Live Friday blog -- Central beats Bethel; North Hills wins; Montour wins

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This is a live blog from the Central Catholic at Bethel Park game. But I'll have news, notes and scores from all around the area. If you have a score update, or thoughts from a game, send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10:20 p.m. - Rushel Shell finished with 318 yards on 34 attempts for Hopewell in the loss to Montour.

10:10 p.m. - For all the scores tonight, keep checking this Post-Gazette link.

10:03 p.m. - From Brutus Trost, Carlynton basketball coach, Devin Wilson 50-yard TD pass for Montour in the final minute and the Spartans defeated Hopewell, 36-29. Great game.

9:53 p.m. - Two great ones going on in the Parkway Conference. Hopewell scores on a hook-and-ladder play, but PAT gets blocked. 29-29 late in the game with Montour.

At West Allegheny, Alex Sinclair scores TD with 7.5 seconds left and West Allegheny goes in front of Central Valley, 30-27.


9:37 p.m. - Central Catholic breezes. With Woodland Hills losing to North Hills, there is no question every poll should have Central Catholic No. 1 in WPIAL Class AAAA.

9:36 p.m. - From Brutus Trost. Hopewell has just gone ahead of Montour late in the game.

9:30 p.m. - Some game of the week here. It's been total Central Catholic domination. Central still leads, 24-3, three minutes left.

9:29 p.m. - Central Valley gets a 95-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Robert Foster and the Warriors now lead West Allegheny, 27-23, with 1:33 left in the game.

9:21 p.m. - Peters Township rolling, 35-0, after three quarters. ... Mars and Pine-Richland tied, 10-10, after three quarters.

9:18 p.m. - End of the third quarter here and Central Catholic leads Bethel Park, 24-3.

9:17 p.m. - Dylan Bongiorni throws 19-yard touchdown pass to Aaron McKinney and West Allegheny goes back on top of Central Valley, 23-20.

9:16 p.m. - Hopewell's Rushel Shell has slowed down a little. After having 249 yards at the half, the third quarter ended and he is still under 300. But Hopewell leads Montour, 23-21, at the end of the third.

9:15 p.m. - Late in the third quarter and Central still cruising, 24-3.

9:11 p.m. - From Mrs. Patty again: North Hills has defeated Woodland Hills, 7-0. Mark DeVita scored the only TD of the game in the fourth quarter on a pass from North Hills' backup quarterback.

As reported earlier, Woodland Hills RB-DB Lafayette Pitts (Pitt recruit) did not play because of an injured knee sustained last week against Manatee, Fla.

Impressive win for North Hills on the road. Apparently, defensive coordinator Pat Carey has a good defense again. I said at the beginning of the season that North Hills could be a sleeper team. Lot of linemen back. QB Taylor Schmidt back. The key was if it could find some capable running backs. Maybe they have. But the defense must be pretty good.

Suddenly, Woody High doesn't look all that great. But maybe North Hills is pretty good.

9:06 p.m. - Central Catholic scores again. Damion Jones-Moore on 3-yard run. PAT good and it's 24-3 Central with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

I say count Central receiver Anthony Nixon among that list of talented juniors in the WPIAL.

8:59 - In first half here at Bethel, CC QB Perry Hills 10 of 13 for 115 yards. Anthony Nixon six catches for 57 yards.

8:56 p.m. - From Mrs. Patty: Woodland Hills on verge of starting 0-2. North Hills leads Woodland Hills, 7-0, with four minutes left in the game.

8:51 p.m. - Central Valley scores on first drive of second half and leads West Allegheny, 20-16. QB Curtis Lewis has three TDs.

8:46 p.m. - Scores from jumpin Johnny Lee, Bob "the workhorse" Orkwis and the boys at MSA:

North Allegheny leads Butler, 27-0; Penn Hills over Gateway, 12-0; Latrobe 14, Canon-McMillan 0; McKeesport over Altoona, 25-0; Pine-Richland and Mars tied, 10-10.

New Castle over Ambridge, 20-17; Moon and Blackhawk tied, 7-7, at halftime; Jeannette over Laurel, 26-13.

I knew Keystone Oaks was good, but I didn't know the Eagles were this good. They are clobbering a decent Burrell team, 48-7.

Ringgold leads Hampton, 7-6. Greensburg Central over Southmoreland, 27-0.

8:28 p.m. - John Murphy kicks a 27-yard field goal on final play of the half and Central Catholic leads Bethel Park, 17-3, at halftime. I can't see Bethel scoring enough in the second half on this Central defense. Bethel might be able to pass the ball some, but I can't see the Black Hawks winning.

8:22 p.m. - How about Rushel Shell? He has 249 yards rushing AT HALFTIME for goodness sake. Hopewell leads Montour, 20-14, at halftime.

8:18 p.m. - Damion Jones-Moore looking good tonight for Central. Has 40 yards on eight carries. Still not sure if he's a D-1 prospect down the road. Anthony Nixon is a junior receiver who is definitely a D-1 prospect. Nixon now with five catches.

8:16 p.m. - Bethel Park on the scoreboard. Danny Christensen, a freshman, kicks a 27-yard field goal with 4:54 left in the half. Bethel Park now trails Central Catholic, 14-3.

8:13 p.m. - West Allegheny gets a 33-yard field goal from Steve Amic at the end of the first half and West Allegheny leads Central Valley, 16-14. Halftime.

8:10 p.m. - Bethel Park on the move. QB Anthony Cinello 7 of 9. BP at Central 19.

8:08 p.m. - Where are all the basketball coaches that usually send me updates?

8:06 p.m. From Reggie Sanserino. How about Central Valley? CV leads West Allegheny, 14-13, with 2:50 left in the second quarter.

8:05 p.m. - So I'm thinking. If Luigi Lista-Brinza had a sister and she married Damion Jones-Moore. Imagine the hyphens. Would she be Suzie Lista-Brinza-Jones-Moore.

8:03 p.m. - My favorite name is in the game. Central Catholic freshman running back Luigi Lista-Brinza.

7:58 p.m. - End of first quarter and Central Catholic leads, 14-0.

7:54 p.m. - News from "Horse" Mrazik. Woodland Hills' Lafayette Pitts (Pitt recruit) not dressed for North Hills game. Sustained knee injury in season opener.

North Hills is showing something. Indians and Woodland Hills are scoreless at halftime.

7:51 p.m. - Central Catholic offense very impressive. Vikings score again, moving 54 yards in two plays. Perry Hills 39-yard pass to Dustin Lowman and then Damion Jones-Moore 15-yard TD run. 2:20

7:44 p.m. - Good crowd on hand here at Bethel Park. Almost full. Just goes to show you that people in this area would rather see a Friday night game with two local teams than a Saturday afternoon game with a local team and an out-of-state team. Central played in the Rally at the Wolvarena last week against Akron Buchtel. Crowd wasn't close to this. Central didn't have this many people I don't think.

7:42 p.m. - Central Catholic takes opening kickoff and moves 56 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown. Perry Hills caps it with a 1-yard QB sneak. Hills 4 of 5 passing in the drive.

7:38 p.m. - Bill Brink of the P-G is covering Hopewell at Montour. Get this: It's 14-0 Hopewell already and Hopewell's Rushel Shell already has 122 yards rushing. He has a 93-yard touchdown run and a 32-yard catch for a touchdown.

First off, Post-Gazette colleague Mike Sanserino is covering the Central Valley-West Allegheny game. Mike, otherwise known as "Reggie," has an interesting tidbit about West Allegheny and Mike Caputo. His report is below.

Wayne_Capers_head_shot_webBut first, this news. I've learned that Chartiers Valley star quarterback Wayne Capers is out with a slight knee injury. He might be out a couple weeks. Apparently it came in last week's game against Montour. Capers was hobbling around some in the fourth quarter of the game.

Now, here is Mike Sanserino's report from West Allegheny:

West Allegheny star running back Mike Caputo was standing on crutches tonight as his teammates warmed up. One week after dislocating his ankle, and six days after surgery, Caputo was in good spirits.
"It kills me," he said. "But what keeps me going is these guys right here. I know they can do this without me."
Caputo was non-committal when asked if he thought he could still play this season.
"We'll just have to find out," he said.
His coach, Bob Palko, does not anticipate him returning.
"If anybody could do it, he could do it," Palko said. "But that's not being realistic. If hope's what he has, then let him have it."
But Caputo will still be represented on the field. West Allegheny will honor the senior by selecting a top-performing player to wear his number each week. This week it is Aaron McKinney, a senior wide receiver and defensive back.
"We'll always have a No. 7 on the field," Caputo said. "That was really nice."


In the meantime, here we go with some Central Catholic-Bethel Park notes. Central Catholic kicker John Murphy (pictured to the left) certainly got his kicks this past week.

A senior, Murphy never played football before this season. But Murphy kicked all of Central Catholic's extra points in the season opener last Saturday and also had a few kickoffs go for touchbacks against Akron Buchtel. Then he scored the only goal in Central Catholic's 1-0 soccer victory Tuesday.

Pregame photos

Some Bethel park students use a little paint job to get ready for the game. It's their version of body painting.


Here are a few Bethel Park workers who will "get in your grill." Just doing some cooking for the refreshment stand.


Football players stretch before the game. Well, so do cheerleaders. The Bethel Park cheerleaders loosen up on the sidelines.


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