Sto-Rox fends off North Catholic
TribLIVE Sports Videos
North Catholic rode do-it-all sophomore P.J. Fulmore to the cusp of its first WPIAL Class A championship appearance, but Lenny Williams and the Sto-Rox Vikings had a Heinz Field rematch on their minds.
Williams rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more as No. 2 Sto-Rox edged upset-minded North Catholic, 34-20, in a WPIAL Semifinal at Dormont Stadium on Friday.
The victory pushed Sto-Rox to 11-1 and set up another championship showdown with powerhouse Clairton, which defeated the Vikings, 42-6, in last year's final. The Bears extended their nation-best winning streak to 59 by cruising past Neshannock, 37-7, in the other semifinal.
“We wanted to get back to Heinz Field,” Sto-Rox's Dan Bradley said. “We didn't give our best effort that day.”
The Vikings won despite another monster effort from Fulmore, who followed his three-touchdown quarterfinal performance with two more scores and 204 yards on 33 carries.
The sixth-ranked Trojans (9-3) made their share of mistakes, with a missed extra point and three interceptions, but Fulmore kept North Catholic in the game. The sophomore, who lined up in the wildcat position, at receiver and at quarterback, scored on second-half touchdown runs of 8 and 4 yards.
But the story was Williams, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 184 yards and rushed for 90 more on 18 carries.
The junior found Wendall Miller on a 10-yard touchdown pass before connecting with Ben Shackelford on a 73-yard bomb. His second half touchdown runs of 16 and 2 yards kept the Vikings in front for good.
“I don't win games on my own,” Williams said. “Everybody stepped up.”
Fulmore got the Trojans within two at 14-12 after his 8-yard score in the third quarter, but North Catholic's two-point conversion attempt failed.
“They were the better team tonight,” North Catholic's Bob Ravenstahl said. “Our youth hurt us a little bit. It is a learning experience.”
Brian Duermeyer is a freelance writer.
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.
- Talented senior runner, pass catcher Waldron returns to lead Yough
- Salopek adds another dimension to Mt. Pleasant football team
- Frazier’s Zurich hopes to build off strong junior season
- Former NFL lineman hopes to change direction at Deer Lakes
- Highlands WR serves as speedy complement to his RB brother
- Riverview football team benefits from McCombs’ versatility
- Mitchell latest in line of West Mifflin star running backs
- Century after 1st WPIAL title, Wilkinsburg tries to ‘reintroduce our history’
- Natural rivalries, top-tier talent highlight realigned Allegheny Conference
- Knoch’s Farinelli primed for big year after working with QB guru Harris
- Returning Avonworth players have something to prove