LATROBE, Pa. — The Wildcat dominated the Wildcats on the way to a conference title.
Penn-Trafford used a direct-snap attack to rough up Latrobe on Friday, scoring six first-half touchdowns, five on the ground, in a 42-0 rout of the homesteading Latrobe Wildcats.
Cade Yacamelli led the way for the Warriors, scoring twice on direct-snap plays, the first a 1-yard plunge to make it 14-0 P-T in the first quarter, and the second a 78-yard scamper that broke the backs of the Wildcat defense. The Wisconsin commit, who is Penn-Trafford’s running back, safety, linebacker and Wildcat quarterback ran seven times for 125 yards and two scores, all in the first half.
The Warriors got things started quickly, with Jacob Otto returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score. After Yacamelli’s first score, Seth Dunlap intercepted Latrobe quarterback Bobby Fetter and returned it inside the 10-yard line. Quarterback Carter Green kept a read-option play for a 9-yard score to make it 21-0 Warriors in the first quarter.
Yacamelli’s big run started the next Penn-Trafford drive to give the Warriors a four-score lead. Then another direct snap touchdown came from tight end Conlan Greene, who powered his way in from six yards out. Green finished the P-T scoring with a 52-yard catch-and-run pass to Tommy Kalkstein late in the second quarter.
With a running clock, both teams seemed content to let things progress quickly in the second half.
Penn-Trafford (8-2, 5-0) has earned a first-round bye in the WPIAL Class-5A playoffs. The Warriors finished the season alone at the top of the Class-5A Big East conference with the win. Latrobe (3-7, 1-4) will see its season end.