Live Friday blog - West Allegheny beats Woodland Hills in OT

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Live blog from Woodland Hills at West Allegheny. For score updates and notes on other games, look to the right on @PGVarsityXtra Twitter account. If you have a score update, note or photo, tweet to @PGVarsityXtra with #wpial


Woodland Hills scored first in OT, but missed the PAT kick. West Allegheny went next and Chayse Dillon scored on 1-yard run. D.J. Opsatnik kicked the PAT for the win.

9:49 We're onto OT. Great game.


Wow. What a game. Andrew Koester scores on 1-yard QB sneak. Throws to Armand Dellovade for 2 pt to tie the game with 16 seconds left.


Andrew Koester fumbles on first play after kickoff, WH recovers and few plays later Jo-el Shaw scores on 9-yard TD run. My how fast this game changed.


After blocked punt, Miles Sanders scores on 6-yard run and Jo-el Shaw runs for two-point conversion. 3:34 left.

9:26 Blocked punt by WH.

9:23 Strange call earlier by West A. Fourth and 9, I guess you could call it a fake. But Armand Dellovade wasn't even in punt formation. Fooled no one. Stopped after short gain. But Woody High turned it over two plays later.

9:23 But Shaw fumbles ball away. WA recovers at own 32.

9:20 Here comes Woody High, now t West A 35


Arthur Thompkins on his second carry of night. 5-yard TD run. PAT good by Leone.

9:12 Woodland Hills now driving. At WA 5. They have pretty much gone strictly with wildcat formation with Miles Sanders taking direct snaps. He's 1 for 1 passing.

9:03 Third quarter just ended.


D.J. Opsatnik 41-yard field goal extends lead. Armand Dellovade 60-yard catch and run set up score.

8:56 Short pass plays turned into big plays all night for West Allegheny.


Second play after kickoff, second middle screen for TD tonight for West A. Tyler Amedure takes this one 71 yds for TD.


Big defensive play for Woodland Hills. Malik Flowers steps in front of Andrew Koester pass, intercepts and returns it 80 yards for TD. PAT no good. We've got a good one now.

8:37 Second half begins. 

Danny Guilfoil

West Allegheny's Danny Guilfoil takes off on 68-yard TD pass play from Andrew Koester. (photo by P-G's Matt Freed).

North Catholic and Avonworth tied, 0-0, at halftime. Impressive defensive effort by Avonworth.

Seton-LaSalle leading Quaker Valley, 17-14, in key Class AA game.

Bethel Park beating Penn Hills, 21-6, at Penn Hills. Little surprise there?


Stats: WA Andrew Koester 8 of 12 for 102 yards and two TDs. Woodland Hills' Miles Sanders, PSU recruit, only 10 yards on six carries. Jeremiah Jones, WVU recruit, 4 of 13 for 75 yards.

Great finish to half. Jeremiah Jones hits Jaymond Dunn with 14-yard pass to the WA 5-yard line with 1.5 seconds left. A roughing the passer penalty put the ball at the 2. On final play of half, Jo-el Shaw took handoff, was hit, spun away and was brought down short of goal line. Halftime. 

7:58 West Allegheny has 6-4, 270-pound lineman Kieran Firment. Passes eyeball test to be a possible prospect in the future.


Armand Dellovade sneaks into flat and catches 9-yard TD pass from Andrew Koester.

7:52 Andrew Koester is Mr. Accuracy on short passes. Impressive. St. Francis, Pa., recruit.

7:50 West Allegheny on the move again. Using TE Sean Orsini often on short pop passes.

7:42 Might have just seen best 10-yard loss run I've seen long time. Miles Sanders got trapped, reversed field, made some dazzling moves and lost 10 yards.

North Catholic and Avonworth still tied, 0-0, in big Class A game.


Great call. Really well-executed play. Danny Guilfoil takes an inside screen pass from Andrew Koester and goes 68 yards for TD.

OK, have to get in obligatory Koester-Xavier basketball plug. Koester father, Bob, sitting right in front of press box. Former Xavier basketball player. Word is Xavier always produces great young men.

7:34 Little bit of controversy. WH Jeremiah Jones was going to be sacked and fumbled as he tried to push the ball forward to a teammate. Almost looked like a handoff. WA recovered. But officials ruled it an incomplete pass. 

7:28 After first drive, West Allegheny has gone three and out twice. Woodland Hills takes over at own 16 early in second. Miles Sanders has only two carries so far for WH.


7:21 West Allegheny goes three and out.

7:20 Me thinks West Allegheny going to have trouble running the ball with a lot of success.


Jo-el Shaw goes 27 yards for TD. Where does Woodland Hills keep getting these big, good backs. Shaw is only a junior, but is 6-1, 227. Now has 58 yards. 

7:15 Now Woodland Hills moving. Woody High big up front. Have 6-4, 325-pound Amon Baldwin-Youngblood.


D.J. Opsatnik easily hits 34-yard field goal. Chayse Dillon (injured shoulder) is also playing offense.

7:06 West Allegheny moving at the WH 23.

7:01 Chayse Dillon is playing defense for West A.

7:00 Woodland Hills to receive.

Big win for Allderdice in the City League over University Prep, 15-8. Interesting quote from Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett after game.

"They talk a lot. Their coaches talk a lot. Us as professionals on the Allderdice staff, we don't do that."


*** West Allegheny assistant "Dandy" Andy Barry just stepped in room next to me in press box. I've often heard him referred to as "the brains of the staff." 

*** West Allegheny's WPIAL championship baseball team honored before the game. Also honored was baseball coach Bryan Cornell, who is the baseball coach and defensive coordinator. Standout in both sports here at West Allegheny. Word is he wasn't athletic enough to play basketball, though.

*** West Allegheny played last week without starting running back-linebacker Chayse Dillon, who sustained an injured shoulder a few weeks ago against Montour. Dillon is questionable for tonight. He might play defense only. It's most certainly a big loss for West A. He was a Post-Gazette preseason Fabulous 22 pick.

A seven-ring circus? Fans coming to West Allegheny games don't have to look far to be reminded of West Allegheny's success under Bob Palko. The Indians have seven WPIAL titles under Palko and posters hang on a fence near the field with rings for each championship.

West Allegheny rings 

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Dozen predictions to go -- Week 7

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You hungry? I ordered a dozen predictions to go for you.

Last week: 9-3 (.750 pct.). Season: 53-19 (.736 pct.)


University Prep vs. Allderdice - This is the best regular-season game in the City League. Allderdice is ranked No. 1 and University Prep No. 2. Allderdice must get some pressure on University Prep QB Ron Brown. A key also for Allderdice is not to let a short UPrep pass turn into a big play. But I think this could indeed be Allderdice's year. Winner: Allderdice.


Woodland Hills at West Allegheny - This game really doesn't mean much because it is non-conference. But don't think for a second that either team will hold anything back. West Allegheny is No. 1 in AAA and Woodland Hills No. 2 in AAAA. Both teams have tremendous running games, but the difference could be who makes a couple big pass plays. Winner: West Allegheny.

Mt. Lebanon at North Hills - Three tough games in a row for North Hills. The first two were losses to Pine-Richland and Central Catholic. Mt. Lebanon is good also, especially offensively. But North Hills might have enough defensively to pull out a win. Winner: North Hills.


Bethel Park at Penn Hills - Penn Hills' running attack has been excellent and will be the difference in this Southeastern Conference game. Winner: Penn Hills.


Indiana at Gateway - This is a big game for both teams. If Gateway loses, it might not make the playoffs. Who would've thunk that at the beginning of the season? Winner: Gateway.

Mars at Knoch - Mars has hung tough without running back Josh Schultheis (injured knee). Knoch has lost four in a row after starting 2-0. Winner: Mars.

Montour at Blackhawk - Blackhawk has been competitive when not playing West Allegheny and Central Valley. Montour isn't as good as West Allegheny and Central Valley, but still the third-best team in the Parkway Conference. Winner: Montour.


Seton-LaSalle at Quaker Valley - Quarterback Dane Jackson (knee injury) played last week for the first time this season. But does that mean Quaker Valley is good enough to give Seton-LaSalle its first loss? Winner: Seton-LaSalle.

Waynesburg at Southmoreland - A win by Southmoreland would put the Scotties close to their first playoff berth since 1979. But I think Waynesburg is still the third-best team in the Interstate Conference. Winner: Waynesburg.


Riverside at South Side Beaver - Does South Side Beaver bounce back from a loss to Shenango? This one is a tough call, but ... Winner: Riverside

Avonworth at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic - Avonworth played North Catholic close twice last year, but lost. This one figures to be close again, but the Trojans should run theiir winning streak to 23 games. Winner: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

Monessen at Jeannete - The Jayhawks have recovered from their shellacking at Clairton last week. Winner: Jeannette.

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Kemp near scoring mark ...... Freeport freshman getting his kicks

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Some items that fell off my laptop

Thomas Jefferson's Austin Kemp might very well set a scoring mark that hasn't been seen in the WPIAL in 35 years, if ever.

Kemp, a senior, has 28 touchdowns and a two-point conversion for 170 points. In 1979, the Post-Gazette was the first media outlet or organization to keep statistics for the entire WPIAL. Since then, the most touchdowns Austin Kempscored in the regular season is 34 and the most points is 204.

With three games left in the regular season, Kemp needs only seven touchdowns to break both marks. Considering that Kemp hasn't scored fewer than three touchdowns in a game this season, he seems to be a cinch to break the mark.

Kemp's marks could very well be a WPIAL record, but you can't say definitely. As stated before, no one kept WPIAL statistical leaders until 1979. Maybe there was someone before 1979 who scored more than 200 points, although I'd say unlikely. Teams before 1979 didn't score nearly as much as they do today.

The four players who have scored 200 points in the regular season are Mars' Bill bair (204 in 2007), Rochester's Essex Law (204 in 1991), Laurel Highlands' Jim Smith (200 in 1989) and Greensburg Central Catholic's David Miller (200 in 2008).

Freeport freshman makes impact

Sarver is getting his kicks in Sarver.

Freeport High School is in Sarver and how is this for a coincidence? Jake Sarver is making waves with his foot.

Sarver is only a freshman, but has already kicked eight field goals to lead the WPIAL. He has missed only once.

"If we get to the 20, we're kicking a field goal. It's automatic," said Freeport coach John Galliot. "He's nice to have. I think we kicked only one extra point last year. The previous year, we missed so many extra points. As long as we have him, we're excited. We can kick extra points."

Here is something to think about: Could Sarver one day have a chance at the WPIAL record for field goals? If he keeps at this pace, he will.

The record for the WPIAL is 35 by Peters Township's Bob Milspaw from 1992-95. Sarver is about one quarter of the way there. And remember, he is only a freshman. Galliot said he could someday see Sarver also being Freeport's starting quarterback.

Team cancels season because of hazing

If you don't think hazing and bullying still go on with high school teams, consider this: Officials at one New Jersey school that has a strong football program canceled the rest of the season because hazing and bullying has run rampant among the team.

Sayrveville War Memorial High School won three New Jersey section championships in the past four years, but the team will forfeit the final six games of the season because of the hazing and bullying. This is not just a school matter, though. The county prosecutor's office is now investigating.

Law running less

A year ago, Ringgold quarterback Nico Law became one of the few players in WPIAL history to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the regular season. He'll have a hard time duplicating the feat this year.Nico Law

It's not that Law is having a bad season. He's just running less. He has 383 yards on 49 carries, a 7.8 average. But last year after six games, he had carried 70 times for 709 yards. 

Law isn't passing quite as much, either, but his accuracy has improved a great deal. He has completed 47 of 78 for 771 yards this season. A year ago at this time, he had completed only 59 of 155 for 1,049 yards.

Showdown in the City

The best game in the City League regular season is undoubtedly Friday when Allderdice plays University Prep at 3:30 at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Allderdice is ranked No. 1 in the City and University Prep No. 2.

A week ago, University Prep quarterback Ron Brown went over 4,000 yards passing in only two seasons. And he needed only 14 games to get to 4,000. University Prep played 10 last year and has played only four this season.

This Week In High School Sports

Yours truly and colleague Terry Shields preview the big Woodland Hills-West Allegheny showdown, plus talk about other games and topics on Varsity Xtra's This Week In High School Sports:


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Friday night live blog - Brumbaugh gets two records in South Fayette win

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Live blog from the Steel Valley at South Fayette game. Look to the right of the blog for score updates and notes from other games. If you have a score, note or photo tweet with #wpial or send to @PGVarsityXtra.

Brett Brumbaugh celebrates after setting the WPIAL record for career passing yardage (photo by Post-Gazette's Matt Freed)

Brett Brumbaugh record

Nice to see after the game. Brett Brumbaugh go over to his brother, Christian, for congratulations. Christian at one time held WPIAL passing record. How is this for fate: Christian is a quarterback at William & Mary. This is the only game that he could see in the regular season because William & Mary is off this weekend. 

And Christian sees his brother break two WPIAL records.


Brett Brumbaugh finishes 15 of 26 for 304 yards and breaks WPIAL records for career yards and career TD passes. Brumbaugh now 540 of 820 for 8,728 yards. Has 103 career TD passes.

9:05 I'm sorry. I don't understand. South Fayette is ahead, 42-7, and Brett Brumbaugh and the first-team offense was just put back into the game. Why?

Mars clubbing Gateway.

Clairton clobbering Jeannette, 44-6. Will they get 70?

8:48 Someone in press box just said South Fayette should be playing in Triple-A. Why? They belong in Class AA. Enrollment says so. Why should they be in Class AAA? Because they're good. Just because you are good and have a good program doesn't mean you should play up.

People say the same thing about Clairton and I have never understood. Why should Clairton play in Class AA? Because they are good?

8:47 - Steel Valley has 42 players on its roster. But I count only 27 dressed. Wow.


And we have mercy rule here. Two TDs by South Fayette's Hunter Hayes. 1-yard run and 16-yard run.


Brett Brumbaugh 9 of 18 for 217 yards in first half. Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray has been held to 32 yards on eight attempts.

7:59 Steel Valley drove to the 5, but turned the ball over on downs on fourth-and-3.


What would the chances be for a quarterback to break the WPIAL career passing yardage record and touchdown pass record -- on the same night?? And within minutes of each other.

Well, Brett Brumbaugh just threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Roman Denson to give him a record 103 touchdown passes. He broke the passing yardage mark earlier. Both marks were held by former Sto-Rox QB Lenny Williams.

And in the coaches booth for Steel Valley - should I say "legendary" Mike Booth. Parade All-American linebacker at Brashear in late 1980s. First year defensive coordinator for Steel Valley after years at Gateway. With Booth is Mike Breaston (brother of Steve).

Mike Booth


Hunter Hayes scores on a 10-yard run. 8:06 in half.

7:37 Brumbaugh could have another record tonight, too. His two touchdown passes ties the record for a career with 102. 


Brett Brumbaugh broke the WPIAL passing yardage record, and what a way to do it. With a TD pass. 68 yards the play covered. Nick Ponikvar took a short pass over the middle and turned it into a TD. South Fayette had to wait to celebrate. Flag on play. But it was defensive holding.


7:29 Brandon Donovan misses 27 yd. FG for Steel Valley.


Brett Brumbaugh 5 of 13 for 71 yards. Needs 14 for record.

7:21 South Fayette turns ball over on downs. Steel Valley hanging in. Turnover for TD was vital. 

7:17 Brett Brumbaugh not real sharp in first quarter. Now 4 of 11. Maybe pressing a little for record?????


From his own end zone, Brett Brumbaugh hit, fumbles and Alex Mylsted picks it up and returns 3 yards for TD. Brandon Donovan PAT 


Brett Brumbaugh 5 yard TD pass to Roman Denson. Brumbaugh now 4 of 9 for 59 yards. 26 yards away from breaking record.

7:02 South Fayette turns the ball over on downs. Brumbaugh 1 for 4. 9 yards.

7:01 Brumbaugh 1 of 3 for 9 yards.

7:00 Game time. South Fayette gets ball first. 


Pitt is interested in this guy

This is Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray. Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said Pitt seems very interested in Murray and is coming to the school Monday. Steele doesn't necessarily think the Panthers will offer a scholarship yet, but he believes they are very interested.

DeWayne Murray



























Look, mom I can stand on one leg

This is South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh in pregame warmups. He needs only 85 yards passing to break the WPIAL career passing record tonight.

Brett Brumbaugh Steel Valley

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A dozen predictions to go for Week 6

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Varsity Blog program note: Tonight's live blog will come from the Steel Valley at South Fayette game. Not only is it a big game, but Brett Brumbaugh is going for the WPIAL passing record. Our game of the week is Jeannette at Clairton. For score updates, look to the right of this blog for scores and notes from @PGVarsityXtra on Twitter. If you have a score, note or even photo, tweet to @PGVarsityXtra or simply tweet with #WPIAL

And now, for a dozen predictions to go for this week. The record for last week was 10-2. Mr. Brightness here calls it "dozen" predictions to go, but only predicted 11 games last week. Ooops. So, we'll take a loss for the extra game. That makes the season record 44-16 (.733 percentage).

Here are some thoughts on this weekend's top games:


Mt. Lebanon at Bethel Park - I like what Mt. Lebanon has done offensively, but Bethel Park seems to be playing well. Winner: Bethel Park

North Hills vs. Central Catholic - Two tough games in a row for North Hills. Last week at Pine-Richland and now vs. Central Catholic. It will be two losses in a row, too. North Hills is 4-1 and still has a decent team, but Central Catholic is on a different level. In two weeks it is Central vs. Pine. Winner: Central Catholic

Baldwin at Upper St. Clair - This game doesn't match teams with impressive records, but it could be big in the playoff race in the Southeastern Conference. A loss might put USC in danger of not making the playoffs. Wow. Winner: Upper St. Clair


Franklin Regional at Hampton  - I keep going back and forth on the winner of this game. Hampton has been impressive all season while Franklin Regional has been impressive since a season-opening loss. Winner: Franklin Regional.

Gateway at Mars - Gateway certainly isn't a tremendous team now, but the Gators have won two in a row. This game will be big for playoff positioning. Winner: Mars.

Moon at Chartiers Valley - The winner is in much better position for a playoff spot. Winner: Chartiers Valley.


Steel Valley at South Fayette - Brett Brumbaugh (pictured) will become the WPIAL's all-time leading passer in the first half and the Lions will win their 25th consecutive regular-season game. Winner: South Fayette.

Beaver at Aliquippa - Last week, Aliquippa blew out an undefeated New Brighton team that had defeated Beaver. But something tells me that Beaver will make this game a lot closer than New Brighton. Still, ... Winner: Aliquippa.

Beaver Falls at Ellwood City - Both of these teams have shown the ability to score plenty of points, but they have both allowed a good number of points in games. Beaver Falls' defense might be a little better. Winner: Beaver Falls.


Jeannette at Clairton - Clairton will be without two starters who were thrown out of last week's game. That will impact the Bears some. Unbeaten Jeannette will end Clairton's string of five consecutive 70-point games, but Clairton will still win by a comfortable margin. Winner: Clairton.

Beth-Center at Frazier - How about the Commodores? Frazier is 5-0 for the first time in 31 years. But Beth-Center is still the king of the Tri-County South Conference. Winner: Beth-Center.

South Side Beaver at Shenango - South Side Beaver's offense has been awfully impressive since a loss to Neshannock in the opener. But home field might mean something in this game. A small upset. Winner: Shenango.

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