Live Friday night blog from the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game between West Allegheny and Erie Cathedral Prep. Also included will be score updates from another PIAA quarterfinal involving a WPIAL team - North Catholic vs. Tussey Mountain in Class A.
FINAL SCORE: CATHEDRAL PREP 28, WEST ALLEGHENY 0
FINAL STATS: Cathedral Prep had 188 yards rushing and 209 passes for 397. Ramblers receivers are really good and quarterback Billy Fessler is now close to 3,000 yards passing for the year. He finished 16 of 23 for 209 yards.
West Allegheny really missed Chayse Dillon, who didn't play because of an ankle injury. West Allegheny had only 18 yards rushing. Of course, eight sacks affected that total, but still Tory Delmonico was leading rusher with only 41 yards on 15 carries.
CP scored on a blocked punt and a fake punt set up another score.
West Allegheny quarterback Andrew Koester finished 14 of 24 for 152 yards.
3-yard TD run by Michael Parker ended the scoring. West Allegheny had a pass intercepted in end zone after Parker's TD.
Mercy rule in Class A quarterfinal. North Catholic beating Tussey Mountain, 42-7
8:53 West Allegheny drives and has a first down at Prep 10. But West Allegheny ends up turning the ball over on downs. A sack hurt. I believe that might be sixth sack of the night.
END THIRD QUARTER: CATHEDRAL PREP 21, WEST ALLEGHENY 0
8:38 West Allegheny's Tyler Amedure has punt blocked. William Norfolk picks it up and returns 9 yards for TD. PAT good and it's 21-0 with 1:06 to play in third quarter.
8:33 A sack and a fumble and Cathedral Prep has to try 35-yard field goal by Zach Bednarowicz. BING. Hits the crossbar. West Allegheny still alive. 3:56 left in third. WA needs a big play.
8:30 Cathedral Prep on the move again. First and 10 at the West Allegheny 14. With West Allegheny's offense unable to do much, this one is probably over if Prep scores here. First-year starter Billy Fessler at QB is definitely good. But his receivers are terrrific.
8:25 West Allegheny returns the favor. Goes three and out.
8:21 Three and out for Cathedral Prep on first possession of second half. First punt for Prep.
North Catholic has taken 28-7 lead on Tussey Mountain.
HALFTIME: CATHEDRAL PREP 14, WEST ALLEGHENY 0
Cathedral Prep 11 first downs, 43 yards and 159 passing yards. Impressive the number of good athletes on this Prep team. Billy Fessler has completed 12 of 17 for 159 yards. Felix Manus-Schell 4 catches for 59 yards. Alex Greenawalt 4 catches for 43 yards.
For West Allegheny, six first downs, 21 yards rushing on 21 attempts and 18 passing yards. West A can't do much of anything. Tory Delmonico 24 yards on 11 carries.
Cathedral Prep pretty much dominated. First-half stats shortly. West Allegheny definitely missing Chayse Dillon but WA's defense is having all kinds of trouble with Prep offense, too.
North Catholic has taken 21-7 lead on Tussey Mountain
7:48 Prep threatening again, pass is tipped and intercepted by Jake Johnson at his own 2. TD there might have put this one out of reach. West A is still very much in trouble.
Jerome Turner second TD for North Catholic. Trojans lead Tussey Mountain 14-7.
7:42 14-play drive for West Allegheny. Ends with no points. Turn ball over on downs.
7:41 Don't know reason. But West A leading rusher Chayse Dillon is not playing.
7:37 West A on move to Prep 32
Jerome Turner 14 yd TD ties North Catholic with Tussey Mountain.
7:33 Fake punt gives West A. first down. West A less than 30 yards offense so far. Then a pass interference penalty on Prep. West A now with first down at own 45.
CATHEDRAL PREP 14, WEST ALLEGHENY 0
West Allegheny is in trouble. Cathedral Prep looks like it just has more speed and athleticism. 28-yard TD pass from Billy Fessler to Felix Manus-Schell. PAT good. It's 14-0 with 34 seconds left in first quarter.
North Catholic falls behind Tussey Mountain 7-0. Long TD run for Tussey Mountain.
7:22 Three and out for West A. Prep takes over at West A. 40.
CATHEDRAL PREP 7, WEST ALLEGHENY 0
Third-down success leads to a score. Cathedral Prep converts on five third-down plays. The final one goes 7 yards for a TD - brother to brother. Billy Fessler to his brother Charlie. 15 plays 60 yards 3:24 left in first quarter.
North Catholic gets INT to stop first drive by Tussey Mountain.
7:12 Timeout Erie Prep with third and 10 at the West Allegheny 30. Some pretty good athleticism on this Prep offense.
7:09 Erie Prep on the move on its first possession.
7:05 West Allegheny takes opening kickoff. One first down and punt.
*** OK maybe 1,000 fans.
***NA allowing fans to sit only on one side of stadium. Makes sense. Would have to de-ice and shovel the other side when you don't need it. Plenty of room on one side.
***I take back earlier prediction. Attendance for this game might not reach 500.
***Funny story. Tom Reisenweber of Erie Times-News just relayed great story to me about Cathedral Prep and General McLane game earlier this year. There was a flag on - get this - the coin toss. Apparently, the GM coach was upset about something and was flagged for unsportsmanlike penalty.
***Here at North Allegheny, field looks like it has a few snow-covered, icy spots.
***I would be willing to bet there won't be 1,000 fans here at this game. Cold? Day after Thanksgiving? Doesn't exactly make for great night for fans.
***I think this one will end up being close. Cathedral Prep has a good passing game. Pressure on West Allegheny defensive backs tonight.
***By the way, one last note. Tune in 93.7 The Fan tomorrow for yours truly and MSA Sports' Don Rebel on the last "High School Football Roundup" show of the year. South Fayette's Joe Rossi will be our guest.