H.S. FOOTBALL: Vikings, Wolves stay on collision course
Apollo-Ridge and West Shamokin continued on a collision course that could determine which team will gain the higher playoff seed out of the WPIAL Eastern Conference.
Yes, West Shamokin is most certainly in the playoff race. The Wolves, in fact, moved within one game of clinching a playoff berth for the first time when Springdale lost its game Friday night while West Shamokin was beating up on South Side Beaver, 32-14, in a non-conference game.
Apollo-Ridge, on the other hand, did wrap up a playoff berth by whipping Northgate, 46-6.
Both teams are 5-2 overall and will be heavy favorites going into next weekend’s games, West Shamokin at Leechburg and Apollo-Ridge at home against Riverview. That means both could be sitting at 5-2 in conference play when they meet in two weeks in the regular-season finale at Apollo-Ridge.
The teams’ only losses came to unbeaten North Catholic and once-beaten Avonmore, the first- and second-place teams in the conference, respectively.
WEST SHAMOKIN 32, SOUTH SIDE BEAVER 14: West Shamokin extended its school record for victories in a season and guaranteed its first winning season since the school was formed through the merger of Shannock Valley and Dayton in 2000.
Andrew Wingard scored three touchdowns, the first on a 26-yard fumble return and the next two on 9- and 59 yard passes from Alex Lasslo. That gave the Wolves an 18-6 lead going into halftime.
West Shamokin broke the game open in the second half. Zac Horner scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, and Lasslo scampered 9 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.
APOLLO-RIDGE 46, NORTHGATE 6: Apollo-Ridge scored 32 points in the second quarter and cruised to a victory in an Eastern Conference game.
Tre Tipton scored three touchdowns on 20, 14 and 12-yard passes from Jesse Zelonka, Lonny Wells scored on an 8-yard run and kicked a 27-yard field goal and three extra points, Duane bolted 58 yards with an interception for a touchdown, and Jonah Casella tacked on a 26-yard scoring run.
Zelonka was 10-for-19 for 148 yards, and Tipton finished with six catches for 82 yards.
Zelonka, a senior, has completed 65 of 112 passes and thrown an area-high 14 touchdowns. He has not been intercepted.
HAMPTON 58, DERRY 13: Derry scored a season-high 13 points, but the Trojans allowed slightly more than the season average of 57.3 that they were giving up entering the WPIAL Greater Allegheny Conference game.
Winless Derry has allowed more than 50 points in every game this season and has lost 15 straight games dating to the season opener last season.
Kyle Holmes and Josh Flash scored Derry’s touchdowns.
The Trojans play host to Greensburg Salem on Friday.