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Upper St. Clair Dominates Norwin with Defense, 42-6

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Jamaal Brown, No. 7, runs the ball for Upper St. Clair during the first quarter against Norwin. (Jared Todhunter)

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Ty Lagoni and the Upper St Clair Panthers defense dominates as they roll the Norwin Knights by the score of 42-6 in a Week Zero Class 5A matchup Friday night.

Aiden Cann began the scoring on a three-yard run in the first quarter when Upper St. Clair (1-0) ran the ball effectively on a 78-yard scoring drive.

After a Norwin punt, Julian Dahlen kept it himself on an option and ran 91 yards for a touchdown for the Panthers to take a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter began with an interception by Gordan Groningar from a pass from Nathaniel Mazzani, and two plays later running back Jamaal Brown scored on a 65-yard touchdown run to put the Panthers up 21-0.

On Norwin’s next possession Ty Lagoni scored on a 32-yard interception return to put Upper St. Clair up 28-0.

On Norwin’s ensuing drive, Mazzani threw his third interception in the first half when Jacob Hufnagel intercepted a pass deep in Norwin territory. Two plays later, Dahlem scored on a 3-yard run to put the Panthers up 35-0.

On the next drive, it seemed that Norwin were starting to gain momentum and made a couple of first downs. However, Lagoni recorded his second pick-six of the game with a minute left to play in the first half, this time from 74-yards to make the score 42-0 at halftime.

Norwin finally got on the board with four minutes left in the third quarter when Jackson Pons caught a pass from Nick Urey to make the score 42-6.

This was a very chippy contest between these teams with quite a few personal fouls, but the story was the four turnovers by Norwin that led to 28 Upper St. Clair points.

Upper St Clair will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to North Hills, while Norwin will look to bounce back when they will travel to Penn Hills next Friday night.

Gallery by Jared Todhunter:

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