Behind a strong performance from North Allegheny (2-0, 1-0 section) quarterback Logan Kushner, the Tigers defeated Canon-McMillan (1-1, 0-1 section).
It was a strong first half for the two teams defenses. With neither team finding any footing until late in the first quarter when Kushner snuck in for a one-yard touchdown run. That drive was set up at the 22-yard line by a fumble recovery from Daniel Sellers off a botched snap from Canon-McMillan.
It wasn’t the only fumble of the half though, as Canon-McMillan forced and recovered their own fumble later in the half. Both teams had two turnovers in the first half. Two of them prevented touchdowns with North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd having an interception on the one-yard line and Canon-McMillan’s Zyan Howard breaking up a 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth down.
Kushner though was the real star of the first half. The two teams combined for 178 yards rushing with Kushner owning 123 yards himself. He had two rushing touchdowns, including a 30-yard run near the end of the first half, completed eight passes on 12 attempts for 80 yards. He scored all of the first half touchdowns, as his team led 16-0 with a field goal by Peter Notaro as the game’s only other points.
North Allegheny extended that lead to 23-0 in the third quarter off a 30-yard touchdown pass by Kushner to James Donaldson. Kushner later added a fourth touchdown, third on the ground, to help ice the game with less than six minutes left to.
Before that though, Canon-MacMillan scored a touchdown early in the fourth to avoid being shoutout, but Alualu and James Donaldson would combine to run out the clock for North Allegheny, and come away with the 30-6 victory.
Next week, North Allegheny will travel to Erie to take on Erie McDowell while Canon-Macmillan will look to get their first section win over Seneca Valley.