NA Gold Posts Two Shutouts In Regular Season Finale

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The North Allegheny flag football teams played in their regular season finale on Sunday at Shaler High School. The NA Gold squad earned a pair of shutouts, blanking the Seneca Valley 2 team, 40-0, and North Hills, 47-0. The NA Black Team dropped a 14-2 decision to Hampton and picked up a 14-14 tie against Seneca Valley 1.

Despite not having their No. 1 running back Ally Ruiz this week, the NA Gold team dominated their opponents with a well-balanced attack. Against Seneca Valley 2, senior quarterback Kyra Schmidt completed 26 passes on the day without a turnover. Seniors Shauna Maenza (4) and Mia Fratto (2), and junior Maddie Williams (3) scored multiple touchdowns. Freshman Rosa Varlotta picked off three passes on defense, scored one touchdown and added a two-point conversion. Maenza chipped in with three interceptions and eight tackles.

Seniors Natalie Rak and Maddie Hartung played both sides of the ball. Defensively, Hartung totaled a team-high nine tackles and Rak tallied one interception and had a perfect game snapping the ball to Schmidt. Fratto also had two interceptions, one of which she returned 20 yards for a touchdown. The two shutouts on Sunday marked the fifth and sixth shutouts of the season for the NA Gold team.

The NA Black team opened its game against Hampton with a safety from sophomore Danika Hogan for a quick 2-0 lead. However, Hampton capitalized on two touchdowns and two extra points for a 14-2 win. Hogan and Chloe Gauntner carried the ball a combined 13 times, coming within inches of scoring. Brooke Fratto added an interception to give North Allegheny a late-game opportunity to score in the waning minutes. In the second game against Seneca Valley 1, Hogan again scored on a safety and Gauntner scored two touchdowns, including a pick-six to take the lead. The Raiders managed to reach the end zone just before time expired and scored on a two-point conversion to force a 14-14 draw.

The NA Black team ends the season with a record of 5-4-1. The NA Gold team improves to 10-0 and will be one of the top two seeds in the Championship Playoffs on Sunday, May 19, at Carnegie Mellon University.