H.S. FOOTBALL: Apollo-Ridge routs Leechburg
APOLLO — Jesse Zelonka threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another, and Apollo-Ridge returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 58-13 romp over Leechburg in a WPIAL Eastern Conference football game Friday night at Owens Field.
Zelonka threw touchdown passes to Alex Smith (59 yards), Duane Brown (33) and Christian Leonarski (5). He finished 8-for-11 for 186 yards and rushed for 112 yards on six carries, including a 1-yard score.
Dillon Tones returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown, and Brown followed suit from 47 yards. Brown, a freshman, started in place of Tre Tipton, a preseason all-state selection, who left last week’s game with an ankle injury.
Brown also scored on a 3-yard run, and Ben Gemballa scored on a 23-yard run.
Smith finished with four catches for 121 yards, and Brown hauled in three for 60 yards. Gemballa rushed for 63 yards on seven carries.
Lonny Wells kicked a 21-yard field goal and seven extra points.
Apollo-Ridge improved to 3-1. The Vikings play at Avonworth (4-0) on Saturday.