Latrobe falls to Penn-Trafford on Homecoming

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Latrobe falls to Penn-Trafford on Homecoming

Richard Hillwig, Staff Writer

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On Friday October 4, 2019 the Greater Latrobe Wildcats hosted the Penn-Trafford Warriors for the homecoming game. Latrobe started out with the football, but couldn’t make anything happen and Latrobe punted. On Penn-Trafford’s first possession the quarterback Gabe Dunlap, and running back Brad Ford led the way for the first score of the game with a Gabe Dunlap 1 yard touchdown run. 7-0 Penn-Trafford.

When Penn-Trafford kicked off to Latrobe following the touchdown, they kicked it in the direction of Kam Stevens and he returned it 95 yards for a Latrobe touchdown, the score was tied at 7. Then the ensuing kickoff, Penn-Trafford returned it 80 yards for the Penn-Trafford touchdown. With the missed extra point, Penn-Trafford was now ahead 13-7.

After both kickoff returns for touchdowns, both offenses started to slow down, and the defenses started to play better.

On Penn-Trafford’s third drive of the game, Penn-Trafford got big catches from Nate Frye, and a big run by Gabe Dunlap. They capped the drive off with a 6 yard receiving touchdown by Cade Yacamelli. The score was 20-7 Penn-Trafford. Latrobe and Penn-Trafford went into halftime with the same score of 20-7.

On Penn-Trafford’s first drive of the second half they drove down the field, managing to get a field goal after they couldn’t get the football into the endzone. Penn-Trafford now led 23-7. With nothing going right for Latrobe in the first half with sophomore starting quarterback Bobby Fetter in the game, Head Coach Jason Marucco had to make a change. He brought in the starting quarterback that started weeks 1-3, the Senior Branden Crosby. Still Latrobe’s struggles continued with Crosby under center. They couldn’t manage to get a first down. When they went to punt on their first drive of the second half, the snap went high over the head of the punter Logan Gustafson. It went all the way into the endzone where the result to that was a safety. Penn-Trafford was now leading by 18. 

Going into the fourth quarter of play, the Wildcats trailed by 18 to the Warriors. The Wildcat defense needed to stand strong. But the Warriors had other thoughts. The Warriors put on a 2 yard rushing touchdown by the quarterback Ethan Carr to make the score 32-7 Warriors. And still the Warriors wanted to add on to this score. They did just that with another rushing touchdown by Ethan Carr to make the lead 39-7. The score stayed the same till the end of the game.

Latrobe couldn’t get their first 1st down of the day, until the game was basically over with 90 seconds left and the score being 39-7.

Latrobe will play Plum (Pittsburgh) this weekend at home at Memorial Stadium at Legion Keener on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7pm.    

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