Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Stats Don't Yield Many Wins

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Stats Don't Yield Many Wins

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By taking even a cursory look at the WPIAL's statistical leaders, few schools stand out more than Blackhawk. The Cougars have three of the top playmakers in Class AAA at all of the key offensive skill positions.

At the helm, there's junior quarterback Chandler Kincade, a Pitt commit, who has thrown for 1,249 yards in six games and has yet to throw for fewer than 137 yards in a game this season. There's senior running back Cole Chiappialle, who has rushed for 832 yards and accounted for 1,183 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Rounding out the trio is senior wide receiver Alex Caratelli, who has caught 40 passes for 650 yards and three touchdowns.

More often than not, having talented playmakers on a roster equates to overall team success, but if that exists as the rule, Blackhawk stands as a glaring exception over halfway through the 2012 season. The Cougars are 1-5 and sit just a half-game ahead of Moon for last place in the Parkway Conference.

Blackhawk's current situation isn't an entirely senseless one, as several factors have contributed to the team's losing record, the first of which can be found on the other side of the ball from the team's group of stars -- defense.

Through their six games, the Cougars have given up an average of 32.2 points per game and have had just one game where they held an opponent to fewer than 20 points. In Blackhawk's past three games -- all of which were losses -- it has given up a total of 134 points, an average of 44.7 points per game.

Close losses have also contributed to the Cougars' woes. The team's five losses have been by an average of 12 points and three of the team's losses (West Allegheny, Hopewell and Beaver) have been by a combined six points, two of which were by a single point.

Blackhawk's first game of the season set the tone for this trend. After scoring a touchdown to go up 27-17 on West Allegheny with 1:34 remaining in the game, the Cougars saw the Indians respond with a touchdown with 44 seconds remaining. They then recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored a touchdown with just one second left to deal Blackhawk a staggering season-opening defeat. …

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