Class AAA final
In what turned out to be a terrific game, Central Valley won the Class AAA championship with a 35-28 victory against West Allegheny.
It was certainly the best game of the day. Central Valley jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, but West Allegheny eventually tied it in the third quarter.
There were great swings of momentum in the second half. Central Valley went ahead on a 55-yard TD reception. It was one of the greatest plays you will see in a WPIAL title game. Whitehead broke five tackles on the play.
Whitehead finished with six receptions for 179 yards and also had 107 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Class AA final
Brett Brumbaugh added another record to his collection.
Brumbaugh, South Fayette's stud senior quarterback, threw for 352 yards to lead the Lions to a 31-22 victory against Aliquippa. It was the second consecutive year that South Fayette beat Aliquippa in the title game.
The 352 yards was the most ever in a title game at Heinz Field or Three Rivers Stadium. Brumbaugh already is the all-time leading passer in the WPIAL and now has over 10,500 career yards. I would be surprised if he does not break the state record of 10,948.
South Fayette's receivers also were excellent and were key to the win.
Class AAAA final
Pine-Richland has more than just a top offense.
Pine-Richland put up a terrific defensive effort and it was one of the main reasons the Rams won the WPIAL Class AAAA championship with a 21-13 victory against Central Catholic at Heinz Field.
Pine-Richland held Central Catholic to seven points until a touchdown pass on the last play of the game.
Pine-Richland's offense, one of the most prolific in recent WPIAL history, took a while to get going. The game was scoreless at halftime.
Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci (pictured) completed 16 of 29 passes for 174 yards. But check this out: DiNucci also scored on a pass reception. Pine-Richland ran a reverse pass and D'Ondre Gastion hit DiNucci with a 12-yard touchdown pass.
But it needs to be pointed out that Pine-Richland was a big benefactor of a confusing call that really hurt Central Catholic. Late in the third quarter, Pine-Richland was leading, 7-0, when Earnest Williams took a pitch and fumbled. Romello Broughton recovered for Central Catholic. But after a short conference, game officials took away the fumble recovery. They ruled there was an inadvertent whistle and the play was dead.
It was a call that certainly didn't make a lot of sense and it hurt Central Catholic severely. DiNucci scored on the next play.
In the interview room after the game, it seemed Central Catholic coach Terry Totten tried to be politically correct. But he said he never heard a whistle and also said, "I've never been part of something like that."
Central Catholic scored on its next possession.
The loss overshadowed a fine performance by Central Catholic running back-defensive back Johnny Petrishen. Taking direct snaps in the wildcat formation, he rushed for 170 yards - although it take him 34 carries to get the yardage.
Class A championship
Clairton is a WPIAL champ again.
Clairton won its sixth WPIAL Class A title in seven years with a 46-14 victory against Avonworth at Heinz Field.
It would have taken a monumental effort for Avonworth to beat Clairton. And Avonworth took a 7-6 lead in the first quarter. But it was all Clairton after that.
It was all about the "W's" for Clairton - Wade and Williams. Sophomore Lamont wade ran for 128 yards on 16 carries, caught three passes for 37 yards and get this: He intercepted four passes on defense.
Meanwhile, Clairton quarterback Ryan Williams completed 16 of 24 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns.
Clairton outgained Avonworth, 455-262. The 46 points was by far the most scored on Avonworth this year.
Clairton will play in the PIAA playoffs next weekend against the winner of tomorrow's Berlin Brothersvalley-Meyersdale game.