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Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook (Nov. 20, 2014)

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

"The ultimate and oftentimes elusive dream of any high school football team — a state championship — remains within reach for eight squads that will all make the trek to Heinz Field Friday for the WPIAL championships.

For a vast majority of the 124 WPIAL teams, though, the season and the charged Friday night environments that come with it are over for this season.

The end of any season brings about a time to reflect on what transpired over a frenetic three months packed with hundreds and hundreds of games."

 

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Football: Avonworth stuns rival North Catholic

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Joe Koch covered Friday's WPIAL Class A semifinal game between Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Avonworth.

"Brandon Wasko's interception of an Adam Sharlow pass with 49 seconds left preserved Avonworth's 28-21 come-from-behind victory against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Friday night at Mars.

The win puts the Antelopes (11-1) in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Clairton, a 48-42 overtime winner against Neshannock.

The Antelopes fought back from a 14-7 halftime deficit, tying the score at 21-21 with 7:02 left in the third quarter when quarterback Josh Drwal hit John Gould with a 13-yard pass with 7:02 left in the third quarter.

The Antelopes then took the lead for good on Wasko's 3-yard touchdown run with 2:59 left in the fourth. A bit more than two minutes later, Wasko came up with his game-clinching interception."

 

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Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook (Nov. 13, 2014)

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Craig Meyer has this week's North High School Football Notebook.

"At first glance, little may stand out about Mars Area's 2014 football season.

The Planets finished 7-4 — a solid, if unspectacular, record — and, just as they have for eight of the past nine years, they advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

That, however, would underlie a season that was, in many ways, fairly remarkable, even after a 28-13 playoff loss to Thomas Jefferson last Friday.

Mars accomplished what it did this season despite numerous obstacles, with the main one being a season-ending injury to its star player."

 

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Football: North Catholic, Avonworth square off in WPIAL semifinal showdown

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Joe Koch previews Friday's WPIAL Class A semifinal game between Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Avonworth.

"If Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl believes he's seeing a familiar scenario when his Trojans meet Avonworth in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Friday night at the Mars Athletic Complex, he's not mistaken.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the WPIAL Class A championship game against the winner of the Clairton-Neshannock semifinal on Nov. 21 at Heinz Field.

Since the third week of the season, Josh Drwal, a 5-foot-7, 145-pound senior, has been the quarterback, replacing 6-2, 225-pound junior Zach Chandler, who sustained a broken fibula in the Antelopes' third game. With Drwal taking snaps, Avonworth has done pretty well. The Antelopes enter the game with a 10-1 record, their only loss a 28-0 setback to unbeaten North Catholic on Oct. 10. The Trojans (11-0) won the Black Hills Conference title with a 7-0 record, Avonworth was second at 6-1.

"They're going through what we did last year," said Ravenstahl, referencing the season-ending injury to quarterback Adam Sharlow, who was replaced by P.J. Fulmore, who already was an accomplished runner. He developed a competent passing arm. The same thing has happened with Drwal.""