Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quite a Catch Star Wr Vecchio Is a Qb's Best Friend and Key to Penn- Trafford's Offense

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quite a Catch Star Wr Vecchio Is a Qb's Best Friend and Key to Penn- Trafford's Offense

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The play call energized Tim Vecchio. Motion . Play-fake . Z post.

"One of my favorites," the Penn-Trafford senior wideout said.

So off he went - in motion, off the line of scrimmage and full speed toward the end zone. The ball sailed seamlessly in his direction. Problem was, at the last second, a North Allegheny cornerback slipped into its path. The defender reached up, grabbed leather and nearly made a spectacular interception.

Nearly.

Vecchio would not allow it. Mustering all his strength, he ripped the ball away and came down with a highlight-worthy, 36-yard touchdown reception.

It was a monumental moment in an eventual 35-31 victory against North Allegheny in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal. Vecchio finished the game with nine catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns.

One of the first to arrive after The Catch was quarterback and great friend, Brett Laffoon.

"He thanked me," Vecchio said.

"He said it was one of the nicest plays he's seen."

Vecchio (5-10, 175) spent much of last season authoring such plays. Although he didn't catch an exorbitant number of passes - the Warriors threw on about 40 percent of their plays - he maximized his opportunities. Vecchio produced 1,022 yards on 43 receptions, an average of 23.8 yards per catch. He ranked fourth in the WPIAL in receiving yards.

A Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection, the Robert Morris recruit helped Penn-Trafford to an undefeated regular season, a Class AAAA Foothills Conference title and to the semifinals of the WPIAL playoffs. The Warriors were eliminated by Central Catholic for the third consecutive year.

"We are definitely a motivated football team," Vecchio said, with an eye on getting past the Vikings, who beat the Warriors in the semifinal the past two seasons and in the first round in 2012.

There is no metric or statistic that can prove this, but Vecchio very well could be the most technically sound wideout in the area. …

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