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North Allegheny Holds on to defeat Woodland Hills

Written by: on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The 2 big boys on the block.  The WPIAL title.  Heinz Field.  Wind.  Drizzle.  Those are all the makings of a big battle.  One team looking to return to glory, one team looking to extend glory.

Three chances inside of three minutes to go.  Three times Woodland Hills failed.  The Tigers took advantage of 5 Wolverine fumbles, 2 of which they lost, to hold on for the 21-14 win.

The Tigers struck first.  Two huge runs from quarterback Mack Leftwich were followed by a big sack and loss of 17 yards.  But on the next play Leftwich dropped back and hit Zach Lyon in stride for a 44 yard td play.

Woodland Hills swung back quickly.  Miles Sanders took his first carry down the sideline for 47 yards setting the Wolverines up at the NA 17.  Cody McClelland then hit Tom Greene in the endzone tying the game at 7.

The Wolverines then pinned NA deep on their own six but on first down the snap was fumbled and Woodland recovered.  Sanders scored from one yard and the kick gave Woodland Hills a 14 – 7 lead.  NA then used a balanced attack to march down field with Leftwich hitting Lyons for another scoring pass, this one from five yards out tying the score at 14.

The Wolverines were held on downs giving the ball to NA with just 52 seconds left in the half.  Leftwich hit Elijah Zeise for a big gain, then a touchdown pass from 30 yards out to Greg Garrity.  The three play, 83 yard drive took just 40 seconds and gave North Allegheny the winning points.

“We have to play mistake free ball in the second half.” This was George Novak’s plan for Woodland Hills after the break.   That plan did not happen as the Wolverines put the ball on the ground five times, losing two of them.  “We (Woodland Hills) had our chances, we just couldn’t hold onto the ball,” he said after the game.   Miles Sanders gave the Wolverines the ball at the eight on a 48 yard reception from McClelland, tack on four more yards due to a roughing the passer call and the Wolverines were in business at the NA four yard line, but on third and goal at the one, Alex Beasley put the ball on the ground.  McClelland missed a wide open Khalil Harper in the endzone and the Tigers took over.

North Allegheny failed to move the ball and punted to the Woodland 45.  The Wolverines would again squander a chance as McClelland had Sanders streaking down field wide open and over threw him by ten yards.  The Wolverines punted through the endzone with four minutes left.

North Allegheny would again fail to move and following a horrible punt Woodland Hills had the ball on their 35 with three minutes left. Then a scary moment.  Miles Sanders was injured on a play and was taken off the field on a stretcher.  He did manage a thumbs up.  Another turnover by the Wolverines and once again their defense held but on fourth and five with one minute left, Leftwich drew the defense offsides.  North Allegheny was given a first down and able to run off the clock for the title.  North Allegheny will face the winner of the State College/Erie McDowell contest.

 

***update*** Miles Sanders is safe at home with a sprained neck

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