Live blog from the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal between Pine-Richland and Penn-Trafford. For scores and notes on other games, look to the right of this blog at the Twitter account of @PGVarsityXtra. If you have a score, note or photo from other games, tweet it with #wpial and tag @PGVarsityXtra.
FINAL: PENN-TRAFFORD 28, PINE-RICHLAND 24
Tyler Bruno catches 20 yard TD pass to win it
10:08 Timeout. P-T has first and 10 at P-R 20 with 13 seconds left.
PINE-RICHLAND 34, PENN-TRAFFORD 31
Pine-Richland gets a break. 4th down and 4 pass to Saige Simpson. Too far but interference called on P-T's Jonah Lisbon. Jimmy Graf scores 6 yard TD run
9:57 Timeout 1:08 let. Fourth and 4 for Pine at P-T 28.
PENN-TRAFFORD 31, PINE-RICHLAND 27
First play after McDonough INT, Laffoon scores on 5-yard run
9:46 McDonough hurt on play. Bringing out cart for him. But he looks to be OK.
9:43 Big play by Penn-Trafford Colin McDonough. Intercepts Phil Jurkovec at 26 and returns the ball to the 5.
9:43 Ouch. Penn-Trafford drives to 10 but Jonah Lisbon fumbles and Matt Hampson recovers for P-R
9:33 Penn-Trafford third down conversion rate has been excellent.
PINE-RICHLAND 27, PENN-TRAFFORD 24
It only takes 6 plays to go 75 yards. Big 39 yd pass from Jurkovec to Matthew Zoeller. Jim Graf scores 1-yard run.
PENN-TRAFFORD 24, PINE-RICHLAND 20
9:35 Brett Laffoon tough dude too. Scores on 1-yard run, one play after he ran over defender. 4:50 left in third.
9:16 Penn-Trafford converts on fourth down and late hit by Brandon Humphrey. Puts ball at P-R 10.
9:11 Laffoon has Penn-Trafford on move.
9:08 Fourth and 5 for P-R. Jurkovec pass incomplete in end zone. Big stop for P-T.
9:05 Yes, Phil Jurkovec is tough dude. Has P-R on move. Love run he just had.
9:00 Brett Laffoon 190 yards passing in first half.
Central Valley leading Mars 27-21. Mars putting up a fight. Not surprised.
Central Catholic handling Woodland Hills 17-0
HALFTIME: Pine-Richland 20, Penn-Trafford 14
PINE-RICHLAND 20, PENN-TRAFFORD 13
77 yards in seven plays capped by Jimmy Graf 1-yard TD run.
8:32 Can any defense come up with a stop? No punts in game yet.
8:28 And here come Pine-Richland. 6 plays now at P-T 1.
PENN-TRAFFORD 17, PINE-RICHLAND 13
Jonah Lisbon gets out of backfield and catches 14 yd TD pass. PAT good.
8:22 Penn-Trafford now at P-R 14.
8:16 Fourth and 2 at own 41 and P-T goes for it. Laffon completes pass for 8 yards. Some confidence in his team by coach Ruane.
Vecchio is close to breaking another big pass play.
8:12 That was only fifth INT in two years for Brett Laffoon.
PINE-RICHLAND 13, PENN-TRAFFORD 10
Defense struggling, but Saige Simpson gives pickup with INT of overthrown short pass by Laffoon. Returns it 55 yards for TD. PAT good.
8:07 Penn-Trafford OL is dominating.
8:01 Big play by Tyler Bruno to break up pass on third down. Fourth and goal for P-R and Rams run option, but Colin McDonough trips up Graf at 3.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: PENN-TRAFFORD 10, PINE-RICHLAND 6
But Pine-Richland faces a third-and-goal from the 6.
7:54 And now here goes P-R on the move. Inside P-T territory.
PENN-TRAFFORD 10, PINE-RICHLAND 6
Another drive for P-T. Nick Tarabella 19 yard field goal.
7:50 Penn-Tra moving again. Down to Pine 2.
7:43 I knew it before. But Tim Vecchio one of best players in WPIAL. Great high school player.
PENN-TRAFFORD 7, PINE-RICHLAND 6
Impressive drive for Pine-Richland. 90 yards in 10 plays. Jurkovec couple big passes. Jimmy Graf scores on 6-yard yard run.
PENN-TRAFFORD 7. PINE-RICHLAND 0
Third play of the game, Vecchio gets behind DB and catches 59-yard TD pass from Brett Laffoon.
7:30 Game time. Penn-Trafford receive.
It's the No. 1 scoring team in Class AAAA (Penn-Trafford) vs. the No. 2 scoring team (Pine-Richland). Plus, it's not often - if ever - you see a WPIAL game matching two quarterbacks who have thrown for 2,000 yards. But that's what you have in Brett Laffoon of Penn-Trafford and Phil Jurkovec of Pine-Richland.
That being said, I think the difference in this game might be who runs the ball better, whether with a running back or Jurkovec.
And now off the track of the game. Forgive the typo errors. Another dang open air press box and it's cooooolllld. And I'm right in the front row. Makes it hard on the fingers to type. Not to sound like a sissy.
But love the barbecue beef in the press box. Good stuff.
And glad to see Penn Hills now has stands on both sides of field. Hate places with stands on one side. This is the third year for it.