Westmoreland County Friday Night Lights - Week Nine

Penn-Trafford tops Franklin Regional; Belle Vernon outlasts EF; Southmoreland rolls past Mt. Pleasant

Sat Oct 28, 2023 - 1:04AM

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Norwin 47 Hempfield Area 21   (NOR: 3-7; HA: 1-9)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Norwin QB Tristyn Tavares capped off a record-setting season with a massive performance, as he threw for 318 yards and six scores through the air and added another touchdown on the ground in leading the Knights to a 47-21 win at home against Hempfield Area in the Class 5A Big East Conference. In the process, Tavares set the single-season passing mark for Norwin. Also, Luke Denny snagged nine passes for 219 yards and a pair of TDs for the Knights, while Jackson Pons contributed four receiving scores. Norwin concluded with a conference mark of 2-3, while the Spartans finished at 0-5.

Penn-Trafford 27 Franklin Regional 14   (PT: 5-5; FR: 6-4)   WATCH BROADCAST

Tasso Whipple scored twice and Jonny Lovre’s touchdown run proved to be the decisive play as Penn-Trafford topped homestanding Franklin Regional 27-14 in the Class 5A Big East Conference showdown. With the win, PT moved to 4-1 in the conference, and clinched a playoff spot as the second-place team. The Panthers, who dropped to 3-2, also secured a postseason berth as a wild card. Lovre’s 1-yard run on fourth down gave the Warriors the lead midway through the fourth quarter, and he also threw for a score to Jack Weishaar earlier in the contest. Whipple posted 87 yards rushing on 17 attempts. Jude Gentille scored a rushing touchdown for FR, while Jack Silvis returned a blocked punt for a score.

Kiski Area 42 Armstrong 34   (KA: 5-5; ARM: 5-5)

Kiski Area scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter, and the Cavaliers held off a late rally to edge Armstrong 42-34, claiming a playoff berth. Host Kiski Area improved to 3-3 in the Class 4A Greater Allegheny Conference, while the River Hawks tumbled to 2-4. Terry “Bart” Martin compiled 136 yards receiving, while Landon Kucic notched 136 yards rushing and two scores for the Cavs. Ian Olsen caught seven passes for 151 yards and a TD in the setback for Armstrong.

Greater Latrobe 42 Butler 7   (GL: 7-3; BUT: 2-8)

Greater Latrobe rolled to a 42-7 win at Butler Area in a nonconference matchup. Wildcats quarterback John Wetzel produced 145 yards rushing and a touchdown, and he added a fumble recovery score that spanned 48 yards.

Belle Vernon 49 Elizabeth Forward 28   (BVA: 8-1; EF: 9-1)   WATCH BROADCAST

Quinton Martin scored four touchdowns in three different ways, as Belle Vernon Area ousted previously-undefeated Elizabeth Forward 49-28. As a result, the host Leopards captured the Class 3A Interstate Conference title, finishing the ledger at 5-0, while EF dropped to 4-1 and a second-place finish. Martin posted four receptions for 166 yards, including two scores, while he added a 36-yard rushing TD and a 12-yard pick six. Anthony Crews, Jake Gedekoh, and Kole Doppelheuer also scored for BVA, while Braden Laux threw for 119 yards.

Southmoreland 40 Mount Pleasant 3   (SOU: 6-4; MP: 6-4)   WATCH BROADCAST

Da’sjon Craggette had a record-setting performance in carrying Southmoreland to a 40-3 win at Mount Pleasant Area in a Class 3A Interstate Conference showdown. Craggette rushed 22 times for 334 yards, a school record, and scored four times, including runs of 80 and 92 yards for the Scotties. Ty Keffer also caught a 21-yard TD pass from Kadin Keefer. Jarrett Garn’s 32-yard field goal accounted for the only points for the Vikings. Cole Chatfield was 5-of-12 for 69 yards and an interception for Mount Pleasant Area. While both teams are postseason bound, the Scotties finished third in the conference at 3-2, while the Vikings took fourth with a record of 2-3.

Greensburg Salem 44 South Allegheny 20   (GS: 2-8; SA: 1-9)

An offensive outburst sparked Greensburg Salem to a 44-20 win at home against South Allegheny in the Class 3A Interstate Conference. Dom Rosensteel caught seven passes for 171 yards and a pair of TDs for the Golden Lions. Additionally, Brody Chismar threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns, while Brady Smith compiled 21 carries for 105 yards, scoring three times for GS. In the defeat, Cameron Epps posted 144 yards rushing and 64 yards receiving and two scores for the Gladiators. The win marked the first in conference play for Greensburg Salem, while South Allegheny concluded the campaign at 0-5 in the conference.

Knoch 40 Valley 0   (KNO: 8-2; VALL: 2-8)

Valley was silenced offensively, while the Vikings’ defense could not solve Ethan Allwine, who scored five times in propelling Knoch to a 40-0 win in the Class 3A Allegheny Six Conference. While Valley finished the year with an 0-5 mark in the conference, the Knights improved to 4-1.

Derry Area 35 Ligonier Valley 15   (DA: 5-5; LV: 2-8)   WATCH BROADCAST

Nate Barkley and Ahmad Ward combined for five touchdowns in leading Derry Area to a 35-15 win against Ligonier Valley in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. Barkley scored twice on the ground, and he added an interception return touchdown for the host Trojans. Ward, meanwhile, added two more rushing touchdowns for DA. John Jablunovsky rushed 18 times for 155 yards and accounted for both scores for the Rams. Derry Area moved to 4-3 and a fourth-place finish in the conference, while Ligonier Valley finished at 1-6.

Imani Christian 45 Yough 7   (IC: 7-2; YOU: 2-8)

Yough was overmatched in a 45-7 road loss to Imani Christian Academy in Class 2A Allegheny Conference play. Dayshaun Burnett amassed 318 yards passing and four TDs through the air for the Saints, while David Davis scored three touchdowns. The Cougars tumbled to a final record of 1-6 in the conference, while ICA improved to 5-1.

Apollo-Ridge 37 Burrell 33   (AR: 3-7; BURR: 4-6)

Burrell could not contain Karter Schrock, who surpassed 200 yards through the air and 200 on the ground in propelling Apollo-Ridge to a 37-33 win at home against the Buccaneers in the Class 2A Allegheny Conference. Schrock amassed 236 yards and a pair of scores passing, and he compiled 202 yards and three touchdowns as a runner. Stephen Hasson passed for 141 yards and two scores in the setback for the Bucs. Playoff-bound Burrell dropped to 3-4 in the conference, while the Vikings finished the year at 2-5.

Clairton 60 Jeannette 14   (CLA: 8-2; JEA: 7-3)   LISTEN BROADCAST

Jeannette could not slow the combination of Michael Wright and Donte Wright, as each accounted for three TDs in leading Clairton to a lopsided 60-14 road win. As a result, the Bears claimed the Class 1A Eastern Conference title at 6-0, while the Jayhawks dropped to 4-2, third in the conference. In addition to his three scores, Michael Wright went 11-of-18 passing for 174 yards, while Drahcir Jones compiled 190 yards rushing and two TDs. Payton Molter factored into both touchdowns for the Jayhawks in the first quarter, as he notched a 26-yard run and a 44-yard pass to Kymon’e Brown. Molter did not play in the second half due to injury.

Greensburg Central Catholic 42 Leechburg 7   (GCC: 7-3; LEECH: 6-4)

Samir Crosby scored three different ways in leading Greensburg Central Catholic to a lopsided 42-7 win at Leechburg in a Class 1A Eastern Conference clash. Crosby returned a kickoff and a punt each for touchdowns, and he added a rushing score for the Centurions. Quarterback Tyree Turner threw a touchdown pass, rushed for another, and intercepted two passes on defense. Jackson McMullen and Aiden Allison also found paydirt for GCC. With the win, the Centurions claimed second place from the conference, finishing at 5-1, while the Blue Devils dipped to 3-3.

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