Leechburg denies Wilkinsburg win #500
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, October 31st, 2009
WILKINSBURG, Pa. – The Wilkinsburg Bears were trying, for the ninth time, to reach win #500 in school history.
That wait will have to continue for a while.
Leechburg (1-8) shut out Wilkinsburg (0-9) 22-0 on a muddy Graham Field Saturday afternoon, spoiling the hopes of the red and blue of making any history in becoming the latest WPIAL team to win 500 games.
The Wilkinsburg loss also snapped a two-week streak of schools winning their 500th game. Bellwood-Antis reached the mark two weeks ago, and Freeport followed suit last week.
Right from the onset, those in attendance could tell that it was not meant to be Wilkinsburg’s day. Leechburg opened the game with an 11-play, 62-yard march to the Bear 1, but Jared Kalmar fumbled away the ball on fourth and goal.
While the Blue Devils were held scoreless for the first quarter, Wilkinsburg did nothing offensively, totaling just 18 yards of offense and eight yards in penalties.
Leechburg broke the stalemate with 5:28 left in the first half. DJ Oberdorf scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper, staking the blue and white to a 6-0 lead.
The Devils pushed the lead to 14-0 in the third quarter on an Oberdorf seven yard touchdown pass to Joe Diani and a successful two-point try. Leechburg capped the scoring on a Dan Rzewnicki 34-yard interception return for a touchdown and successful two point pass.
Wilkinsburg had its best chance to put points on the board midway through the third quarter. The Bears had set up shop at the Devils’ 22-yard line, but three penalties, two incomplete passes, and a sack later, Wilkinsburg punted the ball away on a 4th-down and 56 situation.
Jared Kalmar led the Devils in rushing yardage, racking up a game-high 56 yards on 21 carries. Oberdorf added 43 yards on nine attempts. Ben Kalmar ran twice for 13 yards. Leechburg finished with 164 yards of offense (113 rushing, 51 passing). The Devils ran for 107 yards in the first half.
Wilkinsburg barely topped 100 yards of total offense. Wade finished the game with 48 passing yards (42 of them on the final drive of the game) while completing 7-of-13 attempts. Baratta Bey keyed the Bears’ ground game with an 11-carry, 22-yard effort. George Wilson added 20 rushing yards on five carries for Wilkinsburg.
Neither team will qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, obviously. But teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs can opt to play a 10th game.
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