Hurricanes blow out West Allegheny
West Alleghenys Indians probably followed the path of Hurricane Lili on the Weather Channel. On TV the storm looked big but slow and weakening. West Alleghenys Indians watched the Red Hurricanes on video and that storm too looked big but slow.
Both Hurricanes, Lili and Red hit Taggart Stadium hard this evening. Lili poured down rain and whipped around the field starching flags and messing up hair-dos on Homecoming night, while the Red Hurricanes blew around the field standing up Indians and pounding the ball down their throats.
The Red Hurricanes over-powered, ran over, through and around West Allegheny on their way to a 31-8 trouncing of the Indians.
From the opening kick off which the Canes took at their own 35 and drove to the three yard line (mostly on a 56 yard completion, Crist to Billyk) before being stopped on downs, to the last gasp touchdown scored by West Allegheny against the reserves, New Castle was in control tonight.
New Castle did get stopped on their first possession but held the Indians to three and out, then methodically marched back down the field and scored their first touchdown with just 20 seconds to play in the first period. A 12-play drive highlighted by a Robert Calhoun 44-yard run was capped off by Calhoun powering in from two yards out. Joe Harveys PAT was good and the score was 7-0.
The lighting quick Hurricanes defense allowed West Allegheny only three plays and a punt on their next possession also, getting the ball back on their own 34 with 11:05 to play in the half.
Runs by Calhoun and Zach Mariacher took the ball into Indians territory at the 46. From there Noah Elliot took a handoff and barreled 27 yards to the 19. Ross Crist then on play-action dropped back and hit Alan Billyk in the endzone for the Canes second score. Harveys kick was again good and New Castle led 14-0 at 8:47.
Another three and out by the Indians from deep in their own territory gave the ball right back to the Canes at West Alleghenys 31 yard line.
Calhoun for four, then Mariacher on runs of 18, four, two, then two more into the endzone and the Hurricanes were blowing it wide open 21-0 with 4:00 left in the half.
Yet another three and out by West Allegheny and the Canes were back in business at their own 38.
This time after a short run by Calhoun, Mariacher broke away and ran to the West Allegheny 16 only to have the play nullified by a penalty.
The first half ended with New Castle on top 21-0.
West Allegheny did manage a first down on their first possession of the second half but promptly fumbled. After a scramble for the ball New Castle recovered at the Indians 30.
Two yards by Calhoun then 28 by Mariacher, followed by Harveys fourth perfect PAT and the lead was 28-0.
The Indians finally got moving on their next possession getting deep in Canes territory before turning it over on downs.
New Castle then moved right back down the field as the third quarter wound down. With just 11 seconds left in the period and facing fourth down with the ball on the 26 the Canes curiously called time out.
But the TO was all strategy as with Hurricane Lili providing gale force winds at their backs, the coaches were setting up for Harvey to attempt a 43 yard field goal. Harvey promptly nailed the kick with room to spare and New Castle upped the lead to 31-0 after three quarters.
The Canes began substituting freely in the fourth and the Indians finally got on the board.
Robert Calhoun led the Canes with 125 yards rushing while Zach Mariacher chipped in with 77.