Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Line Drive Central Catholic Rides Strong Offensive, Defensive Linesto Earn Acclaim Locally, Statewide and across Nation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Line Drive Central Catholic Rides Strong Offensive, Defensive Linesto Earn Acclaim Locally, Statewide and across Nation

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For all the dynamic skill-position players Central Catholic has, one would expect the team's practices routinely to be highlighted by terrific matchups on the perimeter and video-game-type runs by one of the team's bevy of talented backs.

But according to Vikings coach Terry Totten, the battles in the trenches are often just as entertaining.

"Absolutely," Totten said. "They get after it pretty good. There is some tremendous work getting done."

The fact is, if it weren't for an exceptional group of linemen, the Vikings likely would not be considered one of the top teams in the state ... well, OK, THE top-ranked Class AAAA team in Pennsylvania.

When Central Catholic (6-0), the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked team in WPIAL Class AAAA and the state as well as earning mention in some national rankings, goes on the road to meet Gateway (5-1) Friday, the Vikings will do so with one of the top sets of lines in the WPIAL.

Woodland Hills found that out last month when the Vikings defeated the Wolverines, 31-13. The Wolverines typically boast excellent line play, but against the Vikings, they struggled. The Wolverines' offense sputtered and their defense was done in by terrific efforts by the likes of running back Damion Jones-Moore.

Central Catholic's offensive line, in particular, impressed Woodland Hills coach George Novak, who witnessed his team's defense get worn down by the Vikings' rushing attack, with Jones-Moore breaking loose for touchdown runs of 42 and 50 yards in the fourth quarter. Novak said the Vikings, along with two teams he has seen on film -- North Allegheny and Upper St. Clair -- might have the best lines in the WPIAL.

"I was very impressed [with Central Catholic]," Novak said. "They're one of the best lines we've faced. They have great size and athleticism, and they're very physical. There are no weaknesses, just five good football players."

The star of the group is senior tackle Logan Dietz. A physically- imposing player -- he stands 6 feet 6 and weighs 275 pounds -- Dietz is mulling a list of Division I offers that include West Virginia, Toledo and Bowling Green. …

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