Yough's playoff hopes dashed with tough 14-12 loss
By Brian Hunger
Published: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic coach Matt Federico — and his defensive unit — was probably never so happy to see a victory formation on the last play of a game.
It was that kind of night.
The Yough Cougars, on the other hand, did nearly everything possible to win Friday night's game against the Centurions.
The only thing they couldn't do was finish things off.
The host Centurions came away with a hard-fought, 14-12 homecoming win.
Yough (3-5, 3-4), which ran almost three times as many plays as GCC (6-2, 5-2), committed five turnovers – three fumbles and two interceptions – three of which came in the red zone after lengthy drives.
The Cougars also had an early touchdown called back on an illegal block. One of the fumbles was lost out of the end zone from the 2 yard line.
“We did everything but win,” Yough coach Mike Crovak said. “You can't make turnovers in a big game. There's no question that was the difference. Give credit to GCC. They made big plays when they had to make them. But offensively we went up and down the field all night.”
Yough got out to an early 6-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown catch by senior Ben D'Amico, but went into the half trailing 14-6. GCC scored on two big plays – a 67-yard run by Zach Guiser and a 58-yard catch by Nate Stone from quarterback Chase Keller.
“Defensively, we gave up two plays all night,” Crovak said. “They are a good team and when you make mistakes against them you pay. It's really that simple.”
Yough dominated the time of possession and total yardage, but couldn't convert the huge statistical advantage into points. The Centurions time after time kept coming up with huge defensive plays.
“It was a great back-and- forth game,” GCC coach Matt Federico said. “Both teams went hard. Our kids put in the effort. Defensively we bent but never broke. They kept driving down there but we held up and kept them out of the endzone. The kids hung in there and didn't get down. Our defensive players played a huge part in converting those turnovers.”
Yough received a stellar effort from sophomore running back Clay Waldron, who finished with 109 yards on 23 carries, including a 21-yard scoring dash in the fourth quarter to pull the Cougars within a potential tying 2-point conversion, which ultimately fell short.
Cougars quarterback Tyler Donahue finished 14 of 21 passing for 201 yards, while GCC's Guiser tallied 101 yards rushing on just 6 carries.
“I'm very proud of the team,” Crovak said. “It just didn't go our way tonight when we needed it to.”
The win for GCC sets up next week's showdown against Jeannette.
“I told the kids all week not to look ahead,” said Federico. “I told them Yough was a really good football team and they showed that to us tonight. We'll be ready to play and the team will be up for the game.”
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.
- Obama losing close adviser to end 9 years of service
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- IUP students have raucous early St. Patrick’s Day celebration
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Paulk: Dixon eyes Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double
- Los Angeles gangsters on Syria’s battlefield a rarity, experts assure
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review
- Pitt rallies in final seconds of regulation en route to OT win at Clemson
- Ukrainians steel to resist Russian aggression