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Gateway cruises past Connellsville

| Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 10:59 p.m.
Gateway's Andrea Martin (8) carries Connellsville's James Stevenson (3) and Dylan Knopsnider (21) into the end zone in the first half Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier)
Connellsville's Jordan McCrae (1) looks for running room and comes up with a short yardage gain in the first half of Connellsville's matchup against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. (Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier)
Connellsville's Dylan Knopsnider (21) carries the ball before being stopped by Gateway's defense in the first half of Connellsville's match up against Gateway held at Falcon Stadium in Connellsville on Friday, September 7, 2012. Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier

While Connellsville's football team is a work in progress, Gateway's is a machine — a fast one, too.

The Class AAAA No. 2 Gators pounced on the Falcons early and often on their way to a 46-16 Quad East win at Connellsville Stadium.

Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson completed 6 of 8 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Andre Martin rushed for 55 yards and three touchdowns on five carries as the visitors built a 46-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Gateway stormed to a 34-0 lead in the opening 12 minutes.

“That's a heck of a football team, and they were playing at a different speed in the first quarter,” Connellsville coach Dave McDonald said. “But I don't think you saw a kid in a Connellsville uniform quit. I think we were a little bit in awe, and it took us a while to catch our breath. But once we did, we moved the ball. But it got away in the first quarter.”

The Gators (2-0, 2-0) wasted little time taking control, scoring on all five of their first-quarter possessions and reaching the end zone on two of three chances in the second quarter.

“We executed early and jumped out to a big lead,” Gateway coach Terry Smith said. “Woodson threw exceptionally well. We didn't run as effectively as I would have liked, and we still have room to improve. But we have speed, and a lot of it, and we utilized it to jump out to the lead.”

Martin scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 6 yards in the first quarter and added a 3-yard scoring run in the second.

Both of Woodson's touchdown tosses came in the opening quarter. He hit Mileak Ford on a 23-yard strike before finding Ricky Rogers on a perfectly thrown ball down the middle of the field for an 85-yard TD.

Connellsville (0-2, 0-2) scored the final 16 points. Quarterback Jade Maher dashed down the left sideline for a 41-yard score late in the first half. Maher also hit Michael Parlak on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the fourth. He completed 8 of 14 passes for 87 yards. Parlak had four receptions for 61 yards.

Sandwiched in between the two Connellsville touchdowns was a Benjamin Kisiel 33-yard field goal in the third quarter.

“We're not going to quit,” McDonald said.

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com or 724-626-3534.

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