Tigers Blowout Big Macs, 35-0

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Top-ranked North Allegheny shut down Canon-McMillan and remained unbeaten on the season with a 35-0 whitewash of the Big Macs on Friday night at Newman Stadium.

The Tigers strayed from their normal ground-and-pound approach and aired out the football against the Big Macs. Senior quarterback Greg Phillips completed 17 of 23 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns to help spark the victory. His top target was senior Mason Kress, who hauled in nine passes for 92 yards and two scores. For his efforts, Kress was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Canon-McMillan opened the game with the football but quarterback Deuce Lyons fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. NA lineman Matt Ranallo pounced on the fumble at the CM 15-yard line. The Tigers were unable to capitalize on the turnover, however, and missed a 31-yard field goal, keeping the game scoreless.

Despite the missed opportunity, the North Allegheny offense scored the next four times it possessed the football to gain command of the game. On NA’s next drive, the Phillips to Kress connection began to assert itself. With 3:05 remaining in the first quarter, Phillips hit Kress for a 16-yard scoring strike to cap a nine-play, 46-yard drive for a 7-0 lead.

Phillips dialed up Kress on the Tigers next drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass on a middle screen for a 14-0 lead with 6:59 to go in the second quarter.

Late in the second quarter, North Allegheny was pinned back at its own 20-yard line but put together a 12-play, 80-yard drive that culminated on an 11-yard touchdown pass by Phillips to senior Khalil Dinkins to give the Tigers a 21-0 advantage with just 21 seconds to play before halftime.

The Tigers started the second half with the football and wasted little time in extending the lead. On just the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Phillips tossed a screen pass to running back J.R. Burton, who sprinted 84 yards up the sideline for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

Capping the scoring and invoking the mercy rule with 10:15 to go in the fourth quarter, Burton toted the football into the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run to bring the final score to 35-0, Tigers.

Following the win, North Allegheny improves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Quad County Conference. Canon-McMillan dips to 2-3 overall and in conference play. With next week’s game against Hempfield already cancelled due to a COVID issue with the Spartans, North Allegheny will close out conference play with an undefeated record.

(Photo by Casey Rodak and courtesy of NA Football Boosters.)

Football Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 10-16-20

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