West Allegheny shuts down Montour, 14-2
Over the past two years, opposing coaches have thought long and hard about ways to limit the Montour offense.
The staff at West Allegheny, surely, is no different.
Except for the fact that whatever they've done has worked.
For the second time in 22 days, West Allegheny shut down Montour's high-powered offense en route to a 14-2 WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal Friday night at Chartiers Valley.
Montour's offense managed only 161 yards.
“Our coaches stay up late night after night after night just doing all the planning for us,” Indians sophomore Chayse Dillon said. “And we execute it.”
Dillon gave the defense all the cushion it would need by rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He had an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter -- the first touchdown in six quarters played between the two teams -- and put the game away with a 56-yard sprint up the middle with 6:49 left.
The lone score for the No. 5 seed Spartans (9-2) came when No. 4 West Allegheny (10-1) snapped the ball into the end zone on an attempted punt in the third quarter.
“Two games in a row they played us and they stopped us,” Montour coach Lou Cerro said. “Hats off to them. They basically did the same thing they did to us last time. We tried to change some things, and I thought we had more chances tonight. we just didn't capitalize.”
Montour averaged 37.8 points in its nine wins this season and did not score less than 27 in any game it played that wasn't against West Allegheny. But the defending WPIAL champion found its Kryptonite in the Parkway Conference rival Indians.
It's not as if West Allegheny's defensive prowess is limited to facing Montour as the Indians have allowed only 19 points in winning their past six games.
Montour has played in the past two WPIAL title games and has averaged more than 33 points per game over the past three seasons while going 33-6. Its offense managed only three in eight quarters against the Indians.
West Allegheny coach Bob Palko credited his longtime defensive coordinator, Bryan Cornell.
“He just gets them to believe that maybe they're better than they are,” Palko said. “I don't know if you can say that, but I can't tell you enough about how good these guys are as a coaching staff in what we do and how we prepare and how the kids just buy in.
“These kids love to be together. When you know there's a group that's going to listen believe and go out and do it, that's a really cool thing.”
Montour's Devin Wilson -- one of the most decorated WPIAL athletes in recent memory -- ended his high school football career with only 17 yards from scrimmage on two receptions and five rushes. West Allegheny senior Zech Medved was shadowing Wilson all night long.
The Indians were without top rusher Tory Delmonico, who has a knee injury.
“We don't have the firepower or the big guns or athletes they have,” Palko said. “That's a good football team we beat. We're just humbled by it.”