McKeesport rolls over Latrobe
McKeesport continued its dominance over Latrobe, and it might provide the spark needed to propel the Tigers into the postseason.
McKeesport (3-3, 3-2) racked up 447 yards and rolled over the visiting Wildcats, 34-2, in a Quad East game Friday night.
McKeesport has won seven straight games against Latrobe (1-5, 0-5).
Quarterback Eddie Stockett led the McKeesport ground attack with 135 yards and two touchdowns. Devon Anderson added 74 yards and a touchdown, while Shawn Robinson ran for 72 yards.
McKeesport held Latrobe to 30 yards.
“We've started getting healthy and making a lot of improvements,” said McKeesport coach Jim Ward. “I'm anxious to see if we get better next week. That's got to be our goal.”
McKeesport hosts Connellsville (2-4, 2-3 Quad East) next week in a game that could have playoff implications. Connellsville sits in sixth place behind fifth-place McKeesport. The top five teams in the conference make the postseason.
“We gotta take care of business,” Ward said. “Connellsville's obviously going to come in here with the same approach, so we'll enjoy this tonight and start looking ahead to Connellsville tomorrow.”
Latrobe was unable to use starting quarterback Logan Carns under center, though the senior did line up at receiver. Carns has a cast on his left hand that prevents him from pitching the ball as part of Latrobe's option offense.
Latrobe also has lost four starting offensive linemen this season.
“We'd be better if we had all of our guys,” Latrobe coach Ray Reitz said. “But I don't want to take anything away from McKeesport. They did a nice job tonight. They're well coached.”
McKeesport started quickly. On the second play of the game, Anderson took a handoff from Stockett and went 64 yards for a touchdown.
Latrobe went three-and-out on the following drive, but the Wildcats' punt pinned McKeesport at its own 1-yard line. On the next play, Latrobe's Dylan Kovatch tackled Robinson in the end zone for a safety to make it 7-2.
McKeesport responded by forcing another Latrobe three-and-out. The Tigers then went on a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by a Stockett 54-yard run — his longest of the season.
“He had an injury in the earlier part of the year to his calf, and he missed some time,” Ward said. “The more you play, the more acclimated you get. I thought he did a nice job tonight.
“He's had some explosive games.”
Stockett also showcased his arm before the end of the first quarter by hitting Marqua Perdue on a 41-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers ahead, 21-2.
Ray Judy is a freelance writer.