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North Allegheny Takes Down Central Catholic in WPIAL 6A Title Game 35-21

Written by: on Sunday, November 20th, 2022

 

By Ethan Spozarski

The North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Central Catholic Vikings 35-21 Saturday night in the WPIAL 6A Championship.

The win completed a two year long revenge tour for the Tigers after losing to the Vikings two years prior in the 6A Championship.

Coming out of the gate both teams would punt off their opening drives. However, Central fumbled the ball and defensive end Daniel Sellers would scoop and score for the Tigers late in the 1st quarter.

The Tigers following offensive drive would continue the momentum the team needed. Quarterback Logan Kushner threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to streaking Khiryn Boyd.

That would finish out the scoring for the first quarter. It was all North Allegheny in the first 12 minutes, however that soon would change.

Central Catholic would have a productive second quarter drive that resulted in a score. It was a 16-yard TD rush by Vernon Settles.

The following drive, Kushner would have a rush worth 54 yards. At this point it was his second rush of 50+ yards. However, two plays later he would throw an interception to Vernon Settles.

Peyton Wehner on that drive would have a 43-yard rush and that set up a 18-yard TD pass to Vernon Settles.

However, this tie would not last long. Boyd got his second TD catch of the game. This one went for 68 yards.

Central Catholic would tie the game back up on the following drive. It was set up by a 27-yard pass that picked up the momentum for the Vikings on this drive. Wehner would take it himself for that 2-yard rushing TD.

This would conclude the first half of play. The Tigers at this point had 214 yards of offense and the Vikings had 237 yards. With both teams having two passing touchdowns.

North Allegheny would revive the second half kickoff. That drive would be cut short from a Kushner fumble which was recovered by Matthew Petruzzi Jr.

Kushner redeemed himself on the following drive with a 35-yard TD run.

The Tigers would force the Vikings to punt. The Tigers then created a long drive of their own, however stalled out inside the five yard line. On the attempted field goal the Vikings would block it.

Vikings would take over possession deep in their own territory. And for another time in the game the Vikings were forced to punt. This time though the punt only went 13 yards.

This drive Andrew Gavlik would get involved with a 19-yard touchdown rush.

This would be the final score of the game. North Allegheny cemented the win with a stop on the 1 yard line and running a good bit of the clock off by running the ball.

North Allegheny will face State College time and date is TBD.

 

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