Offense, Special Teams Shine As Tigers Dominate Hempfield, 63-28
The North Allegheny offense erupted for 474 yards and special teams scored two touchdowns and blocked a punt as the Tigers rolled over Hempfield, 63.28.
The game started exactly how Head Coach Art Walker drew it up with the defense getting a 3-and-out. It wouldn’t be long for the defense to get back on the field. After forcing a punt, Luke Trueman took a quarterback sweep to the left for 71 yards on the Tigers’ first offensive play of the game. It was one of two rushing touchdowns on the night for Trueman, who finished with 151 yards on the ground. He also threw for two scores.
The next offensive drive North Allegheny went to their power running game. The drive ended with a Turner White 3-yard run to make the score 14-0.
Hempfield’s offense woke up the next possession putting an impressive drive together through the air finishing with Braden Brose catching a pass from Justin Sliwoski and scampering 52 yards to cut North Allegheny’s lead to 14-7 with 2:06 left in the 1st quarter.
Both team’s stood tall on defense for the majority of the second quarter, but the Tigers broke through again two minutes before the Half. North Allegheny put together a 14-play, 82-yard drive that was capped off by a Trueman 12-yard run to make it 21-7.
Hempfield looked to get into their two minute offense, but that was shut down quickly by the daunting Tigers defense when linebacker Alex Hays tipped and intercepted a Sliwoski pass and on the next play Trueman found Joey Porter Jr. on a 48-yard touchdown pass and in 40 seconds the North Allegheny lead was up to 28-7.
The half wasn’t over yet though, as Hempfield drove down the field and with 10 seconds left in the half, on fourth down, Sliwoski threw a prayer to the end zone that landed in the hands of Brose for a 26-yard touchdown and at the half North Allegheny led 28-14.
North Allegheny wasted no time getting the scoring going in the second half when John Vardzell took the opening kickoff of the second half 89 yards for a touchdown to give North Allegheny a 35-14 lead 12 seconds into the second half.
Sliwoski and Brose connected once again this time from 13 yards out and on the ensuing kickoff this time it was Percise Colon’s turn to take the kick back 86 yards for another special teams touchdown for the Tigers giving them a 42-21 lead with 6:56 left in the 3rd quarter.
Varzdell was not done scoring as he caught a 31-yard pass from Trueman for six.
North Allegheny’s special teams came up big again when Trevor Tresser blocked a punt and set the Tigers up on the 14-yard line and the offense would not disappoint with Colon plunging in from 3 yards to make the score 56-21.
Brose and Sliwoski would connect one more time from 9 yards out and then Colon capped the scoring with a 28-yard run for his third touchdown of the night.
Trueman finished with 241 total yards and four total touchdowns. White had 12 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Etha Augustine and Dante Caputo paced the defense with six and a half and six tackles, respectively.
North Allegheny improves to 7-2 while Hempfield drops to 1-7. The Tigers host Pine-Richland next Friday at Wright Field at Newman Stadium for Senior Night. Kickoff is at 7 pm.