Football: North Top Games - Week 2

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Here's a look at three of the top games involving North teams in Week 2.

Seneca Valley (1-0, 1-0) at Pine-Richland (1-0, 1-0), Thursday, 7 p.m. - Root Sports will televise its first live WPIAL high school football game Thursday night when Seneca Valley travels to Pine-Richland for a Northern Eight Conference matchup. Seneca Valley, which graduated most of its key starters from last season, is coming off a 28-3 win over conference foe Butler last week. First-year quarterback T.J. Holl, who is a son of the coach, rushed for a pair of touchdowns against against the Golden Tornado. Running back Mason Dehart also scored a pair of touchdowns, running on scores of 1 and 7 yards for the Raiders. Pine-Richland earned its first conference win last week with a 49-18 victory against Fox Chapel. Junior running back Connor Slomka paced the Rams' offense with 172 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries against the Foxes. Junior quarterback Ben DiNucci completed 10 of 14 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown as Pine-Richland racked up 504 yards of total offense. Pine-Richland has not beaten Seneca Valley since 2010 when the Rams earned a 37-29 decision. Last year, the Raiders topped Pine-Richland, 50-26.

Perry (0-1, 0-0) at Brashear (0-1, 0-0), Thursday, 7 p.m. - The Pittsburgh City League will kickoff its season with one of the best matchups of the year when Perry Traditional Academy faces Brashear on Thursday night at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. The defending league champion Commodores enter the game ranked the Post-Gazette's No. 1 City League team and are coming off a 55-0 exhibition loss to Erie Cathedral Prep. Perry gathered just three first downs and a total of 21 total yards of offense last week. Longtime Perry coach Bill Gallagher used both DeSean McGhee and Shawn Rutherford at quarterback last week. Gallagher, however, hopes one will step up this week and earn the starting job. Brashear, which is ranked No. 3, also struggled in Week 1. The Bulls suffered a 44-7 loss to Slippery Rock. Imani Christian transfer Ty Powe scored Brashear's lone score with a 14-yard touchdown run. Perry beat Brashear last season, 24-6, while the Bulls toppled the Commodores two years ago, 13-12.

Central Catholic (1-0, 1-0) at North Hills (1-0, 0-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Another interesting Northern Eight Conference contest will take place Friday evening at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium when the Indians host the highly-touted Vikings. Central Catholic, which entered this week ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, is coming off a 65-3 romp against Shaler. Luigi Lista-Brinza continues to be the Vikings' workhorse in the backfield. He rushed for four touchdowns against Shaler. Central coach Terry Totten has plenty of depth with running backs, however. Riley Redman, Devin Faloon, Vincent Farina and Grant Foster each rushed for touchdowns last week. Under new coach Pat Carey, North Hills slipped past Penn-Trafford in non-conference action last week, 21-14. Quarterback Jake Bruder scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to help the Indians top the Warriors. Besides rushing for 75 yards, Bruder completed 7 of 9 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Central Catholic won last year's contest, 14-0, over North Hills.