Kiski Area improves to 2-0 with win at Altoona
TribLIVE Sports Videos
ALTOONA — Kiski Area student fans were chanting “We want Gateway, we want Gateway,” after the Cavaliers knocked off Altoona, 7-0, in a WPIAL Quad East game Friday at Mansion Park.
The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes due to severe thunderstorms, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Kiski coach Dave Heavner, whose Cavaliers are off to a 2-0 start.
Kiski Area, which went 1-8 last year, defeated Connellsville in the opener.
“We earned both these wins, especially tonight,” Heavner said. “We really had to earn this game. I'm very pleased.”
Quarterback Ricardo Carter, a Gateway transfer, scored the only touchdown on a 1-yard run at the 8:31 mark of the second quarter.
Carter rolled in from the right side to cap a seven-play, 65-yard drive after freshman running back Lincoln Clayton rambled 35 yards to the 1.
“In the game of football, sometimes you have to depend on one side of the ball more than the other, and that was tonight,” Heavner said.
“There were two MVPs of this football game. First, and foremost, our defense. Secondly, our special teams, specifically our punter, Adam Mitcheson, who kept backing them up when we needed to.”
Mitcheson punted six times for a 46-yard average, but his big boots of 59 in the first half and 69 late in the third quarter put Altoona's offense in a hole.
“When you're playing a tough, hard-nosed football team like Altoona, it's always nice when they have to go 70 or 80 yards,” Heavner said.
“There's a saying in football — when you go away, pack your defense and your special teams, and we did that tonight.”
The Mountain Lions (1-1) didn't cross midfield in the first half but missed a scoring opportunity early in the fourth quarter when they advanced to the Kiski 10. However, a penalty for an ineligible receiver thwarted that chance.
“I thought our defense played well,” Altoona coach John Franco said. “But offensively, they thumped us. We couldn't get the ball in the end zone. When we had our best chance, we lined up on the wrong side of the formation and ... it's just frustrating.
“Give them credit. They won the battle of the line of scrimmage, and I didn't think they could do that.”
Jim Lane is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Rangers clip Penguins, take 2-1 series lead
- Cubs’ phenom Bryant helps send Pirates to 5-2 defeat
- U.S. Steel puts 1,400 workers on notice to curb costs
- St. Vincent unveils logo with an `edge’
- American Eagle closing Marshall distribution facility by July
- Scoring struggles linger for Penguins 2nd line
- The gathering storm: An IRS defeat
- Feud escalates between Westmoreland commissioner, controller
- New Ken raid nets 2 suspects, $4,000 in drugs
- Paragon Foods’ growth —and planned move — in line with local produce demand
- Steelers’ Brown skipping voluntary offseason workouts