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2021-2022 Game Summaries

Tigers Fall To Central Catholic, 24-7

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In a rematch of last year’s Class 6A championship game, the North Allegheny Tigers dropped a 24-7 decision to the Central Catholic Vikings on Friday night at Newman Stadium. Central Catholic senior running back Gannon Carothers rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries to propel the Vikings to victory.

After a three-and-out by each team to open the first quarter, Central Catholic took its second possession 70 yards on 10 plays and culminated the drive on a 3-yard touchdown run by Carothers for a 7-0 lead. Following a Tigers punt, the Vikings used a 17-play, 76-yard drive that was spearheaded by the running of Carothers for another score. With a third-and-goal from the NA 2-yard line, sophomore quarterback Peyton Wehner scored on a bootleg for a 14-0 lead with 9:34 remaining in the second quarter.

In need of a spark, the Tigers got one on their next possession. On a 3rd and 21 from the Tigers own 9-yard line, Central Catholic’s Donavan Hinish tackled NA quarterback Logan Kushner on a would-be sack by his facemask, which gave the Tigers new life because of the penalty. Instead of punting, North Allegheny converted on a 3rd and 9 when Kushner tossed a 17-yard pass to receiver Cole Dorn for a first down. On the very next play, senior running back Kolin Dinkins raced down the right sideline for a 62-yard touchdown run, trimming the Central Catholic lead to 14-7 with 7:20 left in the first half. Dinkins added eight tackles on defense in a terrific all-around performance for the Tigers.

For the remainder of the half, North Allegheny held Central Catholic in check. The Vikings’ ensuing possession following the Dinkins touchdown ended on a sack by senior Jacob Porter, and with less than two minutes left in the half, NA defensive back Kyrell Hutcherson nearly tied the game with a pick-six when he jumped a pass by Wehner. Unfortunately, Hutcherson couldn’t quite hang on to the would-be interception and the score remained 14-7, Vikings, at the half.

North Allegheny started the second half with the football and another chance to tie the game. However, a Tigers fumble at midfield was recovered by Central Catholic’s Robinson Waddell in the first 47 seconds of the third quarter. The Vikings converted the turnover into a 43-yard field goal by Matt Schearer for a 17-7 lead with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter.

From there, Central Catholic fended off North Allegheny with its stingy defense and proficient running game. In the fourth quarter, Carothers grinded down the clock and put the finishing touches on the contest with an 8-yard touchdown run with just 1:44 left in the fourth quarter to bring the score to its eventual final, 24-7, Vikings.

North Allegheny TigerVision named sophomore linebacker Tyree Alualu the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for posting eight tackles on defense and a 29-yard run on a fake punt in the second half.

Following the loss, North Allegheny slips to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Quad County Conference in Class 6A. Central Catholic improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The Tigers look to bounce back next week with a tough road game at Mt. Lebanon.

Football Summary vs. Central Catholic, 9-24-21

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Tigers Run Away From Fighting Highlanders, 61-14

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Photo credit Ed Major II / Cover Three Athletics

In the Class 6A Quad County Conference opener on Friday night, the North Allegheny Tigers ran away from the Baldwin Fighting Highlanders for a 61-14 blowout victory. The 61 points is the most for the Tigers since scoring 62 points in a 62-35 win over Hempfield on Oct. 11, 2019.

The Tigers piled up the yardage, outgaining the Highlanders, 472-147. Sophomore quarterback Logan Kushner was 5-for-7 passing for 82 yards and tossed three touchdowns. Two of Kushner’s scoring strikes went to senior wideout Kyrell Hutcherson and a third was hauled in by senior receiver Cole Dorn. Kushner added 29 rushing yards and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Facing Baldwin for the first time since a 40-0 postseason victory over the Highlanders in the first round of the 1998 playoffs, the Tigers once again controlled the game from wire to wire. In the first quarter, North Allegheny scored three touchdowns to grab a 21-0 lead. Senior quarterback Tanner Potts scored on a 14-yard run, senior running back J.R. Burton scampered into the end zone on a 40-yard jaunt and Kushner hit Hutcherson on a middle screen for 32 yards and a score in the opening stanza.

It was more of the same in the second quarter as Kushner connected with Hutcherson for a fantastic 18-yard touchdown grab early in the period for a 28-0 lead. Junior Andrew Gavlik scored on a 3-yard run midway through the quarter and Dorn reeled in a 10-yard scoring pass from Kushner to bring the score to 42-0, Tigers, at intermission.

Junior quarterback Andrew Hart stole the show in the third quarter, amassing 109 yards rushing on just six totes and started the scoring in the second half with a 53-yard race to the end zone and the NA lead swelled to 49-0. A 64-yard run by Hart later in the third set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Evan Lyon for a 55-0 advantage and Aiden Buggey muscled his way into the end zone on a 13-yard run to increase the NA lead to 61-0 with 38 seconds to play in the third period.

Baldwin cracked the scoreboard on a 92-yard kickoff return for touchdown by Devonte Jones and rounded out the scoring with an 8-yard run by Biji Moses to bring the final score to 61-14, North Allegheny.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Baldwin slips to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the Quad County Conference. The Tigers will host the reigning Class 6A champion Central Catholic Vikings next week at Newman Stadium.

Football Summary vs. Baldwin, 9-17-21

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Defense Plays Big In 20-16 win over Ohio Powerhouse

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by Jonathan Spina

In a featured non-conference game, the Tigers took on another Ohio powerhouse in the Mentor Cardinals on Friday night. North Allegheny gutted out a 20-16 win on a beautiful Friday night in front of 5,000 fans at Newman Stadium.

North Allegheny started the game with a big play when Kyrell Hutcherson returned the opening kickoff to the 48-yard line and got the momentum rolling in the Tigers favor. North Allegheny drove down to the 5-yard line but settled for a 30-yard field goal from Harron Lee for a 3-0 lead. Mentor responded with a 74-yard drive of its own and capped the possession with a Brandon Panhorst 5-yard touchdown. Things calmed down until 8:42 remaining in the second quarter when Mentor kicker, Matt Moegling initially missed a 32-yard field goal, but a delay of game gave him another try and he hit a 37-yard field goal and Mentor went into the half 10-3.

Mentor got the ball to start the second half and began to put a drive together. Threatening inside the 30-yard line, North Allegheny got the Cardinals into a 3rd & 11. Scotty Fox’s pass was tipped by Nathan Spak and intercepted by Dwayne Taylor who took it 90 yards to the house for the Tigers and the game was tied 10-10.

With Mentor’s offense reeling, the Tigers came up with another huge turnover when Hutcherson picked off Fox and returned the ball to the 4-yard line. The offense finished off the drive with a Tanner Potts 1-yard run to give the Tigers a 17-10 lead. The Cardinals put another drive together but it once again stalled. This time Moegling missed a 25-yard field goal wide right and the Tigers kept the momentum. North Allegheny, however, turned the ball over on a fumble at the Tigers 32-yard line giving the Cardinals another chance. Mentor reached into the bag of tricks running a flea flicker and scored on a 40-yard pass from Fox to Mike Norwood. It appeared that the game would be deadlocked but Moegling hit the upright on the extra point and the Tigers maintained a slim 17-16 lead.

With 2:40 left, North Allegheny looked to milk time off the clock when J.R. Burton broke loose a 68-yard run to get the ball inside the 5-yard line. North Allegheny got another field goal from Lee to make the game 20-16. The Tiger defense came up big again to deny the Mentor offense on its final possession and North Allegheny grinded out a 20-16 win.

Jacob Porter and Will Sheridan were menaces off the edge as Porter finished with 11 tackles and  Sheridan totaled seven stops. Offensively, Burton was the team’s leading rusher with 79 yards on five carries. Potts carried the ball 18 times for 65 yards and a TD. Hutcherson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with a game-turning interception.

North Allegheny improves to 2-1 overall and will begin conference play next week when they head to Baldwin.

Football Summary vs. Mentor, 9-10-21

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NA Drops Non-Section Contest At Pickerington Central

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by Jared Barton

The battle of the Tigers went to the state of Ohio Friday Night, as Pickerington Central beat North Allegheny 35-0 in a non-conference tune-up.

Pickerington running back Olando Kamara rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns while the defense forced 3 turnovers to seal the victory.

The first turnover came early on the North Allegheny opening offensive possession as the Pickerington defense recovered a fumble at the NA 30 yard line. The fumble turned into points, as CJ Doggette punched a touchdown in from the 4-yard line.

Later in the first quarter, Pickerington Central added to their lead on a 2-yard touchdown run from Dylan Bryan, making the score 14-0 with 3:20 remaining in the frame.

In the second quarter, defensive back Roman Pearson intercepted a NA pass at the Pickerington 21-yard line and returned it back to the North Allegheny 44. That play set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Braden Mantooth to Ethan Pinkins, extending the Pickerington lead to 21-0.

Braden Mantooth finished the game 10/12 for 123 yards and the touchdown pass.

In the second half, Pickerington Central picked right up where they left off, scoring two more running touchdowns off the back of Kamara. Both scores were from the 1-yard line.

Senior Dwayne Taylor was a bright spot for NA, catching 5 passes for 53 yards. Taylor was also a solid contributor on the defensive side of the ball, with multiple tackles throughout the game and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for his efforts.

Following the outcome, North Allegheny falls to 1-1 on the season, while Pickerington Central improves to 3-0. NA will host another Ohio blueblood in Mentor next week at Newman Stadium.

Football Summary vs. Pickerington Central, 9-3-21

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NA Overpowers Allderdice In Opener, 47-14

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The North Allegheny defense forced four turnovers and the Tigers offense ran roughshod over the Allderdice Dragons en route to a 47-14 blowout on Friday night at Newman Stadium. Senior Luke Rumpler and sophomore Tyree Alualu recovered a pair of fumbles, while Alualu and Kyrell Hutcherson added a pair of interceptions, all in the first half, to spark a one-sided victory in Week Zero.

Early in the first quarter, a blocked punt set the Tigers up for a short field at the Allderdice 22-yard line. Faced with a 4th and 9, senior quarterback Tanner Potts set up a middle screen to receiver Khiryn Boyd for a 21-yard touchdown and an immediate 7-0 lead. Adding a rushing score later in the half, Potts was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Following an Alualu fumble recovery at the Allderdice 33-yard line, running back Andrew Gavlik rushed for a 3-yard touchdown with 3:01 on the first quarter clock for a 14-0 lead. Moments later, an Alualu interception helped set up a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Logan Kushner and the lead swelled to 21-0 by the end of the opening stanza.

North Allegheny scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to blow the game wide open. Kushner heaved a 61-yard scoring strike to a wide-open Hutcherson for a 27-0 lead. Junior Harron Lee sprinted to the end zone on a 9-yard sweep and Potts added a 2-yard scoring run with 2:41 remaining before halftime for a 41-0 lead. Allderdice cracked the scoreboard with 26 seconds left in the half when Jaerone Parker lofted a 65-yard scoring pass to William Coleman to trim the score to 41-7, Tigers, at intermission.

The Tigers invoked the mercy rule with 8:36 to play in the third quarter on a 71-yard swing pass from Rourke Kennedy to receiver Anthony Provenzano, who escaped two throngs of tacklers, and raced to the end zone for 47-7 advantage. The Houdini-like effort by Provenzano came on a 3rd down and 17.

Allderdice rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter courtesy of a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Robert Brown Jr. to bring the final score to 47-14, North Allegheny.

With the win, North Allegheny starts the season with a 1-0 record, while Allderdice falls to 0-1. The Tigers will visit Pickerington Central (OH) for a tough non-conference test next week at 7:00 p.m.

Football Summary vs. Allderdice, 8-27-21

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