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Gateway passes test against Erie McDowell

| Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

After picking on WPIAL teams for six consecutive wins and a 40-point-per game scoring margin, Gateway survived a back-and-forth game Friday night against visiting Erie McDowell of District 10, winning 35-17 at Antimarino Stadium.

Orne Bey opened the scoring for Gateway on a 21-yard run in the first quarter, but by the end of the half, the Gators had minus-12 yards rushing. McDowell took a 10-7 lead into the locker room.

But Gateway, the No. 1 team in the Tribune-Review rankings, responded in a big way. Kalkstein scored on a 1-yard plunge and threw three touchdown passes — 30 yards to Steve Vranka, 45 to Armstead Williams and 23 to Dayone Nunley — in the second half.

Overall, Kalkstein completed nine of 13 passes for 216 yards.

McKeesport 53, Norwin 10 — Darien Robinson rushed for 245 yards on only six carries and Ty'Meer Brown added 157 rushing yards on four carries to lead No. 2 McKeesport (6-1, 5-0) to the Quad South win against Norwin (4-3, 2-3).

Baldwin 21, Upper St. Clair 17 — Nathan Reed threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wild in the third quarter to give Baldwin (2-1, 2-5) the lead and the stunning upset of No. 7 Upper St. Clair (4-3, 1-2) in the Quad West. Baldwin's Jordan Joyce intercepted a pass at midfield with 2:20 left in the game to seal the victory.

Bethel Park 40, Peters Township 13 — Bre Ford ran nine times for 224 yards and touchdowns of 70, 68 and 14 yards to lead No. 4 Bethel Park (6-1, 3-0) over Peters Township (4-3, 0-3) in the Quad West.

Woodland Hills 38, Fox Chapel 7 — No. 3 Woodland Hills (6-1, 3-0) scored 24 points in the second quarter on the way to its Quad East victory at Fox Chapel (3-4, 0-3). Dom Timbers finished with two touchdowns, giving him 13 on the season.

Penn Hills 38, Kiski Area 0 — Chris Washington ran 17 times for 170 yards and a touchdown to lead Penn Hills (3-4, 2-1) to the Quad East shutout at Kiski Area (3-4, 1-2). Penn Hills held Kiski to minus-seven yards rushing for the game.

Shaler 33, Seneca Valley 7 — Tyler Bills threw for 147 yards and one touchdown to lead No. 8 Shaler (6-1, 2-1) to the Quad North victory at Seneca Valley (3-4, 1-2). Jesse Della Valle scored on a 63-yard punt return and an 8-yard run to pace Shaler.

North Allegheny 40, Pine-Richland 7 — Alex Papson ran 21 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns, as No. 5 North Allegheny (6-1, 3-0) defeated Pine-Richland (3-4, 1-2) in the Quad North.

Class AAA

Greensburg Salem 44, Southmoreland 0 — Two sophomores stepped up to help elevate Greensburg Salem to victory against visiting Southmoreland (0-7, 0-4).

Tailback Ryan Short and wide receiver Mike Kizzie scored two touchdowns each for the Golden Lions (6-1, 4-0) in the Class AAA Keystone Conference victory.

Greensburg Salem remained atop the conference with two weeks remaining in the regular season and will visit Laurel Highlands next Friday.

"For two sophomores to step up the way (Short and Kizzie) did was big for us," Greensburg Salem coach Casey Cavanaugh said. "It also says a lot about how good our offensive line is, too."

Short got the first two scores for the Golden Lions on 10- and 14-yard runs.

"Short did a great job stepping in for the injured Matt Adams," Cavanaugh said.

Kizzie scored on rushes of 17 and 9 yards.

"It's great to get these two sophomores some game experience," Cavanaugh said. "Yeah, we're a bit more comfortable heading into next week's game after the performances we got from Short and Kizzie tonight."

Hampton 10, Mars 7 — Andrew Bly scored on a 73-yard run early in the fourth quarter, as Hampton (4-3, 2-1) beat No. 8 Mars (4-3, 2-1) in the Greater Allegheny Conference. Mars' Austin Miele scored on a 1-yard run with around five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to pull within three points. Mars got the ball back with 1:25 left, but Hampton's defense held them to a three-and-out.

New Castle 41, Moon 7 — John Matarazzo completed 8 of 11 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns and Keith Keene ran for 156 yards and two scores and caught a touchdown passs to lead No. 5 New Castle (5-2, 3-2) beat Moon (0-7, 0-4) in the Parkway Conference.

Laurel Highlands 24, Albert Gallatin 20 — A partially blocked punt led to a Laurel Highlands touchdown with 1:59 left as the Mustangs (3-4, 3-1) upended Albert Gallatin (3-4, 2-3) in the Keystone Conference. Dylan Clifford led Laurel Highlands with 137 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns.

Belle Vernon 21, Ringgold 13 — Belle Vernon (4-3, 2-2) built a lead that Ringgold (2-5, 0-4) could not overcome as the Leopards edged Rams for a Class AAA Big Seven Conference victory. Belle Vernon's Matt Green ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Elizabeth Forward 22, Derry 14 — Josh Pomilio scored on a 1-yard run to launch Elizabeth Forward (3-3, 1-3) to a victory against Derry (2-5, 2-5) in a nonconference game.

Class AA

South Fayette 49, Cornell 0 — No. 3 South Fayette (7-0, 7-0) limited Cornell (1-6, 1-6) to minus-6 yards of offense in its Century Conference victory. Quarterback Christian Brumbaugh completed 11 of 15 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

Sto-Rox 28, South Park 8 — In the Century Conference, Paul Jones threw for 128 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 6 Sto-Rox (6-1, 6-1) over South Park (3-4, 3-4).

Greensburg Central Catholic 41, Brownsville 0 — David Miller scored four rushing touchdowns to lead GCC (5-,2 5-2) to a Class AA Interstate Conference victory over Brownsville (1-6, 1-6). Miller carried the ball 11 times for 114 yards.

McGuffey 22, Charleroi 9 — Nick Shuman scored on a 2-yard run to open the scoring for McGuffey (5-2, 5-2) in a victory against Charleroi (5-2, 5-2) in an Interstate game. Shuman also scored on a 6-yard run.

Mt. Pleasant 20, South Allegheny 0 — Bryce Ansell rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown as Mt. Pleasant (7-0, 7-0) shut out South Allegheny (0-7, 0-7) in the Interstate.

Class A

Rochester 42, Neshannock 0 — Jasson Adamson hit 8 of 11 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns, as top-ranked Rochester (7-0, 5-0) blanked Neshannock (2-5, 1-4) in the Big Seven Conference.

Avonworth 21, Leechburg 6 — Brian Vales scored on a 51-yard interception return and an 8-yard pass, as No. 8 Avonworth (6-1, 4-1) defeated Leechburg (0-7, 0-5) in the Eastern Conference.

Beth-Center 3, California 0 — Kyle Colborn kicked a 19-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game to give Beth-Center (5-2, 4-1) a Class A Tri-County South victory over California (4-3, 3-2).

City League

Brashear 20, Peabody 6 — Bruce Patterson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Cody Magliocca kicked two field goals to lead top-ranked Brashear (6-1, 6-1) to the win over Peabody (3-4, 3-3).

Oliver 14, Carrick 12 — Oliver (5-1) survived three scoring threats in the fourth quarter to move into a tie for second place with idle Schenley. After taking a 14-12 lead on Shakil Brown's 5-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard scoring pass from Donte Jeter to Phillip Upsher-Ferguson, Oliver turned to its defense. Carrick (2-5, 2-4) moved inside the 20-yard line three times in the fourth quarter, turning the football over on downs twice. Oliver's Tyrail Morgan also intercepted a pass in the end zone.

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