempfield Area, as the Spartans fell on the road to Seneca Valley 42-13 in a nonconference matchup. Detruf went 19-of-32 for 187 yards, while Lippmann snagged six passes for 77 yards, and Mitchell Bitar added six grabs for 66 yards. Kai West rushed for three TDs for the Raiders.

Week 6 Westmoreland County Stars

Braden Laux (Belle Vernon) - 14-16 for 337 yds. passing, 3 TD's

Chase Lemke (Franklin Regional) - 8-19 for 247 yds. passing, 4 TD's; 1 rushing TD

Ayden Hudock (Franklin Regional) - 5 rec. for 168 yds. receiving, 3 TD's; kickoff return TD

Tristyn Tavares (Norwin) - 10-33 for 279 yds. passing, 2 TD's; 2 rushing TD's

Jackson Pons (Norwin) - 3 rec. for 149 yds. receiving, 1 TD

Payton Molter (Jeannette) - 11-20 for 207 yds. passing, 2 TD's; 71 yds. rushing, 1 TD

Noah Sanders (Jeannette) - 19 att. for 131 yds. rushing, 1 TD; 3 rec. 54 yds. receiving, 1 TD

John Jablunovsky (Ligonier Valley) - 17 att. for 180 yds. rushing, 1 TD

Devin Beattie (Burrell) - 32 att. for 187 yds. rushing, 1 TD

Tasso Whipple (Penn-Trafford) - 179 yds. rushing, 2 TD's; 1 receiving TD

Kadin Keefer (Southmoreland) - 6-12 for 164 yds. passing, 4 TD's

Da'sjon Craggette (Southmoreland) - 158 yds. rushing, 2 TD's

Ty Keffer (Southmoreland) - 3 rec. for 124 yds. receiving, 3 TD's

John Wetzel (Latrobe) - 4-8 for 87 yds. passing, 3 TD's; 1 rushing TD

Ja'Tawn Williams (Latrobe) - 3 rec. for 84 yds. receiving, 3 TD's