Greensburg Central Catholic passes test at 7-on-7 event
The Greensburg Central Catholic football program is built around a solid ground game.
But at the second annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association's 7-on-7 passing tournament, the Centurions proved they also can throw the ball.
GCC won the event, defeating defending champion Penn-Trafford, 18-9, in the finals on Thursday at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium. The Centurions defeated Mt. Pleasant, Monessen, Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Norwin in pool action.
Penn-Trafford tied Hempfield but defeated Jeannette, Greensburg Salem, Yough and Southmoreland. Hempfield missed advancing to the finals when it lost to Greensburg Salem.
GCC quarterback Chase Keller tossed two touchdown passes in the finals, the second to Eddie Kilkeary. The Centurions also intercepted two passes.
“I didn't know we could throw the ball until I was 18,” said acting GCC coach Will Colosimo. “The players have worked hard all summer. I think we proved we can throw the ball, but convincing my dad (GCC head coach Muzzy Colosimo) will be the hardest thing. He likes to run the ball.”
Muzzy Colosimo, the president of the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association, did not coach. He was busy collecting ticket money and running the event.
“I was worried because we were missing a couple players with injuries,” Will Colosimo said. “But some of the young players stepped up. It was good to compete against larger schools.”
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said he was disappointed his team lost in the finals but pleased with the way they competed.
“This was good to break up the monotony,” Ruane said. “You get to see players who play with spirit. You learn more about the player once they put the pads on. We have a lot of inexperience.”
Jeannette coach Roy Hall felt his team was good enough to be in the finals, but his squad dropped to close battles to Penn-Trafford and Hempfield.
Still, Hall was pleased with the work his team got.
“We're still looking at different players,” he said.
“We have players who can play multiple positions, and we did well against larger schools. This will help us down the road.”
Yough coach Mark Crovak walked away with a good feeling about his team.
“We're miles ahead from where we were two years ago,” Crovak said. “The players' hard work is paying off.”
Paul Schofield is a staff writer of Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-836-5095.