McKeesport runs to easy win over Altoona
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McKeesport quarterback David Queen shrugged off any suggestions that the team's offense needs to develop a better passing game. After all, it's been the strong running attack that's dominated opponents.
Even after McKeesport dismantled visiting Altoona, 34-7, in a WPIAL Class AAAA Quad East game Friday night to remain undefeated, coach George Smith wondered aloud whether there's anything that truly can be done to jump-start the Tigers' virtually non-existent aerial attack.
“We're still waiting for David to complete his first pass,” Smith said, jokingly.
Not that the Tigers have needed it so far in confounding teams with their intricate flexbone offense.
Smith may have forgotten Queen has completed 2 of 11 passes this year after going 0 for 3 against Altoona.
“I can't argue that he had one of his better games tonight, despite not completing a pass,” Smith said. “He does a good job of running our offense. He's just not as fast as some. But he's nifty.”
McKeesport (5-0, 4-0) remained tied with No. 3 Gateway atop the conference as Mikell Moore rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Queen added 85 yards and scored three times.
Altoona (1-4, 1-4) got its only touchdown on Christian Toohey's 88-yard kickoff return in the third quarter after McKeesport had taken a 27-0 lead.
“It's almost like we're afraid to make plays,” Altoona coach John Franco said. “We're limited in what we do offensively. It was just another frustrating night.”
With Queen at the controls, McKeesport ran more than twice as many plays as Altoona, which was outgained in total offense, 365-18. All of McKeesport's yards came on the ground.
Queen, who learned the McKeesport offensive scheme as a junior-high player during Smith's first tenure in the district, is getting comfortable in the role.
“There are a lot of reads in this offense that you've got to be able to handle,” Queen said. “We're working very hard every day.”
Moore gave McKeesport a 7-0 lead with a 2-yard TD run after the Tigers got great field position when Khaleke Hudson blocked an Altoona punt.
McKeesport took a 21-0 halftime lead after Queen rushed 7 yards for a touchdown following Jason Chavis' fumble recovery.
Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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