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Tigers Devour Big Macs In 42-6 Romp

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Senior running back Percise Colon rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns as North Allegheny conquered the Canon-McMillan Big Macs on Friday night, 42-6. Colon did his damage on just 11 carries, averaging 23.6 yards per tote. The Tigers ground game chewed up the Big Macs all night long and accounted for 360 of NA’s 427 total yards.

On the very first play from scrimmage, the Tigers set the tone for the night when Colon took a pitch right and raced to the end zone for an 85-yard touchdown and an immediate 7-0 lead. On the night, Colon accounted for 303 total yards on his way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

With 3:41 remaining in the first quarter, junior Ben Rohan scored on a 9-yard run to extend the lead to 14-0.

North Allegheny tacked on three more touchdowns in the second quarter to invoke the mercy rule by halftime. Junior Nathan Hoke scored on a 1-yard run, quarterback Ben Petchke tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Dinkins and Colon added another score with a 28-yard run to pay dirt for a 35-0 lead at intermission.

With the game at hand in the second half, Canon-McMillan was able to finally crack the scoreboard on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Jon Quinque with 4:32 to play in the third quarter, trimming the NA lead to 35-6.

North Allegheny put the finishing touches on the victory with a 26-yard touchdown run by Kolin Dinkins in the fourth quarter to close out a 42-6 triumph.

Defensively for NA, Hoke led in tackles with 4.5 stops and senior Sam Sheridan notched a pair of sacks.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Canon-McMillan drops to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The Tigers will host Mt. Lebanon next week in a battle for first place in the Quad County Conference.

Football Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 9-14-19

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Coach Art Walker picks up 200th win in thrilling 11-10 victory vs. Central Catholic

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by Jonathan Spina

Senior Percise Colon took a punt back 60 yards with 2:55 to go in the game and a 2-point conversation gave North Allegheny an 11-10 victory over top-ranked Central Catholic in Friday night’s showdown at Shaler Middle School. With the victory, Coach Art Walker picked up his 200th career coaching win. Coach Walker coached at Central Catholic prior to coming over to North Allegheny.

After a pair of 3-and-outs by both teams to start the game, Central Catholic got on the board first on a 3rd and 11 halfback draw when Edward Tillman scampered 56 yards for the game’s opening score giving Central Catholic a 7-0 lead. The Tiger offense struggled early but finally got something going when Ben Petschke found Khalil Dinkins on a 12-yard reception giving North Allegheny a first down and shifting the momentum. North Allegheny then was able to drive down the field but couldn’t punch it into the end zone. They finished the drive with a Brandon Persad 28-yard field goal making the game 7-3, which was what the score was at halftime.

To start the third quarter, Central Catholic began to drive but North Allegheny’s defense forced a fumble that was recovered by Amosis Porter, stopping the Vikings drive. Unfortunately, the Tiger offense could not get any points out of the drive and the score remained l 7-3 after three quarters of play.

To start the fourth quarter, Central Catholic had a very impressive 10-play, five minute drive. However, North Allegheny’s defense was able to bend but not break and stopped the Vikings in the red zone, forcing a field goal by Jonathan Opalko that brought the score to 10-3, Vikings.

After Tigers were forced to punt on their next possession, the NA defense came up huge and got a stop with three minutes to go in the game. Colon was able to take the punt back 60 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 10-9, Central Catholic. After the Vikings jumped offsides, North Allegheny went for two and it was Peter Vardzel who was able to run it in and give the Tigers an 11-10 lead. On the following possession, Brayden Prekop sacked Central Catholic quarterback Dom Pieto and forced a fumble which was recovered by Sam Sheridan to clinche the game.

Colon was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with the 60-yard punt return for a touchdown to ultimately give the Tigers the lead. Dinkins and Nathan Hoke led all defenders with six tackles, two of them for loss each.

North Allegheny improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in section play. Central Catholic falls to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in section play. The Tigers will be back in action next Friday against Canon McMillan at Newman Stadium. As always, the game can be found right here on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Football Summary vs. Central Catholic,9-7-19

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NA Overpowers Norwin, 42-0

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Following a 21-0 shutout of Friendship Collegiate Academy last week, the North Allegheny Tigers opened conference play by holding the Norwin Knights scoreless for a 42-0 win. It’s the first time since 2013 that the Tigers have posted back-to-back shutouts. In 2013, NA ended the regular season with a whitewash of North Hills, 31-0, and then blanked Bethel Park in the opening round of the playoffs, 28-0.

On Friday night, the Tigers defense swarmed under Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek to the tune of eight sacks. The Western Michigan commit was limited to 5 of 12 passing for 108 yards.

With defense ruling the day, it was senior defensive lineman Sam Sheridan who earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. Sheridan tied for the team in lead in tackles with 4.5 stops and posted 2.5 sacks. On offense, Sheridan added three carries for 38 yards. Senior Justus Gildon also tallied 4.5 tackles in the contest.

While the Knights offense was held in check, the NA offense had their way with the Norwin defense. The Tigers outgained the Knights on the evening, 433-102, and spread the wealth with five different players scoring rushing touchdowns.

It was a passing touchdown that opened the scoring in the first quarter, as senior quarterback Ben Petcshke tossed a 7-yard pass to Brayden Prekop for a 7-0 lead.

While it was a passing touchdown that broke the ice, it was North Allegheny’s ground attack that wore down the Knights. In the second quarter, Luke Colella raced to the end zone on a 24-yard run and Percise Colon scored from 4-yards out for a 21-0 halftime lead. Colon finished the night with 14 carries for 122 yards rushing.

In the third quarter, J.P. Cantu rumbled into the end zone from 38-yards out, Ben Rohan scored on a 14-yard run and Peter Vardzel crossed the goal line on a 1-yard QB keeper to finish off a 42-0 win.

Also of note in the victory, junior kicker Brandon Persad was 5 of 5 on extra points. Sophomore kicker Haleymae Graf scored NA’s 42nd point with an extra point to cap the scoring with 23 seconds to play in the third quarter. It is the first time in program history that a female has scored a point in a varsity football game.

North Allegheny improves to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Class 6A. The Tigers will take on fellow undefeated Central Catholic next week in a major conference clash at 7:30 p.m. from Shaler Middle School.

Football Summary vs. Norwin, 8-30-19

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NA Tops Friendship Collegiate Academy In Season Opener, 21-0

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The North Allegheny Tigers claimed an impressive 21-0 victory over Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC) in Week Zero to open the 2019 season on Friday night at Newman Stadium. It was NA’s first shutout since the Tigers blanked Morgantown, 45-0, in Week Zero in 2017.

Fittingly, it was the defense that made the first big play of the night. NA’s relentless pressure forced FCA quarterback Dyson Smith into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety for a 2-0 Tigers lead with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Following the safety, the Tigers offense marched the football 69 yards on eight plays, culminating the possession with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Ben Petschke for a 9-0 lead with 1:29 to play in the first quarter.

Late in the second quarter, the Tigers were faced with a 4th and 4 from the FCA 8-yard line. North Allegheny converted the fourth down into a touchdown thanks to an 8-yard passing score from Petschke to Nathan Hoke for a 16-0 lead at the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, North Allegheny put the finishing touches on the win in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard field by Brandon Persad and a safety by the NA special teams when a bad snap on an FCA punt attempt went through the back of the end zone for a 21-0 final.

Senior running back Percise Colon was the leading rusher for the Tigers with 68 yards on 17 carries, earning him Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. Petchke completed 8 of 13 passes for 104 yards with one passing and one rushing touchdown. Senior Luke Colella was the top receiver, hauling in four passes for 44 yards.

On defense, Hoke led the Tigers in tackles with 6.5 and one sack. Hayden Sheets posted two sacks and Khalil Dinkins thwarted an FCA drive with an interception.

Friendship Collegiate Academy had several big plays erased due to penalties. In all, FCA committed 13 penalties for 137 yards. The Knights had more penalty yardage than yards gained, posting only 124 yards of total offense on the night.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 1-0 on the season and will host the Norwin Knights in the conference opener on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Football Summary vs. Friendship Collegiate Academy, 8-23-19

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