McKeesport beats Penn-Trafford for program's 600th win
TribLIVE Sports Videos
George Smith flopped down on a couch deep inside Weigle-Schaeffer Memorial Stadium and muttered two words: “I'm stunned.”
It was easy to understand why the veteran McKeesport coach would feel that way when taking into account what he has witnessed the past few weeks.
• A season-opening victory over Hempfield following a three-year hiatus after 28 years on the job.
• A homecoming thumping of last year's Class AAAA runner-up Woodland Hills the next week
• His 200th career victory at Norwin a week later
• McKeesport's convincing 34-14 Quad East win over visiting Penn-Trafford on Friday that not only snapped a two-game losing streak to the Warriors but made McKeesport only the 11th program in WPIAL history with 600 wins.
And the Tigers are off to their first 4-0 start since 2003.
“The 600 wins, that's big,” Smith said. “That's something to be proud of.”
So was how his team took advantage of nearly every Penn-Trafford mistake.
McKeesport turned a pair of critical Penn-Trafford mistakes — both of which occurred inside their own 20-yard line — into 14 points.
“We self-destructed,” Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said. “They were the disciplined team, and we definitely weren't. We had major penalties and major turnovers. Don't take anything away from McKeesport, but we truly self-destructed.”
Penn-Trafford, led by Devin Austin's 116 yards rushing and Timmy Vecchio's 121 yards receiving, was able to control the ball and put up nice yardage against McKeesport's defense. But the Warriors couldn't overcome a couple of self-inflicted wounds.
None was bigger than late in the first half with McKeesport leading, 14-7.
Penn-Trafford pinned McKeesport inside the 10-yard line with a punt. However, a personal foul penalty forced the Warriors to punt again. Josh McElrone couldn't handle the snap, and McKeesport took over at the 15-yard line — a 76-yard difference in field position.
Mikell Moore scored just before halftime to give McKeesport a 21-7 lead at the half.
“That was a big play for us,” Smith said. “We went into the half with some momentum.”
They came out with some, too.
On the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Allen Wright spun away from several defenders and raced 75 yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 27-7.
“Before the half and after the half killed us,” Ruane said. “If it is 14-7 at halftime, I feel pretty good.”
McKeesport racked up 232 yards on the ground led by Wright's 93 and David Queen's 56 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib
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.
- HSFB preview by position: Transition to defensive line no easy task
- Sturdy Burrell running back Sowol ready for encore
- Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
- Brown’s value equal on offense, defense for East Allegheny
- Thomas Jefferson led by 4 returning all-conference players
- Baldwin’s outlook bolstered by 16 returning starters