Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trojans Rally, Reach Semis N. Catholic 14, Avonworth 7

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trojans Rally, Reach Semis N. Catholic 14, Avonworth 7

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's running offensive standout, P.J. Fulmore, knew a lot would be expected of him when he became the team's quarterback in the eighth week of the regular season.

On Friday night, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior single-handedly carried the Trojans to a 14-7 victory against Eastern Conference rival Avonworth in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals at Hampton High School's Fridley Field.

It was the second time the Trojans earned a come-from-behind victory against Avonworth. In the sixth week of the season, North Catholic defeated the Antelopes, 21-12.

The Trojans are 11-0. Avonworth finished the season 9-2.

"That was a classic North Catholic-Avonworth game," Trojans' coach Bob Ravenstahl said of Friday's contest. "[Fulmore] is the real deal. He's a heck of a competitor. He doesn't like to lose, and I had a gut feeling he was going to have a big game, and he did."

With the Trojans primarily forced to run the wildcat after Adam Sharlow injured his knee in a 21-14 victory against Neshannock in the eighth week of the season, Fulmore stepped up his game immensely.

"It's a lot of pressure because Adam is one of the best quarterbacks in the WPIAL," Fulmore said. "But he helped me out with everything [after Sharlow was injured]. He and [assistant coach Chris Lucas] taught me a lot."

The Trojans defense was particularly strong, holding the Antelopes to just 48 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

The Trojans will face Neshannock in the Class A semifinals on Friday.

Fulmore carried the ball 37 times for 175 yards and completed six of 12 passes for 107 yards. He accounted for both of his team's touchdowns, the first coming on the Trojans' first series of the game when he threw a high, arching pass that Ryan Kirby secured for a 46-yard touchdown with 9:33 left in the first quarter.

With his team trailing 7-6 in the fourth quarter, Fulmore capped an 11-play drive with a 1-yard run with 4:03 left in the game. …

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