Penn-Trafford stuns No. 3 Gateway on late 2-point conversion
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The gamble paid off for Penn-Trafford.
As a result, Gateway's perfect season is no more.
After an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brett Laffoon to John Guzik brought Penn-Trafford within one point of No. 3 Gateway with 16 seconds to go, Laffoon's 2-point conversion toss to Devin Austin secured a 35-34 win for the Warriors at Antimarino Stadium.
“It's unbelievable,” Laffoon said. “I've never seen a football game like this.”
Laffoon completed 11 of 15 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns — and for a while it looked like it might not be enough.
Gateway quarterback Jimmy Moore was 13 of 29 for 389 yards and four touchdowns. Three of them went to Montae Nicholson, who had 252 receiving yards.
Delvon Randall's fingertip catch set up Zaihe Regus' 1-yard touchdown run to give the Gators a 34-27 lead with 2:16 to play.
But Laffoon marched the Warriors 63 yards on 10 plays to grab the improbable upset.
“I thought we had a real good 2-point play all week in practice,” Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said. “We liked it, and obviously it worked.”
Gateway came into this one playing plenty of close games. The Gators had won their previous seven games by an average of 10.9 points, four by a touchdown or less.
Penn-Trafford (5-3, 5-2) lost to Kiski Area by 20 points a week ago, a game in which Austin struggled to find open space.
Not this time as Austin rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
Penn-Trafford's win sets up a showdown next week with Hempfield. Both teams are 5-2 in the Quad East, and the winner can do no worse than third. Penn-Trafford can finish second with a win and a Gateway loss Thursday against No. 4 McKeesport.
Gateway (7-1, 6-1) forced a 13-13 tie early in the third quarter with a 22-yard touchdown from Moore to Anthony Davis.
Laffoon answered with a 5-yarder to Chris Stanford before Moore found Nicholson for a pair of long scores.
“When you score that many points, you have to win the football game,” Gateway coach Donnie Militzer said. “We have to clean some things up for next week.”
Moore hit Nicholson on an 82-yard touchdown pass on Gateway's third play for a 6-0 lead.
Timmy Vecchio gave Penn-Trafford a 13-7 lead when he intercepted Moore and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown.
“Coming into this season, everybody wanted to see what would happen if we lost a game,” Militzer said. “So we'll see how we react.”
Trib Total Media staff writer Michael Love contributed. Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @Mackey_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: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
- Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Jackson a dual threat
- Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
- Penn-Trafford football has championship expectations
- HSFB preview by position: Star tailbacks develop early
- Sturdy Burrell running back Sowol ready for encore
- HSFB preview by position: Touches tough to come by for elite receivers
- HSFB preview by position: Versatility key for tight ends
- HSFB preview by position: Division I O-line recruits have something to prove
- Brown’s value equal on offense, defense for East Allegheny
- High school notebook: Highlands’ Martin harbors unique pet