• WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Bell scored a 1-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play, but Bethel Park pulled off a 10-6 upset over Gateway in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAAA title game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Black Hawks (13-0) won their first WPIAL football title by getting a solid effort from their running game. Lyle Marsh ran for 113 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown.
The Bethel Park defense also did its part by slowing the Gateway offense. The Gators threw two interceptions and lost three fumbles. Gateway (12-1) was held to 55 yards rushing and 52 passing.
One of those interceptions cost Gateway on a late fourth-quarter drive. But after Bethel Park missed a field goal, the Gators had one last chance. Gateway converted one fourth down play, but could not convert another. The Black Hawks took over with 1:04 left and ran out the clock.
“I said it all week,” Gateway coach Terry Smith told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Bethel Park thrives on beating teams that turn the ball over and make mistakes. We turned it over from the opening kickoff and entire game. And we couldn't find any consistency on offense. They wanted it more.”
Bell’s touchdown came in the first half, but the extra point was blocked by Bethel Park’s Corey Spegal. Bell finished with nine carries for 36 yards.
• DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – Bellamy anchored the offensive and defensive lines and helped lead the Greenmen to the state title game with a 20-14 victory over Sunbury Big Walnut in an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III state semifinal at Ashland.
Behind Bellamy and the offensive line, Aurora (12-2) rushed for 236 yards. Steven Yung was the main beneficiary of the line’s efforts. He finished with 129 yards and scored a key 3-yard touchdown with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Somehow he just makes the hole,” Yung told the Akron Beacon Journal of Bellamy. “He is just great to run behind.”
Steve Snyder added 70 yards on six carries for Aurora. He set up Yung’s score with a 34-yard run down the left sideline. Fullback Chris Jenkins added seven carries for 43 yards.
Bellamy and the Aurora defense held the Golden Eagles to 64 yards in the first half.
The Greenmen will face Columbus Eastmoor Academy for the state title Saturday at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
• RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – Berry rushed for a game-high 176 yards as Palmetto defeated Southwest Miami, 20-14, in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 6A regional quarterfinals.
The Panthers (7-4) trailed 7-3 at halftime before picking up the pace on offense. Palmetto took the lead for good with two quick scores and led 17-7 going into the fourth quarter. Quarterback Kevin Karpiak ran for a 6-yard touchdown on Palmetto’s first drive of the second half, and following a Southwest Miami three-and-out, Berry added a 5-yard score.
“We started off slow, but in the second half we came out with split backs,” Berry told the Miami Herald. “It worked to perfection, we came out with the victory, and that's all that matters.”
Palmetto will face Miami Killian (9-2) next weekend in the regional semifinals. Killian beat the Panthers 29-0 earlier this season.
• LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers stayed close for a while, but perrenial state power Cincinnati Elder eventually pulled away for a 24-10 victory in an OHSAA Division I state semifinal at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
Pickerington Central (12-1) built a 10-0 lead before the Panthers (13-1) rallied behind quarterback Mark Miller and tailback Ben Coffaro. Coffaro, who stepped up after starting tailback Adam Brown went down with a right leg injury in the second quarter, scored the game-winning touchdown on a 22-yard run with 3:46 left in the third quarter.
Miller extended the lead with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Josh Jones with 1:35 left in the third quarter. Tony Miliano added a 34-yard field goal with 4:29 left in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
“We scared them a little bit, didn't we?” Central coach Jay Sharrett told the Columbus Dispatch. “We converted on a couple of opportunities and we let a couple slip away. I asked a lot out of these seniors in four years, and they are an inspiration.”
Wood scored the Tigers’ lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 5-yard run. Adam Castin opened the scoring for Pickerington Central with a 27-yard field goal.
• WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – The Raiders opened their playoff run with a 35-7 victory over Coconut Creek in a FHSAA Class 5A regional quarterfinal.
Carter caught an 82-yard touchdown pass that gave St. Thomas Aquinas a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Coconut Creek (7-4) rallied with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Justin Williams.
The game stayed at that score until Carter and quarterback Ryan Becker connected again on a 10-yard touchdown that gave the Raiders a 21-7 lead close to halftime. An interception led to another touchdown pass by Becker, this one 13 yards to Stephen Bravo-Brown, and St. Thomas Aquinas had a commanding 28-7 lead at halftime.
Carter’s two touchdown receptions were his only receptions of the night. Becker completed 5 of 10 passes for 128 yards and three scores.
Next up for the Raiders is Fort Lauderdale Dillard (9-2) in the regional semifinals.
• CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Green scored two touchdowns within three minutes of each other as the Bulldogs earned a 41-14 victory over visiting Richmond Madison Central in the second round of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6A playoffs.
Male (8-4) scored 27 second-quarter points to put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs built a 34-0 lead by halftime thanks in part to their defense. Madison Central (9-3) was forced to punt on each of their first five possessions and ran out of time on their sixth, which fizzled at the end second quarter at the Male 28-yard line.
Green ran for touchdowns of 14 and 32 yards. Dexter Britt ran for a touchdown and threw another.
The Bulldogs will face Georgetown Scott County in the state quarterfinals.
• FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Hyde ran for a 50-yard touchdown on his first touch against Fort Myers Riverside in a FHSAA Class 3A regional quarterfinal.
It was an indicator of what type of night he would have.
Hyde rushed for a career-high 266 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 61-23 rout by the defending state champions.
“When that play broke like that, easy, I was like, ‘Oh, man. They’re not going to be able to stop us,’ ” Hyde told the Naples News. “I didn’t think it was going to be this easy. It was too easy. They couldn’t stop us.”
Hyde scored four of his touchdowns and ran for 223 yards by halftime on just seven carries. He scored on runs of 50, 39, 22 and 66 yards. It was his second game with more than 200 yards rushing in three weeks.
“It wasn’t me doing something different, it was the offensive line and (fellow rusher) Greg (Pratt),” Hyde said. “They were getting blocks and I was just hitting the hole hard. It was a great effort.”
Pratt added 16 carries for 148 yards, and Naples rushed for 459 yards on the ground.
The Golden Eagles (10-1) will host Fort Myers Dunbar (10-1) in the regional semifinals. Dunbar defeated Naples Lely in the quarterfinals.
• LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Klein rushed for 90 yards on 25 carries, but the Panthers were denied a return trip to state. Licking Valley fell 14-10 to Columbus Eastmoor Academy in an OHSAA Division III state semifinal at Gahanna Lincoln.
Klein led 3-0 on a 35-yard field goal by Vince German, but trailed the rest of the game. Eastmoor Academy (13-1) built a 14-3 lead before Licking Valley responded with a 6-yard touchdown by Drew Ryan with 8:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Panthers (12-2) got the ball twice more, but were held by Eastmoor Academy both times.
“They were a good team with a lot of speed, and we just couldn't get it done,” Klein told the Newark Advocate. “They played a great game.”
Klein was held out of the end zone in his final high school game. He finished with 99 career touchdowns.
• LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks overcame several miscues in a 37-13 home victory over Louisville Ballard in the second round of the KHSAA Class 6A playoffs.
Quarterback Cameron Smyth threw an interception that was returned for a Ballard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, but Trinity (11-1) still cruised to the win. Smyth rebounded and ran for three touchdowns and threw for another.
The Shamrocks committed five turnovers.
Trinity will face Louisville Eastern in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 30. The Eagles (11-1) defeated Louisville Seneca in the second round.
The following OSU verbal commits have finished their seasons: CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont; CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora; DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio; WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey; TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South; RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa.; LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio; WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich.; OG Corey Linsley and J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman; OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio; OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit; DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville; DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney.