Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Inside the Program: Kittanning

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Inside the Program: Kittanning

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Things are absolutely perfect for the Kittanning football team this season. In fact, it has been 37 years since things were so good for the Wildcats, who finished the regular season undefeated (9-0) for the first time since 1976. Led by second-year coach Frank Fabian, Kittanning averages 39 points a game, using a spread offense led by 5-foot-5 quarterback Braydon Toy. Kittanning got the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs and plays host to Yough tonight in the first round.

VIEW FROM THE BOX

Fabian is one of the few head coaches who coaches the game from the press box. Fabian, 34, was an assistant coach at Kittanning and Redbank Valley (District 9) before returning to Kittanning in 2012. As offensive coordinator at Redbank Valley, he coached from the press box. "I'm our offensive play-caller, and the way we coordinate audibles, it's just easier for the play-caller to be in the box," Fabian said. "The film you watch all week is from the press box, so ... You can see the other side of the field, too. Plus, I have some guys with coaching experience who can handle the sideline."

A HISTORICAL MOMENT

After beating Shady Side Academy last Friday to finish the regular season, the Wildcats' team bus was greeted and led into the town of Kittanning by police escort and fire trucks. Kittanning will now try to win its first playoff game since 1975, when the Wildcats beat Union, 32-8, in the semifinals before losing to Beth-Center, 13- 0, in the WPIAL title game. Overall, Kittanning is 1-11 in the WPIAL playoffs while its opponent, Yough, is 0-7.

TOY STORY

Braydon Toy was a small slotback until Fabian became the coach last season, installed the no-huddle, spread offense and made Toy the backup quarterback. Toy became the starter this season and has been gigantic for the Wildcats, despite being only 5-5, 142 pounds. …

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