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Football: Avonworth finds out Clairton is for real

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Avonworth football team.

2014 1127 Avonworth Football(Photo: Avonworth quarterback Josh Drwal picks up some yardage against Clairton in the first quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field last Friday. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Avonworth coach Duke Johncour had a bemused expression as he stood in the team's Heinz Field locker room minutes after the Antelopes lost the WPIAL Class A championship game to Clairton.

It's a look the Bears have put on a lot of faces during their current run of seven WPIAL titles in nine years.

"They came out and played physical and their front five and their players on defense, they played a whale of a ballgame," Johncour said. "They got off the ball, they made plays defensively that we thought we could get. They came out and they hit."

Avonworth (11-2) counterpunched effectively early in the game as it came back from an early 6-0 deficit to take a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Wasko 2-yard touchdown run with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter. The Antelopes even forced five Clairton punts from a team that averages 64.2 points per game and held the Bears to their lowest scoring output of the season in a 46-14 loss."

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Football: Avonworth re-focuses for WPIAL title shot

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Avonworth football team.

"One thing that is true about playoff football is that no matter how emotionally satisfying a victory is against a familiar opponent, the focus always must be directed toward the next game on the schedule.

That is the task facing the Avonworth Antelopes (11-1), who enter the WPIAL Class A championship game against Clairton (12-0) on the heels of an emotional 28-21 victory against Black Hills Conference rival and defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

Game time is at 11 a.m. Friday at Heinz Field. The winner advances to the PIAA Class A playoffs.

"That was an extremely significant win," said fourth-year Avonworth coach Duke Johncour about his team's victory against the top-seeded Trojans. "I'm proud of our kids and with everyone associated with the program.""

 

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Alumni Update - Michael Giampole (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

W&J placed seven on the PAC Second Team, including senior cornerback Alec Schram, juniors tightGiampole WJ end Michael Giampole and wide receiver Daniel Lis, sophomores quarterback Pete Coughlin, right tackle Brandon Martuccio and defensive tackle Ryan Snedeker and freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik (all purpose).


Giampole, an Avonworth graduate, is the fourth-leading receiver on the team with 27 catches for 318 yards and three scores,

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)