Kittanning beats GCC, improves to 3-0 for 1st time since '04
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The last time the Kittanning football team started a season so successfully, Braydon Toy and Nick Bowers were in second grade.
In Friday's 18-13 victory over host Greensburg Central Catholic, the aforementioned duo each scored two touchdowns to help give Kittanning its first 3-0 record since 2004.
“We will enjoy this victory for 48 hours, but we ask our players to go 1-0 on each play, and 1-0 each week,” Kittanning coach Frank Fabian said.
Bowers led his team with four catches for 109 yards and 102 rushing yards on 12 attempts. Toy completed 8 of 13 passes for 158 yards and rushed for 59 yards. He also picked off a pass.
Toy's second touchdown pass of the night, a 25-yarder to Alex Schaffer with 57 seconds left in the third quarter, gave the Wildcats an 18-7 lead.
Greensburg Central Catholic, which is 0-3 for the first time since 2002, responded with a 13-play drive capped by Nate Stone's 1-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, cutting the lead to 18-13 with 7:05 to play.
After swapping punts, GCC had one last opportunity to win; it took over at its 28 with just over two minutes to play. Schaffer's interception with less than a minute to go clinched the outcome.
“We are a bit of a bend-but-don't-break defense, but this is a gutsy, resilient bunch,” Fabian said.
GCC amassed 24 first downs and nearly 400 yards of total offense. But four turnovers and 80 penalty yards sabotaged its chances at victory.
“We talked all week long about finishing, especially in the red zone, but had trouble again tonight,” GCC coach Dan Mahoney said.
The Centurions squandered a fine individual effort by running back Tyler Balla, who rushed for a game-high 239 yards on 32 carries. Sophomore Thomas Pellis completed 8 of 19 passes for 127 yards and three interceptions in his first start in place of senior quarterback Chase Keller.
Mark Katarski 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.