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John Wetzel’s 4 TDs Power Latrobe over West Allegheny



Greater Latrobe Wildcats' quarterback John Wetzel runs for his fourth touchdown of the night in a blowout playoff win over West Allegheny.

IMPERIAL, Pa. — The Greater Latrobe Wildcats stormed past the West Allegheny Indians 39-7 in the first round of the WPIAL 4A playoffs on Friday night behind a dominant performance on both sides of the ball from standout juniors Alex Tatsch and John Wetzel.

Wetzel ran for four scores while also taking snaps at defensive back; Tatsch laid punishing hits whether blocking or tackling.

Latrobe returned the opening kickoff to midfield. Wetzel found senior receiver Ja’Tawn Williams deep downfield to secure a 44-yard pickup, then finished the drive with his legs on a five-yard touchdown.

The Wildcats forced a quick three-and-out, and Wetzel quickly put them back in scoring territory with a 47-yard carry down the sideline. Tatsch—who picked up a flood of D1 offers this season—helped spring the play, laying a devastating block to pave a path for Wetzel.

West Allegheny kept the Wildcats out of the end zone, though, forcing a 25-yard field goal from Ben Bigi.

Indians’ quarterback and safety Brock Cornell went down injured midway through the second quarter, the first of a string of unfortunate plays for West Allegheny in the frame. Facing a fourth-and-two soon thereafter, Wetzel cashed in with a 42-yard touchdown run.

West Allegheny second-string quarterback Brody Malatak needed to be carted off the field after getting blown up on a fourth-down sack off the blindside.

Greater Latrobe Pours it On

Wetzel scored his third touchdown of the day with a 22-yard tote on the ensuing drive to put the Wildcats up 24-0.

The Indians ate up most of the third quarter with a grinding drive, but couldn’t cash in when a 37-yard field goal attempt fell short. Wetzel promptly scored his fourth touchdown of the day from two yards out, making it 32-0 after a successful two-point pass.

The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter, with running back Brady Prohovic getting in on the fun with a touchdown of his own.

West Allegheny broke up the shutout with a touchdown rush from senior running back Michael Woodson.

Greater Latrobe advances to face No. 1 seed Aliquippa on the road at 7pm next Friday, November 10.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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7 months ago

West A will be back; but until there is better leadership from the top they’ll never be what they once were.

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