West Allegheny knocks off No. 1 Montour
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Like morning rush hour in the rain, there's suddenly congestion in the Parkway.
West Allegheny's Evan Pelcher made a 22-yard field goal with 58 seconds left in Friday night's 5-3 victory over top-ranked Montour at Birko Stadium, giving the Spartans their first loss. Pending results next week, the outcome could yield a three-way tie atop the Class AAA conference's standings.
No. 6 West Allegheny (7-1, 6-1), No. 1 Montour (7-1, 6-1) and No. 2 Central Valley (7-1, 7-1) each have one loss. Since Central Valley has beaten West Allegheny and Montour has beaten Central Valley, head-to-head tiebreakers are moot.
West Allegheny's offense was stagnant until wildcat quarterback Tory Delmonico led the Indians on an 11-play scoring drive, which included 10 runs. Delmonico had 31 of his 120 rushing yards on the possession.
Passing had netted the Indians just 1 yard on 12 attempts, so they had no choice but to rely on a diverse running game that has been their strength this season.
“We realized we couldn't really pass the ball,” said Delmonico, who had negative yardage passing, “so we just relied on the run. We had an attitude on that last drive.”
The winning drive, which started at West Allegheny's 44-yard line with 6:10 left, reached Montour's 10.
Facing fourth-and-1, the Indians turned to Pelcher rather than go for the first down. Despite a rain-soaked artificial surface, Pelcher made the kick.
Montour had 58 seconds to answer but moved just 14 yards in nine plays. The drive ended with three straight incompletions by Ryan Mihelcic, who was 8 of 22 passes for 127 yards.
Neither offense reached 200 yards. West Allegheny had 133, including 132 rushing on 31 carries. Montour had 190 total yards, including 103 receiving on five catches by Devin Wilson. But West Allegheny slowed the standout senior, whose longest reception was 35 yards. Led by lineman Dustin Windemaker's three sacks, the Indians hurried Montour's quarterbacks into incompletions.
“The two defenses played well tonight,” Montour coach Lou Cerro said, “and we made a few more mistakes than they did. We couldn't get any continuity on offense, but that's because West Allegheny put us in those situations.”
A 42-yard field goal by Nate Dearth gave Montour a 3-0 lead with 2:19 left in the first quarter. The kick capped a 10-play drive that began at Montour's 45-yard line.
West Allegheny's safety came in the third quarter. Montour quarterback Tynen Greer was stripped of the ball near his goal line, and it bounced into end zone. Montour recovered it, preventing a West Allegheny touchdown.
Montour hosts Moon in Week 9, and West Allegheny visits Chartiers Valley. Central Valley, which has finished conference play, faces Class AA Beaver Falls.
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
- Firefighters extinguish fire that damages 6 cabs at Yellow Cab Co.
- Starkey: Rutherford will add when timing’s right
- Steelers notebook: Roethlisberger says Saints game is ‘must win’
- Reading’s ‘ugly’ Christmas tree getting single red bulb
- Boyce Park to open ski season Friday
- Police identify driver in North Side crash that killed pregnant woman
- Steelers’ backups Archer, Harris ready to run
- Western Pa. business owners urge shoppers to think small
- Media websites hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
- Comeau’s hat trick leads Penguins; Crosby reaches 800 career points
- Turkey Trot runners turn out to burn calories despite chilly Pittsburgh temps