Gateway Ends McKeesport’s Run in WPIAL Semifinals

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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.