Penn-Trafford football wins third straight
Another conference game in the books, and Penn-Trafford keeps rolling along.
The Warriors raced out to a three-touchdown lead and held on at home, as they defeated McKeesport, 28-14, in a Quad East Conference game Friday night.
Quarterback Dorian Stevens again posted a big dual-threat game for Penn-Trafford (3-1, 3-0) by completing 7 of 14 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown, and scoring on touchdown runs of 8 and 51 yards. Devin Austin also scored on a 5-yard run, while Brian McDonough caught the 9-yard touchdown throw from Stevens.
McKeesport (1-3, 1-3) got touchdown runs from David Queen and Hodari Christian to close the gap to 21-14 in the third quarter, but Stevens' second rushing touchdown put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
Part of Stevens' success through the air can be credited to his offensive line, according to head coach John Ruane, as the senior quarterback had more time to set up and throw than in P-T's first three contests.
“I thought it was our best offensive execution of the year, to this point,” Ruane said. “The offensive line was the key to our success. Dorian was able to stand tall in the pocket, and we opened up holes for our backs to run through.”
With five new starters this season, the offensive line could have been perceived as a weakness for the Warriors to start the year. That isn't the case now, as P-T's front has been outstanding for the last two games.
“That group is really progressing, maybe faster than we thought,” Ruane said. “They're really starting to jell, and they're picking up the concepts of what we're trying to do. They're also playing way more physical than they did to start the year, and that's because they're more confident in knowing what to do.”
Next up for the Warriors is Latrobe (1-3, 0-3), which fell last week to Norwin, 27-14, to end the Knights' 13-game losing streak.
But despite the Wildcats' struggles, Penn-Trafford won't look past Latrobe as it aims to remain unbeaten in conference play.
“Right now, we're tied for first in the conference, and that's a big deal to us,” Ruane said. “I think they'll be focused on our goal, which is to win a conference title.”
P-T will be trying to stop a Latrobe offense led by quarterback Logan Carns this Friday at 7:30 p.m., and it will do so at Latrobe Memorial Stadium, which is the only grass field on Penn-Trafford's schedule.
“It's our only game on grass all year — well, hopefully, Heinz Field is two — but it's our only scheduled one,” Ruane said. “It's kind of bizarre now that no one is used to playing on grass anymore. We'll practice on grass a couple day this week, but it probably isn't going to affect anything unless it rains.”
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.