Football: Mars beats Hampton in overtime

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Keith Barnes covered Friday's game between Hampton and Mars.

2014 1025 Mars Football(Photo: Mars' Jake Rosswog is tackled by the Talbots' Jack Werling, right, in the first half Friday at Hampton. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Faced with possible postseason elimination, Mars coach Scott Heinauer thought of an innovative way to eradicate Hampton's home-field advantage when the two teams met Friday night.

"I brought some grass turf from our practice field and sprinkled it on here," Heinauer said. "I told our kids, this is it. You practice on it and you may never practice on it again."

Mars will get to work out on that grass for at least another week after running back Ori Rinaman scored two touchdowns in regulation and Isaiah Johnson rolled into the end zone from 5 yards out in overtime to give the Planets a stunning 20-14 victory against Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference champion and previously unbeaten No. 4 Hampton.

With the victory, Mars (6-3, 5-3) clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs."


Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook (Oct. 23, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook.

"Stuck in a conference featuring two preseason top five teams in Class AAAA and two more that would make it there as the season progressed, the promise of a WPIAL playoff berth for the Fox Chapel football team admittedly had to appear bleak.

At a school that excels in several sports, the Foxes had struggled on the gridiron for years, a spell filled with losing records and seasons that ended near (or at) the bottom of the Northern Eight Conference standings.

With just one game remaining in the 2014 regular season, though, that script has been flipped and those expectations have changed. What would have raised more than a few eyebrows in the preseason is now a reality — Fox Chapel is headed to the playoffs."



Football: North Top Games - Week 9 (2014)

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Here's a look at three of the top games involving North teams in Week 9.

Mars (5-3, 4-3) at Hampton (8-0, 7-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - Fridley Field will host to this Greater Allegheny Conference rivalry. Mars needs to win in order to make the playoffs, while the No. 4-ranked Talbots have already locked up the conference title. Undefeated Hampton has been rolling with its high-powered offense and strong defensive front all year. The Talbots are outscoring opponents by an average of 34.1-9.8 and enter this game after earning a 28-14 win last week against Greensburg Salem. Hampton running back Matt Rech rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Nick Grabowski rushed for a pair of scores. Alex Bianco also chipped in with a rushing touchdown. Mars has won four of its past five games and rebounded from its loss to Knoch two weeks ago with a 21-0 shutout last Friday against Hollidaysburg. Quarterback Jake Rosswog threw for 111 yards and two touchdowns. John Castello and Robby Carmody each caught touchdown passes from Rosswog. Paul King added a rushing score. The Planets are outscoring opponents by an average of 30.9-10.4. Mars has beaten Hampton the past four seasons, including a 42-20 decision last year.


Football: North Week 8 Stat Leaders (2014)

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Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among North area players in Week 8, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

Rushing (yards)
229 -- Jackson Fitzgerald, Shady Side Academy
170 -- Carrington Vaughn, Fox Chapel
138 -- Daniel Frankousky, Springdale
131 -- Connor Slomka, Pine-Richland
128 -- P.J. Fulmore, C.W. North Catholic
102 -- Jerome Turner, C.W. North Catholic
114 -- Matt Rech, Hampton


Field Hockey: Fox Chapel, Pine-Richland to meet in semifinal

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Fox Chapel hosts Pine-Richland at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal at the Foxes' James Burk Stadium.

Fox Chapel enters the game with a record of 14-4-1. The Foxes losses came against North Allegheny by a 5-0 score in the season opener, to two Ohio schools, Shaker Heights (6-4) and Hathaway Brown (2-1) and to Mt. Lebanon in a game the Foxes forfeited because they had played too many games on the road

Fox Chapel coach Jen McCrady knows that a victory is paramount to her team earning a possible rematch against North Allegheny in the championship game on Oct. 28 at the Tigers' Newman Stadium.

"We started our season at (North Allegheny's Newman Stadium), and we had a horrible showing (with a 5-0 loss to the Tigers)," she said. "We are not remotely the team that we were then. We've grown. We started six freshmen that game against 10 returning seniors. I knew that we would grow. We've scored (more than) 110 goals this year which is unbelievable. We're a completely different team than they were in September."