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Prep Winning Streak Snapped by Central Catholic Vikings  @PCC_FOOTBALL @PrepRamblers

Written by: on Monday, August 27th, 2018

 

The Rambler offense got off to a quick start

After 28 consecutive victories over the past two seasons, the Ramblers finally suffered a loss Friday night against Pittsburgh Central Catholic. The Ramblers started off the game strong by scoring the first touchdown with 5:28 left in the first quarter. Jaheim Howard was responsible for the points, earning them by running up the field for 55 yards on a 3rd down. 

From there Prep continued their momentum after Billy Lucas tipped a pass from Central Catholic’s quarterback Dominic Pieto. The tip was then intercepted by defensive back Ervin Williams, who was brought down at the 22 yard line. Unfortunately the Ramblers were unable to convert on this drive and were forced to punt in five plays. 

After another unsuccessful Central Catholic drive, the Ramblers gained possession of the ball once more. After a long drive that consisted mainly of running the ball, Prep played it safe by taking a field goal at the 5 yd line. The kick was made good by Colin Kelly with 6:37 left in the first half. 

Stopping the Ramblers from getting a touchdown on this drive seemed to boost the morale of the Vikings. It seemed that the Ramblers would continue their defensive prowess on this drive after numerous tackles in the backfield and even a sack. But on 3rd and 20, the Vikings threw a Hail Mary pass that, sure enough, was made complete and resulted in a touchdown. After the field goal, the score was closeted to 10-7. 

With time winding down on the game clock, the Rambler offense needed to score fast before they would need to concede possession over to Central Catholic in the second half. It seemed Prep had a good chance of scoring this drive after several successful plays that resulted in double digit yards. But the Viking defense held and once again forced Prep into taking a field goal with 23.2 seconds left in the half. Colin Kelly delivered once again on the field goal, rewarding Prep another three points and increasing their lead to 13-7 before the end of the half. 

Central Catholic was unable to score in the final seconds of the the half, and they were once again held scoreless on their first drive of the second half. Prep’s defense was exploited, however, on their next offensive possession. The Vikings had made several pushes for heavy yardage on this drive, which eventually resulted in a passing touchdown recorded by receiver AJ Beaty with 2:39 left in the 3rd quarter. After the extra point, the Vikings had finally seized not only the lead for the first time in the contest, but also the momentum.

After the touchdown by Central Catholic, the momentum pendulum completely swung in the opposite direction. On Prep’s next drive after the Central Catholic touchdown

A’meer Allen Made it a rough night for the Prep offense

, quarterback Regan Schleicher threw an interception on only the fifth play of their drive. This invigorated the Vikings and clearly gave them the edge in morale. Using this boosted motivation, Central Catholic willed their way into the end zone with 8:50 left in the game. After the extra point, the Vikings extended their lead to 21-13. 

Central Catholic kept their foot on the Rambler’s throat, not even allowing them to get a first down on the next possession swap. To add to that, Viking kicker Opalkorecorded a field goal with 1:52 left in the contest, seemingly putting the nail in the coffin for Prep. 

Prep led a spirited drive following this score, but it seemed to be too little too late. After a beautiful touchdown reception catch by Skyler Neely and two point conversion reception by Jack Oedekoven, the Ramblers looked to decrease and maybe even the difference in score. Unfortunately, the onside kick attempt by Prep was unsuccessful as the Vikings recovered, effectively ending any hopes of a Rambler victory. 

This was the first loss Prep had suffered in over two seasons. While it may be painful for the team now, they will likely learn from this experience. Give this squad some time to mesh and develop as the season goes on. Because when they do finally work in almost perfect sync, they will be an extraordinary football team in western Pennsylvania. 

As for the Vikings, this was a huge victory for the team. After being brutally beaten last year by Prep, this game served as revenge and a huge confidence boost for the team. Keep your eyes open this year for Central Catholic football, because they will be one of the best teams coming out of Pittsburgh this year.

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