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CARDIAC KIDS

Written by: on Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Central Catholic proves once again that kickers are apart of the team.

Upper St. Clair, PA- Not many games in high school football are moved with in four days of gameday, however for the game between Upper St. Clair and Pittsburgh Central Catholic that was the case. A crowd of 6,000 packed into Panther Stadium and no one had a clue what an remarkable game it would turn out to be.

The first half was a good old Western Pennsylvania defensive battle. In fact there where a total of seven punts between both teams in just 3 quarters, not to mention the fact that there where eleven possession changes. There is only one thing that stood out in the first half, it was Central Catholic first drive that stalled after an int. by Connor Scott.

Going in to halftime everyone knew that changes needed to be made, the question was who was going to change faster? That answer was USC. After a Central Catholic three and out Upper St. Clair drove down the field 60 yards to put the first points on the board after quarterback, Alex Park scampered from 15 yards out.  Upper St. Clair would add more to that late in the third as Central Catholic QB David Smyers, was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety. USC up 9-0.

The game would really turn tides in the fourth as the Vikings would drive 85 yards to put the game with in two. As  Smyers punched it in from one yard out. Central would halt the Panthers offence to get the ball back with three minutes left in the game. Thanks to a personal foul call got the in field goal range.

It came down to senior kicker Matt Oczypok, who could gave Central the lead with a 43 yard field goal, but wait a fall start would move the ball back five more yards to set up a tough 49 yard field goal, with 54 seconds left in the game Matt lined up for what would be the game winning field goal. The snap was shaky, the hold was good, and the kick was right down Broadway.

The Central sideline went crazy, as the Panthers could do nothing the rest of the clock. The students rushed the field and the Mr. Matt “cluch” Oczypok was the hero again, remember this is the same kid that kicked the WPAIL championship winning field goal and went back to get the kicking tee after. This time he didn’t care what happened to that peace of plastic just that his team had won the game in dramatic fashion.

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