Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gators-Indians: It's Huge Again

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gators-Indians: It's Huge Again

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In Terry Smith's mind, the rivalry between his Gateway Gators and Penn Hills is similar to the rivalry a hammer has with a nail. In that one, the nail shows up knowing it's about to get hammered and secure in the knowledge there is little he can do about it.

"It's been pretty one-sided lately," said Smith, Gateway's head coach. "We haven't won in forever. I think we are something like 1- 14 against them in the last 15. We're just hoping we can get a win."

Actually, Penn Hills is 13-1-1 against Gateway since the 1989 season began.

And you thought the Yankees had the Red Sox's number. Maybe, considering this fall's baseball playoffs, the operative word is "had."

Gateway (10-1), ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL by the Post-Gazette, will take on No. 3 Penn Hills (10-1) in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals at Norwin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It is the latest renewal of a major rivalry.

Though they have been in different conferences the past five years, Gateway and Penn Hills have faced off every year beginning in 1979. The Indians lead the all-time series, 23-14-1.

A trip to Heinz Field for the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Nov. 20 will be at stake.

Gateway reached the semifinals with a 31-12 win against Woodland Hills on Friday. Justin King carried 22 times for 216 yards, four touchdowns.

Penn Hills defeated North Hills, 33-21, sparked by Kenny Lewis' 24 rushes for 236 yards and four touchdowns. Lewis, who normally lines up at receiver, was subbing for fellow senior Ed Collington, a standout back. Collington was limited by a sore ankle and carried only twice for 1 yard.

The rivalry between these schools was especially hot during the 1970s, when Pete Antimarino headed the Gateway program and Andy Urbanic led Penn Hills. But it waned in the '80s when Gateway's enrollment dropped and the football team was unable to compete with some larger schools. …

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