Mt. Lebanon Shocks Pittsburgh Central Catholic 36-21
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 19th, 2009
PITTSBURGH, Pa- It has became apparent in the first three weeks of play in the 2009 season that Quad-“A” in the WPIAL is going to be at least a 5 horse race to Heinz Field in November. If there was a front runner of that race it very well could have been Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Where the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils fit into this checks-mix of good quad-“A” squads could be nothing more than the dark horse.
Mt. Lebanon came into Carnegie Mellon University ready for a tough Saturday afternoon contest versus Pittsburgh Central Catholic. At least until the second half, Central Catholic wasn’t as ready.
The Blue Devils would draw first blood as Luke Hagy found the end zone from 2-yards out the extra point was blocked, giving Lebo a 6-0.
It wouldn’t take long for Mt. Lebanon to get a two score lead, as Sean Veights picked off Viking quarterback David Symers and took it 15-yards for the pick-six.
Lebo would get their third score of the 1st quarter when quarterback Pat Goff found Paul Lang on a 6-yard strike, making it 23-0 in favor of the Blue Devils.
They would add a field goal and a Luke Alberts (13 for 126 and 2 TD’s) 1-yard td run, to give the Devils a 30 point lead.
Central would show a flash of greatness right before the half, as WPIAL leading rusher Damon Jones-More showed off his receiving skills when Symers found him for a 53-yard pass and catch right before the halftime break, making it 30-7.
In the second half it seemed like the old Central Catholic team we all knew had returned to the playing surface. Dom Maggio busted into the end zone with 9:57 left in the 3rd from 4-yards out. Then Symers (6 of 16 for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns) found a wide open Dustin Lawman for 77 yard touchdown strike.
However the thought of a Central come back was put to rest by Luke Alberts who found the end zone for his second time of the afternoon. Mt. Lebanon defense would hold the entire forth quarter, letting the Blue Devils take the win 36-21.
In all of Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s (2-1) first three games they have had to come from behind, In week one vs. Youngstown Ursuline the Vikings battle back down 16, and last week vs. Canon-McMillan they found themselves down by 7. This time Central couldn’t wake up in time to mount yet another come back, down as many as 30.
It will be interesting to see if the tough loss and a very short week, have any effect on Central Catholic’s performance when they travel to Upper Saint Clair to play Alex Park and the Panthers on Thursday night.
Mt. Lebanon (2-1) will take the win over Central Catholic in stride and is sure to be something to build on next week for another tough test when they travel to Shaler (3-0).
After this afternoon’s game, it has became quite easy to see that the highway to Heinz for class quad-“A” might have as much traffic on it as the Parkway this weekend when Pittsburgh welcomes the G20.
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