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Tigers Bow Out Of WPIAL Playoffs With Semifinal Loss to Rams

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The North Allegheny Tigers dropped a 49-14 decision to the Pine-Richland Rams on Friday night in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals. Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer passed for 361 yards and six touchdowns to lead the two-time reigning WPIAL champions back to Heinz Field.

The Rams took advantage of two first half fumbles by North Allegheny to take a 21-0 lead. Spencer’s first touchdown pass went to D’avay Johnson from 27 yards out and running back Luke Meckler added a 41-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. Meckler hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass from Spencer with 11:11 to go in the second quarter to bring the score to 21-0, Rams. Meckler totaled 120 yards rushing on 12 carries.

North Allegheny was able to crack the scoreboard with 27 seconds to go in the second quarter when senior quarterback Ben Petschke tossed a 12-yard scoring strike to Luke Colella in the right corner of the end zone to trim the deficit to 21-7.

Unfortunately for North Allegheny, the Tigers could come no closer as Spencer tossed four more touchdown passes in the second half en route to a 49-14 Rams win.

The Tigers scored one last touchdown of the 2019 season when Petschke hit junior Khalil Dinkins with a 5-yard fade for a touchdown with 6:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Petschke ended the day with 206 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Dinkins was the top target with four catches for 115 yards and the fourth quarter score.

For a wonderful four years at North Allegheny, including a 37-10 record and four straight appearances in the WPIAL semifinals, the NA senior class was named the Wright Automotive Players of the Game.

Pine-Richland improves to 10-1 on the season and advances to face the Central Catholic Vikings next week for the WPIAL Class 6A championship. North Allegheny’s season comes to an end with 10-2 record. Congratulations to Tigers, head coach Art Walker and the entire coaching staff for another outstanding season for the black and gold.

Football Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 11-8-19

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Tigers Crush Canon-McMillan in WPIAL Quarterfinals, 48-7

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Senior quarterback Ben Petschke accounted for five touchdowns, running for one and passing for four more, as North Allegheny crushed Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Friday night, 48-7. Junior receiver Khalil Dinkins hauled in three of Petschke’s passing touchdowns, finishing with four catches for 104 yards. For his efforts, Dinkins was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

North Allegheny wasted little time in this contest and took the opening possession 61 yards on six plays, culminating the drive with a 1-yard QB sneak by Petschke for a 7-0 lead. Canon-McMillan’s Chris Davis fumbled the ensuing kickoff and NA’s Braden Frank recovered the ball at the Big Macs 16-yard line. One play later, Petschke tossed a 16-yard touchdown to Luke Colella for a 13-0 lead with 9:30 left in the first quarter.

On the Big Macs first play from scrimmage on their next possession, quarterback Deuce Lyons fumbled and NA’s Ben Grafton recovered at the CM 28-yard line. Linebacker Brady Leczo forced the fumble with a jarring hit. The Tigers again capitalized and scored soon after on a 3-yard fade from Petschke to Dinkins for a 19-0 lead. Petschke connected with Percise Colon on a pass for the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 21-0, Tigers. Colon rushed for 121 yards on 12 carries and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the season.

From there the rout was on. Leczo scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 4:19 to go in the first quarter for a 27-0 lead. Petchke and Dinkins collaborated on a pair of scoring passes in the second quarter, one from 76 yards out and another from 15 yards out, to give NA a 41-0 lead at intermission. Petschke completed 6 of 11 passes for 140 yards.

With the mercy rule invoked by the start of the second half, the Tigers cruised to the win. Canon-McMillan broke the shutout with a 1-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Chandler that trimmed the NA lead to 41-7 with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter. Sophomore running back Kolin Dinkins capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:54 to go in the fourth quarter to close out a 48-7 win.

The North Allegheny defense allowed only 218 yards to Canon-McMilland and forced three turnovers on the night, including a Tanner Potts interception in the second half. Ryan Angott was a bright spot for Canon-McMillan, rushing for 87 yards on six carries.

North Allegheny improves to 10-1 on the season and advances to the WPIAL semifinals for the fourth straight year. Canon-McMillan’s season comes to an end with a 3-8 record. The Tigers earn a rematch with Pine-Richland next week in the semifinals at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Football Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 11-1-19

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NA Falls To Pine-Richland In Regular Season Finale

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In the regular season finale on Friday night in Gibsonia, North Allegheny dropped its first game of the season with a 42-14 loss to Pine-Richland. The outcome, coupled with a Central Catholic win over Mt. Lebanon, creates a three-way tie for the Quad County Conference title. While the crown is shared between the three teams, Central Catholic and Pine-Richland garner a quarterfinal-round bye. North Allegheny gets the No. 3 seed in the Class 6A playoffs and will host Canon-McMillan in the quarterfinals next week.

Pine-Richland junior quarterback Cole Spencer passed for 396 yards and five touchdowns. The Rams signal caller hurled his first touchdown pass of the game on the second play from scrimmage with a 79-yard strike to Eli Jochem for a 7-0 lead. After a three-and-out by the Tigers, Spencer struck again with a 78-yard touchdown heave to Day Day Johnson for a 14-0 advantage with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter.

North Allegheny settled into the game late in the first quarter and senior quarterback Ben Petschke tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Luke Colella on a middle screen to trim the PR lead to 14-7 with 1:35 on the clock. Colella finished the night with 2 receptions for 63 yards and also posted an interception on defense, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

The Tigers tied the game at 14-14 with 9:06 to play in the second quarter courtesy of a 34-yard touchdown run by Percise Colon. The senior tailback ended the night with 77 yards on 17 carries.

It appeared NA might pull ahead when Ben Grafton recovered a Jochem fumble at the PR 45-yard line on the Rams next possession. However, the Tigers were unable to capitalize and the score remained 14-14.

Late in the second quarter, Pine-Richland’s Caden Schweiger recovered a fumble at the NA 39-yard line and the Rams used the turnover to retake the lead. Six plays later, Spencer tossed an 8-yard touchdown to Jochem to pull Pine-Richland ahead, 21-14, with 2:44 to play before halftime. Jochem totaled 11 receptions for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

In the second half, Pine-Richland’s defense intercepted a pair of passes and the Rams offense scored three times to pull away for a 42-14 win. Spencer threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Luke Miller and a 28-yard scoring pass to Jochem. Rams running back Luke Meckler capped the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run with 6:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.

North Allegheny and Pine-Richland both conclude the regular season with a 9-1 record and 7-1 conference mark. The Tigers will host Canon-McMillan on Friday in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Football Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-25-19

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Art Walker Becomes NA’s All-Time Wins Leader, Tigers Top West Allegheny, 33-14

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The North Allegheny Tigers maintained their unblemished record with a 33-14 non-conference win over West Allegheny on Friday night at Newman Stadium. In the process, head coach Art Walker became the all-time wins leader at North Allegheny with his 145th win. Walker is in his 15th year as head coach of the Tigers and surpassed Jim Rankin, who won 144 games in 18 seasons at NA and retired in 2004.

Coming off a 62-point performance against Hempfield last week, the North Allegheny offense picked up where it left off and took the opening possession 65 yards for the game’s first score. On the fifth play of the drive, senior Luke Colella scampered into the end zone on a 24-yard run for a prompt 7-0 lead.

The score remained 7-0 until the Tigers struck again with 7:40 remaining in the second period as senior Percise Colon capped a five-play, 59-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to improve the NA lead to 14-0.

With a little over two minutes remaining in the first half, senior quarterback Ben Petschke led a swift and effective two-minute drill for another score. On a 3rd and 15 from the 50-yard line, Petschke hit junior receiver Mason Kress with a 40-yard pass to the WA 10-yard line. On the following play, Petschke tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Colella with 21 seconds left in the half for a 20-0 lead. Petschke completed 7 of 10 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.

In the third quarter, Colon scored on another 6-yard touchdown run with 6:30 on the clock for a 27-0 NA advantage. From there, the Tigers cruised to their ninth win of the season.

West Allegheny broke the shutout with a 12-yard touchdown pass by Kam Kruze to John Rink with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter, trimming the NA lead to 27-7.

The North Allegheny reserves picked up another touchdown when quarterback Greg Phillips scored on a 4-yard run to balloon the score to 33-7, Tigers, with 8:03 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Indians capped the scoring with 5:06 to play on a 15-yard touchdown run by Tommy St. Claire to bring the final score to 33-14, North Allegheny.

As is typical of the Tigers, numerous players shined in the victory. Fullback J.P. Cantu was the game’s leading rusher with 82 yards on just three carries. Sophomore Kolin Dinkins added 68 yards on six totes. Defensively, Brayden Prekop tallied three tackles, two for a loss, and one sack to earn Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

For West Allegheny, sophomore quarterback Gavin Miller completed 12 of 19 passes for 103 yards. His top target was Rink, who finished the night with eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.

North Allegheny improves to 9-0 on the season, while West Allegheny falls to 3-5 overall. The Tigers will visit Pine-Richland next week with a playoff bye at stake in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs. The Indians hope to lock up a playoff berth as they host Moon next week.

Football Summary vs. West Allegheny, 10-18-19

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Offensive Avalanche Helps NA Handle Hempfield, 62-35

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North Allegheny racked up 552 yards of total offense en route to a 62-35 win over Hempfield on homecoming night at Newman Stadium. The NA offense was literally unstoppable, scoring every time it touched the football with the only exceptions coming on the final possession of each half as time ran off the clock.

The 62 points is the most scored by North Allegheny since another shootout with Hempfield on Oct. 20, 2017. The Tigers won that contest over the Spartans, 63-28.

Senior Luke Colella earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors with four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving. Colella rushed for 108 yards on just five carries and hauled in four passes for 82 yards.

On the first play from scrimmage, Colella opened the scoring with a 56-yard touchdown run for an immediate 7-0 lead. After a three-and-out by Hempfield, Colella capped a seven play, 70-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown catch on a Ben Petschke pass for a 14-0 advantage with 6:16 to go in the first quarter.

Hempfield answered back with a Blake Remaley 9-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Roby, trimming the NA lead to 14-7 with 1:59 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Spartans’ momentum was brief, however, as senior Percise Colon took the ensuing kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown and the Tigers lead swelled to 21-7. While the game resumed shootout tendencies to the very finish, North Allegheny maintained a healthy advantage the rest of the way.

In the second period, fullback Brady Leczo muscled in for a 16-yard touchdown run and Colella scored on a 44-yard scamper, helping the Tigers to a 35-15 lead at intermission.

Petschke dazzled the crowd with one of the most exciting plays of the night, avoiding pressure on a Hempfield blitz and scrambling for an 80-yard touchdown run on NA’s first possession of the second half. Petschke added a 24-yard touchdown pass to Colella later in the third quarter for a 48-15 lead with 5:58 on the clock.

Junior quarterback Greg Phillips joined the scoring explosion and hit pay dirt twice in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdown runs to help close out a 62-35 victory.

Just about everyone got into the act including the NA kickers as Brandan Persad, Hugh Du and Haleymae Graf all successfully kicked extra points in the victory.

To their credit, the Spartans piled up 435 yards of offense and battled to the very end. It was the first time that an opponent has even gone over 200 yards of offense against the Tigers this season. Roby led Hempfield with 187 yards rushing and two touchdowns, to go along with six catches for 34 yards and another score. Receiver Roman Pellis hauled in four passes for 114 yards and a score. Remaley finished with 190 yards passing and two touchdowns.

For North Allegheny, two players had over 100 yards rushing on the evening. Also hitting the century mark along with Colella was J.R. Burton with 106 yards on just eight totes. Petchke was 7 for 11 through the air for 141 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with his highlight reel 80-yard touchdown run.

The win keeps top-ranked North Allegheny undefeated with an 8-0 overall record and 7-0 mark in the Quad County Conference. Hempfield’s playoff hopes are officially dashed following the loss, falling to 2-6 overall and 1-6 in conference play. The Tigers will host West Allegheny in a non-conference contest next week.

(Photo courtesy of Ed Thompson.)

Football Summary vs. Hempfield, 10-11-19

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