Football: North Catholic earns first title game appearance

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch covered Friday's football game between North Catholic and Neshannock. Click here to read his story.

"Everyone knew Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High was going to base its offense around P.J. Fulmore heading into Friday night's WPIAL Class A semifinal against Neshannock at Mars High School.

The Lancers knew what was coming.

And while they contained Fulmore on some plays, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior running back could not be stopped.

Fulmore rushed 42 times for 216 yards and accounted for all four touchdowns as the Trojans defeated the Lancers 27-14."



Football Leaders: Rushing, Passing, Receiving (Nov. 16, 2013)

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Individual leaders from Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

216--P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic
167--Chayse Dillon, West Allegheny
153--Jamie Szymczak, Erie McDowell
144--Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson
141--Terry Swanson, Aliquippa
129--Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox
119--Tyree Spearman, McDowell


Varsity Xtra: Double Trouble

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Post-Gazette writer Mike White takes a look at the proliferation of dual-threat quarterbacks in the WPIAL these days, a number of whom play for teams in tonight's WPIAL semifinals. Click here to read his story.

"Western Pennsylvania has been called the cradle of quarterbacks. Then that would make this the baby boomers age for "dual-threat quarterbacks."

The nursery of Western Pennsylvania high school football is filling up with those who were born with special talents -- to pass and run.

No matter if it's the WPIAL or City League. No matter if it's big schools or small schools. There is a proliferation of those "dual-threat QBs," the vogue term used to describe teenagers who have special powers with their arm and legs -- and who have helped change the world of high school football. Heck, even national scouting services now rank quarterbacks in categories of "dual-threat" and "pro-style."

Look at the WPIAL semifinals tonight and you'll see a number of teams with highly successful dual-threat quarterbacks. Many other teams that didn't make it this far also had a talented runner and thrower wrapped into one package."



The Fumbler: It's no time for his picks to run cold

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The Fumbler has made his picks for tonight's games. Click here to read his story.

"Cold. Snow. Ice. Warming up his car for 15 minutes and vigorously scraping off his windshield.

The Fumbler hates it all.

Relatively speaking, it's not even that cold yet, but what in actuality is 30 degrees feels like minus-30 to The Fumbler.

It's mid-November and The Fumbler is already having thoughts of moving west or south sometime in the next few years. He hears high school football is really good and ultra-popular in places such as Texas, California and Florida. Eight of the top nine teams in the country reside in those states."