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2020-2021 Game Summaries

Tigers Blowout Big Macs, 35-0

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Top-ranked North Allegheny shut down Canon-McMillan and remained unbeaten on the season with a 35-0 whitewash of the Big Macs on Friday night at Newman Stadium.

The Tigers strayed from their normal ground-and-pound approach and aired out the football against the Big Macs. Senior quarterback Greg Phillips completed 17 of 23 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns to help spark the victory. His top target was senior Mason Kress, who hauled in nine passes for 92 yards and two scores. For his efforts, Kress was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Canon-McMillan opened the game with the football but quarterback Deuce Lyons fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. NA lineman Matt Ranallo pounced on the fumble at the CM 15-yard line. The Tigers were unable to capitalize on the turnover, however, and missed a 31-yard field goal, keeping the game scoreless.

Despite the missed opportunity, the North Allegheny offense scored the next four times it possessed the football to gain command of the game. On NA’s next drive, the Phillips to Kress connection began to assert itself. With 3:05 remaining in the first quarter, Phillips hit Kress for a 16-yard scoring strike to cap a nine-play, 46-yard drive for a 7-0 lead.

Phillips dialed up Kress on the Tigers next drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass on a middle screen for a 14-0 lead with 6:59 to go in the second quarter.

Late in the second quarter, North Allegheny was pinned back at its own 20-yard line but put together a 12-play, 80-yard drive that culminated on an 11-yard touchdown pass by Phillips to senior Khalil Dinkins to give the Tigers a 21-0 advantage with just 21 seconds to play before halftime.

The Tigers started the second half with the football and wasted little time in extending the lead. On just the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Phillips tossed a screen pass to running back J.R. Burton, who sprinted 84 yards up the sideline for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

Capping the scoring and invoking the mercy rule with 10:15 to go in the fourth quarter, Burton toted the football into the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run to bring the final score to 35-0, Tigers.

Following the win, North Allegheny improves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Quad County Conference. Canon-McMillan dips to 2-3 overall and in conference play. With next week’s game against Hempfield already cancelled due to a COVID issue with the Spartans, North Allegheny will close out conference play with an undefeated record.

(Photo by Casey Rodak and courtesy of NA Football Boosters.)

Football Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 10-16-20

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Khalil Dinkins’ 4 Touchdowns Sparks NA’s 49-13 Romp At Norwin

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Senior Khalil Dinkins accounted for 145 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead top-ranked North Allegheny past the Norwin Knights on Friday night, 49-13. Dinkins hauled in two touchdown catches and rushed for two more scores to spark a blowout victory on the road.

On senior night at Norwin Knights Stadium, the host squad struck first on a 57-yard screen pass from Nick Fleming to Connor Chrisman for a 7-0 lead with 6:09 to play in the first quarter. North Allegheny answered back immediately as just 19 seconds later Dinkins took a jet sweep 69 yards for a touchdown and the game was tied 7-7.

After a three-and-out by Norwin, the Tigers took a 14-7 lead on their next possession on an 18-yard touchdown run by J.R. Burton with 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the outstanding offensive performance by Dinkins continued. With 8:28 on the clock, Dinkins hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Greg Phillips for a 21-7 advantage. On the next NA drive, Dinkins punctuated a seven-play, 43-yard march with a 6-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 28-7 with 3:10 left in the half. With 1:50 remaining before intermission, Dinkins turned a quick hitch into a 30-yard scoring catch for a 35-7 lead. For his effort, Dinkins was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

North Allegheny opened the second half with the football and put the game away with a 10-play, 81-yard drive that culminated on a 35-yard scoring scamper by junior quarterback Ryan Treser to invoke the mercy rule with a 42-7 advantage.

The Tigers added on another touchdown with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter courtesy of a 2-yard touchdown run by sophomore Andrew Gavlik to increase the score to 49-7. Gavlik finished as the leading rusher on the night with 81 yards on eight carries.

With just 17 seconds remaining in the game, Norwin capped the scoring on an 11-yard touchdown pass by Fleming to Noah Vogel to bring the final score to 49-13, Tigers.

Overall, the Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage and outrushed Norwin, 318-44. The NA defense sacked Fleming three times, with sacks coming from Sean Metcalf, Nate Hoke and Matt Ranallo. Metcalf also posted a team-high 4.5 tackles.

Top-ranked North Allegheny improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Quad County Conference. Norwin slips to 1-4 overall and in conference play. The Tigers will host Canon-McMillan next week.

(Photo by Casey Rodak and courtesy of NA Football Boosters.)

Football Summary vs. Norwin, 10-9-20

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NA Fends Off Mt. Lebanon For Conference Win, 14-11

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Two second half touchdowns and hard-nosed defensive play propelled North Allegheny to a 14-11 win over Mt. Lebanon on Friday night at Newman Stadium. The victory leaves the Tigers as the only remaining undefeated team in Class 6A. It’s also the 11th win in a row for the Tigers in their head-to-head series with the Blue Devils.

Through the first 24 minutes of action, the contest was a defensive struggle with the only points coming on a lengthy 11-play, 76-yard drive by Mt. Lebanon in the first quarter. The drive stalled at the NA 10-yard line, forcing the Blue Devils to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Casey Sorsdal and a 3-0 lead with 4:39 on the first quarter clock.

The field goal by Sorsdal remained the only points of the game until North Allegheny put together a scoring drive in the third quarter. Starting at the Mt. Lebanon 46-yard line, the Tigers used an 8-play march, culminating the possession with a 7-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Greg Phillips to tight end Sean Metcalf for a 7-3 lead with 4:07 left in the third. Phillips finished the night with a perfect 8 for 8 passing performance and 59 yards.

With the Blue Devils unable to answer on their next possession, the Tigers offense struck again. Powered by the running prowess of senior Kahlil Dinkins, who totaled 45 yards on 10 carries on the night, North Allegheny drove the ball to the Mt. Lebanon 33-yard line. On the sixth-play of the drive, the Tigers took advantage of the defensive attention on Dinkins and ran a reverse with senior Mason Kress who followed a convoy of blockers into the end zone for a 33-yard score and a 14-3 lead with 8:06 left in regulation.

It appeared North Allegheny had gained command of the contest following the Kress touchdown, especially after Mt. Lebanon was forced to punt on its next possession. However, when North Allegheny was forced to punt with 4:30 to go in the game, Mt. Lebanon’s Jack Smith broke through the line and blocked the kick, which was recovered by Ryan Martin at the NA 22-yard line. Just five plays later, quarterback Joey Daniels tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Eli Heidenreich, trimming the Tigers lead to 14-9 with 2:40 remaining. On the subsequent two-point conversion, Daniels delivered an accurate pass into the end zone to receiver Michael Beiersdorf to bring the score to 14-11, Tigers.

With no timeouts remaining, Mt. Lebanon attempted a last-ditch onside kick but it was recovered by Kress and the Tigers. North Allegheny chewed up all but one second off the clock in the waning minutes to finish off a 14-11 win.

Delivering another outstanding performance, senior linebacker Brady Leczo was once again selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Leczo totaled a team-high six tackles and two sacks to pace the defense.

Following the win, North Allegheny improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Quad County Conference. Mt. Lebanon dips to 1-2 overall and in conference play. The Tigers will visit Norwin next week at 7:00 p.m.

(Photo by Casey Rodak and courtesy of NA Football Boosters.)

Football Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 10-2-20

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NA Takes Down Top-Ranked Central Catholic, 35-21

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In a battle between the top two ranked teams in Class 6A, the North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Central Catholic Vikings on Friday night, 35-21, at UPMC Graham Field in Wilkinsburg. The NA defense limited Central Catholic’s star running back Eddy Tillman to just 17 yards and intercepted three passes in the victory.

The Tigers opened the game by forcing a three-and-out of the Vikings to help set up a short field for the NA offense. Starting the drive at the CC 44-yard line, a 33-yard screen pass by Ryan Treser to Mason Kress set up the first score of the night. On the very next play, running back J.R. Burton scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to give North Allegheny a 7-0 lead with 9:37 on the first quarter clock. Burton finished the night with 108 yards on 13 carries.

The NA lead was short-lived, however, as Central Catholic’s Brandon Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and the game was immediately tied at 7-7.

Later in the first quarter, a 28-yard punt return by Kress set up North Allegheny for another short field at the Central Catholic 18-yard line. After a 15-yard run by Burton to the Vikings’ 3-yard line, Burton toted the football on the next play but fumbled into the end zone. Despite a dubious start to the play, North Allegheny center Ben Withrow alertly recovered the fumble for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead with 2:23 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter was a defensive stalemate, but Central Catholic had an opportunity for one last drive before halftime. Starting from midfield with 1:30 left in the second quarter, the Vikings drove into NA territory but were turned away with an interception by linebacker Brady Leczo at the Tigers 26-yard line and the score remained, 14-7.

In the third quarter, North Allegheny utilized a power rushing attack that was spearheaded by Leczo. The eight-play, 58-yard drive culminated on a 4-yard touchdown run by Khalil Dinkins to increase the Tigers lead to 21-7 with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter.

Forced to get away from their preferred ground game, Central Catholic attempted to rally on the passing arm of quarterback Brandon Pezzelle. However, the Vikings ensuing possession was short-circuited when Pezzelle threw an interception to Dinkins, who returned the pick 40-yards for a score and a 28-7 lead.

Looking for a spark, Central Catholic turned to backup quarterback Adam Obrin. Early in the fourth quarter, Obrin led a 43-yard drive that he personally punctuated with a 4-yard touchdown run to trim the NA lead to 28-14 with 8:55 left to play.

North Allegheny answered with a time consuming, game-clinching drive that was once again paced by the rushing attack. Leczo finished the five-minute possession with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 35-14 advantage with 3:50 remaining.

Leczo totaled 46 yards rushing on eight carries on offense, to go along with an interception and a sack on defense. For his efforts, Leczo was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

With the game out reach, Central Catholic mounted one last scoring drive, concluded on a 1-yard touchdown run by Tillman with 45 seconds left, to bring the final score to 35-21, North Allegheny.

North Allegheny outrushed Central Catholic, 173-10, and also held a distinct advantage in third-down conversions. The Tigers converted 6 of 12 third-down opportunities, while Central Catholic succeeded on only 1 of 9 attempts.

With the victory, North Allegheny improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Quad County Conference. Central Catholic falls to 2-1 overall and in conference play. The Tigers will play host to Mt. Lebanon next week.

(Photo by Casey Rodak and courtesy of NA Football Boosters.)

Football Summary vs. Central Catholic, 9-25-20

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NA Defense Punishes Penn Hills For 27-6 Win In Season Opener

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The last time North Allegheny faced Penn Hills in 2017, the Tigers defense forced five turnovers in a 27-16 victory. On Friday night in the 2020 season opener, the North Allegheny defense once again hounded and harassed Penn Hills and freshman quarterback Julian Dugger in a 27-6 triumph at Newman Stadium. The Tigers sacked Dugger five times and allowed a scant 134 total yards in the victory.

The first quarter yielded very little from either side and was a defensive struggle that ended in a scoreless tie. In the second quarter, Penn Hills took advantage of a short field to score the first touchdown of the night. Starting at the NA 36-yard line, the Indians embarked on a five-play drive that culminated on a Julian Dugger 22-yard touchdown pass to older brother, junior Jaden Dugger, for a 6-0 lead. The extra point kick failed, keeping the Penn Hills lead at six points with 7:22 remaining in the second quarter.

Held in check for most of the first half, the North Allegheny offense was able to break off a big play that evened the score late in the second quarter. With 2:55 to play before halftime, senior receiver Mason Kress took an end around 41 yards for a touchdown to knot the contest at 6-6. The Tigers extra point kick failed and the score remain tied at the half.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, North Allegheny launched a pivotal nine-play, 80-yard drive that was sparked by a 56-yard pass from senior quarterback Greg Phillips to senior receiver Khalil Dinkins to the Penn Hills 2-yard line. Two plays later, junior tailback J.R. Burton plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run and a 13-6 lead.

Just 1:15 after the Burton touchdown, the North Allegheny defense forced Julian Dugger into a costly interception that senior linebacker Sean Metcalf returned 30 yards for a touchdown and a 20-6 advantage. For his interception and strong defensive effort on the evening, Metcalf was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Following the Metcalf interception, the Tigers grinded down the Indians in the fourth quarter and put the game on ice with a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:41 remaining by junior quarterback Tanner Potts to cap off a 27-6 victory.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 1-0 overall and will try for its first conference win next week with a home date against the Baldwin Highlanders.

Football Summary vs. Penn Hills, 9-11-20

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