Gateway Ends McKeesport’s Run in WPIAL Semifinals
Gateway and McKeesport met in the Class 5A Big East Conference regular season finale this season.
The Gators came away with an easy 36-7 win on that day.
Things got a lot tougher on Friday Night at Greensburg Salem in the WPIAL semifinals.
The No. 2 Gators (11-2) outlasted the No. 6 Tigers (9-4), 14-7, to advance to another WPIAL Championship Game.
After a scoreless first quarter, McKeesport scored first on a 1-yard touchdown run by Deamontae Diggs. The Tigers took that 7-0 lead into halftime.
Gateway came out of the break on a mission, scoring two third quarter touchdowns, the second being the eventual game-winner. Bryson Venanzio was responsible for both scoring plays, throwing a 27-yard pass to Sonny Comunale and an 11-yard scoring play to Tui Faumuina-Brown.
McKeesport had a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs.