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FNR REPLAY: Pine-Richland stuns North Allegheny, shaking up conference in finale

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Pine-Richland saved its best performance of the season for its biggest game, stunning previously unbeaten rival North Allegheny 42-14 in Friday's Week 9 AHN Friday Night Rivals powered by IGS Energy matchup broadcast live on 22 the Point.

PITTSBURGH -- Pine-Richland saved its best performance of the season for its biggest game, stunning previously unbeaten rival North Allegheny 42-14 in Friday's Week 9 AHN Friday Night Rivals powered by IGS Energy matchup broadcast live on 22 the Point.

The Rams' win in the regular season finale earned them a share of the WPIAL Class 6A Quad County Conference title and a first round bye in the playoffs.

"Incredible win, hats off to this senior class," Pine-Richland Head Coach Eric Kasperowicz said during the postgame trophy presentation.

"The winningest senior class in Pine-Richland history. This win is for them, what they put into this program, the way they came out and played and led this team to a victory and a conference championship. I couldn't be more proud."

Pine-Richland's offense jumped on the Tigers' defense from the get-go, with junior quarterback Cole Spencer finding Eli Jochem for a 79-yard scoring strike on their first possession, and then DaeDae Johnson for a 78-yard touchdown on their second possession.

The 14-0 cushion allowed the Pine-Richland defense to settle in against a usually stout North Allegheny ground game. The Tigers did battle back to cut the halftime deficit to 21-14 using a Luke Colella 52-yard score and a Percise Colon touchdown run, but the Rams kept the pedal down in the second half.

Spencer found Luke Miller for another touchdown and then hit Jochem for his third touchdown catch of the night in the fourth, putting the game far out of reach.

The two rivals could meet again in the WPIAL playoffs, but on this night it was Pine-Richland shaking up the conference title race with a statement win.

The three Class 6A powers - Central Catholic, Pine-Richland and North Allegheny - finished in a three-way tie with just one conference loss, but based on tiebreaker points the Rams and Vikings earned first round byes while North Allegheny will face Canon-McMillan on Friday.

AHN PLAYER OF THE GAME

Pine-Richland wide receiver Eli Jochem.

DUNKIN' PLAY OF THE GAME

North Allegheny defensive back Luke Colella.

CHAFFIN LUHANA SCHOLAR ATHLETE

Pine-Richland's Levi Wentz.

CHAFFIN LUHANA SCHOLAR ATHLETE

North Allegheny's Jacob Lugg.

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