TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Experienced Franklin Regional handles young Highlands

Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Franklin Regional wide receiver Nick Vento stiff-arms Highlands defender Robert Love en route to a first down in the first quarter at Golden Rams Stadium in Harrison on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Top high school sports

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, 11:14 p.m.
 

With standout running back Dane Brown watching from the press box with an injured ankle, Class AAA No. 6 Franklin Regional showed its depth Friday night in a 35-3 victory over Highlands in a Greater Allegheny Conference game at Golden Rams Stadium.

Quarterback Nico Lodovico threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and reserve running backs Nick Vento, Brett Zanotto and Paul Emanuele combined for 140 yards as the Panthers (2-1, 2-1) cruised after a slow start.

“We have a stable of running backs,” Panthers coach Greg Botta said. “They showed what they can do.”

The Panthers (2-1, 2-1) needed about a quarter to get going. Once they did, Highlands (0-3, 0-3) had no answer.

One of the larger Class AAA schools in the WPIAL playing one of the smallest, Franklin Regional showed strength in numbers. Highlands has just four seniors.

“We just couldn't match up with them,” Highlands coach Sam Albert said. “We're young and not there yet.”

Highlands took a 3-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Mike Masarik. Franklin Regional had a touchdown called back and was flagged for a penalty on a lengthy punt return.

But Highlands stalled and allowed 21 second-quarter points — a 26-yard run by Zanotto, a 1-yarder by Emanuele and 20-yard slant to Colin Jonov.

“They smacked us in the face early,” Botta said. “Highlands is a young team. They're going to be good for years to come.”

Highlands, which had three fumbles and an interception, managed just 60 rushing yards and 38 passing.

“I'm proud of our kids,” Albert said. “We had some injuries. We don't have the kind of depth and numbers they have. They outmanned us.”

Lodovico rushed for 77 yards on five carries.

Botta said he believes his team can improve.

“I didn't think we were very sharp,” Botta said. “I don't know if it's my expectations being so high. We had too many penalties.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or bbeckner@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
  2. Steelers stress improved conditioning in attempt to play past injuries
  3. Memories of Steelers fan from Beaver Falls go beyond simple recall
  4. Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
  5. Steelers’ reserve quarterbacks vie to secure spot behind Roethlisberger, Gradkowski
  6. Police: Escaped Armstrong County inmate armed, dangerous homicide suspect
  7. Inside the Steelers: Rookie linebacker Chickillo continues to excel
  8. Gorman: Women breaking coaching barriers
  9. Traded after Stanley Cup, Saad not alone in being dealt after title
  10. Pirates notebook: Blanton introduced; Worley designated for assignment
  11. Gameday: Pirates at Reds, July 31, 2015