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WEST ALLEGHENY WINS 42-41
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.
WEST ALLEGHENY 35, WOODLAND HILLS 35
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.
WOODLAND HILLS 35, WEST ALLEGHENY 27
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.
WOODLAND HILLS 28, WEST ALLEGHENY 27
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
WEST ALLEGHENY 27, WOODLAND HILLS 20
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.
WEST ALLEGHENY 27, WOODLAND HILLS 13
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.
WEST ALLEGHENY 24, WOODLAND HILLS 13
Second play after kickoff, second middle screen for TD tonight for West A. Tyler Amedure takes this one 71 yds for TD.
WEST ALLEGHENY 17, WOODLAND HILLS 13
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.
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?
HALFTIME: WEST ALLEGHENY 17, WOODLAND HILLS 7
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.
WEST ALLEGHENY 17, WOODLAND HILLS 7
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.
WEST ALLEGHENY 10, WOODLAND HILLS 7
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.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: WOODLAND HILLS 7, WEST ALLEGHENY 3
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.
WOODLAND HILLS 7, WEST ALLEGHENY 3
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.
WEST ALLEGHENY 3, WOODLAND HILLS 0
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.