Waynesburg University Names New Head Football Coach

December 7, 2021 12:24 pm

Waynesburg University today announced the hiring of Dr. Cornelius Coleman as new Head Football Coach and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Learning Experiences.  Dr. Coleman is a Waynesburg alum and comes to the University following two years as Duquesne’s defensive line coach.  “First and foremost, I just want to thank President Lee, Dr. Baer, and Adam Jack for the opportunity. I’m honestly speechless and am so grateful,” Dr. Coleman said in a statement. “I’ve been looking for opportunities like this for the past few years to become a head coach, share my knowledge and help young men grow academically, athletically and socially.”

Prior to his work at Duquesne, Dr. Coleman spent one season at the University of Pittsburgh, four years at Robert Morris and seven seasons at Averett University in Danville, VA.  He was a four-year letterman at Waynesburg, a career that included First Team All-PAC honors and honorable mention All-American status following his 1999 senior season, leading the Yellow Jackets in sacks and tackles for loss.

Dr. Coleman takes over for Chris Smithley who is becoming Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Alumni Relations at the University.  Smithley served four years as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach and was interim head coach in 2017.  He will have the opportunity to interact with alumni with ties to the athletic department, working closely with both Athletics and Office for Institutional Advancement.

Penguins Roll Over Kraken

December 7, 2021 3:47 am

SEATTLE (AP) – Sidney Crosby and Danton Heinen scored 25 seconds apart early in the first period, Jake Guentzel extended his point streak to 13 games with two goals and an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Seattle Kraken 6-1. Jeff Carter scored 1:47 into the game, Crosby followed with his fourth goal at 4:42 and Heinen scored on a wrist shot moments later to leave the expansion Kraken stunned at the early onslaught. Guentzel scored his 14th of the season late in the second period and added his 15th midway through the third. He has five goals in the past two games. Jordan Eberle scored for Seattle.

Patriots Solidify Hold On AFC East

December 7, 2021 3:53 am

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – The Patriots have sole possession of first place in the AFC East following a 14-10 win over the second-place Bills.  Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in blustery conditions in which Mac Jones attempted just three passes. The Pats outgained the Bills 222 to 99 in yards rushing, with Harris delivering a season-high 111.  Defensive back Miles Bryant sealed the victory by batting down Josh Allen’s pass at the goal line with Buffalo facing fourth-and-14 at New England’s 18 with 1:55 remaining.  Bills QB Josh Allen was 15 of 30 for 145 yards and a TD. New England is 9-4 following its seventh win in a row. Buffalo is 7-5.

Steelers Preparing For Trip To Minnesota

December 7, 2021 3:49 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is proving to be worth every penny of the mega-contract extension he signed on the eve of the regular season. Watt has 16 sacks through 12 games for Pittsburgh. That includes 3 1/2 in a 20-19 victory over Baltimore that snapped a three-game winless streak. Watt’s presence has been invaluable to the Steelers this season. Pittsburgh is 6-2 when Watt plays a full game and 0-3-1 when he is limited by injury or out of the lineup entirely. The Steelers travel to Minnesota on Thursday night.

Pickett Finalist For Heisman Trophy

December 7, 2021 3:50 am

NEW YORK (AP) – Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson are among the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday. Young and Hutchinson just led their teams to conference titles and berths in the CFP semifinals.  Young broke the SEC championship game record with 421 yards passing in a victory against Georgia’s vaunted defense on Saturday. The sophomore has thrown for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season.  Hutchinson has 14 sacks and helped the Wolverines end an eight-game losing streak to rival Ohio State.  Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett and Ohio State signal-caller C.J. Stroud are the other finalists. Pickett passed for 4,319 yards with 42 touchdowns this year to eclipse school marks. Stroud has completed 71% of his passes for 3,862 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions in his first year as a starter.

Steelers Turn Away Ravens

December 6, 2021 3:53 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) –  The Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Baltimore Ravens 20-19 after turning aside a 2-point try by Baltimore in the final seconds. The Ravens pulled within one with 12 seconds to go and opted for a 2-point conversion instead of forcing overtime with an extra point. Lamar Jackson’s flip to tight end Mark Andrews fell incomplete and the Steelers survived. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 236 yards and two second-half touchdowns to Diontae Johnson as the Steelers halted a three-game winless streak. Pittsburgh improved to 6-5-1 with the win. The Ravens fell to 8-4.

Pitt To Face Michigan State In Peach Bowl

December 6, 2021 3:56 am

ATLANTA (AP) – A milestone season for Pittsburgh and quarterback Kenny Pickett is continuing with a Peach Bowl matchup against Michigan State. No. 13 Pitt’s reward for its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship is the Panthers’ first New Year’s Six bowl since 2004 in the Dec. 30 game in Atlanta against No. 11 Michigan State. Pitt moved up four spots in The AP Top 25 following its 45-21 win over Wake Forest in the ACC championship game on Saturday night. Pickett threw for two touchdowns but his highlight was a 58-yard scoring run that included a fake slide.

College Football Playoff Is Set

December 6, 2021 4:01 am

IRVING, Texas (AP) – The College Football Playoff is set: Cincinnati will play Alabama in the Cotton Bowl and Michigan will face Georgia in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.  Fourth-seeded Cincinnati becomes the first team to break through the CFP’s glass ceiling and make college football’s final four from a non-Power Five conference. The Bearcats won the American Athletic Conference and head into the postseason as the only unbeaten team in the country. Their reward will be a matchup with the defending national champions.  The Crimson Tide is in the playoff for the seventh time in its eight-year history.

Canucks ‘Clean House’ With Sweeping Changes

December 6, 2021 3:58 am

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks cleaned house late Sunday night, dumping three executives and head coach Travis Green and replacing him with veteran Bruce Boudreau. The Canucks, in a statement, said general manager Jim Benning was fired, and assistant manager Jim Weisbrod, Green and assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner were also relieved of their duties. The Canucks say the search for new hockey operations leadership “has begun.”

PIAA Football Final Four Weekend

December 5, 2021 1:55 am

Mt. Lebanon scored on its first seven possessions and triggered the PIAA mercy rule for the third straight playoff game as the Blue Devils downed State College, 49-28, in the 6A semifinal. Mt. Lebanon advances to its first-ever PIAA Football Final next Saturday night against the St. Joseph’s Prep, winner of four of the past five 6A titles.  PIAA Brackets

Joey Daniels completed 11-of-14 first-half passes for 244 yards and five touchdowns. And the senior completed his only pass after intermission for another 48 yards and another touchdown.  Eli Heidenreich was on the backend of nine of those passes for 278 yards and five scores.  Alex Tecza ran 16 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. The senior runningback also caught a TD pass in the first half.

Four of the other five WPIAL champions, crowned last weekend at Heinz Field, won their semifinals Friday and clinched championship game berths.

Friday PIAA Football scores
1A Redbank Valley 23, Bishop Canevin 14
2A Serra Catholic 27, Farrell 18
3A Central Valley 35, Central (Martinsburg) 21
4A Aliquippa 41, Jersey Shore 16
5A Penn-Trafford 49, Exeter Township 14

Saturday PIAA Football schedule
6A Mt. Lebanon 49, State College 28