Live blog from WPIAL Class AAA semifinal between Thomas Jefferson and West Allegheny. For score updates and notes from other semifinals look to the right of this blog for @PGVarsityXtra's Twitter account. If you have a score update, note of photo, tweet with #wpial.
FINAL: WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7
How about this one: Neshannock is now beating Clairton, 28-26. Wait. Clairton comes right back and takes 34-28 lead.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7
Neshannock giving Clairton a game. 26-22 Clairton ahead.
Central Catholic offense clicking tonight. Now leading Penn-Trafford, 35-20
WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 7
Thomas Jefferson gets on scoreboard. Jacob Stein returns second-half kickoff 96 yards for TD. Mercy rule still in effect.
Halftime: WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
Mercy rule in second half.
WEST ALLEGHENY 41, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
Never have seen this from a TJ team. Jaguars can't tackle. Four TDs in past five plays for West A. 25-yard TD run by Terrence Stephens. If this stays, it will be mercy rule in second half.
8:22 West Allegheny has scored touchdowns on three of its past four plays. Wow.
WEST ALLEGHENY 34, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
Can TJ stop the avalanche? Whitney White 65-yard touchdown run. 5:54 left in half.
McKeesport gets on board. Now trails Pine-Richland, 14-7.
Washington trailing Aliquippa by only 16-12. TD by Spina for Wash High
WEST ALLEGHENY 27, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
This is jaw-dropping. Two plays 57 yards and Chayse Dillon scores on 55-yard run. With what's happening here, it makes you wonder what the competition was like in that Big Nine?
8:04 TJ goes three and out again. TJ has only one first down early in second quarter. Thomas Jefferson has virtually no passing game. It will be extremely difficult for Jaguars to come back. You don't see any long drives coming and they can't stop West A. Punt return jump started West A.
WEST ALLEGHENY 20, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
Six-play, 50-yard drive and Chayse Dillon caps with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Central Valley putting it to Ringgold, 14-0. Not a surprise there.
7:54 Great fourth-down stand by WA defense at midfield. TJ coach Bill Cherpak went for it on fourth and 2. WA now driving.
South Fayette 7, Seton-LaSalle 0
WEST ALLEGHENY 13, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
First play after kickoff TJ fumbles and Whitney White recovers. West Allegheny goes 39 yards in five plays. TD run of 5 yards by Terence Stephens. Opsatnik kick. 13-0
Pine-Richland scores first possession. DiNucci 7 of 7
WEST ALLEGHENY 6, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0
Big play on special teams!! Great punt return by Tyler Amedure takes punt and goes 65 yards for TD. Broke three tackles. Looked to be stopped at midfield, broke loose and went down the sideline. PAT failed, though.
Avonworth jumps to 7-0 lead on North Catholic. Hughley TD.
7:36 Three and out for West A.
7:31 West Allegheny receives. No Andrew Koester at QB. West Allegheny in wildcat.
7:26 Game time in a few minutes. Certainly not good crowd again. Attendance has been down all throughout the playoffs. You can't blame weather that much. Heck, it has been cold a number of years for the semifinals and attendance wasn't like this. I can't give you a reason.
Another cold, cold night. Regular season was filled with great Friday nights, but the weather for the playoffs has been bad and it has greatly affected attendance. Wonder what the crowd will be like here at Bethel Park? Half hour before the game and there might be 100 people here.
Will be interesting to see how much West Allegheny uses the wildcat formation. The Indians used it a lot last week. Most of the year they had been going out of a pro site.