Warriors roll past North Hills to advance to Quarterfinals
Written by: John Robbins on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Penn-Trafford’s playoff opener against North Hills started fast for the Warriors. On Penn-Trafford’s first drive, junior running back Caleb Lisbon ran the ball 79 yards but was tripped up at the five. Junior quarterback Gabe Dunlap ran it in on the next play to put the Warriors up 7-0. Although the Indians were stopped during their next possession, senior punter Daniel Wagner pinned Penn-Trafford inside their own nine yard line. That would not prevent Dunlap from using his running ability to keep the drive alive on multiple occasions. Lisbon would manage to break free for a 41 yard touchdown run. The point after attempt would be blocked but the Warriors would be up 13-0. Penn-Trafford’s defense would hold strong on the next North Hills drive. A tackle for loss by junior linebacker Chase Burk on first down and pressure by junior defensive linemen Peyton Kelly on second down would move the Indians back two yards. That would basically end the first quarter with the Warriors up 13-0.
Penalties in the second quarter, were a big factor for Penn-Trafford as a Lisbon touchdown run was called back. Later that drive the Warriors would turn the ball over on downs. The Warriors would manage to get the ball back after an interception by senior defensive back Dimitri George, who is usually known for making plays on the offensive side of the ball. Lisbon would find the endzone for the second time on the ensuing Warriors’ drive putting Penn-Trafford up 20-0. A big stop by Kelly on third down would give the ball back to the Warriors’ offense. Lisbon would manage to score his third rushing touchdown of the night. The Warriors would go for two and get it on a pass from Dunlap to senior tight end Niko Rosso. The Penn-Trafford defense would get the ball back with 57 seconds left after Kelly and senior linebacker Jake Cardiff make a stop on third down. The Warriors’ offense and Gabe Dunlap would go 51 yards in 5 plays. The drive ended when Dunlap scrambled out of the pocket for his second rushing touchdown of the game making the score 35-0 at the half.
The penalty bug would hit the Warriors again early in the third quarter when a 80 yard touchdown run was called back. Penn-Trafford would manage to score later in that drive when sophomore running back Brad Ford would run 40 yards for the touchdown to make it 42-0. The rest of the game would be a stalemate until North Hills’ sophomore running back Curtis Foskey scored on a 2 yard touchdown run. That would be the final score of the game as Penn-Trafford would beat North Hills 42-7.
Caleb Lisbon would finish up the game with 14 carries for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns. The three rushing touchdowns would match a Warriors’ playoff record set by Matt Gavrish back in 1997. Lisbon would set a Penn-Trafford playoff record for most yards per carry in a game with 12.3 yards per carry. Lisbon and the Warriors advance to play Peters Township in the second round of the WPIAL playoffs. Time and location are still yet to be determined.
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