Live blog from Pine-Richland vs Central Catholic. To view score updates, look to the right of this blog at the Twitter account for @PGVarsityXtra. If you have a score update, tweet with #wpial.
FINAL SCORE: PINE-RICHLAND 48, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 28
Wow. What a performance. Yes, Pine-Richland is for real.
PINE-RICHLAND 45, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 28
Right down the field the Rams go again. 13-yard TD reception by Mike Merhaut from Ben DiNucci. I thought Pine would score. But I didn't think this much.
9:38 Central Catholic has no passing offense.
PINE-RICHLAND 38, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 28
Connor Slomka scores on 29-yard run. PAT good 38-28.
9:32 Pine-Richland on move again.
Below, Pine-Richland QB Ben DiNucci eludes a defender
PINE-RICHLAND 31, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 28
Here we go with some more scoring. 38-yard TD run by Grant Foster to start second half. His third TD of game.
PINE-RICHLAND 31, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 21, HALFTIME
Wow. Only thing to say about Pine-Richland offense. Rams finish half with Adam Napotnik 36 FG
PINE-RICHLAND 28, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 21
Central Catholic had the No. 1 defense in WPIAL, but Vikings can't stop Pine-Richland. 48-yard TD drive after INT. Connor Slomka scores on 11-yard TD run. 2:09 left in half.
8:40 I think Central has jumped offside five times now from DiNucci hard count.
8:38 Frerotte has pass tipped and INT by Mike Merhaut at own 48.
8:35 Central gets a defensive stop, although DiNucci almost nailed another long pass to Gastion. Threw back across his body, deep and hit Gastion in stride, but Gastion couldn't hang on.
PINE-RICHLAND 21, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 21
What is this game going to end up in the 50s? Three plays after the kickoff Grant Foster goes 48 yards for TD. PAT good by MacZura. 7:01 in half.
8:26 Gunnar Frerotte now in at QB for Central Catholic
PINE-RICHLAND 21, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 14
With this game being on Root Sports TV, and with TV timeouts and all the scoring, it might end until 11. First play after kickoff, D'Ondre Gastion catches 75-yard TD pass from DiNucci.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 14, PINE-RICHLAND 14
Damar Hamlin has D-1 offers as DB, but catches 47-yard TD pass from Mike Navaro. PAT good and we're tied, 14-14.
8:13 End of first quarter and Pine-Richland leads, 14-7. Central with ball only 39. DiNucci is winging it for P-R. Meanwhile, Central has yet to throw a pass.
PINE-RICHLAND 14, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 7
After Grant Foster fumbled ball away, Pine-Richland moves for a score. DiNucci impressive. 29-yard pass set up TD, which came on Connor Slomka 6-yard run.
7:59 After Pine-Richland goes 3 and out, Central takes over and Grant Foster fumbles ball away on second play. Pine-Richland recovers at own 49. 5:09 left in first quarter.
PINE-RICHLAND 7, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 7
Two touchdowns in less than four minutes. Five plays 80 yards and Grant Foster scores on 1-yard run. PAT good, 7-7. Lot of scoring in four minutes. But I bet both defenses will settle down.
PINE-RICHLAND 7, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
What an impressive opening drive. 75 yards in eight plays. Maybe P-R saw something in Central D where QB keeper could work. Ben DiNucci gained 33 yards on one run. 10 yards on another, which went for TD.
This game is sold out. Highmark Stadium might not be the biggest place for one of the top games in the WPIAL, but you can't argue the view.