No. 1 North Allegheny routs No. 5 Seneca Valley
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Seneca Valley marched its fast-paced, high-scoring offense into Newman Stadium on Friday looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to perennial power North Allegheny.
But the top-ranked Tigers (3-0, 2-0) proved they are still the class of the Quad North, as standout seniors Mack Leftwich and Alex DeCiantis powered the two-time defending WPIAL champions to yet another blowout win.
Leftwich threw touchdown passes to Gregg Garrity and Elijah Zeise, and DeCiantis rushed for two second-half scores, as North Allegheny cruised to a 45-3 win over the No. 5 Raiders (2-1, 2-1). The Tigers have won 17 straight WPIAL games.
“We heard a lot about how good their offense was,” North Allegheny coach Art Walker Jr. said. “Our defense took it personally. It was a big conference win.”
Leftwich, who entered the game with a WPIAL-leading 602 passing yards, put North Allegheny up, 14-3, when he connected with Garrity for an 8-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. The senior found Zeise on a 10-yard scoring pass to open the third quarter, and DeCiantis scored on runs of 7 and 26 yards to put the game out of reach.
After a slow first quarter in which the teams traded field goals, North Allegheny grabbed control when Kevin Edwards scooped a blocked punt at the Seneca Valley 5 and walked into the end zone for a 10-3 lead.
“That was huge,” Seneca Valley's Don Holl said. “Our defense was really fighting in a 3-3 game. We were playing well and had a blown assignment on special teams.”
The Tigers offense methodically took the game over from there, keeping Seneca Valley's dynamic offensive trio of Forrest Barnes, Jordan Brown and Jon Dorogy off the scoreboard. Barnes, who accounted for four touchdowns in last week's 50-26 victory over Pine-Richland, was held to 22 yards on eight carries.
Leftwich completed 8 of 16 pass attempts for 137 yards, and DeCiantis rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries. Brown, last year's WPIAL passing leader, accounted for 191 yards, with 96 coming on the ground. But much of those yards came with the game out of reach.
Brian Duermeyer is a freelance writer.
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