Lights Out: The night that was in Friday Night Football, 10/4/13

Written by Nick Veronica on .

[Full Friday night scores + Updated WPIAL standings]

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams became the WPIAL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns Friday night but will have to wait another week to break the record for passing yards.

Williams' threw three touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Union, giving him 89 for his career, one more than South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh had. Williams needs 96 passing yards next week to pass Brumbaugh's mark of 7,162.

Williams only threw 14 times Friday in the rout, completing eight passes for 161 yards. The record-setting touchdown was a 5-yard pass to tight end Elisha Bonner.

No other players in WPIAL history have thrown for 7,000 yards.

Games of the Week

  • No. 2 North Catholic edged No. 4 Avonworth in a big Class A Eastern Conference meeting. Read Mike White's live blog for more on that one.
  • After its game was cancelled last week, No. 1 City League team University Prep came back with a 43-13 win over No. 2 Allderdice. University Prep QB Ron Brown threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns in his first sub-300-yard game of the year. Check Brad Everett (@BREAL412)'s Twitter feed for more.
  • Brett Brumbaugh, younger brother of Christian, had another big game for South Fayette in a 49-15 win over previously undefeated Quaker Valley.
    "It's sad to see [my brother's record] broken, but maybe by next year, I can get it back," Brumbaugh told our Craig Meyer after the game. For more on this game, check out @CraigMeyerPG's feed.

Longest winning streak belongs to...

Avella, which owned the longest winning streak in the WPIAL following Clairton's loss two weeks ago, had its six-game winning streak broken Friday in a 33-9 loss at Frazier.

All 5-0 teams that won this week now own a share of the longest winning streak in the WPIAL. That includes Gateway, McKeesport, Central Catholic, Upper St. Clair, West Mifflin, Thomas Jefferson, West Allegheny, Shady Side Academy, Kittanning, South Fayette, Mount Pleasant, Washington, Beaver Falls, Aliquippa, Sto-Rox, North Catholic and Beth-Center. University Prep is also undefeated but has only played five games.

An interesting question came from Steve Mumaw (@Quipscript_SM) on Twitter, asking which team has the longest winning streak against only other WPIAL teams. I figured it would have to be a team that won WPIALs last year but lost in the state playoffs. My guess was Aliquippa.

Other Friday night notes

  • Gateway, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA, held off North Allegheny, 35-32. North A had won 24 in a row at home, dating back to 2009.
  • Franklin Regional shut out Knoch 28-0 in Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference action.
  • Neshannock's Eli Owens ran for 291 yards and four TDs on 11 carries in a 52-20 win over Rochester ... and he only played the first half.
  • Seneca Valley QB T.J. Holl threw for two touchdowns and ran for four in a 54-14 win over Shaler.
  • Ellwood City at Mohawk, originally scheduled for Saturday, was played Friday. Mohwak won 24-21 in OT with a 27-yard field goal from Brock Barber.

Odds & Ends

  • High score: Kittanning 62, Ford City 27.
  • Shutouts: 10
  • Overtime games: Just Ellwood City-Mohawk.

Rankings report

How teams new to the rankings fared

Woodland Hills (AAAA) beat Baldwin 42-21.
Clairton (A) beat Brentwood 37-13.

How teams that fell out of the rankings responded

Seneca Valley (AAAA) beat Shaler 54-14.
Fort Cherry (A) beat Bishop Canevin 42-6.

Full results from ranked teams

Class AAAA (records entering Week Six)

No. 1 Upper St. Clair (5-0) beat Butler 37-0.
No. 2 Central Catholic (5-0) beat Pine-Richland 49-14.
No. 3 Gateway (5-0) beat North Allegheny 35-32.
No. 4 McKeesport (5-0) beat Latrobe 25-0.
No. 5 Woodland Hills (3-2) beat Baldwin 42-21.

Class AAA

No. 1 Thomas Jefferson (5-0) beat Laurel Highlands 58-21.
No. 2 West Allegheny (5-0) beat Steel Valley 55-14.
No. 3 West Mifflin (5-0) beat Elizabeth Forward 40-16 (Thursday).
No. 4 Central Valley (4-1) beat Moon 33-0.
No. 5 Mars (4-1) beat Uniontown 42-0.

Class AA

No. 1 Aliquippa (5-0) beat Freedom 49-7.
No. 2 Beaver Falls (5-0) beat New Brighton 59-28.
No. 3 Washington (5-0) beat Brownsville 50-14.
No. 4 South Fayette (5-0) beat Quaker Valley 49-15.
No. 5 Shady Side Academy (5-0) beat East Allegheny 52-14.

Class A

No. 1 Sto-Rox (5-0) beat Union 56-14.
No. 2 North Catholic (5-0) beat No. 4 Avonworth 21-12.
No. 3 Neshannock (4-1) beat Rochester 52-20.
No. 4 Avonworth (5-0) lost to No. 2 North Catholic 21-12.
No. 5 Clairton (4-1) beat Brentwood 37-13.


No. 1 University Prep (4-0) beat No. 2 Allderdice 43-14.
No. 2 Allderdice (2-3) lost to No. 1 University Prep 43-14.
No. 3 Perry (2-3) beat Westinghouse 16-0.

Saturday games

WPIAL Class AAA Parkway Conference

Hopewell at Ambridge, 1:30 p.m.

WPIAL Class AA Midwestern Conference

Riverside at Beaver Area, 7:30 p.m.

WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference

West Shamokin at Wilkinsburg, 7:30 p.m.


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