Latrobe's up-and-down season took a turn in a positive direction Friday night.The Wildcats rediscovered their ground game in a 28-14 win over Norwin at Norwin Stadium. Coach Ray Reitz's offense had not produced a 100-yard rusher all year — until last night, when Rob Vasinko and Richard Hall rushed for 154 and 122 yards. "We feel we were a lot better than we played all season," Reitz said. "I think tonight we played at least halfway to our capabilities." Latrobe's defense was also stout, sacking Norwin's Tommy Quealy six times. The Wildcats stopped Norwin twice on downs deep in Latrobe territory, keeping momentum on their side much of the evening. "I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff," Reitz said. "That is a young team that might be a bit too young." Latrobe struck first with a 10-play, 33-yard drive that spanned the first and second quarters. Quarterback Logan Carns capped the surge with a 1-yard TD run. The Wildcats made it 14-0 midway through the second when Vasinko ended a 45-yard march with a 9-yard scoring run. Latrobe took a three-score lead early in the fourth. After stopping the Knights on fourth-and-goal, Hall busted an 80-yard run for a score. "That was huge on their part," Norwin coach Art Tragesser said. "We drive down there, get stopped and they break a big one." Norwin climbed back into the fray when Quealy found Luke Kljucaric for a 69-yard touchdown. The Knights recovered the subsequent onside kick but again were turned away on downs deep in Latrobe territory. Latrobe clinched the win with an 81-yard march that Vasinko capped with a 4-yard run. Norwin ended the scoring when Dylan Zgurich rumbled in from 18 yards.
Coming off its first conference loss of the season, McKeesport bounced back with a dominating performance. Both teams played without key offensive players. The Tigers were without senior running back Donte Patterson because he violated a team rule, and the Knights (0-7, 0-4) were missing senior quarterback Tommy Quealy, who did not travel with the team due to illness. Junior Cody Sabol filled in for Quealy and completed 10 of 25 passes for 81 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Luke Kljucaric in the fourth quarter. "I think Cody really did a nice job," Norwin coach Art Tragesser said. "He was under a lot of pressure. That was his first start -- he's usually our JV starter -- and I was pleased with how he did." The Knights will host Latrobe next Friday night at the castle..
Norwin rebounded from a difficult loss at Gateway with a hard fought game against the Falcons of Connellsville. Although they fell short, the Knights showed alot of heart and determination. Josh Fremd kicked the game-winning, 20-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining for Connellsville, the Falcons then held on and were able to stop the Knights last minute drive to preserve a tough 31-28 win at the castle. The Knights will be on the road against the Tigers of McKeesport this Friday night...
Gateway scored early and often, Coach Tragesser's Knights of Norwin were not able to match the intensity and catchup to the Gators! The Knights will look to rebound on Friday night against the Falcons of Connellsville at the Castle. Firday nights game will be the start of Homecoming weekend. Come out and support the Knights!
Although it was Norwin's best half of football, it was not enough for the Knights to earn their first win of the season. It took the host Knights 24 minutes of play to get untracked Friday evening, unfortunately for coach Art Tragesser's squad, the hole was too deep to overcome, as Hempfield used two turnovers and an opportunistic offense to earn a 24-14 win at Norwin Stadium. The Knights will travel to Monroeville next Friday evening to take on the Gators of Gateway at Antimarino Stadium.
Norwin ended its two-game scoring drought early in the first quarter. Dylan Keffer recovered a fumble caused by a bad handoff on the Highlanders' first play from scrimmage. Four plays later, Norwin senior running back Tyson Blazer broke a 34-yard run off the right side for the Knights' first touchdown of the year and a 7-0 lead. The Knights fought hard and played tough the rest of the first half, but were not able to adust to the Highlanders wildcat offense in the 2nd half. The Knights will begin conference play this Friday night at the castle when they host the Spartans of Hempfield, kickoff is at 7:30.
Norwin continues to struggle early this 2011 season. The young Knights showed no quit in their matchup with the Panthers of Upper St. Clair, but were just no match for the perenial WPIAL powerhouse. The Knights will host Baldwin at the Castle on Friday night.
The Knights fell to the Raiders of Seneca Valley, the Raiders were just too much for the young Knights of Norwin. Jordan Brown passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, leading the Raiders to the victory. Forrest Barnes also scored twice as Seneca Valley gained 520 yards, 322 rushing. The Knights will look to rebound against the Panthers of Upper St. Clair next Friday night.