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Springdale earns 1st win with shutout of Wilkinsburg

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By Wes Crosby
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

Springdale's first win will not be remembered as one of the most artistic WPIAL football games played, but after a rough start to the 2013 season, the Dynamos were satisfied with their 6-0 victory over Wilkinsburg (1-2, 1-2) at Veterans Memorial Field on Friday night.

Springdale (1-2, 1-2) came out firing on its first drive, needing five plays to score the game's only touchdown.

The majority of the 58-yard drive was gained on a 43-yard pass from quarterback Daniel Franskousky to running back Austin Kline to the Wilkinsburg 3.

Justin Wilson pounded the ball through the heart of the Tigers' line for a 3-yard touchdown two plays later, giving Springdale an early 6-0 lead.

Both offenses struggled over the final 44 minutes. Wilkinsburg's senior quarterback, Ryan Cox, particularly struggled, completing 2 of 13 passes while throwing two interceptions.

The Dynamos' front seven, most notably defensive end Adam Lock and linebacker Matt Mikus, pressured Cox throughout.

“We got really good pressure from our defensive ends coming off the edge and we have very good senior linebackers,” Springdale coach David Leasure said.

Springdale couldn't take advantage of chances to expand its lead.

But the offense helped neutralize Wilkinsburg by establishing a running game behind Wilson, who had 26 carries for 78 yards.

“Justin's one of our quickest kids and for as big as he is (5-foot-5, 130 pounds), he's tough as nails,” Leasure said. “He was able to give us what we needed tonight and keep our defense off the field.”

The Tigers' offense was anemic against Springdale, committing six turnovers.

Wes Crosby is a freelance writer.

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