Central Valley storms past West Allegheny
Paul Chryst and members of his Pitt staff watched from the sideline Friday night as No. 2 Central Valley hosted No. 4 West Allegheny at Sarge Albert Stadium in Center.
Pitt target Robert Foster made sure Chryst and company left happy.
Foster, a senior standout holding offers from Pitt, Alabama and Ohio State, among others, brought the Warriors back from an early 14-point deficit with a pair of spectacular first-half touchdowns before Central Valley (4-1, 4-1) stormed past previously undefeated West Allegheny, 28-14, in a key Class AAA Parkway Conference matchup.
Foster finished with 170 total yards, with 83 coming on four receptions. The blue chipper added a key interception in the third quarter as West Allegheny (4-1, 4-1) tried to reclaim the lead.
“It's a blessing,” said Foster, who lists Pitt among his final three. “I cannot worry about the coaches who are here. I just try to pretend it is another game.”
The Indians had built an early two-touchdown advantage behind their balanced rushing attack, as Armand Dellovade and Chayse Dillon capped methodical first-quarter drives with scores.
But West Allegheny could not get a third score, even after stopping Foster on fourth down from the 10-yard line, and Central Valley came roaring back.
Foster displayed his Division I speed when he pulled away from a host of defenders after taking a pitch on a fake punt for a 63-yard score. His 14-yard touchdown on a pass from quarterback Nate Climo tied the game before the half.
“We never want to leave a play in our pocket when it involves No. 4,” Central Valley's Mark Lyons said of the fake punt toss to Foster. “We took some blows and came back and threw a shutout in the second half.”
Foster's 39-yard catch on a pass from Climo set up JaQuan Pennington's 3-yard score in the third quarter, and sophomore Jordan Whitehead added another short touchdown to push the lead to 28-14.
“We came out and executed pretty well,” West Allegheny's Bob Palko said. “At a certain point, their athletes out athleted us.”
Brian J. Duermeyer is a freelance writer.