Gateway rolls past Penn-Trafford in the “Battle for the Bell”
Written by: John Robbins on Saturday, September 1st, 2018
A rematch of last year’s 5A WPIAL title between Gateway and Penn-Trafford had enough hype going in. Gateway entered the game 1-0 after beating Mount Lebanon last week 31-8. Penn-Trafford came into this week one game with a 0-1 record after losing to Norwin 44-36 in week 0.
Right out of the gate Penn-Trafford junior quarterback Gabe Dunlap led them on a 92 yard touchdown drive that lasted 9:27 of game time. With the Warriors monopolizing the ball, Gateway only ran three offensive plays in the first quarter. The quarter would end with Penn-Trafford leading 7-0.
Once the second quarter started, Gateway was able to control the ball and score. The Gators put their first points on the board when sophomore running back Derrick Davis punched it into the endzone. However, the Gators would miss the extra point. Then, Gateway would score again on a screen pass by senior quarterback Brendan Majocha to Derrick Davis. Majocha would get the two-point conversation and make the score 14-7. Penn-Trafford would fail to score the rest of the second quarter.
Gator’s Majocha would find the endzone again by throwing a touchdown to senior wide receiver Courtney Jackson with 7:54 left in the third quarter. That made the score 20-7 after a blocked extra point. Jackson would also be a threat in the ground game by scoring a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Gateway would make the extra point making the final score 27-7. In this edition of the “Battle for the Bell” the Gateway Gators were victorious.
It seemed that Gateway was just slightly better at everything than Penn-Trafford in this year’s match-up. They were faster and more experienced than the Warriors which made the difference in the end. Penn-Trafford had too many self-inflicted penalties on offense and kept moving backwards. They were unable to hold the ball for long stretches, which was the Warriors’ strength first quarter. Gateway takes on Plum next week on the road. Penn-Trafford plays Connellsville in their home opener.
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