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Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook (Nov. 20, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook.

"The WPIAL doesn't hand out individual awards to top players or coaches, so it's ultimately left up to fans, coaches, players and media to debate who are the best in the area each season.

That's where "The Bradleys" come into play. They are given out to honor the best of the best of the 2014 WPIAL football season among South Xtra schools.

Unfortunately for the honorees, a trophy or plaque won't be coming your way. There isn't an awards dinner and the distinction holds no monetary value. Nonetheless, a Bradley is rich in tradition and does earn the winners a hefty amount of bragging rights."

 

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Football: South Fayette turns back Seton-LaSalle

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Jordan Greer covered Friday's WPIAL Class AA semifinal game between South Fayette and Seton-LaSalle.

"In the first meeting this season between South Fayette and Seton-LaSalle Oct. 17, the Lions dominated the Rebels for a 41-14 Century Conference victory. This time, the Rebels kept it closer, but the result was the same.

No. 1 seed South Fayette (12-0) took down rival No. 5 Seton-LaSalle (10-2), 35-21, clinching a spot in the WPIAL Class AA title game. The Lions jumped out to an early lead and the Rebels never caught up.

"Obviously getting to Heinz Field is great, but when you have an opportunity to beat your rival to get there, it's phenomenal," Lions coach Joe Rossi said.

After both teams went three and out on their first drives, South Fayette quickly drove down the field to open the scoring. Hunter Hayes bolted up the middle for 12-yard touchdown run and the Lions led, 7-0."

 

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Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook (Nov. 13, 2014)

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Brad Everett has this week's South High School Football Notebook.

"When it comes to running the football, Thomas Jefferson has few peers.

The Jaguars average 360 yards rushing per game, have amassed just less than 4,000 for the season, and have rushed for 59 touchdowns.

While WPIAL rushing leader Austin Kemp and the rest of an excellent backfield get most of the credit, a powerful offensive line has been just as important in leading TJ to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals for the 16th time in 17 seasons.

"They practice hard. They play hard. As a unit, they have a lot of pride in what they do," Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak said.

Top-notch offensive line play has been one of the common denominators for Cherpak's teams over the years. It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering Cherpak himself was a standout offensive lineman at Steel Valley and Pitt. At Thomas Jefferson, Cherpak has coached Tyler Reed and Lucas Nix, both of whom went on to play in the NFL."

 

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Football: Baldwin, McKeesport grads a big hit in Canada

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Brian Batko profiles former WPIAL football standouts Ian Wild (Baldwin) and Maurice Leggett (McKeesport), who are now playing in the Canadian Football League.

"One of the first things Ian Wild noticed when he met Maurice "Moe" Leggett was his new teammate's back tattoo that reads "McKeesport, Pa."

Wild remarked that the two were practically neighbors, and they quickly formed a bond more than 1,000 miles from Western Pennsylvania.

It's unlikely two former WPIAL standouts would end up on the same defense for the same team in the Canadian Football League, but even more improbable they would both play pivotal roles.

Wild, a Baldwin High School graduate and a first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection at Mercyhurst, just finished his second season in the CFL and led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in tackles. Leggett, a McKeesport Area High School alumnus who played in college at Division II Valdosta State in Georgia, led Winnipeg with five interceptions in his first season and was named the team's defensive player of the year."