Keller leads Greensburg CC past Kittanning
By Bill West
Published: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, 11:10 p.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic presented Kittanning with a challenge during Friday night's nonconference game: Catch Chase.
The Wildcats (1-2) failed to contain junior quarterback Chase Keller, who fueled the Centurions' offense during a 21-16 win. He finished with 13 rushes for 95 yards and completed 10 of 16 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
“I'm a little beat up, but we got it done,” the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Keller said. “It's nice (to be a dual-threat), because you have the option to either run or pass, and that puts the defense in a bind.”
A pair of Keller touchdown passes gave Greensburg Central Catholic (1-2) a 14-3 first-half lead.
Keller connected with P.J. Biros on third-and-goal from the 17-yard line to put the Centurions on the board with 38 seconds left in the first quarter. His final throw of the second quarter found Tyler Balla on a fade for a 16-yard score. Keller completed 7 of 11 attempts for 73 yards in the first half.
“Last week, he was a runner, so we put a lot of emphasis on the run game,” Kittanning coach Frank Fabian said. “He still ripped a couple on us. Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap.”
Said Greensburg Central Catholic coach Matt Federico: “Chase is a special kid. He's definitely a weapon for us.”
Kittanning, meanwhile, gained all but 5 of its 108 first-half yards on the ground. Quarterback Kevin Barnes kept the ball 13 times and gained 69 yards. Fullback Zac Croyle carried 13 times for 39 yards.
Despite the run game's productivity, Kittanning failed to reach Greensburg Central Catholic's red zone. Its best effort, a six-play, 38-yard drive, ended with a 38-yard field goal by Blake Davis that gave the Wildcats a brief 3-0 lead with 2:38 to play in the first quarter.
Greensburg Central Catholic stuck with its score-just-before-the-quarter theme, as Nate Stone scored from 3 yards with 37 seconds left in the third. A 22-yard interception return by Corey Marshall gave the Centurions the ball at Kittanning's 48-yard line. Keller ran for 36 yards on the first play, and Stone scored two snaps later.
Nick Bowers had a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown receptions for Kittanning. He took a screen 40 yards down the left sideline. On the next drive, he scored on a 44-yard fly to make it 21-16 with 4:53 to play. But the Centurions held to win their first game of the season.
“It was a great game to watch,” Federico said. “We probably let it go longer than we should've. We started to get up a couple touchdowns, and we let our guard down a bit. Kittanning is definitely a good team. They ran it well on us.”
Keller's dual-threat abilities were matched by Barnes, who finished with 109 yards passing and 126 rushing.
Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-543-1303, Ext. 1321.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Analysis: Kesler still on Pens’ radar as Shero aims to bring back ‘Big 3’
- ‘Un-American’? That’s Harry Reid, the Senate’s lowly smear artist
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Penguins GM Shero’s deadline deals: Addition by subtraction
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- Ukrainians steel to resist Russian aggression
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Vietnam says it may have found missing jet’s door
- Penguins minor league report: Defenseman Dumoulin optimistic for home stretch
- Greensburg bishop’s time at helm draws to a close