Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Defense Bails out Bethel Park at End

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Defense Bails out Bethel Park at End

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Levi Metheny completed 9 of 16 passes for 164 yards and threw four touchdown passes as No. 8 Bethel Park (7-3) edged visiting Kiski Area (5-5), 34-26 in a first-round playoff game.

The game, however, was saved for the Bethel Park as the Black Hawks' defense recovered a Cavaliers' fumble at the Bethel Park 8- yard line with two minutes left in the game.

Kiski Area, which trailed 28-7 at one point, staged a furious comeback, scoring three successive touchdowns to close the gap to 28- 26 after quarterback Chad Kuhn hit DeShawon Berry with an 8-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing 2-point conversion run, though, was stopped, and Metheny hit Jacob Dixon with a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the Black Hawks a 34-26 lead that was preserved when the Black Hawks' defense recovered the fumble.

Metheny hit Charlie Davis with scoring passes of 29, 24 and 23 yards in addition to his touchdown pass to Dixon. Kuhn completed 8 of 14 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns passes. Tariq Grant led the Kiski running attack with 10 carries for 99 yards and scored from 3 and 80 yards.

OTHER GAMES

MT. LEBANON 42, PLUM 28

Quarterback Eddie Jenkins completed 6 of 10 passes for 139 yards and threw two touchdown passes to lead the the No. 6 Blue Devils (9- 1) past the visiting Mustangs (6-4).

Jenkins connected with Patrick Moeller on a 47-yard touchdown pass, and he later hit David Harvey with a 35-yard scoring pass. Harvey also ran 24 yards for another touchdown. Jenkins also was effective as a runner as he ran 21 times for 124 yards and scored from 7 yards.

Mt. Lebanon's defense also had some scores as they forced a Plum safety, and Eric Kraus returned an errant Mustangs pass 33 yards for a touchdown.

Plum took an early 7-0 lead as Kevin Brown returned the game's opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Brown was the Mustangs' leading rusher with 7 carries for 113 yards. He also rushed 71 yards for another touchdown. The Mustangs' other touchdowns came on a 1- yard run by Patrick Crossey and a 9-yard pass from Matt Goodlin to to Jason Hubner.

PINE-RICHLAND 42, PENN HILLS 7

Sophomore quarterback Phil Jurkovec completed 17 of 27 passes for 269 yards and threw two touchdown passes to lead the No, 3 Rams (9- 1) past the visiting Indians (3-7). Jurkovec is now just the third player in WPIAL history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and run for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He now has 2,256 passing yards this season. Jurkovec connected with Brandon Humphrey for 56 yards to open the scoring, and later threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Jurkovec. Jimmy Graf, the Rams' leading rusher with 19 carries for 172 yards, scored on runs of 1 and 28 yards. Jordan Crawford and Donald Bryant III added scoring runs of 14 and 24 yards, respectively, for the Rams who had 519 yards in total offense. …

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