In a Western Pennsylvania classic match-up, the Penn Hills Indians played host to the Gateway Gators. Penn Hills came into the game ranked #1 in the WPIAL Class 4A rankings, while Gateway was ranked #3. The fans started to fill the seats in Yuhas-McGinley Stadium as the players anxiously awaited kick-off.
Brett Allen is the son of Daryle and Blenda Allen. He is a 3-year starter at offensive tackle for Penn Hills and has a 4.0 grade-point average.
Rob Kalkstein is the son of Bob Kalkstein. He holds nearly all Gateway passing records and has a 3.61 GPA.
Once the game began, Penn Hills stopped playing host and began playing thief as the defense forced 5 first half turnovers. What could have been a landslide for Gateway became an unbelievable defensive battle in the end. On the first two possessions for Gateway, they turned the ball over inside the red zone. What appeared to be the first major breakthrough in the game was just an illusion, when Penn Hills forced a fumble and proceeded with a 93-yard scoop and score. The only issue was the collection of yellow flags that Penn Hills gathered on the play, canceling the touchdown.
Gateway would eventually score a touchdown with 5:19 left in the first half and after missing the extra point, took a 6-0 lead into the half. At halftime, fans enjoyed the Football Toss provided by the Air Force, which was a big hit. Also at halftime, Air Force representatives stole the show threw out shirts and presented the Scholar-Athlete awards.
In the second half, it was the Orne Bey show. Bey, eventual MVP of the game, ran for 130 yards, all in the third and fourth quarters. The defenses still shined for both teams, as the
6-0 score from halftime held until the 3:01 mark when Bey ran in a 20 yard touchdown. Penn Hills answered a few minutes later with a touchdown of their own, when quarterback Chaz Whittaker connected with Ray Harris for a 33-yard touchdown.
With the score now 13-7, Penn Hills fans starting to believe their team could do it. Those dreams were eventually crushed when Bey ran in his second touchdown of the game with 2:31 left in the fourth quarter. In a display of true Western Pennsylvania, defense first football, Gateway High School reigned supreme in this year's chapter of the heated Gators-Indian rivalry contest.
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