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The week that was, plus PIAA Championships Preview

December 9, 2022  |  

Nathan and Ethan do a full breakdown of the Central-Belle Vernon game. The boys discuss every game from the PIAA semifinals, then discuss each PIAA Championship game and give their predictions! Our AMIGOS OF THE WEEK Nathan: Jeff Hoenstine, Central Ethan: Braden Laux, Belle Vernon Who’s On Amigo Watch Next Week?: Nathan: Jake Gedekoh, Belle […]

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Belle Vernon to play in State Championship for the first time

December 9, 2022  |  

Belle Vernon Leopards Head Coach Matt Humbert From the outside looking in, one would assume it’s been the Quinton Martin show for Leopards this season. Last week proved that is not necessarily the case. The Central Dragons shut down the Leopards star runner in the PIAA 3A semifinals, meaning the Leopards would have to rely […]

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Backyard Football News Podcast: PIAA Semifinals Preview

November 29, 2022  |  

Nathan and Ethan break down each WPIAL Championship game including full discussions on the Belle Vernon and Bishop Canevin result. After recapping the games, the boys discuss and preview each semifinal game in the PIAA, and get more in depth on each WPIAL matchup.   Our AMIGOS OF THE WEEK Nathan: Quinton Martin, Belle Vernon […]

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Belle Vernon Gets Over the Hump in 24-7 WPIAL Title Win over Avonworth

November 25, 2022  |  

Snakebitten no more. The Belle Vernon Leopards are the WPIAL champions. Behind a three touchdown performance by star athlete Quinton Martin, the Leopards are finally doing something they haven’t done in more than 20 years, playing in December. It didn’t come easy, especially in the first half. Avonworth opened the game stout on defense, forcing […]

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Union Shocks the State in WPIAL Championship Upset of Bishop Canevin 26-0

November 25, 2022  |  

Last season Kim Niedbala won the 6A WPIAL championship with coach Bob Palko’s Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils. A year later, he’s a champion once again, and emphatically. Now a head man, Niedbala’s Union Scotties took down the defending WPIAL Champion Bishop Canevin Crusaders 26-0. Dressed in all Union blue and sporting a big grin watching […]

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Belle Vernon Looking to Continue Momentum against Avonworth in 3A WPIAL Title Game

November 24, 2022  |  

Is it finally time? After years of grinding in the WPIAl playoffs and heartbreaking losses to Thomas Jefferson and Aliquippa, is this finally the year of the Leopards? There hasn’t been a 3A team that has even come close to them. That’s how the season has been for the Belle Vernon Leopards. With their only […]

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Canevin Hoping to Go Back to Back in 1A WPIAL Championship

November 24, 2022  |  

By Ethan Spozarski Last season Bishop Canevin won their first ever WPIAL championship. The Crusaders look to make it two in the last two years this Friday when they take on the Union Scotties at Acrisure Stadium. This season like last, Bishop Canevin has been the team to beat in 1A except this year they’re […]

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Aliquippa and Central Valley Ready for Historic Rematch in 4A WPIAL Title At Acrisure

November 24, 2022  |  

The biggest game on the biggest stage. How else can you describe two schools that are six miles apart from each other that have four state championships between them in the last four seasons, and seven WPIAL titles? The last team each of these teams met with each other in the WPIAL title game was […]

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Backyard Football News Podcast: WPIAL Championship Preview: The Tiger Pit

November 24, 2022  |  

Nathan and Ethan are back and break down the WPIAL Semifinal and 5A and 6A Title action! How did Aliquippa look so dominant in a big win over McKeesport? In the Preview, the boys take a full look at the Game of the Week between Avonworth and Belle Vernon. How do the Lopes take down […]

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Central Valley and Thomas Jefferson Set to Face Off in Battle of WPIAL Titans

November 18, 2022  |  

It’s almost like looking in a mirror. The similar trajectory between Central Valley and Thomas Jefferson in recent years has been astounding. Programs that have been built on legacy, offensive firepower, dominance in the trenches, and bone-crushing defense. And now they get to face off with everything on the line. Two teams. Two legendary coaches. […]

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Pittsburgh Central Catholic and North Allegheny to Square Off in WPIAL 6A Championship

November 18, 2022  |  

By Ethan Spozarski Central Catholic started out their season by losing 4 of their first seven games, and 0-2 conference play. Since then they have won four-straight and scored 28+ points in all those games. Central Catholic finished 9-3 on the year and 6-1 in conference. This puts Central at the number three seed. Despite […]

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Top RBs in 3A set to Face off in Freeport-Belle Vernon Semifinal Clash

November 17, 2022  |  

  Let’s go over some history. In 2019, Belle Vernon rode a talented senior class for their first WPIAL championship berth in 20 years. The Leopards were outshined by Thomas Jefferson. In 2020, the Leopards lost to TJ in the regular season again, but didn’t even play them in the postseason, falling on the road […]

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Shady Side trying to Continue Cinderella Story against Avonworth

November 17, 2022  |  

The Cinderella story is something that can be common in Pennsylvania High School football, however nothing is common between the Avonworth Antelopes and Shady Side Academy Bulldogs seasons. Heading into the year, the Avonworth Antelopes were expected to be right at the top of the 3A WPIAL standings. They met those expectations. Three years removed […]

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Sto-Rox and Beaver Falls Set to Face Off in All-Time QB Duel

November 16, 2022  |  

This 2A bracket is heating up as the final four teams are all the top four seeds. This semifinal matchup is set to be a close battle as the number two seeded Beaver Falls Tigers will take on the three seeded Sto-Rox Vikings. The Vikings finished the season 7-2, with a 6-0 conference record. While […]

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Big Seven Rematch in Effect in 1A Semifinal Clash between Union Area and Rochester

November 16, 2022  |  

  A 10 and a 14 seed in the WPIAL semifinals? That’s the reality in the 1A playoff picture for Big seven rivals the Union Scotties and the Rochester Rams. Out of the final four teams in the 1A WPIAl playoff picture, three of them came out of the 1A Big Seven, and none of […]

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Bishop Canevin Looking to Make Second Trip to WPIAL finals in a row with Semifinal Matchup against South Side Beaver

November 16, 2022  |  

This Friday the number one seeded Bishop Canevin Crusaders will be taking on the South Side Rams at 7 p.m at Peters Township. South Side finished the season 11-1, and 5-1 in conference. The WPIAL seeded them at the number 10 seed in the 1A conference. While the Crusaders finished 11-1 as well and a […]

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Backyard Football News Podcast: Round 2 Review, Round 3 Preview: Onion Scooties

November 15, 2022  |  

Nathan and Ethan break down the WPIAL 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A quarterfinals and the WPIAL 5A and 6A Semifinals! In the second half, they preview EVERY WPIAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP, including a full preview of Aliquippa and McKeesport’s big Semifinal rematch! Our AMIGOS OF THE WEEK Nathan: Cruce Brookins, Steel Valley Ethan: Ben Lane, Freeport […]

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South Side Runs all over Mapletown 47-6

November 13, 2022  |  

By Ethan Spozarski The South Side Rams defeated the previously undefeated Mapletown Maples 47-6 last Friday night. South Side dominated time of possession, and just the game overall despite the very rainy wet weather. Junior Ryan Navarra ran in for a one-yard touchdown to kick off the scoring midway through the first quarter. RYAN NAVRRA […]

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Upper St. Clair Stuns Bethel 17-7 in Slippery Semifinal Showdown (Gallery Included)

November 12, 2022  |  

Upper St. Clair grinds out 17-7 WPIAL Semifinal win in revenge match. The rain fell and fell at Canon Mac, but the precipitation from tropical storm nicole wasn’t the only thing falling on Friday night. For the Bethel Park Blackhawks, the other shoe dropped. The Blackhawks were stonewalled by a dominant Panthers defense in the […]

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Backyard Football News Podcast: Round 1 Review, Round 2 Preview: Making Enemies

November 9, 2022  |  

Nathan, Jeremiah and Ethan Spozarski are back to break down the Round 1 Action! What happened to Bethel Park? How did Mapletown pull off a dominant Round 1 Win? Ethan even makes a couple enemies along the way! All that and more in this weeks episode! click to see brackets LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Follow Us […]

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Keystone Oaks Outlasts Apollo-Ridge 21-14 in WPIAL 2A Clash

November 6, 2022  |  

By Ethan Spozarski The Keystone Golden Eagles defeated the Apollo Ridge Vikings 21-14 on Friday night to advance to the quarter final round of the WPIAL playoffs. The scoring started quickly when Apollo Ridge scored on their opening drive in just three plays. 3 plays is all it took for @ApolloRidge to get the games […]

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Laurel Highlands Make History in 44-15 Win Over West Allegheny (Gallery)

November 5, 2022  |  

The Mustangs make history with their first home playoff win in school history behind defensive masterclass. 19 years. That’s how long it’s been since the Laurel Highlands Mustangs have hosted a home playoff game. Last season, the Mustangs made history, capturing their first playoff win in school history. This season, they did it for the […]

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Backyard Football News Podcast: Playoff Preview 2022 Feat. Brentaro Yamane of Cover Three Athletics

November 2, 2022  |  

Nathan and Ethan Spozarski welcome on Brentaro Yamane from Cover Three Athletics to do a full breakdown of the 2022 WPIAL Playoff Brackets. First, the gang discusss some Week 9 results before diving in full boar for all the Playoff matchups! Check out the WPIAL Brackets!  LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Follow Us on Twitter! Become a Supporter! Check […]

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McGuffey comes back on Wash High in 43-24 win

October 29, 2022  |  

By Nathan Grella & Alex Hughes On paper, Wash High and McGuffey faced off on Friday night for the difference between a 3 and a 4 seed in the Century conference. On the field, McGuffey stunned Wash High in the second half to win one of the biggest rivalries in southwestern PA. Washington started out […]

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Mt. Lebanon Clinches Playoff Berth with 31-0 Shutout over Canon McMillan

October 29, 2022  |  

They knew they needed to win to get in. That was enough, but Mt. Lebanon did it in style, shutting out Canon Mac at home 31-0. Heading into Friday night’s Week 9 matchup, the path was clear. If Mt.Lebanon won, they were in no matter what. If they lost, they were out. For the Big […]

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Sto-Rox Spoils Seton’s Senior Night 57-14

October 28, 2022  |  

It was Senior Night for the Seton LaSalle Rebels, but the celebration would end after the opening whistle. Sto-Rox flew to a 57-14 routing over the Rebels at Dormont Stadium. The Vikings opening drive stalled at midfield. After that, the Vikings couldn’t be kept out of the endzone on any drive until halftime. Seven drives, […]

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Backyard Football News Podcast- Week 8 Review, Week 9 Preview: OLCH SHARGERS

October 25, 2022  |  

Nathan and Jeremiah welcome back Ethan Spozarski to the podcast to break down the “penultimate” week of high school football. Topics include a full recap of Mapletown’s Tri-County South Title, what happened to Wash High in the Keystone Oaks game, and full previews for all of the casket matches in week 9! LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! […]

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Bishop Canevin Routs OLSH 40-0 in Black Hills Conference Showdown

October 23, 2022  |  

By Shane Lux and Nathan Grella Business as usual. Bishop Canevin wraps up senior night with a 40-0 drubbing of Black Hills rival OLSH in WPIAL Championship rematch. “It felt great. We knew it was going to be like this,” Xavier Nelson said of the win “There was a lot of internet talk between the […]

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Mapletown Clinches Tri-County South Title with 26-18 win over Monessen

October 22, 2022  |  

By Ethan Spozarski On this day 17 years ago Mapleotwn defeated Monessen to secure the Tri-County South title. On Friday, the Mapletown Maples defeated the Greyhounds 26-18, and with the win, the Maples clinched the Tri-County South Title. Their first title since that game, exactly 17 years ago. The Tri-County South rubber match started off […]

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Shawn Reick Carries Keystone Oaks to 35-21 Upset Win Over Washington with 4 TD Performance

October 22, 2022  |  

Shawn Reick scampers to four touchdowns in Keystone Oaks’ statement win over Wash High. Last weekend, Keystone Oaks won on a controversial last second touchdown to jump McGuffey in the WPIAL 2A Century standings. The Golden Eagles we’re eager to move up again, welcoming in defending conference champions, the Washington Prexies. The Eagles offense started […]

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