WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — In a sluggish, low-scoring, mistake-filled defensive struggle North Allegheny remains undefeated on the season as they defeated Central Catholic the by the score 7-3 in a Class 6A matchup on Friday.
The first quarter was a sloppy, mistake-filled affair that featured dropped passes, multiple penalties, and a sequence of a North Allegheny fumble then a defensive player fumbled for Central Catholic, and he fumbled the ball right back to the Tigers, and the Vikings missed a short field goal attempt as there was no score after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, North Allegheny drove down the field to the Vikings’ three-yard line and on third down and goal quarterback, Logan Kushner fumbled on a zone read option trying to hand the ball to Andrew Gavlik and recovered by David Flemming.
On Central Catholic’s ensuing possession quarterback, Peyton Wehner threw a pass that was deflected off Peter Gonzelez and intercepted by Khiryn Boyd of North Allegheny.
North Allegheny and Central Catholic were locked up in a scoreless tie at halftime. Central Catholic outgained North Allegheny 119-98 in the first half and each team turned the ball over twice in the first half. North Allegheny won the time of possession 15:00-9:00 in the first half.
North Allegheny finally got on the board first on a 30-yard field goal by Billy Leach. The drive was set up by a bad snap on an attempted punt. The snap went over the punter’s head and had to fall on the ball at the eight-yard line.
The score was Central Catholic leading North Allegheny 3-0 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Kushner scored on a five-yard touchdown run that capped off an eight-play, 83-yard drive that featured a 34-yard run by Gavlik.
North Allegheny came through on one final stop when the Vikings drove down to the Tigers 15-yard line and they stopped them with a pass deflection on fourth down to seal the game.
North Allegheny will travel to Pine Richland next Friday night, while Central Catholic will take on Canon McMillan on the road next Friday night.