Kiski Area blanks Latrobe
Kiski Area lacked a knockout punch but jabbed incessantly to wear down Greater Latrobe 14-0 in Friday’s Quad-A South Conference game.
The Cavaliers’ Justin Wray rushed for 209 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns.
His best run, a 24-yarder on a fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter, began as an off-tackle play. Wray dashed into the secondary, stopped and froze two Wildcats defenders, then cut to the outside before being caught at the 1-yard line.
Two plays later, he scored his second touchdown to put the game away at 4:12. Earlier in the 74-yard, 12-play drive, quarterback Adam Gunn ran 13 yards on a fourth-and-2 situation.
Until then, however, the Wildcats had hung in with the Cavs despite absorbing numerous shots to the body. Kiski Area outgained Latrobe 336-121, owned an 18-8 advantage in first downs and held the ball for 33:32 as compared to the Cats’ 14:28.
“Every time I looked up, it seemed as though we didn’t have the ball,” said Latrobe coach Pat Murray. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”
Kiski Area moved 57 yards in nine plays on its opening possession to stake the early lead. Wray carried five times on the drive for 40 yards. His 3-yard scoring run at 6:41 of the quarter was followed by Anthony Celitti’s extra point kick.
The Cavs then swung hard but failed to connect. In the second quarter, Wray fumbled at the 5-yard line, which Latrobe’s Jason Clark recovered, and Celitti missed two field goal attempts of 30-plus yards. In the third quarter, a Gunn-to-Celitti touchdown pass was negated by a holding and personal foul that took Kiski out of range.
“Defensively, we really hung in with them,” said Murray. “They have a bevy of athletes.”
Latrobe’s Rich March had three tackles for losses and, along with Aaron Hollobaugh, pressured the quarterback three times. Chris Nemcheck, Chad Miller and Nathan Murphy had tackles for losses. Nathan Braden recorded a sack, and Joe Kerila had two special teams tackles for losses.
Offensively, the Wildcats have failed to score in seven quarters.
“They challenged us with man-to-man pass coverage, and it worked,” said Murray.
Quarterback Ryan Flynn completed 12 of 26 passes for 73 yards but was victimized by five dropped passes and an interception.
Seth Schrecengost had four receptions for 37 yards, and fullback Murphy rushed for 37 yards on seven carries.
Latrobe threatened twice. A fumble recovery by Rob Mickinak to open the second half set up the Cats on the Cavs’ 29-yard line. Kiski’s Celitti intercepted an end zone pass to halt the threat.
The Cats mounted one final push in the fourth quarter, reaching the Cavs’ 14-yard line. Linebacker Scott McKillop became Kiski Area’s all-time leading tackler by sacking Flynn for a 12-yard loss on the final Latrobe offensive play. Unofficially, McKillop has 274 career tackles. The Pitt-bound McKillop punctuated a performance in which he blocked a punt and pressured the quarterback three other times.
Kiski Area improved to 2-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall. Latrobe is 1-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall.