North Catholic blanks Riverview
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, October 11th, 2008
OAKMONT, Pa. – Riverview High School enjoys a scenic view of the Allegheny River, but the North Catholic Trojans have a better view – as in one from the top.
Off to its best start in the last nine years, the Trojans (6-1) defeated the Raiders (3-4) 20-0 from Riverview Park in Oakmont Saturday afternoon. The 6-1 mark is the best start for North Catholic since the school began the 2001 season 5-1, which ended in the WPIAL “AA” semifinals.
The North Catholic defense was lights out from the very beginning. The red and gold limited the Raiders to just 28 passing yards – Riverview quarterback Terrell Craighead only completed five passes on 12 attempts and the Raider passing game threw a pair of interceptions.
Plus, the Raiders’ Delaware Wing-T offense was hamstrung with the loss of feature back Jeff Scampone, who left the game with an apparent left leg injury. Scampone ran for 39 yards on eight carries, finishing as Riverview’s leading rusher.
North Catholic got on the board late in the second quarter when Julian Durden scored on a 10-yard touchdown run. The Trojan’s feature back, though, couldn’t do much on the day. The 10-yard run was his game long, and Riverview’s defense effectively bottled Durden up. He finished with five yards rushing on 12 carries.
One North Catholic player who did have a successful game was quarterback Martin Long.
Long ran and passed with efficiency; he completed 7-of-13 passes for 109 yards, and added 32 yards on 11 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown run with 2:56 left in the game which pushed the North Catholic lead to 13-0.
Riverview tried to mount a rally, but Craighead’s first down pass attempt was intercepted by North Catholic.
The Raiders held, and got another chance to dent the scoreboard with :57 left in the game. But Nick Buchser’s halfback option pass was intercepted by Henry Puano of North Catholic and returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
It was Puano’s first varsity touchdown, and it sealed the shutout of the Raiders, who could only muster five first downs and less than 100 total yards of offense. The Raiders also committed nine penalties for 60 yards.
Matt Fedzen added 33 rushing yards on six attempts for North Catholic.
Buchser ran for 24 yards on six carries for Riverview. Anthony Munion added 15 yards on four carries for the Raiders.
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