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Live Friday night blog - Pine-Richland wins in OT

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from Pine-Richland at North Allegheny. For score updates around the WPIAL, look to the right and follow the Twitter account @PGVarsityXtra. Tweet score updates with #WPIAL or send scores and photos to @PGVarsityXtra.

OVERTIME: FINAL PINE-RICHLAND 28, NORTH ALLEGHENY 24

Game winning touchdown pass on third and goal from 25. Ben DiNucci to Mike Merhaut. Pretty pass. One of biggest in P-R history

10:36 P-R QB DiNucci sacked on second down by Layne Skundrich. Third down and goal at the 25.

10:30 North Allegheny gets ball first in OT. Pine-Richland good job on defense. Seth Mancuso kicks 28 yard field goal. Now P-R ball.

END OF REGULATION: PINE-RICHLAND 21, NORTH ALLEGHENY 21

Seth Mancuso 49-yard field goal on final play of game little short. We go to OT.

10:21 DiNucci sacked. Fumbles. NA recovers by Skundrich at P-R 38. One first down. On third down, Clemens sacked. 5 seconds left in game. NA ball on P-R 32.

10:17 Seth Mancuso tries 30-yard FGOal. Hits right upright. Pine-Richland takes over on 20. 36-yard pass from DiNucci to Everett on first down. Time out 53 seconds left. P-R third and 10 at NA 44.

10:11 Third-and-9 for North Allegheny. Timeout with 1:38 left and NA on P-R 12.

10:09 NA now on P-R 13.

10:06 29-yard run by Clemens. Tigers now at P-R 35.

10:04 NA's Riley Trueman breaks up 4th down pass. NA takes over at 25 with five minutes left.

9:57 Here comes Pine-Richland driving.

NORTH ALLEGHENY 21, PINE-RICHLAND 21

North Allegheny goes 80 yards in 14 plays to tie it. Clay Byerly 6-yard TD run. Two third down conversions and one fourth down in drive. 8:56 to go in game.

I'd say McKeesport rebounded. After trailing Altoona, Tigers now lead 33-17.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: PINE-RICHLAND 21, NORTH ALLEGHENY 14

But North Allegheny driving. Tigers have moved to P-R 31, first and 10 when play resumes. QB Jeff Clemens using that 6-2 body to pick up some nice rushing yards.

Fox Chapel defeats Seneca Valley, 41-12.

PINE-RICHLAND 21, NORTH ALLEGHENY 14

Connor Slomka scores on 1-yard TD run to cap nice 13-play, 86-yard drive.

9:30 On fourth and 5, DiNucci steps up into pocket to avoid rush and hits Luke Everett on 19-yard pass to the NA 5.

9:27 Pine-Richland on move. NA's Clay Byerly just save a TD by knocking down a pass.

Interesting game: West Mifflin leading Gateway, 15-11, in non-conference game.

9:21 North Allegheny punts and P-R takes over at its own 14.

9:17 Second half under way.

Just got this. Clairton leads Wilkinsburg 86-0.

I think I'm the only one who keeps these things. But it's the most points scored in WPIAL game since at least 1952. Since then, previous most was 85.

Well, Seneca Valley apparently misses T.J. Holl. Fox Chapel is leading the Raiders, 24-0. That is a surprise. But never mind Holl. Where is Seneca's defense?

Meanwhile, Mars, without Josh Schultheis is rolling over Yough, 48-0.

HALFTIME: NORTH ALLEGHENY 14, PINE-RICHLAND 14

Ben DiNucci is 15 of 20 for 164 yards for Pine-Richland. He slowed down after a sizzling first quarter. NA got some pressure on him. 

Pine-Richland has 195 yards offense to 114 for North Allegheny. Both teams ran 29 plays. Jeff Clemens for NA is 4 of 10 for 42 yards and also rushed for 23 yards. Connor Slomka has 28 yards on seven carries for P-R.

NORTH ALLEGHENY 14, PINE-RICHLAND 14

North Allegheny goes on 17-play, 77-yard drive. Capped by Jeff Clemens 4-yard TD run. Pine-Richland hurt itself with defensvie penalties. Twice, P-R made stops on third down to apparently force NA into fourth-and-long. But P-R hit with an interference penalty and then holding.

Ridiculous: Clairton leading Wilkinsburg, 72-0 at halftime. YES I SAID 72-0

8:33  NA mounting a drive. At P-R 38.

How bout this: California and Avella supposed to play. Ooops where are the zebras? They didn't show. Game ppd to tomorrow.

South Park leading Quaker Valley 42-6. wow. Never mind missing QB Dane Jackson. Quaker Valley is missing a defense.

8:19 NA's Sell fumbles punt, P-R recovers now has ball at own 39.

8:15 NA quick kicks on fourth down and Jeff Clemens kick pins P-R at own 1.

Surprise: Bethel Park leading No. 1-ranked Woodland Hills 12-7.

Thomas Jefferson has come back to take lead on Belle Vernon 10-6.

Peters Township and Upper St. Clair scoreless after first.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: PINE-RICHLAND 14, NORTH ALLEGHENY 7

8:08 Pine-Richland finally stopped. Turns ball over on downs at NA 32. 2:12 left in first quarter.

PINE-RICHLAND 14, NORTH ALLEGHENY 7

That 14-point lead didn't last long. NA Clay Byerly returned kickoff 90 yards for TD.

PINE-RICHLAND 14, NORTH ALLEGHENY 0

Wow. These Rams are definitely proving something. Five plays 53 yards. TD Connor Slomka 6 yd. TD run. DiNucci 9 of 10 so far.

How bout' this: Belle Vernon beating Thomas Jefferson 6-3.

7:53 NA gets two first downs and punts. P-R takes over at own 43 after short punt.

7:50 I question whether North Allegheny will have much of a running game this year.

7:48 First play deep pass for NA. Paul Blendinger behind secondary but dropped.

PINE-RICHLAND 7, NORTH ALLEGHENY 

Wow. Impressive drive. 77 yards in nine plays capped by Ben DiNucci TD pass of 28 yards to D'ondre Gaston in right corner of end zone. DiNucci 5 of 6 in drive. Five different receivers. 10:04 left first quarter.

7:38 Boy does Pine-Richland play fast offensively. DiNucci starts 2-2. One first down for P-R and then NA jumps offside to give P-R another first down. 

7:37 Game time here. Little bit of late start. TV. 

End of first quarter and North Hills and Plum are scoreless.

Surprise so far. Altoona leading McKeesport, 10-0. Coach John Franco thought his team would be improved this year. Looks like he might be right.

Mars bouncing back big after Josh Schultheis injury, leads Yough, 21-0.

Big Class AAA game, Knoch leads Greensburg Salem, 6-0.

Tre Tipton a touchdown and Apollo-Ridge leads Valley, 14-0. Tipton the X factor in that game.

 


PREGAME

I know Pine-Richland is good and could very easily win this game. But for the Rams to make believers out of people, they need to beat a top-notch team like North Allegheny. So Newman Stadium's turf will be a proving ground.

This isn't a great North Allegheny team. But after seeing the Tigers last week, they look like their defense is still above average. The question is can the offense do enough?

Will NA try to put some pressure on standout P-R quarterback Ben DiNucci?
Rob King

Root is in the house

Check out "Kinger" bothering everyone in the press box. Rob King and Craig Wolfley doing the game on Root Sports TV tonight with Paul Alexander on the sideline. Chris Schneider halftime show.

And here doing the game for MSA Sports is Lanny Frattare and Bob "The Workhorse" Orkwis.

In the Rams' box

And look who is in the press box for Pine-Richland? Only two years ago, Brock Baranowski was playing for Pine-Richland. Now he is helping coach a little.

Brock BaranowskiBaranowski was a tough, excellent player who was invited to walk on at Penn State last year. He went to Penn State last summer and worked out with the team. But a foot injury from high school still bothered him.

He eventually went to another doctor in Chicago and was told he probably can't ever play again. Sad, because he really wanted to do something as a walk-on. Now, he is back in Pittsburgh, starting another chapter of his life.

 One last thing. The Army just showed up. Ooops, it's just the North Allegheny band. What is higher number? Casey Hampton's weight or the members of NA band? I've seen it before but the size of this band is always amazing.

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