Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Central Catholic 49, Penn-Trafford 10 Well-Rounded Effort Translates into a Rout

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Central Catholic 49, Penn-Trafford 10 Well-Rounded Effort Translates into a Rout

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There's no formula for what it takes to reach the WPIAL championship, but Central Catholic did its best to put one together Friday.

Dominant defense plus superb special teams plus efficient offense equals a trip to Heinz Field.

Central Catholic was sharp in all three phases and advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game after a 49-10 mercy-rule win against Penn-Trafford in a semifinal at West Mifflin.

"I would say we were on with all three of those [phases]," Central Catholic coach Terry Totten said. "We were fortunate to have it happen tonight and, hopefully, we can do it again."

Central Catholic (12-0), the No. 2 seed, reached the championship game for the first time since winning the title in 2007. The Vikings will meet No. 4 Woodland Hills (9-3).

Everything was clicking for Central Catholic against No. 6 Penn- Trafford (8-4), which played its first semifinal since 1997. Central Catholic limited Penn-Trafford to 76 yards -- including just 15 yards rushing -- began all its drives on the Warriors side of the field and scored touchdowns on each of its first five possessions.

Central Catholic rushed for 203 yards despite losing star running back Luigi Lista-Brinza to an ankle injury early in the second. Lista-Brinza re-aggravated an injury he suffered in the regular season and did not return. He had 41 yards and a touchdown. Riley Redman stepped up by rushing for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Grant Foster came in late and added 47 yards.

A defensive front led by senior linemen Zach DeLuca and Angelo Natter locked down the Penn-Trafford run game, this after the Warriors piled up more than 400 yards rushing in an upset win against McKeesport a week earlier. Penn-Trafford had 18 plays that resulted in negative yards -- 11 on rushes, six on sacks and one on a pass reception.

Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin and Tom Stinelli had both rushed for more than 100 yards against McKeesport. …

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