Gateway cruises past Connellsville
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3534.