Latrobe Falls Just Short against Fox Chapel

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Pat Murray looked very much like a man who had just witnessed something very important slip away. The Latrobe coach looked that way for a very good reason Friday night after his Wildcats dropped a 27-23 decision to visiting Fox Chapel at Memorial Field.

With 17 seconds left in the game, sophomore quarterback Eric Shaffer's fourth-down pass from the Fox Chapel 17 fell just off the fingertips of junior wide receiver Ryan LaDuke in the end zone, extending the Wildcats' losing streak to three after a season- opening victory.

"That's exactly why we went to this particular style of offense (the West Virginia spread offense)," Murray said. "We have kids that can run and catch and throw, and we can move the ball. We weren't perfect in that tonight, had we been, we probably would have won the game."

There were enough what-ifs and whys and maybes to be spread out on both sides of the field.

Fox Chapel jumped out early, moving 73 yards in 11 players on their initial possession of the game, scoring on a 6-yard pass from quarterback Joe Donahoe to Richie Silverman.

Latrobe countered with a 26-yard field goal by Joe Dado early in the second quarter, after a late first-quarter drive fizzled at the Fox Chapel 15.

LaDuke played a big part in Latrobe taking the lead in the game, returning a Fox Chapel punt 41 yards to the Foxes' 28. On the next play, Shaffer ran 28 yards down the left hash marks, getting into the end zone thanks to a key seal block by Tony Lonigro. …