Brad Everett covered Friday's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal game between Penn-Trafford and Central Catholic.
"Central Catholic's John Petrishen is one of the WPIAL's top players, but that label has been mostly earned from his work on defense and special teams.
When his coach put the ball in Petrishen's hands Friday, Petrishen carried Central Catholic into the WPIAL title game.
Petrishen, who rushed for 62 yards in the first 11 games, ran wild out of the wildcat for 211 yards to lead defending champion Central Catholic to a 52-34 win against Penn-Trafford in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal at Norwin.
Central Catholic (11-1) will get a chance to avenge its only loss when the Vikings face top-seeded Pine-Richland (12-0) in the final at 2 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field. Pine-Richland topped the Vikings, 48-28, Oct. 17. Penn-Trafford (11-1), the No. 2 seed, fell to Central Catholic in the semifinals for the second year in a row."