Live blog from Friday's WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff between Mars and Montour. For score updates and notes from other games, look to the right at @PGVarsityXtra's Twitter account. If have a score, photo or note, send it to @PGVarsityXtra or tweet with #WPIAL
FINAL: MARS 42, MONTOUR 27
Rinaman scores his sixth TD of the night with 29 seconds to go. Has more than 200 yards rushing.
MARS 35, MONTOUR 27
Randall LaBrie throws 10-yard TD pass to Kailen Grimm. But PAT blocked. Second one blocked this game.
10:02 Six minutes left. Still 35-21
9:52 Big play by the Mars defense. Montour driving. QB LaBrie has pass tipped by Mars player and then Montour player and into hands of Mars Justin Taylor at his own 18-yard line.
MARS 35, MONTOUR 21
First play of second quarter. Ori Rinaman goes 35 yards for a touchdown. Brake kick.
Mars winning battle up front. That's difference now in this game.
9:41 END OF THIRD QUARTER
MARS 28, MONTOUR 21
31-yard touchdown run David Haseleu on option pitch from LaBrie.
Jeannette comes back and takes 22-19 lead on Brentwood.
Upset alert: Plum beating Penn Hills, 17-7
MARS 28, MONTOUR 14
Mars came out and played smash mouth. 8 plays. 70 yards. TD. Ori Rinaman gets his fourth TD of the night. This one comes from 21 yards out.
9:16 Mars driving. At Montour 30.
9:11 Second half under way.
Surprise scores: Brentwood beating Jeannette, 19-7. Besides Clairton, that Eastern Conference isn't looking too good.
Penn-Trafford has come back and taken 17-13 lead on Fox Chapel. Thought it might be only matter of time.
Few other scores: Hampton leading New Castle, 12-7.
Beaver leading South Park, 20-7
MARS 21, MONTOUR 14, HALFTIME
What a change in momentum. Third down less than minute in half. Montour at its own 10. Halfback pass on third down. Impressive freshman Rob Carmody intercepts and returns to 9. Ori Rinaman scores on next play. PAT good with 33 seconds left in half.
MARS 14, MONTOUR 14
Ori Rinaman scores on 6-yard TD run. Kick good by Brake. We're tied. 12 plays, 80 yard drive.
Sounds like a great game. Apollo-Ridge beating Beaver Falls, 22-20, in second quarter.
8:30 Two Montour personal foul penalties and Mars is now at Montour 22.
Central Catholic leading Norwin, 14-7
Could Tri-County South get a win? Beth-Center leading Riverside, 14-7
MONTOUR 14, MARS 7
Montour drives 64 yards in seven plays for TD. Logan DeBoer catches two point pass from LaBrie.
8:16 Montour on move. To Mars 6. A few complete passes.
7:12 Montour takes over at 36. Don't think there will be much passing in this game.
Wow. Penn-Trafford now losing to Fox Chapel, 13-3.
MARS 7, MONTOUR 6
After INT by Montour's Trent Vietmeier, Randall LaBrie scores on next play. PAT blocked. Mars leads, 7-6, 11:47 left in half.
North Catholic on way to 26th consecutive win, leading Avella, 23-0
End of first quarter and Fox Chapel still leads Penn-Trafford, 7-3.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: MARS 7, MONTOUR 0
At start of second quarter, Mars will have third-and-5 on its own 31.
Eli Mencer TD run for Altoona, and 'toona leads Bethel Park, 7-0. Altoona has never won a WPIAL playoff game.
North Allegheny leading Upper St. Clair 7-0 at end first quarter
Early surprise: Fox Chapel leads Penn-Trafford, 7-3. Casey Aunkst kicks field goal for Penn-Trafford. This Casey is a female.
7:54 Montour digs in. Mars loses 5 yards on four plays. Montour takes over. 3:33 left in first quarter.
Woodland Hills up on North Hills 7-0.
7:52 Montour fumbles away ensuing kickoff. Mitch Verplank recovers for Mars.
Looks like South Fayette will stretch winning streak to 26. Up 14-6
MARS 7, MONTOUR 0
Ori Rinaman scores on 3-yard run. PAT good. 52-yard drive. One completed pass.
7:46 Mars on move. Down to Montour 15.
7:42 Turnover. QB Randall Labrie loses ball, John Castello recovers at Mars 48.
7:38 Under way. Montour ball. Can't help but notice 6-3, 380-pound defensive lineman Marshall Robinson.
7:23 Ten minutes before game and there can't be 200 people here. Attendance at many of these first-round games is not good. Just doesn't seem to be that much interest. Couple that with poor weather and crowds tonight could be horrible at a lot of places.
7-10 games in the NCAA basketball tournament are always interesting. This is a 7-10 game in the WPIAL. Mars is 10 and Montour 7. Really a tossup game. It could hinge on how well Montour's defense against the run.
I'd say this interesting. At many places around the stadium, there are these mini-posters: "In Lou We Trust."
Is it a message to Montour superintendent Donald Boyer ? In August, Boyer suspended Lou Cerro as Montour athletic director. Cerro was still allowed to coach.
Cerro said this week he has no idea where the situation or suspension stands. He said he has been told nothing. Judging from talks with people in the community and other coaches, and these signs, Cerro has a lot of support.