Deer Lakes loses close contest to Charleroi
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Moments after Charleroi ended four weeks of futility with a 21-13 nonconference win over Deer Lakes, the bell beyond the end zone at Charleroi Stadium rang long and loud.
Afterward, Charleroi coach Ed Jenkins said he was among the people who rang the bell.
“You know I did,” Jenkins said. “It was a long time coming, and it sure felt good. We had some tough times, and these kids didn't quit. They came out to work this week, and their hard work paid off.”
Things didn't start well for the Cougars (1-4). Deer Lakes (0-5) drove 62 yards on the opening drive and took a 7-0 lead when Josh Plocki hit Brandon Newmaster with a 36-yard scoring strike.
Charleroi didn't take long to respond. Dakota Moorer returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to knot the score.
It was the beginning of a productive night for Moorer. The Charleroi senior caught seven passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three kickoffs for 153 yards and two punts for 59 yards. He had an interception nullified by a penalty.
“Dakota did it all tonight, and the kid battles through so much to do what he does for us,” Jenkins said. “He was amazing, and really, that's kind of what he does for us all of the time. He is a bright spot.”
Things didn't go as well for Plocki, Deer Lakes' top offensive threat. The Lancers' quarterback took a hard hit in the third quarter and did not return.
“He's a warrior, but he had concussion-like symptoms,” Deer Lakes coach T.J. Wiley said of Plocki. “Losing him hurt us. He wanted to go back in. But this is one game, and Josh Plocki has a long life to live. It wasn't worth putting him back in.”
Trailing 21-7, Deer Lakes pulled within 21-13 in the fourth quarter. Hunter Burns dived across the goal line for a 1-yard TD with 7:04 to play. The score capped a 17-play, 74-yard drive.
The Lancers had one last chance to at least force a tie, but their final drive stalled near midfield in the final minute.
Burns had 101 yards on 20 carries. Plocki completed 4 of 8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, and he also rushed for 41 yards on eight carries.
Matthews completed 9 of 19 passes for 169 yards for Charleroi.
Jeff Oliver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- WPIAL Class AAAA notebook: Pine-Richland has titles in 3 classifications
- High school football notebook: Official’s decision impacts WPIAL Class AAAA title game
- WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
- WPIAL Class AAA notebook: Central Valley to face another merger in PIAA playoffs
- WPIAL Class AA notebook: South Fayette’s Brumbaugh closes in on state passing record
- WPIAL Class A notebook: Clairton climbs all-time title list
- Liotta, Petrishen represent AK-Valley at WPIAL football finals
- Central Valley beats rival West Allegheny to win WPIAL Class AAA championship
- Karns City uses bruising running game to gain comeback win over Chestnut Ridge
- Pine-Richland tops defending champ Central Catholic to capture WPIAL title
- From venues to playoff format, much has changed in 100 years of WPIAL championships