Mt. Lebanon Knocks off No. 2 Central Catholic

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A blue and gold team looked like one of the top Class AAAA contenders in the state Saturday.

It wasn't Central Catholic.

Mt. Lebanon rushed to a 30-point lead and fought off a second- half comeback, and the unranked Blue Devils upset No. 2 Central Catholic, 36-21, in a nonconference game yesterday afternoon at Carnegie Mellon.

Luke Alberts rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and Mt. Lebanon's defense stalled two late Central Catholic drives when the Vikings (2-1) could have scored to tie or take the lead.

It was a big step forward for coach Chris Haering's Blue Devils (2-1), who dropped a 28-7 decision to North Allegheny last week.

"It's a big win for our kids," Haering said. "We were disappointed last week in execution in crunch time. The nice thing about today's win -- I knew Central would come back, they're a great program -- but our guys made some plays when the tide was turning, which we didn't do a week ago."

At the same time, it was a big step backward for Central Catholic. Despite scoring 21 straight points to narrow the deficit to 30-21 in the third quarter, the Vikings couldn't overcome the damage allowed in the first half.

"You can't do that in high school football," Central Catholic coach Terry Totten said. "It's too short a game. Give Mt. Lebanon all the credit in the world. They came to play."

While Central outgained Mt. Lebanon, 329-253, running back Damian Jones-Moore was held to 67 yards on 17 carries. Jones-Moore did have a touchdown catch of 53 yards at the end of the first half, and quarterback David Smyers followed with a 62-yard pass to Anthony Nixon, which set up a touchdown, and a 77-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Lowman. …