Gateway QB Woodson throws for 5 TDs in win
By Michael Love
Published: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, 12:28 a.m.
Gateway can wrap up the Quad East conference championship next week with a victory at Penn-Trafford.
But Friday night, the Gators weren't looking ahead, and they were able to take care of business against visiting Norwin, 62-14, at Antimarino Stadium.
No. 3 Gateway improved to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play. Penn-Trafford matched the Gators on Friday and upped its conference mark to 6-0 with a 27-0 shutout over Kiski Area.
“There's a lot on the line next week,” Gateway head coach Terry Smith said. “We have to get ready for a tough week (of practice).” Norwin dropped to 1-6, both overall and in conference action.
Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson, an Arizona recruit, finished 10 of 13 passing for 278 yards and five touchdowns, a school record for passing touchdowns in a single game.
Six different receivers caught passes, led by Montae Nicholson, who also hauled in a 28-yard scoring strike, He finished with three catches for 121 yards.
Seniors Tale Brisker and John Wade and sophomore Roman Denson also caught passes for touchdowns from Woodson.
“We wanted to get Thomas and the passing game started early,” Smith said. “He got going and was real accurate. We got a lot of guys involved in the passing game, which was nice to see.”
“Gateway is a very good football team, and we just couldn't match up with them,” Norwin head coach Art Tragesser said. “The secondary, with the exception of one, is the JV secondary. We've had some injuries back there. I figured Gateway would come out and pass the ball a lot. It was a good learning experience for the guys.”
The Gators led 13-0 after the first 12 minutes and have outscored their opponents 104-0 in the first quarter this season.
Wilkerson got the start at tailback for the Gators, and he finished the game with 14 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Gateway's leading rusher, senior tailback Andre Martin, missed the game while resting an ankle injury suffered in last week's loss to North Allegheny.
Senior Darin Franklin, Gateway's third leading rusher, also didn't play. Smith declined to comment on a reason for Franklin's absence from the game but said he will return to action against Penn-Trafford.
Norwin tallied 66 yards on its opening drive but was held to minus-7 yards total offense the rest of the first half.
Gateway led 48-0 at the break.
Knights senior running back Casey Rebosky led Norwin with 76 yards on nine carries, and he scored on a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Zeke Kljucaric recovered a fumble in the end zone for Norwin's other touchdown.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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