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By D.j. Vasil
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

Kiski Area struggled to its 10th straight loss Friday night by falling, 63-17, to defending PIAA Class AAAA champion North Allegheny in a nonconference game at Davis Field in Vandergrift.

Senior running back Owen Copney rushed for 192 yards and both touchdowns on 17 carries for the Cavaliers (0-6, 0-3).

"My line made some good blocks for me tonight," Copney said. "I think we caught them off-guard, too. We had some players starting tonight who don't normally start. We just kept fighting."

The Cavaliers' defense has been plagued by big plays all year, and the trend continued: They gave up scoring plays of 68, 77 and 24 yards.

"They came in and did their thing — they are North Allegheny," Kiski Area coach Troy Wilson said. "We could not afford to make mistakes."

Kiski Area was overwhelmed by the Tigers (6-0, 3-0) early. Running back Isiah Thomas scored on the opening drive, reaching the end zone on a 7-yard run just 1:23 in.

After the Cavaliers turned the ball over on the kick return, the Tigers found the end zone again. Quarterback Mack Leftwich found receiver James Kleinhampl for a 24-yard connection to make it 14-0.

North Allegheny made it 28-0 before Copney scored on a 58-yard run that showcased his quickness. With 2:32 left in the first half and North Allegheny leading, 42-7, sophomore Adam Mitcheson booted a 45-yard field goal to make it 42-10. Copney scored on a 15-yard to make it 49-17.

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