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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)

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Alumni Update - Jesse Zubik (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

W&J placed seven on the PAC Second Team, including senior cornerback Alec Schram, juniors tightZubik 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).


Zubik, an Avoworth graduate, is tied for first on the team at 766 yards and leads with nine receiving scores on 49 catches.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Football: North Feature Athlete - Avonworth's Josh Drwal

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Name:‭ Josh Drwal
High School:‭ Avonworth
Grade:‭ ‬12
Sport:‭ Football
Position:‭ ‬Quarterback/defensive back

Background Info: A 5-foot-7, 145-pound wide receiver-turned-quarterback, Drwal has played a huge role in getting Avonworth into this year's Class A semifinal round. He took over as the Antelopes' starting quarterback midway during the year after junior Zach Chandler went down with a season-ending injury. Last week against Riverside, Drwal completed a pair of touchdown passes as well as came up with two crucial interceptions on defense that led to Avonworth scores. Behind Drwal, Avonworth knocked off Riverside, 31-14. The Antelopes advance into this Friday's semifinal matchup against conference-rival Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Mars High School.