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Norwin edges Latrobe for 1st win of season

| Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 11:30 p.m.
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Latrobe's Brandon Friedline (24) fumbles the football in Norwin's end zone during the third quarter on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe. Norwin recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown.
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Latrobe quarterback Logan Carns breaks through the Norwin defense to rush 61 yards for a first-quarter touchdown on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe.
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Latrobe defensive player Joshua Shivetts comes up short while trying to tackle Norwin's Nicholas Amendola on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe.
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Latrobe quarterback Logan Carns gets tied up by the Norwin defense on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe.
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Norwin's Peyton Deri is tackled by Latrobe's Brandon Friedline during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe.
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Norwin's Curtis Perz, Zeke Kljucaric and Wayne Close (from left) celebrate a third-quarter touchdown against Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe. The touchdown was scored by Norwin's Anthony Melocchi after he recovered a Latrobe fumble in the end zone.
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Latrobe's Cody Henry forces a fumble against Norwin quarterback Nicholas Amendola during the third quarter Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Latrobe.

Norwin's defense started Friday night's game against Latrobe on the wrong foot.

But the Knights saved their best work for the second half.

Norwin scored one defensive touchdown, set up its offense with a short field for another score and made a key late stop as the Knights beat host Latrobe, 21-13, in a Quad East game.

“We're really happy,” Norwin coach Art Tragesser said. “Some kids stepped up and made big plays. It was a great effort on our part.”

The game didn't start well for Norwin.

Latrobe quarterback Logan Carns raced 61 yards for a touchdown 44 seconds into the game.

But the Knights (1-3, 1-3) clamped down after that. Carns finished with 137 yards, but he needed 24 attempts as Norwin sacked him four times and forced him into an interception.

“He's a heck of a player, and it's tough to contain him the whole time,” Tragesser said. “But I thought after that play, we did a pretty decent job.”

Norwin's offense, which scored a combined 10 points in the first three games of the season, struggled in the first half.

But the Knights went 72 yards on 10 plays on their opening drive of the second half. Nick Amendola scored from 3 yards out, and a two-point conversion put Norwin up 8-7, its first lead of the season.

“I just think the whole offense realized ... we've got to pick things up,” said Norwin's Peyton Deri, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown.

That lead soon widened, as defensive lineman Anthony Melocchi recovered a Latrobe fumble in the end zone. Jake Kljucaric's interception set up Deri's 13-yard touchdown run to make it 21-7.

Latrobe (1-3, 0-3) cut the deficit to 21-13 on a 1-yard run by Brandon Friedline with 7:43 remaining, but Norwin stopped the Wildcats on fourth down in the final four minutes to seal the win.

“They wanted the game more than us the second half,” Latrobe coach Ray Reitz said. “(We had) too many mistakes, and we didn't block anybody.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @DGulasy_Trib.

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