Gateway football team opens season on road at Latrobe
The Gateway and Latrobe varsity football programs have played five times in the latest series since they were placed in the same conference before the 2008 season.
To say the series has been one-sided would be an understatement.
The Gators scored shutouts of 42-0 and 49-0 in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
It was 38-7 in 2010 and 45-7 two years ago.
Last September, Gateway opened with a 61-6 rout at Antimarino Stadium.
Despite the recent domination, first-year Gators head coach Donnie Militzer said this year's Latrobe squad looks good in a number of areas.
Gateway and Latrobe will open the season at Latrobe on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“A lot of the juniors and seniors on their team are one- and two-year starters, and they have some experience,” Militzer said. “That experience shows on film. They are aggressive, and they play hard.”
Wildcats returning senior quarterback Logan Carns threw for 692 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, and he was the team's leading rusher with 543 yards and three scores.
“Their quarterback is as good as advertised,” Militzer said. “He can beat you with his arm and his legs. We have to contain him.”
Militzer said he liked what he saw from the Gators in Friday's final season tune-up with Bethel Park.
“I thought we did really well against Bethel Park,” Militzer said.
“They really weren't able to move the ball too much on us. Their varsity didn't score on us. I was pretty impressed with our defensive performance.
“Offensively, we moved the ball well and did some nice things, but I also thought we left a lot of points on the field.”
Gateway has won four of its previous five season-opening games.
The only loss was a 23-0 defeat at the hands of Bishop McDevitt in 2010.
It was a setback the Gators would avenge, 28-7, in the 2011 opener at Antimarino Stadium.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.