Archive

ShareThis Page
No. 2 Penn-Trafford blanks No. 3 Gateway in showdown | TribLIVE.com
News

No. 2 Penn-Trafford blanks No. 3 Gateway in showdown

gtrGatewayPT11093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's John Gay breaks away from Gateway defense to score a touchdown Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT12093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's quarterback Cam Laffoon attempts a run through Gateway's defense Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT13093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's John Gay leaps over Gateway defender Derrick Davis (8) as he attempts to get through the line of scrimmage Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT15093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Gateway's Derrick Davis carries the ball as Penn-Trafford's Dominic Rosso aims to tackle the runner's legs Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT14093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's Matt Wilkie runs the ball against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT6093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Quarterback Cam Laffoon catches the ball for a throw Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football against Gateway at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT9093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon is brought down by a contingent of Gateway defenders Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT7093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's John Gay is tackled by Gateway defense Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT10093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon is tackled on a carry by Gateway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
gtrGatewayPT5093017
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon hands the ball off to John Gay for a run against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
GTRGSWestMifflin07093017
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Salem's Cavan Trout pressures West Mifflin quarterback Dontae Braxton during their game Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Offut Field in Greensburg.

One thing Penn-Trafford’s opponents find out quickly is you better be ready for anything.

Warriors coach John Ruane will empty the playbook to beat you, and he did that Friday in the WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference showdown for first-place at Warrior Stadium.

The Warriors opened the game by recovering an onside kick. Three plays later, they attempted a trick play as running back John Gay IV pitched back to quarterback Cam Laffoon after taking a handoff, and Laffoon launched a pass downfield.

Even though the trickery didn’t result in points, it set the tone of the game.

No. 2 Penn-Trafford (6-0, 4-0) scored on its next three possessions, forced a fumble at its 10 and stopped Gateway in its territory three times on its way to a 28-0 victory.

But the start of the game isn’t what Ruane had planned. He didn’t call for the onside kick.

“One of the players accidentally called for the onside kick, and it worked out, thank goodness,” Ruane said. “We didn’t want to start the game that way.”

Penn-Trafford took advantage of a decimated Gateway offensive and defensive lines, and then made the Gators one-dimensional when they lost their top two running backs — Isaiah Cameron and Derrick Davis — to leg injuries in the first half.

No. 3 Gateway (5-1, 3-1) turned the ball over three times and minus-6 yards rushing.

“There are no excuses at this time of the year,” Gateway coach Don Holl said. “Credit goes to them. We got outcoached, got outplayed and got out-executed. We have to go back to work.”

The Penn-Trafford defense pitched its third shutout of the season. The Warriors harassed Gateway quarterback Brady Walker the entire game. The senior completed 21 of 42 passes for 210 yards.

“Our defense was the story of the night and we did it without Logan Hawkins, who got hurt on the first series of the game,” Ruane said. “He’s our star defensive lineman, but Will Mayr is a guy that needs to be known a little more than he is. He’s been phenomenal for six games.

“Our linebackers were phenomenal, and Matt Wilkie played a heck of a game. The key was our secondary. That’s the toughest team you’re ever going to defend, and I thought they were fantastic. They covered well, they tackled well. They stepped their game up, and we challenged them all week.”

Mayr said he was motivated for Hawkins, who injured his left leg.

“Logan is my buddy,’ Mayr said. “I’m going to play my hardest for him. But we have a lot of depth, and we got the shutout. We’ve had this game circled all year, and we all stepped up”

Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon led the Warriors offense with his feet and arm. He rushed for 86 yards and completed 5 of 11 passes for 107 yards and the first two scores of the game — 2 yards to Dominic Rosso and 28 yards to Cameron Suman for a 14-0 lead.

Penn-Trafford senior running back John Gay IV, whose father John graduated from Gateway in 1981, rushed for 118 yards and two scores — a 5-yard dash in the second quarter that gave Penn-Trafford a 21-0 halftime lead and a 31-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter to finish off the Gators.

“Gateway is a great team and we came out and were ready for what they did,” Gay said. “It was a great job by our defense. The offense came on strong, but it was the defense that was the MVP of this game.”

Penn-Trafford rushed for 228 yards.

Ruane said he’s pleased with the start, but the season is far from over.

“We’ve learned from the mistakes from last year,” Ruane said. “Our goal is to improve every single week, and we cannot make this the peak of our season. We can’t have a letdown next week. Franklin Regional is terrific.

“We have championship aspirations, like everybody, but that’s our goal. This win is nice for a night. Then we have to go back to work.”

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.