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Top stars, best performances in Pennsylvania high school football in state semifinals

From Wes Barnes of Southern Columbia to Kyle Williams, Jr. of Harrisburg, there were several big-time high school football performances across the state of Pennsylvania

Wes Barnes, Southern Columbia

In a 42-7 win over Trinity, Barnes carried the ball 18 times for 252 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Ronald Burnette, Steelton-Highspire

In a 28-21 win over Canton in the 1A semifinals, Burnette carried the ball 20 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner from 10 yards out with 34 seconds remaining.

Mikal Davis, Imhotep Charter

In a 21-14 win over Upper Dublin in the 5A semifinals, Davis had eight carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 154 yards and a score.

Alex Erby, Steelton-Highspire

Erby completed 25-of-34 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 win over Canton.

Samaj Jones, St. Joseph’s Prep

In a 48-7 win over Garnet Valley in the 6A semifinals, Jones threw for 155 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a 21-yard score.

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Braden Laux, Belle Vernon

Laux led the Leopards with 131 yards rushing and the game-winning touchdown with 2:52 left in the third quarter in a 21-17 win over Central. His 58-yard run also set up the game-winner.

Ryan Palmieri, Pine-Richland

Palmieri completed all but one of his 10 pass attempts for 200 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 83 yards and a score in a 34-12 win over Cocalico in the 5A semifinals.

Stone Saunders, Bishop McDevitt

Saunders completed 19-of-24 passes for 200 yards and three scores in a 35-0 win over Crestwood in the 4A semifinals.

John Tracy, Aliquippa

In a 31-10 win over Allentown Central Catholic, Tracy had 129 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries and grabbed two passes for 73 yards and a score.

Kyle Williams, Jr., Harrisburg

In a 27-7 win over State College in the 6A state semifinals, Williams, Jr. carried the ball 28 times for 263 yards and four touchdowns.