FINAL SCORE: MARS 45, BLACKHAWK 21
Josh Schultheis, Mars sophomore running back, finishes with 251 yards on 26 carries. Mars did not have any yards passing.
Chandler Kincade (Pitt recruit) of Blackhawk finishes 22 of 35 for 337 and one interception.
Knoch drives 77 yards in two plays and cuts West Mifflin lead to 21-14
9:44 p.m. - Blackhawk gets TD pass from Kincade to Caratelli. Trails, 45-21, with 48 seconds left.
Valley has two TDs on fumble recovery returns but trails Beaver, 21-4, after three.
Jimmy Wheeler gets second TD of night. Two-point conversion good. 21-7 West Mifflin.
Mt. Lebanon handling Butler, 31-6. First playoff game since 1998 for Butler not going well.
FINAL: North Allegheny 42, Altoona 14
Woodland Hills now leading North Hills, 24-7.
9:37 p.m. - Jason Lozzi scores on a 17-yard TD run and Mars now leads, 45-14.
Neshannock leading Jeff-Morgan, 34-7.
FINAL SCORE: Gateway 28, Peters Township 19
Second-half onslaught by Beaver Falls, leading Freeport, 28-14.
This one is definitely surprising. Peters Township trails Gateway by only 21-19.
Penn-Trafford gets a long TD pass and the Warriors have cut Central Catholic lead to 30-27.
Montour leads Trinity, 20-7.
Bethel Park just putting it to McKeesport. 31-6 Bethel Park leads six minutes left.
Woodland Hills gets a field goal and goes ahead of North Hills, 17-7.
71-yard TD run by West Mifflin QB Derrick Fulmore. PAT missed and West Mifflin has taken 13-7 lead on Knoch. West Mifflin then recovered Knoch fumble and has first and goal at Knoch 10.
9:27 p.m. - Jason Lozzi is playing tonight for Mars. He was questionable before game.
9:26 p.m. - Mars coach Scott Heinauer looking like someone from North Pole with big heavy coat and gray hat covering his whole head.
9:25 p.m.- Lot of talk in Mars press box about what Knoch is doing. Mars could play Knoch next week if Knoch beats West Mifflin. Knoch only team to beat Mars this season.
Seneca Valley 50, Hempfield 0 - Raiders are my sleeper team in Class AAAA playoffs.
Seton-LaSalle 28, Greensburg Central Catholic 10
Hopewell leading Hampton, 14-6.
9:20 p.m. - Not good for Mars. Running back Alex Smith helped off field with leg injury.
Just after that,
Wow. Belle Vernon 16, Central Valley 14. Absence of top players hurting Central Valley obviously.
Beaver Falls has taken 20-14 lead against Freeport.
9:18 p.m. - Josh Schultheis 211 yards rushing after three quarters for Mars.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: MARS 35, BLACKHAWK 14
West Mifflin and Knoch still tied, 7-7, in third quarter.
9:14 p.m. - Schultheis getting close to 200 yards. Just ran 54 yards for Mars.
From Craig Meyer: Valley recovers a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, taking it to the house for a touchdown. Now leads Beaver 14-13
Sto-Rox 20, Carmichaels 7
Struttin' Stratton - Danny Stratton - scores on 15-yard TD run and Beaver Falls slices Freeport lead to 14-12.
North Hills returns fumble for touchdown and cuts Woodland Hills lead to 14-7
Shai McKenzie over 200 yards rushing early in second half for Washington.
9:05 p.m. - Mars answers with eight-play, 55-yard Td drive. Josh Schultheis scores on 2-yard TD run.
MARS 35, BLACKHAWK 14
Dorian Stevens 24 yd pass to McDonough and Penn-Trafford cuts Central Catholic lead to 24-19.
9:02 p.m. - Mars on the move again. Schultheis three consectuive carries now at Blackhawk 14.
Tyler Mellors fourth TD and Mount Pleasant leads Burrell, 28-7.
Beaver Falls cuts Freeport lead to 14-6.
Miles Sanders 1-yard TD run and Woodland Hills leads North Hills, 14-0, early in third quarter.
Luigi Lista-Brinza 8-yard TD run and Central Catholic leads Penn-Trafford, 24-12.
8:57 p.m. - Chandler Kincade scores on 2-yard QB sneak. PAT good and Blackhawk is hanging in. Trails by 28-14 with 8:04 left in third quarter.
8:55 p.m. - 54-yard pass to Alex Caratelli puts ball at 16. Great catch by Caratelli puts ball at 2. Caratelli led WPIAL in catches this regular season. I can see why.
8:54 p.m. - Chandler Kincade just got sacked for fifth time. But holds onto ball a little too long sometimes.
8:51 p.m. - Blackhawk has to start second half on own 1-yard line. But Cougars get a first down on first play.
Brendan Lynch 65-yard TD and Freeport has taken 14-0 lead on Beaver Falls.
Halftime: Hampton and Hopewell scoreless.
Tyler Boyd scored fifth TD and Clairton leads Frazier, 45-6.
Still in first half and West Allegheny leads Ringgold, 41-0. Ouch.
Monessen 35, Apollo-Ridge 12
Central Valley 14, Belle Vernon 13
Peters Township keeping it a little closer than I thought. Trails Gateway, 21-12, at the half.
Dane Brown TD run and Franklin Regional leads Elizabeth Forward, 24-7.
Montour ahead at half, 20-6
Beaver 13, Valley 0 - halftime
Shai McKenzie leads Shady Side Academy 20-6 and Shai McKenzie looks headed for his seventh 200-yard game. Has 159 yards on 11 attempts at half.
Woodland Hills 7, North Hills 0 at half
Upper St. Clair 42, Kiski Area 0
Penn-Trafford scores on final play of half, trails Central Catholic, 17-12.
Franklin Regional 17, Elizabeth Forward 7
Aliquippa 28, Steel Valley 0
After trailing early 7-0, Seton-LaSalle 21, Greensburg CentralCatholic 7
West Mifflin and Knoch tied, 7-7, at half
Central Valley 14, Belle Vernon 6
Lynch with a TD and Freeport leads Beaver Falls, 6-0, at half
Clairton 33, Frazier 6
Mt. Lebanon 17, Butler 0
North Catholic 7, Bishop Canevin 0
Neshannock 20, Jefferson-Morgan 0
Seneca Valley leads Hempfield, 36-0
HALFTIME: MARS 28, BLACKHAWK 7
First half stats: Yardage is actually almost even. Mars has 183 total yards and Blackhawk 182. Blackhawk fumbled three times, lost one. Chandler Kincade 9 of 14 for 169 yards. Blackhawk RB Cole Chiappialle, who ran for more than 400 yards in a game a few weeks ago, has six carries for minus 1 yard.
For Mars, Josh Schultheis already has 116 yards on 12 carries. Owen Nearhoof 55 yards on three attempts. Mars 0 yards rushing.
Forrest Barnes scores on screen pass and Seneca Valley leads Hempfield, 27-0
8:21 p.m. - 38-yard pass from Chandler Kincade to Andy Podbielski puts ball at Mars 3. But on first down, Kincade fumbles snap and loses 2 yards. Second-and-goal from 5. Timeout with :40 left in half.
J.J. Cosentino short TD run and CentralCatholic leads Penn-Trafford, 10-6.
From Kyle Piper: Third TD by Dante Marsick and Rochester leads Avonworth, 20-0.
North Hills had long TD run by Josh Hulbert called back because of holding.
Upper St. Clair 21, Kiski Area 0
Aliquippa rolling again, leading Steel Valley, 21-0.
McClelland TD pass and Woodland Hills leads North Hills, 7-0.
8:15 p.m. - Sophomore Josh Schultheis finds the end zone again. This time from 43 yards out. PAT good by Matt White. Mars now leads Blackhawk, 28-0.
Tyler Mellors 54-yard TD run and Mount Pleasant leads Burrell, 21-7.
From Ben O, Bethel Park leading McKeesport 21-0. Looks like McKeesport will go out in the first round for the fourth year in a row.
8:11 p.m. - Chandler Kincade sacked again Blackhawk must punt. Still Mars ahead, 21-0.
Rex Pearce 3-yard TD run and Elizabeth Forward cuts Franklin Regional lead to 14-7.
Lenny Williams 39-yard TD run and Sto-Rox leads Carmichaels 14-0.
8:07 p.m. - Wow. Some questionable officiating. Mars just punted. Alex Chiappalle took off with punt. Went about 20 yards before had to stop. There was an inadvertent whistle.
Interesting on this one. South Allegheny leading Jeannette, 7-6.
Seneca Valley 20, Hempfield 0 .... 16-yard TD run by Jon Dorogy
8:05 p.m. - Mars punts for the second time tonight.
8:03 p.m. - Gotta like the size on Blackhawk QB Chandler Kincade (6-5). Decent arm, too. Not getting much time to throw. Too many mistakes by Blackhawk also.
Pohl with a 21-yard field goal and Shady Side ties Washington, 6-6.
Neshannock on way to first playoff win in school history, leads Jefferson-Morgan, 13-0.
Hampton and Hopewell scoreless after first quarter.
Clairton ahead only 14-6 against Frazier
Cole Bush 3-yard run and Burrell ties Mount Pleasant, 7-7.
Central Valley leading Belle Vernon, 7-6.
7:59 p.m. - Blackhawk's Alex Chiappalle stopped for no gain on fourth down by Austin Bitzer. Blackhawk turns ball over.
7:57 p.m. - MARS 21, BLACKHAWK 0
End of first quarter. Blackhawk moved again into Mars territory, but faces fourth-and-one
Jordan Brown 12-yard TD and Seneca Valley leads Hempfield, 13-0
Tom Stinelli 2-yard TD run and Penn-Tafford has taken 6-3 lead on Central Catholic.
Rochester 14, Avonworth 0
West Allegheny 14, Ringgold 0
Freeport 6, Beaver Falls 0
7:54 p.m. - Blackhawk finally gets a stop on defense. Three and out.
Shai McKenzie long TD run for Washington and Little Prexies lead, 6-3
7:53 p.m. - Blackhawk moving again. But Connor Noland fumbles ball away at Mars 10-yard line.
From Ryan Riordan, North Hills and Woodland Hills scoreless after first quarter.
End of first quarter, Beaver and Valley are tied, 0-0, from Craigy Meyer
Ben Tackett scores on 28-yard run and Knoch has tied West Mifflin, 7-7
From Steve Richey, Mack Leftwich 78-yard TD pass to Elijah Zeise and North Allegheny leads Altoona, 13-0
West Allegheny 7, Ringgold 0
Central Catholic 3, Penn-Trafford 0
7:47 p.m. - Mars QB Owen Nearhoof 40-yard run and Josh Schultheis runs 25 yards for TD on next play. It's already 21-0 Mars with 5:32 left in first quarter. And I thought I would come here because Blackhawk might have a chance to make this close. Oh well, still a ways to go but Blackhawk has shown no ability to stop the run at all.
7:45 p.m. - Blackhawk had 45-yard pass play from Kincade to Caratelli to put ball at Mars 15. Lost yardage on two plays and then turned the ball over on downs.
Mount Pleasant has taken 7-0 lead on Burrell.
West Mifflin's Jim Wheeler goes 68 yards on fist play from scrimmage and Titans take 7-0 lead on Knoch.
7:37 p.m.- MARS 14, BLACKHAWK 0
Planets on board again. After a 12-yard Blackhawk punt, Planets take over at Blackhawk 25. On first down, Josh Schultheis takes handoff, runs for a few yards, fumbles and QB Owen Nearhoof recovers and runs 21 yards for touchdown. PAT good with 10:12 left in first quarter.
7:34 p.m. - How bout Mars next two days. Playoff game tonight. Tomorrow, the Mars girls and boys soccer team, and the girls volleyball team playing for WPIAL championships. Wow. Same with Greensburg Central Catholic tomorrow. Only other time a school has had three teams in soccer championships and girls volleyball championship was Mars in 1998.
MARS 7, BLACKHAWK 0
7:33 p.m. - On second down after kickoff, Josh Schultheis TD on 7-yard run. PAT by Matt White. 7-0 with 11:12 left in first quarter.
7:31 p.m. - Alex Smith 61-yard kickoff return to the Blackhawk 13.
I was told Mars linebacker Jason Lozzi is injured and not playing. We'll see.
Key to the game is how well Blackhawk's defense will do against Mars' running game. Blackhawk's offense has been potent, but the defense? That's another story.
Prediction: Mars by a touchdown.