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Serra Catholic snaps 28-game losing streak with 38-36 victory over Wilkinsburg

| Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 12:51 a.m.
Serra Catholic's Jake Alfer celebrates an early interception against Wilkinsburg on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
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Serra Catholic's Jake Alfer celebrates an early interception against Wilkinsburg on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Serra's Zac Quattrone stretches for yardage during a game against Wilkinsburg on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Serra Catholic.
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Serra's Zac Quattrone stretches for yardage during a game against Wilkinsburg on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Serra Catholic.
Wilkensburg's Xavier Reed makes a catch in the end zone during a game against Serra Catholic on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Serra Catholic.
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Wilkensburg's Xavier Reed makes a catch in the end zone during a game against Serra Catholic on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Serra Catholic.
Serra's Zac Quattrone makes a run during a game against Wilkinsburg on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Serra Catholic.
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Serra's Zac Quattrone makes a run during a game against Wilkinsburg on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Serra Catholic.

There usually isn't much to celebrate when a team finishes a season 1-8. But that's not the case for Serra Catholic.

The Eagles snapped a 28-game losing streak Friday night, defeating visiting Wilkinsburg, 38-36, in a Class A Eastern Conference game on senior night.

Serra had not won a game since 2011, and the students responded by rushing the field as the final seconds ticked away.

“Look at all these kids. Look at this atmosphere,” Serra coach Tony St. Angelo said, pointing to the postgame celebration. “Can you imagine if we were 9-0?”

Senior quarterback Zac Quattrone led the way for Serra, dominating every facet of the game.

Quattrone rushed for more than 200 yards, scored three touchdowns, had two interceptions and recovered two onside kicks.

“He's unreal,” St. Angelo said.

Serra struggled through the first five games of the season without Quattrone, who broke his collarbone during training camp. Quattrone returned and has made an impact each week, none bigger than Friday night.

“I wish I was with this team for the whole season. We definitely would have had some more wins,” Quattrone said. “The doctors said six to eight weeks. If it was healed, I was coming back.”

Serra didn't take the easy route to the win. Leading 38-20 in the fourth quarter, Serra gave up two scores in the final 10 minutes as Wilkinsburg closed the deficit to 2 points.

But that's as close as the Tigers would get. Serra ran out the clock on its final possession of 2014.

Wilkinsburg coach Mike Fulmore was proud of the way his team fought Friday, and throughout the season.

“We were playing with 14 guys,” Fulmore said. “We had a few more tonight coming back from injury, but it was 14 guys all year.

“These guys are giving everything they have. This is not the end, this is the beginning. I hope this puts a taste in their mouths to want to work hard. We start next year on Monday.”

Serra is only losing seven seniors as underclassmen got considerable playing time throughout the season.

“We're excited about what we have coming back,” St. Angelo said.

Ray Judy is a freelance writer.

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