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Latrobe takes a bruising on the road

Greater Latrobe went a long way to take a big loss last Friday. At least it was only an exhibition game.

The Wildcats had their heads handed to them at Canon-McMillan, 40-3, their first loss of the season. Latrobe is back home and back in section play tonight when they host Kiski Area, which thumped Indiana last Saturday.

Placekicker Joel Palko had the only score for Latrobe, a first quarter 26 yard field goal that gave the Wildcats a short-lived 3-0 lead.

After that is was all a Big Mac attack, as they were much more physical than their visitors. Last year the Wildcats also lost to the Washington County school, 26-10.

Latrobe seemed to be moving the ball well in that opening drive, netting three quick first downs before the drive stalled.

But the Wildcats finished the game with only 216 yards, and the winners almost doubled that total, at 415.

The Big Macs, who are coached by first-year Coach Guy Montecalvo, who won 192 games in 23 seasons at Washington High School, racked up 346 yards on the ground.

Brendon Steele proved worthy of the family name, rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Doug Rheam threw a 17 yard scoring pass to Eric Taylor, Kendall Davis scored on an eight yard run and, adding a little insult to injury, the final CM touchdown came on a 44 yard reverse.

Latrobe’s top rusher, Chris Sarnese, was held to just 32 yards.


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