Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Trafford Duo Remains Tough to Stop

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Trafford Duo Remains Tough to Stop

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Brett Laffoon throws a touchdown pass to Tim Vecchio.

Repeat three times.

Penn-Trafford, the No. 2 seed in Class AAAA, can beat opponents in a lot of ways, but the Warriors stuck to their most potent recipe in a 56-7 romp against visiting North Hills in a WPIAL first- round game.

Laffoon connected with Vecchio for four touchdowns - 12, 52, 44 and 39 yards - to help Penn-Trafford race to a 42-0 halftime lead. Laffoon played a part in each of the Warriors' six first-half touchdowns, throwing for five - the other went to Tyler Bruno - and rushing for another.

The Laffoon-Vecchio pass-catch combo continues to be one of the most dangerous in the WPIAL. The seniors have been starters since their sophomore seasons. Since then, Laffoon has passed for 5,236 yards and 64 touchdowns, while Vecchio has 119 receptions for 2,543 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns.

Penn-Trafford (10-0) plays McKeesport (9-1) in a quarterfinal tonight at Gateway. The Warriors handed the Tigers their only loss, 21-7, Sept. 18.

BRAKE MAKES MARS GO

With its season on the line, Mars Area turned to its two-sport fall standout to keep it moving forward.

This was one Brake who didn't want his team's success to come to a halt.

Caleb Brake, a junior kicker who doubles as a starter on the Mars soccer team, booted a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give the host Planets a 17-14 win against New Castle in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game.

It was Brake's WPIAL-leading eighth field goal of the season. The Planets (9-1) play Ringgold (9-1) tonight in a quarterfinal at Chartiers Valley.

Less than 24 hours after his Friday heroics, Brake was at Highmark Stadium in Station Square as a starting defender for the Mars soccer team, which lost to South Fayette, 3-2, in overtime in the WPIAL Class AA championship.

Brake was one of three WPIAL kickers who helped their teams win first-round games Friday before playing in soccer title games Saturday.

Avonworth's Cole Pappas and Seton-LaSalle's Leo Wilson were the others. …

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