WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal capsule: Penn-Trafford vs. Central Catholic
CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS
NO. 2 PENN-TRAFFORD (11-0) vs. NO. 3 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Norwin Stadium
In a rematch of last year’s semifinal, Penn-Trafford looks to reverse the score against Central Catholic, the 2013 WPIAL champion. Central Catholic, which has won three consecutive games after falling to top-seeded Pine-Richland in Week 8, defeated Penn-Trafford, 49-10, a year ago.
“Last year, I think we were just happy to reach the semifinals,” Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said. “They learned what it takes to be a champion. They knew they had to get faster and stronger.”
Penn-Trafford averages 40.4 points per game with a balanced offensive attack led by running back Devin Austin, quarterback Brett Laffoon and wide receiver Timmy Vecchio. Laffoon tossed five touchdowns against North Allegheny in the quarterfinals, and Vecchio was on the receiving end of three of them.
Central Catholic allows a Class AAAA-low 8.5 points per game and has dangerous special teams. The Vikings have returned six punts for touchdowns, and last week in a 28-0 victory against Woodland Hills, they had two defensive TDs.
“We’ve played well since the loss to Pine-Richland, especially with all the injuries we had,” Central Catholic coach Terry Totten said. “Penn-Trafford is well coached and is a much more mature team. I believe they are a lot stronger this year.”