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Central Valley storms past West Allegheny

| Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 10:38 p.m.
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Central Valley's Robert Foster catches a touchdown pass over West Allegheny's Jake Johnson during the second quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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West Allegheny's Jake Johnson battles Central Valley's Anthony Williams for a pass during the second quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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Central Valley's Robert Foster catches a long pass to set up the Warriors' fourth touchdown, as West Allegheny's Nic Daigle defends during the third quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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West Allegheny's Tory Delmonico grabs the face mask of Central Valley's Robert Foster during the second quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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Central Valley's JaQuan Pennington scores the go-ahead touchdown during the third quarter against West Allegheny Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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West Allegheny's Chayse Dillon carries past Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead during the first quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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West Allegheny's Tory Delmonico stiff-arms Central Valley's Randy Keefer during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Center.
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West Allegheny's Chayse Dillon scores past Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead during the first quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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Central Valley's Robert Foster catches a long pass to set up the Warriors' fourth touchdown, as West Allegheny's Nic Daigle defends during the third quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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Central Valley Ryan Roberson drops West Allegheny quarterback Tory Delmonico for a loss during the third quarter Friday September 28, 2012 in Center. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

Paul Chryst and members of his Pitt staff watched from the sideline Friday night as No. 2 Central Valley hosted No. 4 West Allegheny at Sarge Albert Stadium in Center.

Pitt target Robert Foster made sure Chryst and company left happy.

Foster, a senior standout holding offers from Pitt, Alabama and Ohio State, among others, brought the Warriors back from an early 14-point deficit with a pair of spectacular first-half touchdowns before Central Valley (4-1, 4-1) stormed past previously undefeated West Allegheny, 28-14, in a key Class AAA Parkway Conference matchup.

Foster finished with 170 total yards, with 83 coming on four receptions. The blue chipper added a key interception in the third quarter as West Allegheny (4-1, 4-1) tried to reclaim the lead.

“It's a blessing,” said Foster, who lists Pitt among his final three. “I cannot worry about the coaches who are here. I just try to pretend it is another game.”

The Indians had built an early two-touchdown advantage behind their balanced rushing attack, as Armand Dellovade and Chayse Dillon capped methodical first-quarter drives with scores.

But West Allegheny could not get a third score, even after stopping Foster on fourth down from the 10-yard line, and Central Valley came roaring back.

Foster displayed his Division I speed when he pulled away from a host of defenders after taking a pitch on a fake punt for a 63-yard score. His 14-yard touchdown on a pass from quarterback Nate Climo tied the game before the half.

“We never want to leave a play in our pocket when it involves No. 4,” Central Valley's Mark Lyons said of the fake punt toss to Foster. “We took some blows and came back and threw a shutout in the second half.”

Foster's 39-yard catch on a pass from Climo set up JaQuan Pennington's 3-yard score in the third quarter, and sophomore Jordan Whitehead added another short touchdown to push the lead to 28-14.

“We came out and executed pretty well,” West Allegheny's Bob Palko said. “At a certain point, their athletes out athleted us.”

Brian J. Duermeyer is a freelance writer.

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